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Trump plans to vastly expand offshore drilling

Staff Writer | January 5, 2018
The White House announced it intends to open nearly all federal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling.
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The draft order released by the administration of President Donald Trump represents the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever proposed and, in a break with previous administrations, would open up more drilling areas in the Pacific and Arctic oceans.

The White House proposed opening up 90 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration. There would be 47 potential lease sales in 25 of 26 sections of the ocean areas surrounding the U.S.

Of the potential sales, 19 would be off the Alaskan coast, seven would be on the Pacific Coast, 12 in the Gulf of Mexico and nine would be in other areas of the Atlantic Coast.

"We're embarking on a new path for energy dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in statement.

The areas would be opened up for sale gradually between 2019 and 2024. The proposal was first suggested in an executive order signed by Trump in April.