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OMSA Responds to Interior Report On Idle Leases in the Gulf

March 29, 2011

Statement from Jim Adams, President and CEO,
Offshore Marine Service Association

(New Orleans, Louisiana) — March 29, 2011 — In response to Interior’s report on idle leases in the Gulf of Mexico, Jim Adams, president and CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), issued the follow statement:

“The Obama administration first puts a moratorium on drilling permits, then blames the industry for not exploring for oil. They can’t have it both ways.

“Why would an oil company pay to lease an area to explore, then not explore it? That might make sense to the Obama administration, but it doesn’t make sense to anyone else.

“Americans know hypocrisy when they see it. Instead of trying to shift blame for rising gas prices, the Obama administration should do something about them. Let Gulf workers get back to work and start exploring for oil again.

“America needs new permits from the Obama administration, not new excuses.

“Companies aren’t exploring for oil because the White House won’t let them. It’s the permits, stupid.”

OMSA represents the owners and operators of U.S. flag offshore service vessels and the shipyards and other businesses that support that industry.

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