Excerpted From the Washington Free Beacon
The administration’s 2012-2017 offshore lease plan, released June 28 expands very slightly a couple of areas but keeps 85 percent of America’s outer continental shelf off limits for energy production.
In the words of Jim Noe, the senior vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of Hercules Offshore Inc., the largest shallow-water drilling company in the Gulf of Mexico. “It takes both coasts and leaves us the same areas we’ve been drilling in since the ’40s.”
This plan re-imposes the drilling moratoria lifted in 2008, hurts job creation, and keeps new areas of American energy production sidelined.”Rep. Doc Hastings (R., Wash.)
Salazar (Intererior Secretary) is under intense pressure from environmentalists, who say even the restrained increases in its new five-year plan are dangerous, and from Democratic congressmen and governors in coastal states, who have balked at the notion of opening their waters to offshore drilling.
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