Southern lawmakers, energy companies starting the offshore-drilling slow clap

posted at 2:31 pm on December 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Over the past few years, various groups of bipartisan lawmakers have tried and tried again to somehow break through the Obama administration’s bureaucratic barrier of determinedly stingy offshore-drilling allowances and convince them to permit energy companies to start up exploration and drilling again on both the east and west coasts, but to no avail. In the five-year drilling plan the administration rubber-stamped in 2012, they allowed only for limited offshore lease sales for new areas in the Gulf Coast region and perhaps off of the Alaskan coast in later years, pending environmental review.

The paltriness of their plan was not a welcome development for energy advocates, and with several states currently raking in the chips with the shale revolution in the heartland, mid-Atlantic and southern lawmakers and industries might are starting to press the issue again in earnest. So reports the AP:

Southern politicians and energy industry groups are increasing the push to allow drilling off the U.S. Atlantic Coast for oil and gas deposits that could be puny or mean big cash to a part of the country where it’s now largely absent.

Although drilling, refineries and the jobs that could accompany them are at least a decade away, the Obama Administration is weighing a decision expected to be announced in the next three months on whether to take an important early step: to allow seismic testing of the sea bottom. The tests could firm up estimates of how much hydrocarbon deposits may be out there.

Also next year, the Obama administration is expected to ramp up work preparing the country’s 2017-2022 ocean energy exploration plan. Companies that specialize in deep-water drilling want the roadmap to include selling leases that allow companies to explore, saying thousands of new jobs, economic growth and reduced foreign imports would follow.

The administration signaled last summer they that it would certainly not be amenable to any such adjustments to their deliberately lame plan, no matter how fantastically wealth- and job-creating those adjustments might be. The Obama administration more or less lucked out with the shale oil-and-gas boom being driven by the private sector on private and state lands and its subsequent helpfulness to our otherwise battered economy, and yet they seem perfectly content to continue to spend our money and resources on financially unproven but politically profitable pet projects while simultaneously stalling on allowing more industries that can create economic and energy prosperity to get in on the action. For example:

North Carolina juts east almost to the Gulfstream and near likely drilling grounds, has a long coastline and two ports, so it should expect the greatest job creation, followed by South Carolina, the groups said. The groups see the offshore industry creating about 20,000 jobs in North Carolina in 15 years if exploration is allowed starting in 2017, with thousands more jobs resulting as those paychecks circulate through the economy.


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Yeah…but like Keystone. This is only ~20K jobs and they are only temporary…like 30 years or more….

Why on earth would we want to do that when we could ‘invest’ in ‘green jobs’? /sarc

abnormal_1 on December 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I’m rooting for them/him to err on the side of prosperity & jobs but I don’t have much faith in them doing that, either, so I guess I won’t be disappointed whatever they decide to allow.

jffree1 on December 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

We have been richly blessed by God with resources that He would want us to use wisely. Global warming and the green movement is a lie. But then why should we expect anything less from an immoral Godless administration.

crosshugger on December 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM

If I were governor of one of these states, I’d go right ahead and start drilling. Hand permits out like candy. Make the feds step in and try to stop the jobs, the tax revenue, and abundant energy that would result. Make them send in the Coast Guard, the Navy, and tell them to bring guns.

That’ll look great on TV.

CurtZHP on December 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I think that the administration is waiting until an upcoming election or the need for a major diversion. Then they can say “Look what we have done for the economy!” Of course they will be banking on the short memory of the voter; however, we do remember how the administration has screwed us. Especially those of us in the petroleum industry.

DAT60A3 on December 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

If I were governor of one of these states, I’d go right ahead and start drilling. Hand permits out like candy. Make the feds step in and try to stop the jobs, the tax revenue, and abundant energy that would result. Make them send in the Coast Guard, the Navy, and tell them to bring guns.

That’ll look great on TV.

CurtZHP on December 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

ABSOUTELY!!!

If more guvs would stand up to the feds we’d have a stronger nation.

FOWG1 on December 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

” to allow seismic testing of the sea bottom”

Allow? Allow? What the Hell happened to the land of the free?

We need federal approval to do non-invasive testing in the ocean?!?

FOWG1 on December 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

King Barack is not interested in the economy.

GarandFan on December 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

” to allow seismic testing of the sea bottom”

Allow? Allow? What the Hell happened to the land of the free?

We need federal approval to do non-invasive testing in the ocean?!?

FOWG1 on December 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

ShezAMM eh? (buncha ignernt thievin bastidges – the Beltway needs a dang economy size honey wagon to pump the place out!)

Katfish on December 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

We need 38 states to call a constitutional convention for the purpose of restoring states ability to make their own decisions regarding natural resource development both within their state and adjacent shorelines. The never say yes form but never say no form of stifling any activity requiring federal permits precludes judicial review because you never get a final answer you can appeal.

KW64 on December 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

AND my butler told me that global warming has caused Christmas to be cancelled too.

growl on December 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

King Barack is not interested in the economy.

GarandFan on December 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

not quite a true statement, close, he is interested if it benefits his supporters or friends.

RonK on December 25, 2013 at 7:15 AM

It’s planned, calculated hardship. With Obama it’s willful and nasty, his additional revenge on the people and nation he hates.

arand on December 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I recall that Jeb! never would allow offshore drilling for Florida, either. He was worried about spills affecting the beaches and the tourist industry. I wonder if he’ll change is tune when he runs for prezzy.

Kissmygrits on December 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

yet they seem perfectly content to continue to spend our money and resources on financially unproven but politically profitable pet projects while simultaneously stalling on allowing more industries that can create economic and energy prosperity to get in on the action.

…oh?…is that wrong?

KOOLAID2 on December 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

“Jobs?
We don’t need no stinkin’ jobs in the Progressive Paradise of Obamastan!”

And as long as he’s leader, we won’t be getting any.

Another Drew on December 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Kissmygrits on December 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Jeb was dead set against expanded drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, even though those wells (platforms) would be “below the horizon” and not visible from any beach or tall building along the coast.
He sold his ass to the Enviro’s over that issue, as much good as it did him.

Another Drew on December 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Katfish on December 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The “noise” might upset a Whale, or something.

Another Drew on December 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Worst government ever. Wants to hide knowledge from the people. That’s because they are afraid a lot of resource is down there, and they don’t want the pressure to produce it.

Another example of the continuing pattern of ignoring the wishes of the majority of Americans. The elites know better.

I don’t get too upset over the delays, we have a glut of natural gas that last year slowed production of even existing wells, unless they were hot producers. The resources kept closed are money in the bank, and will be produced, and quite likely produced at a higher price than the present market alllows.

Every bit of retrievable resource will be produced. It is just a matter of time.

I do feel sorry for the Americans that could be working at high paying jobs for many years NOW instead of someday.

This government is so dumb it won’t even allow production of its best possible source of new revenue at a time when it is strapped for money.

Meremortal on December 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Gee .. All that blather and not one word about how the wimpy, metrosexual Jebbers Bush, former Governess of Florida, who refused to allow any drilling of Florida’s shores?
Cha, He’ll make a great POTOS.
*phhhhhhhhhhht*
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

After everyone elects me KING. the 1st thing besides term limits is to put a padlock on the EPA building.

BruceB on December 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM