Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association President Erik Milito released the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed the environmental review for offshore wind leasing in the Gulf of Mexico and found no significant impacts:
"Today’s announcement is an important step towards the build-out of the U.S. offshore wind sector. The Gulf of Mexico has long been renowned for its position as a premier offshore energy hub, leading through low carbon barrels of oil, and this achievement underscores its history of innovation and leadership. New offshore wind lease sales - along with the resumption of a long-term oil and gas leasing program - offers a foundation for the continued success of the Gulf of Mexico’s remarkable and irreplaceable energy portfolio.
"The synergy between offshore oil and gas and offshore wind is nothing short of remarkable. NOIA member companies have played a pivotal role in developing and constructing offshore oil and gas projects, as well as offshore wind projects. With the introduction of offshore wind in the Gulf Coast, numerous local companies will now have the opportunity to participate in the construction of new wind projects closer to home.
"The American offshore energy sector benefits for Americans of all walks of life and this relationship will strengthen with new offshore wind opportunities. We are excited for the offshore wind opportunity in the Gulf of Mexico."
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.