Obama 'Completely' Bans Oil Drilling in Arctic Waters

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Within the ultimate stretch of his time period President Barack Obama is implementing new environmental protections that stand to thwart Donald Trump's agenda on oil and fuel extraction in ways in which might show troublesome for the president-elect to roll again.

The Obama administration introduced on Tuesday that it'll place an indefinite ban on offshore oil and fuel drilling throughout giant swaths of Atlantic and Arctic waters. The actions come along side information that Canada will implement a sweeping ban of its personal, launching a set of actions to be reviewed each 5 years.

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"President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau are proud to launch actions making certain a robust, sustainable and viable Arctic financial system and ecosystem, with low-impact delivery, science based mostly administration of marine assets, and free from the longer term dangers of offshore oil and fuel exercise," the White Home stated in a joint assertion with the Canadian chief.

Tuesday's announcement is simply the newest instance of Obama leveraging the waning days of his administration to stymie any future try and broaden offshore drilling within the area.

Earlier within the yr the Inside Division unveiled its five-year plan for offshore oil and fuel drilling, notably omitting any enlargement to specified areas within the Arctic. Collectively the outcomes would doubtless sluggish the tide of President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to broaden manufacturing to succeed in untapped oil and fuel reserves.

The newest motion hinges on a provision of the 1953 the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, a regulation designed to guard coral reefs and marine sanctuaries. The seldom used measure permits the chief to completely freeze offshore drilling in specified areas. Senior Obama administration officers stress that there isn't any provision within the regulation offering the president authority draw these actions again.

Environmental teams hailed the announcement as a serious victory and symbolic milestone in ending offshore drilling in a area the place it's exceedingly troublesome to stop and reply to potential oil spills.

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"We're assured that that is an announcement that may stick. We have now each the regulation and public opinion on our aspect," Sierra Membership government director Michael Brune stated.

There's at present no precedent for a president to hit rewind on bans towards offshore drilling within the identify of environmental protections. And since the actions are usually not up for evaluation for an additional 5 years, advocacy teams say they're optimistic Trump will be unable to reverse the tide.


Kayakers making an attempt to dam the departure of the Shell Oil Polar Pioneer rig platform because it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle on June 15, 2015