UPDATED 9:02 PM PT — Saturday, March 30, 2019
A federal judge rules against President Trump’s executive order to allow offshore drilling along millions of acres around Alaska, citing its unlawfulness and invalidity.
District Court Judge Sharon Gleason made the decision on Saturday, saying the President exceeded his authority when overturning the ban.
President Trump reversed an Obama-era policy banning offshore drilling, primarily in the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic.
Gleason says when President Obama made imposed the rules in 2015 and 2016 they were intended to protect wildlife and native villages, and be extended indefinitely; Therefore, the orders could only be revoked by an act of congress, and not a unilateral executive action.