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Trump to Great Lakes: Get to Work

Trump to Great Lakes: Get to Work

You may have heard the Trump administration is rolling back policies created to protect the US ocean coastlines.You may not know it applies to the Great Lakes, too.

The president said he was creating a smaller Ocean Policy Committee while eliminating "duplicative" regional planning bodies created under Obama. In it, Trump cited the need to boost domestic energy production, the jobs that could produce and the financial rewards.

"... It addresses the previous Administration's National Ocean Policy and its Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiative, which caused consternation, uncertainty and concern for the offshore energy industry and other ocean stakeholders", he said in a statement.

His group hailed Trump's action, while conservation groups slammed the President's move. They said the order was doing away with an effective means of collaboration on such issues as fishing, shipping and offshore oil drilling, and would render states voiceless on weighty coastal matters. "This is a precursor to not only expanded offshore drilling and ocean mining, which we all know is coming, but any activity in the ocean that now falls under the exclusive control of the White House".

Trump revoked an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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It mandated federal agencies work with state and tribal governments as stewards of the ocean to develop sustainable practices for using its resources. The Obama policy set the stage for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ocean plans, the first regional frameworks to come out of the planning process.

"The repeal of the National Ocean Policy is another attack in the Trump administration's all-out assault on the nation's public lands and oceans for the sake of private exploitation and profit", said Priscilla Brooks, director of ocean conservation at the New England-based Conservation Law Foundation.

But he said federal agencies could participate in regional partnerships formed by states.

It had created a new federal council that was opposed by industry and Republicans.

"The offshore energy industry has successfully operated side by side with other ocean users, without major conflict", said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association. An administration proposal to increase drilling leases remains under review.

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