Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

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"Today's announcement of President Trump repealing and replacing the bureaucratic, overreaching policy created under the previous administration puts our country's ocean policy back on the right track", said Rep.

But the order created "more layers" of unnecessary planning, much of it already required by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, Luthi said, adding the five-year planning process for offshore oil and gas lease sales already requires consultation with state governors.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump has thrown out a policy devised by his predecessor for protecting US oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth.

FILE - In this April 21, 2010, file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history. Trump's approach involves fewer governmental bodies and promises to promote a strong ocean economy. The directive called on state and federal governments to work together to promote "healthy ocean ecosystems".

Executive action from the U.S. President erased offshore energy planning burdens, an industry group said, though critics said it was a war on oceans.

Trump signed a new executive order on Wednesday.

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A new National Ocean Policy adopted by the Trump administration stresses economic benefits from ocean industries, rescinding a 2010 Obama policy that focused on marine conservation.

Jack Belcher, managing director of the pro-industry National Ocean Policy Coalition, said the new approach would remove "a significant cloud of uncertainty" for marine commerce.

The Trump order still speaks to the need for using the best science and coordination among all levels of government to maintain ocean resources, as other administrations have recognized.

"Domestic energy production from Federal waters strengthens the Nation's security and reduces reliance on imported energy", the order states.

"America's stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes is intrinsically linked to environmental sustainability, human health and well-being, national prosperity, adaptation to climate and other environmental changes, social justice, global diplomacy, and national and homeland security", Obama's order stated.

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