Rep. Gene Green Urges the President Not to Ignore the Gulf Energy Economy
August 5, 2010
Houston, TX – As the cleanup in the Gulf continues, Rep. Gene Green (TX-29), Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08), and Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01) sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama with 32 of their colleagues calling for the urgent lifting of the Gulf deepwater drilling moratorium. After a federal judge struck down the Administration’s first moratorium, a second deepwater drilling moratorium was put in place.
“I’m proud to represent a blue collar district that is deeply connected to the oil and gas industry,” said Rep. Green. “This moratorium is putting the livelihood at risk of not only the people of our area, but of thousands more across the Gulf.”
In addition to further damaging an already fragile economy, the moratorium is putting our energy independence and security at risk. “Presently, companies are either planning to move drilling rigs out of the Gulf for other locations around the world or have already done so,” the letter stated. When those rigs are moved, it could be years before they return to the Gulf - if ever.
“Drilling and exploratory wells are distinct from one another and present different regulations and levels of risk,” Rep. Green went on to say. “It is possible to continue the investigation into what went wrong on the Deepwater Horizon and apply new regulations, both while continuing production and preventing further job loss and economic damage.”
Rep. Green and his colleagues from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi are urging for the immediate issuance of new drilling permits.