Friday, June 9, 2017

6/9 BC pipe schedule, Kalama methanol, Vancouver WA oil, Vic sewer $, Ocean Wise, selling BPA

Goose neck barnacle [Biodiversity of the Central Coast]
Goose neck barnacle Pollicipes polymerusm
The goose neck barnacle is one of the more distinct-looking creatures found in the intertidal. This crustacean bears several whitish protective plates, including 5 large plates and numerous smaller ones…. Like most barnacles, this species dwells in the intertidal and subtidal on open, wave-exposed coasts to depths of 30 m or more…. Goose neck barnacles are edible — the flesh inside the stalk tastes similar to lobster — and have long been harvested by coastal First Nations. Currently the only commercial fishery in North America is found on Vancouver Island; this fishery is co-managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, and is considered sustainable by Ocean Wise. The similar P. pollicipes is harvested in Spain and Portugal, where it is considered a delicacy and overharvesting and poaching are concerns, leading to imports from BC. (Biodiversity of the Central Coast)

Trans Mountain: Detailed construction plan shows work to begin Sept. 1 
Kinder Morgan’s schedule for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion shows construction work is to start as early as Sept. 1. The detailed schedule was filed recently with the National Energy Board, one of 157 conditions that must be met in order for the Houston, Texas-based company to begin construction. It shows the large scope of the project where land clearing on some portions of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline route will begin in September. Gordon Hoekstra reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Columbia River Methanol Plant Gets Approval On Two Washington Permits
Washington state regulators approved two permits Thursday for a proposed plant that would make and export methanol along the Columbia River in Kalama. The Washington Department of Ecology approved a permit allowing the Port of Kalama and its partner Northwest Innovation Works  to build on the shoreline. The permit was previously stalled because the state found some of the proposed site plans were out of date and missing key information, and that the applicants underestimated greenhouse gas emissions. Ecology also granted a certification stating it would comply with the federal Clean Water Act. Tony Schick reports (OPB/EarthFix)

Opponents Call Vancouver[WA] Oil-By-Rail Terminal 'Bad Plan' While Supporters Tout Jobs
More than 100 people testified before the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in Vancouver Wednesday. It was one of the last opportunities for the public to sound off on a proposed oil terminal there. The council heard more than seven hours of testimony from both critics and supporters of a controversial plan to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver. The hearing at Clark College was the last day for public comment on a draft notice of the construction air permit for the project. Molly Solomon reports. (OPB/EarthFix) See also: Supreme Court Rejects Port Defense Of Secret Meetings On Vancouver Oil Terminal  Cassandra Profita reports. (OPB/EarthFix)

One of CRD’s top earners hasn’t been on the job since 2015
Albert Sweetnam, former head of the Capital Regional District’s now-defunct Seaterra sewage treatment program, continued to be among the top earners at the CRD last year — for not being on the job. Sweetnam’s job wrapped up in September 2015, but according to just-released CRD financial documents, he continued to draw $224,121 in salary in 2016. It’s a bit of a drop from 2015, when Sweetnam was paid $283,089.53 in salary and expenses. And taxpayers can take heart — at least he filed for no expenses in 2016. Local governments are required to disclose salaries of employees making more than $75,000 a year by June 30. Bill Cleverely reports. (Times Colonnist)

Ocean Wise goes from sustainable seafood program to world conservation
Ocean Wise is going global. Already known to Canadians as the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program, a news release Thursday announced that Ocean Wise had expanded its goals, becoming “a new global ocean-conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring our world’s oceans.” Harrison Mooney reports. (Vancouver Sun)

21 U.S. senators blast Trump proposal to sell BPA power grid 
The Trump administration’s proposal to sell off the Pacific Northwest’s Bonneville Power Administration transmission grid is meeting bipartisan resistance from 21 Republican and Democratic senators who sent a letter on Wednesday to the Energy Department. The sale of BPA and other federal power-transmission assets would result in higher electricity rates that would “take money out of the pockets of consumers and businesses in our states,” the letter states. Those who signed the letter included Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. (Seattle Times)

Now, your weekend tug weather--
 West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  244 AM PDT Fri Jun 9 2017  
TODAY
 SE wind 5 to 15 kt in the morning becoming light. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5 ft at 10 seconds. Showers likely. A  slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
TONIGHT
 W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SW after midnight. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. W swell 6 ft at 10 seconds. A chance of  showers in the evening then a slight chance of showers after  midnight.
SAT
 Light wind becoming NW 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5 ft at 9 seconds. A slight chance of  showers in the morning then a chance of showers in the afternoon.
SAT NIGHT
 W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SW to 10 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 4 ft at 8 seconds.
SUN
 Light wind becoming W 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5 ft at 8 seconds.

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