On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, protests against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline took place on Lopez, Orcas, Shaw and San Juan Islands. Liza Michaelson and Mara Lawrence organized the event, and Friends of the San Juans contributed.
The Canadian government approved the expansion in November. Friends of the San Juans members previously told The Journal, the expansion will increase the number of ships carrying crude oil past the San Juan Islands, as well as the possibility of spilling a heavy, sinkable oil that is almost impossible to clean up.
Some have compared this protest to those against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.