• U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on Offshore and Alaska Oil and Gas Production Legislation

Letters
September 11, 2019

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes H.R. 205, the “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019,” and H.R. 1941, the “Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act,” which would permanently ban energy leasing in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacific planning areas respectively. The Chamber also opposes H.R. 1146, the “Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act,” which would prohibit energy development in the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Chamber will consider including votes on these bills in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

Together, H.R. 205 and H.R. 1941 would permanently ban energy development in areas representing nearly 30% of all technically recoverable oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf. Moreover, the bills preempt the long-existing and well-tested process already established in law requiring frequent assessment of potential energy, economic, and environmental impacts of offshore development, coupled with consultation of state, local, and tribal governments.