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Atlantic drilling

Chris Carlson / Associated Press

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.

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Offshore oil drilling could come to the Georgia coast. The Obama administration is considering allowing it in the Atlantic, and will soon release a plan that could narrow down where it would be permitted.

The Atlantic has been closed to drilling -- or even looking -- for oil for decades. Last year, the Department of the Interior said it would consider oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. The next step is a draft plan, expected to come out soon, that could declare some areas, or even the entire coast, off limits.

The Obama administration is considering opening up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, from the Georgia coast up to Virginia, to offshore oil and gas drilling. 

But according to an environmental law group, the economic projections that supporters of Atlantic drilling cite are too good to be true. 

A new report said earlier estimates provided by the oil and gas industry overestimate the potential economic benefits of drilling in the Atlantic.