Posted: Aug 21, 2010 9:45 AM
Source: Associated Press
Government documents show that more than 23,000 workers are affected by the moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
According a memo last month from Michael Bromwich, the nation's top drilling regulator, the six-month suspension is directly putting 9,450 people out of work. The memo also says the ban indirectly affects nearly 14,000 other jobs.
The moratorium was put in place after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 people. Millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf after the explosion.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has halted deepwater drilling until Nov. 30, saying the BP spill showed the industry wasn't prepared for a massive underwater blowout.