Sep 24, 2014 5:54 PM

Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times the size

The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) President Barack Obama is expanding a marine preserve in the Pacific Ocean to six times its current size.

The expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will make roughly 490,000 square miles off limits to drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife.

That's according to White House officials who weren't authorized to discuss the move by name ahead of Obama's official announcement and requested anonymity.

Obama will sign a proclamation designating the expanded preserve on Thursday. It's the last day of Obama's three-day trip to the United Nations, where Obama on Tuesday addressed a U.N. climate summit.

Obama announced in June that he intended to expand the monument but hadn't settles on the monument's new boundaries. The expanded monument will be the largest ocean preserve in the world.


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