Reps. Hastings and Lamborn Send Letter Announcing Upcoming Hearings on de facto MoratoriumPosted by Jill Strait on February 23, 2011
Chairman Doc Hastings and Energy and Minerals Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn sent the following letter to Gulf State Committee Members today notifying them of the Committee’s intention to hold upcoming hearings on the President’s de facto drilling moratorium and the slow-walking of permits.
The letter specifically highlights the following new upcoming Committee activities:
Further details about the hearings will be released when available. Full text of the letter is below. Click here for link to the PDF.
February 23, 2011
The Honorable John Fleming
Dear Gulf State Committee Member,
In discussing the work of the Natural Resources Committee, we’ve heard directly from you, and other Members of Congress from the Gulf region, who are concerned over the Obama Administration’s refusal to issue new shallow and deep water drilling permits in a timely, efficient manner. Indeed, the Department of the Interior has even been held in contempt by a federal judge over its failure to issue permits. It is very evident that real economic pain is being felt by families, businesses and communities in the Gulf as a result of the President’s de facto moratorium. The Natural Resources Committee will be actively addressing this issue as it directly relates to our top priorities of economic growth, job creation, national security and oversight.
Over the coming weeks, the Natural Resources Committee will be conducting an aggressive schedule of hearings on the Obama Administration’s slow-walking of permits and the impacts of the de facto moratorium on our economy, jobs and U.S. energy security.
The Committee is currently planning:
While the people and local businesses of the Gulf have been hardest hit by the Administration’s delays, the need to resume offshore energy production is of national importance. Offshore drilling supports thousands of Americans jobs throughout the country. In addition, nearly a third of all U.S. oil is produced in the Gulf of Mexico.
With gasoline prices rising and political unrest spreading throughout the Middle East, the United States must act now to responsibly develop our own American energy resources. The Administration’s effort to block access to American offshore oil and natural gas exacerbates the problem and deepens our dangerous dependence on foreign energy.
With thousands of American jobs at risk, the Natural Resources Committee will be conducting thorough and sustained oversight of offshore energy production. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to this issue.
Doc Hastings Doug Lamborn