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    Obama ‘Permanently’ Bans Offshore Drilling in Certain Areas

    He’s in uncharted territory. President Barack Obama invoked an obscure 1953 law to unilaterally and permanently ban oil drilling in U.S.-owned waters of the Arctic and Atlantic, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a similar deal for Canadian-controlled areas. It’s an attempt to shore up an environmental legacy that the business-friendly Donald Trump administration may be eager to reverse, especially with Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson named as secretary of state. Experts say the waters’ fate will likely be decided in federal court.

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