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Cornyn, Olson In Stafford Today To Visit Small Business Affected By Drilling Moratorium

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Cornyn, Olson In Stafford Today To Visit Small Business Affected By Drilling Moratorium

U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Representative Pete Olson will be in Stafford today as part of an effort to “take a look at the impact the Obama Administration’s deepwater drilling moratorium is having on local small businesses, jobs, the local economy, and our nation’s energy security.”

Cornyn and Olson will begin the day with a tour of the Noble Danny Adkins drilling rig in the Gulf, roughly 220 miles south of Houston. This new semi-submersible rig has received all of its safety permits from the U.S. Coast Guard and other entities but is unable to begin initial drilling operations until the moratorium is lifted.

 Following the rig tour, Cornyn and Olson will visit Stafford small business Sunbelt Machine Works Corp., which manufactures tools for the oil and gas industry and stands to suffer layoffs and significant setbacks due to the moratorium. Family-owned Sunbelt Machine Works currently employs a staff of 70. Sunbelt has already been forced to cut back hours and productivity as a result of the moratorium, according to a Cornyn and Olson.