Port Security Eligibility Changed

(GALLIANO, LA, OCTOBER 9, 2006) – The 2006 Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act now has inclusion of “energy” as a national economic interest when determining port security funding and report language specifically mentioning LOOP/Port Fourchon as a national energy interest.

The Conferees note that “energy” was specifically included in language to take into consideration current and future ports with critical energy infrastructure, such as Port Fourchon and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP).

“We have long felt that there was something seriously wrong with security measures that omitted Port Fourchon and LOOP from competing for Port Security funding,” said Ted Falgout, Port Director.

“After trips to Washington D.C., countless letters and meetings, this inequity has finally been corrected. The approval of Senator Vitter’s amendment to the Act to include the Energy Provision was a huge accomplishment which included the support and assistance of our entire Congressional delegation,” said Falgout. “Congressmen Jindal and Melancon both played active roles in support of this effort,” according to Falgout.