Obama bars future oil leases in swaths of the Atlantic, the Arctic ocean


President Obama on Tuesday, the U.S.-owned water ordered placed in the Arctic ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic ocean “for an indefinite period of time” off-limits for future oil and gas leases in a final fossil, before he leaves office.

The movement to protect the area, the ecosystem, is a final sprint of Obama sealing his environmental legacy, and to bind, a possible way in the hands of his successor.

“Today, in partnership with our neighbours and allies in Canada, the United States, under the historic steps to build a strong Arctic economy, the preservation of a healthy ecosystem in the Arctic and to the protection of our fragile Arctic waters, including the designation of the majority of our Arctic waters, and certain areas in the Atlantic ocean, indefinitely off limits for future oil and gas leasing,” the White house said in a statement, issued while Obama is on vacation with his family in Hawaii.

The White house announced the actions in connection with the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which is also a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing in its Arctic waters, a regular Revision.

The Atlantic waters are of limits to new oil and gas leases 31 canyons stretching off the coast from New England South to Virginia.

Industry groups protested quickly.

Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Senior Vice President Dan Naatz said in a statement, the group and the eleventh hour decision was “extremely disappointed by President Obama to shut down the economic development and lock away America’s true energy potential for the communities that need it most.”

Although the move uses Executive powers, the environmental groups are hoping the ban will make it difficult for President-elect Donald Trump to reverse. The billionaire has always unleash again promised that the nation’s untapped oil and gas reserves.

Obama used the 1953 provision, which allows the President to ban offshore Leasing in the outer Continental Shelf permanently. The administration was considering a range of the Atlantic coast open to drill, but the idea, culminating in Tuesday’s announcement returned. Earlier this year, the administration removes the potential of the Atlantic lease sale of your design for offshore drilling. But the ban applies only for a period of five years, starting in 2017, and could be more easily undone by Trump in his own five-year Plan.

Trump is looking to fill his administration with candidates against Obama’s environmental agenda. He has the Environmental Protection Agency, opponents of Scott Pruitt, the head of the Agency tapped, and has picked up sworn former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of energy, Perry once, to eliminate them. Trump has called for more offshore drilling, and U.S. energy self-sufficient.

Some in the industry expressed the confidence of the ban have brought is noticed in under the trump administration, he just can not.a new proclamation after his inauguration

“There is no such thing as a permanent ban,” Erik Milito, policy director at the American Petroleum Institute, told The Associated Press.

However, Niel Lawrence, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the AP, that is the result of a trump, proclaiming not so easy, because, while the Statute, a President says can back to the waters from the Land – lease plans, “it does not say, in you can.”

If Trump has a Problem, to reverse Obama’s proclamation, it would be up to environmental groups or others to challenge his actions in court. If he does not, then it would intervene to to Congress to.

Fourteen senators had signed a letter and called on Obama to ban offshore drilling permanently. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N. J., had said before the announcement that he does not believe that the future government can undo the contract without the consent of the Congress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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