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The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O'Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O'Lantern was not a pumpkin. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow's Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits. (Pumpkin Nook)
Lengthy court battle ahead for Kinder Morgan, legal expert predicts
Kinder Morgan's appeal to the National Energy Board after failing to get the permits it needs from the City of Burnaby, B.C., is just the first of what will likely be many legal challenges facing its Trans Mountain pipeline project in the coming months, according to one legal expert. Jocelyn Stacey, an assistant law professor at the University of British Columbia, says an interprovincial pipeline like Trans Mountain falls under federal jurisdiction, and a project determined to be in the national interest would be subject to federal laws, overriding any contrary provincial or municipal laws. But even though the project has already been granted federal approval by the NEB, it still faces strong local opposition from municipalities, First Nations and activists. (CBC) See also: Just the beginning': anti-pipeline protesters vow 'rise of resistance' (CBC) People who were arrested at a protest against energy giant Kinder Morgan are saying what happened this weekend is just the beginning of mass civil disobedience. (CBC)
Questions Remain About Pesticide Proposal To Combat Burrowing Shrimp Infestation
A proposal to spray a neurotoxic pesticide on oyster beds in Southwest Washington is back on the table. Growers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor are looking for ways to address an infestation of burrowing shrimp. The state is taking comments on the controversial plan through Wednesday. Public outcry led the state Department of Ecology to withdraw the grower’s first plan to use the neonicotinoid imidacloprid in 2015. The new plan involves spraying a smaller acreage at first and doing it with ground equipment instead of helicopters. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)
Public Comment Period Opens for Shoreline Armoring Implementation Strategy
A new Shoreline Armoring Implementation Strategy that aims to reduce shoreline armoring in Puget Sound is ready for public review and input. The Habitat Strategic Initiative team developed the strategy in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Partnership, Puget Sound Institute, and an Interdisciplinary Team of experts…. The Shoreline Armoring Implementation Strategy draft will be available for public comment from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30. (Puget Sound Estuary Program)
Bremerton plans to remove artificial coastline, restore beach at Evergreen Park
Smith Cove, a small inlet surrounded by Evergreen-Rotary Park, was known on early city maps as a bay — until industrial development squeezed its waters and choked its soils. But if city officials are successful in obtaining a $2 million grant, it might become a bay again. Plans are now complete for a project to rip away roughly 10,000 tons of artificial coastline — including crumbling concrete, decaying pilings and other contaminated materials — to resuscitate a natural beach buried for more than a century. Josh Farley reports. (Kitsap Sun)
Feds to ban 'blight' of abandoned boats, bring in penalties for owners
There will be no more free passes for boat owners who dump dirty, old hulks in Canadian harbours and waterways. Transport Minister Marc Garneau's new Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act, introduced Monday in the House of Commons, would make it illegal to abandon boats, while empowering the government to go after the owners of the 600 derelict vessels already polluting the country's waterways. Individuals who abandon a boat can face fines up to $300,000 and a six-month jail term, while corporations can be fined as much as $6 million. Mia Rabson reports. (Canadian Press)
Port Gamble Bay cleanup shifts to uplands
The cleanup of Port Gamble Bay is moving to shore. After completing the removal of polluted material from the harbor earlier this year, the state is shifting focus to the former sawmill site and surrounding areas along the west shore, where lingering contamination has been detected. The Department of Ecology published a draft agreed order in October that would require Pope Resources and its subsidiary Olympic Property Group to investigate pollution levels on the Port Gamble uplands and develop a cleanup plan, if necessary. Tad Sooter reports. (Kitsap Sun)
EPA leader to drop scientists from advisory board
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will replace them with voices from regulated industry, academics and environmental regulators from conservative states, and researchers who have critiqued tighter environmental regulations. Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney report. (Washington Post)
Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca- 258 AM PDT Tue Oct 31 2017
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING
TODAY Light wind becoming W to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 3 ft at 12 seconds. TONIGHT W wind 5 to 15 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 3 to 5 ft after midnight. W swell 4 ft at 8 seconds building to 7 ft at 9 seconds after midnight.
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