Scalise: $1.5M for Port Fourchon dredging

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise has secured $1.5 million in the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee bill for deepening the Port Fourchon Belle Pass Channel.

According to Scalise, dredging the Port Fourchon Channel will reduce the transportation cost of servicing offshore energy development out of Port Fourchon, promote future energy development and production, and allow for greater vessel access to Louisiana’s ports and waterways.

“Deepening the Port Fourchon Belle Passe Channel will accommodate larger vessels so they can better navigate our waterways and conduct repair work at the port. Once complete, this project will strengthen Louisiana’s position as a leading export state and a top producer of our nation’s oil and natural gas,” said Scalise. 

This funding will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete environmental compliance and update the overall cost and dredge material disposal plans so the construction phase of the project can begin.

Photo: Port Fourchon