NOIA Comments Support Offshore Leasing Program
“What’s worse, some regions of the U.S. import the majority of their oil and natural gas supply from countries that may not share American values. Take, for example, California, where dependence on foreign oil has grown by 456 percent since 1996. California has chosen to send billions of dollars overseas, including to Saudi Arabia, instead of tapping its own vast offshore resources to provide jobs, economic growth and energy security for Californians,” said Luthi.
“Looking beyond the Gulf of Mexico and opening new areas for exploration is wise and can create jobs, help meet growing energy demands, reduce our regional dependence on oil and natural gas imports, strengthen our economic, energy and national security and further cement our nation’s position as world energy leader,” said Luthi.
The DPP is the second step in a multi-year process that will determine a future leasing schedule, NOT a future drilling schedule. The process involves several rounds of public participation from stakeholders, including local communities, and several layers of environmental review. Once the leasing program is finalized, many months from now, future decisions on possible drilling must undergo their own series of public and environmental reviews. Similarly, any future efforts to actually produce offshore oil and natural gas will be subject to yet another round of review.
NOIA looks forward to cooperating with stakeholders, including states, local communities, and consumer groups, and supporting the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management throughout the upcoming stages in the development of the 2019-2024 national offshore leasing program.