U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, whose 8th Congressional District constituency includes Eatonville and other parts of south Pierce County, on the federal Department of Interior's draft proposal for drilling for oil and gas off the U.S. coasts:

“I am deeply concerned about the Administration’s proposal allowing for new oil and gas drilling opportunities in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Gulf of Mexico, and off the coast of Alaska,” said Rep. Reichert. “This moves America in the wrong direction and has the potential to have a negative lasting effect on our oceans as well as the shorelines of states on these coasts. Our country is at the forefront of developing efficient and cost effective alternative energy technologies and we should continue to support innovation in this area. These energy solutions of the future must be a part of our energy plan.”