Chairman Hastings and Rep. David Rivera Letter to Secretary Salazar on Record-Keeping of Foreign-Owned Companies That Have U.S. Leases

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13, 2012 -

Dear Secretary Salazar:

We write to draw your attention to two national security issues that have been raised in oversight hearings before the House Committee on Natural Resources in recent months.

Foreign-multinational energy companies currently hold development leases and operate in the American Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and on Federal lands. One recent example is the move by China's National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to takeover Nexen, Inc., which has significant holdings in the Gulf of Mexico. We are concerned that these companies, either directly or through their subsidiaries, are also choosing to operate in countries that have been designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism by the U.S. State Department. These activities run counter to U.S. national security interests.

Read the entire letter HERE.