Trump rolls back offshore drilling restrictions

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Friday's order will direct the Interior Department to review Obama's blocking of drilling sites in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

It will likely take years to remove at least one of the bans-the one concerning Arctic and Atlantic drilling, for which President Obama invoked a rarely used clause from the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Land Act.

"President Trump's order is nearly certainly an opening shot as he tries to lift protections for this fragile offshore region", Williams added. Zinke said the review could take several years and until it is completed, nothing will be changed, adding that environmental concerns are "valid", even though the benefits of drilling outweigh the concerns.

President Trump signed an executive order on April 28, 2017 reversing the Obama Administration moratorium on exploration in the Atlantic Ocean.

"For the next period after 2022, I think they're going to try to do to the Gulf of Mexico off of Florida just what they've done today in the Atlantic off the entire Atlantic seaboard", he said.

"We're opening it up", the president said. "The president's executive order ignores those concerns".

"The six percent of the offshore that is open for exploration will provide about 20 percent of our Nation's oil next year and about five percent of our natural gas, and the more we produce at home, the less we need to import". Reuters writes White House officials had urged a vote on legislation before Trump's 100th day in office on Saturday, hoping to follow through on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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"With this executive order, the Trump administration is threatening the 1,100 miles of California coastline that the citizens of California own, and that we have fought to protect from special interests", said Tom Steyer, a top Democratic donor and the president of NextGen Climate, an environmental advocacy group. The reasoning behind this decision was an interpretation of the 1953 law to mean that the president has the power to withdraw areas of U.S. sea floor from use, while giving no powers to successors to reinstate those areas for use unless Congress goes back and amends the 1953 law.

After the Obama-era Arctic leasing ban was announced, Sen.

In the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Trump said the United States is blessed with wonderful natural resources, including offshore oil and natural gas reserves, which can be harnessed to stimulate energy production and job growth.

The executive order also calls for review of any national marine sanctuary created or expanded over the past decade.

"You don't create jobs by signing a piece of paper if those jobs rely on a combination of economics and technology that the president doesn't control", Kevin Book, managing director at ClearView Energy Partners, told the New York Times.

On Wednesday Trump signed a separate order to examine areas of USA federally managed land to determine if they were improperly designated as national monuments by former presidents, rendering them off limits to development.

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