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.
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