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  • Gulf Spill Update: Local Businesses Fight Obama Oil Ban

    A drilling moratorium aimed at big oil is a drilling moratorium aimed at local oil as well. That’s the message being sent by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in Lafayette, Louisiana as they revive the “Energy Division” from several years of dormancy.

    Why now?

    According to The Daily Advertiser, “challenges from the moratorium and other anti-industry legislation signaled a need for its return, said Chamber President and CEO Rob Guidry.” In short, they are fighting the federal government. The Chamber was amongst those who organized last week’s 11,000 strong anti-moratorium “Rally for Economic Survival” held at the Cajundome.

    The near-complete shut down of Gulf Coast drilling by the Obama administration continues to compound the blows to jobs that towns like Lafayette are already feeling. Some drilling companies aren’t holding their breath for an expedited end to the moratorium and have already recommitted drilling resources to other countries. And with the “small people” sitting on the sidelines, they’re left with a spectacle of disaster.

    That is why groups like the Lafayette Chamber’s Energy Division are continuing to crop up.

    “With so many local companies involved in the exploration of oil and gas, it just made sense to provide them with a common ground,” said Guidry.

    “Volunteers will lobby all levels of government to promote pro-industry legislation and work to defeat measures that negatively impact the industry. Immediate attention will be given to the moratorium on deepwater drilling.” – Jeff Moore, The Daily Advertiser

    And they have every reason to be committed to seeing this moratorium come to an end. Heritage Foundation research has shown that the effects of an offshore drilling ban would result in a $5.5 trillion reduction in GDP and a reduction in job growth by more than 1.5 million jobs by 2030. Pair this with the realization that our expenses on imports would raise by more than $730 billion in the same timeframe, creating foreign employment while stifling the domestic market, and a very grim image begins to be formed.

    The drilling ban was allegedly put in place to prevent repeat disasters like the Deepwater Horizon Spill, a worthy concern to be sure, but banning all drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is not a worthy answer. Other options remain that will not only preserve jobs in Gulf States, but ensure that safety standards on drilling rigs are maintained.

    From the smallest oil businesses on the Gulf Coast, to the Governor of Louisiana, to the majority of our nation, the resounding cry is for an end to the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium. Will it be heard? Or will the oil-spill simply remain another crisis to be taken advantage of?

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    3 Responses to Gulf Spill Update: Local Businesses Fight Obama Oil Ban

    1. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Your last question is the correct answer. Obama as turned the oil spill into a

      "crises" by his delibertate non-actions. This allowed his renewed push for Crap and Tax (that BP partly wrote) and justify his moratorium to placate his radical left environmentalist. It just so happens that Louisiana is the most affected state, which overwhelming voted for McCain plus has a Republican governor. Now we learn the actions by USCG could have caused the rig to sink which causing the spill, that the BOP did not shut-in. We all have seen what Obama is capable of. Obama's ilk has repeated they will say or do anything to get Obama's

      agenda passed. Can we all not recognize the possiblities here?

    2. Tim AZ says:

      Does Louisiana realize that they have the only entry point to the biggest commerce route through the middle of the continental U.S.? Doesn't the Federal Govt. need this entry point to remain open. I would think Louisiana might need to collect some environmental impact fees from the federal govt for every bit of cargo that passes through the great state of Louisiana. The Obammunism game doesn't have to be limited to just one player that makes all the rules. We must overwhelm the regime.

    3. Jim, CA says:

      There is somthing wrong with the American people. Obama aside, if even half of the information from NASA, NOAA, and the Coast Guard, not to mention the geologists at the U of T was correct, the Gulf should never be drilled. The disinformation about dispersants not being harmful (given the data from the Valdez spill – which was much cleaner) defies the fact that anyone looking for work should do anything but open a funeral home. They have killed the top because the pressure fell from 100,000 psi to below 7500 psi. They have yet to tap in lower – what will the pressure be there? Any of you guys ever work a well pumping 6700 psi, slow huh? Is there a failure in the bottom of the Gulf as reported by BP and NOAA; is methane at 45% when 5% is tops? Have you Googled any of those dispersants – so you know what you are dealing with long term? Do you really think you want to do this again without answers to these and other questions? Too bad the 11 "crispy critters" on the bottom can't talk – maybe they could give you pause. I think you have a death wish.

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