As the fossil fuel industry turns up its pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way.
Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America and the largest methanol refinery in the world.
SACRIFICE ZONES is a story about the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. This one-hour radio documentary investigates how petrochemical development of the scale being proposed for the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social and environmental values. And it shows how opposition to these proposals has inspired the broadest and most vocal coalition of individuals and groups ever assembled in the Northwest, a Thin Green Line of opposition that has so far slowed or stopped all the fossil fuel projects being proposed.
In SACRIFICE ZONES we hear from Native American tribes, longshoremen, environmentalists, business leaders, health care professionals, first responders and local residents along the blast zones of oil trains and terminals, who are raising their voices in public hearings, court proceedings, rallies and marches.
LISTENER ACCLAIM FOR SACRIFICE ZONES
“Barbara Bernstein’s documentary about our long running effort to keep our ecological area and personal living space safe from the efforts of big oil and other fossil fuel polluters was one of the best programs I have ever heard on any radio station. I don’t know how to nominate her work for recognition, but I think she needs to be nationally praised for this program. How wonderfully motivating and inspiring, especially in these times of Trump.” – Susan Miller
“Powerfully presented, it’s a clarion call for redoubling our work.” -Rick Rappaport, Photographer & Climate activist
“Thank you for this impressive documentary! It so accurately and artfully tells the stories of these campaigns and will help motivate many people to join up. What a masterful work!” -Bonnie MacKinlay, Climate Action Coalition
“It’s SO good! A really first-rate piece of work. It’s such a compelling story with so many strong voices.” -Eric de Place, Sightline Institute