NOIA Statement on Lease Sale 259 Proposed Notice of Sale, Lease Sale 258 Final EIS
Washington, D.C. - National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 259 as well as the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258:
“Americans continue to be beleaguered by high energy prices and the American economic outlook is uncertain, at best. Continued American offshore oil and gas production means good-paying jobs, affordable energy supplies, and important funding for local infrastructure needs, coastal restoration and resiliency, and parks and recreation programs.
“Almost all of American offshore oil and gas production occurs in the Gulf of Mexico. The region is an economic engine that operates under world class safety standards and produces among the lowest carbon barrels of oil in the world. Maintaining lease sales is fundamental when it comes to keeping energy flowing. We should never have to depend upon foreign nations for energy when we have the premier, lower carbon energy region which is the Gulf of Mexico.
“In other words, supporting continued American offshore oil and gas production is simply good policy.”
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.