Friday, December 11, 2015

12/11 Whale lights, Vic sewer, climate confab, LNG, Shell no drill

Whale installation lights up English Bay for Lumiere Festival
A celestial-looking whale made of 6,000 twinkling bulbs has lit up English Bay just in time for the Lumiere Festival in Vancouver .  The artwork is one of the many lighting installations coming to the West End for the festival, which runs Dec. 11 and 12. Stephen Mouttet helped organize the festival and was inspired by a similar festival of lights in France. (CBC)

CRD delays public talks on sewage plans
Residents will have to wait a few extra weeks for public consultations on Victoria’s sewage options, which range in price from $1 billion to $1.3 billion. Municipal politicians on the Capital Regional District’s core area liquid waste management committee panicked at the suggestion they were ready to take the proposals to the people. After three morning presentations, one from its technical oversight panel, another from a consulting engineer and another from CRD staff, the politicians complained they weren’t ready for the public. Richard Watts reports. (Times Colonists)

Back from Paris, Inslee aims to tackle carbon pollution
Nothing like a few days away from the office to get one’s spirit rejuvenated and energy recharged. For Gov. Jay Inslee, it came in a trip to Paris, where he attended the international confab on climate change. He hung out with folks who share his view that climate change poses the greatest threat to the continued existence of humanity on this planet, folks obsessed with slowing the damage through every political and regulatory means possible. The experience refueled Inslee’s confidence that reducing emissions of pollution-causing carbon and other greenhouse gases is a concern among leaders of cities, states, provinces and nations worldwide. Jerry Cornfield reports. (Everett Herald) See also: Making Noise For Bolder Action From Paris: Seattle Protestors Organizing 'Climate Scream'  Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KPLU)

Vaughn Palmer: LNG terminal built on time and ready to roll (just not here)
Somewhere in the Atlantic, a giant ocean-going tanker is approaching the Louisiana coast on a journey fraught with implications for the North American natural gas market as well as prospects for developing liquefied natural gas here in B.C. The Energy Atlantic tanker is scheduled to take delivery early in the new year of the first test shipment from the multi-billion-dollar Sabine Pass LNG plant and deepwater terminal, the Reuters news service reported recently. The Sabine Pass facility, located on Louisiana’s border with Texas, is billed as the first modern day LNG export terminal in the continental United States. Vaughn Palmer writes. (Vancouver Sun)

Giant ships to begin lifting oil rigs in Port Angeles Harbor
Two giant heavy-lift ships are anchored in Port Angeles Harbor to begin loading operations. The slow-speed action will last for more than a week. The 738-foot-long semi-submersible MV Blue Marlin is expected to begin being loaded with the oil drilling ship Noble Discoverer today and leave Tuesday. Arwyn Rice reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  300 AM PST FRI DEC 11 2015  
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT FROM THIS
 AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT  

TODAY
 E WIND 20 TO 30 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL  20 FT AT 16 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 18 FT AT 16 SECONDS IN THE  AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

TONIGHT
 E WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES  1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 16 FT AT 15 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 14 FT AT 15  SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE  EVENING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SAT
 SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...RISING TO 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.  WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. W  SWELL 11 FT AT 14 SECONDS. RAIN.

SAT NIGHT
 SW WIND 25 TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 12 TO 13 FT WITH A  DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 23 TO 24 FT WITH A  DOMINANT PERIOD OF 14 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUN
 W WIND 25 TO 35 KT...EASING TO 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.  COMBINED SEAS 24 TO 25 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 15 SECONDS...  SUBSIDING TO 20 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 14 SECONDS IN THE  AFTERNOON.
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