IN THE RING: Should we drill for oil off Oregon’s coast?

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<b>Jeff Anderson, UFCW Local 555 Secretary-Treasurer:</b>
“No, I opposed this crazy idea long before the current spill in the gulf. It was a bad idea when all the Republicans went wild with “Drill Baby Drill”. Oregon’s pristine ecosystem must be protected from this short term thinking.This Native Oregonian will fight any initiative to drill for oil on the Oregon Coast. We have so many renewabal resourses availabal in Oregon. We must embrace Hydro, Wind, Solar and bring on new resouses such as Hydro fuel cell technology.”

<b>Art Bobrowitz, Compass Rose Consulting:</b>
“Yes, I would support drilling as long as it is a part of other types of off shore renewable energy sources. I would not support rampant oil drilling rigs with no plan. Any drilling would have to include proven technology and research. I would like to see Oregon’s university system take on the project of balancing Oregon’s environmental off shore future while creating the research, technology and jobs for different types of energy resource development. This would be an excellent opportunity for next generation education, energy research and breaking our dependency on Middle East oil.

“Will we have risk? Of course we will. Our current oil dependency is a no win situation. What this country spends and has spent in litigation dollars could well have paid for significant research. We have to get rid of that blank check. What we have to accept is that our dependency is not totally on oil. We have to break our real dependency and addiction from the litigation of someone telling us ‘why something can’t be done.'”

<b>Marlene Quinn, event planner:</b>
“No not now and not ever! Obviously we haven’t figured out how yet to stop leaks from happening and not sure if they ever will so my vote is a resounding NO!”

<b>David Philbrick, retired educator and parks board member:</b>
“Our reality is that if we care at all about the health of our communities and the earth, and about climate change, we will not utilize fossil fuels even though we know where they are.  As more easily retrievable oil is developed, there are pressures to seek oil in more difficult and environmentally sensitive areas.  Development of such areas will increase the economic and environmental costs associated with production as well the use of oil.

“We are not able to solve our problems associated with oil supply and use by increasing production. The first oil well was developed in 1859, the same year Oregon became a state and only 151 years ago.  In recent years, the United States with approximately 5 percent of the world’s population has been using approximately 25 percent of all the oil produced.   As other countries develop increased consumerism, particularly those with significantly larger populations like China and India, they will use as much or more than the United States, and global usage will increase as will the cost of oil and the adverse environmental impacts associated with its production and use.

“No, I would not support development of oil resources off Oregon’s coast.  The adverse impacts are too great relative to the potential benefits.  It is past time for us to develop the strength, courage, vision, and commitment in our state and nation to reduce and eliminate our oil addiction.”

<b>Jacque Moir, retired city councilor:</b>
“Yes, I would support drilling off the Oregon Coast.  Having said this, it might be too costly dollar wise as every safe guard should be taken that is humanly possible.

“Any mishap has the potential to be lethal for man and/or animal, if a plane falls out of the sky, a volcano erupts, a hurricane, etc.  The facts of life are there are certain things that are needed by man, especially in this day and age.  For better or worse oil is one of them.

“The technology to improve the clean up of oil spill sights seems to be improving all the time.   We still have a long way to go and we need to learn how to do it faster and better.  Improving the structure of the oil rigs has evolved over the years and there is no reason to think that they will not continue to do so.  This is one area when a spill occurs, it is so infrequently that it is big news. Devastation is over a wider area and it takes way too long to clean up.

“Continuing to look for alternatives to oil is important, but for now we need oil.  Oregon chose to get rid of its nuclear plant which is another whole argument as was the possibility of the natural gas pipe line in Oregon.  Bottom line like most things is that Oregonians should have a say in whether or not drilling off the Oregon Coast were allowed to take place.”

<b>Stu Crosby, Multi-Tech Engineering:</b>
“That would be a flat NO to both your question and Palin’s ‘trust the oil industry.’ I don’t think many Oregonians would even bother to seriously discuss it.”

<b>John Morgan, MorganCPS Consulting:</b>
“No – in the strongest language possible.”

<b>Kimberly Strand, owner, The Gathering Place:</b>
“No I do not support oil drilling off the Oregon or Washington Coast.  There are pleanty of other resources available to us that we do not need to spend the billions of dollars drilling and risk huge environmental impat.  Renewable resources like wind, solar, hemp and vegitable fuels should be funded and expanded.  There is also more opportunity in these products to create jobs and be environmentally friendly.”

<b>Clint Holland, financial advisor:</b>
“Yes.”

<b>Jeanne Bond-Esser, retired educator and parks board chair:</b>
“No.”

<b>Vic Backlund, former GOP state legislator and retired educator:</b>
“I doubt that drilling off the coast of Oregon is a wise thing, in part because I have no reason to believe that there is oil out there.  Oregon is a very environmentally friendly state, too, so I don’t believe that there would be political support for offshore drilling.”

<b>Phil Bay, former city councilor and retired insurance agent:</b>
“No, not in a million years.  It could easily spoil our beautiful Oregon coast forever,  even with just one major spill.  Even without a spill, the beauty would be marred by huge oil platforms spread up and down the coast. No way.”

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1 Response for “IN THE RING: Should we drill for oil off Oregon’s coast?”

  1. swi says:

    Everyone who says YES to this also seems to say that it should only be done if it will be safe. Are you serious? The current spill in the Gulf of Mexico is absolute evidence that anyone who thinks we should be drilling off our shores for oil is a complete moron.

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