Senators knock offshore drilling

Democratic senators from Oregon, Washington and California are uniting to ban all new offshore drilling projects.

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Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and other democratic senators from the west coast want a ban against new offshort drilling, citing the worsening environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Six senators introduced new legislation to restore a ban on offshore drilling that was lifted in 2008.

Although President Obama has blocked any new drilling along the West Coast until at least 2017, the lawmakers say legislation is needed to ensure that no subsequent administration reneges on that promise…

Merkley said the legislation is needed to strengthen protections sought by Oregon policymakers. The state’s Legislature recently passed a bill to prevent offshore drilling, but it extends only 3 miles from shore, in state-controlled waters. The federal government controls the waters from there out 200 miles.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.

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