Vitter Calls on White House to Account for “Scientific Misconduct” in Federal Agencies

By Kevin Mooney
U.S. Department of Interior officials manipulated and altered summary language attached to report to make it appear as though engineers endorsed the Gulf moratorium when in fact they had not, an Inspector General investigation has concluded.

TAGS: Bill Cassidy, Bobby Jindal, David Vitter, Gulf of Mexico, Inspector General, Interior Department, John Fleming, Moratorium, White House

20 More Oil Rigs Could Leave the Gulf Unless Permitting Is Increased

By Kevin Mooney
Up to 20 oil rigs could leave the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to the 11 that have already left, since the Obama Administration imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in May 2010. Sen. Vitter asks about the impact on small business, and the cost of green lawsuits in letter to feds.

TAGS: British Petroleum, Gulf of Mexico, Interior Department, Ken Salazar, Michael Bromwich, Moratorium, National Federation of Independent Business, oil rigs, Sen. David Vitter

Ten Oil Rigs Have Exited Gulf Since Obama Moratorium Went Into Effect

By Kevin Mooney
Ten oil rigs have left the Gulf of Mexico since the Obama Administration imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in May 2010 documentation from Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) office shows. Companies will not recommit themselves to the Gulf region until the "political uncertainty" recedes.

TAGS: Gulf of Mexico, Heritage Foundation, Louisiana, Moratorium, oil rigs, President Obama, Sen. David Vitter

Louisiana Energy Leader Describes Obama Administration as Hostile

By Kevin Mooney
If the Obama Administration actually favored increased production in the Gulf of Mexico, it would be happening Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) told audience members at luncheon held in New Orleans. "Louisiana is the Aorta of America," he said in his talk. But a change in Administration is needed.

TAGS: British Petroleum, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Don Briggs, Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), Michael Bromwich, Obama Administration, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)