June 8th, 2010
12:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Gulf spill widows: Don't stop drilling

(CNNMoney.com) - The widows of two men killed on the Deepwater Horizon drill rig urged lawmakers Monday to allow drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to continue, saying the oil industry is a major source of income for families in the region.

"Drilling in the gulf must continue," said Courtney Kemp, of Jonesville, La., whose husband was killed along with 10 other workers when the drill rig exploded and sank in April. The rig, operated by Transocean, was contracted to develop a well leased by BP.

"If drilling ceases, not only would off-shore employees lose their jobs," said Kemp, "but the trickle-down effect would be devastating not only to the coastal states, but eventually to the entire country."

The comments came during a hearing of the House subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in Chalmette, La., to explore the local impact of the oil spill in the Gulf. It was the latest in a series of Congressional hearings aimed at exploring the causes and consequences of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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  1. Dano

    I'm sure BP paid the widows quite well for their support.

    June 8, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Regional incomes, do not compare with destroying the planet.

    June 8, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. kimberly

    WHO CARES! They may have lost their husbands, but MOST Americans do NOT want drilling to continue, and the FEW people that want this to continue are sol!

    June 8, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Mrs Kemp's loss is sad and her heart is in the rigth place, bt she is not an economist and can't possibly know the "impact on the entire nation".
    The fact is by continuing to allow oil based fuels as our power source will affect the entire nation. Mrs Kemp would be the perfect spokes person for the alternative fuel movement right now.

    June 8, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. SocialismBad

    Only the ridiculously incompetent Obozo could take a disaster and make it even worse!

    Require off shore oil drillers to test their blow out preventers twice day! Or require immediate reporting of ANY accident or equipment failure affecting the rig for longer than a few hours that may result in a spill.

    But to shutdown off shore oil drilling? Only an inexperienced community organizer would do that!

    June 8, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    Smells like they got a nice payoff.I say just trickle down on these scumbags.

    June 8, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Duck Fallas

    Only a retard would call a moratorium on new deep well drilling in the Gulf of Mexico shutting down all offshore drilling.

    June 8, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People shouldn't allow themselves to be "pimped out" by BPs money and show some respect for their loved ones and the planet. How soon people forget when they see dollar signs flashing before their eyes, they lose all their integrity.

    June 8, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Love to see the Right destroyed...

    I am truly sorry for your loss and pray the souls of your husband and 10 others who died rest in peace. However, drilling needs to stop. We make mistakes when we make decisions emotionally I hope you can see that drilling is not the solution rather the problem.

    June 8, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. jim

    " not only would off-shore employees lose their jobs "

    Does that mean that the millions of American jobs that went off-shore to China and India will be returning to America? I don't think so. The global companies that own the US Government could careless about you or me as Americans. Quit your crying and join the party of lost American jobs due to global companies. Your jobs will most likely be replaced by foreigners anyway once things are cleaned up – that is the American way - off-shore.

    June 8, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Sorensen

    Of course drilling must continue. But not now.
    Serious supervision must be established before it can start again.
    Of course, under Bush no serious supervision existed anywhere.
    Thus all the disasters.
    Obama better take this very seriously, or he will loose the election.
    In the meantime, the discussion about BP is totally misguided.
    This could definately be the end of BP. The total cost is grossly
    underestimated, and somebody ought to look seriously into BP's
    realistic financial position, to-day and in 3 years. They might never be able to deal with this as an ongoing concern.
    1. The cost of the clean-up over the next 5 years (at least) could
    easily reach 30 Billion $.
    2. The cost of thousands and thousands of legitimate lawsuits over the next 5 years could easily reach 30 Billion as well.
    3. The drop in BP's market cap could easily reach 80% of total
    value.
    4. Top management and Board will be fired (as they should), and
    second level management (at least the smart ones) will go away
    as fast as possible. Who in his/her right mind will waste 5 years
    of your career fighting lawsuits in America and a totally destroyed
    publc image.
    So somebody ought to look into BP's capability to pay anything over
    time.
    Total fixed and current assets and shareholder value will
    evaporate. Exxon, Shell, etc. are probably already strategizing
    about what they can get at, say, 25 cents to the dollar when the
    firesale occurs.
    An old danish proverb says: "Ther are good reasons, why the trees
    don't grow into heaven!"
    Arrogance is one of them.

