RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a member of two regional coalitions working to block new fossil fuel export infrastructure, which would bring major increases in transport of hazardous materials through Pacific Northwest communities. As we transition to the new clean energy economy of the near future, phasing out our local demand for dirty energy, we must not allow the Salish Sea to turn into a thoroughfare for shipping crude oil, coal, and natural gas overseas.
In July 2016, the Whatcom County Council proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan that would discourage permits for fossil fuel export projects from Cherry Point. In August 2016, the amendments were sent to the Planning Commission for further review. In January 2017, the Planning Commission sent its recommendation to the county council.
In response to the lengthy process, the council introduced in August 2016 a six-month moratorium on permits for unrefined fossil fuel export projects that holds the line against plans to move crude oil and natural gas by train and pipeline through Cherry Point until permanent Comprehensive Plan policies can be put into place.
Council members need to hear that the community supports their work. Please email the Whatcom County Council and tell them you support the Cherry Point amendments and the fossil fuel moratorium.
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Oil-by-rail shipments present a number of potential environmental and safety impacts to our communities. These proposals increase the risk of oil spills and derailments, which can lead to harmful explosions, fires, polluting waterways, and air pollution. Learn more at the Stand Up To Oil website or our Stand Up To Oil page.
Community Talks on Energy page. They cover everything from petroleum and coal to wind energy, solar, and biofuels. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in having this series presented to your business or community group and we'll connect you with the creator, Sandy Lawrence.