Friday, April 13, 2012

4/13 BC pipes, Everett sewage, stormwater crime, Bullitt focus, wetlands, coal op-ed, green scorecard

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Cliff Mass bids farewell to La Nina: “Finally, La Nina's days are numbered, and its expression in the ocean and atmosphere are beginning to fade.   In two months, it should be history, which is fortunately for us in the NW, where it brings cool, wet weather.” Goodbye La Nina  

Strong interest from shippers has convinced Kinder Morgan Canada to embark on an even bigger expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline through B.C. than previously suggested.  The line that crosses the Lower Mainland and sends oil for export on tankers through Burrard Inlet will be nearly tripled from 300,000 barrels per day now to 850,000, pending regulatory approval.  Kinder Morgan unveils even bigger pipeline expansion    See also:  Kinder Morgan to proceed with $5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to Burnaby

Opposition to Enbridge's proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline is growing and has topped 50 per cent in British Columbia, according to an independent survey released Thursday. Opposition to the project was 52 per cent among 1,069 adults in a random telephone survey conducted on April 11 — up from 46 per cent in January and 45 per cent in December, according to the Forum Research Inc. poll.  More than half of B.C. residents oppose Northern Gateway pipeline, poll suggests

A broken sewer pipe in south Everett has spilled what a city spokeswoman estimates as "hundreds of thousands of gallons" of sewage Thursday into North Creek, which eventually flows into Lake Washington. Spokeswoman Kate Reardan says crews have been able to divert the sewage flow into pump trucks and put that material back into the sewage system at a different point. Repair crews were working to fix the break in the 20-inch diameter pipe.  Broken Everett sewer pipe leaks into creek  

State and federal regulators wrangled for more than three years with Bryan Stowe and Stowe Construction to clean up the muddy mess that caused two landslides in 2011 that closed the West Valley Highway through Sumner, Pierce County. Now Stowe, his company and an employee have earned a dubious distinction: They are the first Western Washington defendants to plead guilty to criminal charges in U.S. District Court in connection with stormwater pollution.  Developer first in state to plead guilty over stormwater pollution  

For the 60-year-old Bullitt Foundation, saving the environment isn’t just about oceans and forests anymore. The pioneering environmental philanthropy has narrowed its mission and money over the past three years from protecting nature to creating sustainable urban centers — a focus embodied in its $30 million ecological showcase of a headquarters rising atop Seattle’s Capitol Hill  Bullitt Foundation shifts its focus to urban scene  

As spring turns a warm corner, there’s no better place to experience it than a wetland, alive with swallows and the chorus of frogs. Martha Baskin of Green Acre Radio takes us to the former Naval Air Station Seattle at Sand Point.   Wetland Metamorphosis and Corridors of Connected Habitats  

Legislative session's finally over. Washington Conservation Voters tallies up the wins, the losses, the no-decisions:  Environmental Community Prevents Major Rollbacks in 2012 Session

Gov. Chris Gregoire needs to step up and take action against the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project north of Bellingham, writes guest columnist Stephan Michaels. Gregoire needs to weigh in on proposed coal-terminal  

Clean lines of authority sought to address issues from local policing to salmon recovery. The question is asked, "Who is in charge?" Lance Dickie in the Seattle Times opines. Pursuit of accountability stirs the question, 'Who is in charge?'

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
300 AM PDT FRI APR 13 2012
TODAY
E WIND 10 KT BECOMING W. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 14 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS.
SAT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 6 FT.
SUN AND SUN NIGHT
VARIABLE WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT.

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