Mayor Ed Murray Issues Statement About Port of Seattle Terminal 5 Permit

Today Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development finding that the Port of Seattle’s current permit for Terminal 5 does not allow for moorage and maintenance of off-shore drilling rigs:

“To prevent the full force of climate change, it’s time to turn the page on things like coal trains, oil trains and oil drilling rigs. It’s time to focus on the economy of the future: electric cars and transit, green homes and environmentally progressive businesses.

“I expect the port to obtain all required city permits before any moorage or work begins at T5 on off-shore oil drilling equipment. While requiring a new permit may not stop the port’s plans, it does give the port an opportunity to pause and rethink this issue.

“I urge the port to consider, is this really the right use of Terminal 5, even for the short term? Does this use reflect the businesses of the future we want in Seattle?

“This is an opportunity for the port and all of us to make a bold statement about how oil companies contribute to climate change, oil spills and other environmental disasters – and reject this short-term lease.”

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  1. […] Oil giant Shell‘s quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city’s port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs. Shell has been planning to base a drilling rig and tug boats in Seattle before heading up to Arctic waters off Alaska. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and oil companies, applauded the requirement by the city’s planning department. While the port is expected to eventually get the permit, a spokesman said the process was likely to take weeks. Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement: “This is an opportunity for the port and all of us to make a bold statement about how oil companies contribute to climate change, oil spills and other environmental disasters – and reject this short-term lease.” (Reuters; Seattle.gov) […]