Thousands expected to protest moratorium

By Brandon Richards - bio | email

LAFAYETTE, LA (KPLC) – The Rally for Economic Survival, an event protesting the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling, will get underway Wednesday in Lafayette.

This will be the first major rally against the Obama Administration's moratorium since the oil spill crisis began in April. Speakers will include Gov. Bobby Jindal, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle.

Organizers expect 15,000 to 20,000 people to attend the rally, which will be held at the Cajundome.

"We've been through enough," said George Swift, President of the Chamber SWLA, one of the sponsors of the event. "We've had hurricanes. We've had recovery and we've had the oil spill to deal with. We don't need the final blow which would be to stop one of our biggest industries by shutting it down. It's just something the people of Louisiana shouldn't have to put up with right now.'

Organizers hope the rally will receive national media attention and they hope President Obama will see the faces impacted by his administration's moratorium.

Lafayette building contractor Chuck Anselmo III plans on attending the rally. Anselmo said his business, Allstates Building Systems, is one of the victims of the moratorium.

"You know we're not directly in the oil field, but indirectly we are because we have clients that we build for," said Anselmo. "We're commercial contractors and when the moratorium was issued initially, we saw a significant decline in our orders and our construction."

Organizers of the rally are keeping their message clear and simple for the federal government: lift the moratorium or risk losing tens of thousands of jobs along the Gulf Coast.

The rally will begin at 11 A.M. but doors to the Cajundome will open at 9 A.M. Country music artist Sammy Kershaw will perform at 10:30 A.M.

Those planning on attending the rally are asked not to bring signs, bags or umbrellas with them into the Cajundome, so they will be able to get through security faster.

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