Louisiana Lawmakers Block Bans on Natural Gas Connections (1)

May 29, 2020, 2:18 PM; Updated: May 29, 2020, 3:39 PM

Local governments in Louisiana would be banned from prohibiting natural gas utility connections, under a bill headed to the governor’s desk.

No Louisiana municipalities have suggested doing so yet. But a growing trend of such bans in states less friendly to the oil and gas industry was worrisome, state Sen. Stewart Cathey Jr. (R), the sponsor of S.B. 492, has said. The Louisiana Senate unanimously gave the proposal final approval late Thursday.

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) would review the bill before deciding whether to sign it, spokeswoman Christina Stephens said in an email Friday.
  • Supporters said preempting local...

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