Vitter Comments on Latest Feldman Ruling

February 17, 2011

Judge orders administration to decide on five drilling permits in next 30 days

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement in response to federal judge Martin Feldman’s ruling that the Obama administration must decide within 30 days whether to grant a set of five deepwater drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I applaud this ruling today. It confirms what Sen. Landrieu and I have been saying along with virtually every other Louisianian: President Obama’s continuing de facto moratorium in the Gulf is inexcusable.

“This ruling says it’s not only inexcusable but that it violates the law.

“I’ll continue my hold on the president’s newest Interior Department nominee until he follows the law and issues deepwater exploratory permits,” said Vitter.

Earlier this week, Vitter announced his intention to block Interior Department nominee Dan Ashe until the department issues at least 15 deepwater exploratory drilling permits. He also has a hold on NOAA chief scientist nominee Scott Doney over similar concerns.

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