I recently received an email from an insider in the oil and gas industry here in Louisiana concerning a disturbing trend that I fear will be starting because of short-sighted and ill-advised politicians sucking like leeches on the industry with the threat of lawsuits for coastal erosion. In the email, which appears below, machine work that is normally done here in our state is now being moved to Texas because of the political climate surrounding people like Governor "Honor Code" Edwards and his crony attorney friends.
Shell recently ordered 10 offshore busing assemblies from a Texas machine shop that used to be machined in Louisiana. Each assembly is about $120,000.
BP contacted same shop for similar work last week saying that they (BP) have to move work that used to be done in Houma to Texas because of a new political environment facing energy companies working in Louisiana.
Good for Texas but bad for Louisiana.
This is already starting and we haven't even filed the first suit against any oil company yet. What will happen when our "Governor" finally does file that lawsuit? I can tell you what will happen. You'll see the decimation of an industry vital to families and hard-working taxpayers in Louisiana.
If you vote Democrat and working in the oil and gas industry, you seriously need to have your head examined.
But, don't blame me. I voted for Vitter.