Thursday, June 27, 2013

6/27 BC pipe leak, spill coverage, Tacoma water, 'Dune' park, Obama on climate and coal

Cedar Waxwing (Greg Lavaty/Birdweb)
If you like to listen: As the symphony of spring birds begins to fade with the breeding season wrapping up, Puget Sound birders can take solace in Cedar waxwings. These beautiful native birds are the sounds of our summer days. Give them a listen, here on Seattle Audubon’s BirdWeb.  Lynda Mapes reports. Cedar waxwings: the sound of summer

Kinder Morgan has shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline once again — this time, while the company is gearing up for a public meeting on a possible expansion. The company says the pipeline was shut down north of Hope after “a small amount of petroleum product” was found in the soil around the pipe during a routine investigative dig. The pipeline was shut down as a precaution while the company continues to investigate. The news comes as Kinder Morgan is slated to host an open house in Burnaby Thursday evening on its plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. Small oil leak shuts Trans Mountain pipeline

The federal Conservative government is planning to force existing and new pipeline companies to have a minimum of $1-billion on hand to cover spills on Canadian soil. The government also plans to enshrine the currently implicit polluter-pays principle in law. Both measures were announced Wednesday by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver during a visit to Vancouver. Ian Bailey reports. Pipeline operators will require $1-billion to cover possible oil spills: Oliver

Tacoma Water. The Water of Destiny. It’s the Water – that they want. Pierce County officials announced Wednesday that California-based Niagara Bottling LLC has plans to develop a $50 million, 311,000-square-foot bottling plant on 18 acres at the privately owned Randles Business Park in the Frederickson Industrial Area. Following the expected approval by the board of Tacoma Public Utilities and the Tacoma City Council, construction might begin as early as this fall with an opening early next year. CR Roberts and Kathleen Cooper report. Like taste of Tacoma water? Company will soon bottle it

Columnist Peter Callaghan writes: "Here are four more reasons why Metro Parks of Tacoma should support the campaign to name the emerging parkland on the old Asarco smelter site after internationally known science fiction author Frank Herbert..." Real name could change Asarco slag ‘Dune' to real park

Two contrasting perspectives from two who deeply care: Obama on right course to tackle coal pollution issue and Obama’s Climate Failure

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 250 AM PDT THU JUN 27 2013
TODAY
E WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 12 SECONDS. SHOWERS...ESPECIALLY THIS MORNING.
TONIGHT
E WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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