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President Obama on Tuesday ordered U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean placed "indefinitely" off-limits for future oil and gas leases, in a final fossil-fuel crackdown before he leaves office.
Obama used a 1953 provision that allows the president to ban offshore leases in the outer Continental Shelf permanently. The administration has been considering opening an area of the Atlantic Coast to drill, but has slowly backed away from the idea, culminating in Tuesday’s announcement. Earlier this year, the administration removed potential Atlantic lease sales from its blueprint for offshore drilling. But that ban only applies to a five-year period starting in 2017, and could be more easily reversed by Trump in his own five-year blueprint.
Some in the industry have expressed confidence the ban will not stand under the Trump administration, noting he can simply issue a new proclamation after taking office.
"There's no such thing as a permanent ban," Erik Milito, a policy director at the American Petroleum Institute, told The Associated Press.
originally posted by: lordcomac
Can't cut the flow of oil money to his friends back east, eh?
Then we might see a sudden drop in funding of 'terrorist' groups...
originally posted by: xuenchen
The current Administration is playing the selective "itch you can't reach" game.
This will get worse.
originally posted by: stosh64
a reply to: Arizonaguy
With the POTUS, House, Senate...and soon to be SCOTUS in Trumps control, Obama is just fapping in the wind trying to seem important before his cough...legacy....cough... crumbles.
Na na na na....na na na na...hey hey hey...GOODBYE