via Trump administration aims to open nearly all US offshore waters to drilling – AOL News

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.

The effort to open previously off-limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans comes less than eight years after BP Plc’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – the largest in American history. The disaster caused billions of dollars in economic damage and led former President Barack Obama’s to increase regulation of the industry.

via Trump administration aims to open nearly all US offshore waters to drilling – AOL News

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