Sep 1, 2010 2:37 PM by Katie Durio
BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal issued the following statement today after US District Judge Martin Feldman rejected the federal government's attempt to have the court's previous rejection of the drilling moratorium thrown out. Governor Jindal said:
"Judge Feldman said today what we have known all along - that the second moratorium the federal government issued has no 'substantial changes' from the first one and the effects are the exact same - to shut down drilling in the Gulf.
"The federal government's second moratorium further proved that they are intent on ignoring the advice of their own experts and instead insist on pursuing policies that threaten thousands of Louisiana jobs, and indeed even entire communities along our coast.
"Washington doesn't seem to understand that when these rigs leave they don't just take direct jobs with them, but they threaten all the supply businesses and related jobs that depend on them. We shouldn't have even one job eliminated or one company forced to downsize or layoff workers during this national recession. The bottom line remains that we need the folks in Washington to do their jobs to ensure drilling is safe so people in Louisiana aren't forced to lose their jobs."