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    No Relief for Jobs Killed by Drilling Ban

    Shallow-water rig workers and those in industries unrelated to oil drilling are losing their jobs and being denied access to relief funds because of what Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) calls a “de facto shallow-water drilling ban.” Nearly $1 billion is going to Gulf Coast industries that are suffering in the … More

    Second Gulf Explosion Doesn’t Take Away Need for Drilling

    A production platform caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico this morning 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay, Louisiana. Fortunately, according to early reports, the 13 workers on the platform survived the scare, but rescue crews took the workers to the hospital for precautionary measures. What exploded was not a … More

    Lift Liability Caps, Promote Safety, and Continue Drilling

    One issue arising out of the Gulf oil spill is liability for the secondary costs that stem from offshore oil and gas accidents. The liable party is responsible for cleanup costs, and that law should remain. Although BP has agreed to cover all legitimate claims, the current system does not … More

    Obama Institutes Offshore Drilling Moratorium … Again

    After the BP oil spill, the Obama Administration offered little excuse for instituting a moratorium on deepwater drilling regardless of the fact that it brought one of the Gulf Coast’s main industries to a sudden halt. Despite federal judge Martin Feldman’s ruling on the moratorium and despite a federal appeals … More

    Gulf Spill Update: OSHA Complains About Cleanup Training; De Facto Drilling Ban Remains

    As newly-hired workers race to clean up the Gulf, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has raised concerns that workers hired by BP are not receiving the exact amount of hours of training OSHA recommends. There are a number of training courses, including the “hazardous waste operation and emergency response … More

    Gulf Spill Update: Obama's Job-Killing Moratorium

    The final cost of the Gulf spill cleanup hasn’t even been tallied and some experts are already predicting that the economic impact of the President’s politically-motivated drilling moratorium will prove to be more costly. At the end of May, the President announced that he would be extending his temporary moratorium … More

    Reaching Honest Answers on the Oil Spill

    Since President Obama took office, there has been very little wiggle room for Members of Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement. This week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee granted the President’s push for bipartisanship, ironically by creating a bipartisan oil spill commission that would compete with the Administration’s … More

    Help Has Been on the Way

    The optimist in you might say, “Better late than never.” The pessimist in you might ask, “What took so long?” On June 29, over seventy days after the Gulf oil spill, the U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The National Incident Command and the Federal On Scene Coordinator … More

    Judge Blocks Obama’s Offshore Drilling Moratorium

    President Obama’s ban on offshore drilling has come under heavy fire. The industries directly and indirectly affected by the offshore moratorium made their voice heard that they oppose the president’s moratorium, and just yesterday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal argued in an amicus brief that “The drilling moratorium imposed by [the … More

    Guest Blogger: David Holt on the Costs of a Drilling Moratorium

    In the wake of the moratorium on offshore drilling projects that President Obama announced late last month, The New Orleans Times-Picayune has attempted to measure the cost of so much disruption to one of Louisiana’s core industries. The result? A conservative estimate – assuming a shutdown of just six months … More