Tulane hosts first forum on drilling ban
Tulane University hosted the first of eight forums dealing with President Obama's ban on deepwater drilling.
The president ordered the move after Deepwater Horizon exploded. It has drawn constant criticism from all levels of state government because critics say it could result in lost jobs.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Interior listened to testimony from a panel, which included Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle, Grand Isle Mayor David Carmardelle and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Each urged the feds to lift the ban immediately.
Director Michael Bromwich with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the ban was the right move at the time. He says there were not enough resources to handle any possible second crisis.
The forums will take six weeks to complete. Bromwich says the forum schedule will not impact any potential moves to lift the ban earlier than the current November deadline.