Friday, December 2, 2011

12/2 Salish Sea News and Weather: Tony Angell, destroying wetlands, blocking pipeline, orca ESA, oil refinery clean air, pine beetle war, admitting failure, West Seattle

Ravens' Wall, Tony Angell
Lynda Mapes in the Seattle Times gives a shout out to artist Tony Angell on the opening of his new show, Conversations with Nature in Bronze and Stone, at Seattle’s Foster/White Gallery.  Tony Angell: artist's new exhibit opens Thursday

Yesterday’s item on being allowed to pay to destroy wetlands brought an online comment from Rabbits’ Guy.   Another comment received: “I had a good friend and neighbor who was a professional assistant city manager. Interesting career; she moved from city to city smoothing out their internal squabbles, then moving on to another city.  She was the one who told me that city managers, planning directors and city attorneys almost invariably see their legitimate role as that of helping developers get around critical areas regs. They see themselves representing the development crowd, not the citizenry. Depressing but I think it's true. The dictum, once the prevailing paradigm but never evoked these days, was one she believed in but could assert only in private: ‘Mr. Developer, you bought a swamp; you must have wanted a swamp.’”

“I am going to stand in front of bulldozers to stop this project, and I expect my neighbours to join me,” Jackie Thomas, chief of the Saik’uz First Nation, part of the Yinka Dene Alliance, said on Thursday when asked what will happen if regulators approve the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Native leaders vow to block Northern Gateway pipeline

Craig Welch in the Seattle Times writes an nice piece about the legal strategy to force release of the captive orca, Lolita, from the Miami Seaquarium.  Captive orca could test Endangered Species Act
 

Listen to Martha Baskin’s Green Acre Radio report on the federal lawsuit challenging the state’s clean air agencies for failing to control greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries.  Federal Lawsuit Brings Global Warming Front and Center

Larry Pynn in the Vancouver Sun investigates the 10-year campaign pursued by British Columbia to control the pine beetle infestation in its interior forests. The government initiated a salvage-logging strategy, initially to try to stop the beetle’s spread, and then to harvest as much dead wood as possible before it decayed or burned. “The result? Massive clearcuts with no upper limits, faster approvals for cutting permits, more logging companies taking ever more timber, with industry in charge of conducting its own affairs.”  The environmental costs of B.C.'s logging war on pine beetles

Valerie Bauman in the Puget Sound Business Journal reports on the launch of a Canadian website encouraging not-for-profit groups to share their project failures so as to learn from them.  Nonprofits continue to explore what admitting failure can do for them

“West Seattle has two major hyperlocal news sites, and they represent 180-degree-opposed forces in online community news: independent sites that entrepreneurs fund from their wallets, and big-media-financed sites that draw on millions of dollars from corporate treasuries.” Tom Grubisich in Street Fight Mag reports on how the WestSeattleBlog and West Seattle KOMO compete.  Battle in Seattle: ‘Indie’ West Seattle Blog vs. Corporate KOMO

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 252 AM PST FRI DEC 2 2011
  TODAY
 NW WIND 10 TO 20 KT...EASING TO 5 TO 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES UP TO 3 FT. W SWELL 6 TO 8 FT AT 16 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 SE WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 8 TO 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS.
 SAT
 SW WIND 10 KT...BECOMING NW 5 TO 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 7 TO 8 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
 SAT NIGHT
 LIGHT WIND...BECOMING SE 5 TO 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 6 TO 7 FT.
 SUN
 E WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 TO 6 FT.

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