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Oil Trains Coming: Local Officials Prepare for the Worst

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Kimberly Cauvel | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:30 pm

Colette Weeks

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 [...]

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The Bakken Oil Trains are Coming . . . IS SKAGIT READY?

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 [...]

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Wash. Water Ruling Could Have Far-Reaching Effects, Including Dropping Property Values

Skagit County, Western Wash.

Wash. Dept. of Ecology to hold water rights workshop on Dec. 2 in Mount Vernon.

By Rachel Lerman/Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 9:00 am

Potential builders and landowners face a state of limbo as the state Department of Ecology searches for solutions in a water rights battle that has lasted decades.

The battle over water rights in the Skagit River basin reached a plateau Oct. 3 with the state Supreme Court’s ruling against Ecology in a [...]

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Tribal & Wash. State Pact Allows Some in Carpenter-Fisher Sub-Basin to Use Water

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Rachel Lerman | Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:00 am

Seven landowners in the Skagit River’s Carpenter-Fisher sub-basin have reached a settlement with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the state Department of Ecology that will allow them to get water to their properties.

Landowners in the Sun Peak Estates subdivision, located about one mile south of the Skagit County line and east of Interstate 5, will each be able to use 350 [...]

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Wash. Dept. of Ecology and Swinomish Tribe Agree on Temporary Groundwater Use

Joint News Release: Washington State Department of Ecology and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community – October 10, 2013 (13-258)

Ecology and Swinomish Tribe agree 2001-2013 Skagit groundwater use secure while water supply solutions are developed

 

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will not require Skagit Basin well owners who established groundwater rights between April 14, 2001, and Oct. 2, 2013, to curtail their water use after a recent court decision overturned a 2006 state water rule.

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Mayor Maxwell & Tethys Enterprises Secretly Negotiate

Oct. 2, 2013

Anacortes, WA

Skagit County

Anacortes taxpayers paid $48,139.49 to Foster Pepper of Seattle to write the 2010 Tethys-City of Anacortes water agreement that contains no termination clause for either Tethys or the City of Anacortes.

Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin learned yesterday that Tethys Enterprises and Mayor Maxwell/Foster Pepper have been secretly negotiating the termination of the 2010 Water Agreement. Two Anacortes city council members learned about negotiations yesterday. Maxwell is yet to inform [...]

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Skagit County Advances Tethys Bottling Plant

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash. Wed., July 30, 2013 Anacortes land expansion to be reviewed

By KATE MARTIN

MOUNT VERNON — Anacortes’ proposal to expand its city boundaries to accommodate a beverage bottling plant has passed one of several administrative hurdles, despite reservations by one county commissioner. Skagit County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to review the city of Anacortes’ proposal, which includes incorporating and rezoning 11.2 acres southwest of the intersection of Reservation and Stevenson roads into the city’s [...]

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Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on proposed Tethys bottling plant

Skagit Valley Herald Mount Vernon, Wash.

Friday, July 12, 2013

ANACORTES MAYOR

Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on jobs, Tethys

By MARK STAYTON

ANACORTES — The four candidates for Anacortes’ mayoral seat offered their views on strategic planning, economic development and the Tethys water bottling plant proposal Thursday afternoon during their second debate leading up to the Aug. 6 primary election.

Hosted by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the debate focused largely on how candidates Brian Geer, Mitch Everton, [...]

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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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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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