President Trump Ends Obama Policy Aimed At Protecting Great Lakes, US Oceans

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The largest offshore oil spill in USA history, it killed 11 workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude that harmed marine wildlife, fouled more than 1,300 miles of shoreline and cost the tourism and fishing industries hundreds of millions of dollars.

"... It addresses the previous Administration's National Ocean Policy and its Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiative, which caused consternation, uncertainty and concern for the offshore energy industry and other ocean stakeholders", he said in a statement. He established a council to promote conservation and sustainable use of the waters.

He made no mention of the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers and injured 17 and spilled 4.9 million barrels.

President Donald Trump has revoked a national policy that promotes ocean health. Trump says it was too bureaucratic.

The word "stewdarship" appears eight times in Obama's executive order, whereas in Trump's, it appears only once under the section that revokes the old policy. The Obama policy set the stage for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ocean plans, the first regional frameworks to come out of the planning process.

A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said there's been a lack of investments in offshore production in the United States because the industry is focused on shale oil, which is quicker to bring to production. The directive called on state and federal governments to work together to promote "healthy ocean ecosystems".

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Trump's order downplays environmental protection, saying it would ensure that regulations and management decisions don't get in the way of responsible use by industries that "employ millions of Americans, advance ocean science and technology, feed the American people, transport American goods, expand recreational opportunities and enhance America's energy security".

"To promote our nation's energy security, the National Ocean Policy should promote the responsible development of renewable offshore wind and reject dirty and unsafe offshore oil drilling", Savitz said.

"Domestic energy production from Federal waters strengthens the Nation's security and reduces reliance on imported energy", the order states.

It's drawing praise from groups representing offshore energy producers, and drawing fire from environmentalists.

"The offshore energy industry has successfully operated side by side with other ocean users, without major conflict", said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association.

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