When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment, Shell Oil was not in the room. As a result, Seattle council members were forced to defend their condemnation not to the multi-national fossil fuel producer, but to angry people they still clearly respect: Seattle’s working class.
Ecology officials said the decision to block the use of the pesticide was made after hearing from residents across Washington that the practice did not meet their expectations. Ecology spokesman Chase Gallagher said the objections from residents weren’t specific to the use of imidacloprid, but to the use of pesticides in general.
“The mayor’s action … raises grave concerns about his stated commitment to Seattle’s thriving maritime community,” A spokesman for Foss added in a written statement. “By giving a small but vocal group the ability to jeopardize the commercial relationships between our local maritime businesses and the Port of Seattle, the mayor is casting serious doubt on the future of the city’s working waterfront.”