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U.S. petroleum demand near its highest levels in 11 years

ed by gasoline and seasonal demand for heating fuels, U.S. petroleum demand hit 20.3 million barrels per day in February.

New studies project that offshore energy development will significantly increase U.S. jobs, domestic spending, investments and state revenues

Atlantic OCS - $260 billion. Pacific OCS - $160 billion. Eastern Gulf OCS - $118 billion. Alaska OCS - $53.4 billion.

Oil industry: Trump's offshore drilling plan could add $590B to economy

"Ultimately, the studies confirmed... opening the currently restricted areas would increase economic benefits, not only specifically for the coastal regions near the offshore development, but also nationally as well..."

Zinke says Interior should be a partner with oil companies

"Interior should not be in the business of being an adversary. We should be in the business of being a partner,"