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Would an offshore drilling moratorium make a bad oil spill worse?

Many news reports have called President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling an unwarranted knee-jerk reaction to BP’s catastrophic offshore explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Opponents of the moratorium say that the ban would deal a devastating economic blow to Gulf Coast communities already besieged by oil. After two court rulings against Obama’s earlier ban on new offshore drilling, the President has issued a new moratorium that he hopes will stand up in court. The move has sparked further outrage in the oil industry and throughout those states that benefit directly from offshore drilling. Louisiana Democrat Nancy Landrieu, ... Read More

Shelby seeks fisheries disaster declaration for Alabama

Federal officials are expanding zones in the Gulf of Mexico that are off-limits to fishing because of the widening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) is asking the federal government to declare a commercial fishing disaster in his state. “Alabama’s fishing industry represents one of the largest economic engines in the state – accounting for more than $800 million in sales and nearly 18,000 jobs,” Shelby wrote in a letter to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, whose department is responsible for overseeing U.S. fisheries. “A federal fisheries disaster declaration will provide immediate federal assistance to ... Read More