Will Improve Transparency, Accountability, and Ecological Integrity of Port Operations
Seattle, Wash. – Fred Felleman announced today that he is seeking election to an open seat on the Seattle Port Commission. Fred is a marine biologist and environmental consultant who has dedicated his career to working on behalf of the public interest.
“I am running for Port Commissioner to improve the transparency, accountability, and ecological integrity for all Port decisions,” Felleman said. “As a Port Commissioner, I will ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into our decision-making to further the health and prosperity of King County residents and that of Puget Sound.”
Fred brings a wealth of experience and success working with government agencies to address important environmental concerns. As a maritime expert, Fred has worked with the Port of Seattle to ensure that the construction and operation of the new cruise ship terminal was environmentally sound, including the ability to plug-in cruise ships instead of having them burn fuel at the dock. He successfully championed the off-site disposal of toxic silt, when the Port dredged Terminal 30, within the Duwamish River superfund site, rather than being disposed back into Puget Sound. He also worked with the State legislature that produced an agreement between the Port, State, and Cruise Ship Association resulting in cruise ships no longer discharging partially treated sewage or grey water in Washington’s waters.
He believes that the controversy surrounding the Port’s decision to allow Shell’s oil rig in Elliott Bay was misguided and lacked meaningful public engagement. As Port Commissioner, Fred would have fought to oppose the lease, achieved a better balance between the needs of labor and the environment, and ensured that the decision making process was transparent to the public. “Given the recent events with the Shell oil rig, the Port needs to be more attuned to the values of King county residents as it seeks to market the Port as a Green Gateway.”
Fred served on the finance board of the Port’s “Century Agenda,” an economic growth plan to add 100,000 jobs to the region in the next ten years, including a focus on reducing the port’s environmental footprint. To achieve this economic growth he says that, “as Port Commissioner, I am particularly committed to protecting the working waterfront and the high-paying jobs it provides.”
His clients include local and tribal governments as well as local and national environmental organizations. This seat (position 5) is being vacated by retiring Commissioner Bill Bryant.