U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today with a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators representing Gulf Coast states introduced a Senate resolution encouraging British Petroleum (BP) to consider local businesses for products or services related to the ongoing efforts associated with the Gulf oil spill.
Senators Landrieu and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) along with Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), George LeMieux (R-Fla.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), and David Vitter (R-La.), introduced the resolution citing the importance for BP to work with local communities to help ease the economic and environmental impacts of the oil spill on the people of the Gulf Coast.
Although the complete economic impact on the Gulf Coast economy is far from being determined, the workforce in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas has been hit severely as a result of the oil spill. Over $175 million in claims have been paid to date, and that number is expected to rise. Resources such as fishing, tourism, shipping, and energy exploration in the Gulf generally account for over $200 billion in economic activity each year.
"Gulf Coast businesses that are struggling to stay afloat need a lifeline," said Landrieu, the lead Democrat on the Senate Resolution. "One way BP can help is to ensure that it is tapping the expertise, innovation and ingenuity of Louisiana businesses of all sizes that stand ready to assist the cleanup and recovery effort. It is clear that our people want to be hard at work, contributing their goods and services to help save our coast, and a way of life that is being threatened by this terrible disaster."
"Not only has the BP oil spill crippled the economy of the coast, but it also has devastated the way of life for so many of those who call the Gulf home," said Wicker, the lead Republican on the Senate resolution. "BP has spent millions of dollars on a public relations campaign assuring Americans that it will 'get it right' and help restore the damage it has caused in the Gulf. One way BP can honor its pledge is by working with the local communities and considering all of the resources that local businesses have to offer."
The bipartisan delegation of senators representing the Gulf Coast states said that they will push for immediate passage of the resolution.
A copy of the resolution can be found here: http://landrieu.senate.gov/mediacenter/upload/10.07.14_Resolution.pdf