Delegation defends Magnuson’s legacy

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Seattle PI Letters to the Editor

OIL SPILLS

Sometimes it is good to come under attack to see who comes to your assistance. Washington residents should be delighted by the bipartisan support our congressional delegation mustered to overturn Oregon U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s efforts to render Sen. Warren Magnuson’s legislative legacy protecting Washington waters from oil spills moot (Friday).

It is most unfortunate that an Oregon representative introduced a measure, at the behest of British Petroleum, to increase Washington’s risk of an oil spill when Washington refineries produce much of the oil Oregon consumes.

Magnuson’s amendment to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (Public Law 95-136) has been mischaracterized by those seeking to strike it as limiting refinery production when, in fact, it limits only federal permits for the expansion of refinery docks east of Port Angeles.

BP lobbied for the provision after losing in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in our case against the Army Corps of Engineers granting it a permit seeking to double its refinery dock without conducting an environmental impact statement or evaluating Magnuson’s amendment to the MMPA.

In the meantime, BP’s refinery has expanded from 96,000 barrels/day to 220,000 barrels/day. Despite its advertising, it is far from being Beyond Petroleum. Fortunately, Magnuson’s spirit is still alive in our congressional delegation and people can choose where they buy their fuel.

Fred Felleman
Ocean Advocates

Seattle

~ by fredfelleman on October 11, 2005.

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