Congressman Lowenthal Applauds Passage Of Bills Blocking Expansion Of Offshore Oil Drilling Nationwide

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Washington, D.C., September 11, 2019 | comments

Congressman Alan Lowenthal today applauded the passage by the House of two bills aimed at protecting our nation’s oceans and coastlines from the potential economic and environmental devastation posed by expanded offshore oil drilling. 

“Every governor of a coastal state, both Republican and Democrat, on the East and West coast agrees that offshore drilling is not in their state’s best interest,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “This administration’s chaotic proposals on offshore drilling have injected tremendous uncertainty into the lives and businesses of coastal communities. These bills, which I was proud to co-lead and co-sponsor, will reassert the will of coastal communities that their coastlines are off limits and will not be sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry by the Trump Administration.”

H.R.1941, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, was authored by Congressman Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Congressman Lowenthal, and Congressman Jared Huffman of California. This bill prohibits the Department of the Interior from offering any tract for oil and gas leasing or preleasing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning area (North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and the Straits of Florida) or the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf planning area (Washington/Oregon, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California).

H.R.205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act, was authored by Republican Congressman Francis Rooney and Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida and has 18 cosponsors, including Congressman Lowenthal. This bill permanently extends the moratorium on offshore oil and gas leasing, preleasing, and related activities along the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Together, these two bills will permanently protect the majority of our nation’s coastlines from the potential destruction of the next Santa Barbara oil spill or Deepwater Horizon. We owe this not only to ourselves, but to future generations,” Congressman Lowenthal said. 

Both bills now move to the Senate for consideration.
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