Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Landrieu, Vitter Block Obama Nominee Until Drill Permits Resume

Landrieu Block Obama Nominee Until Drill Permits Resume
Senator Mary Landrieu. Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter of Louisiana are blocking confirmation of an Obama administration nominee in an effort to force a resumption of offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Vitter, a Republican, will oppose acting on Daniel Ashe to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until the government issues 15 deep-water exploration permits, he said in a statement yesterday. Vitter is using a Senate procedure that lets a single lawmaker block action on a nominee.

“I support Senator Vitter’s hold on the confirmation” of Ashe “until the Interior Department issues new deep-water permits,” Landrieu, a Democrat, said today. “Louisiana’s congressional delegation will continue to apply pressure on the administration to end what amounts to an ongoing moratorium on oil and gas drilling that is costing Louisiana thousands of jobs.”

Almost 10 months after BP Plc’s Macondo well exploded, setting off the biggest U.S. oil spill, drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet (152 meters) remains stalled because energy companies haven’t proved they have ships and equipment ready to handle catastrophic blowouts, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said on Feb. 4.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.