Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media
With improvements in the works on Interstate 49 South, attention has recently been drawn to America’s Energy Corridor.
The Energy Corridor lines 140 miles of US Highway 90 in southern Louisiana, running from Lafayette to New Orleans. According to americansenergycorridor.org, this area has the highest density of energy laborers in the nation, as well as a very concentrated 36 percent of Louisiana’s total population.
So what about this area makes it so significant to the energy industry in the U.S.?
1. The Energy Corridor is in the top ten industrial corridors for jobs per capita.
2. At about $5 billion per year, the offshore energy production in Louisiana’s Energy Corridor is the second largest source of revenue for the U.S. Treasury.
3. Louisiana’s oil and gas production contributes more than $70 billion to the industry each year.
4. The volume of crude oil and natural gas transported through the Energy Corridor equates to $150 billion in revenue for the national industry.
5. Three of the top ten industrial ports in the nation can be accessed through the energy corridor.
6. Over 80 percent of offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico is transported from or through Louisiana.
7. The coast of the Energy Corridor is the primary location for the offshore support industry. Port Fourchon, for example, provides 90 percent of support services to deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.