Perry: Drill, baby, drill ... in Iowa?
December 16th, 2011
05:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry: Drill, baby, drill ... in Iowa?

Storm Lake, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry suggested Friday that Iowa may be ripe for natural gas drilling.

Speaking to packed coffee house in Storm Lake during his statewide bus tour, the Texas governor accused President Barack Obama of blocking domestic energy exploration.

"I say, Mr. President, free us in this country to create jobs, free us to allow us to be more dependent on domestic crude, crude that comes from the domestic hemisphere," he said. "Open up our federal lands and waters so that we can have access."

Perry pointed to the Marcellus Shale formation that extends from New York down through Appalachia, saying that scientists only recently discovered large amounts of natural gas under the ground there.

"I mean, we don't know what's underneath Iowa," he said. "There is new technologies coming along. You may be sitting on one of the big gas formations."

"Ten years ago, they didn't know that the Marcellus Shale was there," he said. "They didn't know that we have this massive amount of energy that we are sitting on."


Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. robert collins

    Reach Perry reach.

    December 16, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. SoSad

    Perry Breaking News, GOD does not like you!

    December 16, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. jean

    "I mean, we don't know what's underneath Iowa," he said.

    Yes, we do. There are these things called aquifers that contain water that is used for drinking.

    December 16, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Poipounder

    I don't dare use my lighter around my faucet in fear I will be burned

    December 16, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. bill

    and the rich get richer, no fracking
    people in iowa beware

    December 16, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Bill in Florida

    More lies from the GOP. The fact is that domestic oil production under Obama is at its highest level since 2003. You can Go o gle it if you don't believe me.

    December 16, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. bipar08

    how much money is perry getting
    iowa beware

    December 16, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. jim

    conservatives STILL don't get it. petroleum products ... and that includes natural gas ... are a FINITE resource. we can not ... CAN NOT ... drill our way out of that fact. sooner or later, there will be no more petro-chemicals. the time to develop renewable fuels is NOW!

    December 16, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. MontanaDave

    People have known about the Marcellus formation for decades the technology to tap it was limiting factor, and as far as opening up federal lands –Iowa is comprised of a colossal 0.8% federal lands–the rest being private. As far as opening up water–the EPA gets involved when water is contaminated, otherwise water rights are a state issue–to me this is just another shallow unintelligent argument by Perry. (For record I'm pro-drilling)

    December 16, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. lynn

    So more gas and oil can be exported to China?

    December 16, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Rick Perry would start a new war guaranteed !

    This guy must be on Hillbilly Heroin , " Back Pain " !

    December 16, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Candace Clough

    Mr Perry just wants to prepare you for your possible future Iowa... yippee http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-08/gas-fracking-chemicals-detected-in-wyoming-aquifer-epa-says.html

    December 16, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Jason

    Haha. Maybe someone should tell Rick that the last thing the domestic nat gas industry needs now is more supply. Prices are in the toilet thanks to a glut in supply. If Rick was capable of more than tired talking points he'd point out that the real problem is using it. Obama has failed to embrace gas as a foreign oil alternative.

    December 16, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Regis990

    In ten years, scientists will find a lot of hot gas hiding inside of Rick Perry's head.

    December 16, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. Millie

    I live in Iowa and the only natural gas we have around here is the constant flow of gibberish spewing from the mouths of these Republican president wannabes.

    December 16, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. craig

    "I say, Mr President, free us to rape the landscape, create more and more pollution, and destroy the environment. What is important here is money, and there's money to be made. We will also create jobs. In the short term they will provide for more pollution and all kinds of neat stuff. In the long term, they will ensure that our children have more work to do...cleaning up after we've destroyed the world. It's a true win-win! Heck, the bill won't come due until after I'm out of office. Not my problem!

    December 16, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. dee

    I live in Texas, but if another state wants to keep this idiot, then welcome to him. I'm embarrassed every time this fool opens his mouth.

    December 16, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. encore

    That right perry they dont know what under them it just may be the pit of hell. I say let em drill so we will be rid of a lot of redneck.

    December 16, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. SqueakyVoice

    Look Rick, if you really think there's going to be drilling in Iowa you need to coordinate things with Warren Buffett first. Are you guys friends?

    December 16, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. Terry Gloege

    Rather than talk about what he didn't know 10 years ago he ought to be brushing up on what he didn't know 10 minutes ago. -

    December 16, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. todd in DC

    Well, if the Iowans don't mind having water you can light on fire, who am I to judge?

    December 16, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. dubya

    Perry like bush couldnt find oil in Texas lol

    December 16, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Texas Bob

    There is no oil and gas left in Texas so Perry who is in the pockets of the oil companies is rounding up more business. Kind of tells you who would run the USA if he was President!

    December 16, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. FIELD1stSGT

    He has blocked it per George Soros orders. They expect Oil from Alaska and Canada to go to China and will do whatever to see that it happens. Wake up America.

    December 16, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. lgny

    Perhaps there should be a minimum IQ requirement for presidential candidates. Perry would surely fail.

    December 16, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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