Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Offshore Safety Rules

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Interior Department's rollbacks of safety measures put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The lawsuit filed in a federal district court in California alleges that the … [Read more...]

President Obama Bans Offshore Drilling in Arctic and Parts of Atlantic

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in one of his last environmental pushes before he leaves office next month. In protecting the waters, Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf … [Read more...]

Obama Said to Block Selling New Drilling Rights in U.S. Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration is set to block the sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in U.S. Arctic waters under a five-year blueprint, handing a victory to environmentalists who said the activity threatened whales, walruses and other wildlife in the region. The details were confirmed by people familiar with the plan who were not … [Read more...]

Bid to Limit U.S. Offshore Drilling Gains in Wake of Trump Win

By Ari Natter and Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) -- A long-shot bid to convince the Obama administration to use 24 words of a 1953 law to permanently restrict oil development off the U.S. Atlantic and Arctic coasts is gaining support from environmentalists concerned about Donald Trump’s victory. The move to use what’s known as provision 12(a) of the Outer Continental … [Read more...]

Obama Enlists Republican Kasich to Push Trans-Pacific Trade Deal During Presidency

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, took over the White House briefing lectern on Friday to praise the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, an unusual move that shows how hard President Barack Obama will push for the trade deal's approval. Obama, a Democrat who is leaving office in four months, met with the governor, … [Read more...]