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  • Gulf Spill Update: Gulf States Suffer Under De Facto Drilling Ban

    The Gulf states thought they finally caught a break last month when a federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s deep-water oil drilling ban, but it turns out they were wrong. With the federal government holding all the cards, a de facto ban on drilling continues, as does the economic harm to the region.

    Today, a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the lower court decision, with the Obama administration seeking to reinstate the ban and oil companies looking to uphold the prior ruling. But as The Times-Picayune reports, it could take months for the court to make a final decision, during which time Louisiana – and other Gulf states – will remain in a moratorium limbo.

    Though there is no official moratorium in place right now, the de facto moratorium exists through a combination of government-fueled uncertainty in the industry, legal rigamarole, and bureaucratic red tape. According to reports, the federal government’s plan to issue a second moratorium “has effectively ‘chilled’ the oil industry,” and the government may be dragging its feet on the appeals process in order to prolong the virtual ban. On top of that, the U.S. Department of Interior can further the de facto moratorium “through tough new safety regulations and by extending the time it takes to review drilling applications.”

    And who’s bearing the brunt of the federal government’s drilling ban ballet? Those folks in the Gulf region who depend on the offshore gas and oil industry for their livelihoods.

    Studies show that more than 200,000 jobs are tied to the offshore drilling industry and 35,000 workers are directly involved each day when the rigs are in use. The American Petroleum Institute forecasts that if the drilling ban continues, more than 120,000 jobs could be lost in the Gulf Coast and key resources abandoned or moved elsewhere.

    While that court battle plays out, more bureaucracy and roadblocks to protecting the Gulf abound. Jefforson Parish, La., proposed building two, 2-mile long rock barriers in Barataria Bay to stop oil from reaching into the area. And just like before, the federal government turned down the plans with no alternative answer in sight. On Tuesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) said, “So far we’ve not heard an alternative plan; all we’ve seen is bureaucracy and roadblocks.”

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    6 Responses to Gulf Spill Update: Gulf States Suffer Under De Facto Drilling Ban

    1. Billie says:

      Let's see, dollars wasted in court to appoint increased unemployment. dollars going to court to protect criminals for amnesty, dollars going to court for government health care take-over. what a bunch of wasted dollars. How much longer do we have to put up with the stupidity of this man? He needs to get out now. Not on the same page, at all! His actions are clear and present danger…

    2. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Obama is not "stupid". His moratorium is designed to not only stop offshore drilling for 6 months. It's designed to prevent any offshore drilling for years by forceing the owners of these deep water rigs to move them overseas for perhaps decades. This is all part of Obama's calculations and plans to force us to stop using fossil fuels. This will appease his left-wing, radical environmentalist voters, plus help get Crap and Tax passed the American people.

    3. Giang Long Huynh, Sa says:

      As an US Citizen I'm trying to help to stop the oil spill but my idear was turn down, I submited my idear to the Alternative Technology Response.

      My idear could collect 99% of the oil before it spill out into open ocean and cause major polution, I wish some one could take a close look and think harder to use my idear and apply the idear to solve this spill and save every living things within the huge erea.

      Thanks for the opportunity.

    4. Billie says:

      In total agreement Lloyd.

      but,

      In the world of right and wrong this IS stupid…

      God Bless!

    5. Michael, Northwest F says:

      It is time for the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas to DISREGARD the incompetent federal government's edicts. Follow the trend set by California(marijuana laws), Arizona(immigration), and just do what needs to be done.

      IT IS CLEAR that the federal government has no plan, and is going to thwart whatever solution is presented. As the people of the New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coast area learned from Katrina, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.

      Adopt the mindset, "If it is to be, it's up to me", and this issue will be solved much sooner. The citizens outnumber the federal government bureaucrats.

    6. Pingback: Live from the Gulf: Obama Team Blocks Media from Oil Spill « Faulk For Congress

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