Northwest Straits ChapterBased in Bellingham, WA. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the worlds oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. We have several projects, events and campaigns, so come get involved!
Take a stand against coal exports –
Currently, there are several proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest, all of which pose significant threats to the nearshore marine environment and the places we love to play. Locally in Bellingham, we are faced with SSA Marine’s proposal to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point. Cherry Point is a beautiful and unique piece of coast north of Bellingham and is a designated as an aquatic reserve by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), while the land itself is designated for industrial use. If this fourth terminal is built in this area, the number of ships through the Northwest Straits will at least double. This would increase the chance of a catastrophic oil spill within the Salish Sea, permanently destroying numerous fisheries and charasmatic sea life such as orca. Additionally, the health of the nearshore marine ecosystem would not only be threatened adjacent to the terminal, but also along the rail line that travels from the Power River Basin to Cherry Point through much of Puget Sound’s special coastline. There are numerous reasons to oppose this terminal, as well as the others proposed due to the irreversible deleterious effects on environmental health, human health, and our region’s economic health. Learn more about current actions regionally from our coalition with Power Past Coal and see how you can help us take a stand to protect the places we hold near and dear to our hearts.
We thank all of you that participated in our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Comment workshops, those of you who submitted comments, and those of you who attended and testified at local hearings. With your help, an unprecedented number of public comments were heard for the National and State Environmental Protection Act process to scope what should be included in the EIS. Stay tuned for the draft EIS slated to come out this year.
- Please sign our petition today;
- Write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper;
- Always participate in the public process;
- Show others why the places you love are worth saving;
- And educate yourself – read up on the facts from these great source:
- More on Puget Sound and WA State Coasts on Beachopedia
- Beachopedia on Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve
- Coal Train Facts gives you the ins and outs
- Power Past Coal is a coalition we are proud to be a part of to protect the Pacific Northwest in this fight to protect our home and work towards better sources of energy