oil spill

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

Action Alert: Comment to Protect Washington’s Waters and Communities from Oil Spills

September 6, 2019

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is updating WA State’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan (see also Chapter 173-182 WAC) that requires large commercial vessels, oil handling facilities, and pipelines to have detailed oil spill contingency plans for appropriate equipment and trained personnel to respond to spills that may occur. A draft of the updated rule ... read more

GiveBIG on May 8 and help protect what you love about the islands!

May 1, 2019

GiveBIG to protect what you love in the San Juans! Each dollar you donate to Friends of the San Juans on May 8 will be matched up to $25,000 by a generous donor! Your investment and support will help us: PROTECT AND RESTORE BEACHES for forage fish and salmon to enhance the food web for ... read more

Southern Resident Legislative Action Alert: Contact Your Legislators!

March 21, 2019

Over the past few weeks, in sweeping votes from both chambers, the Washington State Legislature took major steps to address the emergency facing Southern Resident orcas and the systemic problems of salmon and Puget Sound recovery. Four bills that will protect orcas passed out of the House or Senate, and most with bipartisan support! Each bill ... read more

Local high school students support Environmental Priorities in Olympia with us!

February 14, 2019

In late January we traveled to Olympia with six high school students from Friday Harbor High and Spring Street International Schools to participate in the 2019 Environmental Priorities Coalition’s lobby day. We joined 500 other Washington State citizens and environmental groups to promote a transition to 100% clean electricity, orca emergency response, oil spill prevention, ... read more

Comment on Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project by November 20th!

November 15, 2018

Since 2014, we have been sending letters to Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) to protect our shorelines and the Southern Resident Killer Whales from the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. The increased risk of diluted bitumen (dilbit) Alberta Tar Sands crude oil spills in our waters and the Southern Residents’ critical habitat is not justified ... read more

Action Alert: Ensure oil spill prevention and response readiness in the Salish Sea!

November 8, 2018

Washington State requires refineries to have a state-approved oil spill response plan that ensures their ability to respond to major oil spills. Ecology is asking for public comments on the contingency plan for the Anacortes refinery that used to be called Tesoro, was then re-branded as Andeavor, and has now been bought by Marathon Oil. Your ... 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

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

We chose to live on the westside of San Juan Island because of its natural beauty, and we want to preserve it for future generations. That’s where the Friends of the San Juans come in. Since their inception, they have been the guardians of the Salish Sea and this place we call home.

Glen and Deb Bruels

members, San Juan Island