OMSA applauds decision to resume deepwater drillingNews // October 13, 2010
The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has applauded the lifting of the ban on deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, but has called for permits to be issued immediately so that work can resume and stability restored to the economy.
"This moratorium has kept US vessels at the dock, canceled orders at shipyards and killed jobs for families throughout the Gulf region. Safe domestic energy production must resume," said interim President/CEO Jim Adams.
OMSA said the ban has had a significant economic impact on the US economy and has cost Americans more than 12,000 estimated jobs and has forced US offshore vessels to leave the Gulf for oil exploration in other parts of the world.
"In order to keep additional vessels from leaving and to get US vessels working again, drilling permits need to be issued to promote safe exploration and development immediately," said OMSA.