A Decade of Healing
 

The events of June 10th, 1999 are descibed different ways by different people and groups because of their differring viewpoints. Here are some of the views we found interesting.

HistoryLink.org is the most comprehensive webite covering Washington State history. They have an excellent section on the June 10,1999 tragedy in Bellingham which you can read by clicking here.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal accident investigation agency, whose mission is to determine the probable cause of transportation accidents (including pipelines) and to formulate safety recommendations to improve transportation safety. Click here to read their description of June 10, 1999.

The Pipeline Safety Trust is the only independent national organization that focuses on pipeline safety from a public interest viewpoint. The Trust was started with $4 million from the criminal settlement of the Bellingham tragedy. Click here to read their description of June 10, 1999.

Katherine Dalen, Marlene Robinson and Bruce Brabec all lost sons on June 10, 1999. Click here to read how they have described June 10,1999.

In the end, Olympic Pipe Line Company and its owners paid well over $180 million dollars in fines and settlements, and for the first time ever pipeline company employees went to jail for unsafe practices. Here are some of the fines and settlements that were paid:

Fines & Settlements Paid

• $75 million paid to the families of Stephen Tsiorvas and Wade King

• An undisclosed amount paid to the family of Liam Wood

• Estimated $15 million by Olympic Pipe Line Co. for improvements in inspection and damage prevention measures

• Estimated $61 million by Shell for improvements in inspection and damage prevention measures

• $6 million paid by Olympic Pipe Line Co. as part of criminal settlement

• $5 million paid by Olympic Pipe Line Co. as part of civil settlement

• $15 million paid by Shell as part of criminal settlement

• $10 million paid by Shell as part of civil settlement

• $250,000 paid by Olympic Pipe Line Co. for violation of pipeline safety laws

• $250,000 paid by Shell for violations of pipeline safety laws

• Undisclosed amount paid for private property damage and personal injury

Total = $187 million +

 

How you can help
 

We Need Your Stories

We want to tell the story of this 10 year journey in the words of those who were moved by the tragedy of June 10, 1999. Please share your story of how this event moved you, and in what ways it may have changed your life over the past 10 years. We will post as many of the stories recieved as we can here on this site.

Please keep your stories to no more than 750 words. You can email your stories to journey@pstrust.org

Photos, Video, Artwork

We also would like to get copies of any photos, videos, or artwork that belong to you that you would like to share. We know many pictures were taken that day, but very few of them have been shared throughout the community. Please help fill this gap in the record of this tragedy. Material can be emailed to journey@pstrust.org or mailed to 1155 N State St., Suite 609, Bellingham, WA 98225

 
300 N. Commercial, Suite B, Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: 360-543-5686 Fax: 360-543-0978