At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today urged Sally Jewell, the President's nominee for Secretary of the Department of the Interior, to consider the benefits of revenue sharing legislation and natural gas production for Louisiana and the nation as a whole.
"Offshore drilling along the coast has contributed three times more in oil and gas production than onshore drilling in western and interior states. They have kept almost half of the $61 billion they have made, while only a few million dollars has come back to the coastal states. This is a great injustice," Sen. Landrieu said. "I urge Ms. Jewell to help Louisiana and the Gulf Coast achieve a more meaningful share of revenues, especially as we work to restore the coastal land that contributes so much. Further, as we develop our energy policy, I hope she will continue to consider the expansion of natural gas production and the promise of a manufacturing renaissance that will create millions of jobs for Louisiana and our country."
At the hearing, Jewell expressed that she has heard from several senators about the importance of revenue sharing and is looking forward to better understanding the issue and bringing it to an appropriate resolution if confirmed as secretary. She also said she believes that safe and responsible development of natural gas is an important component of our country's future.
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Sen. Mary Landrieu displays a map of offshore Gulf oil pipelines in support of revenue sharing at Sally Jewell's nomination hearing for Secretary of the Interior. http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/files/images/2013_03_07_jewell.jpg