Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Coastal Washington, the Oil Industry Sacrifice Zone

This Hoquiam forum was a free community discussion on the oil industry’s plan to build three oil-by-rail terminals in Grays Harbor, focusing on how oil transport threatens the community, the waterways, the climate and residents’ livelihoods. “Coastal Washington — The Oil Industry Sacrifice Zone” was held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Hoquiam High School.

The moderator was  Eric de Place of Sightline Institute. Speakers included Pastor Val Metropoulos, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church; Larry Thevik, Washington Dungeness Crab Fisherman Assoc.; David Batker, Earth Economics; Tammy Domike, Citizens for a Clean Harbor; Crystal Dingler, Ocean Shores Mayor and Fawn Sharp, President Quinault Indian Nation. 
The events was hosted by Citizens for a Clean Harbor, Climate Solutions, Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power &Light, Friends of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Audubon, Grays Harbor Coalition for Infrastructure, Sightline Institute, WA Dungeness Crab Fisherman Assoc., and the Washington Environmental Council.

Much Thanks to Shannon & Bill of North Beach Community TV for filming our Forum. 
Please visit their Go Fund Me page,  Go Green Grays Harbor  and help them fund the October Summit they are planning.
In October 2015 North Beach Community TV will be hosting the first annual Green Jobs for Grays Harbor Summit and we need your help to fund this worthwhile event. 
Grays Harbor is an economically disadvantaged area located in Western Washington.  As an economically disadvantaged area, we are vulnerable to any endeavor that might bring the promise of jobs to our area. Many of our elected officials think that allowing Big Oil to transport highly volatile Bakken crude oil through our communities, by rail, to our port is a great idea. We, the people, don't think so. (Please watch our video)

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