Oil spills can happen. That’s why Washington State requires industries that can cause them to come up with an oil spill contingency plan. 23 of these plans are now up for review by our state’s Department of Ecology (Ecology). Not one adequately mitigates oil spill risk to the orcas. Not one of the contingency plans fully complies with state requirements. Not one follows Ecology’s own guidance document, Planning standards for wildlife response (WAC 173-182-540)
Because oil spills can kill orca and other wildlife, Ecology must require that the oil spill contingency plans include comprehensive wildlife response, protection and rehabilitation.
Please add your name to the petition. Tell Washington State to say YES to Southern Resident Killer Whales & NO to industries that could cause oil spills: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/719/885/207/
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Salish Current: “Rescue tug stationed in islands is best bet to avoid oil spills in San Juan – Gulf waters, study says”
[San Juan County] sits between the narrow shipping corridors of Rosario and Haro straits, through which oil tankers, cargo ships, fishing vessels and private boats move through waters around Northwest Washington and lower British Columbia. According to state records, in 2019, 6,805 transits were logged by the largest vessels, which pose the greatest oil spill potential.
“The San Juan archipelago forms a roundabout for all these shipments,” San Juan County Council Chair Jamie Stephens said. “Citizens of San Juan County have worried about oil spills large and small for over 25 years.”