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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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Climate Task Force Cancels Final Meeting–No Recommendation for 2014 on Cap and Trade, Low Carbon Fuel Standards

Showdown postponed on sweeping carbon-pollution policies for State. Climate panel likely to continue next year. Dec. 19, 2013 By Erik Smith Washington State Wire

The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup holds a public hearing last week. Left to right, state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, filling in for Shelley Short, R-Addy, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Joe Fitzgibbon, R-Des Moines; non-member Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma is in second row.

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Senate Candidates share position on E/W Corridor

Senate Question 10-29-12

Link to article and video.

by WABI-TV5 News Desk – October 29th 2012 11:09am – Read more 2012 Candidate Profiles

The campaign trail is heating up as the campaign season winds down.

TV 5 has been featuring the three major candidates running to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe in the U.S. senate.

We asked our Facebook fans to post questions, and we then posed those to Angus King, Cynthia Dill and Charlie Summers. Here [...]

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E/W Alert! Canada to send Tar Sands Oil East, all articles here!

Plus this update: LePage’s private dealings with TarSand companies

Defending Water for Life in Maine and Stop the East-West Corridor members have anticipated exposure of the link between tar-sands oil and the East-West Corridor due to pressure to get the oil from Alberta to east coast ports.

While other environmental groups are focused on opposing the reversal of the Portland-Montreal Enbridge pipeline to transport tar sands from Montreal to Portland, we believe the East-West Corridor is a very viable option [...]

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Darryl Brown in Caribou – 2 Articles

The first article, East-West Maine highway may be privately built toll road, is from October 23 and announces Brown’s upcoming October 29 meetings in Aroostook County. This provides a good outline of proponent talking points.

The second article, Proposed Highway To Bring Great Development, is from October 29. It includes a video with many of Brown’s powerpoint slides, which are new. One new selling point includes a multi-use recreation trail. Also of note, the reporter says [...]

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E/W Alert! Drug Forfeiture May Lead to Seizure of Township 37

In 2009, there was a huge pot bust in Washington County. Then just last week, federal prosecutors in Maine said that they may seize most of Township 37. There is additional land in surrounding townships that may also be seized, pending the outcome of this case.

About 5 miles of this land goes along the Stud Mill Road, and lies dead on the proposed East-West Corridor route.

Here are links to several news stories:

Drug Forfeiture May Lead [...]

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Paper Industry mostly wants Rail Connection

Mill executives say Maine paper industry viable, but there are challenges

By Andrew Neff | September 26, 2012

Link to Original Article

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Peter Vigue takes east-west highway gospel to forest resources group

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff | Sept. 13, 2012, at 11:44 p.m

Link to Original Article & Video

BANGOR, Maine — Given its location, if Maine is to prosper in the evolving global economy, it must take advantage of every potential opportunity that it can.

And when it comes to competing, the state needs to address some major shortcomings in terms of getting goods and products to major markets in the Midwest and such major Canadian cities [...]

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