NOIA Statement on Partial Government Shutdown

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 16, 2018
Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463, nicolette@nullnoia.org

NOIA Statement on Partial Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. –Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), issued the following statement regarding the partial government shutdown:

“NOIA supports the Administration’s decision to bring back, on a limited basis, dedicated Department of Interior employees to continue preparatory work for upcoming offshore oil and natural gas lease sales, which were approved and scheduled during the Obama administration.  All offshore lease sales undergo rigorous environmental reviews, both during the planning process and again before each individual sale. While much of the work for the upcoming March sale in the Gulf of Mexico has already been completed, there are still t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted to ensure the public and the industry are properly notified. The offshore energy industry generates billions of dollars for the US and state treasuries, provides thousands of well-paying jobs in the U.S. and bolsters our national energy security.  It makes both economic and energy sense to continue work on this long-planned and approved sale.  We encourage Interior to also take steps to keep future offshore wind sales on track, particularly since the recent sale off the coast of Massachusetts proved to be so successful. ”

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ABOUT NOIA

NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises about 250 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.