Some of you may be aware that BP has submitted a draft environmental impact statement regarding its operation of an additional wing at its Cherry Point oil facility. I encourage all of you to become informed and comment on this draft prior to Aug. 6.
Because BP has taken eight years to complete this survey, I believe the information is outdated in regards to current changes that have occurred in our region. Recent increases in oil transport from Canadian tar sands and Bakken oil shale mean that oil shipping is increasing along our shores. If the Cherry Point coal terminal begins operation, this will further increase vessel traffic. These cumulative impacts must be included in the draft impact statement, along with the serious risks of increased oil trains through our communities and along our waterways.
BP as a corporation I believe has a negative public record concerning accidents and safety issues. Are we to trust them to act responsibly in their operations here when they have not in other regions, leading to irrevocable environmental damage? I find their draft environmental impact statement disingenuous in its claims that its operations are "not likely to adversely affect (fill in the blank)." Oil companies must also begin to bear their share of responsibility for climate change in promoting fossil fuel commerce -- how is the impact of the carbon footprint of increased oil transport and use calculated in this survey?