Lawyer says Trump exceeded power when he signed executive order reversing offshore drilling ban

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ANCHORAGE (AP) - A lawyer says President Donald Trump exceeded his power when he signed an executive order reversing a ban on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean.

Erik Grafe, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice, made the argument Friday in federal court in Anchorage.

Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Wood countered that the law is not intended to bind a president when determining offshore stewardship.