Save Our Shorelines

Posted September 13, 2018 at 5:49 am by

Here’s a note from Safe Shippers…

Proud­ly, our San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil Mem­bers recent­ly joined their Cana­di­an coun­ter­parts, the Islands Trust Coun­cil, in call­ing on Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau to aban­don the Trans Moun­tain Pipeline Expan­sion project, once and for all. As Safe Ship­pers well know, if approved, this project would increase tanker traf­fic by 700% and could bring irrepara­ble harm to our com­mon­ly shared Sal­ish Sea. You can read their let­ter here.

Let’s say Thank You to our Coun­cil Mem­bers for stand­ing up for our frag­ile marine envi­ron­ment, our econ­o­my, the South­ern Res­i­dent Killer Whales, and all of us who call these islands home. 

While we are say­ing thank you, we need to urge our coun­ty law­mak­ers to take action right here in San Juan Coun­ty. Our Coun­ty Coun­cil Mem­bers need our encour­age­ment now, while they are in the Shore­line Mas­ter Pro­gram (SMP) update com­pli­ance process. Ask them to pro­tect the crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered orca by pro­tect­ing the Chi­nook salmon they need more of to eat, and the for­age fish that feed the salmon, and the shore­lines that pro­vide for­age fish and juve­nile Chi­nook salmon habitats. 

Please tell Coun­cil Members:

  • Thank you for oppos­ing the Trans Moun­tain Pipeline Expan­sion in sup­port of the South­ern Res­i­dents and all of us who call these islands home!
  • Please ful­fill your require­ment to update the SMP to ensure no net loss of our shore­lines’ eco­log­i­cal func­tions that the South­ern Res­i­dent orcas depend on for their food, includ­ing mean­ing­ful analy­sis of the cumu­la­tive effects of devel­op­ment on shore­line conditions.

Con­tact San Juan Coun­ty Council:

Thank you, Safe Ship­pers! This is our county’s chance to do what is need­ed to pro­vide food for the orca’s survival.


More info:

The impor­tance of shore­lines and oth­er actions we can take to pro­tect them:

The SMP Appeals and the Growth Man­age­ment Board Decision:

Peti­tions, Briefs and the Final Deci­sion and Order

State Upholds San Juan County’s Shore­line Mas­ter Program

Islands Trust oppo­si­tion to Trans Moun­tain project:

Trans Moun­tain Pipeline in the news:

August 30, 2018. Cana­di­an court quash­es approval to build pipeline

August 31, 2018. Cana­da buys pipeline from Kinder Morgan


San Juan Islanders for Safe Ship­ping is a diverse group of San Juan Islands’ cit­i­zens who call these islands home. We are unit­ed in our con­cern about the like­ly adverse impacts to our econ­o­my and our envi­ron­ment from the increase of ves­sel traf­fic and the trans­port of fos­sil fuels through the Sal­ish Sea.

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