Boustany joins call for investigation into legality of BSEE helicopter refueling in Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) recently called for investigation into reports of illegal helicopter refueling practices by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Boustany, and other lawmakers requested an investigation into the BSEE’s use of private offshore sites to refuel helicopters used to inspect offshore facilities under lease by the federal government.

It has been alleged that BSEE has seized fuel from private contractors that do not wish to participate in fuel sharing agreements with the federal government.

“The arrogance of this administration never ceases to amaze,” Boustany said. “Now, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is arguing it is entitled to fuel bought by private businesses and intended for use in supporting energy production and job creation.”

BSEE has been asked to cease unauthorized access of fuel owned by third parties that aren’t under contract with the federal government, but the agency has refused, according to the letter sent to GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

“This is ridiculous, and it needs to stop,” Boustany said. “I’m standing with my colleagues to expose the administration’s illegal behavior. It’s about time we reminded these bureaucrats they work for the American people — not the other way around.”

Third-party contractors report that BSEE began requiring unlimited, unrestricted access to offshore fueling stations in 2014 without prior announcement of administrative review, according to the letter.

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