Offshore Production Lifts National Parks Conservation Efforts, Land & Water Conservation Fund

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Contact:  Justin Williams, (202) 465-8464, jwilliams@nullnoia.org

Offshore Production Lifts National Parks Conservation Efforts, Land & Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the Senate passed S.3422, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA):

“America’s conservation and outdoor recreation legacy is one that is reinforced by a healthy offshore oil and gas industry, a predominant source of funding for conservation programs across all 50 states.  The establishment of the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund will ensure that our national parks are restored and maintained so that all American’s and future generations can enjoy these national treasures.  The funding for the GAOA is earmarked from energy activities on federal lands and it is now even more important to protect Gulf of Mexico energy production, as without it, billions of dollars of funding for beloved conservation and recreation programs, such as the Land & Water Conservation Fund, will disappear.

“NOIA thanks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senators Cory Gardner and Steve Daines for their leadership and congratulates the Senate on passage of the bill. Conservation and outdoor recreation are clearly a bipartisan issue.”

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