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Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act Of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CHILDERS. Mr. Chair, I rise today in support of the amendment I introduced with my friend and colleague from Louisiana, Mr. MELANCON. The amendment would lift the moratorium on deepwater drilling for the responsible actors who meet strict safety requirements for their drilling operations. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been a tragedy for the Gulf Coast, one we can ill afford as our nation works toward economic recovery. However, in the state of Mississippi, thousands of workers are employed by the deepwater drilling industry. Because of the moratorium these hard-working Americans will struggle to make ends meet in an already difficult economic environment. The Gulf Coast, from Florida to Texas, is suffering from this disaster and in Mississippi we cannot afford to lose even more jobs due to this tragedy. The path to recovery from the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be long; we should not stand in the way of safe and responsible employers and the families they support.

I applaud the reorganization of the ethics plagued Minerals Management Service by the Department of the Interior in the underlying bill. It is my hope that the new regulatory structure will be an effective tool for ensuring safe drilling practices so that lives are not lost and moratoriums are not needed. Deepwater drilling is not only a source of American jobs but also an important source of domestic energy production in our fight for energy independence.

I ask my colleagues to join me today in supporting this amendment to save jobs and help the entire Gulf Coast region to recover.

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