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West Coast Governors Agreement

On Sept 18 the Governors of WA, OR, and CA announced an historic agreement to collectively address declining ocean health off the west coast. At a press conference in Portland, Governors Ted Kulongoski (OR) and Christine Gregoire (WA) (see photo) were joined by Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) via teleconference. All pledged to oppose offshore oil and gas drilling and request federal funding to reduce non-point source pollution. Other priorities include ocean science and implementation of the U.S. and Pew Ocean Commission report recommendations. During his address, Governor Kulongoski noted that Oregon is the only one of the three states yet to establish a network of marine reserves in state waters. "It's harder for the federal government to ignore us if we speak with a common voice," Schwarzenegger said. For more info see first comment to this post.