Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a leading member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-Chair of the Oil and National Security Caucus, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s announcement to indefinitely ban new oil and gas leasing in much of the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic:
“I applaud President Obama’s action to designate the bulk of our Arctic waters and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as off limits to future oil and gas leasing. Drilling in the harsh conditions of these regions amid such fragile ecosystems is both short-sighted and irresponsible. It could easily result in an oil spill that would decimate both the environment and the livelihoods of people who work in the nearby fishing and tourism industries. I believe we need to focus our efforts on furthering the development of clean and sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels both as an environmental measure and for the security of our nation, and I stand ready to fight any attempts to roll back these measures made by the new Administration.”
Please note this statement was originally published on December 26, 2016 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.