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  • Louisiana Senator Blocks NOAA Nominee Over De Facto Drilling Ban

    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) announced today he would block the confirmation of Dr. Scott Doney to be chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration due to “concerns over scientific integrity at federal agencies and the White House.”

    These concerns stem from the recent Gulf offshore drilling moratorium and the ongoing lag in permit issuance since the ban was lifted in October. In a letter sent to President Obama today, Vitter characterizes it “as a continuing de facto moratorium.”

    Vitter also plans to hold a hearing before the Senate Small Business Committee on the Interior Department’s inspector general report that found a White House drilling safety report had been edited in a way that, “led to the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer-reviewed by the experts,” when it had not. The executive summary became part of Interior’s safety report that was used to justify the controversial moratorium.

    In Vitter’s letter to Obama, he revealed his intention to call energy czar Carol Browner and Steve Black, counselor to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, as witnesses. Browner was named in the inspector general’s report as sending the edited versions of the executive summary to Interior, while Black, in charge of the report from Interior’s side, accepted the edited versions.

    Vitter also requested a response from Salazar to a Nov. 21 letter outlining unresolved regulatory issues that have led to the permitting logjam.

    This isn’t the first time an Obama administration nominee has faced scrutiny as a result of the moratorium and the subsequent lack of permitting in the Gulf region. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) blocked the confirmation of Jack Lew to head the Office of Management and Budget until the administration agreed to a meeting between oil and gas industry leaders and Salazar and Michael Bromwich of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

    But since that meeting took place last month in Houma, LA, the rate of permit issuance has continued to lag. Neither Vitter nor industry leaders feel their concerns about the “de facto moratorium” were adequately answered and remain frustrated.

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    11 Responses to Louisiana Senator Blocks NOAA Nominee Over De Facto Drilling Ban

    1. Bobbie says:

      This isn't a law, it's a moratorium for no intelligent reason. Let the people and state lift the moratorium. Americans don't allow government at any level, to obstruct, ignore or over burden businesses that provide a way of life in freedom and dignity! This is America!

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    3. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Another grandstand, political ploy by our Senator Vitter. He is taking major

      heat for his "yes" vote on the Dems food safty bill that will result in perhaps

      20% higher food prices. So he pull a typical political stunt. We're all understand

      Obama hates oil and everything related to it. Does Vitter, or anyone else really think this political theater will change an ideolog like Obama? Regardless,

      Vitter was still a far better choice than the alternative Obama lackey Dem. Melancon.

    4. Ace Sez Bishop, Cali says:

      Obama should be impeached for every one of his traitorous actions since taking office–as should all his czars and every elected Democrat that voted for Obama's agenda–all of the above are workin' hard to destroy the Contitutional Gov't of the USA— as of now they are succeeding !

      Hopefullly the incoming T-party electorates will show the necessary fortitude to over throw the left over incumbents control of things—we need our Country back from the Socialists/traitorous politicians—will there be any USA by the 2012 ele tions ??

    5. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Defund Department of Energy and get rid of the useless impediment to energy and productivity.

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    7. William, Illinois says:

      Congress needs to make agencies such as the FCC, EPA, FTC, ADVISORY only.

      These agencies, and others like them have somehow been given the ability to make rules, (legislate), decide who is guilty of breaking the rules without benefit of a trial, (judicial power), and fine or otherwise punish the "guilty", (executive power). Now, where in the Constitution do these unelected bureaucrats get the authority to do this? Right, NO WHERE, and it's time to change their role to one of ADVISORS only.

      When all 3 powers of government reside in one "branch" that is the very definition of tyranny.

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