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  • Five Years After Katrina, Obama's Drilling Moratorium Biggest Threat to Gulf Recovery

    08/30/2010 11:07:51 AM PDT · by Qbert
    Newsmax ^ | 8/29/2010 | Newsmax
    Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf of Mexico, both Republican and Democrat officials in Louisiana say the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, put in place after the BP oil spill, is now that state's biggest problem. In fact, it was the major concern voiced to President Obama Sunday during his speech marking the fifth anniversary of the disaster. Louisiana's congressional delegation – Democrats and Republicans – has a key focus of getting the president to lift the moratorium on offshore oil drilling his administration imposed in the...
  • Oil Drillers May Face Months of Delay Even After Ban

    08/26/2010 6:54:03 AM PDT · by Qbert · 5 replies
    Bloomberg | 8/25/2010 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    Link only: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-25/oil-drillers-may-face-months-of-delay-even-after-ban.html
  • NYT Unknowingly Promotes Oil Companies in Gulf Job Loss Story

    08/25/2010 9:59:35 AM PDT · by toma29 · 1 replies
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 8/25/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Somehow, I don't think John M. Broder and Clifford Krauss even realize the props they've given to Big Oil. From the New York Times: Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to MaterializeNow stay with me here. It looks like a classic liberal screed about how Obama isn't really destroying jobs in the Gulf. But it really isn't if you read it carefully. Yet the worst of those forecasts has failed to materialize, as companies wait to see how long the moratorium will last before making critical decisions on spending cuts and layoffs. Unemployment claims related to the oil industry along...
  • U.S. saw drill ban killing many jobs.

    08/23/2010 8:33:47 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/21/10 | Power & Eaton
    By STEPHEN POWER And LESLIE EATON Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn't trust the industry's safety equipment and the government's own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.
  • Obama's moratorium was initally just for deep water rigs, but now shallow water drillers worry...

    08/21/2010 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/20/2010 | Mark Tapscott
    President Obama's "temporary" drilling moratorium implemented in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is having devastating effects throughout the region's energy industry even though the regulation originally was only aimed at rigs operating in deep water. The Houson Chronicle reports that 14 of 46 shallow water rigs drilling rigs aka "jackups" are now idle thanks to delays in Department of Interior processing of drilling permit applications. "So far, permitting delays have idled 14 of the 46 available jackups in the Gulf and forced offshore companies to cut several hundred jobs," reported the Chronicle's...
  • 'Rig Row' in Pascagoula is home to drilling towers idled by moratorium

    08/13/2010 7:31:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    nola.com ^ | 08/10/10 | David Hammer, The Times-Picayune
    The Noble Frontier Driller's massive orange support columns and 175-foot steel derrick cut a majestic figure as it pulled into Signal International's east shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., last weekend, a casualty of President Barack Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas exploration.
  • Browner asked--Did White House do economic analysis on moratorium's job impact on Gulf Coast?

    08/10/2010 10:29:34 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics (Meet the Press) ^ | August 8, 2010 | David Gregory
    Interviews with Leader Boehner & Carol Browner By Meet the Press MR. GREGORY: You talk about all the work here being done for safety. Did the White House do any economic analysis about what a moratorium--what impact it would have on jobs in the Gulf Coast?MS. BROWNER: There is, there is an economic analysis being done. It'll be ready later...MR. GREGORY: But it was never done before the moratorium was put in place? Because those who are down there say, "You know what, the moratorium by the Obama administration is far worse than the spill itself."
  • EDITORIAL: Obama to Gulf: Drop dead--Moratorium on drilling adds human misery to injury

    08/03/2010 5:00:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 40+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2010 | Editorial
    The Gulf oil spill should not recede from the headlines without further attention to how President Obama continues to punish the victims. His moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is unreasonable and unconscionable. Mr. Obama says the six-month ban on drilling is needed to buy time to investigate what caused the blowout, strengthen oversight and issue new regulations. This is nonsense. Copious investigation already has shown that a series of specific decisions and errors combined to cause the BP well to explode. Few details remain unanswered. Few if any new regulations are needed; the problem was in...
  • U.S. House votes to end Louisiana deepwater drilling moratorium

    07/31/2010 10:54:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA ^ | 07/31/2010 | Bruce Alpert
    The House voted Friday to end the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, though Republicans and a Louisiana industry group said it gives too much discretion to the Interior Department and provides no guarantees drilling will resume quickly. The amendment -- sponsored by Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville -- was added to a sweeping offshore drilling regulatory bill that would eliminate the $75 million cap on oil-company liability for spills, codify the reorganization of the much-maligned Minerals Management Services, and give the presidential commission investigating the BP rig-spill subpoena power. 27 0 35 Share The bill, which Republicans said could harm smaller...
  • Obama administration's absence in moratorium hearing is telling: An editorial

    07/29/2010 6:35:28 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    nola.com ^ | 07/29/10 | Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune
    Louisiana officials and business owners told the Senate Small Business Committee this week how deeply the Obama administration's ban on deepwater drilling is affecting the state's economy -- offering a persuasive case against the ill-considered blanket moratorium. Leslie Bertucci and her husband own a business that leases equipment used on offshore rigs. "We employ 14 people,'' she told the committee. "Those 14 people have families to take care of -- 42 spouses and children to be exact. In addition, we have more than 40 vendors that we order supplies and services from every month.'' She put a face on the...
  • New York Times: Oil slick on gulf surface disappearing rapidly on its own !

