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U.S. judge scraps Trump order opening Arctic, Atlantic areas to oil leasing

U.S. judge scraps Trump order opening Arctic, Atlantic areas to oil leasing

Offshore drillinb in Atlantic, Arctic, ban upheldA federal judge in Alaska has overturned U.S. President Donald  Trump’s attempt to open vast areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to  oil and gas leasing.

The decision issued late Friday by U.S.  District Court Judge Sharon Gleason leaves intact President Barack  Obama’s policies putting the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea, part of the Arctic’s  Beaufort Sea and a large swath of Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. East Coast  off-limits to oil leasing.

Trump’s attempt to undo Obama’s protections was “unlawful” and a  violation of the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Gleason  ruled. Presidents have the power under that law to withdraw areas from  the national oil and gas leasing program, as Obama did, but only  Congress has the power to add areas to the leasing program, she said.

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