|“Extinction is not an option” Puget Sound Chinook listed 1999 (NOAA/ Jeff Kozlowski)|
The situation atop Burnaby Mountain heated up again after Kinder Morgan crews began arriving Thursday afternoon to start work, leading to the arrest of 24 people by the end of the day. The arrests began on Thursday morning shortly after 8 a.m. PT, when more than a dozen police officers arrived and once again read out the injunction issued earlier this week. Police then began arresting protesters who remained in the camp in violation of the injunction. Many of the remaining protesters appeared to move across the road to an area designated by the police, but some protesters remained in the camp. (CBC)
If you like to watch: Video 'Green the Green' raises awareness about important watershed
The Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed Forum has released a video, “Green the Green,” to raise awareness about protecting this vital watershed. The Green/Duwamish watershed stretches from the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascades to Elliott Bay in Puget Sound, and comprises Water Resource Inventory Area 9 – with 16 cities and 700,000 residents. The watershed provides drinking water to the City of Tacoma, fish and wildlife habitat, miles of recreational areas, and is home to billions of dollars of commerce….The release of the video coincides with the 15th anniversary of the listing of chinook salmon as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. (Tukwila Reporter)
New blog: Got Barotrauma? Watch This.
"Barotrauma is what happens to deep water Puget Sound rockfish when are caught and brought to the surface: gases in their swim bladder expand causing their stomachs and eyes to bulge. So what? They’re endangered-- you’re not supposed to catch them. And throwing them back with barotrauma means they most likely will die. We don’t want them to die; we want them to recover from the brink of depletion…."
BNSF to spend $6 billion in 2015 to ease rail gridlock
BNSF Railway Co., the railroad owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., plans to spend a record $6 billion next year to help speed trains and improve service crimped by surging grain and oil shipments. Almost $1.5 billion will go for expansion projects, BNSF said Thursday, with a third of that for the northern U.S. region where the carrier collects oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation and grain. BNSF said this year’s capital budget will be $5.5 billion, up from $5 billion announced in February. Thomas Black and Jennifer Kaplan report. (Bloomberg News)
Nisga'a sign LNG pipeline benefits deal with B.C.
The Nisga'a Nation has signed an agreement with the B.C. government to receive benefits from proposed liquefied natural gas projects. The band from the northwest coast would get at least $6 million from the province for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would pass through parts of its treaty lands. The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline would service the proposed multibillion-dollar Petronas Pacific Northwest LNG project at Lelu Island.(Canadian Press)
More time to comment on feds' plan for Puget Sound salmon hatcheries
The public will now have until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, to comment on the draft environmental impact statement for Puget Sound hatcheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the public comment period extension Thursday. The agency decided to grant the extension in response to a formal request.... The draft report is available online. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)
Navy defends electronic warfare training project in Pacific Beach public meeting
The town with the most direct impact from the Navy's proposal to expand electronic warfare training in Olympic National Forest had its first public meeting on the plan this week. More than 175 residents of Pacific Beach in Grays Harbor County attended the Wednesday night meeting, with many voicing opposition. A five-person team from the Navy — the U.S. Forest Service declined an invitation to attend — defended the military agency's finding in August that the project would have no significant environmental impact. Angelo Bruscas reports. (North Coast News)
Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST FRI NOV 21 2014
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
S WIND 10 TO 20 KT RISING TO 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 13
SW WIND 20 TO 30 KT BECOMING W 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. SW SWELL 8 FT AT 9 SECONDS BUILDING
TO 10 FT AT 10 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
W WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 15 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
W WIND 10 TO 15 KT BECOMING SW 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 9 FT
AT 14 SECONDS.
W WIND 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 13 SECONDS BUILDING TO 14 FT AT 13 SECONDS.
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