Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 pm, Lopez Center, Lopez Island
Monday, Sept. 10 at 5 pm, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Eastsound
From the Friends of the San Juans
FRIENDS of the San Juans and the Stewardship Network of the San Juans are bringing an expert panel of speakers to Lopez and Orcas Islands to discuss the impacts of coal and tar sands exporting in the Salish Sea. Speakers include:
- Aaron Sanger (MS, JD), who will discuss tar sands oil export across the U.S. and the impacts of transporting this material through the Salish Sea. Aaron is the Director of U.S. Campaigns for ForestEthics.
- Fred Felleman (MS), who will be speaking on the impacts of vessel traffic in the San Juans and marine impacts associated with the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal outside of Bellingham. Fred is a marine consultant with FriendsoftheEarth and wildlife photographer.
Attendees will also be provided with an update on the State’sOilSpillContingencyPlanRule, which has been signed and is open for formal public comment until October 4. This rule will update state oil spill preparedness planning standards, improve the state’s current vessels of opportunity system, establish a volunteer coordination system, improve the state-required notification process for serious spill threats (such as large disabled ships) as well as actual spills, and make other changes related to oil spill contingency plans and Ecology’s review and approval process.