For Immediate Release: Contact: Nicolette Nye
Friday, September 2, 2011 (202) 347-6900
U.S. Offshore Energy Industry Can Create American Jobs Now
Washington, D.C. – As we head into the Labor Day weekend on the heels of yet another discouraging jobs report, the offshore energy industry is sending a reminder that it is ready and capable of creating a significant number of good, high-paying American jobs across the country.
National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi stated, “The lack luster recent jobs report should bring a renewed commitment on everyone’s part to work together to put Americans back to work as quickly as possible and remove existing barriers to creating jobs. The offshore energy industry is ready to do our part.”
Luthi continued, “In 2010 alone, the offshore oil and gas industry provided 240,000 jobs across the country and now we stand by, ready and completely capable of creating hundreds of thousands of new American jobs over the next two years- not only in the Gulf region, but across the United States. All we need is the go-ahead and commitment from the federal government to do so. I urge the administration speed up their efforts to return permitting to historic levels and do their part to help Americans get back to work.”
A recently released study concluded that the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry could help create an additional 190,000 jobs by 2013 for a total of more than 400,000 industry supported jobs across the United States if exploration and development permitting return to historic levels.
The complete study, including a state by state breakdown of industry supported jobs, can be found on NOIA’s website at www.noia.org
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 270 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.