The setting of the rally brought to mind the rallies of times gone by as patriotic colors were festooned across the risers. Behind the orators stood a 200 foot high crane with a huge American flag draped proudly down from it. Many of the workers carried signs that declared “Save American Jobs, Lift the Moratorium”
Jindal read from a order issued by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman that blocked the six-month moratorium declared by the Interior Department. He called the ruling a “rare instance” of common sense from a federal official.
Jindal attacked the inadequate response of BP and federal government officials to the oil spill in the Gulf.
The red tape and mistakes are costing the state both in environmental damage and in lost revenue both from the seafood and the oil industry. Too little is being done, Jindal said, and the steps that the state has tried to take to rectify the situation have been met with stalling and discussions of bureaucratic jurisdictions. He has mobilized the state’s National Guard but they have been met with resistance from the Interior Department and the Army Corps of Engineers. At every turn, state officials are being actively thwarted in taking measures to act against the oil encroaching upon areas that are still clean.
In the audience, was an employee of the host company, Gulf Island Fabrication. He said the Gulf Island is big enough and has a diverse enough client list to keep its employees busy for a while but the moratorium will eventually have an impact.
Other state economic oil industry leaders have said the moratorium would cause drilling companies to send the rigs overseas. The rigs are designed to be mobile so once they have been moved and are being used elsewhere it would be likely that they would not return. This is the concern of the local workers and businessmen. It is also a big concern for our state’s future.
The BP rig Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred on April 20th. Eleven men died in the explosion and the oil spill is still not contained.