La. lawmakers meet with top drilling regulator
NEW ORLEANS - Two members of Louisiana's congressional delegation have met with a top Interior Department official to express their concerns about the Obama administration's regulation of the offshore drilling industry in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
After Tuesday's meeting, Rep. Jeff Landry said he and Sen. David Vitter, a fellow Republican, urged Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich to pick up the pace of approving permits for oil and gas drilling projects.
Landry was scheduled to meet with Bromwich last month, but Bromwich cancelled it after Landry likened federal regulators to the Gestapo in an interview with The Times-Picayune. Landry was upset that he had been turned away when he sought an unscheduled meeting with staff members from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.