President Barack Obama took action to ban offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans indefinitely.
Obama will use a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to do it.
The Washington Post reports he will use the law to protect portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic and canyons in the Atlantic that stretch from Massachusetts to Virginia.
CNBC reports there is no provision in the law that would allow President-elect Donald Trump to repeal the decision.
According to The U.S. News & World Report, environmental groups called for a permanent ban before the presidential election and Trump said he wants to open up offshore drilling.
Congress, controlled by the Republicans, could also change the law.