June 8th, 2010
12:13 PM ET
8 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. John VA

    No longer a viable argument. Have we not learned anything? We need to invest in alternative sources of energy which would bring new jobs. It's time! Dependence on oil is our achilles heal and I don't care where it comes from; that is not progress.

    June 8, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Wisconsinite

    America's addiction to petroleum and the products made from petroleum is the same as an alcoholic's addiction to alcohol and this just proves the point.

    June 8, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Victim of GOP Taliban

    sell your souls for $$$

    June 8, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Erik S.

    More proof that many of you people have no idea what you are talking about...

    The Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said Monday that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters.

    June 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. BillE

    Wait until 'perma tan' Boehner and the GOP vote if favor of limiting BP's and big oil's liability caps. We'll see who makes this worse.

    June 8, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Ben

    kimberly – You're on drugs if you think most Americans don't want offshore drilling. The fact is most Americans DO support offshore drilling because we realize it's a vital part of our energy strategy until alternative fuel sources are mature enough to handle the load. Only braindead Liberals would use one trgedy as an excuse to shut down all drilling. Get a clue.

    June 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. chutchin

    To SocialismBad:

    I have been reading with interest your sporadic and insulting comments concerning the Obama administration on any given event that is current or that has occurred. If you have nothing but vitriolic insults, why don't you just stop posting? Unless you are able to give specifics on all of the national and world events and how they are being mishandled, please, by all means, give us all the details. A majority of people in this country would like to see less drilling and more avenues to use different types of energy. Oh, but I forgot...I guess for you it is better to destroy the environment we live in...

    June 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. chad

    i feel bad for the loss of these people. but the jobs of the few dont out wiegh the jobs of the fisherman, hotel workers, resturaunt owners, boat and jetski rentals shops, and the counless other jobs effected by this mess. an entire lifestyle is at risk, and these people are worried about the oil industry. sad.

    June 8, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. JonDie

    This message, no doubt, paid for by a LARGE donation by BP to the families of these victims (but not others).

    June 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Slick William

    Yes, it makes so much sense to stop domestic oil production. That way we can import another 30% from the Middle East Opec Nations until we can build enough windmills and solar panels to recapture 15% of our needs. I'm sure it will be most beneficial for our economy too, we can just print some more money and tax the rainfall or wind.

    My vote is drill 10 miles out, shallow enough to fix if it blows out, close enough to cut supply costs and then aggressively implement a real ENERGY plan to move to natural gas and coal while NASA explores the viability of using an electron gun for developing a hydrogen generator for internal combustion engines, byproducts O2 and H2O.

    Oh wait, that's right, NASA was defunded, DARN!

    June 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. MN Hockey Mom

    Nothing like selling your soul in exchange for a big payoff from BP. At least the other 9 widows had more sense – and respect for their departed husbands!

    June 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. HiRay79

    These women are the stupidest people I've ever had the misfortune to read about.

    They lost their husbands, their financial support system, and an entire ecosystem, and they are still in support of drilling.

    That's like the hens speaking out in support of the fox!

    I'd rather have 1000 people be unemployed, 11 or more killed, than millions of animals and a fragile ecosystem destroyed beyond repair.

    June 8, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Ron in California

    I am saddened by the loss of life on the Gulf disaster. I am also, worried abiut the folks in La, Al and Fla whose livelihood is dependent on tourism, fishing and Yes even oil exploration and drilling. This disaster is the cofluence of the perfect storm. Deregualtion, poor oversight, cozy relationship with big oil and environmental policy. Let's start with environmental policy....pressure from the environmental groups forced Congress and States to limit oil drilling...pushing oil well farther out into deep water. Next, Oil driling technology and capabilty is not sufficient to prevent such disasters from happening...poor regualtion and oversight allowed the drilling to occur despite this fact. It was only a matter of tme befor something this bad would occur. We need to bring exploration bck on dy land where it is much safer and can be better managed.

    June 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    And the reason these widoes are considered authorities on envirnmental or energy policies would be...what? They are no more experts on the topic than the 9/11 families are on issues of national security.

    They have all my sympathy and my heart goes out to anyone who lost loved ones on that poorly-run rig. But that does not mean that we suddenly have to turn over our decision making to them.

    June 8, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Don't It Make Your Red States Black

    Let's drill more so that oil workers don't lose jobs means:
    Who cares if the fisherman and tourism gets wiped out.

    Time to end the oil addiction – stop drilling off the coasts – start building wind farms

    June 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Ryan

    Makes sense since now that BP has destroyed the tourism and fishing industries what's left? At least those widows are making cash and over fist from this.

    June 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    I respect their position and argument, but there is a much more important factor. If it can be proven safe then it should be allowed. But BP and Transoceans just proved it is not safe. In order for the right decision to be made, it needs to be shown that whatever and however many thing went wrong, they will never go wrong again. It is one of thos ethings that has to absolutely be failsafe. For instance, what about requiring standby relief wells to already be drilled and demonstrated before primary operations can begin? I know very little about oil drilling, but the idea is what makes these operations failsafe? Certainly not a blowout preventer. That didn't work, did it?

    June 8, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Bertina

    Clearly there isn't enough dead fish and birds for these people.

    June 8, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. rob, austin tx

    i think some people need to pull the heads out of the hinds. last i know of the administration did not stop drilling for good. they just put a stop on new drilling until this mess and safety concerns are fixed.

    i totally agree with the widows on how it will effect this country to end the drilling. yes we need to move off of oil for out energy and more needs to be done to speed that up. but to just stop can't be done as it employees people. once we have, and i do think we have the systems and technology now, what is needed to move off oil it will be a gradual decrease.

    June 8, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Ken

    It is time to start switchng over to other forms of energy. We really need to focus on that and become the world leader.

    We can't totally stop drilling now, we need to put back the regulations Cheney and his buddies destroyed and add some new ones.

    It is up to us to find a new and clean energy source!!

    June 8, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Tony

    Drill Baby, Drill. This is a horrible accident, but it should not deter us from becoming energy independent., We don't need Iran!!!

    June 8, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Dano

    Just ask anyone who makes their living along the Gulf Coast in any other profession than oil drilling and their suppliers and see how they feel about it. The economic and environmental impact is too high to continue offshore drilling.

    June 8, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. bennie new york

    They loved their husbands, but they love gasoline more.

    June 8, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Marilyn

    People who want offshore drilling should immediately stop complaining about the oil spill. If you want the economic benefits of the drilling you have to be willing to put up with oil spills.

    It's too bad the oil spilled in the Gulf didn't head directly to Texas! They reap so many benefits from the drilling - they should be the ones whose beaches are smeared with oil.

    Rick McDaniel (posted below) is correct. Regional incomes do not compare with destroying the planet or even the Gulf of Mexico.

    June 8, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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