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Lifted deepwater drilling ban means good things for economy

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Oct. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.


The lifted ban on deepwater drilling is good news for the oil industry, Crossroads oil workers said.

The change will put many people back to work and bring an economic boost to the coastal region, said Bobby Garner, superintendent with Prohawk in Cuero.

"It's got to be detrimental to their economy over there," he said. "The spill was a bad deal, and I don't want to minimize that, but I know this has got to be hard."

Many people depend on the off-shore rigs indirectly, from supply stores to crew boat captains and even the electricians that make sure the rigs are in proper working order, he said.

Victoria's Halliburton deals solely with drilling on land but the company itself has operations worldwide, said Wesley Hawkins, a service manager with the company's local office.

He also said the change was good news, explaining it would benefit a variety of sectors, such as Louisiana's restaurant industry.

The lift was a long time coming, he said.

"It's about time," Hawkins said. "It's their livelihood down there."

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