November 2, 2022

Cassidy Visits Lake Charles Area, Discuss Energy, Laura Recovery

LAKE CHARLES – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) visited Lake Charles and the surrounding region. He first gave a keynote address at the Americas LNG and Gas Summit and Exhibition. He spoke about the need to export American LNG (liquefied natural gas) throughout the world.


“Spoke to the LNG Americas Summit about the importance of this industry, not just for jobs in Louisiana and across the nation, but for the entire world,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The industry impacts our economic security, the security of different nations, and lowers carbon emissions.”

In March, Cassidy proposed an energy policy outline that calls for investments in U.S. energy production and cuts bureaucratic red-tape. Among other items, Cassidy proposed completing oil and natural gas lease sales, simplifying permitting requirements, and providing emergency financing for natural gas production, pipelines, liquefaction, and export capacity. Cassidy also joined 26 colleagues to urge the Department of Energy to facilitate the increase of LNG exports.

Cassidy was welcomed by Ms. Tanya Crossick, Vice President for Energy at DMG Events.

“It was an honor to have Senator Cassidy give an opening keynote address at the Americas LNG and Gas Summit today,” said Ms. Crossick. “Taking place in Lake Charles, Louisiana – the epicenter of U.S. LNG – amidst the global energy crisis, it was highlighted how U.S. LNG is key t energy security for many nations around the globe. At the same time, the discussion focused on how the LNG and gas sector can continue to innovate to reduce greenhouse emissions across the value chain. We appreciate Senator Cassidy’s leadership and comments on the critical role of LNG and gas in both energy security and the ongoing drive for decarbonization.”


Secondly, Cassidy took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-opening of BioLab’s manufacturing facility near Lake Charles. It is the heart of BioLab’s business and produces key active ingredients for its recreational water sanitizer products that keep pool water safe. It also supplies pool and spa treatment products in North America and key international markets. Their plant was destroyed by Hurricane Laura in August of 2020, but they have rebuilt the plant and restored 100 high-paying jobs to the region.

“In Westlake to cut the ribbon for Bio-Lab’s reopening. 100 people whose jobs were destroyed by Hurricane Laura are back to work,” said Dr. Cassidy. “It’s another sign of recovery for Southwest Louisiana.”

Cassidy was joined by Mr. Jeffrey Schmitt, Chief Operating Officer for KIK Consumer Products, which owns BioLab, Inc..

“I’d like to extend a special thanks to Senator Cassidy,” said Mr. Schmitt. “His support for our company, this industry and U.S. manufacturing is unparalleled. When we asked for his help to protect American jobs and families, he didn’t hesitate to act. Thank you very much for your support and leadership.”