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Chairman Hastings Follow-up Letter to Secretary Salazar Regarding Committee's Investigation on Drilling Moratorium Documents and Setting Deadline to Interview Officials


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2012 -

Dear Mr. Secretary:

For more than a year, the Department of the Interior ("Department") has consistently refused to provide documents and information that would allow Congress to conduct a thorough and independent review of the Obama Administration's decision imposing a Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium and its drafting and editing of a May 2010 Department report ("Drilling Moratorium Report") that misrepresent that independent engineers had peer reviewed and supported the moratorium when they did not.

To date, no one at the Department or the White House has answered questions or fully explained the circumstances that led to imposition of the economically devastating 6-month moratorium without any scientific support or the inclusion of the misleading peer review language in the Drilling Moratorium Report. For more than three months, the Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena for documents that would shed light on these actions, which led to thousands of lost jobs and decreased American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Read the entire letter HERE.




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