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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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Anacortes Mayor Gere Wants Open and Transparent Government

Alliance for Democracy note: Mayor Laurie Gere defeated incumbent Mayor Dean Maxwell, 62 percent to 38 percent of the vote. Mayor Maxwell had promoted a water agreement with Tethys Enterprises in order to build the largest bottling plant in North America, which would have been entitled to five million gallons of water per day. The bottling plant had been a hot issue that worked against the vote for Mayor Maxwell.

Mayor Gere ready with plan for 2014

First-Year Outlook […]

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Oregon Could Lose Millions for Coastal Streams as Feds Target Logging Pollution

OregonLive Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing polluted runoff into coastal streams like Flesher Slough, a coho salmon habitat near Yaquina Bay. (Matt Fehrenbacher/PFT) By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter December 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM, updated December 20, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing coastal pollution runoff, saying while they see […]

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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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Plastic Factories a Major Source of Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA regulates vinyl chloride in drinking water to protect public health. Vinyl chloride may cause health problems if present in public or private water supplies in amounts greater than the drinking water standard set by EPA.

What is vinyl chloride? Uses for vinyl chloride. What are vinyl chloride’s health effects? What are EPA’s drinking water regulations for vinyl chloride? How does vinyl chloride get into my drinking water? Continue reading Plastic Factories a Major Source of Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water

Wash. Dept. of Ecology Seeks to Ease Tensions at Water Meeting

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Rachel Lerman | Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:00 am

MOUNT VERNON — State officials urged Skagit landowners Tuesday to “start fresh” and not rehash the past fights over water rights as the state searches for solutions.

“We’ve lost 12 years. And now we’re back to where we started from,” said Tom Loranger, program manager of the water resources program at the state Department of Ecology. “My hope is that we can start…with […]

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Wash. Water Dispute Clouds Future for Whatcom County Farms, Factories

BY JOHN STARK

THE BELLINGHAM HERALD, June 3, 2013

Dan Kruse, left, and Robert Teton of the Lummi Natural Resources Department, use a net to try to catch juvenile salmon to count on Feb. 15, 2012 at Marine Park in Bellingham. The department counts juvenile salmon around Bellingham Bay about once every two weeks. The Lummi and Nooksack tribes have asked federal agencies to file a lawsuit on their behalf to help determine the amount […]

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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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