Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5/23 BC pipe, Trump budget, sea lion, eating steelhead, BC wave power, US offshore wind

Two-tug oil tanker escort [National Geographic]
Watch this: What Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline will mean for B.C.'s coast
As British Columbians await final results from the May 9 vote, the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline hangs in the balance. The expansion project could bring billions in new revenue, but it would also mean an increase in coast-to-port tanker traffic, and with that, an increased risk of oil spills. We follow a tanker as it threads the needle from Burnaby to the open ocean. (Globe and Mail)

Connelly: Trump budget message: Don't clean up America's waters
The budget proposed by President Trump, set for release Tuesday, is clear from coast to coast to coast: Don't clean up the water. The budget not only zeroes out the Puget Sound cleanup, but programs from Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain to New England's Lake Champlain to the Great Lakes. Joel Connelly reports. (SeattlePI.Com)

'Unbelievable': Dozens swarm dock where sea lion grabbed girl, despite warnings
On Saturday, a girl was yanked off a dock in Richmond, B.C. by a California sea lion. Moments before, her family had thrown bread to the animal. Video of the incident has been viewed more than 14 million times. Marine experts and port officials have sent out a slew of warnings, reminding the public to keep a safe distance from the animals. However, many near the area seem to be doing just the opposite. On Monday, the Steveston Fisherman's Wharf was packed with cellphone-wielding tourists and locals trying to catch a glimpse of the celebrity sea lion. Children leaned over the dock's edge, craning for a look. (CBC)

Is it really OK to eat steelhead?
What does “good” mean? If you’re trying to be environmentally responsible while picking out a steelhead fillet to grill or saute or maybe steam with green onions and soy sauce, that’s less obvious than it may seem. Recently, Seafood Watch, a respected program of consumer recommendations for sustainable seafood issued by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, listed steelhead from the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault rivers on the western Olympic Peninsula as a “good alternative” choice. Dan Chasan reports. (Crosscut)

UVic researcher sees powerful future in waves
B.C. has some of the best wave-energy potential anywhere in the world and with better government support and jurisdictional clarity, this province could be a global leader in developing the industry. Those are some of the findings in a recent report out of the University of Victoria-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. There’s a lot going for wave power, as Bryson Robertson, the report’s lead author, explained in an interview this week. Matt Robinson reports. (Vancouver Sun)

If you like to watch: An ‘Awesome’ View at America’s First Offshore Wind Farm  Produced by Chang W. Lee, Logan Jaffe and Joshua Thomas (NY Times)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  305 AM PDT TUE MAY 23 2017  

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON PDT TODAY THROUGH
 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON  
TODAY
 W WIND 10 TO 20 KT RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6  FT AT 11 SECONDS. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF  SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
 W WIND 20 TO 30 KT BECOMING NW 15 TO 25 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 8  FT AT 10 SECONDS.

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