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The Case for Permanent LWCF Funding – In Pictures and Words

offshore energy  revenues  conservation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 22, 2020

With the U.S. House scheduled to vote on legislation that would create permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), amazing photos from parks and recreation areas around the U.S. make the case for supporting the country’s most important federal conservation initiative. The beautiful images show just a small fraction of the preservation, history and other outdoor opportunities across the U.S. that benefit from LWCF.

Since 1965 the fund has supplied billions of dollars for parks, conservation and recreation across all 50 states. Virtually all of that money was supplied by safe, responsible offshore oil and natural gas development. As we noted last month, when the legislation was moving through the U.S. Senate, the Wilderness Society says LWCF has been “America’s most important conservation funding tool for nearly 50 years.” 

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Conservation’s Lifeline: Offshore Energy Development

conservation  offshore energy  revenues 

API CEO Mike Sommers

Mike Sommers
Posted June 11, 2020

Practical, safe, and responsible offshore energy development doesn’t just create jobs and power our lives – it also funds America’s largest federal conservation program. For decades, the natural gas and oil industry has directly contributed to outdoor recreation and environmental conservation, thanks to a long-standing law that would be strengthened by legislation that is up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Senators will soon vote on S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill that would codify a permanent funding stream for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address a considerable maintenance and construction backlog on public lands.

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Offshore Energy Revenues are Essential to LWCF Conservation

conservation  offshore development  revenues 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 2, 2020

Whenever someone talks about banning offshore oil and natural gas development, as some in Congress have proposed, they miss the fact that offshore oil and gas pays for the country’s most important conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Everyone who cares about coastal restoration, wetlands protection, park upkeep, building hiking paths and other recreational areas should be aware that since 1965 the LWCF has supplied billions of dollars for conservation and environmental projects across the 50 states, from Grand Canyon National Park to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore – almost entirely funded by safe and responsible offshore oil and natural gas development.

The Wilderness Society puts it this way: “The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation funding tool for nearly 50 years.”

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Honoring Earth Day 2020

conservation  environmental expenditures  emission reductions  climate 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020 finds the world in unprecedented circumstances. Despite the once-in-a-lifetime challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, the natural gas and oil industry’s commitment to protect workers, communities and the environment remains fundamental to what we do, every day. …

As American energy workers power through a pandemic to provide reliable energy to the hospitals and families and others who need it most, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day provides us with the opportunity to recognize the ongoing role our industry plays in lowering U.S. emissions, protecting our land and wildlife and supporting coastal resilience across the nation – all while producing the reliable, affordable, cleaner energy American families need.

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Offshore Energy Funds Conservation, Strengthens U.S. Economy

offshore energy  revenues  conservation  economic growth 

API CEO Mike Sommers

Mike Sommers
Posted November 7, 2019

Safe and responsible energy development drives economic growth and environmental progress, and by expanding exploration on federal lands and along the Outer Continental Shelf, the U.S. stands to generate billions of dollars in funding for infrastructure, education and conservation.

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Foster Progress on Water Reuse and Recycle

water  conservation  technology  innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 17, 2019

With industry keenly focused on conserving water in production zones across the country, a draft federal water reuse plan unveiled this summer by EPA has the potential to foster innovations and investments that can accelerate sound management practices.

In official comments on the plan, API and a number of other energy associations encouraged the agency to consider ways to “provide maximum flexibility, certainty, and clarity” to existing regulatory structures while removing federal barriers within the federal government’s control that discourage and disincentivize the reuse, recycling, and fit-for-treatment uses of water.

At issue is water produced in association with well development that must be captured and accounted for in ways that protect the environment – including treating it for reuse in energy operations or disposal in federally regulated disposal wells.

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For an Updated and Improved Endangered Species Act

endangered species act  conservation 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted August 12, 2019

America’s natural gas and oil industry long has safeguarded wildlife and their habitat, seeking effective conservation measures to protect them amid ongoing energy exploration and production.

Through voluntary programs and collaboration with state and federal wildlife management agencies and non-profit conservation organizations, industry is committed to species protection and natural habitat conservation – from watershed protections, to understanding and planning around migration patterns, to the cultivation of outdoor recreational activities on leased lands. 

Now these efforts will be bolstered with the Interior Department’s new action to clarify and improve the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), by reducing duplicative and unnecessary regulations.

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Offshore Energy Revenues Boost State Conservation, Coastal Protection

conservation  offshore energy  revenues  spill 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted May 2, 2019

Offshore energy development has delivered yet another economic and conservation boost to states – this time to the tune of $215 million.

The U.S. Department of the Interior disbursed the funds last week to the four Gulf natural gas and oil producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions – for use toward coastal conservation and hurricane protection projects. And the best part? Not a single dollar came from taxpayers.


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Offshore Energy, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

offshore energy  oil and natural gas  revenues  conservation  gulf of mexico  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 10, 2018

Offshore energy development works for the states – all of them.

The U.S. Interior Department recently announced that $61.6 million in revenues from offshore oil and natural gas will be distributed to all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia – via grants that support state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

Ponder that: You don’t have to be a coastal state; you don’t have to be a producing state. Under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), everyone benefits from offshore natural gas and oil revenues that are earmarked for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants. 

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Lizards, Energy and Effective Habitat Protection

endangered species act  conservation  texas  new mexico  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 11, 2018

Protecting the environment is a core industry value. The environment belongs to everyone, and our companies and their employees are committed to producing natural gas and oil as safely as possible. This commitment includes preserving habitat and looking out for wildlife.

In this 2016 post and this post earlier this year, API colleague Kate Wallace detailed how companies have monitored elk populations in Wyoming and polar bears in Alaska, created artificial reefs off the Gulf Coast, developed pollinator gardens and bee sanctuaries and more. Companies also worked across five western states to create conservation areas for the lesser prairie chicken and preserve habitat for the sage-grouse. Our commitment is backed up by action.

That’s why we’re optimistic a constructive and comprehensive plan can be crafted to take care of the dunes sagebrush lizard in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico while also maintaining critically important natural gas and oil production in the region – which would be unlikely if a new effort to list the lizard as endangered under federal law succeeds.

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