Stop BP from Making the Sound a Tanker Super Highway

See: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/07/10/3744330/environmentalists-want-limits.html

http://www.whatcomwatch.org/php/WW_open.php?id=1736

The Pacific Northwest is currently subject to an onslaught of proposed fossil fuel terminals, jeopardizing the climate and increasing the risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

Protect the Salish Sea from the immediate risks of oil spills posed by BP’s proposed increase in tanker traffic in violation of the late Senator Magnuson’s legislative prohibitions. The proposed Gateway coal terminal just to the north of BP further compounds oil spill risks.

Counter BP’s political influence by testifying and/or submitting written comments to the Army Corps of Engineers on the permit they issued illegally to BP to build a new oil tanker dock at Cherry Point without adequate environmental review.

The two upcoming hearings are a result of an environmental lawsuit. The dock was built while the lower court decision was being appealed. Now is the time to let your voice be heard and support Friends of the Earth’s written comments summarized below:

 

Ms. Olivia Romano

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Seattle Regulatory Branch

P.O. Box 3755

Seattle, Washington 98134

olivia.h.romano@usace.army.mil

 

x July 2014

Dear Ms. Romano:

 

My name is X and I care about Cherry Point/ Salish Sea / oil spills because…….

The Army Corps’ Draft Environmental Impact Statement fails to adequately consider ways to prevent oil spills associated with the increased oil tanker traffic that can come to the BP refinery due to the permit you issued for their new refinery dock.

Please include the following in the Final Environmental Impact Statement:

1-    Enforce the late Senator Warren Magnuson’s law prohibiting federal permits that will result in increased crude oil tankers traveling through the biologically rich and vulnerable waters of the San Juan Islands. Condition BP’s permit to assure that no more crude oil tankers are allowed to call on both docks than were able to call on the original dock (114)

2-    Be sure that these tanker limits apply to both imports and exports of crude oil, including oil derived from Tar Sands.

3-    Retain the restriction on the new dock to only handle refined oil, not crude.

4-    Require that prior to every oil transfer, a protective oil spill boom is deployed encircling the tanker so that if a spill does occur at the dock, it will be contained. This is critical during the spring when the dwindling Cherry Point herring spawn.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bellingham Hearing:

When: July 16, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm

Open house and rally from 6pm to 7pm,

Where: Shuksan Middle School Gymnasium

2717 Alderwood Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Seattle Hearing

When: July 24, 2014: from 7pm to 9pm

Open house and rally from 6pm to 7pm

Where: Federal Center South Galaxy Room,

4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98134

Note: A valid government-issued photo identification needed

            (eg drivers license) to enter a Federal Buildling.

 

 

~ by fredfelleman on July 15, 2014.

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