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Trump Moves To Allow Drilling On Atlantic Coast

Written by ZAINAB CALCUTTAWALA

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A new proposal by the Trump administration will allow oil companies to use seismic air guns to search for fossil fuel deposits in the Atlantic Ocean, according to reports emerging from Washington.

Former President Barack Obama had blocked this form of testing due to dangers posed to marine wildlife in the area. The current White House needs Marine Mammal Protection Act permits from a specialized branch of the Commerce Department to allow five companies to use the technique.

Trump’s April executive order, which expanded areas available for offshore drilling, included certain areas of the East coast. There are currently no active rigs in coastal waters ranging from Delaware to Florida. Any new extraction projects could take years to bring into production after an initial exploration period.


Written by ZAINAB CALCUTTAWALA

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