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President Obama Permanently Protects Important Areas of Atlantic Ocean from Offshore Drilling


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President Obama Permanently Protects Important Areas of Atlantic Ocean from Offshore Drilling

Oceana

WASHINGTON - Today, the Obama administration moved to permanently protect important areas of the Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling. Using his authority under section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, President Obama is withdrawing 3.8 million acres in the north and mid-Atlantic Ocean from future mineral extraction, protecting 31 canyons that extend from Heezen Canyon offshore New England to Norfolk Canyon offshore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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