06/10/2010 // Louisiana, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
New Orleans – Louisiana leaders are calling for offshore drilling to resume, despite expressing anger over the impact of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), politicians in the state have suggested that the ban placed on drilling in the Gulf by the Obama administration is effecting the oil and gas industry in the state.
Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “Every one of these deepwater wells employs directly hundreds of people and indirectly thousands…This is one company. This is one well. It’s a terrible situation and no one is making light of it, but what I’m saying, as strongly as I can, to this president is the economic analysis is devastating to many companies, thousands of companies.”
The six-month moratorium reportedly impacts 33 deepwater exploratory oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
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