Stand (formerly ForestEthics) respectfully requests a grant of $20,000 to support our work to protect the Puget Sound and Washington’s delicate ecosystems from pollution caused by existing and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure in Skagit County, WA. Specifically, we will: 1) work toward a moratorium on all unrefined fossil fuel export projects in Skagit County and 2) continue planning for a just transition to a clean energy economy in Skagit County.
There are two oil refineries in Skagit County (Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery and the Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) Anacortes Refinery). These two refineries are a major source of air, water, and climate pollution. When oil travelling to or from these refineries is transported by tanker, there is a risk of oil spills, which are disastrous to the health of marine environments as well as the local population. When transported by train, oil can spill, leak, and cause dangerous explosions, threatening communities along the rail line. In addition, refineries create significant and adverse health impacts for all—especially young families and children living in fence-line communities. Furthermore, these two refineries are also among the most significant sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the region.
In light of these serious risks to the health of the Puget Sound and the surrounding communities, our ultimate goal in Skagit County is to prevent expansion of these refineries and in-particular, limit unrefined fossil fuel export, thereby minimizing the risk of catastrophic oil spills in the Puget Sound and surrounding waterways. In addition, an integral part of this work, as we move toward a clean energy economy, is to ensure a fair and equitable transition for refinery workers.