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Offshore drilling ban poised to pass Oregon Legislature

The bill hasn't faced any opposition, and sponsors said they expect bipartisan support.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2019 12:07 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is poised to permanently ban offshore drilling, and to prohibit any drilling infrastructure from crossing state waters.

The Statesman Journal reports a Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on Senate Bill 256, which would make permanent an existing 10-year drilling moratorium, which is set to expire next year.

The bill hasn't faced any opposition, and sponsors said they expect bipartisan support.

A year ago, the Trump administration proposed allowing oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Oregon and Washington for the first time, and offering new leases in California for the first time since 1984. Its plan also would open drilling in new areas of the Arctic, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Since then, five coastal Oregon cities have adopted resolutions opposing offshore drilling.

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