KEATING STATEMENT ON ADMINISTRATION’S
OFFSHORE DRILLING PROPOSAL
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced its proposed plan to increase leasing for offshore drilling across the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Arctic Coasts. Below is Congressman Keating’s statement in response to this proposal.
“Reckless does not begin to describe the Trump Administration's decision to expand offshore oil and gas drilling coast-to-coast. This unprecedented move ignores concerns expressed by military leaders and the deep and widespread bipartisan opposition voiced by municipal and state representatives.
“Allowing this drilling threatens the safety of our waterfront communities, the health of our oceans, and the future of our climate – not to mention the havoc it could wreak on the local economies of coastal communities, like those across New England, who count on fresh fish and clean beaches for their seafood and tourism industries. The economic hit that Gulf communities took after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was devastating. Have we learned nothing?
“This is not the type of action the American people want or are demanding. I will work with my colleagues from both coasts and both sides of the aisle to oppose this extreme measure and to block further offshore drilling. There is no reward that could justify these risks.”