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Albany’s Perilous Oil Boom

Washington State should phase or repair some of the older oil tank cars known as DOT-111s, that do not provide necessary protections against derailments and explosions.  

New York Times

APRIL 1, 2014

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Daniel McCoy, who manages Albany County and its port on the Hudson River, decided last month, that he had to do something about the dangers presented by the rumbling oil tank cars carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields to [...]

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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 [...]

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Now is the Time to Rekindle Trust

Sept. 28, 2013

Anacortes, Washington

Council Member Ryan Walters, Council Member Eric Johnson, Council Member Cynthia Richardson, Council Member Erica Pickett, Council Member Brad Adams, Council Member Brian Geer,Council Member Bill Turner

Dear Council Members:

The muddlement of the City of Anacortes-Tethys Enterprises water agreement stands for a city process gone wrong during this mayoral and city council election. Now is the time to rekindle citizen trust by voting to terminate the Tethys water agreement in writing.

The city [...]

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Despite City of Anacortes Assurances, Water Shortages Loom in the Future

Skagit River

Despite city’s assurances, shortages loom in the future

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:41 PM

Reader Commentary, Anacortes American Wednesday, April 24, 2012

BY ROSS O. BARNES Anacortes, Wash.

The City of Anacortes’ 55 million gallons per day of continuous and 11 million gallons per day of interruptible Skagit River water rights are recognized as a principal water supply resource in Skagit County that will be increasingly called on to supply the future needs [...]

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Our Water is Too Precious to Squander on Tethys’ Huge Bottling Plant

Anacortes American, Feb. 27, 2013

Niabi Drew

Anacortes, Wash.

In response to the City Council and others’ injudicious resolve to continue moving forward with the Tethys proposal, I ask that we consider the following:

Water is Earth’s most vital resource. The next world war will be over water rights. Scientists have already predicted which countries will run out of water first and the mass exodus that will follow.

Can you imagine entire countries void of human life because there [...]

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Plastic — It’s Killing this Planet and Everything On It

Jennifer is a student at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Jennifer Fenswick

Here’s the Problem in a Nutshell

First things first; let’s take a look at plastic – what it is, how it’s made, and what it’s made of. Very simply put, plastic starts out as crude oil. The oil undergoes a process called “cracking” where the various hydrocarbons in the oil are separated. Polymers, stabilizers, resins, and a host of other chemicals, [...]

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Skagit County Suggests Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Dismisses Its [Water]Lawsuit

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Dec. 15, 2012 Please find below an article in the Skagit Valley Herald that is entitled, County suggests Swinomish dismiss its lawsuit. The Swinomish lawsuit (supported by the City of Anacortes without citizen input), if successful, could lead to all rural and agricultural landowners in the Skagit River Basin losing access to well water if they had drilled their well in 2001 or after, Ecology officials have said.

Moreover, if the [...]

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Anacortes/A town in-between

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Anacortes, Wash.

Dec. 12, 2012

Will Anacortes’ push for manufacturing jobs on Fidalgo Island take us back to the future, when mills of many kind lined the Anacortes waterfront in the 1900s? A town in-between by local author William Dietrich was published in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine on Feb. 20, 2005. The article’s excerpts include the following: With its industrial legacy and recreational future, Anacortes remains confused about where [...]

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Huge Bottling Plant Threatens Our Quality of Life

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, The Anacortes American Letters to the Editor Huge bottling plant threatens our quality of life How will one of the largest water bottling plants just off Highway 20 on Reservation Road help the people of Skagit Valley? The land will be located within the Anacortes city limits, gracing them with tax revenues. Jobs have been promised, though unlikely there will be many. This appears to be municipality business; after all, it is, or will be, [...]

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Anacortes to Tethys: No Deal

Anacortes American, Sept. 28, 2011

Addressed to Mayor Dean Maxwell and the Anacortes City Council

Anacortes to Tethys: No Deal

There has been a lack of due process and due diligence on the part of Anacortes city government regarding its contract with the Tethys water bottling plant project.

Tethys is a negative proposition for good business in Anacortes. Records of other water bottling plants show that the number of jobs Tethys promises is not reliable. The actual [...]

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