U.S. Department of Interior officials plan to hold a public meeting Tuesday in Salem to discuss the Trump administration’s plan to open much of the west coast, including Oregon, to offshore drilling.
Tuesday’s meeting is one of 22 scheduled around the country, but the only one planned for Oregon. An event notice from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says attendees may ask questions of agency staff at the meeting and can submit comments about the drilling proposal on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management website.
President Trump’s plan to expand areas of Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic waters open to drilling was met with outrage from Oregon officials. Gov. Kate Brown blasted the idea in a CNN interview, saying drilling would spoil the beauty of Oregon’s coastal beaches and harm the region’s tourism industry.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel located at 3301 Market Street Northeast in Salem.