As Fred Felleman opines at Crosscut, the unprecedented level of domestic fossil fuel extraction under Obama’s lax oversight led to the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, and now threatens the Salish Sea. Oil train derailments and public land giveaways of coal for export pit Pacific Northwest communities and Coast Salish tribes against BP, Shell, Peabody, Cloud Peak and BNSF Railroad.
Obama’s support for export of crude oil, as well as reductions in rail and marine safety measures, leaves Washington State at the mercy of Wall Street. Simultaneously, Washington Governor Jay Inslee failed to require full environmental impact statements evaluating the chronic train and cumulative vessel impacts of the numerous oil terminal proposals.
Were it not for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians opposing fossil fuel export through their territories, the odds of an Exxon Valdez or BP Deepwater Horizon type catastrophe happening in the San Juan Islands would only be a matter of time.