Oil spill risks would rise from three major projects: U.S. study

The Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER — A U.S. study that takes a wider examination than Canadian research into oil spill risks in the Salish Sea shows the greatest potential increase in spills is off the San Juan and Gulf Islands. The potential for oil spills in the Haro Strait-Boundary Pass passage increases by 4.75 times as a result of the anticipated increase of 1,250 large ships annually from three planned projects in the waters shared by British Columbia and Washington state, according to the draft findings of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded study.
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~ by fredfelleman on February 3, 2014.

One Response to “Oil spill risks would rise from three major projects: U.S. study”

  1. This week’s Island Tides (www.islandtides.com) – the regional newspaper for the Canadian Gulf Islands – includes an article on future shipping traffic through Boundary Pass – Haro Strait, anticipating development of new and enlarged port facilities, particularly for oil and coal shipping. Is there someone who could write for us a parallel analysis of traffic through Rosario Strait, including numbers of ships, pilotage and tug requirements, reefs and other marine hazards, oil spill mitigation, and applicable facilities and regulations?
    We’re thinking that Rosario and Haro Straits are complementary marine routes serving a number of ports, including the US refineries, possible Cherry Point developments, and the rapid expansion of oil and coal traffic in the Port of Vancouver. How do we manage deep sea traffic and port facilities so as to minimize oil spill hazards to both the Gulf and San Juan Islands and adjacent coastlines? Island Tides may be contacted at news@islandtides.com.

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