Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

In an executive order to be signed today, Trump will end those restrictions and open up Arctic waters to potential drilling.

Zinke said the order will require him to review and replace the Obama administration's most recent five-year oil and gas development plan for the outer continental shelf, which includes federal waters off all USA coasts.

Trump's order calls for a review of the Obama-era bans with the goal of allowing "responsible development of offshore areas that will bring revenue to our treasury and jobs to our workers".

Those include areas along the Florida coast and southeast U.S. coast where oil and gas drilling are now banned, under a moratorium that Democratic U.S. Sen. From the industrialization of coastal communities, to the risk of a BP Deepwater Horizon-like oil disaster, offshore drilling would forever change the fabric of the American Atlantic, threatening thriving coastal economies and lucrative industries like tourism, recreation and fishing.

Trump campaigned on making the United States more energy self-sufficient.

Although these reviews could take some time to complete, they put in motion a bid to favor extraction industries like oil and gas mining.

He's also issued a series of executive orders easing energy extraction on federal lands, including National Park Service properties. "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", Diana Best, the senior climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace, told the Independent in an email ahead of the signing.

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Those banned waters make up most of the Outer Continental Shelf - the waters that neighbor US land.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters that the department oversees some 1.7 billion acres on the outer continental shelf, which contains an estimated 90 billion barrels of undiscovered oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas. The order also intends to review oil and gas development in marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic. It could also include the Greater Farallones and Cordell Banks sanctuaries northwest of San Francisco, both of which Obama expanded.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida did not respond to a request for comment about Trump's executive order. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, plans to introduce legislation to block construction of pipelines in state waters needed for expansion of oil and gas development.

Conservation groups reacted with dismay and vowed to fight against efforts to permit new offshore drilling. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said at a news conference Friday.

Central Coast lawmakers immediately denounced the executive order.

President Trump, surrounded by Congressional and business leaders, gets up from his seat after signing an Executive Order in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington today. "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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