Oil industry representatives and environmentalists are squaring off over President Donald Trump newly signed executive order that aims to open more areas - From Daily Comet
Renewed offshore energy production will reduce the cost of energy, create countless good jobs and make America more secure and far more energy independent." "Trump proves he is making our country’s economic growth and job creation a priority by allowing the oil and gas industry to rightfully seek offshore drilling opportunities, struck by burdensome and unjust regulations from the previous administration," LeBlanc said in a news release.
Though Trump’s executive order calls for a review of US oil policies, LeBlanc said her group hopes it will proceed in lifting former President Barack Obama’s ban on new drilling in most federal waters.
"Furthermore," she said, "we are confident Trump will provide sensible regulations that promote safety and environmental protection, and develop a strong American energy plan to restore our nation’s economic future, especially offshore production in America’s Gulf.” “We must particularly look to and embrace the future development of domestic sources of oil and natural gas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico," he said in a prepared statement Friday.
"Trump wants to continue drilling in the Gulf of Mexico despite the fact that it has repeatedly been treated as a sacrifice zone and seven years ago this week, oil spewed uncontrollably from the Deepwater Horizon platform, taking 11 lives and destroying wildlife, businesses and communities," Brune said.
"Not only that, he wants to do away with the blowout-preventer rule put in place to help stop another Deepwater disaster from happening." “Seven years, almost to the day, after offshore drilling caused the worst environmental disaster in US history, President Trump is taking aim at expanding this dirty and dangerous industry into new areas like the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico," Savitz said.