News roundup: Don Briggs to serve as 2017 LAGCOE host … SCOTUS agrees to review gerrymandering case … Ruling renews fight to halt Dakota Access Pipeline

    Out front: Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Don Briggs will serve as LAGCOE Looey, or host, for the bi-annual three-day trade show scheduled for Oct. 24-26 at the Lafayette Cajundome, according to The Advertiser. Briggs’ ability to fulfill the role may have appeared unlikely last year after sustaining a life-threatening injury from a fall at his North Carolina vacation home. His recovery followed months of medical care and rehabilitation. Briggs resumed his role and duties as LOGA president earlier this year. He founded LOGA in 1992. The organization has since grown to more than 1,300 members representing the interests of the exploration, production and service industry. Read more.

    Under the microscope: The Supreme Court today agreed to consider whether there are constitutional limits to how far lawmakers can go in drawing electoral districts to maximize partisan political advantage. The Wall Street Journal reports the case could have profound implications for U.S. elections. Both Democrats and Republicans have been accused of engaging in partisan gerrymandering in states where they hold power and other cases are pending in court, including one challenging Democrats’ map-drawing in Maryland. Critics say extreme partisan line-drawing creates too many uncontested districts and distances lawmakers from the collective will of voters. Read the full story. (subscription may be required)

    Reset: The Dakota Access oil pipeline may be operational and carrying crude, but the fight to shut it down continues, according to Bloomberg. A federal judge last week ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately consider the impacts of a potential pipeline spill on fishing, hunting and “environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Corps must review those parts of its decision to allow the $3.8 billion project to go forward. Whether the pipeline must cease operations during the review will require further legal arguments, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington said in his 91-page ruling. Boasberg said the Corps complied with some but not all of its National Environmental Policy Act obligations. He has scheduled a conference for Wednesday. Read more.

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