Gov. Brown issues executive order blocking offshore oil drilling off Oregon coast

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks in Portland, Ore. The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation suit Brown just fine, she told reporters Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, when asked if she follows a certain faith. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday blocking offshore oil drilling off Oregon’s coast.

According to the governor’s office, the order “directs state agencies to protect Oregon’s coastal economy by preventing activities associated with offshore oil and gas drilling.”

Brown has sought an exemption for Oregon from the Trump Administration’s proposal for offshore drilling, but Oregon has not received it. However, Florida has received a similar exemption.

"Oregonians have a long and proud history of standing up to defend our state. And at a time when the Trump administration is trying to allow oil rigs to be built off nearly every coastline in America, I’m tired of waiting for the federal government to come to its senses and realize that this is terrible mistake. Today, I have signed an executive order to permanently ban offshore drilling along the Oregon coast. This executive order will make it clear to oil and gas speculators that Oregon is not for sale," Brown said.

Brown says the threat of offshore oil and gas drilling directly threatens coastal economies, marine fisheries, the environment, public health and safety, and cultural resources.

Brown says the Oregon Coast supports about 22,000 jobs with its $2 billion tourism and recreational industry and more than 5,500 jobs in commercial and recreational marine fishery.

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