Offshore oil and gas

Tourists get a look at the Mr. Charlie oil rig in Morgan City in this file photo. The museum is a monument to the industry’s role in the region’s history. (The Daily Review/Diane Miller Fears)

News analysis: Bad news, good news for offshore

What’s up with offshore?
The oil and gas industry employs nearly 1,800 people directly in the St. Mary region, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that doesn’t count the shipbuilders and other businesses whose well-being relies on work in the Gulf of Mexico.
Just as important for Morgan City, a city with an oil rig in the middle of the main drag, offshore is about history, Mr. Charlie, and working seven-and-seven. Offshore work is in the heart of the people.
And offshore was once the be-all-and-end-all of energy growth.

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