Thursday, December 22, 2016

Report: Obama Will Permanently Block Arctic Drilling Before Trump Takes Office

The Obama administration will use a legal strategy crafted by environmental activists to remove sections of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans from future offshore drilling lease sales, according to two sources familiar with the plan told Bloomberg.
For months, environmentalists have been urging President Barack Obama to use Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, a 1953 law governing offshore drilling, in a way it’s never been used before — to block offshore drilling leases in the Atlantic Ocean and the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
Two people told Bloomberg’s Jennifer Dlouhy the decision could be announced as soon as Tuesday.
Dlouhy reports that environmental lawyers “have been laying the groundwork for Obama’s decision by circulating memos on the legal strategy” and claiming oil spills would hurt wildlife and tourism.
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