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  • Real Clear Energy, “Offshore Energy: A Window Into America’s Economic and Strategic Future” By National Co-Chairs Sen. Jim Webb and Sec. Jim Nicholson; 3/29/19
  • Washington Examiner, “Seismic surveys provide a safe foundation for offshore energy” By President of the National Ocean Industries Association Randall Luthi; 3/28/19
  • Washington Post, “Is seismic surveying a safe climate step?” By API Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito; 12/6/18
  • Real Clear Energy, “Offshore Energy Essential for US National Security, Economic Prosperity.” By National Co-Chairs Sen. Jim Webb and Sec. Jim Nicholson; 11/28/18
  • National Review, “The Incredible Economic Opportunities of Offshore Energy Exploration.” By National Co-Chair Sec. Jim Nicholson; 10/1/18
  • The Hill, “Oil industry targets Florida in new offshore drilling advocacy push.” By Timothy Cama; 8/15/2018
  • The Hill TV, “Explore Offshore Coalition Co-Chair Senator Webb Talks Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Development.” 6/26/2018
  • Washington Examiner, “Oil and Gas Lobby Tries to Change ‘One-Sided’ Debate on Offshore Drilling.” By John Siciliano & Josh Siegel; 6/25/2018
  • Real Clear Energy, “Opinion: Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Development Drives US Energy and National Security.” Op-Ed by National Co-Chairs Jim Webb & Jim Nicholson; 6/20/2018
  • Financial Times, “The week in energy: Exploring offshore.” By Ed Crooks; 6/10/2018
  • Washington Examiner, “API Starts New Offshore Oil Initiative.” Daily on Energy by John Siciliano & Josh Siegel; 6/6/2018

The Gulf

  • Sunshine State News, “Homegrown Energy Production Funds Land and Water Conservation Fund,” By Lauren Whritenour, President, Tallahassee Republican Women’s Club Federation, 4/03/2019
  • Florida Politics,“Group pushes to expand offshore drilling—including off Florida’s coast” By Ryan Nicol, 4/2/2019
  • WFSU, “Capitol Report 3-29-19 – Interview with Secretary Nicholson.” 3/29/2019
  • Sunshine State News, “Jim Nicholson: Energy Exploration Can Help Florida’s Economy While Not Hurting Military, Tourism.” By Explore Offshore National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson, 3/28/19
  • Orlando Sentinel, “Prosperidad para Florida con la energía en alta mar.” By Explore Offshore  The Gulf Co-Chair Miriam Ramirez, 3/14/2019
  • FLA News Online, “Economic Impact to Local Businesses Exists with Offshore Development.” By Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 3/14/2019
  • Naples Daily News,Offshore energy development good for Fla.” By The Gulf Co-Chair Jeff Kottkamp, 3/12/19
  • Florida News Online, “Gas and oil in Gulf could boost Florida’s economy.” By Explore Offshore National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson, 3/11/19
  • Tampa Bay Times, “Offshore drilling: Seek energy offshore.” By Explore Offshore National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson, 3/9/2019
  • Florida Daily, “Jim Nicholson: Energy Exploration Backed by White House Benefits Florida and the Nation.” By Explore Offshore National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson, 3/1/2019
  • Florida News Online,“President Trump makes right moves on domestic energy production.” By Sam Mullins, 2/8/2019
  • The Floridian Press, “Natural gas and oil industry continues to innovate.” By The Gulf Co-Chair Miriam Ramirez, 1/30/19
  • WFLA, “The Preston Scott Show.” Radio interview with Florida Petroleum Council Executive Director Dave Mica, 1/17/19
  • Dayton Beach News-Journal, “Explore Florida’s offshore energy potential.” By Florida Petroleum Council Executive Director Dave Mica, 1/9/2019
  • Florida News Online, “Use facts to determine Florida’s role in domestic energy production.” Florida Petroleum Council’s Executive Director David Mica, 1/5/2019
  • Sunshine State News, “Seismic Testing for Energy is Safe, Will Benefit Florida.” by Florida Petroleum Council’s Executive Director David Mica, 1/4/2019
  • Sun Sentinel, “Seismic testing for natural gas and oil resources is safe.” By Florida Petroleum Council’s Executive Director David Mica; 12/28/18
  • Florida News Online, “Energy Production is Important and Especially Used During the Holiday’s.” By Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Julio Fuentes; 12/17/18
  • Orlando Sentinel, Commentary: Here is the reality of energy production, safety and holiday travel.” By FL Vets4Energy Co-Chair Dennis Freytes; 12/12/18
  • WFLA, “Preston Scott Show with the Gulf Co-Chair Jeff Kottkamp.” 11/14/18
  • Sun Sentinel, “Here’s why Florida should support oil drilling off the coast.” By Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario Lopez; 10/3/18
  • The Gainesville Sun, “Opinion: Offshore drilling has become significantly safer.” By Florida Co-Chair Jeff Kottkamp; 8/28/2018
  • Sunshine State News, “Explore Offshore Leaders: ‘Millions of Floridians…Very Supportive of Us’.” By Kevin Derby; 8/20/2018
  • Florida Politics, “As deep-sea drilling issue bubbles, ‘Explore Offshore’ to make affirmative case.” By A.G. Gancarski;  8/15/2018
  • WFLA, “The Preston Scott Show.” Radio Interview with Dave Mica, Florida Petroleum Council; 8/14/2018
  • The Revolutionary Act, “Environmental Activists Ignore the Strong Case for Offshore Oil Drilling.” Op-Ed/Blog Post by Dave Mica; 8/8/2018
  • Tampa Bay Times, “Opinion: Let’s explore safe, offshore drilling off Florida’s coast.” Op-Ed by Florida Co-Chairs Jeff Kottkamp, Miriam Ramirez, and Wayne Harris; 6/20/2018
  • WFLA, “This Week: EO Florida Co-Chair Jeff Kottkamp.” 6/16/2018
  • WFSU Tallahassee (FL), “Florida Co-Chair Wayne Harris.” 6/8/2018

