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WASHINGTON (January 27, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)'s Draft Proposed Program (DPP), the second stage in a five-step process to develop the 2017 - 2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

"BOEM's draft plan continues a clear strategy to limit oil and natural gas production on federal lands, where it has been declining for a decade. Along with restrictions for the Arctic coastal plain proposed earlier this week, current government policies are putting more resources off-limits.

"Today's plan concentrates nearly all oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. It takes potential resources in the South Atlantic off the table by banning any exploration and production within 50 miles of shore. It does not authorize a lease sale in the Atlantic near Canadian waters, even though our neighbor to the north is developing its own oil and gas resources there.

"We are disappointed to see that the DPP fails to consider a lease sale in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, an area that is resource rich and close to existing producing wells and infrastructure, so supplies could be brought to market more quickly.

"At a time when federal policies are increasing demand for energy, especially natural gas, our government should be doing everything possible to expand and diversify America's resource base. The draft plan announced today fails to deliver on that imperative."

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