Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:03

Louisiana Business: Sasol, Jindal, BGR, Smoke Free Kids

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Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal said a Sasol Ltd. decision to explore building a $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion ethylene production site in Louisiana further cements the state's reputation as one of the world's best locations for natural gas-related investments.

The South African energy and chemicals company announced it will move forward with a feasibility study for building a world-scale ethylene cracker and derivatives complex. The study will focus on building the project near Sasol's existing Lake Charles Chemical Complex in Westlake, La. Sasol's board of directors approved the study Nov. 25, and the company publicly disclosed its plans today.


 Should the project move forward, Sasol would build one of the largest ethylene cracking facilities in the U.S., with production of 1 million to 1.4 million tons per annum. Derived from natural gas, ethylene is a major building block of alcohol- and plastic-based products, such as solvents, surfactants and polymers.

Sasol expects to complete the feasibility study by mid-2013 and to make an investment decision at that time.


The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) elected new directors

and officers at the organization’s annual members’ meeting November

29 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. The new directors are

 Nicolas G. Bazan, M.D., Director, LSU Health Sciences Center

 Joseph I. Giarrusso III, Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis

 Carla L. Major, President, CM and Associates, LLC

 Denise Thornton, Founder and CEO, Beacon of Hope

Officers of the 2012 Board of Directors were elected for the coming

term. They are:

 Sterling Scott Willis, Chairman

 J. Kelly Duncan, Vice Chairman

 Mark A. Mayer, Secretary

 Hardy B. Fowler, Treasurer

In addition, five directors were re-elected to the board for three-year


 J. Storey Charbonnet, Equity Member, Johnson Rice &

Company, LLC

Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr., Executive Vice President, G.E.C. Inc.

 N.J. “Woody” Ogé, Site Director, Huntington-Ingalls Industries Inc.

 Ann Thorpe Thompson, Attorney

 Brent Wood, State Government Affairs Representative, Chevro

Thomas Robichaux honored

Orleans Parish School Board Vice-President Thomas Ainsworth Robichaux has been honored by his law school alma mater, a prestigious California university.  He has been named one of “150 Faces of Chapman,” by Chapman University in Orange California, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Chapman opened its doors (as Hesperian College in Woodland, Calif.) on the same day in 1861 that Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office for his first term, and is one of the oldest and most respected private universities in California.

Other awardees include the university’s namesake Charles Chapman; Marion Knott of Knott’s Berry Farm; George Argyros, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain; Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, and university president and economist James L. Doti.

Robichaux currently serves as the Vice-President of the Orleans Parish School Board, Representative for District 93(B) to the Democratic Party State Central Committee, and works as In-House Counsel for Lucky Coin Machine Company.

NOLA Navy Week

The NOLA Navy Week Host Committee and Operation Sail, Inc. have confirmed the first tall ships coming to New Orleans April 17 – 23, 2012. The historic USCG Barque Eagle will join the Guayas of Ecuador and the Gloria of Colombia in New Orleans at Woldenberg Park.

The U.S. Navy and OpSail will commemorate The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner and have chosen The City of New Orleans as the inaugural destination of a three-year nationwide celebration that will also finish in New Orleans in 2015. For information on the commemoration, visit

“Being the inaugural city to kick off a three-year nationwide celebration speaks to the greatness of our city,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We will set the bar high for all cities by demonstrating our experience in entertainment on a massive level.

States, municipalities, and civic organizations have formed host committees to organize the details of the events in each port in concert with Navy officials and OpSail executives. Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed Mark Romig to be Chairman of the host committee in New Orleans (  Related commemorations will take place on the Atlantic Coast in New York, Norfolk, Baltimore, Boston, and New London. Commemoration events in the Great Lakes will take place in Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo.

Louisiana Poverty

Between 2007 and 2010, the poverty rate for school-age children showed a statistically significant increase in about 20 percent of counties across the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for income and poverty in 2010 for every county and school district.

In all, 653 counties in the nation saw a significant increase in poverty for children ages 5 to 17 in families and eight counties saw a significant decrease over the period. Three of the parishes with significant changes were in Louisiana:



Morehouse Parish


St. Landry Parish


St. Martin Parish



A similar analysis of median household income showed 735 counties with a significant decrease over the 2007 to 2010 period and 78 counties with a significant increase.



Calcasieu Parish


East Feliciana Parish


Jefferson Parish


Lafourche Parish


Orleans Parish


St. Landry Parish


Tensas Parish


Vermilion Parish


 Louisiana Code

The Office of the State Register has published the following titles of the Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC):


June 2011 Compilation


LAC 13                 Economic Development

LAC 19                 Corporations and Business

LAC 33:VII          Environmental Quality – Solid Waste

LAC 33:IX            Environmental Quality – Water Quality

LAC 33:XI            Environmental Quality – Underground Storage Tanks

LAC 46:XL           Professional and Occupational Standards—Home Inspectors

LAC 46:LV           Professional and Occupational Standards—Plumbers

LAC 46:LX           Professional and Occupational Standards—Licensed Professional Counselors

LAC 46:LXXXV    Professional and Occupational Standards—Veterinarians

LAC 51                 Public Health—Sanitary Code

LAC 58                 Retirement


September 2011 Compilation


LAC 33:V             Environmental Quality — Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials

LAC 33:XV           Environmental Quality — Radiation Protection

LAC 46:V             Professional and Occupational Standards—Automotive Industry

LAC 46:LXI          Professional and Occupational Standards—Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Smoke Free Kids

Louisiana ranks 22nd in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.

Louisiana currently spends $8.4 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 16 percent of the $53.5 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other key findings for Louisiana include:

  • Louisiana this year will collect $295 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend just 2.9 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs. This means Louisiana is spending less than 3 cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use.
  • The tobacco companies spend $223.7 million a year to market their products in Louisiana. This is 26 times what the state spends on tobacco prevention.

The annual report on states' funding of tobacco prevention programs, titled "A Broken  Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 13 Years Later," was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.

"Louisiana is again falling short when it comes to funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit," saidMatthew L. Myers, President of theCampaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.  "To reduce tobacco use, it is critical that Louisianaincrease funding for tobacco prevention.  Even in these difficult budget times, tobacco prevention is a smart investment that saves lives and saves money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs."

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