Release: Republican Drilling Bill is a Reckless Giveaway to Big Oil at the Expense of Taxpayers and Pristine Coastline

Jun 28, 2013 Issues: Energy, Environment, Water

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) said Friday's House vote to open more of the nation's shoreline was "reckless and unnecessary," calling it yet another giveaway to the oil industry at taxpayers' expense.

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2231 by a vote of 235 to 186.  President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk in its present form.

Under the Obama Administration, oil production is at a 20-year high and gas production is at an all-time high.  This bill requires new drilling off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, and parts of Alaska.  It does so without implementing the safety recommendations made following the BP oil spill.  It also increases the revenue that coastal states receive from Outer Continental Shelf leases, reducing money going into the General Fund.

In response to the passage of this legislation, SEEC Members released the following statement:

"House Republicans once again pushed through reckless and unnecessary legislation to benefit their Big Oil allies.  Oil production is at a 20-year high and gas production is greater than ever before.  Yet, the GOP insists on opening up even more of our nation's pristine areas of coastlines to drilling, without implementing the common-sense safety reforms proposed following the devastating BP oil spill. 

“SEEC Members believe the Republican leadership must focus on legislation that moves our country toward the clean energy economy of the future instead of continuing the past practice of taxpayer giveaways to an oil industry already making record profits."