Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grays Harbor County Coastal Futures Workshop

Hello Grays Harbor Co. Stakeholders,

Please save a date for April 18th 4-7pm at Grays Harbor College for the next in person workshop. A detailed agenda will follow, but for now we will plan to review the modeling progress we’ve made since we last met in June, including a walk through the initial scenario results.

Next Workshop:
Grays Harbor County Coastal Futures - Initial Results Meeting 
Date - April 18, 2017
Time - 4-7pm
Location - Grays Harbor College, Room 4134 
Light refreshments provided
Agenda to follow

Questionnaire:
Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the coastal development and planning questionnaire.  We will be following up with those of you who volunteered to participate in the Coastal Development and Planning work group to review the survey results (anonymous) and make decisions on how we will move forward on a few last details.  

We are looking forward to seeing you in April.

Best,
John and the CIRC team
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John Stevenson
Regional Extension Climate Specialist
PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)
Oregon Sea Grant Extension
Twitter: @CIRC_Extension


Friday, April 7, 2017

April Calendar



We have a lot Events packed into the next weeks, here's a handy list with links.
Solutionary Rail April 20, 6pm at The Furford Center, 104 So Chehalis Street in Aberdeen (Entrance is at the rear of the building) 
Solutionary Rail is a Just Transition proposal for a green energy future, uniting diverse stakeholders, powering trains with clean renewable energy, and using railroad rights of way for high voltage transmission of wind and solar power. Learn more about this visionary yet do-able plan to decarbonize our transportation and energy infrastructure at solutionaryrail.org/summary.



Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock April 25, 7pm at Events on Emerson, 4th and Emerson Street, Hoquiam (Free to the public, donations happily accepted for the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund.)
In 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. Josh Fox James Spione Myron Dewey Digital Smoke Signals are honored to present a new documentary 'AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock,' which captures some of the many stories of the Native-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which forever changed the way people approach the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure, Big Oil and climate change.

Science Event at Grays Harbor College





The People's Climate March for Climate, Jobs, & Justice April 29, 1pm Zelasko Park, between Heron & Wishkah at F Street, Aberdeen. 
This is a sister march in solidarity with the Washington DC March.
Join our 4th annual rally at Zelasko Park for music, Solar and Wind displays and speakers. Then we will gather tamborines, cowbells, drums, kazoos & train whistles as our People's Marching Band travels along Heron, cross to Wishkah and return to the rally. Free & Kid friendly! 
email Tammy for more info and Art Build times. cleangraysharbor@gmail.com



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Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium at Evergreen Longhouse May 4-5, 10am, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.
The 2nd annual Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 in The Evergreen State College's Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. This year the Symposium theme is “A Time for Gathering.” The event is free and open to the public.

May 5-7, Hoquiam. After all that, you deserve to see what we are fighting to protect, so head over to Bowerman Basin and walk the Sandpiper trail at Grays Harbor Shorebirds and Nature Festival.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Supreme Court finds in favor of ORMA- Major Win!


