Wednesday, February 28, 2024

2/28 Oly oyster, herring spawn-on-kelp, TM pipe cost, PSE rate hike, gray whales, BC haz waste spills, John McCoy curriculum, BC climate disaster budget


Olympia oyster [Wikipedia/Creative Commons]

Olympia oyster Ostrea lurida
Ostrea lurida, common name the Olympia oyster, after Olympia, Washington in the Puget Sound area, is a species of edible oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Ostreidae. This species occurs on the northern Pacific coast of North America. Over the years the role of this edible species of oyster has been partly displaced by the cultivation of non-native edible oyster species. (Wikipedia)

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B.C. First Nation sues federal government over ban on herring spawn fishery
The Heiltsuk Nation claims the federal fisheries minister's decision to close the commercial harvest of herring spawn-on-kelp in the nation's territory was an infringement of its Aboriginal rights. (Times Colonist)

Trans Mountain's latest cost estimate climbs 10%, regulatory filing shows
According to a regulatory filing Trans Mountain Corp. provided to the Canada Energy Regulator on Monday, the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now estimates the project's costs will come in 10 per cent higher than its May 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, which represents the latest in a series of cost increases for the high-profile project, which in 2017 was estimated to cost just $7.4 billion. Amanda Stephenson reports. (CBC)

Puget Sound Energy proposes hefty rate hikes to pay for hydro and wind power
Puget Sound Energy, the state’s largest provider of electricity and natural gas, proposed its two-year rate hike to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission this month. Under the proposal, the typical residential electricity customer would see a monthly bill increase of $7.84 starting in 2025 and an additional $11.20 in 2026. The typical natural gas customer would see a $13.96 increase in 2025 and $1.51 in 2026, according to the utility. Amanda Zhou reports. (Seattle Times)

Gray whales return to Salish Sea as population struggles
Each year in the late winter, a small group of gray whales will detour from their usual 5,000-mile migration between the southern tip of California and the Bering Sea near Alaska to make a stop in the Salish Sea. With tidal flats around Whidbey Island, Camano Island and other areas, the Sounders make the stop to feast on ghost shrimp, which is their preferred food. The waters are densely populated with ghost shrimp, according to the Orca Network. (Fox 13 News)

B.C. not effectively managing hazardous spills: auditor general
A report from Auditor General Michael Pickup says the government didn't consistently notify First Nations communities of hazardous spills, and millions of dollars owed to the province haven't been recovered from those responsible. (Canadian Press)

Curriculum on state tribes to be renamed after late Tulalip legislator
On Tuesday, John McCoy’s former colleagues in the Senate honored the late lawmaker by passing House Bill 1879. Jenelle Baumbach reports. (Everett Herald)

What the BC Budget Missed on Climate Disasters
After a record-breaking drought and fire season, this month’s B.C. budget made sizable investments in emergency response. But experts say the focus on response is accompanied by a lack of measures to address the root causes of the disasters. Zoë Yunker reports. (The Tyee)

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Here's your tug weather—
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  247 AM PST Wed Feb 28 2024    
 SW wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. W swell 4 to  7 ft at 11 seconds building to 5 to 10 ft at 10 seconds in the  afternoon.  
 W wind 10 to 20 kt becoming SW 5 to 15 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 5 ft at 11 seconds.


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