Boustany urges Salazar to listen to Gulf workers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to discuss the Administration’s ongoing Gulf oil spill response and the impact of the offshore energy production moratorium on jobs throughout Louisiana and the Gulf.
“This Administration continues to turn a deaf ear to the difficulty they imposed with the moratorium,” said Boustany. “As people throughout the Gulf region struggle to overcome the oil spill, the moratorium threatens thousands of jobs from those on the rigs to small mom and pop stores. The Administration needs to lift the moratorium and realize their actions are hurting families in our area.”
Each of the idled 33 deepwater oil and gas platforms in the Gulf employ 800-1,400 workers according to an analysis by the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. In addition, each of those jobs support at least four other jobs including welders, electricians, dockhands, helicopter and boat pilots, caterers, etc.
Boustany recently requested a meeting with the President to address the impact of the moratorium. The entire Louisiana delegation joined Boustany to sign the letter.