Oversight: Hearing on "Deficiencies in the Permitting Process for Offshore Seismic Research"

Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 Time: 09:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324


  • “Deficiencies in the Permitting Process for Offshore Seismic Research


  • Republicans will unjustly use a recent GAO report to attack the bedrock environmental laws that protect marine mammals and endangered species.
  • Democrats are encouraged to address the bigger picture of Republicans’ never-ending attempt to satisfy the oil and gas industry’s insatiable appetite for fossil fuels by opening every acre of our oceans and coasts to exploration and development.
  • The public supports protecting the environment from the destructive spills and on-shore industrialization that inevitably accompanies offshore oil and gas production.
  • The Democratic witness, a South Carolina Republican State Senator, can speak to the opposition that exists within his community to Interior’s plan to hand the Atlantic coast over to the fossil fuel industry.


Member Statements

  1.  Alan Lowenthal Democrat (California 47th District)


  1. Walter Cruickshank
    Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    Washington , DC
  2. Jon Lodwigson
    Acting Director, Natural Resources and Environment
    U.S. Government Accountability Office
    Washington , DC
  3. Ryan Steen
    Stoel Rives LLP
    Seattle , WA
  4. The Honorable Tom Davis
    South Carolina State Senator
    District 46 (Beaufort & Jasper Counties)
    Columbia , SC