Wednesday, June 13, 2018

6/13 Bats, spill plans, BC pipe, culverts, BC ferries

Big brown bat [Ty Smedes/WDFW]
Bats
More than 15 species of bats live in Washington, from the common little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) to the rare Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii). Head to tail, bats range in length from the 2.5-inch-long canyon bat (Parastrellus hesperus), to the 6-inch long hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus). The hoary bat has a body approximately the size of a house sparrow and a wingspan of 17 inches. The species most often seen flying around human habitat include the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus), Yuma myotis (Myotis yumanensis), big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus), and California myotis (Myotis californicus). (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Yesterday's story "Canada’s pipeline spill plans criticized by Washington State after disaster clean-up exercise"  Justine Hunter reports (Globe and Mail) was posted with a bad link. Here is a corrected link.

Notley says Trans Mountain pipeline vital in face of Trump's trade threats
Premier Rachel Notley appealed to Canadians on Tuesday to support the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion as a bulwark against U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade threats. Her comments were similar to sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government, the soon-to-be owners of the pipeline project and the focus in recent days of scathing attacks by Trump, who launched a trade fight two weeks ago with tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Speaking at the Global Petroleum Trade Show in Calgary, Notley said recent events have made the United States’s status as the “monopoly buyer” of Canadian energy “harder and harder to stomach.” James Wood reports. (Vancouver Sun)

‘This Ruling Gives Us Hope’: Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Salmon Case
There was a time when the murky waters of the Skagit River offered bountiful salmon harvests to the Swinomish Indians of Washington State. They could fill an entire boat with one cast of the net back then, and even on a slow day, they could count on hauling in dozens of fish. But on a cloudy morning last month, the tribal community chairman, Brian Cladoosby, was having no luck. Drifting in his 21-foot Boston Whaler, he spotted his 84-year-old father, Michael, standing in yellow overalls in another boat, pulling an empty net from the water. “Where’s the fish, Dad?” the son asked. That has been the dominant question for years among the Swinomish and other Native Americans, who have seen their salmon harvests dip by about 75 percent over the past three decades. But on Monday, they got reason to hope that their salmon harvests would tick back up. John Eligon reports. (NY Times)

BC Ferries’ Spirit of British Columbia Converted to LNG
Spirit of British Columbia, one of two BC Ferries vessels that will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, has finished conversion at the Remontowa Ship Repair Yard S.A. in Gdansk, Poland and has returned to service for the Canadian operator. The 1993-built ro-pax ferry Spirit of British Columbia was the first to undergo conversion while its sister vessel, the Spirit of Vancouver Island, is expected to complete conversion during the spring of 2019. The 550-foot ABS-classed vessels are the largest ships in the BC Ferries fleet with a capacity to carry 2,100 passengers and crew and 358 automobile equivalent. (MarineLink)

Higher prices for passengers as BC Ferries drops fuel tariffs
Taking the ferry in B.C. is about to get more expensive as fuel prices continue to rise. On Tuesday, BC Ferries announced it's removing fuel tariffs as of June 27. The rebate and surcharge mechanism is currently used to manage the unpredictable rise and fall of fuel prices, but BC Ferries said it doesn't make money that way.... When the tariffs are gone, the added costs will vary depending on the trip — but on major routes, passengers will be charged an extra 50 cents and it will be $1.70 more for a vehicle. (Canadian Press)


Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  247 AM PDT Wed Jun 13 2018   

TODAY  W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 6 ft  at 11 seconds. Rain likely in the morning then showers likely in  the afternoon. 

TONIGHT  W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell  6 ft at 10 seconds. A chance of showers.


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