For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-6900, email@example.com
NOIA Commends OCS Governors Coalition Letter to President Obama on New Offshore Leasing Plan
Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding a letter from the OCS Governors Coalition to President Obama, airing concerns with the Proposed Final OCS Leasing Plan for 2012-2017:
“NOIA commends the OCS Governors Coalition for addressing the problems associated with the Administration’s deeply disappointing five year plan. While other nations are actively increasing their ability to produce oil and natural gas off their shores, the proposed final OCS leasing plan keeps 85 percent of America’s federal waters off-limits at a time when exploring every possible energy source is critical to boosting our nation’s economy and creating jobs. Studies estimate that producing America’s currently off limits resources could sustain up to 1.2 million new jobs and generate as much as $1.3 trillion for government at all levels. The plan also fails to reinstate a previously cancelled lease sale offshore Virginia, despite bipartisan support from both Democratic U.S. senators, the Republican governor and a majority of state legislators. The OCS Governors Coalition is wise to point out the flaws in the plan.”
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 more than 275 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.