The Obama administration Wednesday opened millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling at a lease sale in New Orleans, drawing hundreds of protestors from across the Gulf region, who rallied outside and within the event at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Twice a year the federal government auctions off land in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. It’s usually a pretty quiet affair. But on Wednesday hundreds of protesters marched into the Superdome to try to disrupt the sale.
Wednesday morning, around 300 protesters gathered outside New Orleans’s City Hall and marched half a mile to the Superdome as part of a protest to shut down the auction of a whopping 45 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to oil companies.
Chanting "the Gulf is not for sale" and "you can't wash us away," dozens of protesters crashed a meeting on Wednesday at the Superdome in New Orleans, where the Obama administration was finalizing an offshore drilling auction that made nearly 45 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico available to oil and gas development.
Our state and our region are hurting. Slumping oil prices mean fewer jobs and less revenue for the state. We can’t drill our way out of this problem nor can we cling to a hope that this, like the slumps of the 1970s and 1980s, shall pass.
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