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OFFICE OF THE GovERNoR
The Honorable Barack ()hanr
The White House
1600 Pennsylania Me
Washington. DC 20(>5()
Secretary Ken Salazar
U.S. Department of the lnteriu
1849 C Street
Washington. DC 20240
Dear President Ohama and Swrciar Salazar:
lam writing to express nn re concerns regarding the sesu eLonomic impact of a six-month
(or longer) suspension ot acti’ as at 33 presioush permitted deepsater drilling rigs in the Gulf
of Mexico. including and ii paiicular the 22 deepwater diilli rigs currently in operation off
the Louisiana coast.
Already, Louisiana has sufi i ecre negatixe economic a d ecological impacts from the HP
oil spill. Our seafood induse experiencing huge econorn losses that have only been
partially mitigated by a Li is nglv slos and inadequate 13P laims process. Moreover, our
precious wetlands are sutfrr incalculable, permanent dam s sshiie our tourism industry
faces escalating losses.
During one of the most chailci ring economic periods in dc the last thing we need is to
enact public policies that s h cr1ainl destroN thousands x s ng jobs hile presenting the
creation of thousands ni
The Louisiana Department F ionnic Des eloprnenl esnn hw the actise drilling
suspension alone ill resul f .00() to 6.001) L a Jt’hS in the next 2—3 weeks and
potentially os er 10.000 Lw hs s ithin a les in nth. P Pic suspension of active drilling
actix it continues for an e’ : ri perind. LEl) estimates rh .r tatc risk, losing more than
20.000 existing and rotcm I uisiana jobs in the ris - N. months.
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Obviously these losses wou me on top ol those already -nL’ra1ed h\ the spill and its related
effects. Moreover, the ann ccd moratorium of deepwatcr ri I ling acti’ity creates a significant
risk that many of these driIli platforms would he relocatcd ther Countries along with the
hundreds of high paying jThc they each create.
Additionally, I fully understind the need for strict oversight I deep’ ater drilling. Koweer, I
would ask that the federal rnment move quickly to ensur dint all deepwater drilling is in
proper compliance ith fedc regulation and is conducted dcl\ so that energy production and
more importantly, thousand’ t jobs. are not in limbo.
Thank you in advance for ‘t e wifl consideration of this rLqInst.
B hby Jinda