Legislative: EMR Legislative Hearing

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1334 Presiding: The Hon. Alan Lowenthal

On Tuesday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a legislative hearing titled, “Protecting Coastal Communities from Offshore Drilling,” including discussion on:

  • H.R. 1941 (Rep. Cunningham): To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior including in any leasing program certain planning areas, and for other purposes. “Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act”
  • H.R. 205 (Rep. Rooney): To amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend the moratorium on leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico. “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act”
  • H.R. 1149 (Rep. Van Drew): To prohibit the Department of the Interior from issuing certain geological and geophysical exploration permits under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and for other purposes. “Atlantic Coastal Economies Protection Act”

Witness List

Panel I 

Representative Joe Cunningham 

South Carolina, 1st District 

Representative Jeff Van Drew 

New Jersey, 2nd District 

Representative Francis Rooney 

Florida, 19th District 

Panel II 

Mr. Jimmy Carroll (testimony)


Isle of Palms, SC 

Mr. Vipe Desai (testimony)

Founding Member, Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast 

Owner, HDX Mix 

Huntington Beach, CA 

Mr. David Yates (testimony)

Executive Director & CEO 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium 

Clearwater, FL 

Ms. Sharon Hewitt (testimony)

Senator, Louisiana State Senate 

District - 1 

Baton Rouge, LA