House Natural Resources Committee News

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (Photo: NOAA)

Energy Industry Says 'No Thanks' to Trump Offer of Marine Sanctuaries

barrels per day in 2016, from 5.09 million a decade earlier, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.   “It is clear we don’t need to take from every portion of our oceans and coasts to maintain a healthy energy economy,” Democratic lawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee wrote in July in a letter opposing the sanctuary review.   Thanks, But No Thanks Drillers’ groups such as the American Petroleum Institute and the National Ocean Industries Association have expressed support for the review, mainly on the grounds that it sends a strong

Charters Joins NOAI Staff

women in America’s upstream energy industry as Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.    Charters brings nearly 20 years of Congressional experience to NOIA. From 2008-2015, he served as Staff Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee under Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). During his tenure, the Committee focused on upstream oil and natural gas legislation, and Charters worked closely with Committee Leadership, House Leadership and the Senate to craft multiple bipartisan successes including authoring the legislation

NOIA Miffed Secretary Jewell Not Familiar with Ocean Policy

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) say they were surprised by Secretary Jewell’s unfamiliarity with National Ocean Policy, but encouraged by her statement on Including new areas in future offshore leasing plan. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) questioned Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on his observation of an inherent conflict between management of offshore resources under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Administration’s 2010 executive order establishing a National Ocean Policy.  The Secretary indicated

Megan Bel Joins National Ocean Industries Association Staff

from the Office of Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) where she served as Legislative Director since 2008. She also recently served as Deputy Director of the Republican Study Committee. Bel staffed Congressman Scalise’s House Energy and Commerce Committee work from 2009-2013 and his House Natural Resources Committee work in 2008. She also advised the Congressman in his roles on the Gulf Coast Caucus, Western Caucus, House Energy Action Team and the Natural Gas Caucus. During and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Bel led briefings for congressional staff and assisted House Republican leadership

GEST Comments on Mark-Up of New "Five Year Plan"

The Gulf Economic Survival Team today commented on the House Natural Resources Committee’s mark-up of H.R. 6082, a bill that seeks to replace the President’s “Five-Year Plan” for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing. “We applaud Chairman Hastings for leading the charge to generate more robust offshore energy activity in the next five years,” said Lori LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Gulf Economic Survival Team.  “As the Chairman understands, offshore energy production is a complex endeavor that necessitates years of planning and upfront

NOIA Supports House Alternative 5 Year Offshore Lease Plan

–National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) formally informs House Natural Resources Committee of its support of HR 6082  –National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi has sent the following letter to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings in support of HR 6082, which would implement a new five year lease plan for developing the United States’ offshore energy resources over the next five years: "Dear Chairman Hastings:   “I write to express the support of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) for your efforts to expand access to

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