Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010)

Trump ends Obama-era policy to protect oceans, created in response to Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Trump ends Obama-era policy to protect oceans, created in response to Deepwater Horizon oil spill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday ended an eight-year-old policy to protect oceans. The policy was created as hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken well, covering more than 65,000 square miles, killing untold numbers of wildlife and devastating fisheries in several Gulf Coast states.

Then-president Barack Obama mentioned the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the largest and costliest oil spill in the nation's history, in the second sentence of an executive order that detailed the first national ocean policy and called on federal agencies to work closely with states and local governments to manage the waters off their coasts.

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