Obama Administration Bans Arctic Oil Drilling Through 2022 Citing Environmental Risks

Posted: Nov 19 2016, 2:37am CST | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Obama Administration Bans Arctic Oil Drilling Through 2022 Citing Environmental Risks
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  • Outgoing Obama Administration bans Arctic Oil Drilling Operations for the Next Half a Dozen Years

The outgoing Obama administration has put a ban on Arctic oil drilling operations. For the next half a dozen years or so, the drilling for oil will not take place in the frigid zones of the Arctic.

In order to strengthen the environmental legacy of President Obama, a ban has been placed on oil drilling in the Arctic till the year 2022. Thus any novel offshore leaks of oil or gas in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas will have the kibosh put on them.

This ban will remain extant from 2017 to 2022. The best places for oil drilling are kept intact while those that are not perfect for leasing purposes have been rejected.

According to the Secretary of the Interior, this is the right way towards progress. The five year program for oil and gas given by the Obama administration included 13 lease sales.

Ten of these were in the Gulf of Mexico. There were also one each in Cook Inlet, the Beaufort Sea and the Chukchi Sea. Earlier this year, the White House left the plans to have the Atlantic Coast in this deal high and dry.

This last ditch plan to limit oil drilling in the Arctic by the Obama administration is considered as a mixed blessing by environmentalist groups, according to HuffingtonPost.

They actually wanted the permanent protection of the Arctic from oil drilling operations. What they got instead was a raw deal. This is something many of them deem to be simply unfair.

While the Arctic and Alaskan people will breathe a sigh of relief, those living off the Gulf of Mexico will not have the amenity of any respite from oil drilling. The people of the Gulf of Mexico have in fact become stuck once again in a half a decade of corporate giveaways.

Everything from rampant pollution to oil spills and from destroyed fisheries to unhealthy effects will occur in the Gulf of Mexico. This is something the environmentalists are not very happy with.

Yet there is a silver lining in what little has been accomplished so far. Were an oil spill to take place in the Arctic, there would be no means of cleaning it up. So the ban does serve a purpose.

The environmentalists hope that even greater protectionist measures will be taken in the future. Yet with the likes of Donald Trump in office soon, no such thing is likely to happen for the next four to eight years.

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