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To: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology

For decades, across multiple administrations, the OCS has been underutilized to the nation’s detriment. BOEM’s Draft Proposed Plan for 2017-2022 continues this shortsighted and damaging trend. This DPP offers fewer lease sales than the current operating plan, which puts the country on a path towards greater energy risk. Moreover, the withdrawal of sizeable acreage in the Arctic is unnecessary, further jeopardizing future energy security. The inclusion of the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic planning areas in this DPP for leasing is an important step, one which we applaud, but more can be done to take advantage of new seismic work that will be concluded by 2017, including additional and earlier lease sales. Large sections of the Atlantic and Artic planning areas, as well as nearly the entire Eastern Gulf of Mexico, are excluded from this DPP. This again represents a missed opportunity to put the country on a path to greater energy security in the next decade.

In short, the CPP is fundamentally incompatible with numerous practical and technical aspects of America’s electricity system, and would represent a vast expansion of the agency’s regulatory reach into the authority held by states and other federal regulatory agencies.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations, and dedicated to promoting, protecting, and defending America’s free enterprise system, commends you on the introduction of S. 751, the “Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act.” This bipartisan legislation would improve the rulemaking process involved with the Environmental Protection Agency’s review and setting of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone by requiring better scientific data, more transparency, and considerations of feasibility and economic impact.

API, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, and National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) respectfully request that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) extend the public comment period on the above-referenced proposed rules by a minimum of sixty (60) days beyond the currently scheduled public comment deadline.

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