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The US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for his administration to lift restrictions on drilling for oil and gas in national parks and wildlife refuges, the White House has confirmed.
The order, released in an interview with Politico, is the latest initiative to open new oil and gas fields to local communities after years of protests and opposition from business, environmental groups and a number of conservation groups.
The executive order – signed to the same day as the Department of Energy’s announcement that it would grant permits for the first of two phases of a new더킹카지노 drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico – provides a framework by which to encourage the development of new oil and gas resources, but leaves open the prospect of revisiting some of the nation’s best-regarded national parks, according to an aide to the president.
The executive order provides a framework by which to encourage the development of new oil and gas resources, but leaves open the prospect of revisiting some of the nation’s best-regarded national parks Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The new regulations come as oil and gas production has continued to drop under President Barack Obama, as well as the recent spike in costs of drilling in the US and international rivals like Mexico. In recent months, drillers have closed as many as half the country’s two largest exploration wells, said Bob Dudley, who heads the Union of Concerned Scientists.
“Our belief is that we don’t need to revisit any of our national parks,” he said on Saturday, echoing sentiments echoed by several US state agencies and conservation groups that have been advocating for toug바카라her restrictions on the country’s most iconic, state-owned parks.
“My concern is what happens with the rest of our national parks if President Trump rescinds it at the end of his term,” Dudley added. “We’ll lose one thing, but if there are lots of new oil and gas developments around the coun바카라사이트try, we lose a lot, and there’s a good likelihood that some of them won’t work at all.”
New pipelines and roads also sit on oil and gas sites. Obama’s administration attempted to address the impacts of hydraulic fracturing by limiting the use of existing pipelines that could impact water resources and drilling sites. The pipeline restrictions passed into law in 2013, but there remains some way to go in terms of the amount of gas released.
The president has said he wanted the US government to have more flexibility with respect to pipelines – something environmental group