The Obama administration just finalized plans to make sure no oil drilling will occur in the Arctic Ocean and off the Atlantic Coast. He is allowing drilling to continue on the Gulf of Mexico though. This new five-year plan has been very well received but environmentalists and activists. Industrial activity in the areas would’ve caused harm to the wildlife that lives there as well as the environment itself.
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) November 18, 2016
“We are hopeful that this announcement will help chart a new course forward in the Arctic Ocean,” Jacqueline Savitz, a senior vice president at Oceana, said in an emailed statement. “Companies have been given every opportunity to find oil and have failed at every turn because of the extreme conditions and limited window for operations there.”
With this plan, it will be hard for the current President-elect to come in a change or alter the policy. A few years of scientific data went into this program and that would be needed again to revise it. Drilling in Arctic might be too dangerous and expensive to begin with. “Companies have pulled their interests from the Arctic because they have found it is just too expensive and dangerous of a boondoggle to pursue,” said Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.