Friends of the San Juans Ensures Added Protections for Southern Resident Killer Whales | Letter

On Aug. 29, Friends of the San Juans appealed Whatcom County’s conditional approval of a 300,000-barrel external floating roof crude oil storage tank and an 80,000-barrel external floating roof fuel oil storage tank in a tank farm located within the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery.

On behalf of Friends members and the 73 living Southern Resident Killer Whales, they presented legal arguments before the Whatcom County Hearing Examiner on November 1, 2019, with support from multiple expert witnesses – including several whale scientists. The Hearing Examiner issued a (revised) final decision in this matter which will help to hold the oil refinery accountable for this project’s potential impacts to the critically endangered Southern Residents and the Salish Sea ecosystem.

“We’re thrilled to see that Whatcom County has agreed to hold the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery accountable for potential impacts to Southern Resident Killer Whales. Protecting and defending this species’ survival through our legal system is a profound honor and responsibility that we don’t take lightly,” said Jennifer Barcelos, Friends’ Staff Attorney.

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Friends of the San Juans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature.

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