Sep 2, 2010 7:35 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Boaters React to Platform Fire

With Labor Day weekend upon us, recreational fishermen are already hitting the waters, including Vermilion Bay. The oil platform exploded less than 100 miles south of the fishing area, and once word spread, many thoughts of loved ones and the economy crossed the minds of locals.

"It's what you think about immediately... is neighbors, or friends, or my kid's friends they went to school with, absolutely," said Lafayette resident and boater, Randy Ledoux. "Well, my initial reaction was, I was hoping no one was harmed again... mainly that nobody was hurt. And I was surprised to hear it was so close."

Most boaters we talked with were in Vermilion Bay when the explosion happened. Many were unaware of the incident. Others, like Troy Amy, were notified immediately. Amy works for an oil company and his son does too. He says his family and friends were calling him frantically while he was fishing, hoping to find that both he and his son were safe.

"They were just real concerned after what happened with BP, you know," said Amy.

Boaters say they believe this incident will give the Obama Administration another reason to uphold the moratorium.

"It's probably a negative impact on the oil and gas industry," said Blaire Boutte. "When they see more and more of this happening... Of course he (President Obama) thinks he's doing the right thing," said Amy. "It's unfortunate that in the past 6 months they've (oil and gas companies) had 2 accidents," said Ledoux.



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