Healthy Seas

Stand strong with BC and First Nations against Kinder Morgan

by Katie Fleming on May 5, 2018 No comments

Kinder Morgan Canada announced that it’s suspending “all non-essential activities and related spending” on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, and won’t move forward with the project without “the ability to construct through British Columbia” and “adequate protection” of Kinder Morgan shareholders.*

We want them to suspend this pipeline project for good! Let’s stand with our B.C. and First Nation neighbors fighting against it! 

Please call or send a message to Washington’s Governor Inslee – thank him for opposing this project and ask that he continue to state his strong opposition to the pipeline expansion – including the expansion of the Puget Sound Pipeline in Washington State.



Call: 360-902-4111

Talking points:

  • Thank you for your opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion!
  • Please continue to oppose this project and stand with B.C. Premier John Horgan to send a clear message to the world: The Pacific Northwest is united against dirty tar sands oil, and Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers have no place here.
  • This pipeline and tanker expansion’s increase in oil spill risk threatens the ecological destruction of our salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales. Our economy and livelihoods depend on clean water, clean air, and a vibrant Salish Sea.
  • Washington already receives Canadian tar sands crude oil from the Puget Sound Pipeline, the southern spur of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. Kinder Morgan plans to more than double the throughput of the Puget Sound Pipeline. This puts Washington squarely in the middle of another fossil fuel expansion fight. I urge you to affirm publicly that our state will not accept such an expansion under your watch.
  • The San Juan Islands are surrounded by this expansion: The Puget Sound Pipeline’s additional 260,000 barrels per day to Washington State’s four northern refineries and the additional 348 tankers per year in Georgia Strait, Boundary Pass, Haro Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • This pipeline and tanker expansion project is a direct affront to U.S. Tribal Treaties and First Nations’ sovereignty. I stand with Tribes and First Nations in opposing Kinder Morgan. Please do everything in your power to honor the treaties.
  • As our Governor, I ask that you use your position to represent all Washingtonians and our shared waters, salmon, orcas, and climate in opposition to this project.

And/or you can sign onto these letters:

Sierra Club

Washington Environmental Council

Please act soon! Kinder Morgan plans to make a go/no-go decision by May 31.


*Press release: Kinder Morgan Canada Limited Suspends Non-Essential Spending on Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state is ‘allied’ with B.C. against Trans Mountain pipeline

British Columbia files case, may delay Kinder Morgan pipeline

Chiefs from 133 First Nations join fight against Kinder Morgan pipeline and oilsands expansion

Justin Trudeau’s Two-Faced Climate Game

Kinder Morgan’s Oil Spill Problem

Sierra Club BC Video


Day of Action: The Fight for an Oil-free Salish Sea

Sunday, May 20, 2018. 10:00am. Rally at Occidental Park, march to Seattle Waterfront.

Illustration credit: San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping

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Katie FlemingStand strong with BC and First Nations against Kinder Morgan

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:

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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Action Alert: Comment on the Oil Transportation Safety Bill!

by Friends of the San Juans on January 29, 2017 No comments

The 2017 Legislative Session is now in full swing and oil transportation is a hot issue. Despite the critical gains around public disclosure and preparedness measures, significant gaps remain that put our communities and waterways at risk of an oil spill or other such disaster.

In response, Representative Farrell (46th) and Senator Carlyle (36th) introduced the Oil Transportation Safety bill (HB 1611 / SB 5462). Highlights of the bill include:

  • Ensuring the oil industry pays in the case of a spill or other disaster;
  • Updating the funding for prevention, preparedness and response;
  • Protecting Puget Sound and the Salish Sea from increased oil barges and other vessels from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline;
  • Protecting against refineries turning into transshipment terminals; and
  • Strengthening oversight of pipeline safety.

This is a great time to engage and show your support!

Two hearings have been scheduled on the bill – Thursday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. in the Senate and the following Monday, February 6th at 1:30 p.m. in the House.

You can also call the committee members (at the numbers below) and tell them that this is a key piece of legislation they should support. Click here to send an email to your legislators as well.

The Oil Transportation Safety Bill is a key step to holding the oil industry accountable and ensures that Washingtonians are put first.

Given the Trump Administration’s support of the oil industry, it is now more important than ever to make sure that we here in Washington are holding the line against fossil fuels. We can do this!

We will also be talking about the oil transportation safety bill in person at the Salish Sea Stands on Capitol Hill Day on February 13 – join us there too! There will be a shuttle bus for islanders from Anacortes. Click here for more details about the 13th.

Senate Energy, Environment, Telecommunications Committee (for SB5 5462):

Senator Ericksen; (42),

Senator Sheldon: (35),

Senator Carlyle; (36), 360-786 –

Senator Brown; (8),

Senator Hobbs; (44),

Senator Honeyford; (15) 360-786 – 7684,

Senator Ranker; (40) 360-786- 7678,

Senator Wellman; (41) 360-786- 7641,


House Environment Committee (for HB 1611):

Rep. Fitzgibbon (34), (360)

Rep. Peterson (21), (360)

Rep. Shea (4), (360)

Rep. Short (7), (360)

Rep. Dye (9), (360)

Rep. Fey (27), (360)

Rep. Kagi (32), (360)

Rep. McBride (48), (360)

Rep. Taylor (15), (360)

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Friends of the San JuansAction Alert: Comment on the Oil Transportation Safety Bill!

The Salish Sea, a Vessel Highway?

by Friends of the San Juans on August 28, 2016 No comments

If all the new and expanding terminal and refinery projects in the Salish Sea are permitted and developed, including projects that became operational in 2014, Vessel transit mapthere would be a 43% increase in large, commercial marine vessel traffic.

FRIENDS and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping have released the Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections featuring 18 new or expanded proposed or recently completed projects, which cumulatively would add an additional 5,300 annual vessel transits to and fromports in British Columbia and Washington State.

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Friends of the San JuansThe Salish Sea, a Vessel Highway?