WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jeff Landry (Republican, New Iberia), the House’s leading proponent of domestic oil and gas drilling, released the following statement after the Interior Department announced it approved Noble Energy’s deepwater drilling permit:
Jeff Landry
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Landry's Office)
“I’m glad to see the Administration is starting to come to its senses as the American people have been forced – since the time of the accident, the moratorium, and the unconstitutional de facto moratorium – to pay more at the gas pump. I certainly hope that over the course of the next few days, we will see additional permits issued and – in the very near future – we will get back to the level of permitting activity we had prior to the Deepwater Horizon Spill. However, it is important to note that this is not a new permit; this is basically an existing permit that has been re-authorized to do work and is just one of the permits that was suspended from drilling. I surely hope this is not a political stunt to take pressure off Secretary Salazar during his visit to the Hill this week.”

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