Today, Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) to share ideas and concerns regarding the future of idle iron policy in the Gulf of Mexico in light of H.R. 6208, the REEFS Act. Today's Washington, DC, meeting follows on the heels of a recent meeting in Houston between stakeholders, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Hart Research Institute.
"Today's discussion brought together environmental groups, conservation groups, scientists, recreational users and oil companies to find a way to maintain artificial habitats flourishing around oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico," said Rep. Farenthold.
"In a knee jerk reaction, rigs are being pulled up left and right without scientific evidence that this is good policy for our Gulf Coast communities. Protecting the Gulf environment, increasing economic development through recreational activities, and lowering costs for rig disposal are issues both Republicans and Democrats can get behind. I look forward to working with these groups towards a long-term answer," said Farenthold.
The following representatives participated in the today's discussion: Waitt Foundation, American Petroleum Institute, ICCF, Shell Oil Company, Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy Environmental Defense Fund and the American Sportsfishing Association.