2014 Environmental Priorities
This session the Environmental Priorities Coalition is presenting two straightforward, commonsense opportunities for progress: closing a tax loophole that benefits Big Oil and the Oil Transportation Safety Act, which will protect our communities from the increasing threat of oil spills.
Weakening or even maintaining status quo for environmental protections isn’t good enough - we need to move forward on environmental action. That's why we have 60 ways for you to get involved during this legislative session - click this link to find out more.
Oil companies like BP and Shell should be paying to clean up their pollution, not profiting from state tax loophole breaks. But these and other oil companies are taking advantage of a tax loophole that was never meant for them. The Legislature created this “accidental loophole” in 1949, before any oil refineries operated here. Now, Big Oil profits from the system and avoids paying $59 million of their fair share of taxes.
Throughout the nation, we are hearing about fires and accidents caused by oil transport. This is at the same time that Washington faces new proposals to move more oil through our state - increasing our risk of oil spills and accidents. It is more urgent than ever to protect the health of our waterways and improve safety in communities across Washington. The Environmental Priorities Coalition believes you deserve to know how much and what kind of oil is moving through our state, as well as have improved safety standards to protect our waterways and our coasts.
In 1971 the State Environmental Policy Act was passed with bipartisan support proving we can and should continue to push our state forward.
We need you with us. From volunteering to talk to your neighbor, to attending a local townhall, to sending an e-mail to your legislator - there are plenty of ways to make sure your voice is heard. Sign up here to be part of our team!