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Tell Washington State to say YES to Southern Resident Killer Whales & NO to industries that could cause oil spills!

March 29, 2021

Sign this petition to tell Washington State’s Department of Ecology to require the industries that could cause a major oil spill to comply with state regulations, and to identify and fund the reconnaissance and deterrence operations that will be needed to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales from a major oil spill. Tell Ecology to not let ... read more

Read our March Highwater Marks E-Newsletter

March 15, 2021

Check out the March issue of our e-newsletter – Highwater Marks! You’ll learn about our new virtual reality education program, get the link for our petition that asks the WA Department of Ecology to require oil spill contingency plans that include the required wildlife response protections for the critically endangered Southern Residents, hear how shifting baselines are ... read more

Take Action Now to Protect SEPA!

April 2, 2019

Here in Washington, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is a foundational tool that provides important information and opportunities for public input on projects that impact the environment. SEPA is the law that ensures that projects are evaluated and the public can have a say in the review and assessment of the project. SEPA also ... read more

Read about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

May 25, 2017

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 ... read more

Pull Together Against Kinder Morgan @ Upcoming Benefit Concerts!

March 10, 2017

Pull Together: First Nations Standing Against Kinder Morgan Benefit Concerts and Talks – Coming to an Island Near You! Mar. 30, San Juan Island , Brickworks Mar. 31, Orcas, Westsound Community Center Apr. 1, Lopez, Woodmen Hall Apr. 2, Anacortes, Seafarers Memorial Park Bldg. (all events are from 7-8:30 p.m.) Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker ... read more

Join the Lopez Island Salish Sea Stands Information Session – 2/9

February 4, 2017

February 9, 7-8 p.m. at Grace Church. Friends and community members are leading a collaborative educational seminar for the Salish Sea Stands initiative, other involved organizations, and interested islanders. The session will focus on how to effectively communicate with key legislators about the environmental and economic threats San Juan County faces from greatly increased oil tanker traffic linked to ... read more

Action Alert: Comment on the Oil Transportation Safety Bill!

January 29, 2017

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 ... read more

Join “Salish Sea Stands on Capitol Hill Day” on February 13 in Olympia!

January 26, 2017

The legislative session in Washington State is underway and we want to make sure that the environment and economy of the Salish Sea are protected. Now is the time to register if you would like to join us for the “Salish Sea Stands on Capitol Hill Day” in Olympia on February 13. We will be ... read more

Stand for the Salish Sea Rallies – January 16!

January 10, 2017

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 ... read more

Kinder Morgan Action Alert: Don’t let BP put our region at risk!

December 16, 2016

The expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline endangers our region. They are projected to nearly triple capacity of the existing pipeline from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil a day—AND increase vessel traffic through the Salish Sea seven-fold, with each tanker holding more than twenty-five million gallons of oil. Some of ... read more

It’s important to us that any organization we are involved with actually gets things done, and the work that the Friends takes on so capably really does make a difference.

Ken and Mariann Carrasco

members, Orcas Island