NOIA Statement on Central Gulf of Mexico Sale 216-222


For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-6900,


NOIA Statement on Central Gulf of Mexico Sale 216-222

Washington, D.C. NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on today’s Central Gulf of Mexico Consolidated Lease Sale 216-222:

“Our Nation needed this sale today.  A sale of this size signals a strong industry commitment to the Gulf of Mexico and to our Nation’s energy future and to more domestic jobs.  Director Beaudreau and Secretary Salazar made the effort to have these two sales before the expiration of the 5 year program, and industry responded in kind, by stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run for domestic energy production.   This sale shows the kinds of results we can have when industry and the Federal regulators work together in a cooperative, non-combative manner.   Close communication is not being cozy, it is being smart. While this sale is a step in the right direction, industry would like the opportunity to lease and explore more areas outside the Gulf of Mexico and industry stands ready to do so quickly and safely.  A truly all of the above approach to energy production would involve opening up more offshore areas. ”


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.

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