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Scalise: DOI Approval of Deepwater Exploration Plan is Step in Right Direction, Consistent Approval Policy Still Needed

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Location: 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 plan since the BP disaster 11 months ago.

"While this action is certainly a step in the right direction, the Administration must expedite the permitting process across the board by implementing a consistent policy for approving plans and permits, 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 plan approval was issued to Shell Offshore Inc. to drill three exploratory wells in approximately 2,950 feet of water 130 miles off the Louisiana coast.

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