LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu visited Lake Charles on Friday, Jan. 27. She said she's excited about President Obama's offshore drilling and energy expansion plan.
Landrieu said offshore drilling is one way to help boost our economy, but there are still some things that need to be done.
"We need to continue to accelerate permits for drilling. We need to make that process a lot more transparent. The industry is still not getting all green lights," she said.
She said it's time to get our rigs back out and ready in the Gulf. "We want the jobs here, we want Americans working and producing American resources for American demand."
Landrieu said Obama's focus on energy expansion would include strategies of more nuclear, more oil, more gas and more clean energy. Part of that clean energy is producing natural gas, including using the fracking method of finding gas reserves on land.
She said fracking should be done under the right permitting with full transparency and no violation of water sources. All of this should be easier with new technology that she said is coming out.
"That'll make this process even safer for the environment, so it's definitely something we have to continue to do," Landrieu said.
As for coastal protection, Landrieu said she doesn't know all the details, but knows that all the coastal parishes have to work together.
"We need all 19, not just three," she said. "All 19 parishes to be unified in our request for federal government assistance and state assistance in order to really save our coast," Landrieu said.
Landrieu said it's important for all 19 parishes to work together on the coastal plan to ultimately be successful.