OBAMA BLOCKS NEW ARCTIC DRILLING 2017-2022

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16 november 2016

Obama to block new Arctic drilling

By Timothy Cama The Hill 11/16/16

President Obama is planning in the coming days to release an offshore oil and natural gas plan that blocks new drilling leases in the Arctic Ocean through 2022, people familiar with the plan said.

The decision is part of the Interior Department’s five-year plan for offshore drilling, which lays out all of the proposed auctions for drilling rights on the outer continental shelf.

There will be no drilling rights sales between 2017 and 2022 in the Beaufort or Chukchi seas, which comprise the United States’s share of the Arctic Ocean, north of Alaska, according to two sources.

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