NOIA Supports DOI’s Mid- and South Atlantic G&G Impact Statement

Press Release
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Washington, D.C.– The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) appreciates that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the Mid- and South Atlantic G&G Activities announced by the Department of the Interior is an important first step toward potential energy exploration and development in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 

“Since the areas have been largely unexplored for over two decades, due to executive and Congressional bans, the chance to conduct G&G activities there using modern-day technology is a welcome step,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi. “However, when it comes to oil and gas exploration, it appears the Department has given the offshore industry a canoe with no oars, since there are no lease sales planned anywhere off the East Coast in the upcoming 2012-2017 OCS leasing plan.”

In the case of Virginia, despite the strong bipartisan support for offshore oil and gas exploration from the Governor, the Legislature, both Senators, and a majority of the Congressional delegation, the administration cancelled lease sale 220, originally scheduled for 2011, and left the planning area off the coast of Virginia out of the 2012-2017 plan altogether. The DPEIS also does not include the North Atlantic Planning Area at all.

“With no hope of conducting even exploratory drilling anywhere in the Atlantic OCS until 2018 at the earliest, it is tough to envision a high level of industry investment in costly G&G activities,” said Luthi. “With $4+ gasoline at the pump and growing public support for offshore drilling, including 80 percent of Virginians, according to a recent poll, the administration’s policies may leave many American citizens and businesses adrift for at least 5 more years. It is long past time for the administration to join the majority of Americans and the majority of Virginians and stop blocking a Virginia lease sale.”

Despite the absence of a Virginia lease sale in the Administration’s 2012-2017 OCS Leasing Plan, several bipartisan legislative efforts in Congress are underway to authorize a Virginia lease sale, including legislation which has already passed the House. If directed by Congress, a lease sale could be authorized earlier than 2018, despite its exclusion in the administration’s leasing plan. 
 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Energy

Hess Selects BMT for Stampede Marine Monitoring System

BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT), an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been selected by Hess Corporation to

FSL Trust Signs Charter Agreement with US Oil Company

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, has entered into a two-year time charter agreement with a prominent US

Blaze hits Mexico Oil Platform, 300 Workers Evacuated

Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that it was fighting a fire on oil platform in Campeche Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, home to the country's biggest oil field,

News

Bulk Carrier Runs Aground in Delaware River (Link to Video)

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is investigating a ship aground in the Delaware River near the Burlington Bristol Bridge, which connects Burlington, NJ and Bristol Township, PA.

Largest All-Electric Pipe Bender Starts Operations at Newport News Shipbuilding

Unison has commissioned what is believed to be the largest all-electric tube bending machine ever produced. The machine has started operations at Newport News Shipbuilding,

Oceanex Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Oceanex Inc. was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Gold Standard Members in 2014. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1290 sec (8 req/sec)