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Oil & Gas Slump (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-12-06

Duration: 00:10:36

Subjects: Energy | Economy | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Severance tax | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Bailey, William, Jr. Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Lancaster, Charles Interviewee
  • Kimball, Clyde Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Doucet, Eddie Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Cross, Mike Interviewee
  • Sawyer, Ginger Interviewee


This segment from the December 6, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the economic impact of the slump in the oil and gas industries. Johnson’s report touches on two different plans proposed by Senate President Sammy Nunez and State Representative Quentin Dastugue to suspend the severance taxes on oil and gas in order to stimulate production. He interviews: William Bailey, Jr. of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association; Ed Steimel of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI); State Representative Charles Lancaster; State Representative Clyde Kimball; State Representative Bo Ackal; State Representative Eddie Doucet; State Representative Raymond Laborde; State Senator Mike Cross; and Ginger Sawyer, the director of the Energy Council.