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VIDEO: Obama's Anti-Drilling Agenda Endangers Gulf Coast Economy

Posted By Tina Korbe On April 20, 2011 @ 9:25 am In Energy | Comments Disabled

Last year in the midst of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Heritage sent a team to the Gulf Coast [1] to view the clean-up effort firsthand. At the time, the deepwater drilling moratorium was only beginning to disrupt the region’s economy. Today, one year after the oil spill, the Obama administration’s anti-drilling agenda [2] poses a serious threat to recovery.

Heritage recently returned to the Gulf Coast to hear from business owners. Partnering with the Institute for Energy Research [3], we produced a video featuring Leslie Bertucci, owner of R and D Enterprises. She welcomed us to her warehouse with a weary smile, handed us hard hats and cheerfully guided us through her equipment yard, even as she explained the difficulties she’s endured since the spill — most especially as a result of the offshore drilling moratorium and the subsequent slowdown in deepwater permits.

Bertucci is a hard-working mother of six, who, with her husband, built her business from its start in a spare bedroom of her home to the industrial campus it is today. She says the drilling moratorium has caused her company’s revenue stream to all but dry up. R and D Enterprises supplies equipment to transport chemicals to and from deepwater oil rigs. When those rigs aren’t allowed to drill, R and D’s equipment sits idle in Bertucci’s once-empty-but-now-full equipment yard. Click here to share her story [4].

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[1] sent a team to the Gulf Coast: http://www.foundry.org/tag/oil-spill/

[2] anti-drilling agenda: http://www.foundry.org/2011/03/25/morning-bell-obamas-anti-drilling-agenda-costs-jobs-across-america/

[3] Institute for Energy Research: http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/

[4] Click here to share her story: http://youtu.be/uDK9tGqSx0M

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