LoBiondo Opposes Allowing for Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

LoBiondo Opposes Allowing for Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

LoBiondo Opposes Allowing for Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

The order directs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review an Obama-era plan for selling federal leases for offshore drilling that runs through 2022.

Despite Trump's assertion that the nation needs to wean itself of foreign oil, US oil imports have declined in recent years as domestic production boomed, mainly through improved drilling techniques that opened up production in areas once out of reach. "Trump is again going all-in for his Big Oil backers, with an executive order that attempts to undo President Obama's historic action".

Still, Pam Giblin, an Austin, Texas-based environmental attorney who represents energy companies said Trump's order is welcome news to her clients.

Reversing Obama's decision to withdraw Arctic and Atlantic waters from drilling is yet another Trump gift to the oil and gas industry. It comes just a week after the seven-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 17 people and sent almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Atlantic, a disaster from which the coast has still not fully recovered. And on Wednesday, he signed another executive order that could expand oil and gas development on wilderness areas now protected as national monuments.

"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.

The White House and outside specialists have estimated that as much as 94 percent of the nation's offshore areas remain closed off to energy exploration.

Since taking office, Trump has taken a number of steps aimed at establishing "energy dominance" for the United States.

"When Deepwater Horizon exploded, Floridians saw firsthand the catastrophic consequences of offshore drilling", said U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. In a release, the White House argued that it potentially could be tapped for up to 90 billion barrels of oil and more than 300 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas deposits.

The majority of sanctuary supporters, including Hill and Gibson, said they believed the sanctuary designation was needed to protect the county from offshore oil drilling.

The order will also direct Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to conduct a review of marine monuments and sanctuaries designated over the last 10 years. Among those actions are a move to reopen and maintain hundreds of US coal mines, an attempt to scrap fuel mileage regulations for future American-made vehicles, and the revocation of a federal law that targeted corruption in the energy industry.

Late past year, President Obama sought permanent drilling bans in some locations in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, and banned new oil leases off the California, Oregon and Washington coasts until 2022. Zinke said 94 percent of the nation's outer continental shelf is now off limits for development of any kind.

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