When Canada purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline for the express purpose of expanding it, the Puget Sound Pipeline spur, which feeds heavy tar sands bitumen to Washington refineries came as part of the package.

Since the spur pipeline crosses several waterways, you might be wondering: Tar sands emits toxic gas, sinks like sludge and sticks to the bottom—Is the spill plan sufficient? We’re hearing it’s not. Check out the plan and then use this comment page by August 25th to let the Department of Ecology know that since tar sands stinks, sinks, and sticks, they need a stronger plan than one designed for traditional crude.

And keep an eye on social media for a kayak event Saturday, August 18 on the Nooksack River in Whatcom county to raise awareness about a critical river crossing.