Obama stops offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean

March 17, 2016 | Environment
Offshore drilling: not in the Atlantic Ocean | Photo: Berardo62/Creative Commons

The Obama administration decided to reverse the plan to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

The US government will no longer open up a large swath of the Mid and South Atlantic coast to a new generation of oil and gas drilling. Oil producers such as BP, Shell, and Chevron will have their operations confined to the Gulf of Mexico.

"The Surfrider Foundation applauds the federal government's leadership on this issue. Offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous practice that threatens the health of our oceans and coastal communities," stated the organization led by Chad Nelsen.

"It requires seismic surveys, drilling operations, oil transport by tankers, and the installation of platforms, pipelines, and other infrastructure. Collectively these activities significantly damage both the environment and related economies, while exposing our coastlines to the risk of catastrophic oil spills."

However, the authorities revealed through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that their proposal opens the way to selling oil and gas leases in the Arctic waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

"We know the Arctic is a unique place of critical importance to many - including Alaska Natives who rely on the ocean for subsistence," explained Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior.

"As we put together the final proposal, we want to hear from the public to help determine whether these areas are appropriate for future leasing and how we can protect environmental, cultural and subsistence resources."

Offshore drilling is not part of the future of energy. Wind power, hydropower, solar power, geothermal energy, and bioenergy will be the renewable resources of the time to come.

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