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WASHINGTON (November 18, 2016) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) final Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017 – 2022, which fails to schedule any lease sales in the Arctic Planning Area. DOI had already withdrawn proposals to hold lease sales in the Mid- and South Atlantic Program Areas.

“The Administration's final plan reflects its short-sighted policy of limiting access to oil and natural gas on federal lands. American manufacturers rely on secure and affordable energy supplies to compete globally, yet DOI has repeatedly withdrawn or withheld from development major portions of the OCS. 

“Public lands are important suppliers of domestic energy, and any sensible long-term policy must include offshore resources. New supplies will help ensure that the U.S. economy and its consumers have access to energy for future generations. A sensible national energy strategy that includes OCS resources will support the manufacturing renaissance taking place in the United States.”

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