a project of the
Alliance for Democracy

Get Updates!

Translator

    Translate to:

Proposed Shell/Equilon Oil Train Terminal, Anacortes

Tom Glade, President

Evergreen Islands, Anacortes, Wash.

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINES (MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS DAY!):

BY HAND: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 3:30 PM BY MAIL (ANACORTES PO): SATURDAY,FEBRUARY 15, 1:30pm BY INTERNET: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4:30PM BY FAX: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4:30PM (FAX: 360-336-9416)

Since Skagit County’s environmental review is only about potential environmental impacts

that occur on Shell’s property, the environmental impacts of oil train disasters en route will not

[...]

Continue reading Proposed Shell/Equilon Oil Train Terminal, Anacortes

Dry Winter Causes Concerns About Possible Drought

Seattle Times, Jan. 31, 2014

Officials monitoring lower than usual snowpack levels in Washington state say it’s not time to panic, but they’re nevertheless preparing in case of a possible drought.

By PHUONG LE

Associated Press

SEATTLE —Officials monitoring lower than usual snowpack levels in Washington state say it’s not time to panic, but they’re nevertheless preparing in case of a possible drought.The Department of Ecology plans to ask the Legislature for drought-relief money in case dry [...]

Continue reading Dry Winter Causes Concerns About Possible Drought

Concrete, Wash., Turns Down Bottler’s Request to Buy Town’s Water

By Kimberly Cauvel | Jan. 28, 2014

CONCRETE — The town decided Monday to turn down Niagara Bottling’s interest in purchasing its pristine water, partly to protect the town’s ongoing relationship with another bottling company and partly because of a lack of detail in Niagara’s request.

An LTI Inc. driver fills two trailers with water from the town’s well in April 2011. LTI transports the water to Advanced H20 in Burlington for bottling. [...]

Continue reading Concrete, Wash., Turns Down Bottler’s Request to Buy Town’s Water

Time to Catch Up to Oregon in Protecting Rivers

Congress should approve bills adding more Washington rivers to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system, where the state is now woefully underrepresented.

Seattle Times Editorial

GABRIEL CAMPANARIO / THE SEATTLE TIMES MORE than 1,900 miles of Oregon’s rivers are protected in the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system.

Washington, in contrast, has fewer than 200 designated miles. That’s downright embarrassing for a state with thousands of miles of rivers that clearly [...]

Continue reading Time to Catch Up to Oregon in Protecting Rivers

Expanded Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Killer Whales on the West Coast

January 16, 2014

Center for Biological Diversity.

 

Contact: Sarah Uhlemann, (206) 327-2344, suhlemann@biologicaldiversity.org

 

Declining Salmon Populations, Pollution, Ocean Noise Threaten Iconic Species Off Coasts of Washington, Oregon, California

Photo courtesy NOAA.

SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition today with the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect more critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident population of killer whales. If successful the proposal would extend Endangered [...]

Continue reading Expanded Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Killer Whales on the West Coast

Stand Up for Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

Wash. Conservation voters Tiffany McGuyer @ wcvoters.org

Jan. 17, 2014

When a proposal was created to build the largest coal export terminal in North America – you got loud. Over 124,000 concerned citizens submitted comments and more than 8,200 people attended hearings on the Cherry Point coal export terminal.

Thankfully, the Department of Ecology determined that such an unprecedented project deserved a comprehensive review.

Yet yesterday, a joint work session in the [Wash.] State Legislature by the Senate Environment [...]

Continue reading Stand Up for Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

Anacortes–Shell’s Bakken Rail Unloading Facility Moves Forward

Shell Oil Company located on March Point, Anacortes, Wash.

Posted by: Mark Stayton for Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash. in Bakken News, Energy, Dec. 21, 2013

ANACORTES — Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery on March Point is moving closer to building a rail offloading facility for crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation now that high-level design [...]

Continue reading Anacortes–Shell’s Bakken Rail Unloading Facility Moves Forward

Anacortes Mayor Gere Wants Open and Transparent Government

Alliance for Democracy note: Mayor Laurie Gere defeated incumbent Mayor Dean Maxwell, 62 percent to 38 percent of the vote. Mayor Maxwell had promoted a water agreement with Tethys Enterprises in order to build the largest bottling plant in North America, which would have been entitled to five million gallons of water per day. The bottling plant had been a hot issue that worked against the vote for Mayor Maxwell.

Mayor Gere ready with plan for 2014

First-Year Outlook [...]

Continue reading Anacortes Mayor Gere Wants Open and Transparent Government

Oregon Could Lose Millions for Coastal Streams as Feds Target Logging Pollution

OregonLive Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing polluted runoff into coastal streams like Flesher Slough, a coho salmon habitat near Yaquina Bay. (Matt Fehrenbacher/PFT) By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter December 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM, updated December 20, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing coastal pollution runoff, saying while they see [...]

Continue reading Oregon Could Lose Millions for Coastal Streams as Feds Target Logging Pollution

Study: New Water Quality Standards Would Cost Billions, Produce Little Benefit

Posted December 11th, 2013 ‘Fish consumption’ issue could mean $200-a-month sewer bills — business, local-government organizations sound alarm as Ecology seeks standards no one can meet.

By Erik Smith Washington State Wire

Boise Cascade’s Wallula mill: Pulp and paper industry would be sharply affected.

OLYMPIA, Dec. 10.—$200-a-month sewer bills, anyone? Business and local governments are sounding a new warning about a Department of Ecology plan to impose water-quality standards so tough no one can [...]

Continue reading Study: New Water Quality Standards Would Cost Billions, Produce Little Benefit