Duncan Statement on Zinke, McMaster Meeting

February 2, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding the meeting between U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster:

“It’s outstanding to see Secretary Zinke and Governor McMaster discuss South Carolina’s role in our nation’s offshore energy development after the release of the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program in January. The Department of the Interior has stressed the importance of coordination and discussion with states and localities as decision-making moves forward, and I am pleased to see these words in action. This meeting shows that Secretary Zinke is listening to leaders of states involved in the DPP.

“I strongly believe that offshore energy development off the coast of South Carolina, beyond the visible horizon, will expand access to critical resources which will greatly benefit the state and the nation as a whole. As I have said before, Governor McMaster has every right to advocate for what he believes in with regards to offshore energy, but unlike other states, the issue has larger support in South Carolina.”


Currently, 94% of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) acreage is off limits to energy development under the Obama Administration’s 2017-2022 plan. The 6% of OCS that is available for use produces 18% of our nation’s crude oil. Previously, the Obama Administration’s restrictive 2012-2017 plan contained only 15 lease sales. In contrast, the Reagan Administration’s bold plan contained 42 lease sales. This shows a steep decline in offshore energy development over the course of time. The Trump Administration’s aggressive draft proposal contains 47 potential lease sales (a historic proposal) and would make over 90% of total OCS acreage available for exploration and development. This plan will move our national offshore energy policy away from a restrictive and misguided approach and towards energy independence.

See Congressman Duncan’s January 4, 2018 statement regarding the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

For more information: https://www.boem.gov/National-Program/