Our mission is to protect the habitat of Puget Sound tidelands from the underregulated expansion of new and intensive shellfish aquaculture methods. These methods were never anticipated when the Shoreline Management Act was passed. They are transforming the natural tideland ecosystems in Puget Sound and are resulting in a fractured shoreline habitat. In South Puget Sound much of this has been done with few if any meaningful shoreline permits and with limited public input. It is exactly what the Shoreline Management Act was intended to prevent.

Get involved and contact your elected officials to let them you do not support aquaculture's industrial transformation of Puget Sound's tidelands.

Governor Inslee: https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/
Legislative and Congressional contacts:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shell Oil and Shellfish Politics - All is not as it appears.

You dare question me?
Pick up after that little dog
and keep it off the tidelands.

Shell Oil, Shellfish Politics, Protecting Natural Resources
- All is not as it appears.
Opposition plans: https://shellno.org/
May 16-18 Get involved.

Coming to a town near you.
Shell Oil's drilling platform headed to Seattle
then to the Arctic Ocean.

Will they need shovels like they did in 1897?
The Interior Department has given Shell Oil conditional approval to drill in the Arctic Ocean's Chuckchi Sea. Pressing ahead with their plan, the Seattle Times writes Shell plans on towing a 400' drilling rig, currently anchored off of Port Angeles to the Port of Seattle. A second is headed to Everett. In response, those opposed to the plan have announced a demonstration against the planned deployment both to Puget Sound as a staging area and to the Chuckchi Sea. (see Seattle Times article here: http://www.seattletimes.com/…/shell-clears-major-hurdle-fo…/)

Politics is messier than you know.
Your private invitation.
(click to enlarge)

You've partnered with who?
Politics is messy: The most ironic aspect of Shell's approval to drill in the Arctic and use of Seattle as a staging area is Shell Oil's alliance with the shellfish industry's lobbying efforts in Washington DC. Every year a "walk on the hill" is staged by the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, usually in partnership with its West coast equivalent, the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association. In addition to lobbying federally elected officials on "the hill" a private dinner is also held at the exclusive Acadiana Restaurant. (From a 2012 PCSGA meeting: "As in past years, PCSGA partnered with the Gulf Oyster Industry Council and the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association to host the annual “The World is Your Oyster” legislative event at the Acadiana Restaurant". See also invitation above.)
No comment needed.
Governor Inslee and Taylor Shellfish.

"We support clean water." So do a lot of people, but not to make a profit from.
The shellfish industry in the northwest has had a well crafted image, developed over years, primarily through use of funds received from growing geoduck in the intertidal area. That image is founded on clean water efforts to help grow more shellfish. When coupled with significant donations to non-profit land use groups and politicians, both locally and nationally, and government grants to educational institutions, it hard to question their desires for expansion. Expansion using any method they choose, including PVC or other forms of plastic.

Oil to PVC used for geoducks.
Extracted from the cool waters of the arctic,
heated to perfection, and returned to Puget Sound.

What's really going on in Puget Sound's waters we fight so hard to clean?
When people gather on Puget Sound to protest Shell Oil's extraction efforts in the Arctic, consider what is happening below those waters on Puget Sound's intertidal tidelands. The oil from Shell Oil is coming back in the form of PVC and plastic to rest in the tidelands so geoduck can be grown for China. It is not in the statewide interest.

Get involved
Get involved and stay involved. Help support The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat.
http://coalitiontoprotectpugetsoundhabitat.org/
Sign the petition against Shell's approval to drill in the Arctic.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/111/042/276/

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