For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-6900, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOIA Criticizes DOI Report on “Idle” Offshore Leases
Washington, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) again criticized the overall premise of an Interior Department report issued yesterday on “unused” oil and gas leases.
In considering the report, it should be noted that:
NOIA believes it would be far more productive to focus on steps that could be taken such as those outlined in active legislative proposals in Congress (such as HR 1229, passed by the House last year and opposed by the Administration) which would help provide a more efficient regulatory approval process for permitting steps that add to the production timelines. Steps, such as these, would ensure efficiency while sacrificing neither safety nor environmental protection.
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.