Thirty business organizations and elected officials across Louisiana wrote to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expressing strong support for expanded leasing activity off the U.S. coast.
A letter organized by GNO Inc. and highlights the importance of the oil and gas industry to the Gulf Coast’s economy.
“Louisiana is the epicenter of America’s nascent energy boom, which has the potential to both fuel economic growth and lead the entire nation toward true energy independence and security,” said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc.
“In order to ensure this opportunity is fully maximized, we urge the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to include all 26 Outer Continental Shelf planning areas in the development of the federal government’s 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program.”
The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association said in a letter it sent that the 2017-2022 leasing plan should include areas of existing exploration and development activities — western, central and a small portion of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, as well as new areas where there has been little to no activity — the mid- and south Atlantic and other areas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific.