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Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is alerting residents to be prepared for possible impact to road and water transportation in the March’s Point area during a May 13-15 planned protest.

An environmental activist organization has announced plans to “rally against fossil fuels” over the three-day period in the March’s Point area where two refineries are located. The number of protestors is estimated in excess of one thousand.

The protest is organized by a group calling itself Break Free Pacific Northwest and in what they call an open letter to Skagit County resident, say they are mobilizing against the Shell and Tesoro refineries on March’s Point.
“Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is alerting residents to be prepared for possible impact to road and water transportation in the March’s Point area during a May 13-15 planned protest.

“We believe that the urgency of the climate crisis demands immediate action. Locally and globally, governments have failed to put in place the necessary protections and policies to ensure the survival of our communities and our ecosystems. By organizing these actions in Anacortes, we aim to create pathways to a better future,” the organization said.

Skagit County is working with local, state and federal agencies to ensure a safe event. Participating agencies include local law enforcement, state agencies and federal organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We want Skagit County residents to be mindful of the likely increase in area traffic, both on local highways and waters near Anacortes,” said Emergency Management Director Mark Anderson. “We will work with appropriate agencies and affected industry to safely accommodate this event.”

Break Free said they are committed to a safe protest at the refineries, “We will take care to avoid placing others in danger, including coordinating our actions to avoid placing each other in unexpected situations. We understand that the refinery is a complex and dangerous facility and we will take care in our actions not to create unsafe conditions for workers or the surrounding community.“

Break Free they will not block refinery workers from entering or exiting their job sites. They have also promised not to disturb the heron rookery on March’s Point.