November 30, 2017

Saturday: Cassidy Hosts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Louisiana for Wetlands Protection and Energy Discussions, Observation

This Saturday, December 2, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will join U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) for events in Baton Rouge, Thibodaux, and Ama, Louisiana.


In June, Cassidy invited Secretary Zinke “to visit Louisiana to view the coast, learn how Louisiana uses offshore leasing revenues for coastal restoration projects, and how cuts to those revenues would impact vulnerable regions as well as America’s energy supply chain.”


The events will focus on Louisiana’s land loss crisis and the state’s Coastal Master Plan to address it, the federal government’s role in the effort, and the national economic importance of coastal restoration and protection as a vital part of U.S. energy dominance. The Water Institute of the Gulf, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, local government officials, environmental organizations and members of the Louisiana business community will join Secretary Zinke and the members of Congress in discussing these issues.


Secretary Zinke, Senators Cassidy and Kennedy, and Representative Graves will hold on-camera media availabilities in Baton Rouge and Thibodaux. Members of the media wishing to attend must RSVP to and to receive exact locations.


Saturday, December 2, 2017


U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA)

U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)

U.S. Representative Garret Graves (R-LA)


9:30 – 10:00 AM CT

Media availability following closed-press briefing at the Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions

Baton Rouge, LA


1:15 – 1:30 PM CT

Media availability following closed-press discussion at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Thibodaux, LA


2:15 PM CT

Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion observation by airboat – closed press

Ama, LA