Trump administration puts offshore drilling expansion in Arctic, Atlantic on ice

Trump administration puts offshore drilling expansion in Arctic, Atlantic on ice

Enlarge / Shell has halted the controversial oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, citing the marginal discovery of oil was “not enough to continue the search for the foreseeable” future. In a statement on September 28, the company said, “Shell will now cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future.” (credit: Photo by Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis via Getty Images)

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week, the Department of the Interior’s new secretary, David Bernhardt, said that the Trump administration would indefinitely suspend its plans to expand offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and several areas in the Atlantic ocean. The Secretary did not appear to comment on whether the administration would move forward with offshore drilling in areas outside of those regions.

The decision not to pursue lease sales in the Arctic and some areas of the Atlantic is a significant one for

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