On March 2 in King County Superior Court, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, The Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council, and Seattle Audubon Society. That legal challenge details the Port’s circumvention of public process and violation of the State Environmental Policy Act. The City’s decision today is consistent with our argument that Shell’s use of Terminal 5 is a change from the Terminal’s historical use as a cargo terminal and requires environmental review and the issuance of new permits.
Statement from Patti Goldman, Earthjustice’s managing attorney on Mayor Murray’s announcement:
“We applaud the Mayor’s office and the City of Seattle for prioritizing this investigation and reaching a conclusion consistent with the law and the public’s interest in full participation,” said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Patti Goldman. “We urge the Port of Seattle’s commissioners to take the Mayor’s invitation to use this opportunity to reevaluate the Port’s priorities and to reject Shell’s use of Seattle’s waters as a homeport for its harmful Arctic drilling operations.”
ONLINE VERSION OF STATEMENT: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2015/city-of-seattle-investigation-finds-the-port-of-seattle-cannot-serve-as-shell-s-arctic-drilling-homeport-under
MARCH 2 PRESS RELEASE & LEGAL COMPLAINT: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2015/conservation-groups-file-lawsuit-challenging-the-port-of-seattle-s-decision-to-make-seattle-a-homeport-for-shell