Jun 17, 2010 12:30 PM by Veronica White
Hundreds came out to support local leaders as they work towards alternatives to the 6-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.
The featured speaker at the Acadiana Regional Alliance meeting Thursday was Lieutenant Governor Angelle, who just got back from Washington D.C., working as the voice of Louisiana's concerns.
The Lieutenant Governor discussed alternatives with Secretary Salazar, saying they that he does not expect to stop the moratorium completely, but come to a compromise.
"While we agree there should be a time out, 6 months is an arbitrary number and whatever resources it takes to achieve a 6-month review, we're asking to quadruple those resources to get it down to a more reasonable 35 to 60 days," he says.
About 300 locals attended the meeting--6 times more than the usual attendance-because they are concerned.
"All of my brothers work in the oil field-- we're affected directly as a family, but it drizzles down to every business entity in the area," says Wendy Howell.
Although workers' safety is a concern, the group says stopping work is not the right route.
"There's risk in everything we do, we have to address the risk, but we have to keep on or we go backwards," says Janet Faulk, Chairman of the ACA.