Traveling surfboard expresses opposition to offshore oil drilling

PORT ANGELES — A traveling surfboard signed by businessmen in the recreation industries who are opposed to offshore oil drilling will be at the Surfrider Cascadia Chapter Leadership Conference at Camp David Jr., on Lake Crescent today through Sunday.

It will be available to sign at 6:30 p.m. today, said Casey Dennehy, Surfrider Foundation’s Washington coast program manager.

The Surfrider Foundation’s traveling surfboard represents opposition to offshore oil drilling by the coastal recreation and tourism industries. All business owners are invited to sign it.

“Any local business owners can sign the board,” Dennehy said in an email.

Another surfboard signing gathering in the area is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 during an Olympic Peninsula Chapter Meeting at Smugglers Landing Restaurant in The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave., in Port Angeles, Dennehy added.

The surfboard, donated to the Surfrider Foundation by Firewire Surfboards, began its journey in San Diego, Calif., in March and has made its way up the West Coast.

In January, the Trump administration released a proposal to open nearly all of U.S. coastal waters, including the Pacific coast, to new oil and gas drilling.

The current plan includes seven lease sales on the Pacific Coast: one for Oregon and Washington and six in California.

In Washington, the cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Ilwaco, Long Beach, Montesano, Ocean Shores, Raymond, Seattle, South Bend and Westport have passed resolutions opposing the proposal, as well as Clallam and Pacific counties, Surfriders said.

The state attorney general and representatives of the Makah and Quileute tribes also have come out in opposition to the plan.

“The likelihood of an oil spill is a risk that our fishing, tourism, and recreation industries cannot afford,” said Gus Gates, Washington policy manager for Surfrider. “We are asking our federal leaders to protect our coast and our livelihoods.”

In the spring, the surfboard will be presented to the U.S. Department of the Interior as a representation of opposition to the Draft Proposed Program for Oil and Gas Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program, Dennehy said.

The final proposal from the Department of Interior is expected in 2019.

For more information, see tinyurl.com/PDN-signsurfboard tour.

More in News

Peninsula COVID-19 cases, infection rates reported

Sunday’s toll: 12 more in Clallam, none in Jefferson

EYE ON JEFFERSON: Port Townsend council to consider PDA change

The Port Townsend City Council will consider amending chapter 2.84 of the… Continue reading

EYE ON CLALLAM: County to consider state COVID-19 response funding

Peninsula Daily News Clallam County commissioners will discuss a contract amendment with… Continue reading

Sequim School District’s board of Directors voted on Feb. 23 to retain Dr. Jane Pryne as the district’s superintendent through June 2022. (Photo courtesy of Sequim School District)
Sequim school board votes to keep Jane Pryne

Superintendent to serve through June 2022

Jennifer Burkhardt.
Olympic Medical Center’s vaccine supply is steady

Hospital donating excess virus shots to Clallam County

Farmer-florist Lexi Koch of Port Townsend and her son Jude, 8, unwrapped a few dozen roses Thursday for the extra-large floral heart garland to be placed at Haller Fountain on Monday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Tribute to be for those lost to COVID-19

Port Townsend women to adorn fountain with roses

Most Read