On November 28th, the Energy Council responsible for giving Governor Inslee a recommendation on how to proceed on the Vancouver, WA Tesoro Oil Terminal unanimously voted to disapprove the project.
Why? Because year after year 300,000 citizens have demonstrated by showing up, giving testimony, and being part of this coalition that this project is simply too risky and not in the best interest of the Pacific Northwest, our communities, and our climate.
What is next? The Council’s recommendation now goes to Governor Inslee to make a final decision. Once on his desk, Governor Inslee has 60 days to issue a decision.
We won’t let up until this project is done but for now, let’s celebrate and take a moment to thank all the people who have stepped up in opposition. This list is long – tribal members and leaders, public servants, doctors and other health professionals, community and environmental advocates, first responders, businesses small and large, labor unions, commercial and tribal anglers, families, people of faith and activists from across the region.
We’ve got a few spots left on next week’s boat adventure – “Salish Sea: Smuggling Past and Salmon Futures.” Join us for this special trip!
Here are the details:
Tuesday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Depart from Friday Harbor.
The intricate waterways of the islands made the perfect place to catch fish as well as hideouts for smugglers. Hear stories of our fishing heritage and future and learn about the people and places that were involved with smuggling wool, liquor, people and wildlife.
Travel through Cattle Pass to the Salmon Banks for a first-hand look at the waters that are still are resource for native fisherman and whales. Learn about salmon populations in the San Juan Islands. And along the way, you’ll also be introduced to the fascinating stories of 150 years of smuggling in the islands.
With just 12 people aboard, this tour will be intimate and informed, providing in-depth knowledge about some of our islands history. The $135 admission fee covers the cost of the boat and is not tax-deductible. Click here to register now.
The San Juan Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. And increasingly vulnerable to more frequent and extreme storms that will affect the waterfront. But with good planning, we can protect the people and places we love.
Join us for a workshop about the best ways to protect waterfront properties and our community from coastal flooding and erosion, and how to care for the important habitats that will see changes as a result of sea level rise. There are a variety of low-cost steps you can take and a range of solutions available to island residents.
Attend one of these community sea level rise workshops to learn the latest science for our region, local vulnerability mapping and adaptation strategies, and how to protect your shoreline while building community resilience. Coastal experts from Washington Sea Grant, Coastal Geologic Services and Friends of the San Juans will be presenting. We also want to hear what you value most and how you think our community should prepare.
Lopez Island: Thursday June 29, 10:30am-12:30pm, Woodmen Hall
Orcas Island: Thursday June 29, 5-7pm, Eastsound Fire Hall
San Juan Island: Friday June 30, 11am-1pm, Brickworks
“Every week another barge or tanker traverses the narrow straits through the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, bearing a cargo of tar-sands crude or other heavy oils from Canada, headed for refineries in Washington and California. But the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project approved in late 2016 by the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatens to make such transits daily occurrences, thus increasing many-fold the chances of a major oil spill in the Salish Sea and other Pacific Northwest waters.”
Image above shows the results of computer simulations depicting how a major oil spill at the BC Ferry crossing would have spread in the summer of 2012. Adapted by Shaun Hubbard from Kinder Morgan report.
Use beneficial landscaping techniques such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs and permeable paving to help reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and reduce runoff into ditches and storm drains.
Do your part to dispose of unused medicine and chemicals properly. Never dump into household toilets and sinks or outside where they can get into ditches or storm drains.
Help with the marine plastics issue and speak up for ditching plastic bags in San Juan County. Some of our local stores continue to use thicker plastic bags (considered reusable) after the single-use ordinance went into effect on May 1. It’s important these businesses hear from customers that we’ll happily support their move to stop using plastic bags at checkout. They care about what customers want – call today!
Support Friends of the San Juans’ Endangered Species Advocacy work to make sure these species have their voice heard in decisions that impact their home.
We at Friends of the San Juans work every day to protect the species and places we all love. Thank you for your support!
Join us for a rally and march on April 29th in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in solidarity with the People’s Climate Movement Marches throughout the world. Plus the march will end at an electric vehicle and renewable energy fair!
The People’s Climate Movement and Mobilization is part of a larger strategy to push back on Trump’s agenda of climate denial and fossil fuel expansion, and show we support real climate solutions here in the San Juan Islands.
We need your energy, creativity, and leadership — to promote clean energy solutions in our islands and resist fossil fuel infrastructure projects. That’s our best chance of continuing to keep playing offense, even as we defend everything this administration wants to take away. Let’s mobilize!
We hope you’ll be part of it with us — and with the many partners and allies who are helping to make it all happen.
If we want to build the future we need, it will require us joining together to make change. See you on the 29th!
Islanders are invited to take part in a countywide “Salish Sea Stands” day of action on MLK Day, Monday, January 16 against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to the United States. The Trans Mountain Pipeline, owned by Kinder Morgan, received approval from the Canadian government to proceed. The project will affect the Salish Sea by radically increasing the number of tankers transporting crude oil in our waters.
Events will be held at the following locations:
San Juan County Park Boat Launch, 12 p.m.
Odlin County Park on Lopez 11-12:30 p.m.
Shaw County Park, 12 p.m.
Eastsound Waterfront Day Park on Orcas, 11 a.m.
You can also join in on the inter-island ferry for a teach-in and letter writing opportunity starting on the 12:25 west bound sailing from Orcas.