Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

"This executive order starts the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration", Trump said during a White House signing ceremony.

For instance, Obama had used his authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect Arctic areas from oil drilling late a year ago, a move Trump's order seeks to undo.

That's a reversal from an Obama administration decision not to sell any oil leases in the Atlantic between 2017 and 2022, and to take some areas of the Atlantic and the Arctic off the table completely.

In announcing the "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy", Trump said the executive order will direct a "review of the locations available for off-shore oil and gas exploration". White House officials said in December that the language of the statute provides no authority for subsequent presidents to undo so-called permanent withdrawals of oil and gas leases from the Outer Continental Shelf.

Along the Atlantic coast, though, more than 100 cities and towns have passed resolutions against offshore drilling. "Instead of taking us backwards, the federal government should work with us to advance the clean energy economy that's creating jobs, providing energy and preserving California's natural beauty".

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"No matter how much money it spends or how many lobbyists it places inside the Trump administration, "Big Oil" can never nor will never drown out the voices of millions of Americans across the country who spoke out against unsafe offshore drilling", Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.

"I understand that some of you will have concerns about the environmental impact that development may have and that's a valid concern and it's a concern that the president and I both share", Zinke said.

"After the Santa Barbara spill in 1969 and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, I'm shocked the president hasn't learned the simple lesson that drilling for oil and gas is dirty, unsafe and doomed to catastrophe".

President Trump has signed an executive order rolling back some restrictions on offshore oil and natural gas drilling.

Trump called his executive action "another historic step" toward increased domestic energy production.

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Trump had campaigned on a promise to do away with Obama-era environmental protections he said were hobbling energy development without providing tangible benefits, pleasing industry and enraging environmental advocates.

On Wednesday, Trump called for a review of wilderness areas that were declared national monuments over the past 20 years, an order with the goal of possibly opening up these areas to oil drilling and mining.

Trump's order also directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to conduct a review of marine monuments and sanctuaries designated over the past 10 years.

"Scientific consensus is that the vast majority of known fossil fuel reserves - including the oil and gas off USA coasts_must remain undeveloped if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change", she said.

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Neither the Nigerian president nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State extremist group, gave details on the exchange. Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja , about 560 miles from Chibok.

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