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DOI Head Defends Delay Of Offshore Drilling Plans

Law360 (May 15, 2019, 10:36 PM EDT) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Wednesday said it makes sense to pause plans to open up more offshore areas to drilling after a court recently ruled President Donald Trump can't rescind his predecessor's indefinite ban on drilling in large swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Bernhardt told the House Committee on Natural Resources that although U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason's March 29 decision doesn't throw up any legal roadblocks to the DOI finalizing a five-year federal offshore leasing program, he questions the sense of moving forward at this time due to uncertainty over the ultimate impact...

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