Alexander Issues Statement About Ongoing Oil Spill Disaster

June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, issued the following remarks after touring the Gulf Coast and flying over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig:

“We are all too aware of the ongoing catastrophe occurring in our coastal waters and now on our shores. Although the bleakness of this circumstance is clearly conveyed through images in the news, it was even more upsetting to see the magnitude of the oil spill disaster first-hand.

“The slow response demonstrated by the federal government and the president has cost Louisiana valuable time – time we do not have – and the lack of urgency is disturbing. This is our country’s oil, invading our country’s waters; however, it is Louisiana’s ecosystems, environment and economy that are being destroyed. Governor Jindal and our local leaders have had to wait too long for protective action. As the oil invades our fragile marshes, Louisiana should not be hampered by bureaucratic red tape in efforts to contain the oil and to prevent it from causing further damage to the Gulf Coast.

“Everyone involved in this crisis – BP, Gulf residents, and local, state and federal government officials and agencies – must work together. Every resource must be dedicated to quickly finding a solution to the oil spill and cleaning up this devastating mess.

“While the full scope of this tragedy will not be known for months, we cannot hurt our economy further by halting offshore drilling. This industry provides countless direct and indirect jobs for our state, and we must do all we can to help the thousands of Louisianians who are out of work and whose livelihoods are now in peril. Instead of eliminating this revenue-producing industry, we need to enhance safety and environmental protections to ensure that a similar disaster is prevented in the future.

“Going forward, we must continue to offer our prayers and provide support to our friends and neighbors who lost loved ones in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. During adversity, the people of Louisiana are resilient. We will overcome this, and we will protect our way of life.”

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