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WASHINGTON (April 26, 2016) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) public meeting to discuss the Administration's proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017 - 2022. The plan fails to schedule any lease sales in the Mid- and South Atlantic Program Areas.

"We continue to be troubled by the Administration's short-sighted policy of limiting oil and natural gas production on federal lands. For three years straight, the Department of the Interior has withdrawn or withheld from development major portions of the OCS-ignoring the needs of American manufacturers who rely on secure and affordable energy supplies in order to compete in global markets.

"Public lands are key energy suppliers for the United States. Our leaders should be pursuing the most robust leasing plan possible instead of moving to shut down access. We strongly urge the Administration to support a sensible long-term energy strategy that includes OCS energy."

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