Friday, January 21, 2011

Protect Puget Sound From Oil Spills

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill the need to improve Washington State's ability to respond to an oil spill has come to the forefront. Currently Washington does not have the capacity to respond to a major oil spill despite the fact that annually more than 15 billion gallons of oil are shipped through our waters. People for Puget Sound and a coalition of other organizations have launched a campaign to improve funding and regulations that protect Washington's waterways from a catastrophic oil spill. The Puget Sound ecosystem has already been severely impacted by industrial activity and biologists are only beginning to understand the magnitude and nature of these impacts. An oil spill would be a catastrophic set back in the effort to recover the Puget Sound's endangered ecosystem. In Prince William Sound the ecosystem has still not recovered more than 20 years after the Exxon Valdez spill. More information on People for Puget Sound's website:

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