Mar 14, 2011 2:54 PM by Press Release
Following a Sunday interview on the Fox News Channel where he cited the need to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, Congressman Jeff Landry (Republican, New Iberia) is pushing legislation to get oil and gas production back in the Gulf of Mexico.
"At a time when our families and small businesses are struggling with the pain at the pump, it is imperative we utilize our natural resources to produce responsible and affordable domestic energy," said Landry. "We need policies that allow us to use our resources and meet our energy needs. The legislation I have co-sponsored will help increase domestic production, decrease gas prices, and create jobs."
Landry, the House's leading authority on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, is advocating for H.R. 993 - The Lease Extension and Secure Energy (LEASE) Act of 2011 sponsored by Congressman Bill Flores (Republican, TX-17) - and H.R. 840 - The Safe Exploration Coming from Underwater Reserves of Energy (SECURE) Act sponsored by Congressman Tim Murphy (Republican, PA-18). If passed, The LEASE Act will extend offshore leases impacted by the Department of Interior's drilling moratorium for an additional 12 months and The SECURE Act will allow all Outer Continental Shelf drilling permits already approved by regulators and compiled with new safety protocols to move forward.
"Since the BP tragedy, the President has halted drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico; more than 30 rigs in the Gulf now sit idly as gas prices close in on $5 a gallon," explained Landry. "This reckless policy has kept over 200,000 barrels of oil off the market daily and cost the government nearly $1.4. billion in revenue."
"The LEASE and SECURE Acts are two giant steps forward to reverse the President's job-killing, green energy plan. These Acts will responsibly restore the permits suspended by the President and will allow the hard-working people of the Gulf Coast to go back to work. I will certainly push to get these pieces of legislation passed immediately," concluded Landry.