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Letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar - Southerland Seeks Answers on Demolition of Gulf Oil Rigs


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II authored a letter today to U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar seeking answers about the administration of a federally-mandated program to destroy old and abandoned oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Rig demolitions under the "Idle Iron" program have killed thousands of red snapper and other marine life at a time when Gulf fishermen are already struggling to stay afloat with a 27 day red snapper season.

"The Idle Iron program has killed thousands of red snapper and destroyed corals and reefs that took years to develop," Southerland said. "It is infuriating that the same Washington bureaucrats who authorized this program are the individuals who have forced our fishermen to make due with a 27 day red snapper season. I am hopeful that the administration will provide our fishermen with the answers they deserve and prevent the destruction of a precious resource."

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