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Governor Brown signs ban on offshore drilling

Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 2:32 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2019 2:44 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration.

Gov. Kate Brown signed a measure on Wednesday to extend a temporary 10-year ban that was set to expire next year. There is currently no oil production in the state but the U.S. Department of the Interior recently identified a possible operation site off the coast of Oregon and Washington state.

The measure also directs state agencies not to assist with any potential drilling operations in federal waters off the Oregon coast.


CLICK HERE for information on a previous executive order issued by Brown that preceded this new legislation.


Brown said the move proves Oregon is "taking a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core laws that protect our environment."

Six other coastal states have passed similar bans and seven others are considering similar action.

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