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Obama uses 1953 law to block Arctic drilling under Trump

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President Obama has blocked any attempts at drilling for oil off the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. This would “indefinitely” stop oil and natural gas extraction in the areas, according to a report by CNBC. And unlike executive orders that’ve been signed into place over the past eight years, this apparently can’t be easily undone by President-elect Trump when he takes office.

This will protect some 31 underwater canyons in the Atlantic, and the Beaufort and Chukchi seas surrounding Alaska in the Arctic Ocean. Canada approved similar provisions to block oil and gas exploration.

“These actions, and Canada’s parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth,” Obama said. “They reflect the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited.”

Source : EnGadget

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