Energy Workforce & Technology Council CEO Leslie Beyer released the following statement in response to the Department of Interior’s late release of its five-year offshore drilling plan that seeks to block new offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
“I applaud the Department of Interior for finally releasing its five-year offshore leasing plan, which they are required to do by law. However, it contains much ambiguity and uncertainty for the industry, signaling a plan for 11 lease sales, but not guaranteeing any lease sales,” Beyer said.
“Also, the plan limits access to two of our bordering oceans. If the Administration’s goal is truly to bring down energy costs and provide energy security for our nation, the Department should be expanding offshore drilling access to boost production to meet demand instead of limiting leases and continuing to disincentivize domestic production.”