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Obama scraps Atlantic offshore drilling plans in major reversal


McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Tuesday it will not allow offshore drilling in the southeast Atlantic Ocean – a significant reversal from its original plan and a major victory to coastal communities and environmental activists who fought the proposal.

Opponents galvanized around the issue last year after the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management released a draft of the 5-year plan that included leasing waters off the coasts of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia in 2021.

Claire Douglass, the environmental group Oceana’s campaign director for climate and energy, said the news ...

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