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Jindal Encourages Offshore Drilling Expansion

Jindal Encourages Offshore Drilling Expansion

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 6:47am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Minerals
Management Service to expand offshore drilling, but to also pay Louisiana more to fix the damage offshore drilling has caused to the state's coast.
Jindal staked out his position on offshore drilling in a letter
to the MMS, which is considering a Bush-era proposal to expand offshore drilling.
In the letter, Jindal said more drilling in federal waters would
meet a host of needs the nation has - from creating jobs to reducing its dependency on foreign oil.
But he added that MMS has failed to recognize the damage
offshore energy production has done on Louisiana.