Jan 11 2011

Shelby: Alabama Must Be Treated Fairly

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today released the following statement regarding the final report from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

“Alabama faces an enormous ecological and economic disaster – with an estimated impact of as much as $3 billion.  The Commission's report seems to favor funding for Louisiana to the detriment of the other four affected Gulf States.  Clearly, Alabama’s damage should be considered equally in restoration efforts and recovery efforts should not focus on the damage experienced by only one state.

“Additionally, the Commission's recommendations are wrought with job killing anti-drilling ideas that favor reliance on foreign owned oil companies, as opposed to our own U.S. producers.  Appropriate safeguards are certainly necessary. However, we cannot assume that all deepwater rigs in the Gulf will fail because Deepwater Horizon did.  It is imperative that the Administration not use this disaster simply to create further bureaucracy and red tape without improving safety and efficiency.

“The ultimate goal must be to restore the Gulf community, not use the spill to further political agendas.”