Environmentalists Urge Obama Not To Expand Gulf Drilling

Law360, San Francisco (October 4, 2016, 3:42 PM EDT) -- Nearly 70 environmental groups asked President Barack Obama in a letter on Tuesday not to expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, saying that energy extraction in that region has already “wreaked havoc” on Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems.

The letter criticizes the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposal for energy extraction leases in federal waters, arguing the expansion of drillable acreage in the Gulf will hinder the country’s commitment to the United Nations...
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