Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) recently filed legislation to address the need to increase domestic crude oil and natural gas production. As gas prices hit record highs across our country, we must establish a stable and dependable energy plan. We are once again at the mercy of oil-rich nations and Americans are paying the price, Poe said. Currently, off shore drilling is limited to the coasts of Texas, Louisiana and a small portion of Alabama. I have filed legislation to expand domestic off shore drilling to all our coasts, even the scared shores of Florida and California, said Poe.

There are several reasons the price per barrel is on the rise. The basic rules of supply and demand are a contributing factor. With countries like China paying above market price for crude oil, we need to have another choice for our oil and gas provider, said Poe. That choice should be Made in America. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the United States imports 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil last year. As a result, we are at the mercy of the supplier. We can not continue to be held hostage by third world countries, said Poe. The best way to do that is to lessen our dependence on them by expanding our domestic drilling.

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. It specifically directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a sale of oil and gas leases on all submerged lands of the Outer Continental Shelf in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico that are depicted in a specified document entitled "Eastern Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale."
  • H.R. 4908 Opens up a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico known as Area 181 to drilling by instructing the Secretary of the Interior to offer the 181 Area of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing no later than one year after enactment of this Act. (Currently drilling is only allowed off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, and a portion of Alabama
Co-Sponsored Legislation:
  • H.R. 4761 This bill will allow coastal States to receive significant portions of royalties from the sale of natural gas leases off their shores. Discretion with regard to spending is left up to the States, but this money could and should be used to support disaster relief efforts such as the recovery efforts from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.