The issuance of a final regulation is not necessarily the last word on a public policy issue since it can always be changed.
In the case of the Arctic drilling, it is going to be revisited by the incoming Administration. ABC News quotes this statement by the Secretary of the Interior Zinke during his confirmation hearings:
President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Interior said today that he would consider reversing a decision from the Obama administration last year to halt oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, a move that could allow fossil fuel development in region.
Given the opposition to Arctic drilling by select but influential stakeholder groups it is essential that groups that share Secretary Zinke’s views become involved in the ensuing regulatory process.
To this end CRE will be utilizing is analyses and comments in a number of fora to further the views of the Secretary Designate.
Pertinent CRE publications include:
CRE will using this IPD as the platform for making the public and stakeholders aware of the procedural opportunities they can use to open the Arctic to scientifically sound and environmentally safe drilling and exploration.