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Atlanta City Council Says It’s Against Offshore Oil

The Chevron Genesis Oil Rig Platform is seen in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, La. The Trump Administration has proposed opening up the Atlantic Ocean including the Georgia coast to drilling. 
The Chevron Genesis Oil Rig Platform is seen in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, La. The Trump Administration has proposed opening up the Atlantic Ocean including the Georgia coast to drilling. 
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The Atlanta City Council says it’s against offshore oil and gas exploration. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hasn’t signed the resolution yet, but if she does, Atlanta will join other Georgia cities — mostly ones on the coast — in opposing offshore oil.

The Trump Administration has proposed opening up the Atlantic Ocean including the Georgia coast to drilling.

There are also two bipartisan resolutions expressing the same sentiments that have been introduced in the Georgia General Assembly. They say looking for oil and gas and potentially drilling for it pose a risk to the coast’s tourism and fishing industries.

Gov. Nathan Deal has said he has concerns about offshore oil, but he hasn’t come out clearly for or against it.