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Lac-Mégantic explosion, which killed 47 people. Photo Paul Chiasson.

Three oil train derailments over holiday weekend, fires still burn days later.

  Three trains in one weekend. In Northern Ontario late Saturday night, 29 cars of a CN Rail freight train carrying diluted bitumen (tar sands oil) derailed and seven cars caught fire. The fire was still burning on Monday, and response crews worked overnight in below freezing temperatures to attempt to contain the damage. On Saturday… Continue Reading Three oil train derailments over holiday weekend, fires still burn days later.

Remembering Tom Foley

Several weeks ago, we lost a beloved longtime volunteer. Tom Foley was an avid kayaker and photographer who cared deeply for the Pacific Northwest and gave his time to Soundkeeper in a multitude of ways. More importantly, he brought a kind and enthusiastic presence to every event and boat patrol and became a dear friend to many on the… Continue Reading Remembering Tom Foley

Soundkeeper Chris Wilke cuts open a dead female salmon to see if it has spawned.

Dead Fish Tell no Lies – Longfellow Creek Salmon Study

“This one is definitely symptomatic” Kathryn Davis, Puget Soundkeeper Stewardship Coordinator called out. The bright adult female coho salmon was displaying the classic “death dance” of a fish in trouble. Disorientation, gaping mouth, and an inability to swim are classic signs of a scary phenomenon playing out in urban creeks around Puget Sound. Among the… Continue Reading Dead Fish Tell no Lies – Longfellow Creek Salmon Study

Oil in Salmon Bay.

Oil spill in the Ship Canal

Around 55 gallons of oil spilled from a vessel moving through the Ship Canal Labor Day weekend, either late Sunday night or early Monday. The bulk of the spill, which is most likely fuel oil, is currently fouling the water at the Ballard Mill Marina, and some oil has escaped containment efforts and is moving towards the… Continue Reading Oil spill in the Ship Canal