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FILE PHOTO – A man sunbathes on the beach as seagulls stand in the Atlantic Ocean in Long Beach, New YorkFILE PHOTO – A man sunbathes on the beach as seagulls stand in the Atlantic Ocean in Long Beach, New York September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – The Trump administration is likely to open up portions of the Atlantic to oil and gas drilling despite opposition from East Coast states, a U.S. Interior Department official suggested in remarks at a recent energy industry conference, a recording of which was reviewed by Reuters.

The comments come as the administration of President Donald Trump prepares to release a new five-year drilling plan proposal for federal waters that could vastly expand available acreage,

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