HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A spike in gas prices is hurting everyone's wallet and the increase is also pushing up the cost of other goods in South Mississippi. Congressman Steven Palazzo said the solution to this problem is to open U.S. waters up to more drilling.
Palazzo spoke out about this issue during a visit to Southern Miss on Tuesday. He said President Obama should end what is essentially a ban on new off shore drilling by the administration's refusal to issue shallow and deep water drilling permits.
The Congressman said because of these actions, jobs with oil companies have moved to other country's like Brazil, Africa and even Egypt. Palazzo explained that thousand of folks along the Gulf Coast are now out of work because their jobs moved overseas.
"Because I can tell you, you can go to any small town in Mississippi especially in the Fourth Congressional District, there is going to be some people without work because of the moratorium and we are talking good jobs. Fifty to fifty five thousand just to start working off shore," said Palazzo.
Palazzo said gas prices were rising in the United States even before the recent conflicts in the Middle East.