Aug 17, 2010 7:15 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Senate Field Hearing In Lafayette On Drilling Moratorium

Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter were in Lafayette today for what's called a "field hearing." 
The subject of the hearing was the moratorium on deep water drilling.

It happened today at the LITE Center and played out very much like hearings you might have seen on C-SPAN, people testifying before senators on Capitol Hill.

"The oil spill brought us to our knees, but this moratorium will seal our death notice,"

Chilling words from a State Representative from the Vermillion Coast, Simone Champagne, D49.  A panel of local politicians had 5 minutes each to make an impact statement about the moratorium to the Louisiana Senate Delegation.

"I am concerned that the rest of the country doesn't fully understand that what happens in the gulf affects American families," said Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov.

These testimonies are being entered into the record for the Senate Committee on Small Business.  Chairwoman Mary Landrieu.  The senator told the speakers she was moved by their comments and she would try to convey urgency to the Administration, try to convey sentiments like the ones from Morgan City's Mayor, Tim Matte.

"...The people who are the most vocal in opposing this moratorium are the reps. and the mayors of coastal Louisiana."


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