The biden administration’s 60 day suspension on gas leasing and drilling permits on u.s lands and waters is expected to end soon. Oil workers still fear the worst.
“Without oil and gas what are we going to do to live every day. From the time you wake up in the morning , the first thing you grab a brush. It's made out of oil and gas, so we are not going to have toothbrushes anymore” Mike Monla said.
The 60 day suspension from the Biden Administration has some workers waiting for the opportunity to sell leases again.
“Something like this is just another devastating blow to our industry” Mike Monla said.
Mike Moncla, Interim President at the Louisiana oil and gas association says governor John Bel Edwards wrote a letter to the administration explaining the importance of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana.
“Workers don't want to lose their jobs, obviously. They also don't want to relocate to try to find other jobs. They love louisiana , they love where they live , they love the environment , they love the hunting , the fishing and the great food that we have here, and they don't want to leave.” Mike Monla said.
Meanwhile advocates to address and solve climate change argue that it's time to make a transition from the oil and gas industry.
“The oil industries have not by any measure fully use all of the leases that it already has. If you think about a time for a transition , they can continue to pursue those leases while we think about our state becoming peelers in the solar and the wind industry. That is how we need to think. Ya know , It's possible to transition and to come out on top , and if we acknowledge it and plan for it , we can do it” Anne Rolfes said.
Now Mike Moncla says that there is no reason that the oil industry can’t be successful under Biden's presidency.