Friday, August 22, 2014

8/22 Eleanor Stopps, Vancouver coal, Hood Canal tour, Seattle tribal heritage, Everett port, coal economics

Tony Angel (Port Townsend Leader)
Sculpture dedicated in honor of Eleanor Stopps
“Courting Pigeon Guillemots,” a bronze sculpture commissioned to honor Eleanor Stopps’ tireless work to save Protection Island for nesting seabirds, was dedicated in front of Port Townsend's Northwest Maritime Center on Aug. 14. Tony Angell, writer, environmental educator and the sculptor of the piece spoke at the vent. Two Port Townsend women, Robin Ornelas and Jan Halliday spent more than two years raising money to commission and purchase the sculpture of Stopps’ favorite seabirds, and then presented the sculpture to the City of Port Townsend. (from the Port Townsend Leader)

Port Metro Vancouver okays controversial coal shipping facility at Fraser Surrey docks (updated)
Port Metro Vancouver has approved a controversial $15-million coal-loading facility at Fraser Surrey Docks despite concerns for human health and the environment. Peter Xotta, the port's vice-president of planning and operations, told a news conference Thursday that a review by Golder Associates concluded "there are no significant adverse environmental effects, including health effects," that cannot be mitigated. But Dr. Paul Van Buynder, chief medical health officer for the Fraser Health Authority, said he and other regional health experts were not consulted. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Natural Resources tour of Hood Canal easement area raises 'pit-to-pier' firm's ire
A tour to tell members of the press about a conservation easement between the state and the Navy came under fire from a representative of a company that has filed a lawsuit asking for the pact to be nullified. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark led the 90-minute tour of the area aboard the Dawnbreaker, a state Department of Natural Resources vessel, with two print and four television journalists Wednesday. Charlie Bermant reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Seattle’s waterfront park to reflect region’s rich tribal heritage
….[W]ith the Alaskan Way Viaduct slated for demolition and the city planning for a new waterfront park from Pioneer Square to the Olympic Sculpture Park, city officials have begun reaching out to local Indian tribes to involve them in the design and to incorporate their history and culture into the finished park. Lynn Thompson reports. (Seattle Times)

Port clears way for waterfront development
Five docks, 700 creosote-treated pilings and about 11,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment. The Port of Everett is launching the final phase of a cleanup of its central waterfront property. This part of the project is expected to cost $6.2 million…. After the cleanup, the Port will be able to move ahead with its ambitious Waterfront Place project, which mixes commercial and residential space and opens up trails and other open space along the water. Jim Davis reports. (Everett Herald)

Coal Opponents Point To Weak Finances Of Company Behind Proposed Terminals
Oregon regulators’ rejection of a proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River is just the latest hurdle for the energy company behind it, according to anti-coal activists. The activists are asking Washington officials to consider Ambre Energy’s finances before allowing a terminal it’s involved in at Longview, Washington.  Ambre Energy is the main investor in the Morrow-Pacific export terminal proposed in Oregon. It also has a 62 percent stake in the Longview proposal. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KPLU) See also: Do coal exports pencil out? Opponents push the financial case Steve Wilhelm reports. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 633 AM PDT FRI AUG 22 2014
TODAY
SW WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING NW IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 9 SECONDS. AREAS OF MORNING FOG WITH VISIBILITIES OF 1 NM OR LESS.
TONIGHT
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
SAT
VARIABLE WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SW TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. NW SWELL 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS.
SUN
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. NW SWELL 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS.
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