Our Governor needs to know that the environmental review for this project did not adequately address project-related impacts to Washington State’s environmental, economic and cultural resources; public and private properties; and Tribal Treaty Rights.
Canada’s Federal Review Panel report states that RBT2 would have “numerous” environmental impacts, including “significant adverse effects on Chinook salmon” and “significant adverse and cumulative effects on SRKW [Southern Resident Killer Whales].” In recent years, Washington State has made significant investments in the protection and recovery of Southern Resident orcas. RBT2 will put at risk the progress made to date on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force recommendations and the protection and recovery of the Southern Resident orcas, their critical habitat, and their food web.
Join 41 organizations in asking Governor Inslee to oppose RBT2 on behalf of Washingtonians and the environmental, cultural and economic resources of this state.
Sign our petition asking Governor Inslee to oppose RBT2.
Talking points for your outreach with decision-makers:
1) Roberts Bank Terminal 2 should not be approved!
2) If Canada still insists on approving this project in spite of Washington State’s strong objections, ask Governor Inslee to advocate for more conditions to mitigate RBT2 impacts:
- Require an additional Emergency Response Towing Vessel to prevent accidents and oil spills from the RBT2 vessel traffic.
- Require all container ships that call on RBT2 to be accredited as quiet by a ship-classification society in order to protect Southern Residents and other marine fauna from the RBT2 vessel traffic’s detrimental noise impacts.
- Require all container ships that call on RBT2 to exclusively use propulsion fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 0.50% sulfur limit in order to reduce the environmental and economic impacts from potential oil spills. This would prohibit the use of Heavy Fuel Oil – the high viscosity, tar-like fuel that can have significant environmental and economic and cultural impacts when spilled and would also prevent pollution from wet scrubber discharges.
Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is expected to issue a decision regarding the approval of the project in late 2020. Ask Canada’s Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers to deny approval of RBT2.
If Canada insists on approving this project, the additional mitigations (above) should be required as conditions of any project approval.