Obama re­veals plan to pro­tect oceans

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced a new na­tional pol­icy for strength­en­ing the way the U.S. man­ages oceans and coasts, and the Great Lakes. Of­fi­cials said the frame­work is needed now more than ever af­ter the mas­sive Gulf oil spill. The pol­icy calls for the cre­ation of a Na­tional Ocean Coun­cil that will co­or­di­nate the work of the many fed­eral agen­cies in­volved in con­ser­va­tion and ma­rine plan­ning. But it cre­ates no new re­stric­tions or reg­u­la­tions, and is not ex­pected to have a short-term ef­fect on off­shore drilling.

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