Home > newsroom > Page
Hastings: Americans Cannot Afford to Delay New Oil and Gas Development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2009 - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Republican Doc Hastings issued the following statement today responding to Interior Secretary Salazar’s announcement to delay the 5-year plan for oil and gas development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf:

“It’s disappointing that Interior Department is choosing to delay new exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf when we must be focused on growing the economy and putting people to work. It’s time to stop delaying and get moving on a plan that will stimulate the economy, create jobs and make the less dependent on oil controlled by foreign countries.

“The President is stressing the need to stimulate the economy and today said that hurting Americans ‘need action and they need it now.’ Unfortunately, the Secretary of Interior is delaying the kind of action that Americans urgently need. There are thousands of jobs associated with energy exploration that are ready to go now.

“The current process isn’t broken, nor is it a last minute proposal. The original Draft Proposal Plan was announced in August 2008. There is nothing the Secretary announced (resource assessments, impact reviews, etc) that is different than what is already a part of the 5-year plan process.

“The American people have spoken and they are ready for more domestic energy production and the high paying jobs it creates.”

# # #

Print version of this document


Contact: Jill Strait (202) 226-2311

Latest News

House Passes King Cove Road Land Exchange Act

Today, the House passed H.R. 218, the “King Cove Road Land Exchange Act” (Rep. Don Young, R-AK), legislation to facilitate a life-saving road for the isolated community of King Cove, Alaska. The bill ...... Read more

Panel Seeks Innovative Approaches to Spur Vibrant Domestic Mining Industry

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing “Seeking Innovative Solutions for the Future of Hardrock Mining.” “Hardrock mining on federal land in the United State...... Read more

Members Discuss Bill to Bring Much Needed Reforms to the Endangered Species Act

Today, the Full Committee held a legislative hearing on five bills, most of which have advanced with bipartisan support, to reform and improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bills work to empow...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Oversight Hearing "Assessing Current Conditions and Challenges at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in American Samoa"
Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Full Committee Markup
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Full Committee Markup
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events