Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven

US President Barack Obama speaks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014President Barack Obama declared Alaska’s ecologically rich Bristol Bay off-limits for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, saying the move was necessary to safeguard the region’s fishing and tourism industries. The area was being withdrawn from consideration for all future oil and gas leasing, extending indefinitely a temporary ban issued by Obama in 2010, a White House statement said. “I took action to make sure that one of America’s greatest natural resources and a massive economic engine for not only Alaska but for America, Bristol Bay, is preserved for future generations,” Obama said in a video.

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