For Immediate Release: Contact: Nicolette Nye
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 (202) 347-6900
NOIA Praises Movement on Wind Development Offshore Massachusetts
Urges Similar Effort on Offshore Oil and Gas Permits
WASHINGTON, DC – NOIA President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement regarding the publication by the Department of the Interior of a Request for Interest (RFI) for renewable leasing offshore Massachusetts, and the availability of the commercial lease for the Cape Wind offshore wind project.
“I applaud Secretary Salazar’s forward movement today on offshore renewable energy. It is gratifying to see the publication of the commercial lease for the Cape Wind project, which has undergone extensive studies, reviews and litigation this past decade. We also see today’s Request for Interest for areas offshore Massachusetts as a positive indicator that there will indeed be more such leases to come.
“Offshore renewables will be an integral part of the all-of-the-above energy solution for America, which NOIA promotes. We commend the Secretary’s “Smart from the Start” Initiative, but since it is projected to be decades before offshore renewables make a real dent in domestic energy demand, we encourage the Secretary to commit himself equally, if not more so, to the efficient and timely permitting for offshore oil and gas projects that will produce energy now and provide more jobs today.”
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. The NOIA membership comprises more than 270 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.