Posted on October 20, 2014 by Al B.
From a friend, Carrol Hull. If any of you are coordinating citizen input with the Navy on this, you might want to contact her about working with her on this.
I don’t know if you have been keeping track on the Navy Electronic Warfare Training Project that has been in the news (Seattle Times & PDN) planned for the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. There was an extension given for public input because the people in Forks demanded to have a meeting with the Navy and Forest Service. The Forest Service is the permit giving agency because the ground testing is carefully placed on forest service lands just outside the boundaries of the ONP. 100 people showed up for the meeting. 90% had very serious reservations about this projects. People from Sequim. PT and PA plus cities on the south western side of the Peninsula attended. Many of those attendees asked for a similar meeting to be held in Sequim, PT and PA. To do this we have to have the Forest Service extend its deadline past October 31st. They won’t do this unless they get a healthy interest from more citizens in our areas.
Reasons for concern. This is a potentially dangerous testing situation involving the first use of electromagnetic radiation for training Navy pilots. The Navy has done its own environmental assessment (completed 3-4 years ago) and pronounced it safe except if you are in direct line of the beam. No environmental impact assessment has been made by an independent outside source. The Navy has previously been doing testing in Idaho but now feel it is less expensive and better for pilots to do it closer to Whidbey Island.
There are many questions left unanswered. How many more Howler jets will be crossing over the Peninsula? With the precedent set for military testing on the ONP, will future tests be automatically authorized without public input?
How safe is this for our wildlife? What increases in noise can we anticipate? Can the Navy have a stronger leverage with the Forest Service than the general public?
So, if you are in agreement that we should at least be able to have a public meeting on the east side of the Peninsula with both the Forest Service and the Navy, would you contact Greg Wahl of the Forest Service. Ask him to please extend the deadline until the Navy agrees to have a meeting on this side of the Peninsula.
This is the correct spelling: Greg Wahl, (email@example.com)
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Posted on October 18, 2014 by Al B.
Today’s report has the Barbara Foss at the scene, and is towing the disabled freighter to Prince Rupert. Interesting that it would take a US tug to save Canada from not having appropriate tugs available.
Latest report is that the tow line has detached, but the ship is now 24 nautical miles off the coast and a tug should arrive before dawn on Sunday. The Coast Guard is also trying to re-attach the line. Here’s the AP story, as picked up by the Miami Herald.
While not out of the woods yet, at least the Canadian Coast Guard have put a tow line on the drifting freighter 9 miles off the Haida Gwaii, otherwise known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. They are awaiting tugs to come and try and get this under control. Here’s the Vancouver Sun story complete with photos from the Canadian Coast Guard as of this moment. It’s worth mentioning that freighters are not required to be double hulled vessels, as tankers are.
OLD MASSETT, HAIDA GWAII — Members of British Columbia’s Haida Nation are breathing a little easier, hoping they have avoided an environmental “catastrophe,” now that a Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel is under tow.
The Canadian Forces’ joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria reported the Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia.
If you have a subscription to satellite tracking of ships you can follow it from a link off of here.
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Posted on October 17, 2014 by Al B.
There is a problem being reported 9 miles off the coast of Haida Gwaii, part of the islands otherwise known in non-native circles as the Queen Charlotte Islands. This is home to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. This remote and unspoiled beautiful coast is now awaiting whether Canadian officials can muster anything like technical support from having this become the latest in the oil industry’s sordid history of spills in fish rich locales.
Let’s hope that the Canadian coast guard is up to the task, given it’s cuts over the last few years.
The ship is currently about nine miles off the coast of Haida Gwaii, at the southeast end of the island.
Called the Simushir, there are 11 crew members on board. The JRCC said the vessel master has sustained an unknown injury and they are sending a helicopter to rescue him.
The ship is carrying mining minerals, 400 tonnes of Bunker C fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel fuel.
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Posted on October 16, 2014 by Al B.
Author and activist Naomi Klein just won the $60k Hilary Weston Prize for her book about climate change, ‘This Changes Everything’. This is a very thought provoking interview that should give you good reason to read it. While the government of our neighbors to the north in Canada race to be match China by being the most polluting country on the planet, willing to trade any environmental protection for the almighty and in this case, appropriately named, Loonie, Naomi has focused whether the very fundamental nature of the free market is dooming us all. If you aren’t interested in reading a long book, then try a sample of her thoughts.
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Posted on October 13, 2014 by Al B.
Over the years, I’ve mentioned that in interviews with old timers who fished the Hood Canal before the bridge was put in, that they would say to me that they thought that the fishing diminished after the bridge was installed. They didn’t know why. Now, it appears that UW research is finding out that the bridge is affecting steelhead smolts in a significant way. More research is needed, but with the bridge west end needing replacing later in this decade, it’s a good time to seriously look at the root causes and possible fixes. Obviously, no one is even considering taking the bridge out, but it’s likelyhood structural changes to accomodate the surface migrating fish will be considered after additional research is done. Chris Dunagun’s article in the Kitsap Sun is very thorough, as usual.
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Posted on October 9, 2014 by Al B.
One of the largest looming threats to our waters is the vast increase in coal and oil trains coming to North Sound ports in the next few years (it’s already rapidly increasing). Then add the vast increase in shipping of those products and you have a reciepe for train derailments along and into the Sound, sinking of tankers, and possible explosions of trains, as seen in Canada last year. Here’s an opportunity to make your voices heard to Gov. Inslee.
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Posted on October 8, 2014 by Al B.
Ray Lowrie was presented with the 10th annual Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award on Oct. 1.
“I had no clue that anything like this would ever happen,” said Lowrie, who taught at Chimacum School from 1960 to 1992.
About 165 people attended the Stewardship Breakfast in the Fort Worden Commons, where Lowrie was presented with the award by Janine Boire, executive director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC). Attendees donated $25,160 at the breakfast, and an anonymous donor provided a $25,000 challenge match for a total of $50,160 raised, said Liesl Strabagh of the PTMSC.
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