OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee joined counterparts from Oregon and California today in asking the federal government to ban any new oil and gas drilling off their coasts.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the three governors said they were strongly opposed to any new gas and oil lease sales, fearing the "devastating impact" a spill could have on commerce, tourism, recreation and local economies. The three states have also joined with British Columbia in an effort to fight climate change and promote clean energy, Inslee, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said.
The governors are providing formal comment to the Interior Department's proposal for oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf from 2017 through 2022.