Quinault Raise Alarm Yet Again After Two Oil Trains Derail in One Weekend – Indian Country Today

Two more derailments of oil-bearing trains last weekend, both in Wisconsin, have prompted the Quinault Nation to issue yet another warning about the dangers inherent in such transport.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com//2015/11/12/quinault-raise-alarm-yet-again-after-two-oil-trains-derail-one-weekend-162410?utm_source=Sightline%20Institute&utm_medium=web-email&utm_campaign=Sightline%20News%20Selections

Did the US Navy Break Federal Laws to Push War Games Over National Forests? – Truth Out

The continuing saga of the Navy taking over more land, sea and air space, with the implied notion that they “own” it. We need a good lawyer out here that can stop this nonsense.  A good read by Truth-Out’s local writer Dahr Jamail.

“The Navy has an astonishing sense of entitlement to public lands and waters,” Sullivan said about how the Navy has approached the public’s concerns over its operations. “Northwest Training and testing range manager Kent Mathes told me last year after a public meeting, ‘We own the airspace and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.'”

As Truthout previously reported, if it gets its way, the Navy would be flying Growler jets – electronic attack aircraft that specialize in radar jamming – in 2,900 training exercises over wilderness, communities and cities across the Olympic Peninsula for 260 days per year, with exercises lasting up to 16 hours per day. Naval surface fleet ships will also be participating by homing in on ground-based emitters – a topic that was never discussed in the Navy’s environmental assessment.


Navy Planning on Electronic Warfare Exercises Near Forks – No warning to locals – Forks Forum

Apparently the Navy is planning on conducting unannounced Electronic Warfare Exercise in rural areas around Forks sometime in the near future. The exercises will include some kind of electromagnetic radiation exposure, that the Navy intends to stop if humans are found in the area. WTF?

Discussed in the Forks Forum, http://www.forksforum.com/opinion/277005121.html, this training exercise, which was ‘publicized’ in news outlets far from the affected areas, is somehow secret, yet needing local approval. According to the article, local politicians in Forks are unaware of the activity.

You can read the whole story at the link above, but if you want to call and complain, here’s the info:

Call Dean Millett at 374-1222 or Charles Escola (Navy-Silverdale) at 360-396-0069 or Leslie Yuenger, Northwest Public Affairs Officer (Navy) 360-396-6387.

Streamkeepers of Clallam County Calling for Trainees



*Citizens invited to become involved in watershed stewardship and learn how to monitor streams.*

Streamkeepers, Clallam County’s volunteer stream monitoring program, is seeking new volunteers to help collect stream health data, perform data entry & analysis, and conduct education & outreach.  Currently, we have a particular need for help with data entry and checking.  New volunteers work with current volunteers; no prior experience needed.

The free annual training begins June 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the County Courthouse; two field-training days will follow, scheduled at trainees’ convenience.

To register or inquire, call Streamkeepers at 417-2281, or email


Streamkeepers’ website is at www.clallam.net/sk.

EVENT -FREE: Oil Spill Preparedness and Response: Free Public Workshop – Port Townsend – Nov 9


bullhorniconPreparing for an oil spill in our local waters is the focus of an educational workshop on local agency and community preparedness and response on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center (431 Water St) in Port Townsend.  Here’s the story.  Sign up if you want to be prepared to help out when a spill happens.

Organized by the Northwest Straits Foundation in partnership with state, federal and local agencies, the purpose of the workshop is to inform and engage the public so that local citizens know who will be in charge, how decisions are made, how citizens can provide input to improve preparedness and response, and what training is needed to assist if an oil spill occurs.  Chrissy McLean, Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s Marine Program Coordinator and local Marine Mammal Stranding Network Coordinator, emphasized, “It’s important for people to understand how complex and organized an oil spill response needs to be. It takes an intense amount of organization and preparation to respond properly to an oil spill incident.”

Local, state, and federal agency staff that serve as “Incident Command” during oil spills will describe how they make decisions and what actions are needed to protect valuable natural and community assets.  U.S. Coast Guard, WA Department of Ecology, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tribal and Jefferson County Emergency Management representatives will describe the process and decisions they have to make in the event of an oil spill.

