Louisiana backs oil industry, wants drilling moratorium thrown out
Louisiana is supporting a lawsuit to overturn the six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling. The ban could cost the local oil industry as much as $330 million a month, the state says.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is supporting a legal challenge that seeks to reverse President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. While the administration has been adamant about pausing all deep-water drilling until the cause of the Gulf oil spill is determined, Governor Jindal says the economic well-being of his state hangs in the balance.
In papers filed Sunday in federal court in New Orleans, Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell wrote that the state would be “crippled by the Deepwater Horizon disaster” and that it is positioned to lose almost 11,000 direct and indirect jobs in five months.