“A major spill would have a significant impact on Washington State’s maritime economy which is worth $30 billion and supports 148,000 jobs.” US Senator Maria Cantwell Press Release, 4/9/2014

November 25, 2019 by stephenshubert

Thank you, Safe Shippers! Your letters and support have done it again — the Salish Sea and our orcas received some more good news! 

The proposed Kalama refinery on the Columbia River — what would be the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery — suffered another setback this week. After putting the project on hold last month, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has now determined that an additional environmental review of the project is required, citing incomplete information on the projects’s greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of those emissions. 

Ecology will conduct a second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). Once the draft is completed (about a year from now), the public will have an opportunity to comment. We are getting good at this!

In the meantime, let’s keep practicing our Safe Shippers and Orca Protectors voices. Please call or write the Department of Ecology Director, Maia Bellon. 

Thank her and her department for demanding accountability and protection of clean air and water that all humans and orcas need.
(360) 407-7009; maia.bellon@ecy.wa.gov

In addition, you may sign on to this petition with Columbia Riverkeeper:
Please add a personal statement about why you want to protect your own corner of the state.

Thank you, Safe Shippers! Our voices are making a difference!

“San Juan County is at the center of existing and proposed fossil fuel export projects. We have much to lose and nothing to gain. Our community needs to stay informed, get involved, and be part of the public process of understanding the approaching changes which will affect us all.”- San Olson, Friends’ Board Member and former Naval Officer –


With a broad range of partners and leading science, Friends works to protect the San Juan Island waterways and Salish Sea from increasing vessel traffic risks. Friends:

  • protects our coasts and communities from the amplified threat of oil spill and associated damage;
  • presses for oil spill prevention and advocates for a clean energy future;
  • achieves legal protections;
  • improves habitat management;
  • reduces threats to vulnerable species; and
  • understands the complex interconnections between healthy communities, healthy environments, and healthy economies.


By Doug Howell, Sr. Campaign Representative for Beyond Coal:  “Thanks to our new 100% clean electricity law, coal-power will no longer be allowed in Washington by the end of 2025, the same time the Centralia coal plant will stop operating. Finally, after 15 years, Washington will be coal-free.

In the wake of this victory, we are channelling this momentum towards the next frontier: fracked gas.

Fracked gas is mainly methane, a gas 87 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. One of the biggest consequences of fracking is the alarming leakage rate of unburned methane gas during the drilling, processing, transporting, and storing process. In total, this nearly doubles the climate impact of fracked gas.”

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