Chesapeake Energy announced Thursday the company will be making a total of nearly $14 million in property tax payments to parishes benefiting from natural gas and oil development.
Representatives from Chesapeake will begin making presentations at area police jury meetings to formally announce the individual parish totals that include payments from Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and drilling subsidiary Nomac Drilling, LLC for property, real estate and personal property taxes in 2012.
The tax payments will be divided according to current property taxes for parish schools, law enforcement, police juries and other taxing authorities in each parish:
- Bienville Parish $377,771.64
- Bossier Parish $1,029,716.21
- Caddo Parish $4,418,192.35
- DeSoto Parish $6,614,801.14
- Natchitoches Parish $80,891.15
- Red River Parish $397,652.89
- Sabine Parish $1,038,127.08
- Webster Parish $7,311.60
Chesapeake's Director of Corporate Development Paul Pratt said, "Chesapeake is proud to contribute to Louisiana's economy through tax payments that provide funds for schools, hospitals and road and other government services that yield value for so many citizens in our state while also producing a carbon-light fuel that cleans our air and builds our nation's energy security."
With natural gas at decade-low prices, Louisiana is experiencing a renaissance in new commercial and industrial construction activity, particularly in the synthetic fuel and chemical industries.
The Louisiana Department of Economic Development is forecasting the location of up to a dozen projects over the next few years that are expected to attract investments of more than $5 billion and create thousands of construction and permanent jobs.