Roundup: Edwards launches TV ads / Formosa Plastics / US oil production soars 

    It’s begun: The advertising blitz in the Louisiana governor’s race began Monday, as Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards released his first statewide TV ad, touting his financial stewardship of the state. Edwards’ campaign described a sizable “seven-figure ad buy” that will have the 30-second spot in heavy rotation on television and websites. The campaign says it plans to run the ad, which draws a contrast with the deficit-riddled years of Edwards’ Republican predecessor, until the election. Read the full story. 

    (Editor’s note: Daily Report will report on statements, positions and ads released by the gubernatorial candidate or the campaign. In most circumstances, we will not in the news section report on the activities of third-party PACs and other partisan sources.)

    Hearing date: Louisiana will hold a public hearing tomorrow evening on whether to approve 15 air emissions permits for Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics. The $9.4 billion proposed complex is set to be built in St. James Parish. Gulf Restoration Network, a nonprofit opposed to the plant, says that the Formosa Plastics plant would be “one of the largest and most toxic plastic pollution facilities in the world.” A federal judge recently ruled against the company in a pollution lawsuit pertaining to its Point Comfort, Texas plant. 

    Record-breaking: U.S. oil production surpassed 12 million barrels a day in April, further extending the nation’s record output during the fracking boom, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported today. The 12.2 million barrels a day mark comes less than a year after the United States surpassed 11 million barrels a day, in what had been a record at the time. Read the full story from The Houston Chronicle. 


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