Puget Soundkeeper would like to send a HUGE thank you to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Murray for standing up for the safety of our citizens’ waterways and climate! Yesterday the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to oppose the construction of new oil infrastructure in Washington until the existing risks are better understood and addressed.

“…The City of Seattle requests that the Governor of Washington, the Washington Department of Ecology, the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, and any other relevant state agencies refrain from permitting projects that would expand the capacity for petroleum export out of the state or otherwise increase the number of trains carrying petroleum through Seattle and other Washington communities until the cumulative environmental and safety impacts of these projects are studied and addressed…”

Puget Soundkeeper, Waterkeepers Washington and our colleagues sent a similar letter to the Governor Inslee in December.

Its time we faced up to this serious threat.  Outdated unsafe railcars, exploding cargo and potential spills to Puget Sound  are not part of a safe energy future.  We can do better to protect our waterways and our communities.

Read the letter to State leaders calling for a moratorium here

City of Seattle Resolution Number: 31504