Last week, Congressman Poe offered an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill that would remove the moratorium placed on all off shore drilling outside of the western Gulf of Mexico. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 141-279, but has been gaining support and attention nationwide.

Americans dont want to be at the mercy of OPEC and foreign oil rich nations, but my colleagues on the east and west coasts dont want to drill off their shores, said Poe. We cant have it both ways. We are the only country in the world that does not fully cultivate their oil and natural gas resources. We can not continue to allow nations unfriendly to the United States to dictate the price per barrel of oil in our country. There is absolutely no good reason why we can not expand current off shore drilling in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama to the coasts of Florida, California and the eastern seaboard. Tourism is no more important in those states than it is in ours and it is time that everyone pitch-in and make our domestic energy policy a national priority.

According to the American Petroleum Institute, there are approximately 300 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas and more than 50 billion barrels of oil yet to be discovered along the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the lower 48 States. That is enough oil or natural gas to:
  • Maintain current oil production for 87 years and current natural gas production for 68 years
  • Produce gasoline for 116 million cars and heating oil for 47 million homes for 15 years
  • Replace current imports from the Persian Gulf for 59 years
  • Produce sufficient natural gas to heat 75 million homes for 60 years
  • Supply current industrial and commercial needs for 29 years or supply electricity generating needs for 55 years
In addition to this amendment, Congressman Poe has filed the following legislation:

Sponsored Legislation:
  • H.R. 3811 This bill will lift the moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
  • H.R. 4908 Opens up a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico known as Area 181 and instructs the Secretary of the Interior to offer it for oil and gas leasing no later than one year after its enactment.
Co-Sponsored Legislation:
  • H.R. 4761 This bill will allow coastal States to receive increased royalties paid to the government from the sale of oil and natural gas leases off their shores.