Quinault Indian Nation via QIN Environmental Defense
WA Supreme Court Decision Blocks Remaining Grays Harbor Crude-by-Rail Terminal:
State high court justices rule protections in vital coastal resources law applies
Olympia, WA—Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled a state law that protects coastal resources applies to crude oil export projects proposed in Grays Harbor. The decision will block the last proposed crude-by-rail terminal in Hoquiam, a project that planned to move millions of gallons of crude oil out of Grays Harbor and through Washington’s open ocean every year.
“The Quinault Indian Nation joins all of Grays Harbor in celebrating today’s monumental victory to keep crude oil out of our shared waters and ancestral territory,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation. “Like so many of our neighbors across the county, we envision a healthy and pristine natural environment and a thriving, clean, and sustainable economy. After four very long years of fighting for those basic ideals, today’s decision is a significant step toward achieving our collective vision.”
The state high court justices overturned a lower court ruling that the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA) did not apply to oil shipping terminals. The Court held:
“ORMA is designed to address environmental threats to our coastal waters and specifically addresses the threats posed by increased expansion of the fossil fuel industry along the Pacific Coast. … The language of the statute indicates that the legislature intended it to combat current environmental dangers and to preemptively protect the coastline from future environmental risks.”
“The Court honored a law enacted to protect our natural ocean resources from oil shipping,” said Kristen Boyles, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case for the Tribe and conservation groups. “Today’s decision not only revives state ocean protections, but effectively blocks proposed oil shipping terminals from being built in Grays Harbor.”
“We know what we have here in Grays Harbor with our active commercial, recreational, and tribal fishing fleets, our beautiful beaches that draw families to explore, play, and relax, and our coastal waters that support thousands of migrating seabirds every year,” said R.D. Grunbaum, Friends of Grays Harbor. “These natural resources and values are simply incompatible with industrial oil shipping.”
“This is a strong decision protecting and preserving coastal communities now and into the future,” said Dale Beasley, President of the Coalition of Coastal Fisheries, a group that includes Washington commercial fishermen, oyster growers, and charter boat operators. “Today’s decision gives commercial fishermen another handle to protect our livelihoods.”
In late 2013, the Quinault Indian Nation, Friends of Grays Harbor, Sierra Club, Grays Harbor Audubon, and Citizens for a Clean Harbor (co-counseled by Earthjustice attorneys Kristen Boyles and Matt Baca and Knoll Lowney of Smith and Lowney) successfully challenged the initial permits issued for oil shipping terminal projects in Grays Harbor, forcing further public safety and environmental review. Two of the three initial proposals dropped out, leaving the Westway (recently renamed Contanda) Terminal project as the only active proposal. The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Westway, issued in September 2016, found that there were significant harms and risks from the oil shipping terminal that could not be mitigated, even though it did not take into account the tighter standards demanded of projects under ORMA. The City of Hoquiam is currently making a decision on Westway’s permit application.
With today’s Supreme Court decision, ORMA’s protective standards must now be applied, and Westway simply will not be able to meet those higher requirements.
FACTS ABOUT THE RISKS OF CRUDE OIL TO THE MARITIME ECONOMY OF GRAYS HARBOR:
• The Washington Department of Ecology found that these projects create serious and harmful risks of oil spills, collisions, derailments, fires, and explosions that would cause significant and unavoidable environmental damage.
• An economic study commissioned by the Quinault Indian Nation found that a major oil spill could put more than 150 tribal commercial fishermen out of a job, resulting in a direct loss of as much as $20 million in wages and up to $70 million in revenue for affected businesses.
• Marine resource jobs support more than 30% of Grays Harbor’s workforce according to a 2013 study by the University of Washington.
• In 2014 Washington residents took an estimated 4.1 million trips to the Washington Coast spending $481 million according to a recent study. More than one-third of those visits were to Grays Harbor County to enjoy its spectacular and productive coastal and ocean waters.
• The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife stated “Grays Harbor is an area particularly sensitive to the adverse effects of oil spills.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DeSmogBlog on Crude Oil Volatility

Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization

In July 2015, a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in Culbertson, Montana resulting in an oil spill of 35,000 gallons - more than the contents of a full rail tank car. But unlike all of the other Bakken train accidents where large amounts of oil were spilled something odd happened. There was no explosion or…

