The Associated Press
President Barack Obama, left, picks up a tar ball as LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph, center, and U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, look on during a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill Friday in Port Fourchon, La.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) --
Despite the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is reiterating her call to end the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling, saying it will cause economic hardship in the region.
Speaking Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Landrieu
said the moratorium was issued without much economic analysis and
said the deepwater rigs in the Gulf "employ, directly, hundreds of
people and indirectly thousands."
Landrieu said the rigs' safety must be ensured but they should
then be allowed to get back to work.
Her comments come as efforts continue to cap a blown out well
that began spewing oil into the Gulf after an April explosion on a
rig that killed 11 workers.