Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Advocacy group praises Trump's executive order on offshore drilling

"But the federal government has kept 94 percent of these offshore areas closed for exploration and production, and when they say closed, they mean closed", Mr Trump said.

The EO orders a review of the current five-year plan for offshore oil and natural gas leasing and a review of all regulations concerning oil, gas and renewable energy leasing in federal waters, per a WH briefing last evening.

Along the Atlantic coast, though, more than 100 cities and towns have passed resolutions against offshore drilling.

"You know obviously after what happened with Deepwater Horizon, we would rather not have the potential for that happening here", he said. "Spills don't just devastate ecosystems - local economies that depend on the health of our environment and clean water also feel extreme pain".

"We're opening it up", the president said. Such a move would have surely angered Republican allies in Florida and other Gulf states.

The order instructs the US Department of Interior to come up with a new development plan for all federal waters off US coasts. Now there is no proven technology for cleaning up oil spills in icy Arctic waters.

Environmental groups, including Oceana and the Center for Biological Diversity, criticised the new executive order and promised to fight it in court.

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

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While some, notably Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, believe that the removal of drilling bans will stimulate not just the oil industry but also the wider USA economy, others are skeptical.

But the executive order comes as low oil prices and soaring onshore production have pushed industry demand for offshore leases near its lowest since 2012, raising questions over its impact.

The order calls for a review of off-shore locations available for oil and gas exploration. Obama relied upon a little-known 1953 law that allows the president to ban oil and gas drilling indefinitely in US waters. The order also intends to review oil and gas development in marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic. Additionally, the directive calls for determining whether energy or mineral exploration can occur within Pacific and Atlantic marine sanctuaries.

The entire Alaska delegation was at the White House for the signing, and Trump gave Sen.

In November, President eliminated the Arctic from that plan.

Any drilling would still be a long way off. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said late Thursday, the LA Times reported.

Trump's executive order targets the entire outer continental shelf.

On Wednesday Trump signed a separate order to examine areas of federally managed land to determine if they were improperly designated as national monuments by former presidents, rendering them off limits to development. Among those actions are a move to reopen and maintain hundreds of USA 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.

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