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Remembrance: 15th Anniversary of Olympic Pipeline Explosion

On June 10th, 1999, a devastating explosion at Whatcom Creek rocked our community. It took the lives of three boys, along with scores of plants, trees, and aquatic life. Although it was fifteen years ago, the memory of this event remains vivid for Whatcom County residents, and the creek has yet to fully recover.

This brief half-hour remembrance will acknowledge the losses incurred, and encourage hope for and action toward a future that is safer and healthier for all life in Whatcom County. The remembrance is only a half-hour in order to allow each participant their own time at the creek to wander and practice personal rituals. 

Location: At the end of Racine street, where it meets Whatcom Creek (just past Cascade Natural Gas). There is a beautiful totem pole that was dedicated in 2007 just to the left of the bridge over the creek; we'll gather there.

Information on Whatcom Creek and the explosion's impact.

In the evening on June 10th, Christ the Servant Church is hosting Holden Evening Prayer in honor of the anniversary. In lieu of a sermon there will be opportunity for those in attendance to share their thoughts and memories relating to the explosion. This prayer gathering is at 7pm, at 2600 Lakeway Drive.

Information on Whatcom Creek and the explosion's impact.

Bellingham's 10yr commemorative video.

10th Anniversary publication, "A Decade of Healing."

Earlier Event: June 7
Blessing of the Bicycles