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Sep 3, 2010 7:10 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Platform Explosion Raises Concern About the Drilling Moratorium

Just when it looked hopeful that the ban on offshore drilling may come to an end, another accident has all eyes looking towards the gulf.

Lafayette resident, John Constantine, said " it was going to get to a point where we got more sympathy, but I think that this thing is going to destroy it."

Abbeville resident, Jude Broussard, added "unfortunately this is probably going to extend the moratorium and hurt more people and keep people out of work more."

Residents aren't the only ones with these concerns. Patrick Granger, President of Global Maritime, says the moratorium has halted his companies work in the gulf.

Granger said, "the moment I saw it, I knew it was just fuel to the fire for the moratorium to continue."

Granger explained accidents happen no matter what line of work you're in.

He said, "you can never be too safe offshore, but at the same time you have to be pragmatic and realistic about it. All systems worked, everything shut down properly, all the workers are alive and that's what counts."

Initially things looked bleak for Bruce Conque, Vice President of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Conque said, "what next ,we are just piling one thing as on another, what more can happen? Then it became more encouraging and towards the end of the day we weren't nearly as concerned as at the beginning of the day."

Conque says the Deepwater Horizon and the Vermilion 380 incidents are not comparable.

Conque explained, "making that connection with the BP incident and using that as a basis for extending the moratorium, that's going to take a long stretch to rationalize."

Some experts say while the platform fire raises questions about safety, it's unlikely to have a lasting effect because no leaked into the Gulf.

 

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