Reaction To The Massive ExxonMobil Oil Find

From a variety of sources.

First, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise…

“This latest find by Exxon in the Gulf of Mexico is great news that reinforces what many of us have said all along: by exploring for our natural resources here at home we can create thousands of good jobs and reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil,” Scalise said.  “It’s time that President Obama ends his permitorium on domestic drilling and allows people to go back to work drilling safely for energy in America.  More than 13,000 people have lost their jobs as a result this Administration’s failure to understand how critical it is to let people get back to work, and discoveries like this further emphasize the devastating impact of the recent moratorium and permitorium.  In order to lower the price of gas at the pump and decrease our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, it is vital that we are allowed to explore safely for our own domestic resources, while creating thousands of high paying jobs in the process.”

U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry…

“I’m not surprised Exxon found oil where it said it would find oil. If BOEMRE would be more proactive in removing barriers rather than impeding the permitting process – especially when it involves companies who have proven to drill safely in the Gulf of Mexico like Exxon, then we would be further down the road in weaning America off foreign oil and reducing our energy prices.”

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany…

“This is further proof we have an abundance of natural resources right here at home,” Boustany said. “The Administration must speed up the permitting process and put our energy producers back to work. These discoveries resulted from the long-delayed first permits issued by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and reiterate yet again further delays in permitting must end. These and other discoveries will lower the cost of gas at the pump and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.”

Louisiana Secretary of Natural Resources…

“This is a great day for the Gulf of Mexico offshore energy industry and a great day for America,” said Angelle.  “One year since our fight to lift the moratorium on deepwater drilling began, ExxonMobil has made one of the largest Gulf of Mexico discoveries in ten years.  This discovery proves that the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry is capable of finding the fuel that energizes America in a safe and responsible manner.  The presence of this activity also impacts Louisiana’s businesses and communities in a positive way.”



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