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YES on H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
May 12, 2011
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act. Introduced by Rep. Hastings (R-WA), this bill would bring an end to the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium on new oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico by requiring the federal government to respond quickly and accountably to permit applications.
Although it has been more than six months since the Obama Administration’s moratorium on offshore drilling ended, bureaucratic obstinacy has left the approval process for leases in this area at a standstill. This implicit “permitorium” has forced rigs to leave our waters, caused energy exploration to dramatically slow, and sent investment flowing to other countries. In its determination to hamper the production of oil and gas while simultaneously subsidizing its favored energy technologies, the Obama Administration is hurting job growth in America’s economically fragile Gulf region while making prices unnecessarily high for all energy consumers.
H.R. 1229 would put an end to the political gamesmanship in the permitting process by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to act within a 30-day timeframe after receiving a drilling application. The legislation also ensures offshore energy production is conducted responsibly by requiring a thorough safety review of all proposed drilling operations. For these reasons, NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 1229. Roll call votes on this legislation will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress.
If you have any questions, please contact
NTU Federal Government Affairs Manager Brandon Greife at (703) 683-5700