Skip to comments.THE NEXT STAGE OF DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW IS HERE. YOUR ENERGY OPINION SURVEY...
Posted on 09/01/2009 4:46:15 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark
TAKE ACTION... Filling out the form on the right and sending a letter to the Department of the Interior is the next stage of the "Drill Here, Drill Now" campaign. Heres why:
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The Minerals Management Service (MMS), an agency within the Department of the Interior, chooses when and where we can drill for American energy through a public process called "Notice and Comment." MMS is currently deciding whether we can drill offshore during the years 2010-2015. If an offshore area is not made open to drilling, there will be no drilling there until at least 2015. What MMS ultimately decides is influenced by input from the public, and the deadline for submitting comments is September 21, 2009.
... FORM LETTER FROM THE WEBSITE ...
I am writing in support of the development of more domestic oil and natural gas resources off our coasts by allowing all of the 31 lease sales proposed by MMS to be kept in the OCS leasing program for 20102015.
During the summer of 2008 when gas prices went over $4 gallon, the American people spoke loud and clear in favor of developing the energy supplies that have been off limits to us for too long. Just because gas prices have gone back down does not mean weve changed our minds.
Its important that we begin to develop alternative sources of energy, but oil and natural gas will continue to be an essential part of our energy future for decades to come. We are currently sending billions of dollars overseas to meet our energy demands, even though we have more energy resources than any country in the world.
MMS should make access to all OCS areas a high priority for our nation to improve our energy security, grow our economy and generate local, state and federal revenue.
In terms of our energy security, for over 20 years the federal government denied access to an estimated 18 billion barrels of oil and 77 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the OCS. The resources expected to be found in these areas represent enough natural gas to heat 15 million households using natural gas for more than 77 years. And, it can produce enough oil to power over 20 million cars and heat 956,000 households for 30 years. These resource estimates may be conservative since the areas in question are largely unexplored, but, if given access to them, the industry can utilize todays sophisticated technology to further define and tap those domestic resources.
In terms of our economy, opening all available domestic resources to safe and environmentally responsible development will significantly boost U.S. supplies of oil and natural gas. One study in particular indicates that the development of these areas can add 160,000 thousand jobs in the oil and natural gas industry.
Lastly, in terms of revenue, the federal government collected over $23 billion from the energy industry in 2008 which was distributed to state, local, American Indian and federal accounts. Additionally, one recent study indicated development of the resources on federal offshore areas and onshore lands that had been off-limits for decades could generate $1.7 trillion in revenues for federal, state and local governments.
For the sake of our economy, our energy security, and our governments balance sheets, the next OCS plan should keep all the 31 lease sales in the 12 areas proposed for exploration and production with no artificial restrictions.
I did not know that public opinion could ever make
a difference with our anti-American leaders.
Just another attempt to mine data to sell. You give up that much information, next thing you know your email is spammed full, and someone is calling your phone.
MMs had lease sale 210 a few months ago and bidders were sparse.
Bid here, bid now
Completed on line form - check
sent to my congressman and senators - check
I had an “uh oh” feeling about the info they wanted.
Although contacting the Minerals Management Service won't hurt anything, the reality is this: Congress and the White House decide when & where we can offer & issue offshore oil & gas leases. Congress decides via funding (or complete lack thereof); the White House decides because MMS is part of the Department of the Interior, and the Secretary of the Interior takes orders from the White House. (Not to mention the fact that Secretary 'Kenny' Salazar stated, when gasoline hit about $4 per gallon, that he wouldn't support offshore drilling even if gas cost twice that much.) In short, hell will freeze over before the current Congress, White House, and Interior Secretary allow leasing in our most prospective areas, such as offshore California.
If you're going to write MMS, make sure you also send copies to your Congressman, your Senators, and the Teleprompter-in-Chief...
Bidders are sparse when the government puts the best acreage off limits, and offers marginal areas instead. The situation would be the same if the federal government offered farm land for lease, but excluded any land with water rights from the bidding. The bidding on the desert land that was left would be just as "sparse"...
I guess he was selling them crap?
Please feel free to actually read my post: Bidders are sparse when the government puts the best acreage off limits, and offers marginal areas instead.
Apparently you're telling us that Sales 210 & 221 included the most prospective acreage on the entire United States outer continental shelf...
Read today's paper.
One article: "a global recession has forced oil companies to slash spending on projects".
Another article on the merger between Baker Hughes and BJ: "a marriage made in recession"
Another on oil: "a global economic recovery this year would be slow"
All of which is completely irrelevant, at any given time, with regard to the relative number and size of bonus bids for leases in a highly prospective area, versus bids for leases in a marginal area.
In other words, you're the one posting misinformation, not I...
The sale last spring generated $703 million compared to the previous sales of $3.7 billion and $2.8 billion.
All three sales were in Area 181 and south 181, the same general area and close to existing infrastructure.
None of which disagrees with my point (see Post #13): at any given time, the relative number and size of bonus bids for leases in a very prospective area will be higher than bids for leases in a marginal area.