Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the Obama Administration yesterday on their deepwater drilling ban that is killing thousands of jobs in Louisiana.
Governor Bobby Jindal lashed out at Washington over the federal ban on deepwater drilling yesterday.
CNN Money reported:
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal railed against the federal ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico at a rally on Wednesday, saying the “arbitrary moratorium” could cost the region hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Speaking at an “Economic Survival Rally” in Lafayette, Jindal called on the Obama Administration to end the ban on drilling for oil and natural gas in more than 500 feet of water, which was instituted earlier this year in response to a devastating oil spill in the Gulf.
“The folks in Washington just don’t seem to understand that you can’t just turn a switch on and off with these rigs,” Jindal said. “When they leave our coast to produce oil in other parts of the country or the world, the jobs that support them go too.”
Jindal said the freeze on deepwater activity could cost Louisiana 20,000 jobs over 12 to 18 months. Lost wages for those jobs could be as high as $5 to $10 million per month, per rig, according to the governor’s office.
The comments came days after the Interior Department issued the first permit for drilling in shallow water, less than 500 feet, under a new set of safety and environmental regulations.