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Feb-18-2010 15:52printcomments

Senate Votes to Protect Oregon Coast by Extending Offshore Drilling Ban

House Bill 3613 extends prohibition until the year 2020.

The beach in Lincoln City, Oregon
The beach in Lincoln City, Oregon.
Salem-News.com photo by Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon’s coast will be safe from oil exploration for another decade with legislation passed this morning in the Oregon Senate. House Bill 3613 extends similar legislation passed in 2007 until the year 2020.

“Extending this ban sends a strong signal about both how we value Oregon’s coast and our need to move away from oil dependence,” said Senator Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland), chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “This represents a significant step in protecting Oregon’s coastal communities, our fishing industry, and our stunning coastal ecological diversity.”

The U.S. Mineral Management Service estimates that under the entire Oregon and Washington outer continental shelf, there are 400 million barrels of undiscovered oil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, this amount would supply the entire country for only 20 days.

“Off shore drilling is a threat to Oregon’s valuable commercial fishing, aquaculture, tourism and recreational sectors,” said Senator Joanne Verger (D-District 5), who represents Oregon’s central coast. “The potential benefits of exploring the Oregon coast for oil is negligible compared to the major threat drilling would pose to Oregon’s coastal communities and jobs.”

HB 3613 extends the prohibition on leasing land in the Territorial Sea for purposes of exploration, development or production of oil, gas or sulfur. The “Territorial Sea” is defined as the waters and seabed extending three geographical miles seaward in conformance with federal law.

HB 3613 was sponsored by Representative Ben Cannon (D-Portland) in the House. The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk for his approval.

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Source: Oregon Legislature




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gp February 19, 2010 5:39 am (Pacific time)

When we used to sometimes spend a holiday at Rockaway, I used to wonder if after peak oil the little railway there would be restored. A rail system from the valley to the coast seems a natural and promotes the tourist dollars that the coastal communities depend upon and also answers the problem of gasoline consumption now required to get there.

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