By Andrew Selsky | Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to consider exempting Oregon from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan after speaking with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, her office said Friday.

Brown previously criticized Zinke for the plan to resume drilling for oil and gas off the shores of the United States, saying it would endanger Oregon’s coast.

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Several other states have objected, but so far Florida has been the only one to receive an exemption after its Republican governor.

Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Friday his office would provide no further information about the conversation with Brown.

The Interior Department said earlier in the day that Zinke had set up calls with the governors of Rhode Island, Oregon, California, Washington, Delaware and North Carolina to get their input.
Zinke and Brown, a Democrat, spoke for 28 minutes, said her spokesman, Bryan Hockaday.

“Regarding the offshore drilling ban, Gov. Brown asked for the same consideration for Oregon’s ‘people’s coast’ as was given Florida,” Hockaday said. “Secretary Zinke agreed with concerns about the economic risks that offshore …read more

Source:: East Bay – Science

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