Once again, I am calling upon you to lend your voice to protect what you love, specifically the Salish Sea and our neighbors, relatives and more-than-human relatives up north.
The Salish Sea is one body of water, with tributaries and feeders all up and down the inner waterways of Washington and Vancouver British Columbia.
Right now, Skagit County officials are deciding whether to approve a key Shoreline Permit for the project. Environmental advocates are asking the County to withhold issuing the permit until it completes a more thorough review of the project’s impacts, one that more fully considers offsite risks and the compounding dangers of petrochemical developments nearby.
The public has just a few days more to weigh in. You can submit written comments by November 1 using the generic comment form here (be sure to include “Tesoro CPUP Shoreline Permit” in the subject line) or in-person at a hearing on Thursday, November 2 at 9:00 am at the Skagit County Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Here are some key points you might consider making in your letter. Written comments are due by 4:30 pm tomorrow, November 1.
Why I oppose Tesoro’s expansion and potential production of xylene at the Anacortes facility:
The Salish Sea is already under immense amounts of stress from current fossil fuel projects and developments. The health of the orca and the salmon are precipitously hanging by a thread right now, and in fact, we are hearing that some salmon runs could be extinct in four years.
According to The Sightline Institute, xylene is extremely dangerous to human health, both from short-term and long-term exposures. We are already under enough biological stress from current fossil fuel projects and the future does not bode well for our children and our grandchildren if we do not put an end to the onslaught of fossil fuel projects in our region.
I have lived in the Puget Sound for over 25 years, and have developed a deep and abiding love for everything that makes this area so distinct. The clean water, the beautiful mountain ranges, the salmon, the orca, and the ingenuity of the people.
We deserve the right to think long and hard about expanding fossil fuel projects, especially with industries whose safety and environmental history shows an irresponsible and cavalier attitude to all things having to do with human health and environmental health.
One more thing I want to leave you with is the fact that we are seeing an unprecedented level of attack on federal agencies whose mandates have been to try and keep people and the environment safe from the damages that industry can inflict. If this project is not canceled, and the EPA is decimated, it will be game over for the Salish Sea and all her inhabitants.