WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today attended a field hearing in New Orleans on “The Impacts of Federal Policies on Energy Production and Economic Growth in the Gulf.”  The hearing focused on the current state of offshore oil and gas activity in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as how federal policy decisions impact current and future oil and natural gas development.

“As offshore energy exploration is being considered in the Atlantic, this field hearing was a great opportunity to learn more about offshore oil production and federal regulation thereof,” said Rice. 

“The Gulf of Mexico has long been a leader for offshore energy exploration and development in the United States.  The region, as well as the entire nation, has experienced significant benefits from the growth in offshore energy production.  We have a lot to learn from the experts in the Gulf about the possible benefits and risks before making any decisions on how to proceed in the Atlantic,” concluded Rice.

During the field hearing, Rice, along with Members of the House Natural Resource Committee heard from Lars Herbst with the U.S. Department of Interior, Joe Leimkuhler with LLOG Exploration Company, Dr. Joseph Mason with Louisiana State University, Loris Davis with RIG-CHEM, and Jonathan Henderson with Gulf Restoration Network.