In Jeff Merkley’s words, “I’m leading more than three dozen of my colleagues to urge the Trump administration to abandon their ill-advised effort to expand offshore drilling to 90% of our outer continental shelf against the will of hundreds of impacted communities and to instead maintain the protections outlined in the existing 2017-2022 plan. Expanding offshore drilling into nearly all of our publicly held waters at a time when we’re already dealing with the devastating impacts of climate disruption is extremely reckless and shortsighted. It would threaten coastal communities, fragile ecosystems, subsistence hunters, and indigenous tribes, all while further exacerbating climate disruption.
In Oregon and all along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, offshore drilling is a threat to the way of life for our coastal communities. Offshore drilling will diminish tourism, harm commercial fishing operations, and pollute the water, not to mention the devastating impacts of likely spills, as we’ve seen time and time again, such as with Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon. We cannot sacrifice our coastal communities and environment for the short-term gain of big oil companies. I’ll keep fighting to protect our coastlines.