Vitter: House-Passed Amendment to ‘Lift Moratorium’ Does Nothing of the Sort

August 3, 2010

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association spoke out against it

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today commented on the U.S. House of Representatives vote to add an amendment by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon to oil spill legislation that purports to “lift the moratorium.” The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, among others, have come out against the Melancon amendment. The amendment puts into effect a de facto moratorium left to the Obama administration’s discretion.

“This amendment is nothing more than sleight of hand, otherwise it would have never gotten the vote of staunch drilling opponent Nancy Pelosi. The meat and potatoes of the Melancon amendment keeps all the authority for drilling permits in the hands of the Obama administration who have made clear that they are putting politics ahead of sound policy,” said Vitter. “I supported the rest of the delegation’s effort to defeat this amendment and wholeheartedly supported the alternative proposal by Rep. Scalise that would have immediately lifted this moratorium that is crushing Louisiana’s economy.”

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