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La. US senator urges drilling permits be issued

Associated Press Modified: January 27, 2011 at 5:09 am •  Published: January 27, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu again is urging the Obama administration to issue deepwater drilling permits.

The Louisiana Democrat called on the administration to approve new permits at a Senate Energy Committee meeting Wednesday.

Landrieu says that deepwater drilling has been "virtually shut down" since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last April. She says drilling can be done safely.

She says five deepwater platforms in the Gulf have left to drill in other parts of the world, costing the Gulf Coast about 5,000 jobs.