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Officials say offshore drilling on Oregon coast is unlikely

"The bottom line for Oregon is offshore drilling is pretty unlikely. It's a really complex geological environment."

Posted: Jan 6, 2018 9:49 AM
Updated: Jan 6, 2018 10:07 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. --  State officials said Oregon will likely be one of the last states where oil companies might drill.

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced it's intentions to open the West Coast to offshore oil drilling. A decades long ban has prevented drilling on the outer continental shelf, but the President's proposal could reverse that.


Ali Hansen with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries said Oregon is unlikely to see much drilling.

"Really, the bottom line for Oregon is offshore drilling is pretty unlikely. It's a really complex geological environment. Also, in the past really hasn't turned up the amount of oil and gas you would need to make an economic go of any kind of offshore drilling," said Hansen.

She said back in the 1960's, eight wells were drilled off Oregon coast and they didn't find much oil there. Hansen said Oregon's active, shifting, tectonic plates wouldn't be easy for drilling companies to deal with.

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