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Obama withdraws Atlantic, Arctic waters from offshore drilling

Obama withdraws Atlantic, Arctic waters from offshore drilling

— Oil and gas drilling would be banned indefinitely throughout millions of acres of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans under a sweeping decision announced Tuesday by the Obama administration that could force a showdown with President-elect Donald J. Trump.

Relying on a rarely invoked provision of a 63-year-old law intended to protect environmentally sensitive areas, the Obama administration said the decision would prohibit drilling in 31 underwater canyons extending offshore from New England to the Chesapeake Bay as well as 115 million acres in the Arctic.

While the move may help cement Obama's environmental legacy during his final days in office, it met with swift resistance...

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