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The National Offshore Energy Program is Coming Soon!

Leading up to release of the proposed National OCS Five Year Leasing Program, our Explore Offshore campaign has been very busy advancing positive messaging to demonstrate support for offshore leasing in the coastal states. Currently, 94 percent of U.S. federal offshore acreage is off limits to natural gas and oil development, and the offshore energy program could be the best opportunity we have had in years to finally explore what offshore energy resources might be available to us.

When finalized, the National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2019-2024) will establish a proposed five-year framework for natural gas and oil lease sales in federal waters. The program will specify the size, timing, and location of potential leasing activity in areas identified by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as important for our energy security and leadership.

 

In addition to existing offshore energy development areas in the Gulf of Mexico, the Explore Offshore coalition is advocating for the inclusion of both the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) as well as new areas in the Gulf of Mexico in the final program.

Opening these areas to responsible offshore natural gas and oil exploration could mean big things for our coastal states:

  • high-paying jobs
  • new infrastructure investments
  • more state and local tax revenue for public education and workforce development programs

As part of a final push, Explore Offshore coalition national and state chairs have sent letters to the Department of the Interior, the respective state Congressional delegations, and state leaders expressing support for the inclusion of the Atlantic and new areas of the Gulf of Mexico in the proposed program. You can see the letters below:

FLORIDA DELEGATION LETTER

NORTH CAROLINA DELEGATION LETTER

SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATON LETTER

VIRGINIA DELEGATOIN LETTER

There’s strength in numbers, and we have more than 200 diverse members in the Explore Offshore coalition—community organizations, veterans’ groups, small businesses, and local policymakers, just to name a few. Our coalition is growing, and so is our momentum, but we still need your help.

Send your own letter to federal and state elected officials in support of the Administration’s draft National Offshore Leasing Program.

A five-year program that will put U.S. energy production first is almost here. For new American jobs, economic growth, and energy security, let’s do all we can to make it a reality.

 

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