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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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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 [...]

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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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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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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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Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March Newsletter

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March 2013 Newsletter- click to view PDF

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin, an arm of Defending Water in Washington presents this March 2013 newsletter featuring a Tethys Enterprises Beverage Bottling Plant Site Update. We hope this information provides insight to the impact that the plant will have on Fidalgo Island and surrounding Skagit County Communities. [...]

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