Jindal Tours Port Fourchon
Metairie, Jul 12 - Focusing on emergency preparedness and response, Congressman Bobby Jindal (LA-01) toured Port Fourchon, both by air and by boat today. The tour, which left from Jackson Barracks in New Orleans and was joined by Louisiana National Guard Assistant Adjunct General Hunt Downer, focused on the need to protect the nation's oil supply as it passed through the port and included a briefing about the operation of and security efforts in place to protect Port Fourchon. The tour also discussed ways in which local officials and the federal government can better work together to protect the port.
"The importance of Port Fourchon to both the state and the nation can not be overstated," Jindal said following the tour. "Disruption to the port's operation, and as a result the oil that flows through it, would cause serious damage to the energy supply of this country and have a dramatic impact on all facets of our economy."
Port Fourchon, in Lafourche Parish, is a critical piece in the nation's oil supply chain. As much as 20% of the nation's oil supply passes through it and every item needed to produce the United State's critical domestic oil and gas resources reaches its offshore destination by passing through Port Fourchon.
"Unfortunately, because the port is not located in a heavily populated area, it can fall through some of the cracks when we talk about port security," Jindal continued. "Focus has been given to ports like Los Angeles or New York, and rightly so. But we also need to make sure we are doing everything we can, and providing all the support possible, for ports like Fourchon that are just as, if not more, important to our country."
Congressman Jindal's tour of Port Fourchon is the last stop of his weeklong focus on homeland security. He has also sat down with members of the state police to discuss emergency preparedness and state/federal cooperation on July 6, and toured critical infrastructure throughout the week, such as Waterford Nuclear plant in Taft, Louisiana, on July 7.
Congressman Jindal is the Vice Chairman on the House Homeland Security subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks.