Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in a letter dated June 2, urged President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to overturn the moratorium on deepwater drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Gov. Jindal argues that the six-month deepwater moratorium, which applies to 33 permitted exploratory wells in the Gulf, will eliminate an estimated 3,000-6,000 Louisiana jobs in the next few weeks, and potentially over 10,000 within a few months. Gov. Jindal asks that "the federal government move quickly to ensure that all deepwater drilling is in proper compliance with federal regulation and is conducted safely so that ... thousands of jobs ... are not in limbo."
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) sent a similar letter to President Obama the following day, arguing that the moratorium should be replaced by more aggressive rig inspections.