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Oregon Gov. Brown bans offshore oil drilling


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has issued an executive order blocking offshore oil drilling.

Thursday’s order directs state agencies to protect Oregon’s coastal economy by preventing activities associated with offshore oil and gas drilling. It comes as the Trump administration seeks to expand offshore drilling and scrapped an Obama-era policy to protect oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with one emphasizing economic growth.

Brown, a Democrat in the final weeks of a hard-fought contest against Republican challenger Knute Buehler, sought an exemption for Oregon from the administration but has not received one. Florida’s Republican governor did receive an exemption.

Brown said her executive order will make it clear to oil and gas speculators that Oregon is not for sale. States control 3 miles of ocean closest to shore.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that no one has drilled off the Oregon coast since 1964, when companies turned up very little.

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