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The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association's annual meeting was held Thursday in Lake Charles.

Keynote speakers at the event were Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, who gave updates and an outlook on the future of the oil and gas industry in the state.

Landrieu is stepping into her new role as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

"America should be an energy powerhouse to the world and open up markets for the world," said Landrieu. "I am supporting the keystone pipeline, I support the import and exports of gas and oil particularly."

Landrieu said that the key to the state's future in the oil and gas industry is infrastructure, and it all starts by getting money the state has been given back from the federal government.

""We have given 160 billion dollars to the federal government. We need a portion of that back to help us restore our coastline and secure us from the storms that come and help us build our infrastructure," Landrieu said.

Vitter also brought his ideas to the meeting. He highlighted Southwest Louisiana's projected economic boom and the opportunities it can bring.

"It is a boom. It is historic, and it is a game changer, and it is very, very exciting, the opportunities that will be created if we get things right in government federal and state," said Vitter.

Vitter also shared his struggles in working in Washington with a government that he would describe as too involved.

"I battle tooth and nail every week, particularly as the top ranking republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, to try to get government out the way, and government and federal level is increasingly in the way," Vitter said.

State Representative Bill Cassidy will give the final keynote address at 7 p.m.

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