WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will receive testimony from state and local officials regarding the de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. As an influential member of this Committee and the member representing the district most affected by the President’s de facto moratorium, Congressman Jeff Landry (Republican, Coastal Louisiana) will be in attendance.
Gas prices have nearly doubled since President Obama took office, skyrocketing from $1.83 in January of 2009 to the current average of $3.56 per gallon. The President has restricted new OCS lease sales along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for the next seven years and imposed a reckless offshore drilling moratorium – approving only two deepwater permits in the last ten months. The President’s failed energy policy has undermined our energy security and strengthened our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. On Wednesday, Representatives Jeff Landry and Steve Scalise will be joined by Reps. Hastings, Crawford, Griffin, Southerland, Palazzo, Runyan, Lankford, Duncan, Flores, and others to brief the media and discuss the impact of the Obama Premium on American families and businesses.
The full list of panelists giving testimony are: Secretary Scott Angelle (LA Department of Natural Resources), Director Chett Chaisson (Greater Lafourche Port Commission), Counselor Samuel Giberga (Hornbeck Offshore Services), Mr. Christopher Jones (Keogh, Cox & Wilson, LTD), Chairman Elizabeth Ames Jones (TX Railroad Commission), Chairman Keith Overton (Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association), and President Charlotte Randolph (Lafourche Parish Government).