Safe Shippers Honor Co-founder, Louisa Nishitani

Dear Safe Shippers, We recently lost our superhero, Louisa Nishitani, co-founder and inspiration behind San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping (aka Safe Shippers). Safe Shippers began in 2012 as a way to coalesce islanders in our fight against the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point. There was Louisa, up at dawn, handing out her home-printed leaflets (which she wrote herself) […]

Good News & Opportunities

CELEBRATE!Thanks to the legal work of Friends of the San Juans, Phillips 66 has given up on an expansion project at the Ferndale refinery! For more information on this win for the Salish Sea: The sunken Aleutian Isle was finally raised and the remaining diesel onboard was removed! What have we learned from this? When […]

Demand Tougher Safety Regs

Accidents happen (click here for the latest on the sinking of the Aleutian Isle), and when an oil and/or fuel spill happens, we need to make sure the response is immediate and the impacts are minimized. Right now, Washington State’s Department of Ecology (Ecology) is amending regulations to improve oil transportation safety to reduce threats to Southern Resident […]

Fuel Spill off San Juan Island!

Dear Safe Shippers, We have been dreading something like this. Fortunately, the orcas got lucky this time. As did the rescued crew members who were aboard the now sunken fishing vessel, Aleutian Isle. After sinking off the west side of San Juan Island on Saturday, August 13, the vessel now lies 200 feet below the surface […]

Speak up for the orca! “NO NEW TERMINAL!”

We have another opportunity to say NO to the proposed Port of Vancouver Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) — less than 1 mile away from Washington State! Let’s do this for the newest orca baby, J59! • If approved, this behemoth container terminal would wreck the hard work we in Washington are doing to protect and recover our […]

Protect What You Love!

Safe Shippers love orcas and everything else about the Salish Sea, so we do what we can to protect the water that surrounds us. IMMEDIATE SAFE SHIPPING ACTION NEEDED! Let our state lawmakers know we support these bills to improve protection for the Salish Sea: HB 1117 Promoting salmon recovery through revisions to the state’s comprehensive […]

A Salish Sea Victory! Let’s Keep Going!

Safe Shipping Success! Our collective orca voices helped our neighbors in Whatcom County make a landmark decision that is a victory for all of us in the Salish Sea!  On Tuesday, July 27, Whatcom County Council voted to prohibit all new fossil fuel refineries and trans-shipment facilities (more vessel traffic) at Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point. The new land-use […]

Voice Up for Cherry Point

Dear Safe Shippers,  Our collective fight to protect Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point from a proposed coal export terminal ended successfully in May 2016 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upheld the Lummi Nation’s treaty-protected fishing rights. The terminal was blocked, Cherry Point was saved, treaty rights were honored, and the orca got another chance. Since that time, […]

Millennium is No More!

Dear Safe Shippers, MORE GOOD NEWS FOR THE COLUMBIA RIVER! Following the good news that the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama WA is kaput…the proposed Millennium coal export terminal in Longview WA is never to be!We can proudly say that Safe Shippers’ letters and actions helped save the Columbia River and its salmon — for the […]

Kalama is Kaput!

Dear Safe Shippers,This news flash just in from our friends at Columbia Riverkeeper. We are so happy and proud that we could help save the Columbia and the salmon and the orcas!Victory Over Massive Fracked Gas Refinery!!!Amidst strong opposition and legal defeats, developers end pursuit of world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refineryJune 11, 2021 (Kalama, Wash.)—In a stunning […]