En­vi­ron­ment: Seis­mic test­ing threat­ens sea life

The News Tribune - - Opinion -

Wash­ing­ton is home to beau­ti­ful whales, a thriv- ing crab and geo­duck in­dus­try, plus shrimp, oys­ters and the best salmon in the world.

Our state is brim­ming with these amaz­ing del- ica­cies, and yet they are dy­ing. Our crab are smaller this year than last, and smaller last year than the pre­vi­ous year. Soon they will be ined­i­ble.

Our whales are starv­ing and ap­pear con­fused, show­ing up in lo­ca­tions they should not be. To­day we feed them to sup­ple­ment their feed­ing pat­terns.

Now Pres­i­dent Trump has stated that he will al­low more seis­mic test­ing just off the At­lantic coast by five oil and gas com­pa­nies. This is not in the best in­ter­est of our wildlife, sea life or world health.

I'm deeply scared that if we con­tinue to kill off an al­ready stressed ecosystem, there will be noth­ing left for our grand­chil­dren.

We are killing this planet and Trump is speed­ing the process up.

I be­lieve he is aware, as are the oil ty­coons, that he only has two years to help them do their dirty work be­fore the 2020 elec­tion. – Donna Varady,

Olympia

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