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Record No: Res 31834    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/10/2018
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION expressing The City of Seattle's opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities, including seismic airgun blasting.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation, 3. Signed Resolution 31834, 4. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION expressing The City of Seattle's opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration activities, including seismic airgun blasting.
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WHEREAS, in Washington State hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of the state's gross domestic product depend on clean, oil-free water and beaches and abundant fish and wildlife; and
WHEREAS, the vast majority of Washington State's ocean wealth stems from fishing, aquaculture, tourism, and recreation, all of which benefit from a healthy ocean and coast; and
WHEREAS, offshore oil and gas drilling places coastal communities at risk from oil spills and the pollution brought by onshore industrialization, threatening the livelihoods of commercial and recreational fisherman and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and beaches; and
WHEREAS, offshore drilling may require significant onshore infrastructure, such as pipelines or refineries, which would harm the character of Washington State's coastline and could exacerbate wetlands loss and storm surge and sea level rise impacts; and
WHEREAS, the harmful impacts from offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration anywhere along the Pacific coastline could extend far beyond immediately surrounding areas and severely impact communities that rely on the robust economy of the marine industry; and
WHEREAS, offshore drilling and exploration perpetuates dependence on dirty carbon pollution and contributes to climate change and the resulting sea level rise and extreme weather; and
WHEREAS, the Trump administration has expressed interest in opening the Pacific Ocean to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration, including the use of seismic airguns, which fire intense blasts of compressed air that rank just behind military explosives as the loudest source of noise in the ocean, every ten to 12 seconds, 24 hours a day, for months on end; and
WHEREAS, seismic airgun blasting to explore fo...

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