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Standing with Standing Rock



For Immediate Release
TAHOLAH, WA (11/2/16)—The Quinault Indian Nation has written to Governor Jack Dalrymple and Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley of North Dakota, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy in support of water protectors opposing the Dakota Annex Pipeline, according to Quinault President Fawn Sharp.
            “The Quinault Nation stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” said President Sharp. The protest has drawn the attention and actions of more than 200 tribes. More than 2,000 water protectors have been on-site and support rallies have been conducted in cities across the country.
            “The situation at Standing Rock is a prime example of the need to fundamentally change relationships between the United States and Tribal Nations. For years, we have sought to resolve concerns through open, respectful dialogue. The United States has a responsibility and duty to honor our treaties which are part of the supreme law of the land under the Constitution and to work with us on a government-to-government basis. That responsibility includes protection from the types of out-of-control, militaristic actions being taken against peaceful protestors in North Dakota.  The protestors are seeking to prevent catastrophic damage to water and cultural resources and the right to be consulted and engage in meaningful dialogue before irreparable harm occurs. To us, a meaningful relationship is defined by a mutual understanding that no one sovereign can take unilateral action affecting the lands, territories, or people of another sovereign and certainly not over that sovereign’s objections and without the other's consent.  We need real progress and acknowledgment of and respect for sovereign rights and true adherence to our treaties and the Federal Trust Responsibility.  A true dialogue between sovereign nations is an absolute necessity.  Quinault formally requested a government-to-government discussion on our proposed framework with the Obama Administration three years ago.  We are still awaiting their response,” said Sharp.
            The late Joe DeLaCruz, long time President of Quinault Nation once said, “"No right is more sacred to a nation, to a people, than the right to freely determine its social, economic, political and cultural future without external interference. The fullest expression of this right occurs when a nation freely governs itself. We call the exercise of this right self-determination. The practice of this right is self-government."
            “It’s time for tribes to receive the respect, acknowledgment and treatment we deserve as the sovereign governments we are, and always have been. The civil rights violations taking place in North Dakota—the arrests, the gassing, the clubbing—is outside interference with our constitutionally supported nation-to-nation relationship with the United States. It must be stop,” said Sharp.
            The Quinault letter to Governor Dalrymple and Lt. Governor Wrigley, signed by Sharp, urged the recall of the National Guard and a halt of the interference with the protestors’ First Amendment Constitutional rights to free speech. “The presence of the National Guard has escalated violence and put human safety at risk. Your immediate action is critical to de-escalate the violence and safeguard the lives of all of those present,” it said.
            The letter to Attorney General Lynch urged immediate action to protect the safety of those protesting the devastation to their sacred land and to help reduce tensions by sending observers to the protest site. It said this would help safeguard the protectors of water and land, and will protect their First Amendment Constitutional rights to free speech. “Your action is critical to fulfilling your trust and treaty obligations to protect tribal lands, waters, and sacred places,” wrote President Sharp.
            The letter to Assistant Secretary Darcy called for an immediate Stop Work Order halting construction within a mile between Highway 1806 and the Missouri River to protect the safety of those protesting the devastation to their sacred land. “We urge that a temporary Stop Work Order remain in effect until the Army Corps of Engineers makes its decision regarding the Lake Oahe easement. Such action will de-escalate the violence and safeguard the lives of all of those present. Your action is critical to fulfilling your trust and treaty obligations to protect tribal lands, waters, and sacred places,” wrote Sharp.
            The Quinault letters were mailed yesterday. On Friday, the National Congress of American Indians, which represents 550 tribes nationwide, had issued the following statement.
            "The actions by law enforcement in North Dakota are shocking and the NCAI community is at a loss trying to grasp the events of yesterday's attack on protectors gathered to defend water rights, lands, and sacred places. We are working closely with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they strive for peace during this difficult time. The Army Corps has a tremendous amount of responsibility for this conflict.  Despite federal laws and Executive Order, the permitting process for the Dakota Access Pipeline was anything but transparent, tribal consultation did not occur, and even the Department of the Interior's concerns over tribal water supplies and cultural resources were ignored. We call on the Army Corps of Engineers to deploy an immediate "stop order" on the Dakota Access Pipeline, deny the easement, and conduct a full environmental impact study. We also call on the Department of Justice to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of thousands of Native protectors and allies. We will not stand for the continued violation of our First Amendment rights and Tribal Sovereign rights. Enough is enough."
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CONTACT:    Steve Robinson  
(360) 951-2494     

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Washington Supreme Courts Hears Ocean Resources arguments

Today Washington State Supreme Court heard Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA) arguments from the Quinault, and our, lawyer, Kristen Boyles. We are so privileged  to have them both!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Other Shoe Has Dropped - FEIS and Shoreline Permit


The City of Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
At this point, there is no comment period on this final document.
You can take action by sending a letter to Mayor Jasmine Dickhoff & City Administrator Brian Shay at our website, http://www.cleanharbor.org/ Feel free to add your own comment to the letter.
Our friends at the National Audubon Society also have an action page, that as of yesterday has generated 10,216 letters. Please use these links in your social media, with the hashtag #nowestway


On Oct 13, the City will issue the Notice of Westway's Application for Shoreline Substantial Development Permit and you will be able to download it. The first publication of this Notice in the City's official newspaper will be on Oct 13, and the Second publication will be on Oct 20. Comments will be taken on the Shorelines application from Oct 13 until Nov 19. 
This is not a decision yet. It is the first step in the process. 

The city should use the findings of the F.E.I.S. to deny this first permit in the process, and stop all the dominoes behind it. 
The F.E.I.S shows 35 instances where they comment that there are unavoidable impacts. Twelve times they’ve answer “yes” to that question and that it cannot be mitigated.