Organizations, politicians react to Obama's reversal on Atlantic oil drilling

Organizations, politicians react to Obama's reversal on Atlantic oil drilling

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Several groups and individuals were quick to provide reactions to the Obama administration's decision to not allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter, declaring that the administration's next five-year offshore drilling plan "protects the Atlantic for future generations."

The South Environmental Law Center released the following statement:

Charlottesville, VA – Responding to concerns from hundreds of Southeast communities, businesses, and tourism groups, President Obama today killed a controversial offshore drilling plan for the Atlantic Ocean that opponents said could have changed coastal communities and crippled coastal economies.

Three congressmen who are co-chairs of the Atlantic Offshore Energy Caucus jointly released this statement:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Co-Chairs of the Atlantic Offshore Energy Caucus Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08), Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03), and Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02) responded to the administration's removal of the planned oil and natural gas lease sale off the southeast Atlantic coast.

Oceana, an international advocacy organization focused on ocean conservation, "declared victory" with this statement:

WASHINGTON– Today, the Obama administration made a historic move to protect the East Coast from offshore drilling. In the newly proposed five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management removed the Atlantic Ocean for leasing from 2017 to 2022. While Oceana applauded the Obama administration for listening to widespread opposition along the East Coast, it continues to urge the government to stop seismic airgun use in the Atlantic and not to hold new lease sales in the remote and unforgiving Arctic Ocean.

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