Rep. Green Applauds the Department of the Interior for Implementing Steps to Increase Domestic Energy Production
Washington, D.C. – After 14 months of bipartisan meetings and letters petitioning the Administration to resume safe oil and gas drilling and the timely issuance of permits for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Congressman Gene Green commends the Department of the Interior for taking a step towards this goal today by announcing a one-year extension on oil and gas leases for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Green responded, “I’m glad the Administration has acted on our demands to restore deepwater drilling and energy production since the energy industry is critical to our local and national economies, our job base, and the future of our energy supply. I will still fight to see that issues like slow permitting are resolved and will continue to work with my colleagues and the Administration to ensure that the safe production of oil and natural gas in the Gulf will be fully restored again as soon as possible.”
In May 2010, Congressman Green and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) led a letter with the signatures of 54 colleagues to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar, which was successful in lifting the shallow water drilling moratorium. Subsequent bipartisan letters urging the President to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium were answered by a lifting of the deepwater drilling ban in October 2010.
The deepwater drilling lease extensions will provide lessees additional time to proceed with exploration and development while working to fully comply with new safety, environmental, and spill response requirements developed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.