Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 which will make more than 75 percent of oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available for exploration and development. The proposed OCS program will promote "safe and responsible" domestic energy production by offering 15 potential lease sales beginning in 2012-twelve in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska. Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) had the following comments:
"The announcement from Secretary Salazar is a step towards putting the Gulf back to work, however the Administration must be careful not to impose additional job destroying rules and regulations on oil and gas companies eager to create jobs. The federal government must get out of the way so that companies and their hard working employees can safely drill in the Gulf of Mexico, freeing us from dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and creating American jobs"
The House of Representatives passed five bills, currently waiting a vote in the Senate, that will ramp up domestic oil and gas exploration as part of the House Republican plan for America's job creators- Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act, The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 and the North American-Made Energy Security Act. For more information on this plan visit Jobs.Gop.Gov.