Obama Administration Opens Atlantic to Oil Exploration

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The Obama administration opened up the Atlantic to oil and gas exploration for the first time in nearly four decades on Friday.

The announcement from Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) allows the use of air guns and sonic sensors to search off of the East Coast.

It is a major step toward allowing future drilling in the Atlantic, which has remained off-limits for over 30 years.

While the decision doesn't guarantee that lease sales for drilling in Atlantic waters will be included in the Interior Department's five-year plan for 2017-2022, it is a step in that direction.

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  1. “While the decision doesn’t guarantee that lease sales for drilling in Atlantic waters will be included in the Interior Department’s five-year plan for 2017-2022, it is a step in that direction.”

    I’m sure that lying bastard *promised*!
    Right?

  2. Even if they make good on this, the real pinch points are refinery capacity, city-by-city (Stage II) custom blend requirements, and the change-over requirements from “winter” to “summer” blends.

    1. None of that matters, and neither does the statement; it’s political grand-standing for the turds among us.

      1. Correct, this is just an attempt for the progtards to hold on to their seats this November. I’ll bet the administration will let the oil company’s explore all they want, but drilling? Don’t hold your breath.

  3. The had to close it before they could open it.

  4. There’s no drilling in the Atlantic?

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