Obama reveals plan to protect oceans
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.