Landrieu Comments on Court’s Ruling to Block Administration’s Arbitrary 6-Month Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today praised the decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to block the Obama Administration’s arbitrary six-month deepwater drilling moratorium that threatens to put 33 drilling rigs and thousands of Louisianians indirectly employed by service companies out of work.

Sen. Landrieu said:

“Judge Feldman made the right decision. I strongly urge the Obama Administration not to appeal his ruling. The Administration should instead implement the recommendations that I and numerous other leaders and experts from the Gulf Coast have proposed – all of which would result in demonstrably safer offshore practices, without the devastating impact of this blanket moratorium on new drilling.

“As I have already communicated to President Obama, the arbitrary moratorium is likely to have a greater negative effect on Gulf Coast families and businesses than the spill itself. Preventing new offshore drilling is far more likely to worsen, and not improve, the impacts of this spill upon both the economy and the environment of the Gulf Coast.”

Earlier this month, Sen. Landrieu sent President Obama a series of steps to safely move forward with offshore energy production without imposing an arbitrary six-month drilling moratorium that could cost Gulf Coast residents tens of thousands of jobs.

In the letter, Sen. Landrieu acknowledged the importance of ensuring another accident of this magnitude can never happen again. But rather than endorsing a six-month “pause” for deepwater drilling operations in federal waters, Sen. Landrieu identified eight recommendations that could achieve the Administration’s safety and oversight goals without crippling Gulf states’ economies.

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