North Carolina

  • The News & Observer, “Offshore drilling would bring jobs to NC.” By North Carolina Chair Nat Robertson; 3/1/2019
  • Wilmington Star News“We need seismic testing.” By Hunter Ford; 2/14/2019
  • Civitalk Podcast, “North Carolina Co-Chair Nat Robertson.”  11/23/18
  • WRAL, “Offshore Energy Exploration has Bipartisan Support.” By North Carolina Chair Nat Robertson; 8/12/2018
  • North Carolina Business Daily, “North Carolina joins Explore Offshore coalition to explore more oil and gas exploration.” By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich; 6/18/2018
  • Winston-Salem Journal, “Nat Robertson: Explore Offshore: More and better energy exploration and job creation.” Op-Ed by North Carolina Chair Nat Robertson; 6/12/2018
  • WPTF, “Rick and Donna Martinez Show with North Carolina Co-Chair Nat Robertson.” 6/6/2018

South Carolina

  • Post and Courier, “Seismic testing would tell us what’s out there.” By Admiral William Schachte; 4/7/2019
  • The Post and Courier, “Commentary: Explore Offshore coalition is broad and dynamic.” By South Carolina Chair Steven Gilchrist; 11/23/18
  • The State, “Opinion: How South Carolina can benefit from offshore oil exploration.” By South Carolina Chair Stephen Gilchrist; 7/13/2018
  • Anderson Independent Mail, “Opinion: Planning for future requires exploring offshore resources.” By South Carolina Chair Stephen Gilchrist; 6/26/2018
  • Charleston Post and Courier, “Opinion: Explore our offshore resources.” By South Carolina Chair Stephen Gilchrist; 6/21/2018


  • Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Mike Watson column: Explore offshore.” By Virginia Chair Fmr. Del. Mike Watson; 3/23/19
  • Virginia Gazette, “Assembly Made Right Call on Offshore Work.” LTE by Virginia Chair Fmr. Del. Mike Watson; 2/26/19
  • The Free Lance Star, “Commentary: Reasons why Virginians should support seismic testing.” Op-Ed by Virginia Chair Fmr. Del. Mike Watson; 1/7/19
  • WLQM, “Coffee & Conversation with Dave West.” Radio Interview with National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson; 12/17/18
  • WJFN, “VA Free with Chris Saxman.” Radio Interview with National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson; 12/17/18
  • WHRV, “Hearsay with Cathy Lewis.” Radio Interview with Virginia Co-Chair Fmr, Del. Mike Watson; 12/17/18
  • Virginian-Pilot, “Jim Webb: U.S. Energy Boom Improves National Security.” Op-Ed by National Co-Chair Sen. Jim Webb; 9/28/18
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Anti-Drilling Letter Lacked Facts or Data.” Letter by Virginia Co-Chair Fmr. Del. Mike Watson; 9/26/18
  • WRVA, “The John Reid Show with Secretary Jim Nicholson.” Radio Interview with National Co-Chair Jim Nicholson; 8/30/2018
  • The Princess Anne Independent News, “Opinion: Offshore resources may be worth of exploration.” Op-Ed by J.R. Hoeft; 7/17/2018
  • Daily Press, “Opinion: Exploring our Offshore Energy Resources.” Op-Ed by Virginia Co-Chairs and Former Dels. Winsome Earle Sears and Mike Watson; 6/20/2018
  • John Fredericks Show, “Mike Watson Leads New Va Effort For Offshore Energy Exploration.” 6/7/2018


  • Savannah Morning News, “Offshore oil exploration means jobs.” Op-Ed by Hunter Hopkins, Georgia Petroleum Council; 7/2/2018
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Georgia oil and gas lobbyists launch coalition to back offshore drilling.” By Dave Williams; 6/15/2018