Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

Trump signed an executive order calling for the review during a ceremony at the White House.

"America is fortunate to have vast offshore energy resources which could fuel the global economy for decades", said Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. With a whopping 94 percent of our outer continental shelf now locked away from oil and gas development, a thorough review of the regulatory framework governing our offshore energy resources is warranted and logical.

He used a provision in a 1953 law - the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act - that gives the president authority to make future oil and gas exploration on unleased parts of the ocean lying three miles offshore and under US jurisdiction, out of bounds.

It will also direct Zinke to conduct a review of the locations available for offshore drilling under a five-year plan signed by Obama in November. Along the Atlantic coasts, more than 100 cities and towns have passed resolutions against offshore drilling, citing fears of the certainty of another devastating oil spill like that of 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The action is the latest from the Trump administration aimed at boosting domestic energy production and loosening environmental regulations. The department oversees 1.7 billion acres of the outer continental shelf, which contains an estimated 90 billion barrels of undiscovered oil.

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Last November, then-President Obama signed a raft of measures created to protect as much of the environment - and the planet - as possible from pollution and fossil fuel extraction.

Environmental groups, including Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity, criticized the order and promised to fight it in court.

And it mandates that U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross review any new sanctuaries or expansions of sanctuaries that took place over the last 10 years.

In no point in history has a president challenged another administration's permanent withdrawals. Zinke said he expects review of drilling plans to take several years.

Coastal residents learned how to be heard on these issues locally and in Washington, D.C, during the creation of the current five-year plan.

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Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida, said: " The president's action opens the door to expanded drilling into our public waters, including drilling that could threaten waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico - a move that goes against the values a majority of Floridians share: that our oceans and beaches should be preserved, not sold off to the highest bidder".

"The federal government itself estimates a 75 percent chance of a major oil spill in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea if drilling proceeds there".

"It's not quite as simple as the president signs something and it undoes the past", said Sean Hecht, a University of California, Los Angeles environmental law professor.

"Allowing offshore drilling is a forever decision that will forever change our way of life for the worse", said Frank Knapp, president of Columbia, South Carolina-based Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast.

"The lifting of the ban does not necessarily make drilling in the Arctic a compelling proposition", she said.

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