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Obama bans oil drilling along Atlantic seaboard

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The Transocean Polar Pioneer in April 2015 on its way to Alaska, where it was to drill for oil on behalf of Shell before the company scrapped the operation. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP
Environmental groups call president’s reversal an outsize victory after backlash from communities that fear Gulf of Mexico rig disaster could happen again

March 15, 2016 — The Obama administration abandoned its plan for oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters on Tuesday, after strong opposition from the Pentagon and coastal communities.

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