    June 8, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Stacey

    No more drilling, Mr. President. Who cares what the greedy haters think. No more drilling. No more destroying the ocean and marine life. Ignore the haters. They'll still hate you regardless what you do anyway. NO MORE DRILLING, PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    June 8, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. johnnyhouse

    I can hear all that "green squealing" when all of those trillions being put into wind machines will not do the job. Should tap the halls of Congress if wind is what we need. Probably won't be a place in the world for Algore to hide. Oil in the wrong place is bad, but none in the right place is worse. As for destroying the planet, man is sure giving himself a lot of credit that he is not capable of.Man might destroy himself but the planet writes it own obit.

    June 8, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. TCM

    It wouldn't surprise me a bit to find out that the Obama administration was behind the rig explosion, and subsequent foot-dragging after the spill...all to further their liberal green agenda. Obama wants to break the spine of the counrty to rebuild it in a socialist regime, and it's evident through the disasters this adminstration has already caused to cripple freedoms and any capitalism opportunity. The obama clowns have made the terms "hard work," and "making money," dirty.

    June 8, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Jeffrey

    It's nice to be paid to fly from Louisiana to DC.

    June 8, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. gt

    we need to drill but we need to be safe,,, the oil companies could learn alot from the nuke plants around the country about safety... en there are no jobs anyway dont kill these jobs ..improve the proscess for safety..$10 a gallon gas sucks anyway...

    June 8, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. johnnyhouse

    I have yet to hear one person provide an alternative to petroleum that is workable and in sufficient amounts to serve our needs. They seem to be worried about ole Rush more than the problems at hand. Obama is not presidential material but he surely is not responsible for this oil leak.

    June 8, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. johnnyhouse

    Without regional incomes we don't need the planet.

    June 8, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Erik S.

    kimberly, you have no idea what you are talking about, obviously. Obama needs NOT to over react, drilling will continue, but there should be more regulation, which was the point in the first place.

    June 8, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. The only Sane one on here

    almost everyone who has commented here is insane. Do you really think that we are at the point where we can stop drilling? WAKE UP. This widow is absolutely correct. We cannot stop drilling because of this accident. Sadly this is exactly what Obama needed to push his "Cap and Tax" program. Sometimes I wish that CNN would censor some of the very IGNORANT people who comment here.

    June 8, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. geecee

    See, this is the problem confronting the President. No matter what he decides, he will be criticized for making the wrong choice. Keep drilling and he alienates millions of people who want clean energy and an end to dependence on fossil fuels and untold damage to our environment. Stop drilling and he alienates the "drill, baby, drill" crowd who doesn't care what danger off-shore drilling poses to the workers, as long as they can make money working an oil rig, and their families can live a decent lifestyle. No matter the danger, oilmen and coalminers will keep at it evidently because they don't know how to do anything else to make a living. And let's not forget the oil companies who make billions of dollars a year on oil and employ thousands of people. You don't think they want to stop drilling, do you? So, talk about being between a rock and hard place!!! Yikes.

    June 8, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. katiec

    It is hard to believe that anyone, after the diaster that just occured, wants to continue on with business as usual.
    Until these oil companies have back up plans, have installed and enforce safety procedures, drilling should come to a standstill.
    Lives and environment should take priority over greed.

    June 8, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    A few jobs in Louisiana - and the taxpayers all over the natiion are hit to supplemen everything from oil spills to hurricanes. They want US to pay their salaries.

    GO SAVE A PELICAN !!!!! Do something useful – don't just run your mouths about what affects the entire countr.

    June 8, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. johnnyhouse

    Lets all have a show of hands who are willing to park their cars and freeze their rear ends off next winter rather than have drilling offshore for oil . Put it his way.Had you rather pay the Arabs more for theirs than it is worth so they can further their goal of ruling the world?

    June 8, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. AK Steve

    Don't stop drilling? Are you kidding me. It killed their husbands and made for the worst environmental disaster in US history. Don't stop drilling?

    Haven't these people heard of solar, wind and geothermal? Don't they realize that alternative energies offer SAFE and CLEAN. Don't they realize that the market for this industry is wide open?

    If anyone is worried about our national security, then stop the drilling and start investing in clean energy we can produce here. The only thing we lead the world in is: consumption, pollution and military spending.

    Are we really proud of that? Come on folks... the world is changing and we're lagging behind.

    June 8, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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