Sen. Vitter Expresses Frustration with Announced Offshore Rig Closings in Gulf

June 8, 2010

Has been pushing for immediate, rigorous safety inspections in lieu of blanket moratorium

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement expressing frustration regarding news reports that some offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana will close their drilling sites as a result of the Obama Administration’s six month moratorium. Vitter has been urging the president to put forth immediate rigorous safety inspections in lieu of the blanket six month moratorium.

“This alarming news is just one more setback for people along the Gulf Coast. And it is precisely what we feared – the moratorium will cost us more jobs and economic devastation, on top of the repercussions of the spill itself, as energy companies move their businesses away from the coast. This administration’s policies aren’t helping Louisianians– they are shutting down huge parts of our economy. I again ask the president to define new safety requirements instead of implementing the moratorium,” Vitter said.

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