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Trump Opens Vast Waters to Offshore Drilling

In a striking about-face, the Interior Department announced yesterday that it wants to allow drilling in nearly all U.S. waters, the single largest expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing ever proposed by the federal government.

The agency said it will hold 47 lease sales in every region of the outer continental shelf but one between 2019 and 2024. The updated five-year plan, required by President Trump in an executive order in April, puts regions that were long off-limits to oil and gas development back in play.

Trump Opens Vast Waters to Offshore Drilling

Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling

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We can be thankful that oil prices are down so it is unlikely any company will spend the billions it would take to build the infrastructure to drill in most of these areas. Meanwhile, the states can sue the feds to protect their shorelines.

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