Obama bans new oil and gas wells in parts of the sea in Alaska

Obama bans new oil and gas wells in parts of the sea in Alaska

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U.s. president Barack Obama has on Tuesday a ban on new oil and gas wells in parts of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska and the Atlantic Ocean.

A month before his term of office as president expires, put Obama, his successor, Donald Trump and thus a heel. The Republican is correct in favour of more oil and gas at sea.

Obama relies on a law that dates back to the fifties. The so-called Outer Continental Shelf Act allows a president to the mining of minerals in certain areas to limit. Environmental organisations say that Trump to the right will have to go to the decision of his predecessor to turn back.

Obama says that he takes measures to be a “sensitive and unique ecosystem” to protect. He warns for the risk of the leakage of oil and argues that the resources of oil in these areas to clean up are very limited.


Trump has said that the oil and gas wells on the sea is going to expand. The incoming president would plan to boost production in the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea (both in Alaska) and in parts of the Atlantic Ocean.

The gebiedsverbod of Obama covers 46.5 million acres of U.s. waters in the Chukchi Sea, the largest part of the Beaufort Sea and 1.5 million acres in the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump is on the 20th of January was appointed the president of the USA.

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