GNO, Inc. Releases Letter to BOEM in Support of Offshore Drilling


NEW ORLEANS — Today, thirty business organizations and elected officials across Louisiana wrote to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expressing strong support for including all 26 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) planning areas in the development of the federal government’s 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program. The letter was organized by GNO, Inc. and highlights the importance of the oil and gas industry to the Gulf Coast’s economy. 

“Louisiana is the epicenter of America’s nascent energy boom, which has the potential to both fuel economic growth and lead the entire nation towards true energy independence and security,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “In order to ensure this opportunity is fully maximized, we urge the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to include all 26 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) planning areas in the development of the federal government’s 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program.” 

An excerpt from the letter highlights the importance of expanding access to the Gulf of Mexico: “Continued and expanded access to all areas of the Gulf of Mexico will increase these economic gains for Gulf Coast residents and ensure that the Gulf Coast continues to supply American consumers across the country with reliable crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas. Quest Offshore Resources has estimated that an increase in Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas activity could support 180,000 jobs across the Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana region.” 

A full copy of the letter can be found here.