Katie Fleming

Read about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

by Katie Fleming on May 25, 2017 No comments

Sightline’s new article, The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters, by Friends board member Michael Riordan, explains how the Kinder Morgan Pipeline threatens all of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

“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.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety: http://www.sightline.org/2017/05/22/the-tar-sands-threat-to-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.
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Katie FlemingRead about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

May 19 is Endangered Species Day – protect what you love!

by Katie Fleming on May 18, 2017 No comments
Endangered Species Day is May 19th. 113 marine species are formally listed as being at risk or vulnerable to extinction here in the Salish Sea. Here are five things you can do to help!
  1. Help preserve our remaining natural shorelines that provide essential habitat for marine species. View our latest video here to learn more.
  2. Purchase sustainably-harvested seafood at your local supermarket or favorite restaurant. Click here to learn more from Seafood Watch.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
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Katie FlemingMay 19 is Endangered Species Day – protect what you love!

Attend the Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action March!

by Katie Fleming on March 30, 2017 No comments

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!

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Katie FlemingAttend the Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action March!

Stand for the Salish Sea Rallies – January 16!

by Katie Fleming on January 10, 2017 No comments

Text version:

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.

For more details visit www.facebook.com/salishseastands or call the coordinator on each island or Friends of the San Juans at 360-378-2319.

San Juan Coordinator, Liza, 360-378-358

Orcas Coordinator, Mark, 206-547-7723

Lopez Coordinator, Kai, 360-468-4400

Shaw Coordinator, Stephanie, 360-472-0404

Rain or shine, come one come all. Please were black (the color of an oil spill), a poster (detailing what you love about the Salish Sea), and a kayak if you’d like to paddle.

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Katie FlemingStand for the Salish Sea Rallies – January 16!