Ravi Sangisetty: “We Don’t Need More Studies”

June 11, 2010

Wants all rigs inspected and ready for production in 45 days.

HOUMA, La. — Ravi Sangisetty, Democratic candidate for Congress in the Louisiana Third District, said the recent moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf cannot last six months; it will destroy the economy in South Louisiana.

“The administration knows six months is both unnecessary and detrimental to this region. Their own advisors have said so,” Sangisetty said. “While career politicians in DC form commissions and do studies, Louisiana loses hundreds of millions of dollars every month. We don’t need a study to tell us what is blatantly obvious: inspect the rigs, ensure they meet the highest safety standards, and get these crews back to work doing what they do better than anyone else in the world.”

Sangisetty said on top of the immediate loss of income, Louisiana will face long-term economic devastation if the drilling rigs move elsewhere.

“A six month delay will compound this national tragedy by creating a local and regional economic collapse,” Sangisetty said. “The rigs need to be inspected in the next 45 days and the moratorium lifted by July 31st. Send BP the bill.”

Sangisetty continued, “Here’s what they don’t understand in Washington. We are talking about whole communities that depend on the oil industry. This “Made-for-TV” moratorium won’t just kill jobs in the oil industry; it hurts every business, every family in South Louisiana. And if these oil companies pack up and move, they won’t be back in six months after the moratorium. They’ll be gone for years at least, if they come back at all. This will shut down South Louisiana’s economy.”

“Washington is broken and playing politics with peoples’ lives.”

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