The House of Representatives voted to open more of the nation’s oceans for oil and gas exploration on Thursday by a vote of 243 to 179.
In order to reach that target, the legislation requires the department to hold lease sales off the coast of Southern California, in the Arctic Ocean, off Alaska‘s Bristol Bay, and in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to North Carolina.
Republicans say that the bill, along with two other drilling measures passed earlier this month, would create 1.2 million jobs and lower the price of oil. The Congressional Budget Office says that the offshore lease sales would generate $800 million in revenue over ten years.
The Obama administration released a statement opposing the bill Wednesday. The White House argued that the proposal would undermine the current leasing process and mandate drilling leases without input from the affected states.
- Stalling offshore drilling is costing jobs and gas prices (thehill.com)
- House GOP Scores Early Victory in Offshore Drilling Initiative (nytimes.com)
- Cindy Shogun: Congress Proposes Free Pass for Big Oil in America’s Arctic (yubanet.com)
- House passes measure to expand offshore oil drilling – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
- House Passes a Bill to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling (nytimes.com)
- A Quote for Today – Why in hell are Republicans so eager to get back to offshore oil drilling? (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- “Stop the Dangerous Bills For More Drilling” and related posts (switchboard.nrdc.org)
- Rocky Kistner: Stop the Dangerous Bills For More Drilling (huffingtonpost.com)