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From the Times Picayune today:


As Louisiana's maritime industry continues to reel from President Barack Obama's deepwater drilling moratorium, a leading oil production company has announced it's looking to move some of its fleet to foreign waters.


Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced that it is shutting down three exploratory drilling rigs in the deepwater Gulf, all off the Louisiana coast, and assured shareholders that it would move its operations "from the Gulf to other areas of our global portfolio" so it could meet annual production goals.


The announcement seemed to confirm fears among some shipbuilders and vessel operators that Obama's six-month stoppage could effectively shut down their work for at least two years and force immediate layoffs. Chett Chaisson, executive director of Port Fourchon, said at least two port tenants, who declined to be named, are poised to announce layoffs, although none have been confirmed as of late Monday.

Chaisson said one company would have to lay off about 20 employees in the next two weeks and, if the moratorium is extended at all, would then have to cut loose most of its remaining 80 employees at the port.

He said a larger firm may have to terminate as many as 3,500 employees at the Lafourche Parish port, mostly dock facilities workers. Port Fourchon services 90 percent of all deepwater drilling activity in the Gulf and stands to lose 60 percent of its business under the moratorium, Chaisson said.



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Don't forget that there are commercial fishermen who will be hurt.


I would guess that tourism to the area is also going to take a hit.


Anyone involved in rec fishing is going to get hurt.

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