December 21, 2016
President Barack Obama has invoked a law to indefinitely ban drilling for oil and gas across enormous parts of US waters – and President-elect Donald Trump won’t be able to repeal it.
Obama used a provision in the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act that allows a President to take any unleased lands in the Outer Continental Shelf off the market.
And because the law has no provision allowing other Presidents to repeal it, Donald Trump won’t be able to undo the action quickly – if at all, CNBC reported.
Obama announced the move on Tuesday, saying that the areas – which cover most of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska’s north coast and 31 underwater canyons off the East Coast – would be protected for ecological reasons.
The same day, Canada put a block on all oil and gas drilling in the Canadian Arctic, and announced a joint move with the US to identify sustainable shipping lanes through their neighboring Arctic waters.
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:06 am