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Barbour gives Congress update on oil spill costs, recovery

WASHINGTON — Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the state’s recovery from the BP oil spill that occurred in 2010.

Barbour described the impact of the spill on the state’s beaches and economy. The moratorium on offshore drilling implemented after the spill cost the Gulf states jobs and reduced domestic oil production. The administration’s efforts to reduce domestic production of oil and gas as a response to the oil spill was clearly a mistake, he testified.

“Our country’s energy security is at stake here,” Barbour said. “The Gulf of Mexico provides approximately 30 percent of U.S.-produced crude, with deepwater wells responsible for 80 percent of total Gulf production. In the 13 months following the spill, new deepwater drilling permits are down 85 percent. This will have a lasting impact on an already out of balance oil trade deficit, in addition jobs are lost.”

Barbour also requested an alternative plan for the distribution of Clean Water Act fines.

Source: Governor’s Office

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