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Senators Merkley And Wyden Oppose Trump Off-Shore Drilling Plan

Selbe Lynn

Oregon’s Democratic Senators took to the floor today  to decry President Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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. 

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) on the Senate Floor today.

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

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

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

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.

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaking today from the Senate floor.

“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 Governor 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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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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