A similar moratorium was introduced the government of Canada
President Barack Obama announced a ban on underwater drilling in search of oil and gas in vast areas of the Arctic and along the Atlantic coast of the United States. The measure was an obvious attempt at Obama to build on its heritage in terms of ecology in his last days as President.
The white house announced a ban in conjunction with the government of Canada, which also imposed a moratorium on drilling in Arctic waters.
Using his position of chief Executive of the country, Obama, with a law enacted in 1953, banned offshore lease in designated areas. The law States that “the President of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from circulation any areas of the outer continental shelf”
Michael Brune, Executive Director of the organization for the protection of the environment Sierra Club, in an interview with “Voice of America” said that he believes the joint statement of the two countries “an important step forward in terms of the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.”
In conversation with the “Voice of America” Brun acknowledged that the administration elected President of the USA of Donald trump and the Congress may try to undo Obama’s decision and open access “to one of the few unspoiled places on the planet” for drilling oil and gas wells.
“This presidency will be quite extreme. We intend to confront the next administration to the last, if they try to undermine those guarantees clean air, clean water and clean energy, which was started in the last few years and in the last few decades,” – said Brune.
However, the Director of the American petroleum Institute (API) representing the oil and gas industry, said the ban should be lifted.
“It’s very disappointing. Was completely ignored our national interests in security and a huge opportunity to create good-paying jobs in areas such as shipbuilding, metallurgy, construction, trade and even small business,” said API Director Erik Milito in an interview with “Voice of America”.