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Trump Order Could Open Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific to Offshore Oil Drilling

Unprecedented Act Threatens Coastal Communities, Wildlife, Climate

WASHINGTON— President Trump today announced plans to order the government to review the Obama administration’s ban on offshore drilling across thousands of square miles in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

The order — which could also open the Pacific coast to new drilling — could lead to dramatically increased risks of oil spills, damage to oceans and wildlife, and a worsening of the climate crisis.

“It’s as if Trump doesn’t care at all about oil spills, whales or global warming. Oh yeah, he doesn’t, and that’s pretty clear from this order,” said Kristen Monsell at the Center for Biological Diversity. “This reckless giveaway to the oil industry could wreak havoc in the pristine waters of the Arctic and the rich oceans off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But we’re ready to battle this dangerous plan in court.”

On Dec. 20 President Obama permanently removed most of the Arctic and key parts of the Atlantic from the federal fossil fuel leasing program using his authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

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Contact: Kristen Monsell

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