Thursday, August 21, 2014

8/21 Smelt fishing regs, Everett waterfront, BNSF east county track, Vancouver oil terminal, PSE LNG

Seal, before (Alaska Adventures/CBC)
If you like to watch: Killer whale flips 'sea lion' into air in YouTube video
…. Cetacean expert Paul Spong with OrcaLab said he believes the whale's prey may have been a seal rather than a sea lion, but agrees the video is remarkable, because humans don't often see how whales hunt. (CBC)

New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations in effect
Anglers are reminded there are new recreational and commercial smelt fishing regulations in effect for Puget Sound. The new rules, adopted by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission in June, will give more protection to smelt populations, which are a key food source for a variety of species in Puget Sound, according to a agency news release. Jeffrey P. Mayor reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Everett waterfront to get massive makeover
The Port of Everett will announce plans Thursday to convert the fading industrial waterfront into a series of new mixed-use communities. Waterfront Place is the name for the centerpiece which will boast four miles of walking a bike paths, five restaurants, and 350 new homes overlooking Puget Sound. Gary Chittim reports. (KING)

BNSF: East county tracks a good alternative to Bellingham for coal trains
Not only are there no current plans to build a 1.6-mile railroad siding in the city to accommodate coal trains for a proposed terminal at Cherry Point, the terminal won't need a siding, a BNSF Railway official said. In a reversal of a statement the company made in 2011, coal-train traffic can be routed to avoid Bellingham and go through Sumas instead, said Courtney Wallace, regional director of public affairs for BNSF. BNSF has spent "several million dollars" on the Sumas route this year, replacing ties and resurfacing the track, Wallace said. The route follows Highway 9 from Sumas through Nooksack, Deming, Van Zandt and Acme. Ralph Schwartz reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Oil terminal review process extended
The state panel reviewing a proposal for an oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver agreed Tuesday to extend to early next year the timeline for completing a review of the proposal and for making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee. The decision by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which was expected, adds six months to a review process that includes an environmental impact examination, judicial hearings and a recommendation to Inslee. That moves the deadline for a recommendation to March 2, 2015. Aaron Corvin reports. (Vancouver Columbian)

Puget Sound Energy to build Washington’s first LNG fueling station at Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma could become the site of yet another natural gas plant if Port of Tacoma commissioners approve a lease Thursday (Aug. 21) with Puget Sound Energy for a tract on the Hylebos Waterway. The 30-acre site at East 11th Street and Alexander Avenue could become a liquified natural gas conversion and storage site if PSE’s plans pass environmental reviews. The utility estimates the new facility will cost $275 million and create 150 union construction jobs over the three-year construction period. The facility would open in 2018. Once open, the plant would employ 18 workers. John Gille reports. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT THU AUG 21 2014
TODAY
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
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