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Jul 13, 2010
Governor Bobby Jindal: Washington Unwilling to Follow Advice of Experts with Second Job-Killing Drilling Moratorium

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal released the following statement on Secretary Salazar’s second suspension of deepwater drilling:

“This second suspension of deepwater drilling is a clear sign that the Administration is unwilling to follow the advice of their own scientists and instead insists on crippling our energy industry, our coastal communities, and killing jobs. They have already lost twice in court and one judge ruled that their moratorium was ‘arbitrary and capricious,’ but instead of listening to these legal rulings they are trying to game the system by initiating a second moratorium and then asking the court to abandon their move to block the first moratorium.

“The ultimate effect of this second moratorium is the same as the first – to shut down drilling operations in the Gulf and risk killing an estimated 20,000 jobs in Louisiana and result in a loss of $65 to $135 million in wages to Louisianians each month. We certainly don’t want even one more drop of oil in our water or on our shores, but we need the federal government to do their jobs to ensure drilling is done safely without killing thousands of jobs for our people.

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