Don’t put up a ship parking lot in our paradise — not without a full environmental review!

Dear Safe Shippers,  The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rulemaking to establish official anchorage areas on the eastern edge of our island archipelago doesn’t include a full environmental review. These anchorages neighbor several federal, state, and locally protected areas that are important to many San Juan Islanders, including the Jack Island and Vendovi Island Preserves, made […]

Safe Shippers to Tesoro: No Xylene!

The Tesoro refinery in Anacortes has come out with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that includes manufacturing and exporting xylene to Asia. Xylene (pronounced ZIE-leen) is a highly volatile, hazardous and toxic petrochemical which has never before been manufactured in our region and transported through our waters. This project will require 120 additional (annual?) […]

3 Actions for the Salish Sea – March 2017

Dear Safe Shippers, You are powerful! You made Salish Sea Stands Lobby Day a success! You showed up in Olympia, stood on the Capitol steps, and sat at the table with our representatives.   Three days after we made our impressive showing in Olympia, HB 1611 (the Oil Transportation Safety Bill we are supporting) passed […]

Salish Sea Stands – Jan-Feb 2017

Safe Shippers gather with fellow warriors to make a pod of hundreds as Salish Sea Stands against Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion and for Safe Shipping and for the orcas. We rallied on our islands on January 16 and again on the Capitol steps in Olympia on February 13 to let our legislators know that we are serious about protecting […]


  Dear Islanders for Safe Shipping, It’s been a little over a year since our Safe Shippers website was last active — a year to rest and recharge our batteries. That’s a good thing, because we are going to need as much energy as we can muster! The fight to save our island waters, and the creatures therein, isn’t […]

“O Canada, these are Our Waters, too!”

AHOY, SAFE SHIPPERS! Just when you thought you had sent in your comments on every possible project proposal that would increase vessel traffic and accident and oil spill risk in our waters, along comes yet another. This one is just across the border. THE PROJECTThe Centerm Expansion Project in Vancouver BC would increase container ship traffic through Georgia Strait, Boundary Pass, Haro […]