This topic is peticularily important to me since I spend so much time on the road. The hurry-gotta-do-it-now sink or swim stimuless pork bill let this topic slip. I urge you to read the full story and let your congressmen and senators know you are concerned about delays...and that you haven't forgot $4.00+ gas prices.
February 19, 2009
The Obama Administration Should Not Delay Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing
Last July, President Bush responded to public anger over $4.00 a gallon gasoline and rescinded the longstanding executive moratorium on offshore leasing for oil and natural gas. Congress followed suit by allowing its own restrictions to lapse on October 1. But now, the Obama Administration has taken steps to slow down the process of leasing these areas to energy companies, and some fear that expanded offshore drilling will be put off indefinitely. Delay would be a mistake and should be kept to a minimum, as additional domestic oil is still badly needed.