    07/28/2010 1:55:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2010 | Allahpundit
    ABC actually beat them to the punch on this story, reporting yesterday that clean-up crews are having trouble even finding the spill (“experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment”), but only now that the Times is on it will it really break big.It’s not that the oil’s all gone, of course. But a lot of it is. And the rest is … hiding. Scientists said the rapid dissipation of the surface oil was probably due to a combination of factors. The gulf has an immense natural capacity to break down oil, which leaks into it at...
  • SHOCK! Offshore Drilling Moratorium Would Cost United States 175,000 Jobs Per Year Through 2035

    07/27/2010 6:01:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7/27/10 | Bob McCarty
    During a 45-minute conference call with journalists from 40 major media outlets this morning, Jack Gerard shared some startling predictions about the future health of the nation’s oil and natural gas industry if the Obama Administration gets its way in adding more regulation and increasing taxes on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The biggest one of all is enough to cause anyone to take pause: “The administration’s moratorium, if continued indefinitely — or similar legislative proposals which would make the deep water unavailable or uneconomic — would cost this country 175,000 jobs every year between now and 2035,...
  • Jindal Blasts Obama Administration Moratorium, Citing Security and Economy (video)

    07/22/2010 9:44:24 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 6 replies
    Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the Rally for Economic Survival in Lafayette, La. against the Obama Administration’s job-killing offshore drilling moratorium, saying it would be bad for their security and economy. “This moratorium does nothing to reduce our enemy needs in this country. All this moratorium does is send more American dollars, more American jobs overseas– sometimes these countries aren’t even friendly towards us. Somebodies got to explain to me how sending more dollars and more jobs overseas is good for America’s economy, good for security, good for the state of Louisiana, cause I’m here to tell you it’s not”,...
  • Bobby Jindal Gives a Passionate Speech To Louisiana!

    07/22/2010 6:58:58 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 9 replies · 1+ views
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | July 22, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    Great Conservative politicians are too few and far between these days, so when we catch one doing something right we like to broadcast it from the Liberty Juice rooftops! Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) addresses his fellow Louisianians with a heartfelt passion, urging and encouraging them to move forward in productivity and to oppose the federal drilling moratorium by saying: “I’ve got one message to the President of the United States, I’ve got one message to the bureaucrats in Washington DC, it’s very simple. We don’t want a BP check! We don’t want an unemployment check.! Let us go back to...
  • Rally for Economic Survival Today

    07/21/2010 9:56:46 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 1 replies
    WWL Radio New Orleans ^ | July 21. 2010 | Chris Miller
    Louisiana officials hope a crowd of thousands gathers at the Cajundome in Lafayette this morning, for a rally to let Washington know how much they oppose the deepwater drilling moratorium. Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle is helping spearhead it. He says the economic fallout from the moratorium is already hitting. "Already, we have drilling rig owners that are laying off folks," said Angelle, who believes the Obama administration�s six-month moratorium is overkill. "When we had the massive 9/11 response," said Angelle, "we had airlines that crashed into the Pentagon, and yet we shut the airline industry down for only four days."
  • Interior's Salazar issues New Second Moratorium on Offshore Drilling

    07/14/2010 2:43:41 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 13 replies
    Drilling Club Bulletin Board ^ | July 14, 2010 | Leonard (Administrator)
    Ken Salazar on Monday directed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) to issue new suspensions of deepwater drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), including the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific regions through Nov. 30 of this year. The new drilling suspensions marks Salazar and BOEM's second effort to suspend deepwater drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf in response to the BP oil spill. The first moratorium, issued in late May, was lifted by a district judge on June 22; a panel of federal district judges refused BOEM's appeal to reverse the lower court's decision. The...
  • Court Rejects US Bid To Keep Drilling Moratorium

    07/08/2010 4:00:24 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 133 replies · 1+ views
    NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. government's effort to keep a six-month deepwater drilling moratorium in place.
  • Court of Appeals Should Expedite Case on Drilling Moratorium: An Editorial (Many months to go)

    07/08/2010 1:51:06 PM PDT · by Qbert
    Nola.com ^ | 7/8/2010 | Times-Picayune Editorial Staff
    When U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman last month blocked President Obama's deepwater drilling moratorium, the White House vowed to put up a legal fight. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on one aspect of that case today. But the case is not being heard on an expedited basis, meaning that it would likely be months before the appeals court makes a final decision. That's bad news for thousands of Louisianians who depend on the oil industry, which is on standby while the moratorium's legal questions are resolved. That's why the 5th Circuit...
  • Obama’s Drilling Moratorium Affecting More Than 33 Wells

    06/26/2010 11:03:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1+ views
    national review ^ | 6/26/10 | Greg Pollowitz
    This “it’s only 33 wells affected by the moratorium, so it’s no big deal” business is popping up in the wake of the judge lifting President Obama’s drilling moratorium, but here’s the Louisiana blog Bayou Buzz reporting on what’s really going on in the Gulf and the impact on jobs: The social and economic consequences of President Obama’s offshore drilling moratorium are starting to manifest themselves and will rapidly worsen. News spread this week that eight of the 33 deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico had either left or were finalizing their plans to do so. Workers, businesses, lending...
  • Moratorium Won’t Reduce Drilling Risks (says the NYT!)

    06/26/2010 6:47:39 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2010 | Joe Nocera
    “This case asks whether the federal government’s imposition of a general moratorium on deepwater drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico was imposed contrary to law. Before the Court is the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction. For the following reasons, the motion is GRANTED." So began a stinging 22-page decision, issued this week by a Federal District Court judge, Martin L. C. Feldman. He was rejecting, pretty much out of hand, the Obama administration’s plan to place a six-month moratorium on all drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico. It would have amounted to a shutdown of 33 deepwater...