Sen. David VitterDavid VitterThe Senate 'ethics' committee is a black hole where allegations die Questions loom over Franken ethics probe You're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat MORE (R-La.) called on the Obama administration to leave a sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The development of marine reefs with significant biodiversity is an unintended benefit of many of the idle rigs remaining in the Gulf of Mexico,” Vitter said. “The Administration should back off and allow it to prosper.”

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In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally JewellSarah (Sally) Margaret JewellOvernight Regulation: Senate panel approves driverless car bill | House bill to change joint-employer rule advances | Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rule | Feds delaying Obama methane leak rule Overnight Energy: Dems take on Trump's chemical safety pick GOP chairman probes Zinke’s charter plane use MORE sent Monday, Vitter said the rig is acting as an artificial reef that has benefited the ecosystem.

“Artificial reefs are becoming an indispensable resource for our Gulf fisheries,” Vitter wrote. “While this particular site has yet to obtain official status as an artificial reef site, the ecosystem that it has created and supported around it is already playing an important role in growing and sustaining our Gulf fisheries.

Currently, the administration is expected to remove the Ewing Banks 947A structure, despite Louisiana requesting an exemption.

“While the inadvertent toppling of the structure is regrettable, one positive outcome has been the increase in marine life that has begun using it as a habitat,” the letter stated.

The structure was toppled during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Vitter demanded that Jewell answer questions surrounding the rejection of his home state’s request for an exemption by Sept. 25.