Journal of the San Juan Islands


Hats off to ‘No coal’ parade brigade | Letters

July 29, 2013 · 7:29 PM

To the 85 people who marched with us in the parade on July 4th to raise public awareness regarding safe shipping in the San Juan Islands, we say “Thank You!”

The much larger than expected turnout of concerned citizens — together with a coal ship, ferry boat, oil spill, informative signs, and singing children — had such an effect, that the judges deemed us “Spectacular”.

To the 15 people who volunteered for the construction and transportation of the 32-foot cardboard coal ship, “Accident Prone”, and the to-scale Washington State ferry, we also extend many thanks.

Together we truly can stop the permitting and construction of the Cherry Point coal export terminal near Bellingham. This terminal would allow gargantuan capesize-vessels to traverse through Haro and Rosario Straits, exponentially increasing the risk of an oil spill in our surrounding waters and threatening the very ecosystem that drives our county’s economy.

For anyone who wants more information on this subject, look for our ship at the San Juan County Fair.

Liza Michaelson/Shaun Hubbard

San Juan Island


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