Home > blog > Page
Governors Express Ocean Policy Concerns with President Obama
Posted by Jamie Hennigan on March 14, 2012
This week, Governors from 7 states penned a letter to President Obama addressing multiple offshore energy issues. In particular, they expressed concern with proposed coastal and marine spatial planning, one facet of the President’s National Ocean Policy. The Governors urged the President to carefully consider the bureaucratic hurdles and negative impacts on energy development that could be created by this policy.

Over the past several months, the House Natural Resources Committee has conducted rigorous oversight on this issue, and plans to hold more hearings focused on the National Ocean Policy throughout this Congress. The President’s plan to zone the oceans represents a top-down, Washington, D.C.-based process that has the potential to significantly impact the way we use and manage our oceans. It is one of many examples of the Obama Administration imposing burdensome federal regulations and policies that could hinder economic growth and harm job creation. The Committee plans to hear testimony from recreational and commercial fishermen next week at its fourth hearing on the issue. For more information on the President’s plan to zone the oceans, click here.

The letter was signed by the Governors of Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Texas and Mississippi.

    Post a Comment
    Fill out the fields below to submit a comment

    Latest News

    Subcommittee Presses Panel on Status of Puerto Rico’s Power Utility Restructuring Agreement

    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA). ...... Read more

    Bishop Response to Successful Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale

    Today, the Department of the Interior’s Lease Sale 247 for oil and gas parcels in the Gulf of Mexico brought in over $274 million for over 900,000 acres in the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisia...... Read more

    Reps. Hice and Lowenthal Introduce Bill to Enhance Financial Aid for Mine Cleanup

    Today, Representatives Jody Hice (R-GA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1668, the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act.” H.R. 1668 establishes a new foundation that will leverage privat...... Read more

    View All News

    Calendar

    Oversight Hearing on ESA Consultation Impediments to Economic and Infrastructure Development
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
    View All Events