At an even launching the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, a new organization to protect oceans, Brown said he plans to ask Oregon and Washington to help him convince the current Administration to act.
There haven’t been any off-shore oil and gas lease sales off the coast of Washington, Oregon and California since 1984.
But with a new Trump Administration preparing to take office, there’s concern that could change. Brown says he doesn’t know if President-elect Donald Trump would have authority to overturn a permanent ban.
Neither Washington Gov. Jay Inslee nor Oregon Gov. Kate Brown say they have received communication from California about the push for a permanent ban.
Inslee’s office says the governor supports the idea of the president issuing a moratorium on drilling off the Pacific Coast.
Gov. Kate Brown’s office declined to comment on whether she would support the California governor’s efforts.
A temporary West Coast ban on offshore drilling expires in 2022.
Oregon hasn’t seen a permit for oil and gas drilling in state waters since the mid-1960s.
Oregon and Washington have also joined the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification.