Judge rules Trump executive order allowing offshore drilling in Arctic Ocean unlawful

Gleason ruled Friday that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act only allows a president to withdraw lands from consideration by the Interior Department for leasing — not to revoke a prior withdrawal. She ruled Congress is the only institution that can reverse a president’s decision with regard to this matter, saying Trump’s executive order “is unlawful, as it exceeded the President’s authority.”

…The ruling on Friday from US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason means a drilling ban for much of the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska will go back into effect.

…An Interior Department spokeswoman declined to comment citing pending litigation.

Judge rules Trump executive order allowing offshore drilling in Arctic Ocean unlawful – CNNPolitics

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