Trump rescinds Obama order on Great Lakes protections

Waianapanapa State Park in Hawaii. On June 19 &mdash during National Ocean Month &mdash President Donald Trump revoked

Trump rescinds Obama order on Great Lakes protections

"In another attempt to reverse progress made under President Obama, the Trump administration is recklessly tossing aside responsible ocean management and stewardship", said Arian Rubio, legislative associate for the League of Conservation Voters.

The order had also created a council to promote conservation and sustainable use of water.

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) on Friday voiced support for President Trump's action this week to rescind a policy created under the Obama administration in 2010 designed to protect United States ocean resources and those of the Great Lakes.

Industry and energy are prominent in the Trump order, which states at the outset "ocean industries employ millions of Americans and support a strong national economy".

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But he said federal agencies could participate in regional partnerships formed by states. He says this order gives industry a say in ocean and Great Lakes legislation.

It's drawing praise from groups representing offshore energy producers, and drawing fire from environmentalists.

Not only is there no mention of the spill in the new policy, but it references the importance of oil drilling as well as commercial fishing, shipping, and other industries.

"America's stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes is intrinsically linked to environmental sustainability, human health and well-being, national prosperity, adaptation to climate and other environmental changes, social justice, worldwide diplomacy, and national and homeland security", Obama's order stated.

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Trump's order ends regional groups established under the Obama plan and replaces the National Ocean Council with the Ocean Policy Committee.

Jack Belcher is the managing director of the National Ocean Policy Coalition, an organization that works to develop measures favoring offshore industries.

"Domestic energy production from Federal waters strengthens the Nation's security and reduces reliance on imported energy", the order states. Some results from the Obama years, such as detailed mapping of economic activity on the ocean, have served the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as it prepares new offshore energy leases for oil, gas and wind power development.

"President Trump's action will help the health of our oceans and ensure local communities impacted by ocean policy have a seat at the table".

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