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Trump Administration Considers Allowing Drilling In Atlantic

Aug 15, 2017

The Trump administration is considering allowing offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of Georgia.

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If this sounds a little familiar, it's because the Obama administration also considered opening up the Atlantic for drilling, then decided against it last year.

In an executive order earlier this year, Trump directed the Department of the Interior to start the process over again and look at allowing companies to buy oil leases in the Atlantic.

Environmental groups are opposed to the idea, as are more than a hundred cities and towns on the Atlantic coast. Industry groups have welcomed it.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is collecting public comment on the idea until Aug. 17.