A Lapsed Drilling Ban, a Plan for Action

By September 24, 2008Briefly Legal, Energy

A letter from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to Senate Majority Leader Reid:

September 24, 2008

The Honorable Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Reid,

I was pleased to learn that Democrats have reluctantly decided to allow the bans on offshore and oil shale energy exploration to expire next week, giving Americans the freedom to access their own energy supply. This is a major step forward.

Now we must enact legislation that directs the Administration to expedite leasing in these new areas, arranges for appropriate state revenue sharing, and prevents frivolous lawsuits from stalling critical energy exploration. If Congress is serious about increasing our domestic energy supply, expediting production is a critical step in achieving that goal. I will ask the Senate to adopt this legislation this week, and I hope you will not block this important economic stimulus.

It has been suggested that Democrats plan to use environmental lawsuits to block exploration until they can reinstate these energy bans after the November elections. This would be a major mistake. I hope you will work with me to protect and expedite access to this new energy supply.

Jim DeMint
United States Senator

Hat tip: Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry Blog, which highlights the non-legislative obstacles to drilling.

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