Two Texas congressmen are promising to fight against the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium that the Obama administration has put into effect.
The congressmen, Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, and Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, spoke at a rally of nearly 300 people at a July 7th town hall meeting called by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).
The Congressmen warned not to rely on leadership. They urged individuals to get involved and to educate others.
“The energy industry has been demonized for years. It’s not just because people don’t understand it. It’s because there’s no political price for damaging your industry,” Congressman Brady said. “They don’t see energy workers – they just see energy executives. So they feel free to undercut the two million workers in this industry because they don’t think they have any energy workers in their districts.”
Congressman Olson noted that the drilling moratorium will not make deepwater drilling safer, yet will damage the US economy. He warned of a bill in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee that would increase the $75 million liability limit on offshore facilities. Cong. Brady has proposed an alternative that would consider the risks of each rig separately.
“I’m committed to making sure that we have a bill that does not kill more jobs or harm the industry even further,” Olson said.