Thursday, June 29, 2006

Gulf Gas Lease

Via Blagueur:
Federal officials want a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Kathleen Blanco to discuss her objection to the August sale of federal leases for oil and gas exploration off Louisiana's coast.

The Blanco administration has agreed to the meeting with two caveats:

- It must focus on ways to address the governor's concerns.

- It should include high level officials, such as, the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior or the director of the Minerals Management Service.

Blanco is attempting to block the federal government's lease sale as part of her push for the state to glean some of the billions of dollars going into the U.S. Treasury.

If Katrina has taught me one thing, never place too much faith in anything, because you will almost always end up disappointed. A part of me is happy to see Blanco stepping up to the plate and following up to the promises she made to her constituency earlier in the year, but I'm reluctant to put too much faith in our governor.

Why?

The governor has said she would settle for an investment by the federal government in protecting and restoring the coastal environment.

If Nader was in power, I'd have no objection to this settlement, but the Bush administration hardly prides itself on being environmentally conservative; I'm hardly convinced that they'd follow through on their promises, and I'm not entirely sure if all future administrations would be willing to invest in "protecting and restoring the coastal environment". Changes to the lease would guarantee the state money for coastal protection on a yearly basis--and we wouldn't have to worry about pushing the federal government to follow through on any of their investment promises.

We'd just have to worry about making sure that money was properly spent.

Read the full article here.

1 Comments:

Blogger Schroeder said...

Agreed. I'm mad as hell at Jindal for forcing this sort of a deal down our throats. So, if an oil company decides to build oil rigs off the coast of Alabama, Florida gets the spills whether they like it or not.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 3:58:00 PM  

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