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API Seeks Rehearing of Appeals Court Five-Year Plan Decision

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 12, 2009

Today, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard issued the following statement on API's decision to seek rehearing of a U.S. Appellate Court panel's decision remanding and vacating the Department of Interior's 2007-2012 Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf leasing plan. API on May 12 asked the court to change the remedy from "vacate and remand" to "remand." The Interior Department has sought similar relief from the court.

"The court's decision should not stand as an impediment to continued production of oil and natural gas from leases already issued in the Outer Continental Shelf and to leasing in the future under the Five-Year Program. Offshore oil and gas leasing under the program is responsible for thousands of well-paying American jobs, over $10 billion in much-needed revenue for federal, state and local governments. The nation's energy security depends upon these resources."


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.