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Tapping America’s Offshore Energy ‘Gold Mine’

offshore access  offshore energy  offshore lease  jobs  Economy  revenue  outer continental shelf  Energy Security 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 5, 2013

America’s vast offshore energy reserves present an opportunity to improve our economy, increase our energy security and create tens of thousands of jobs. According to a new study, opening the U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to offshore oil and natural gas development could turn that opportunity into reality. API’s Director of Upstream Erik Milito and the National Ocean Industries Association’s Randall Luthi outlined the study for reporters today. Milito:

“Oil and natural gas production off our Atlantic coast is a potential gold mine. Developing oil and natural gas in the Atlantic could put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work, make us more energy secure, and bring in needed revenue for the government. But none of these benefits will appear unless the federal government follows pro-development energy policies.”

According to the study, oil and natural gas development in the Atlantic OCS between 2017 and 2035 could:

  • Create nearly 280,000 new jobs along the East Coast and across the country.
  • Result in an additional $195 billion in new private investment.
  • Contribute up to $23.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy.
  • Add 1.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day to domestic energy production, which is about 70 percent of current output from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Generate $51 billion in new revenue for the government.

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