Trump Arctic, Atlantic Drilling Order Is Valid, 9th Circ. Told

By Keith Goldberg (November 8, 2019, 4:37 PM EST) -- The federal government is urging the Ninth Circuit to revive President Donald Trump's bid to undo his predecessor's indefinite blockage of oil and gas drilling in large swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, saying an Alaska federal judge was wrong to invalidate the White House order.

Not only did U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason misinterpret the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act in striking down the portion of Trump's 2017 executive order that revoked former President Barack Obama's decisions to protect those areas from drilling, she shouldn't have even considered environmentalists' suit challenging the order, the government told the appeals...

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