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WASHINGTON (March 16, 2016) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017 - 2022, which fails to schedule any lease sales in the Mid- and South Atlantic Program Areas.

"The Administration's proposed plan continues its short-sighted policy of limiting oil and natural gas production on federal lands. This marks the third time in as many years that DOI has withdrawn or withheld from development major portions of the OCS. Its approach will harm American manufacturers who rely on secure and affordable supplies of energy in order to compete in global markets.

"Public lands are key energy suppliers for the United States. Yet instead of pursuing the most robust leasing plan possible, the Administration is moving to shut down access. Our nation needs a sensible long-term energy strategy that includes offshore resources. A supply strategy that includes OCS energy will support the manufacturing renaissance taking place in the United States.

"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 proposed plan announced today is a step backward."

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