For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-8464, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOIA Congratulates Secretary Jewell, Urges Fresh Look at Offshore Leasing
Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior:
“As Sally Jewell takes the helm of the Department of the Interior, the National Ocean Industries Association looks forward to helping her make President Obama’s goal of an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy a reality. The offshore oil and gas industry has been one of the few bright spots in economic and job growth in recent years and we could do even more given the right policies, especially ones that promote responsible oil and natural gas development on public lands that mirrors the expansion on private land. Our industry delivers amazing benefits to America, including an affordable and reliable source of domestic oil and natural gas, energy security for the nation, economic activity, job growth, and significant revenue to the government. However, more than 80 percent of federal offshore lands are still off limits to exploration. We cannot produce the resources that fuel our daily lives and our economy if we cannot get them out of the ground. I urge Secretary Jewell to initiate a new five year offshore leasing plan that includes new areas in the Atlantic, the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific, and Alaska and to review the permitting processes of BOEM and BSEE to assure that permits for both traditional and non-traditional energy are being handled in an efficient and cost effective manner.”
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.