Let’s argue Gov. Inslee’s case underwater. Since 2000, I have scuba dived thousands of Salish Sea hours. More than once, I have surfaced in the middle of an oil slick.
Face it. Beginning with the 1991 combined total 730,000 gallon oil spills in Tacoma and Anacortes, United States and Canadian oil spills have become routine. Underwater noise is deafening. Wildfire smoke fueled by climate-changed forests makes our air dangerous to breathe. We dump millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Salish Sea most every time rain falls. Mammal food — salmon, mussels and shellfish — is so poisoned by pharmaceuticals it can’t pass a drug test.
Canada and the United States need to kick-start a collaborative, all-hands-on-deck commitment to save and restore the Salish Sea. What we don’t need is an oil pipeline.
M. Daniel Sloan, Everett