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Vitter, Senators Get Investigation Started of Gulf Moratorium Cover-Up

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced that the federal Integrity Committee is meeting today to discuss an investigation into a potential cover up of documents that led to the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill. The senators requested this investigation on May 24, 2012.

"The Gulf moratorium crushed thousands of jobs -- many effects of which Louisiana is still suffering from -- so it's encouraging to see the appropriate action taken to start an accurate investigation," Vitter said. "Alarming evidence from a whistleblower shows that the original investigation I requested on the moratorium may not have been independent and could have even involved the acting Inspector General tampering with the facts. We're confident that this independent Integrity Committee will conduct a thorough and accurate investigation and get to the bottom of this potential cover-up. It's pretty outrageous to know that politics seems to be likely influencing the office of the Inspector General in lieu of the science."

Immediately following the Obama administration's moratorium, Vitter asked the Department of Interior's Office of the Inspector General to investigate the oil spill report that led to the moratorium and a possible mistake in reporting the facts. At the time, Interior's IG provided a summary back to Vitter saying any mistakes were inadvertent. New evidence from documents obtained by the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee show there was likely collaboration between DOI officials and their Inspector General.

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