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Poll Finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

The ECOreport looks into new public opinion research from the Puget Sound, where a poll finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

By Roy L Hales

Though there are a couple of operational projects along the United States eastern seaboard,1 tidal energy is still an infant technology. The Puget Sound is one of the most promising locations on the West Coast. In 2014 developers aborted a proposed project in Admiralty Inlet, between the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island, because of ballooning costs. More recently,  a University of Washington poll finds Washington residents support tidal energy.

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  1. In the United States, Verdant Power first piloted an array of small turbines in the East River of New York as part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project and was the world’s first grid-connected tidal array demonstration. The Maine Tidal Energy Project, led by developer Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) featured one grid-connected turbine in Cobscook Bay, ME” – Stacia J. Dreyer et al, Changing Tides: Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States, ScienceDirect, Volume 29, July 2017, p 74

Forcing Scott Pruitt To Protect Salmon from Climate Change

The ECOreport looks at how an environmental coalition is  forcing Scott Pruitt to protect salmon from climate change

By Roy L Hales

Though Scott Pruitt’s antiquated beliefs on climate change are no secret, the recent disclosure of 7,500 emails shows how closely the former Oklahoma Attorney General used his position to further them. According to Amy Attwood, endangered species legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, “No right-wing cause seemed to be off-limits to Pruitt’s public office as he focused on weakening protections for the climate and endangered species.” He is about to get another chance. Columbia Riverkeeper, Snake River Waterkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources have filed a suit forcing Scott Pruitt to protect salmon from climate change.

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North America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.

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EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

The ECOreport looks into why the EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1In what may soon be the type of action relegated to history, on November 29 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criticized the U.S. Army Corps draft environmental impact statement for what could be the the largest coal export terminal in North America, “because it fails to consider adverse impacts from the project.”  The EPA calls federal review of Longview Coal Terminal inadequate.

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Hundreds Speak Against Proposed Longview Coal Facility

The ECOreport reposts a press release from Washington state, Hundreds Speak Against Proposed Longview Coal Facility

Press Release from Power Past Coal

Longview, WA – Hundreds of residents from across the Pacific Northwest testified today against a proposal to build the largest coal export terminal in North America in Longview, Washington.

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Environmental Study for Grays Harbor’s Crude-By-Rail Facility

The ECOreport reposts news about the environmental study for Grays Harbor’s crude-by-rail facility

Press Release from Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association, Grays Harbor Audubon, Stand Up to Oil Campaign & Quinault Indian Nation

Hoquiam, WA – The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Westway Terminal Company’s proposed crude-by-rail facility at the Port of Grays Harbor was released today amidst widespread opposition and calls for the City of Hoquiam to deny a permit. After a successful challenge to the original permit, this FEIS has gone through public review with overwhelming opposition. This is the final review stop before the City of Hoquiam can make a permit decision.
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Forcing EPA To Protect Salmon

The ECOreport looks into a legal action Washington state,  forcing EPA to protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere have been salmon die-offs since the mid-1990s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on the verge of addressing this issue more than a decade ago. Vested interests objected.  The idea was shelved until last year’s drought. After water temperatures rose 4 degrees above the lethal ceiling (68 degrees F), 96% of the returning adult sockeye died before they could pass beyond the Lower Granite dam. Now a coalition of environmental groups  is forcing EPA to protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers.
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Whatcom County Imposed 60 Day Moratorium On Unrefined Oil Projects

The ECOreport looks into news that Whatcom County imposed 60 day moratorium on unrefined oil projects

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere 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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Expanding EV Infrastructure In Eastern Washington

The ECOreport looks at a new pilot program, expanding EV infrastructure in eastern Washington state

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Washington currently has 16,000 electric vehicles and plans to more than triple this number by 2020. Most of this development will occur in the state’s western metropolitan areas. Between 350 – 400 EV owners are in Avista Utilities service area.  Now the utility is  expanding EV infrastructure in eastern Washington.

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Halt Pacific Northwest Oil Trains

The ECOreport looks into Governors of Washington & Oregon calling upon the FRA to halt Pacific Northwest oil trains

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe oil train you see above may be one of the last to pass through Hood River, Oregon.  Three weeks ago a near catastrophic derailment/fire occurred in the neighbouring town of Mosier. The town is still  dealing with the aftereffects. Thursday the Federal Rail Authority’s (FRA) Preliminary report blamed the incident on Union Pacific’s failure to maintain their tracks.  Now the  Governors of Washington and Oregon are calling upon the FRA to halt Pacific Northwest oil trains.
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