Golf Coast lawmakers push for more drilling permits

The administration’s “slow-walking” of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico is costing thousands of jobs and crippling the Gulf region’s economy, Gulf Coast officials told Congress Wednesday.

“We continue to feel the burden of regulatory uncertainty, which has led to the freezing of investment and expenditures and consequently a drag on our economy,” Scott Angelle, secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources, told members of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Hattiesburg American
3/16/11