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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 1, 2017

Last week’s presidential executive order embracing increased access to America’s offshore natural gas and oil reserves jumpstarts an important conversation about the needed, positive steps to make the United States’ energy future more secure. With 94 percent of federal offshore acreage currently off limits to development, there are more questions about that future than if safe offshore access was the rule instead of the exception to the rule. The president’s order begins the process of changing the offshore equation. API Upstream Group Director Erik Milito talked about the offshore executive order and the need to build on it during a conference call with reporters

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 31, 2015

There are a number of main points in official comments submitted by API and seven other energy industry groups to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on its draft offshore oil and natural gas leasing program for the 2017-2022 time period.

Given how much offshore acreage was excluded from the proposed draft, BOEM should not remove any areas proposed in the draft from the final lease plan, the associations write. The government is missing key opportunities to harness U.S. offshore energy in the Atlantic, eastern Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska, as other countries are implementing robust offshore development programs. Energy development on the outer continental shelf (OCS) would generate significant job and economic benefits to the U.S., and industry continues to press ahead with technological, safety and environmental protection improvements – all designed to foster increased safety in offshore operations.

The comments are among those being collected by BOEM before it finalizes the five-year leasing program later this year. The leasing plan is a blueprint for offshore development; areas not listed in it won’t be offered for lease 2017 to 2022. Given the 10 to 15 years needed to develop offshore oil and natural gas – from the time the lease is sold to production – the federal plan is critically important.   

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 22, 2010

Americans see politics behind the U.S. Department of the Interior decision to prevent any expansion of oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf of Mexico. According to a public opinion poll conducted by Harris Interactive for API, 63 percent of respondents believe the decision is based on politics; only 30 percent believe the ban is based on science.

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