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May 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Billy Frank Jr.: Honor him by opposing oil terminals

Billy Frank Jr. speaks to members of the Seattle Rotary Club in 1982. Frank, who died May 5 at the age of 83, leaves behind a legacy that benefits tribal rights, salmon and the health of the natural world. (RICHARD S. HEYZA / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Billy Frank Jr. was a fighter for a healthy ecosystem right to the very end [“Billy Frank Jr. spoke for salmon, tribes and the natural environment,” Opinion, May 6]. On the morning of his passing, his last editorial was posted on his Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission blog “Being Frank.” In “Keep Big Oil Out of Grays Harbor,” he strongly backed the Quinault Nation’s stand against plans for three Bakken oil terminals in Hoquiam.

Frank wrote, “It’s clear that crude oil can be explosive and the tankers used to transport it by rail are simply unsafe. … Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix, and neither do oil and fish … It’s not a matter of whether spills will happen, it’s a matter of when.”

One way for the governor to honor this great leader is to declare a moratorium on new oil terminals that would vastly increase crude oil traffic through our state. That is until the safety of these shipments to our towns, rivers, beaches and climate can be proven.

Zoltán Grossman, member of the Faculty in Geography / Native American & World Indigenous Peoples Studies, The Evergreen State College, Olympia

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