Trace Adkins Expresses Opposition to Oil Drilling Moratorium in Gulf of Mexico

Trace Adkins, who spent a decade working in oil fields before finding stardom, says a moratorium on deepwater drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is “ridiculous.” Adkins made the comment Thursday night (June 17) on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Adkins, who spent six years working on rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, said, “Safety was always the No. 1 priority for us. We had safety meetings continually. It was just a routine thing. And, yes, anybody from a roustabout up to a tool pusher had the responsibility to point out anything that they saw that they thought was unsafe.” He suggested the oil spill likely resulted from orders from Transocean, the company responsible for operating the Deepwater Horizon rig. “There had to be a company man that was pressuring and forcing somebody, you know, at TransOcean, to do something that they probably didn’t think was safe, and somehow, somebody’s objections got overridden, and that’s unfortunate.” As for the moratorium on drilling, Adkins said, “That’s like kicking a man when he’s down. … It’s just ridiculous.” He added, “I don’t know how many tens of thousands of wells have been drilled in the Gulf of Mexico since we’ve been doing it. But how many times have you heard about this happening? I think that’s a pretty good track record, you know. And to punish American companies for something that a British company did. … This moratorium is not going to stop anybody else. It’s not going to stop British companies. It’s not going to stop anybody else.”