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Rally to Oppose Drilling Ban

Ian Scott on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 5:39:12 pm

More than 11,000 Gulf Coast residents gathered today at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA for a rally to oppose the moratorium on offshore exploration.  The crowd included public officials, business leaders and other citizens concerned about the economic havoc the drilling moratorium is already causing in Louisiana.

Their argument is pretty simple.  The moratorium has done more than halt new oil and gas exploration; it has brought to a standstill economic recovery in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. The oil and gas industry is the primary economic driver in many of Louisiana's costal parishes, directly employing tens of thousands of people in high wage jobs.  With exploration on hold, there is a very real concern that companies will redeploy rigs to other parts of the world at the expense of thousands of jobs.

Also, the industry contributes billions to state revenue, and its loss could spell hardship and dramatic service cuts.

For more information on the Rally for Economic Survival go to:

http://www.rallyforeconomicsurvival.com

Chambers and other business associations across the region have voiced opposition to the drilling moratorium.  See their recent ad in Politico:

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM130_moritorium_ad_final.html

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