California leaders urge President to extend West Coast ban that ends in 2022
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
December 21, 2016 (San Diego) -- President Barack Obama, in an effort to cement his environmental preservation legacy, has taken action to protect vast areas from offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and along the East Coast.
The 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act allows presidents to withdraw lands from future leasing. It's been used by past administrations to restrict oil exploration on the West and East coasts, though those bans included expiration dates.
The action would be difficult for a Trump administration to reverse, since it utilizes a law, not an executive action.