Is Pit To Pier trying to sneak through the legislature again?

Senate Bill 5111 appears to be a new attempt to sneak through a bill to allow the Pit to Pier Project to be constructed as a “project of statewide significance”. The bill appears to be primarily about producing aviation biofuel, but also includes “conveyance of construction materials ” which is the language used in past years to describe Pit to Pier.

More as we find out about this, but if you are concerned, call the office of Senator Hargrove, (360) 786 – 7646 and let him know that you are not in favor of anything that supports allowing Pit to Pier to be built.

The fact that the Navy has essentially quashed all possible commercial shoreline development in the area that Pit to Pier wants to build in, and that the State Department of Natural Resources will not issue a shoreline permit does not seem to stop these folks from trying to do an end run around these two governmental bureaucracies. To quote a famous politicians’ wife, whom they likely paid campaign contributions to, “just say no’.

New to the area? Do some research on what Pit to Pier is. Has to do with the area just south and west of the Hood Canal floating bridge.

Earthquake Warnings – B.C. megathrust earthquake will rip earth open like a zipper says expert

We know that we live with the possibility of a massive earthquake, very likely in our lifetimes. I want to continue putting these warnings out there so that none of us get complacent. I carry a tire iron and gloves in my trunks, and a hand crank flashlight, which I have read from first responders to the SF Quake of 89 were critical to have on hand. I also make sure I have gallons of water in the garage, and spare gloves and shoes under my bed. If I survive it, I’ll hopefully be in shape to help those who aren’t so fortunate. The notion, in this story, that a four story tsunami hit Japan after the last big one here, is quite sobering.

Last megathrust earthquake off B.C. coast in 1700 generated a four story tsunami in Japan nine hours later. A Natural Resources Canada seismologist says the odds of ‘big one’ occurring in next 50 years are one in 10. Dirk Meissner reports. (The Canadian Press)

Video: Coastal Watershed Institute Elwha Sampling

The work continues on the Great Healing of the Elwha.

Anne Shaffer of CWI writes: “At our January long term sampling of the Elwha estuary and lower river we documented-for the first time after looking for over a decade-hundreds of gravid and spent eulachon, Thaleichthys pacificus, and a gravid female long fin smelt, Spirinchus thaleichthys. These   forage fish, which are federally listed along areas of the west coast due to their  precipitous decline, are-literally-the backbone of coastal cultures and nearshore ecosystems…. Within five months of the dam removal ending, these fish are literally flooding the system, feeding dozens of harbor seals and thousands of birds.”

A webinar on Ocean Acidification by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST NOAA kicks off their 2015 Webinar series with a webinar called “Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators”  it is a walk through of data and online resources to help teach Ocean Acidification.

This new webinar series provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal & informal educators, and stakeholders across the country. One of its primary goals is to promote a more integrated and effective ocean acidification education community by sharing ocean acidification education and communication activities virtually.

With awareness of and access to these resources, the ocean acidification education and communication community will be able to utilize and continue to create cutting edge communication tools that incorporate current scientific and communication research.


Comments being accepted through Jan. 23 on status of tufted puffins, Steller sea lions – PDN

As numbers of tufted puffins collapse, probably due to dwindling herring stocks, the state looks into listing them as endangered. The puffin has traditionally reproduced on Protection Island. It has been one of the most southern breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere, and likely they will vanish soon from there without protection.

On the other hand, the Steller sea lion, which feeds on our dwindling salmon stocks.

Legislature starts and new enviro bills kick off

And so it begins. I’ll do my best to keep up on this as it goes along.

Ericksen, Ranker introduce dueling oil transportation safety bills
Two legislators who represent parts of Whatcom County have introduced dueling oil transportation safety bills in the Senate. Wasting no time, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, introduced his bill the first day of the session. As chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, he will host a public hearing on the bill tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, along with Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, introduced oil legislation requested by Gov. Jay Inslee. That bill has also been referred to Ericksen’s committee. Samantha Wohlfeil reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Will Sonobuoys In The Pacific Help The Navy But Harm Whales? – Earthfix

This issue is the latest Navy Environmental Impact Statement Supplement that needs citizen input before Feb 2. They did not choose to hold meetings on the Olympic Peninsula to take public input on this supplemental update.

The Navy conducts training and testing in a stretch of the Pacific  roughly the size of Montana. It wants to continue and expand its activities in these waters off the West Coast from Washington to Northern California. But first, the Navy must renew its permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The plan calls for detonating explosives, moving vessels, and deploying 700 more sonobuoys per year. And that’s drawing criticism from environmentalists who say the increased use of sonar poses increased risk for whales and other marine mammals. Sonobouys are three-feet-long cylindrical floats are dropped from aircraft into the water. They use active sonar for the audible clues that can help them locate enemy submarines. Ashley Ahearn reports. (EarthFix)


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