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As Election Nears, Trump Expands Moratorium On Exploratory Drilling In Atlantic

Added 09-26-20 08:07:06pm EST - “The move extends a moratorium Trump imposed earlier this month. The oil industry opposes the move. Trump's detractors say Trump is playing politics ahead of a close election battle.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “As Election Nears, Trump Expands Moratorium On Exploratory Drilling In Atlantic”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Friday in Newport News, Va. Trump announced an expansion of his moratorium on offshore drilling. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

President Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Friday in Newport News, Va. Trump announced an expansion of his moratorium on offshore drilling.

President Trump expanded a ban on exploratory drilling this week off the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia, his latest extension of an existing offshore drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.

The memorandum, which Trump signed Friday, "prevents consideration of this area for any leasing for purposes of exploration, development, or production during the 10-year period beginning on July 1, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2032."

The memo makes clear that the ban on leasing does not apply if it's for "environmental conservation purposes, including the purposes of shore protection, beach nourishment and restoration, wetlands restoration, and habitat protection."

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