Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11/11 WA statehood, BC pipe, Seattle waterfront, BC LNG, in-water work rule, radioactive water

(Pacific Northwest Seasons)
Yes We Have Fall Color in the Pacific Northwest
Jill at Pacific Northwest Seasons writes: "Here in the Pacific Northwest, our fall colors are a myriad tapestry of greens, yellow-golds, oranges, scarlets, and browns.  While our forests run more evergreen, brilliant displays can still be found scattered around the region…"

Nation’s far corner achieved statehood 125 years ago  
Nov. 11 marks the state’s quasquicentennial, a tongue-twister of a word marking the 125th anniversary of Washington statehood. John Dodge reports. (Olympian)

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline benefits questioned
A new report says Kinder Morgan is overplaying the economic benefits, and downplaying the costs of its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Simon Fraser University's Centre for Public Policy Research teamed with The Goodman Group Ltd., a California-based consulting firm, to examine the estimated impacts of the project. The authors dispute Kinder Morgan's claim that 36,000 person-years of employment would be created in British Columbia during the project's development. (Canadian Press) See also: Pipeline issues are 'scabs on our lives:' Rocker Neil Young in Vancouver  (Vancouver Sun)

New blog: All The News That Fits, They Print
Best wishes to reporter Christopher Dunagan who last month ended 37 years of reporting at the Kitsap Sun. Chris says he will continuing writing his periodic Watching Our Water Ways blog  but for those of us who have followed and worked with environmental “beat” reporters, we’ll miss the deep knowledge and perspective a seasoned reporter like Chris brought to his writing….

Property owners challenge Seattle waterfront redevelopment
Homeowners and businesses along Seattle’s historic piers have filed petitions asking the state Shorelines Hearings Board to cancel a permit allowing work to begin on a piece of the city’s massive waterfront-redevelopment project. The Waterfront Landings Owners Association, which represents condominium owners in a three-building complex on Alaskan Way below Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Historic Waterfront Association, a coalition of business and commercial property owners on and between the downtown piers, took action last week. Daniel Beekman reports. (Seattle Times)

LNG facilities in B.C. would cause carbon output to spike, report says
From the well to the waterline, the greenhouse-gas emissions created by a liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia could be responsible for generating more than half of the province’s total carbon output in 2020. A newly released government report outlines the staggering amount of GHGs that an LNG industry would release into the atmosphere. The province is banking on the establishment of five LNG facilities. If that ambition is met, the province’s GHG emissions will increase by 28 million tonnes when the extraction and transport of natural gas are included. And that is the best-case scenario, in which industry embraces renewable power, carbon capture and storage and other pollution-reducing technology. Justine Hunter reports. (Globe and Mail)

State adopts new in-water work rules
The State Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted an update to the state’s Hydraulic Code rules at a public meeting over the weekend. The Hydraulic Code regulates construction projects and other work in or near state waters, like building bulkheads, culverts, piers and docks. The intent of the regulations are to protect fish. The final document is available online. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Traces Of Fukushima Radioactivity Detected In West Coast Waters
An oceanography institute announced Monday that trace amounts of radioactivity from Japan have been detected off the West Coast. Radiation experts say the low levels of radioactivity measured do not pose a health threat here…. A recent research cruise from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Eureka, California detected the front edge of the plume multiple times between 100 and 1,000 miles offshore. Tom Banse reports. (KPLU)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST TUE NOV 11 2014
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
TODAY
E WIND 15 TO 25 KT EARLY...RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 15 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
E WIND 30 TO 40 KT. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 17 SECONDS.
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