June 4th, 2010
09:19 AM ET

Rigs taking drilling, jobs abroad in wake of moratorium

With a moratorium in place, some rigs are taking their business elsewhere.

Of the 33 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico that have been slapped with a six-month moratorium, at least two are already on track to move abroad, an official in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, told CNN.

The contracts for these rigs are now void and that leaves the door open for these worldwide oil companies to take their drilling – and the jobs these rigs fuel directly and indirectly – elsewhere, said Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.

Port Fourchon is a main service base for the gulf’s oil industry, and the suspension of the rigs – all served by businesses operating from the port – will be “devastating,” the commission executive said.

Chiasson could not say which company or companies had already made plans to leave. Most likely they will head to waters outside Brazil or Nigeria, but he said information he’s been getting from the industry shows two have formed departure plans and several others are weighing options.

“Oil companies are in business to make money,” Chiasson said. “They’re going to shop these rigs around.”

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soundoff (377 Responses)
  1. TrishG

    This spill works out great for the cap and trade and global climate control voodoo science. Now, everybody strap a windmill onto your vehicles or get a homeowner's variance so that you can put a horse on your front lawn to ride to work. This "pie in the sky" technology doesn't exist so ,get rid of the oil and go back to the dark ages. We've Utopianed ourselves into a complete lack of common sense. If this government hadn't made it impossible to drill on land, there wouldn't be drilling at these depths. The elites won't change their lifestyle but the average person will rue the day they bought into Obama and his group of "whatever they are" minions.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. StarkRG

    Nobody seems to care about the jobs lost when abortion clinics close.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. TOM

    No one knows the long term effects of constantly puming toxins into this closed system we call home(the planet). Generally if you screw with any closed sytem enough, it will collapse. Physics 101

    June 5, 2010 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. lawless0311

    Whats funny is, is that everyone here who is jumping for joy over production being stopped in our oil industry will be the first SOB's to start complaining when gas gets so expensive you cant afford to start your car much less drive around. Im all for the inviroment being saved but in the end we all got to drive. So suck it up and go hug another tree. we will get through this no reason to start killing BP execs and torturing Haliburton

    June 5, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. usafirefly

    WHO are these 33 companies? WHO is profitting from these companies? 48 Hours did a sloppy job not answering this one too!

    June 5, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. OilMoney

    Drilling offshore is more safe than drilling onshore. Blowouts happen all the time on land. The gulf is our future and we cannot let the British screw it up. We need to clean the spill and keep producing.

    June 5, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • usafirefly

      Then do you agree laws regarding blowouts should NOT be voluntary (Dick Cheney kept it voluntary–that's fact)? It's spare change for companies to build in extra precaution...what will make them all do this?

      June 5, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. A P Bay

    The answer to the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis is simple. It starts with legislation. We need to require mandatory relief wells to be dug by all companies doing transoceanic drilling in the world. We have large oil reserves, and oil is part of our future. We cannot move forward without learning from this incident. Relief wells should be required to be dug prior to production wells. The future of the oil industry is in our oceans. Two-thirds of our planet is covered by seawater. If we do not learn from this disaster, we will be doomed to repeat it. A relief well is analogous to a safety belt in an automobile. We cannot blame the oil industry for this disaster, we must learn from it and legislate it. It is our fault for not having the foresight to protect our oil reserves and lands. We must move forward and create industry wide standardization from this that allows safer drilling worldwide. It may raise oil prices and affect the industries bottom line, but as we move forward into deeper and more challenging transoceanic drilling it is the most conservative, logical, and responsible option that exists from an engineering standpoint. We cannot afford similar disasters in our future from an ecologic, financial, and social standpoint. It is imperative that we move into our future dependence on oil with responsible foresight, and that we learn from our irresponsibility here by not requiring mandatory relief wells in drilling in our waters off the Gulf of Mexico.

    June 5, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |

    All of you can kiss my roughneck a$$. DRILL HERE DRILL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sherrie

    I cannot believe some of the posts on here...I for one feel the spill needs cleaned up, but I also have a direct loss from this mess. My husband lost his job until further notice....we are in limbo...with no real way to survive the job loss. Maybe before all of you oil haters out there comment...you should look at this list. You think importing oil is cheaper...sure hope you don't make minimum wage!
    Some (Not all) Products made From Oil

    This is a list of some of the products made from oil. Nearly everything in our lives is made from oil, made by machinery and systems dependent on oil, and transported by oil as either gas or diesel fuel.

    Ammonia, Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Antiseptics, Aspirin, Auto Parts, Awnings, Balloons, Ballpoint pens, Bandages, Beach Umbrellas, Boats, Cameras, Candles, Car Battery Cases, Carpets, Caulking, Combs, Cortisones, Cosmetics, Crayons, Credit Cards, Curtains, Deodorants, Detergents, Dice, Disposable Diapers, Dolls, Dyes, Eye Glasses, Electrical Wiring Insulation, Faucet Washers, Fishing Rods, Fishing Line, Fishing Lures, Food Preservatives, Food Packaging, Garden Hose, Glue, Hair Coloring, Hair Curlers, Hand Lotion, Hearing Aids, Heart Valves, Ink, Insect Repellant, Insecticides, Linoleum, Lip Stick, Milk Jugs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Panty Hose, Perfume, Petroleum Jelly, Rubber Cement, Rubbing Alcohol, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Shoes, Toothpaste, Trash Bags, Upholstery, Vitamin Capsules, Water Pipes, Yarn.......

    The list goes on. We rely on oil. there is no way to change that in a six month time and survive the impacts. My lord this world has some really ignorant people in it.

    August 6, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
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