Scalise to host 2012 Offshore Energy Tour May 24 – 25 in Louisiana

May 18, 2012

Washington, D.C. – As part of the 2012 American Energy and Jobs Tour, Congressman Steve Scalise will lead a Congressional Delegation on the 2012 Offshore Energy Tour in New Orleans and on a deepwater rig in the Gulf of Mexico's Outer Continental Shelf on May 24 and 25.

Participating in the 2012 Offshore Energy Tour with Scalise are: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Congressman Gene Green, Congressman Steven Palazzo, and Congressman John Sullivan.

“The 2012 Offshore Energy Tour will allow Members from around the country to see first-hand what goes into safely producing American energy in the deep water of the Outer Continental Shelf,” Scalise said.  “This tour will provide the Members with a better understanding of the skills and technology involved in offshore energy production and how it is critical to America's energy security.  Increasing domestic energy exploration and production is a proven way to create millions more American jobs while lowering gas prices at the pump and reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

“American families know that we cannot achieve energy security by killing energy jobs and handcuffing our families to Middle Eastern oil. I look forward to my colleagues joining me offshore, and will continue fighting to improve our economy and energy security by increasing energy production here at home.”

While on the tour, the delegation will meet with stakeholders from the energy industry, tour an offshore production platform and an offshore drilling rig, visit with workers and participate in an aerial tour of the Louisiana coast.