Trump Can’t Reverse Ocean Drilling Ban, Profs Tell 9th Circ.

Law360 (February 21, 2020, 9:48 PM EST) -- The Trump administration can’t undo former President Barack Obama's block on oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans because Congress didn’t explicitly provide the president with the power to revoke these protections, environmental law professors have told the Ninth Circuit.

Under the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the executive branch has the power, in some instances, to protect public lands, but neither statute gives it the power to pull back such protections, the 10 natural resource law professors said in an amicus brief Thursday.

“Congress has most often delegated...

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