U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to areas currently off limits, reversing the Obama administration's 'Arctic-leasing ban.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday (April 28) that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to areas currently off limits, in his administration's latest move to expand domestic energy production. "It reverses the previous administration's Arctic-leasing ban," said Trump. Trump campaigned on a promise to do away with Obama-era environmental protections that he said were hobbling energy development and undermining U.S. national security without providing any tangible benefits. Industry cheered but environmental advocates were enraged. Zinke said the order will require him to review and replace the Obama administration's most recent five-year oil and gas development plan for the outer continental shelf, which includes federal waters off all U.S. coasts. The order will also reverse Obama's move to place parts of the Arctic permanently off limits to drilling, and encourage more seismic surveying to determine which areas are likely to hold rich reserves of oil and gas. In addition, under the order Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will review previous presidents' designations of marine national monuments and sanctuaries under the 1906 Antiquities Act over the last 10 years.