Sightline Daily/News & Views for a Sustainable Northwest
Eric de Place and Rich Feldman on March 4, 2014 at 10:30 am
This post is 21 in the series: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails
“Look for the UTLX logo on tank cars when you watch trains roll by. As a Berkshire shareholder, you own the cars with that insignia. When you spot a UTLX car, puff out [...]
Continue reading The Man Behind Exploding Trains–Pulling Back the Curtain on Warren Buffett’s Role
Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.
By Kimberly Cauvel | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:30 pm
A train pulls tanks of crude oil toward the refineries in Anacortes in August.
Traffic is blocked at three major intersections in Mount Vernon, and a fire is burning downtown.
Mount Vernon and Burlington fire trucks and ambulances dispatched to the scene determine alternate routes because a 100-car oil train is blocking crossings at [...]
Continue reading Oil Trains Coming: Local Officials Prepare for the Worst
Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.
Bakken crude oil deliveries raise safety questions
By Daniel DeMay | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:40 pm
An oil tanker train sits on the rail line that parallels Highway 20 west of Burlington in this photo taken in November 2013. Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald
OLYMPIA [Wash.] — The issue of shipping oil by rail has gone from the background to the front burner almost overnight.
There are no less [...]
Continue reading The Bakken Oil Trains are Coming . . . IS SKAGIT READY?
Bartonville : TX : USA | Feb 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM PST
BY JOHNTHOMAS DIDYMUS Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson: No fracking near my home
Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is an ardent proponent of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but only when it isn’t in his backyard.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Tillerson is one [...]
Continue reading Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson Joins Lawsuit to Stop Fracking Activity Near His Home
MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press
Billings, Mont. –At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.
FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2013, file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. Trains carrying millions of gallons of explosive liquids, including crude oil, are likely to continue rolling [...]
Continue reading Railroad Accidents Stir Worries About Crude Transport
Skagit County, Washington
Skagit Valley Herald staff | Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 am
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline project, it announced Thursday.
The tribe said it will oppose the project before Canada’s National Energy Board, along with the Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Nation, Suquamish Tribe and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Canada.
“Over the last 100 years, our most sacred site, the Salish Sea, has been deeply impacted by [...]
Continue reading Swinomish Tribe Joins Opposition to Canadian Oil Pipeline
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
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
By Jim Johnson. Crossposted from Monterey County Herald
A citizens group in Monterrey is putting forward a ballot that would require the water district to draw up plans for taking water services back into public hands. Services are controlled currently by private company California American Water. Their exorbitant profits and mismanagement, including a failed desalination project and an expensive dam removal, have led to growing anger against the company and provide an opportunity to put water back under [...]
Continue reading Monterey citizens group eyes ballot measure for public buyout of private water company
Vacaville’s The Reporter printed the following editorial that reinforced some of the arguments we have been making against the ill-conceived Bay Delta Plan,, although the proposed solution of desalinization is not a good one:
Editorial: Delta Plan Misses Main Point
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan took a dramatic turn last week, acknowledging some of the concerns of Delta farmers by re-routing a proposed massive tunnel system to affect a smaller area and stay mostly on public land.
Continue reading The Reporter editorial: Delta Plan misses main point