Working to highlight one of the oil and gas industry's tremendous safety and education tools, Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) has invited Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson to the Mr. Charlie rig in Morgan City. In a letter to Watson, Landry highlighted the Mr. Charlie as a unique and realistic training instrument to prepare personnel and oil and gas workers for life offshore.
"Having grown up in a community immersed in the oil and gas industry, I learned at a young age that our most valuable natural resource is the hardworking men and women who ply their trade developing our energy. As such, I am constantly searching for ways to enhance the safety of our offshore workers and have found the Mr. Charlie, and the close approximation to real life conditions it provides, to be a very useful training platform," wrote Landry.
"This rig serves as an invaluable resource to those just beginning their offshore career and BSEE employees charged with inspecting offshore facilities. Employing the Mr. Charlie in this manner will serve as integral step towards securing safe and abundant energy development in the Gulf of Mexico," continued Landry -- the U.S. House's leading authority on domestic offshore drilling.
"I consider strong leaders to be most effective when they have experienced the challenges and successes of the organization which they lead. I hope you will accept my invitation to witness a small but important piece of our offshore oil and gas industry," concluded Landry.