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Oceana Celebrates Victory in Protecting Arctic Ocean from Offshore Drilling

by Christin VanZant last modified Aug 30, 2017 01:03 AM
Contributors: Oceana
Group Applauds Obama Administration for Removing Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from Five-Year Drilling Program, Calls for Protection of Atlantic from Seismic Airgun Blasting

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Today, the Obama administration made another historic move to decrease America’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels, this time protecting the Arctic Ocean from offshore drilling. In the newly released final five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) removed the Chukchi and Beaufort seas for leasing from 2017 to 2022. This announcement follows a similar decision in March where BOEM removed the Atlantic Ocean from the five-year program following widespread opposition along the East Coast.



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