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Trump's Arctic Plan Challenged by Environmental Groups

  • Lawsuit also targets bid to restore oil leasing in Atlantic
  • Obama had used 64-year-old statute to block exploration
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Trump Moves to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling


Environmental groups are challenging President Donald Trump’s attempt to restore oil and gas leasing on more than 125 million acres in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, arguing that a warming world doesn’t need the fossil fuels they contain.

The League of Conservation Voters, The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and seven other conservation groups sued Wednesday in federal court in Alaska, taking aim at Trump’s attempt to make the acreage available for a new generation of oil exploration. President Barack Obama had moved to put those areas off limits for new oil leases.