NOIA Statement on Bristol Bay Action

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463, nicolette@nullnoia.org

 NOIA Statement on Bristol Bay Action

Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s action on Bristol Bay:

 “It is hard to understand President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, when more offshore areas have been closed to oil and gas leasing under this administration than have been opened up.  ZERO truly new acres of federal offshore areas have been opened up for oil and gas leasing over the past six years. In fact, more than 85 percent of the outer continental shelf remains off the table to oil and gas leasing.  It is disappointing to witness this continued pattern of unilaterally removing areas from consideration before fully understanding the amount and potential of energy resources they hold.   The National Ocean Industries Association represents the entire offshore energy industry, including renewable energy producers, and we support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes opportunities to explore truly NEW offshore areas for both renewable energy opportunities AND oil and gas.  Where is the balance?  It is the President’s prerogative to create new closures, but he also has the ability to open up new areas, and we certainly encourage him to do so in the upcoming five year offshore oil and gas leasing program.”

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ABOUT NOIA

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 300 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.