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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.

Stephan Savoia, File / Associated Press

Federal officials are considering the impacts on wildlife from looking for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean, including off Georgia’s coast. And they’re asking for public comment on the plan for the next 30 days.

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Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The Obama administration announced on Friday that companies will not be allowed to look for oil or gas off the coast of Georgia and other southern states.

Last March, the federal government decided not to issue drilling permits for the mid- and south- Atlantic Ocean between 2017 and 2022, but companies hoped they could still search for oil and gas reserves.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Association

The federal government is considering allowing companies to search for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Southern states. Earlier this year, the Obama administration decided not to allow any drilling there, but the surveying could still happen. And environmental groups say the surveys could harm ocean life like North Atlantic right whales, which breed off the Georgia coast.  

National Oceanic Atmospheric Association

More than 50 U.S. Congressmen are asking President Barack Obama not to allow oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of southern and mid-Atlantic states. The letter was signed by 55 Democrats and Republicans, including two Georgia Democrats, Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson.