Louisiana’s War over the Drilling Moratorium

  • Published on July 6th, 2010

By Mike Stagg (from FailDrill)

President Obama’s deep-water drilling moratorium has touched off a political war because it threatents the empires of two families at the heart of Louisian’s Republican oligarchy – the Bollingers and the Choests. Bobby Jindal is fighting to protect the wealth of his biggest benefactors – as well as his job.

Any chance for good cooperation between the federal government and the state of Louisiana in the response to the BP Gulf Gusher died on May 30 when the U.S. Department of the Interior declared a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the then month-old disaster.[social_buttons]

Although the New York Times reported that Governor Bobby Jindal’s personal dissatisfaction with the federal response to the disaster had gone public by May 3, the moratorium ratcheted up the pressure in the already tense situation by threatening losses in the industry that had caused the disaster.

Check out the rest of this article at Important Media‘s newest blog:  FailDrill, covering the worst environmental disaster of our generation in the Gulf of Mexico.

About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.