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New Drilling Permit Should Not Be a One-Hit Wonder


Location: Washington, DC

Washington, DC -- Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael Bromwich announced the issuance of the first deepwater drilling exploration permit since the BP disaster 10 months ago.

"Rather than being a one-hit wonder just because the Secretary is coming to testify before Congress this week, the Administration needs to implement a consistent policy for approving permits and jumpstart the permitting process across the board, which will allow people who play by the rules to quickly get back to work and reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil." Scalise said.

The permit was issued to Noble Energy to bypass a well in the Mississippi Canyon Block 519, about 70 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana.

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