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Oregon Governor, Members of Congress Call For Pause on Offshore Wind Turbines

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek is joining a chorus of voices — including tribes and commercial fishermen — urging the Biden administration to slow down its push for floating wind farms in the Pacific Ocean off the state’s southern coast.

In a letter sent June 9 to Elizabeth Klein, director of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, Kotek asked the agency to pause identifying and leasing offshore wind areas in order to fully evaluate impacts on the environment and economy.

The letter was also signed by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Val Hoyle and Suzanne Bonamici, all Democrats.

“Many valid questions and concerns remain about floating offshore wind,” they wrote. “These must be addressed transparently before we can support proceeding further toward any substantial development decisions on the Oregon coast.”

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