Captain Richard Garner has been out of work since President Obama called a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. Garner's three supply ships usually work to support oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. From the Times-Picayune:
Garner said no one in Washington seems to realize that the moratorium is punishing all mariners for the missteps of one oil company and the permissive attitude of federal regulators at Minerals Management Service.
"There are no corners being cut in our industry, but now we have to suffer," Garner said. "If there are safety procedures to implement, implement them as you go. Don't shut down our whole economy."
The folks in the Gulf have a complicated relationship with oil. The petroleum industry holds the region's economy together, putting money in the pockets of people who buy the crabs and shrimp and oysters that are now endangered by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. In Louisiana, shrimp and petroleum are celebrated together, literally together, as at the annual Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in September. I wonder if BP's well will still be leaking then.