Updated June 2013—Port of Olympia Has Been Importing Proppants for Fracking
The Port of Olympia has been receiving shipments of ceramic “proppants” destined to support the hydraulic fracturing industry of Bakken oil shale fracking in North Dakota.
The proppants are being used to prop open fissures to allow gas and oil to escape. Much of the gas is flared and wasted, and some of the crude oil has been returning to the West Coast, and there are proposed oil export terminals in Grays Harbor and elsewhere.
Objections to the shipments of proppants include that they are being used to support an industry that is harmful socially and environmentally. The oil boom has wreaked havoc on locals, in North Dakota, creating tremendous economic pressures, and will eventually result in a bust, when the wells run dry, in a few years or decades.
Continued support for the fossil fuels industry is also believed to be unreasonable in the face of mounting evidence of climate disruption and other environmental damage. Due to industrial activities, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has spiked, to 400 parts per million. The last time levels were so high was millions of years ago. Global temperatures have spiked as well, on the way to levels when sea level was on the order of 25 meters higher.
Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis is a project of the Olympia F.O.R. (Fellowship of Reconciliation,) and meets on the Third Wednesday of the Month, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW. The next meeting is scheduled for 19 June. www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html
Olympia Port Fracking Resistance supports the use of civil disobedience as an urgent response to the serious ongoing injustices perpetrated by the fossil fuels industry. Find them on Twitter: @OlyPFR and www.OlympiaPFR.wordpress.com
The flyer also included a copy of the Oil Connections poster by Zoltan Grossman: