Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), an original sponsor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, is praising House approval of this commonsense approach to sustaining America's energy needs.
"In 2008, Congress and the President lifted a decades-long ban on offshore drilling in certain areas off the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico," said Hartzler. "But the Obama Administration has delayed or cancelled leasing and energy development in these areas. With gasoline prices hovering around the $4 per gallon mark it is essential that America move quickly to extract our own resources so we are not being siphoned dry at the pump by foreign dictators."
H.R. 1230 would require the Secretary of the Interior to auction offshore oil and gas leases in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico, as well as in an area off the coast of Virginia.
"The Obama Administration's decision to cancel or delay lease sales threatens to make 2011 the first year without any lease sales in the Outer Continental Shelf since 1958," added Hartzler. "This will result in the loss of billions of dollars in revenue and delay this country's domestic energy production at a time when Americans are demanding relief at the pumps."
This is the first of three bills the House will be considering as part of the American Energy Initiative, which is designed to promote American energy exploration and development, and to ease the pain of American consumers who are suffering as a result of rapidly escalating gas prices.
Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.