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July 15th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

Drilling ban costing jobs

The Obama administration is not backing down when it comes to a temporary ban on deep-water drilling in the gulf. Earlier this week, interior secretary Ken Salazar ordered a new ban to replace earlier ones that were struck down in court. But even the president's own oil spill panel is expressing doubts about the need to suspend drilling after hearing days of testimony from people who are suffering because of it. Cherri Foytlin is one of those who testified. She spoke with CNN's Kiran Chetry Thursday, along with her husband, Forest Foytin. He's an offshore field technician who fears his job is in jeopardy. Tommy Webb, a furloughed oil rig worker also weighed in.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Julie

    Obama is right. If you can not do something responsible. We need to turn to more SAFE IDEAS.
    Suppression of technology as Saturn Plant buys up more efficent motor plans and tests them and shelves them becasue not cost efficient because no need for parts. My brother over 20 years ago, built a motor there that worked on magnets, Used one gallon of gasoline and went 500 miles. My brother stated that the gasoline guzzling engine was 75 years obsolete.
    Personally I despise plastic gasoline products touching my foods. Europe went back to cardboard wax boxes for milk and food products. Glass bottles much safer.
    It will be 20 years or more to clean up that mess in the gulf. BP will renig on cleanup efforts just like Alaska spill.

    July 19, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello CNN friends,

    We Need to go Green(Use Green Energy)
    and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board must keep
    the Audit Quality High, so that Every Audit Check Ups
    at Oil companies and Other Organizations will
    Prevent Future Offshore Drilling Mistakes!

    Jurgen R. Brul

    July 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  3. Alyssa Webb


    If my Dad's job on a SHALLOW water rig is obsolete, then I guess you don't need any of the following products:

    Ammonia, Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Antiseptics, Aspirin, Auto Parts, Awnings, Balloons, Ballpoint pens, Bandages, Beach Umbrellas, Boats, Cameras, Candles, Car Battery Cases, Carpets, Caulking, Combs, Cortisones, Cosmetics, Crayons, Credit Cards, Curtains, Deodorants, Detergents, Dice, Disposable Diapers, Dolls, Dyes, Eye Glasses, Electrical Wiring Insulation, Faucet Washers, Fishing Rods, Fertilizer, Fishing Line, Fishing Lures, Food Preservatives, Food Packaging, Garden Hose, Glue, Hair Coloring, Hair Curlers, Hand Lotion, Hearing Aids, Heart Valves, Ink, Insect Spray, Insecticides, Linoleum, Lip Stick, Milk Jugs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Pantyhose, Perfume, Petroleum Jelly, Rubber Cement, Rubbing Alcohol, Shampoo, Shoes, Toothpaste, Trash Bags, Upholstery, Vitamin Capsules, Water Pipes, Clothing Ink, Parachutes, Telephones, Enamel, Epoxy paint, Car sound insulation, Cassettes, Motorcycle helmets, Pillows, Shower doors, Refrigerator linings, Electrical tape, Safety glass, Nylon rope, Ice buckets, Toilet seats, Denture adhesive, Loudspeakers, Movie film, Candles, Water pipes, Golf balls, Sunglasses, Soft contact lenses, Footballs, Paint brushes, Fan belts, Luggage, Toothbrushes, Ice cube trays, Plywood adhesive…

    We aren't whining or feeling sorry for ourselves. My Dad wants his job back so he can continue to provide people like YOU with the products listed above. Perhaps you need to educate yourself.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  4. Hoyt Kuku

    They have six kids! I would be worrying too if I had made that kind of commitment to consuming the world's resources.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  5. howie

    what do these people think that permits should be surrendered for a few lines of cocaine and a trip to a strip club? well that was under the bush cheney roadshow, our president has many more people to concern himself with then just you. sadly you went into a field that has shown its ugly greedy head in the days leading up to the explosion on the rig....and for 80+ days so far... keep the ban in place stop whining and look at the tarballs ruining so many others way of life and stop feeling sorry for yourself, take your kids and go get a BP jobs cleaning our beaches...

    July 15, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  6. howie

    how many asbestos miners do we have in the united states? comes a time that certain industries need to be rethought, and that time has come for deep-water offshore drilling. their drilling has cost us jobs here in Florida and we have no wells off our shores, we do not benefit from the drilling jobs, and thats the way we want it. we like our coastline, fisheries and sea-life and lifestyle way more then a few dollars from unsightly leaky oil wells, so retrain mr oil roughneck the deep-water horizon has made your job obsolete just like the asbestos miner. and i say good riddance and am sure many others do too!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 11:06 am |