SALEM—Governor Kate Brown today issued an executive order blocking offshore oil drilling off Oregon’s coast. The executive order directs state agencies to protect Oregon’s coastal economy by preventing activities associated with offshore oil and gas drilling.
The threat of offshore oil and gas drilling directly threatens coastal economies, marine fisheries, the environment, public health and safety, and cultural resources. Governor Brown has sought an exemption for Oregon from the Trump Administration’s proposal for offshore drilling – similar to the exemption Florida received. But Oregon has not received such an exemption.
“Oregonians have a long and proud history of standing up to defend our state. And at a time when the Trump administration is trying to allow oil rigs to be built off nearly every coastline in America, I’m tired of waiting for the federal government to come to its senses and realize that this is a terrible mistake. Today, I have signed an executive order to permanently ban offshore drilling along the Oregon coast. This executive order will make it clear to oil and gas speculators that Oregon is not for sale,” said Governor Brown.
The Oregon Coast is an extremely important economic and recreational asset to our state, supporting approximately 22,000 jobs in its $2 billion coastal tourism and recreational industry, and more than 5,500 jobs in its $320 million commercial and recreational marine fishery. The Oregon Coast also provides an essential habitat for diverse species of plants and animals that depend on its unique ecosystems.