Michale Berry off by a Few Thousand When it Comes to Gulf Moratorium

I’m not interested in digging through Berry’s screaming about the drilling moratorium in the Gulf, but if you doubt that he has been claiming that thousands of jobs have been lost, then knock yourself out on his podcast page.

The funny thing is that he hasn’t talked about it since early August, and there’s a reason why:

Fewer people than expected have applied for money from a $100 million fund BP PLC set up to help deepwater rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling prompted by the massive oil spill.

With nine days left to apply, a spokesman for the charity running the program told The Associated Press on Tuesday that only 356 people have come forward. Up to 9,000 people had been expected to seek grants of $3,000 to $30,000.

The charity said many rig workers are being kept on the job by their employers, despite the moratorium.

Grants were expected to be limited to those who worked on the 33 rigs affected by the moratorium. But with so much money apparently left over, the charity plans to offer a second round of grants — this time to workers who support the deepwater rigs, such as people on supply boats and pilots who provide helicopter transportation to rigs.

356?  356?  That’s it?


Just so you know, if you didn’t before, Michale Berry is in it for Michale Berry.  That’s all.  He’s not in it for rig workers or the Gulf coast or even for tea baggers (remember the Glenn Beck/Pat Grey takeout of Debra Medina).


7 responses to “Michale Berry off by a Few Thousand When it Comes to Gulf Moratorium

  1. The jobs lost or that will be lost from the moratorium has nothing to do with the BP Fund. That fund was setup to help those who jobs or business were effected by the BP Oil Spill, and because fewer claims have been filed than were expected tells me the oil spill did not have that great of an impact on the Gulf Cost Region.

    • You are confused. There are two different funds. This one that’s had only 356 claims is specifically for the moratorium. The other one that Rep. Barton called a “shakedown” is the larger fund being handled by the same guy that handled the fund after 9/11 and has been and still is paying out for damage caused by the oil spill.

      Do try to keep up timmie.

  2. Well it could due in part to the big hiring push for cleanup crews and massive spending by BP on the recovery effort. That does not mean in the long run jobs will not be lost as long as the moratorium is in effect.

    • From the source, “many rig workers are being kept on the job by their employers, despite the moratorium.”

      What about this statement is so difficult for you to understand?

  3. No it is not difficult to understand, it is also not difficult to understand that they will not be kept on indefently if they are not working. I applaud the oil field companies for hanging in as long as they can but it is just a matter of time.

  4. ??? everything in life is just a matter of time … in the meantime, timmie, the oil companies have not been indicating that they are holding onto personnel out of the goodness of their heart, or fake patriotism, but because it makes good business sense to them … but if you insist on looking for the downside you can always find it …

  5. Service companies like Hercules have said they can’t continue to maintain their current staff for much longer if they are unable to drill in the Gulf. I don’t think I ever said they were holding on to their employees out of patriotism. I don’t know how you got that out of what I said. Not even close.

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