Sunday, May 19 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:58:26 GMT
Source: Louisiana State Police
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police is investigating an oil tanker tractor fire on Interstate 10 that caused major traffic delays Sunday afternoon. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:38 GMT
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
Local News, Weather, Traffic, Sports, Stocks, Movies on your Cell PhoneMore >>
Get local news, weather, sports, and video on your mobile device.More >>
Thousands of Lake Area jobs depend on natural gas.
But the price of natural gas is still low, causing concerns over the industry's future.
That's where the American Gas Association comes in.
The organization aims to promote natural gas and one of its biggest voices is a Sulphur native.
Dr. Paula Gant now lives in Washington, D.C. and holds a top spot in policy and planning for the industry association.
And, Tuesday, she was in the Lake Area.
Natural gas is used in industry and by consumers for heating and cooking and increasingly, in cars.
Gant said the industry wants consumers to know that natural gas offers a safe and clean form of energy.
Gant is a McNeese State University graduate but is now the senior vice president of policy and planning for the American Gas Association in Washington, D.C.
Gant spoke at a lunch hosted by the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce and the Southwest Economic Development Alliance.
" We have a tremendous amount of natural gas in this country and thanks to U.S. Technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling and the tremendous investments we've made in pipelines we can get that natural gas to your homes and businesses at prices that are really affordable," Gant said, adding that it can be extracted from the ground safely.
" Using existing technology and existing practices applied consistently across the board, this resource is being developed responsibly and can continue to be developed responsibly. And where it's not developed responsibly, we should have the appropriate regulations to enforce them so that companies have incentive to develop it properly."
Gant said the industry is confident both presidential candidates recognize the importance of gas for the future.
"Both this administration and if there is another administration that follows it next year that it's tremendously focused on the potential for natural gas to fuel our economic growth, so we think whatever happens with this election that it bodes well for the natural gas industry," she said.
And she said there is increasing progress toward the availability and practicality of cars that use natural gas. She also expects to see more and more on the road in the future.
For more on the natural gas industry, visit the American Gas Association's web site.