Friday, March 28, 2014
March 28, 2014: Salish Sea Map Comes Online Ahead of Anticipated Jump in Tanker Traffic
The rapid rise of tar sands oil shipments from Canada to the Northwest coast is leading to increased worries about oil spills on coastal waters. Tanker traffic is expected to increase 600% from 60 tar sands oil tankers a year to over 400. With memories of Exxon Valdez, the Deepwater Horizon, and more recently Galveston, residents of the San Juan Islands northwest of Seattle launched a drift card study to simulate the route of a potential oil spill in the Salish Sea. Martha Baskin reports from the San Juan Islands.