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Gerard: Don't Put Energy Jobs at Risk

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 9, 2010

API President and CEO Jack Gerard told Congress today that raising the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund cap from $75 million to $10 billion "would place about 145,000 jobs at risk."

In prepared remarks, Jack explained congressional legislation to raise the cap could force all but the very largest oil companies out of the Gulf of Mexico, adding that costs for offshore operations could increase by 25 percent.

"The impacts would be devastating...just a 10 percent increase in development costs could render seven current discoveries sub-economic, reducing production, jobs, and putting $7.6 billion in future government revenue at risk."

Jack also said API is developing recommendations for Congress and the administration on how to effectively address liability limits and financial responsibility requirements for offshore exploration activities.

His full statement for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is available here.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.