Video: Sen. Bill Cassidy moved to tears as he talks about Deepwater Horizon explosion victims _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Sen. Bill Cassidy speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louisiana Key Academy, a tuition-free charter school specializing in the education of students with dyslexia, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) couldn’t hold back tears during a Senate speech Monday commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that took 11 lives, according to a report in the Huffington Post.

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“These were just people we grew up with,” Cassidy said on the Senate floor before reading the names and stories of the men who were killed. “So I apologize for being emotional, but these are our neighbors.”

Five years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, critics say energy companies haven’t developed the corresponding safety measures to prevent another disaster or contain one if it happens.

See the full Huffington Post report here.