Environmental groups are challenging President Trump’s move to revoke an Obama-era order that had put the same waters off-limits to oil and gas production.
The Trump administration has begun the process to open a large area of federal waters off Alaska to oil and gas drilling, taking comments on a plan for drilling that is already being challenged in court.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced on Thursday that it is going to start accepting comments from the public about bringing oil drilling to roughly 65 million acres of offshore waters in the Beaufort Sea and plans to hold a lease sale in 2019.
Original Title: U.S. Starts Process to Open Arctic to Offshore Drilling, Despite Federal Lawsuit
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