Information about upcoming volunteer training opportunities will also be presented.  Community members often want to volunteer to help in response to an oil spill, but oil spill response work can be dangerous and a health hazard, so it is critical that community volunteers have prior training. Al Bergstein, Chairperson for the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, advises, “Untrained volunteers who helped with the Exxon Valdex oil spill have had long-term health-related issues associated with working in these hazardous environments. We all want to help protect wildlife and marine habitats, but we need appropriate training to be safe and protect ourselves as well as the environment.”  At this workshop, attendees will also receive information about trainings and how they can help before, during and after an oil spill.  Upcoming volunteer training opportunities include workshops on recovering and caring for oiled wildlife, and hazardous materials training (“HAZWOPER”) in order to be ready to help out on the beach.

This event is free, but registration is required.  RSVP to Michelle Lim, Northwest Straits Foundation, at lim@nwstraits.org.  Lunch is not provided; please bring your own lunch.

This event is sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation, the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the City of Port Townsend and the Northwest Maritime Center.


EVENT: Training for Dealing with Oiled Birds

If you expect to be able to assist handling oiled birds in the event of a large scale oil spill, then this training is mandatory. Please work through your local organizations if you are interested, i.e. Audubon, MRCs, etc.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are providing a free training course regarding protocols for collecting bird injury data to support Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the event of an oil spill

Oil spills are of particular concern where there is extensive refining and transport, such as along the Washington/Oregon Coastlines. Birds can be heavily impacted by even a small spill and large spills can affect thousands of birds. One of the goals of NRDA is to identify and quantify injuries to wildlife (such as birds) and then to determine how to best restore the injured resources and compensate the public for the losses. To provide proper restoration opportunities to birds injured in an oil spill, it is essential that all bird data collected during an oil spill is collected in an organized and legally defensible manner according to NRDA regulations.

This training will provide information on how oiled bird data would be collected in the event of an oil spill in Western Washington/Oregon. There are many simultaneous components of an oil spill response; this is an abbreviated training on only a part of one of those components – assessing bird injury to support the NRDA using the beached bird model.

Training will be offered at the Everett Community College in Everett, WA on June 27 and repeated at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, WA on June 28, 2013. The training will begin at 10:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM with a working lunch.  Another training opportunity will be scheduled at a later date in Oregon.

If you would like additional information on the NRDA process under the Oil Pollution Act and/or the Beached Bird Model, you can visit these links:




Space is limited so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP via email to Neil_Quackenbush@fws.gov <http://Neil_Quackenbush@fws.gov/>  no later than June 14, 2013 with:

•         Name:

•         Organization:

•         Email address:

•         Phone number:

Please specify which one of the locations the participant would like to attend:

•         Everett

•         Forks

•         Oregon

Additional information on the training, logistics, and lunch options will be sent to attendees as the training dates become closer.

If you have questions or would like to discuss something further, please feel free to contact me. My contact information follows this email.

Thank you,


Cindy Schexnider




Cindy M. Schexnider


Fish and Wildlife Biologist


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Suite 102


510 Desmond Drive SE


Lacey, WA 98503


Phone: 360-753-4324


Cell: 360-561-8317


email: Cindy_Schexnider@fws.gov

Neil Quackenbush

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

510 Desmond Drive SE, Suite 102

Lacey, WA  98503


Training available to handle oiled birds

It’s a not well understood issue with the public, that if there were an oil spill, that most volunteers could be turned away without proper training. Getting this training now would allow you to be put to work helping when it would be most needed. Here’s your chance!


Attached is registration information for the 2012 oiled wildlife class series, to be held June 2 and June 23 at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. The classes, sponsored by the Clallam Marine Resources Committee and Surfrider, offer training to volunteers who want to be able to help wildlife in the event of an oil spill. Actual wildlife (well, domesticated wildlife – ducks, actually) will be a part of the training – nothing like hands-on experience to make it real.

8-hour Hazwoper certification is required to take these classes. Class limit is 24 people per class.

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. You can click on the link in the pdf file, or directly on the link below:


Please call or write with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at oiled wildlife recovery class!

Thank you
Cathy Lear
Habitat Biologist
B.I.-&-S.-training-6-2-2012.jpgB I S training 6 2 2012

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