Drilling Ban Put 23K Out of Work

But BP's paying for it, White House says
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2010 8:06 AM CDT
The Transocean Development Driller III, bottom, and Development Driller II, drill relief wells at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010.   (Chuck Cook)

(Newser) – The federal moratorium on deepwater drilling isn't helping unemployment, with some 23,000 workers out of work as a result if the ban holds for six months. A July 10 White House memo showed that the ban would idle 9,450 people directly, and another 14,000 indirectly, reports the AP.

The White House re-issued its moratorium three days after the memo was written. The Interior Department notes that the economic impact hasn't hit worst-case scenario and that BP has set up a $100 million fund for workers affected by the suspension.

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