The Port of Olympia continues to move fracking materials from China to the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. I think that makes the Port an accessory to murder of the planet.
We have some work to do with the Port of Olympia Commissioners. We continue to talk to the three commissioners. The next opportunity to speak to them is April 22nd at 5:30 pm at the LOTT Building. If you want to sign a petition to ask the Commissoners to stop importing fracking materials, click on this link.
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The Port of Olympia could be a cornerstone of sustainable South Sound economics, but it appears at this time that we have only one commissioner willing to vote for sustainable projects over simple economic projects. That commissioner is George Barner.
We have another commissioner, Jeff Davis, talking a good game about the environment and actively engaged with Oly Enviro Activists, but so far refusing to commit to any changes in Port policy that would change the facts on the ground.
The last commissioner, Bill McGregor, appears to be tone-deaf to concerns about the environment. From what I have heard from Bill, I think he is hopeless on the environment and we should simply work to replace him.
It takes a lot of energy to develop and sustain a Port action as activists who remember the 2007 Olympia Port Militarization Resistance may tell you, but there are times when it is necessary. We may be in one of those times.
But we can take a shortcut to Port Revolution later this year through the election process. Commissioners Davis and McGregor are both up for re-election later this year and replacing either or both of them with a Commissioner who is committed to a sustainable economy and environment would bring significant change.
Commissioner Jeff Davis represents District 3 which is the west third of Thurston County. Dave Peeler has run for that position in the past and would bring strong environmental sensibilities to the Board. I am not aware that Dave Peeler has expressed any interest in running this year, but somebody should talk to him about that. I have heard rumors that other folks are considering a run, but nothing solid yet.
Commissioner McGregor represents District Two which is the eastern third of the County. You have to live in the District to be an elected commissioner. Can we find a good environmental candidate in District Two for this election?
April 29th is the first day the Auditor’s Office can accept filings by mail. Filing week is May 13 to May 17.
We need a couple of folks to step in to the big shoes and help Thurston County reduce its carbon footprint.