Alton “Pete” Landry grew up in a small town on Highway 70 in Assumption Parish. He graduated Salutatorian of his Assumption High school class in 1961. He then joined the Louisiana National Guard and completed his basic training before enrolling in college at Nicholls State University in the fall of 1961 where he studied chemistry. He earned a cum laude bachelors degree in chemistry in 1966 from Nicholls. He worked for over 32 years in the chemical and oil-refining industry in southeast Louisiana before retiring in 1998.
Landry has been married to Rosemary Acosta Landry of Donaldsonville for 46 years. They have lived in LaPlace for over 40 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Pete and Rosemary are very proud of their children. The oldest son, Dwayne is a CPA Accountant (LSU) and Comptroller for a large company north of Atlanta. Troy, the second son is a very successful landscape Architect (LSU), having designed the “Pelican Pointe” golf course and community in Gonzales and the layout for the “Mall of Louisiana” amongst many others. Sean, the third son, is a US Navy Master Chief and Chief of the Boat on the USS Wyoming, a “Boomer” class nuclear ballistic missile submarine in Kings Bay, Georgia. Nicole, our only daughter, is the Director of Sales and Marketing for SMG Richmond, including the Landmark Theater, Richmond Center Stage and the Richmond Coliseum.
When Landry is not researching ethanol gasoline issues, he enjoys fishing, gardening and traveling. He is a direct descendent of the Acadians who were exiled from Nova Scotia in the late 1700’s and he speaks Cajun French.
Ethanol Gasoline Awareness Activities
– Gave an informational presentation on the hazards of ethanol gasoline to marine engines and gas powered lawn and garden tools, in addition to the issues surrounding the new 15% ethanol gasoline approved by the EPA in early 2011, to the Bay Springs, Mississippi Rotary Club on October 3, 2011.
– Gave an informational presentation on the hazards of ethanol gasoline to marine engines and gas powered lawn and garden tools, in addition to the issues surrounding the new 15% ethanol gasoline approved by the EPA in early 2011, to the Eunice, Louisiana Rotary Club on September 28, 2011.
– Participated in SuperTalk.fm radio talk show (Mississippi) on September 21, 2011. Discussed issues surrounding the EPA’s newly approved 15% ethanol gasoline which should start showing up in stations late in 2011 and 2012, in addition to answering questions from the listening audience.
– Provided Bob Marshall, sports writer for “The Times Picayune” newspaper with information on the EPA newly approved 15% ethanol gasoline issues for an article he ran in his Sunday Sports section in the September 4, 2011 edition of “The Times Picayune”.
– Wrote an article as a “Guest Columnist” for the LaPlace L’Observateur newspaper on August 20, 2011 on the issues surrounding the EPA’s newly approved 15% ethanol gasoline.
– Wrote an article for the Assumption Parish Bayou Journal newspaper on September 6, 2011 on the issues surrounding the EPA’s newly approved 15% ethanol gasoline.
– Assisted the Hammond Star newspaper staff writer Don Ellzey prepare an article on ethanol gasoline titled “Alternative at the Pumps”. The article outlined the option of using ethanol free gasoline and the benefits of using this gas as opposed to ethanol gas. The article was published as a front page article in the Sunday, May 8, 2011 edition of the “Sunday Hammond Star”.
– Provided Bob Marshall, sports writer for “The Times Picayune” newspaper with information on ethanol gasoline hazards to marine engines for an article he ran in his Sunday Sports section in the September 6, 2009 edition of “The Times Picayune”.
– Gave an informational presentation on the hazards of ethanol gasoline to marine engines and gas powered lawn and garden tools to the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association at their annual conference in Lake Charles on October 17, 2009.
– Wrote an informative article on ethanol gasoline as a guest columnist for the September 8, 2010 issue of The Lâ’Observateur, the LaPlace bi-weekly newspaper, which has a wide readership throughout the River Parishes.
– Participated in the ESPN “More Outdoors with Don Dubuc” radio talk show with Don Dubuc and Hank Johnson, aka “The Boat Doctor” in August, 2009 to discuss the impact of ethanol gasoline on marine engines and answer questions from the listening audience.
Ethanol Gasoline Legislative Activities
– Testified before the Louisiana Agriculture Committee in April, 2010 with my State Representative in an attempt to get a new law passed in the 2010 session of the Legislature to: 1) add a new label to gasoline pumps warning of possible hazards to marine engines and gas powered lawn and garden tools and 2) require that all gas stations carry at least one pump with ethanol free regular gas. Read the article titled “LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE FAILS TO TAKE ACTION ON ETHANOL GAS ISSUE” in the Ethanol Articles tab from the Home Page for a synopsis of this effort.
– Testified before Louisiana Legislative Commerce Committee on Wednesday, June 13, 2011 in the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. This was a follow-up to the â€œStudy Resolutionâ€ developed by the Agriculture Committee in April, 2010. I gave the Commerce Committee an extensive review of EPA Regulations relative to 2011 Renewal Fuel Standard which lists the 2011 standard for refineries to produce 8.0% of their total gasoline sales in 2011 as ethanol gasoline. I then summarized all refineries in Louisiana and showed them that only 3-4 are currently offering ethanol FREE gas, and that number may be going down as the small refinery exemption expires in 2012. I also reviewed with the Committee the EPAâ€™s approval of 15% gasoline announcement, and the MAJOR impact that would have on the marine industry, motorcycles and all lawn and garden tools if existing stations all switched from 10% ethanol gas to 15% ethanol gas and a dependable source of ethanol free gas is not available. That scenario would effectively shutdown the use of all marine engines, motorcycles, four wheelers, jet skis, all lawn and garden tools and all cars and light trucks model year 2000 and older. I gave the Committee a proposal to avoid a potential crisis if this issue is not addressed by the Louisiana Legislature. None of my recommendations were acted upon. All they agreed to do was to â€œMemoralize (recommend) EPA to cancel the 15% ethanol approvalâ€. No other action was approved by the Committeeâ€¦â€¦..inaction, just like the Agriculture Committee in 2010.