Cassidy Discusses Oil Spill On WBRZ

June 3, 2010

Baton Rouge, La – Today, Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy discussed the Gulf Oil Spill on WBRZ. Video and partial transcript below.

Reaction to Attorney General’s criminal investigation of BP
Cassidy: “I have kind of two minds about it. Clearly if laws were broken they should be enforced. On the other hand I want to make sure that this isn’t just an act of vengeance upon BP that is unrelated to the spill but they’ve got to show that they are doing something. But if laws were broken we need to enforce them.”

Feds needlessly dragging feet on berm protection
Cassidy: “Everyday there’s a conference call between the federal agencies and members of congress and their staff can go on to. About four or five days ago there was one. One of the folks running the call said ‘well, Army Corps has been reviewing this for a week and a half and they finally signed off and they sent it over to joint command and we’ve looked at it for a week. And we have now come to a decision.’ When I visited with Billy Nungesser last week, he said their decision was to allow the building of berms which had been approved four years ago. Now, it looks like it took them two and a half weeks to approve something which had been approved four years ago. That’s certainly something like dragging your feet.”

Focused on fixing the problem, keeping it from happening again
Cassidy: “Our role right now is to try and push the executive to do what they really should be doing. Under the Oil Pollution Act, the President is in charge of this. And so we and the entire delegation have been encouraging the President, writing letters etc. making sure they have adequate recourses to get this done. Also, in these hearings, we’re trying to figure out why this happened, and how to keep it from happening again.”

Reaction to last night’s Oil Spill Town Hall Meeting in Ascension Parish
Cassidy: “It was a great town hall meeting, for one. There was so much wisdom in there. There were people from environmental services, people from oil field, one man whose son had died in the accident. I asked people to raise their hand if they were involved in petro chemical oil and gas; 90% do. Raise your hand if you fish off the coast and know people in commercial fishing; 90% do. If you knew someone who died; 50% do. So they are all very touched by it. And I think the frustration was that there should have been a proactive response; there wasn’t. We should have been prepared to mitigate better; and we weren’t. Their concerned as well that the federal government in overreaction may shut down off shore drilling, which we know would be devastating to the south Louisiana job market.”

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