Vitter Asks Interior to Publish New Shallow-Water Drilling Safety Requirements

June 3, 2010

Believes delays effectively create moratorium

(Metairie, La.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today called for the federal government to publish its new regulations for offshore shallow-water drilling. Earlier today, conflicting reports were made about the Minerals Management Service placing a moratorium on all drilling for six months, including shallow-water drilling.

“The administration says there is no moratorium in shallow-water, but applicants will have to meet new requirements. The problem is that they haven’t defined what those new requirements are. What that means is, until they do, there is an effective moratorium in shallow-water too.

“We need the administration to end this by defining new, reasonable shallow-water rules immediately. Otherwise, they’re shutting down huge parts of our economy. That costs us jobs on top of the recession and on top of job losses from the spill itself,” said Vitter.

Vitter plans to discuss the delayed regulations and the de facto moratorium when he meets with President Obama in New Orleans tomorrow. This morning, Vitter wrote the president asking him to push for safety inspections instead of the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.

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