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If you have poled a bateau through the roseau, if you have sailed down the little Cocodrie Bayou into the Gulf, if you have waded in the fresh and salt water marshes, you know how much Louisiana has sacrificed to produce so much oil and natural gas for our country.

This has finally been brought to the attention of everyone with the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history by the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Platform and the explosion of the Mariner Energy Inc. Oil Platform south of Vermillion Bay.

We have been astounded by the revelations of safety violations, lack of preparation and confusion that accompanied these and other disasters in the oil industry. Surely oil companies could learn something about building a culture of safety from the nuclear industry.

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