on House Vote to Support Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on last nights vote by the House of Representatives
to instruct energy bill conferees to remove a requirement for an
inventory of the oil and gas resources in the entire
Outer Continental Shelf and to protect the right of states to decide
if development off their coasts is appropriate. The motion was offered
by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA).
second time this year, the House voiced its deep objections to overturning
the current ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in sensitive coastal
regions, including California, the Pacific Northwest, Florida, Bristol
Bay in Alaska, and the entire East Coast.
bill being considered in a House-Senate conference committee requires
an inventory of oil and gas reserves in the Outer Continental Shelf
-- including areas under a moratorium on drilling -- in flagrant
disregard of the House vote in April to strike the inventory from
should heed the clear message sent by the majority of this body
and strip all provisions from the energy bill that would open up
the moratorium areas to drilling and undermine states rights
to protect their coasts. We cannot let that happen to our coastlines."