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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Texas Challenge of Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Wednesday, August 11, 2010  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Texas' lawsuit against the Obama Administration over its offshore drilling moratorium:

"Once again, the Obama Administration has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the rights and economies of states and the well-being of those whose jobs depend upon a safe and vibrant energy industry, many of whom live in Texas," Gov. Perry said. "It is unfortunate Texas must take such action against the federal government, but I will do everything in my power to preserve our state's economy and the jobs that feed our families. The jobs and livelihoods of too many Texans are at stake for them to be denied a voice by the Obama Administration and their federal bureaucracy."

Court documents filed by the State set forth that the Administration unilaterally imposed its offshore drilling ban without properly coordinating with the State of Texas. Further, the Administration also improperly failed to consider the moratorium's economic impact on Gulf Coast states, including Texas. Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Interior Secretary must coordinate with affected states and weigh a moratorium's economic impact before imposing an offshore drilling ban. Despite the OCSLA's requirements, the Obama Administration did not consult with Texas on either issue.

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