Trump moves to lift bans on Arctic drilling

Trump moves to lift bans on Arctic drilling

Trump moves to lift bans on Arctic drilling

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

Though portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas were briefly opened to exploratory drilling on the outer continental shelf, Royal Dutch Shell, the only major producer to drill exploratory wells, exited the area in 2015. 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.

"Why on earth would someone choose to push drilling in the riskiest and most expensive places on the planet when the current oil glut will make such ventures unprofitable for the foreseeable future?" he said. "It's shameful that Governor Rick Scott is speaking at a political event supporting President Trump when the Administration is so recklessly threatening the very fabric of Florida's economy".

In mid-November, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell released the federal government's oil and gas leasing program for offshore federal waters through 2022. The longer the USA delays in acknowledging its Arctic resource potential, the more likely it will be that those opportunities will be endangered by other nations - such as Russian Federation - that are moving aggressively to develop.

For his part, Zinke (who identified himself as a land-loving hunter and fisherman and "a Teddy Roosevelt guy") told reporters last night that Trump's latest executive order "will cement our nation's position as a global energy leader".

Since taking office, Trump has taken a number of steps aimed at establishing "energy dominance" for the United States. He's also issued a series of executive orders easing energy extraction on federal lands, including National Park Service properties.

That includes millions of acres in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans that Obama withdrew permanently from drilling in December 2016.

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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.

The order also directs Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to conduct a review of marine monuments and sanctuaries designated over the last 10 years.

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. The order also looks into the possibility of drilling in current marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic, and halts the creation of any new sanctuaries.

Trump, the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaignlike speech reminiscent of his election rallies. As a resource state, Alaska needs flexibility to develop oil and gas responsibly.

Zinke said he has recently heard concerns about offshore drilling in Santa Barbara, California, and promised that he will listen to local communities when it comes to authorizing drilling. Dianne Feinstein said to the LA Times.

But API President Jack Gerard welcomed the executive order.

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