Posted: Jun 22, 2010 12:18 PM by Veronica White
Updated: Jun 22, 2010 12:24 PM
As Acadiana voices more and more concerns about the oil spill and moratorium, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce focused on these issues at the annual "Business Over Breakfast" Tuesday morning at the Cajundome.
"There are really two tragedies, the first being the incident and impact to our environment, and the second the moratorium, shutting down the whole industry- and that's the real message," says Chamber President David Welch.
Chamber members say they're trying to gain community support in getting the moratorium lifted, as it affects 33 rigs and up to 1400 jobs per rig.
Chamber member, Andy Begneaud, says "that will have a very negative impact not only on our company, but the entire state. If you want to hold BP accountable, fine, but don't kill the entire industry.
This meeting is the beginning of what the Chamber hopes is a plan of action.
They are hoping to have a rally in Lafayette in July to get people to support them and let the federal government know that they think the moratorium and their approach is hurtful to the state of Louisiana.