Friday, September 26, 2014

9/26 Burnaby pipe, Swinomish climate, crude-train testing

Whale watching by drone (Vancouver Sun)
Kinder Morgan loses one round against Burnaby at NEB
Kinder Morgan’s bid to block the City of Burnaby from obstructing its survey crews has been rejected by the National Energy Board — for now. In a ruling Thursday, the NEB said that the oil and gas company’s motion requesting access to Burnaby Mountain raises a constitutional issue that the board doesn’t yet have the legal authority to address. If Kinder Morgan wants the NEB to make a decision on whether the city’s bylaws allow it to block survey work for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the company is required to notify provincial and federal attorneys general that a constitutional question is being raised. Once the company has provided notice, the board says it will expedite the decision process. Bethany Lindsay reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Swinomish Tribe blazing trail in preparing for climate change
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a Northwest Indian tribe a $700,000 grant to continue its groundbreaking work in preparing for climate change. EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran on Thursday congratulated Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby for his tribes work in weaving together the science and culture of climate change in Native American communities. (KING)

Oil industry offers crude-train testing standards
The oil industry's lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people. As with earlier orders from the federal government, the industry standards leave it to individual companies to decide how often to test crude in order to gauge its danger. The American Petroleum Institute said the standards were crafted in cooperation with regulators and the rail industry. Matthew Brown reports. (Associated Press)

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 PM PDT THU SEP 25 2014
FRI
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF
 SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRI NIGHT
VARIABLE WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SAT
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
SUN
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 3 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
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