March 2, 2011
Statement from Jim Adams, President and CEO, Offshore Marine Service Association
OMSA Urges Robust Oil Exploration Program In Gulf—Not Obama Administration Lip-Service
(New Orleans, Louisiana) — March 2, 2011 — “Testifying today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar once again paid lip-service to growing concerns about his department’s failure to approve permits for deepwater oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. In reality, Secretary Salazar has approved just one deepwater exploration permit in the past nine months — and that happened only after a federal judge found the Obama Administration in contempt of court and ordered the Interior Department to start approving permits again,” said Jim Adams, president and CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association.
“In response to questions about the Administration’s de facto moratorium on deepwater drilling, Secretary Salazar had the temerity to claim that, ‘We have a robust oil and gas program even in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill . . . .’ The only thing robust about the Administration’s oil and gas program has been its campaign against deepwater oil exploration in the Gulf,” Adams continued.
“Tens of thousands of Gulf workers are tired of the Administration’s empty words. We want action. We want to get back to work now. Gas prices are skyrocketing, America is becoming more dependent on foreign oil, and families are suffering. If President Obama truly cared about jobs and energy independence, he would lift his de facto moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. One permit is not enough.”OMSA Urges Robust Oil Exploration Program In Gulf
OMSA represents the owners and operators of U.S. flag offshore service vessels and the shipyards and other businesses that support that industry.
President and CEO, Offshore Marine Service Association