Says oil giant should hire a Louisiana-based company for expansion of offshore platform
Senator David Vitter wants BP to hire a Louisiana-based company for a project the oil giant is considering off of Louisiana's coast.
Vitter says that if the company is serious about its efforts to "make it right," it will hire a Louisiana firm to assist with the expansion of a BP production platform.
To date, Vitter says, BP has signed contracts with three Dutch firms and awarded a lucrative engineering contract for the project to a British firm.
The Senator says it has the potential to be the largest fabrication project in Louisiana in 10 years and could produce 2,000 craft and professional jobs,
He's asking that BP give an existing Louisiana contractor "priority consideration,"
Vitter says the work could easily be performed at "the highest level of quality and at an extremely competitive price."
In a letter to BP America Chairman/President Lamar McKay, he writes, "this work would be a true step in the right direction as BP continues efforts to rebuild its reputation in the state."