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120-day Public Comment Period Needed

August 28, 2015                                 UPDATED LETTER AND SIGNATURES


Jay Inslee, Governor

State of Washington

P.O. Box 40002

Olympia, WA 98504


Maia Bellon, Director

Washington State Department of Ecology

P.O. Box 47600

Olympia, WA 98504


Brian Shay, City Manager

City of Hoquiam

609 – 8th Street

Hoquiam, WA 98550


Ken Dahlstedt, Chair

Skagit County Commission

1800 Continental Place, Suite 100

Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Dear Honorable Officials Inslee, Bellon, Shay, and Dahlstedt:


We, as organizational leaders and elected officials, are writing to urge a 120-day public comment period for two Draft Environmental Impact Statements: one concerning the proposed Grays Harbor crude oil terminals and the other concerning the proposed Shell rail offloading facility in Anacortes, Washington.


You have understood the wisdom of our previous requests.


Due to our efforts, studies of significance have been completed. Due to our efforts, the scope of review for both projects was greatly expanded.


We ask you to listen to us once again and make the public comment period 120 days.

Our labor, environmental, community, health and fishery groups, along with our Native American allies, have a great deal of knowledge about these issues. You need our participation if your decisions are to be properly informed and legitimate. Please don’t silence us by making our participation impossible. We need 120 days.


We are prepared to read the thousands of pages of documents, discuss them with our members and prepare informed testimony, but we need more time. We are people who have full-time jobs and family obligations. We do not have policy staffs like the Governor’s office, the Department of Ecology or the multi-national corporations advocating for these projects.


There is nothing routine about these proposed projects. Your decisions about these projects will set a precedent for future projects that will shape the character of Washington State and signal your commitment to reduce global warming.


Please send your response to our request via the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters at 1069 Adams Street, SE, Olympia, Washington 98501 or





Kelly L. Fox, President                                               Kent Wright, President

Washington State Council of Fire Fighters                 Northwest Farmers Union



Ben Stuckart, President                                              George Barner, Jr., Commissioner

Spokane City Council                                                 Port of Olympia




Bill Ward PE, Commissioner                                      Alan Richrod, Council Member

Port of Camas-Washougal                                          City of Aberdeen



Larry Thevik, Vice President                                      Arthur “RD” Grunbaum, President

Washington Dungeness Crab Fisherman’s                 Friends of Grays Harbor

Association, Westport



Dr. Bruce Amundson, President                                 Elise DeGooyer & Paul Benz, Co-Directors

Washington Physicials for Social Responsibility       Faith Action Network, Seattle




Cager Clabaugh, Representative                                 Don & Alona Steinke

ILWU Local 4, Vancouver                                          Sierra Club of SW Washington





Tom Glade, President                                                 Carolyn Gastellum

Evergreen Islands, Inc., Anacortes                              Protect Skagit




Ahmed Gaya                                                               Carl Voli

Rising Tide Seattle                                                      350 Seattle




Bill Moyer, Coordinator                                             Tammy Domike, Field Coordinator

Backbone Campaign, Vashon                                     Citizens for a Clean Harbor, Hoquiam



Linda Orgel, Treasurer                                                Arnie Martin, President

Friends of Grays Harbor                                            Grays Harbor Audubon



Diane L. Dick, Representative                                    Eric Labrant, President

Landowners & Citizens for a Safe Community          Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association

Longview                                                                    Vancouver


Laura Ackerman, Oil Policy Director                         Brian Anderson

The Lands Council, Spokane                                      Climate Action, Bainbridge



Terry J. Wechsler JD, Co-Founder                            Zoltan Grossman

Protect Whatcom, Bellingham                                    Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis


Note: The Solidarity Roundtable on Oil organized this sign-on letter in conjunction with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters.





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