Thursday, October 3, 2013

10/3 Vancouver WA oil, BC pipe & LNG, Everett mill site, Whatcom shellfish, sunken tug

New blog: The Tea Bagger wing nuts and their spineless GOP colleagues are holding the budget hostage to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. I’ve been so pissed off I forgot on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the Insurance Exchange and the first day people who are uninsured can buy medical coverage... I’ve Been So Pissed Off These Last Few Days I Forgot to Celebrate  

Three environmental groups today filed a lawsuit against the Port of Vancouver, alleging the port violated Washington state’s Open Public Meetings Act when it approved a lease agreement with two companies that want to build a controversial oil-by-rail operation. In the lawsuit, filed in Clark County Superior Court, Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and Northwest Environmental Defense Center allege the port broke state law by considering the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies in secret and by using an executive session for improper purposes. Aaron Corvin reports. Port of Vancouver sued over oil lease discussions

The legal team representing B.C. at the Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings has defined the level of oil-spill response capacity that the province would require before approving any oil pipeline construction. Even as the B.C. government is negotiating with Alberta on clearing the way for oil pipelines, an environmental watchdog said Wednesday the clarity contained in the B.C. government’s written argument tabled at the Enbridge hearings almost eliminates any pathway to “yes.” Justine Hunter reports. B.C. decides on oil-spill guidelines for pipeline  

Premier Christy Clark says her long-standing commitment to see British Columbia export the cleanest liquefied natural gas in the world applies only to the manufacturing process – skirting the more significant greenhouse-gas emissions generated by extracting and moving natural gas to production plants. Justine Hunter reports.  Clark accused of watering down clean LNG promise

Kimberly-Clark Corp. has agreed to sell the site of its former waterfront mill to the Seattle-based parent company for Foss Maritime Co., representatives for both sides announced Wednesday. The deal with Saltchuk Resources could close next spring, if all goes well. Under the plan, some 250 skilled maritime employees would relocate to Everett from Foss' current location along Seattle's Ship Canal, near Lake Union. The former mill site would become home to dry docks, cranes and painting facilities. It also would be the winter home of vessels working for mines and remote oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. Noah Haglund reports. Kimberly-Clark mill site sold to maritime company

The state Department of Health has closed all beaches in Whatcom County to recreational shellfish harvesting because of unsafe levels of the biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. The notice expands the closure that had been in effect since mid-September for beaches in the southern part of the county, from Sandy Point to the Whatcom-Skagit county border, including Lummi Island and Larrabee State Park. Kie Relyea reports. All Whatcom County beaches closed to recreational shellfish harvesting

The old tugboat that sank Tuesday in Eagle Harbor had a rich historical past in the waters of Puget Sound. The hull of the nearly 100-year old "Chickamauga" disappeared beneath the waters of the harbor early Tuesday, with the top half of the vessel still visible at its mooring spot at the Eagle Harbor Marina. Karl House, a researcher with the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, said the tugboat was the first American-designed and built  diesel-powered tugboat in the United States. Brian Kelly reports. Sunken 'Chickamauga' was on Washington Heritage Register, had storied past in timber times

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT THU OCT 3 2013
TODAY
SE WIND TO 10 KT THIS MORNING...BECOMING LIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS THIS MORNING...THEN LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
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