The Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections infographic and online map shows 20 proposed new, expanded or recently completed projects, which cumulatively would add an additional 4,286 annual vessel transits to and from ports in British Columbia and Washington State.
The Salish Sea is home to over 8 million people and is one of the world’s largest and most biologically rich inland seas.
Each year 12,400 large vessels, including over 1,322 oil tankers, charge through our fragile waters, past our communities, and through the homes of the 113 threatened and endangered species who call these waters home. Proposals to increase international shipping by 37% would turn the Salish Sea into a tanker highway, posing potentially catastrophic danger.
Between 1995 and 2005 1,462 accidents and 1,159 incidents were reported in Washington State. Of those, 14 were oil spills from tankers, releasing roughly 13,709 gallons of oil.
Of all these projects, the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline would result in the greatest oil spill risk: a 9-fold (800%) increase of a 20,000 barrel or larger spill over the next ten years in Haro Strait/Boundary Pass.*
*Draft VTRA (Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment), 2015