Vitter to Feds: Lower Deficit by Increasing Energy Production

By Kevin Mooney
ven as the Obama administration postures on behalf of deficit reduction and job creation, it continues to advance policies that undermine energy production in the Gulf region and lower federal revenue, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has pointed out in his correspondence with top officials in Washington D.C.

TAGS: American Petroleum Institute, energy lease sales, Institute for Energy Research, Interior Department, Ken Salazar, Michael Bromwich, Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), President Barack Obama, Sen. David Vitter

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

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)

Vitter Challenges Obama Administration on the Number of Oil Drilling Permits

By Kevin Mooney
Sen. David Vitter has called out top Obama Administration officials for misleading the public and members of Congress on the actual number of offshore oil drilling permits. A recent motion from the Department of Justice includes numbers that tell a much different story than what has been communicated in congressional testimony.

TAGS: David Vitter, Department of Justice, Interior Department, Ken Salazar, Michael Bromwich, Obama Administration, oil drilling, Permits