The ECOreport reposts news of British Columbian Premier Christy Clark’s sudden about turn on US Coal imports
Editor’s note: For anyone aware of the Lower Mainland’s long struggle against British Columbia’s proposed coal port expansion, this reversal look like an incredibly Machiavellian election ploy.
Originally Published on Dogwood
BURNABY — After years of pressure from health professionals, climate experts, municipal governments and citizen groups including Dogwood BC, Premier Christy Clark has suddenly moved to ban American thermal coal exports through Lower Mainland ports.
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The ECOreport looks into news that Whatcom County imposed 60 day moratorium on unrefined oil projects
By Roy L Hales
There were good reasons to exempt railroads from local control when they were first built across North America, but that has changed. The railways might never have been built, if the had not been protected from a multitude of municipal taxes and regulations. There are different challenges today. The question is whether local communities have a right to decide what projects make sense for them. This is the central issue behind the council vote Tuesday night, when Whatcom County imposed 60 day moratorium on unrefined oil projects.
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The ECOreport reposts news of the Totem Pole Journey: a 5,000 Mile Tribal Journey Opposing Fossil Fuel Expansion
Press Release from The Totem Pole Journey
Bellingham (WA) On August 23 the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation will begin a 5,000-mile trip across the western United States and Canada with a 22-foot long totem pole to bring attention to proposed fossil fuel terminals, oil trains, coal trains, and oil pipelines and the threat they pose to tribes and local communities.
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The ECOreport reposts an appealer public engagement, Let’s stop the LAST coal terminal in the PNW!
Press Release from Friends of the San Juans
Together we have resolutely stood up to Big Coal for the past six years. Now is our moment to say NO to what would be the nation’s largest coal export terminal.Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology published a draft study evaluating the potential environmental impacts of the proposed coal export terminal near Longview. Millennium Bulk Terminals proposes to build and operate a terminal that would handle up to 44 million metric tons of coal annually. The public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this massive coal export terminal is open until June 13th. Please make a comment and support the health of our communities and climate.
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The ECOreport reposts DEIS findings re moving +44 million tons of coal in uncovered trains along the Columbia River. Proposed Longview terminal emissions equivalent to 5 coal plants
Press Release from Columbia Riverkeeper
April 29, 2016 (Longview, WA) – The Washington Department of Ecology today released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River. The report comes after the agency received over 165,000 public comments calling for a broad review of the proposed coal export terminal.
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The ECOreport reposts a story about the Puget Sound Transitioning From Coal, towards retiring Colstrip Units 1 and 2
Originally Published on Sierra Club Washington
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a petition filed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Sierra Club and the NW Energy Coalition asking to delay the pending April 1, 2016 rate case with the commitment that PSE include a retirement and cleanup plan for the older coal-fired units Colstrip Units 1 and 2. The new rate case must be filed no later than January 17, 2017.
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Fossil Fuel Development Continues Unabated On The West Coast
By Roy L Hales
Are the drought conditions spreading throughout the West Coast connected to climate transformation? States of emergency have been declared in California, Washington and parts of Oregon. Though British Columbia has not experienced this, a recent computer simulation predicted 80% of its glaciers could disappear over the next decade. This entire region responded by joining with eight other states, on three continents, in a pact to tackle Climate Change. Yet the development of fossil fuel continues, so what has the Under 2 MOU changed on the West Coast?
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The ECOreport reposts BC Community groups, local residents launch Federal Court challenge over coal transport
Originally Published on EcoJustice
A Port Metro Vancouver-issued permit to build a coal transfer facility on the Fraser River must be quashed on grounds of procedural fairness and failure to consider climate impacts, Ecojustice lawyers said today.
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By Roy L Hales The state of Washington has experienced “a lengthening of the frost-free season, and more frequent nighttime heat waves. Sea level is rising along most of Washington’s coast, coastal ocean acidity has increased, glacial area and spring snowpack have declined, and peak streamflows in many rivers have shifted earlier in the year.” Continue reading Washington State Sets up a Carbon Task Force
By Roy L Hales
The coal terminals in BC’s Lower Mainland are being enlarged to handle a great deal more cargo. The capacity of Neptune Terminals, in North Vancouver, has doubled. Westshore Terminals, in Delta, has applied to make a $230 million “upgrade.” It has yet to be seen if a new coal terminal will go in at Fraser Surrey Docks. Just before Burnaby’s council passed a resolution showing their opposition to the proposal, Mayor Derek Corrigan commented that BC is turning into a Banana Republic.
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