Obama administration releases new report on offshore energy development 

President Obama's Department of Interior has released a report finding that more than 70 percent of offshore property that has been leased to energy companies is not being used for production or energy exploration. But an outside group argues that this is nothing new, and that the release of the report is an attempt to advance the administration's anti-domestic energy development agenda.

“We continue to support safe and responsible domestic energy production, and as this report shows millions of acres that have already been leased to industry for oil and gas productions sit idle,”  Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ken Salazar, said in a statement. “These are resources that belong to the American people, and they expect those supplies to be developed in a timely and responsible manner and with a fair return to taxpayers. As we continue to offer new areas onshore and offshore for leasing, as we have done over the last two years, we will also be exploring ways to provide incentives to companies to bring production online quickly and safely.”

Yet in a statement of its own, the Institute for Energy Research argues that, "This revelation is nothing new.  In fact, it is a historical fact that only about 30 percent of leases will ever produce energy." According to the group's senior vice president of policy, Daniel Kish, “The Secretary’s report today, and the implication that something is wrong when it is not, is showing the American people the same contempt his Department was found guilty of by a federal judge who ordered him to stop the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf."

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