Viewpoint: December 21, 2012

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster off the Louisiana coast, BP promised to make things right. That promise included addressing environmental issues and helping families and businesses impacted by the oil spill. Now, US Sen. David Vitter believes there's another way BP can make things right.

BP is currently bidding out work for the expansion of a production platform off Louisiana's coast. Vitter says BP should have Louisiana companies and Louisiana workers building that platform. The senator says BP has already contracted for the hull to be built in Finland. Transporting the hull goes to a Dutch firm. And, the engineering contract has gone to British engineers.

Vitter points out the rest of the project being bid on now is huge and has the potential to employ 2,000 Louisiana workers. We believe the senator is absolutely correct. BP should do the right thing and award the remaining contracts to Louisiana companies.