San Juans gain voice in Canada's review of tar sands shipping proposal

Letters and citizen action seeking intervenor status for San Juan County and other interested local parties has resulted in Canada's National Energy Board selecting the county and nearly a dozen local advocacy groups and individuals as either "commenter" or "intervenors" in the review process for the Kinder Morgan tar sands shipment project.

The National Energy Board selected 1,650 individuals and entities to participate in the review process; 468 applications were denied.

Other applicants from Washington State and San Juan County allowed to participate are San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, Lopez NoCoalition, Orcas NoCoalition, and Friends of the San Juans, as commenters.

Orca scientist and underwater hydrophone specialist Dr. Val Veirs was granted "intervenor" status in the review.

A San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping spokesperson had this to say: "This is exactly what should happen—we use our voices to protect what belongs to all of us—safe and clean waters."

"SJISS is going to tell the Canadians what they think about the plans for all this shipping along our shores. And let's do this for those 468 who were denied the opportunity, and the billions of wild creatures who aren't able to participate either,"SJISS spokesperson Shaun Hubbard said.

The deadline for comment is Sept. 9, SJISS intends to host a series of comment-drafting parties over the next several months.




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