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Trump Administration Pauses Plans To Expand Offshore Drilling

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told the Wall Street Journal offshore drilling expansion plans are on hold, citing a recent court ruling.
Posted at 4:26 PM, Apr 26, 2019

The Trump administration is putting the brakes on plans to significantly expand offshore oil and gas drilling on U.S. coasts. 

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told the Wall Street Journal the pause is due to a recent court decision blocking drilling on 90 percent of federally-owned parts of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. 

In March, a federal judge in Alaska ruled against President Donald Trump's executive order reversing an Obama-era off-shore drilling ban, calling President Trump's order "unlawful and invalid." Obama's ban will remain in effect unless Congress revokes it. 

Oil and gas industry groups had welcomed the President's plan, which prompted criticism from environmental activists and some bipartisan legislators. 

The government will likely appeal the decision.