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Trump to order a review of Obama-era regulations on offshore drilling, marine sanctuaries


Trump to order a review of Obama-era regulations on offshore drilling, marine sanctuaries

WATCH| Donald Trump signs executive order to review Obama-era regulations on offshore drilling. President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order Friday in an effort to roll back the Obama administration’s attempts to ban oil drilling off the southeastern Atlantic and Alaskan coasts, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Zinke said his department will also reopen the Obama administration’s five-year drilling plan that restricts lease sales for new drilling to the Gulf of Mexico and waters off south-central Alaska.

It's the second action Trump has taken this week to try to expand oil and gas drilling in the US.

"There’s no set goal. But if there’s areas that are acceptable, that have resources, and local communities are for it and states are for it we could include it in next five-year plan," Mr. Zinke said in a conference call with reporters.

Regulators will also conduct a review of all such sanctuaries created over the past 10 years, and not to create any new marine sanctuaries during that review period.

Mining and gas companies are pleased with the decision.

"We are pleased to see this administration prioritizing responsible U.S. energy development and recognizing the benefits it will bring to American consumers and businesses," American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Some people are against Trump's recent orders, sharing their disapproval on Twitter.

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