Sen. Mary Landrieu stepped up her criticism Friday of President Barack Obama’s reaction to the Gulf Coast oil spill, urging him to rescind a moratorium on deepwater drilling.
The Louisiana Democrat warned in a letter to Obama that the six-month moratorium “could exacerbate, rather than alleviate, the impacts of this spill upon both our economy and our environment.”
The letter asks the president to “consider instead a series of fundamental changes to offshore drilling practices that will serve to demonstrably reduce the risk of deepwater drilling while sparing the Gulf Coast’s economic vitality.”
Landrieu also included suggestions for safer drilling and asked Obama to announce a date for ending the moratorium.
“The proposal I outline below will not eliminate all risk,” Landrieu said. “But there are no risk-free ways of producing the energy we rely on today.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. David Vitter (R) have also called for an end to the moratorium, which is widely unpopular in the Bayou State, where thousands of people depend on the oil industry for jobs.