Scalise to Lead OCS Tour with Members of Congress
Congressman Steve Scalise today announced that he is leading the 2009 American Energy Tour in New Orleans, June 29-30. Scalise will take other Members of Congress on a tour of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) on Monday to learn more about offshore oil and gas production and coastal erosion, and receive briefings on Tuesday from the Minerals Management Service (MMS) regarding offshore drilling and the leasing process.
"As gas prices are back on the rise, it is important that we establish a comprehensive national energy policy that includes offshore oil and gas production as well as the advancement of technologies to develop alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and nuclear power." Scalise said. "This will be an excellent opportunity to emphasize how important offshore energy development is to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and to highlight how drilling is done in an environmentally safe way with future revenues dedicated to restoring our coast."
Last summer, as gasoline prices were approaching $4.00 a gallon, a Congressional delegation including Scalise toured the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to learn more about oil and gas exploration in the area as part of the American Energy Tour: 2008. The tour also went to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado to learn more about renewable energy sources.
The following is a list of Members of Congress who will be in New Orleans participating in the 2009 American Energy Tour.
Hon. Steve Scalise (LA)
Hon. Steve Buyer (IN)
Hon. Steve King (IA)
Hon. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Hon. Adrian Smith (NE)
Hon. Joseph Cao (LA)
Jay Cranford, Policy Advisor for GOP Leader John Boehner (OH)
As part of the tour, Scalise will also be giving a briefing on the progress that has been made regarding hurricane recovery and the work that still needs to be done, and the members will spend time renovating a home that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Scalise said, "I want to give my colleagues an opportunity to see the progress we have made since Hurricane Katrina, and also to know what still must be done as we work to recover and build a better Southeast Louisiana."