Trump's Offshore Plan Could Cause More Than 5,500 Oil Spills
The Center for Biological Diversity has crunched the numbers: Trump's proposal to dramatically ramp up offshore drilling could lead to 5,571 oil spills dumping 34.4 million gallons of oil into ocean waters off Alaska, the West and East coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico through the span of oil production.
This estimate is more than 10 times what was expected in the worst-case scenario for the offshore leasing plan approved by the Obama administration, which only included leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska's Cook Inlet.
"Trump's plan will be a long, oil-soaked nightmare for our coasts and wildlife," said Dr. Abel Valdivia, the Center scientist who conducted the analysis. "No president has ever pushed a drilling plan that would do so much damage along so many American coastlines. It's really astonishing."
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