NOIA Is Ready to Work with Secretary Haaland to Advance Offshore Oil, Gas & Wind

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 15, 2021
NOIA Contact:  Justin Williams, (202) 465-8464 |

NOIA Is Ready to Work with Secretary Haaland to Advance Offshore Oil, Gas & Wind

Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Deb Haaland as the next Secretary of the Interior: 

“NOIA is ready to work with Secretary Haaland and the Biden Administration to advance America’s offshore energy sector. During her testimony before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Secretary Haaland repeatedly spoke on unity and the importance of creating opportunities for every American. Secretary Haaland also stated, “there’s no question that fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come.” We hope that this is the prevailing attitude of the Biden Administration.

“Offshore energy is an American success story. In the Gulf of Mexico, offshore production provides the lowest carbon barrels of oil, generates millions of dollars in funding for parks and recreation programs for underprivileged urban communities, and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across every state. Offshore wind is primed to soar, generating jobs and investment and providing millions of Americans with access to renewable energy.

“But the Biden Administration must deploy the right policies – including resuming Gulf of Mexico lease sales – to grow American energy, economic and environmental opportunities. Partnering with the women and men of the offshore industry will enable the Biden Administration to pursue an offshore energy agenda that truly helps every American.”


The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment.

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