Technology has allowed continuous development and improvement of safety standards, programs, new technologies, and best practices to protect workers, the environment and marine life during the exploration process. Since 2010, more than 100 exploration and production industry standards were created or strengthened. In fact, offshore operations have safely coexisted with tourism, fishing industries, and the military for decades in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world.
The potential benefits of exploring offshore in the Gulf region are:
Offshore energy exploration and production is a simple choice when the options are to either safely produce oil and natural gas here at home, or defer to hostile regimes outside the U.S.
There’s no question that U.S. oil and natural gas production plays a vital role in enhancing the national security interests of our nation and our allies around the world and increased development here at home has effectively curtailed the power of countries like Russia and Iran, who heavily rely upon energy as a geopolitical tool. And it can be done in a way that is compatible with the military activities.
In the central Gulf of Mexico, in close proximity to Texas and Louisiana ports and military bases, 36 percent of leases are located in military use areas. Energy production and military training in these areas have historically co-existed successfully and without conflict.
Currently, the DoD takes the position that it supports offshore oil and natural gas development so long as oil and natural gas operations are compatible with military training.
This matters, as the DoD determines whether oil and natural gas operations are compatible by extensively studying the offshore areas and developing a compatibility report.
Our nation has come a long way in advancing our national security interests through the development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources. Allowing offshore energy exploration off of the Gulf coast would be another step in the right direction towards long-term U.S. energy and national security.
*Assumes a 37.5% revenue sharing of bonuses, rents and royalties similar to Gulf states without an annual cap.