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Trump said to seek biggest offshore drilling increase in decades

Trump looks poised to start selling new offshore drilling rights from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic Sea in a move that could trigger a fight with coastal residents worried about oil spills.

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The Trump administration is poised to open the door to selling new offshore drilling rights from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic Sea, igniting a fight with coastal residents worried about oil spills befouling beaches and jeopardizing tourism dollars.

The proposal – set to be the most expansive such offering in decades – is a response to President Donald Trump's April order encouraging the Interior Department to auction drilling rights in Atlantic waters that former President Barack Obama ultimately ruled out after a backlash from communities up and down the US East Coast.

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