Now Playing:

News

Environment | local | Energy | News

Sens. Merkley And Wyden Oppose Trump Off-Shore Drilling Plan


Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley visited Laurelhurst Village to talk to residents about proposed health care cuts.

Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley visited Laurelhurst Village to talk to residents about proposed health care cuts.

Kristian Foden-Vencil

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking input on the administration’s plan to open waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans to oil drilling.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said that would endanger the Oregon Coast’s environment, and fishing industry.

“The lasting economic uncertainty and ultimate environmental degradation is not worth it,”  Wyden argued.

“And today, on the behalf of the people of Oregon I urge Secretary Zinke to rescind his proposal,” he said.

Wyden’s colleague, Senator Jeff Merkley, gave his remarks before a map. It showed a hypothetical spill, had the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred off the Pacific Coast.

“Imagine those hundreds of miles of soiled beaches,” Merkley said. “The oil’s impact on the ecosystem of the fisheries. 

“There is no way that this risk is justified, for pumping a few more barrels of oil.”

Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says drilling would wreck tourism and beaches. Other governors of coastal states – including some Republicans – also oppose offshore drilling.

Copyright 2018, KLCC

More News

More OPB