Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday, and In Otter News

Ask The Governor a Question

via KCTS9
KCTS 9 is collecting questions for Washington Governor Jay Inslee for our upcoming 60-minute Q&A show. Send in your questions in advance or during the live broadcast on Wednesday, June 25, 7pm – 8pm.
 *Please bear this in mind when phrasing your questions:

 If the Governor allows someone representing a specific business project to talk to him, then we could go to court to sue because, by law, he is supposed to wait for the EIS.
 And conversely. To avoid that legal challenges from industry, phrase the questions without reference to a specific projects (or projects in general).  Otherwise, his answer will be evasive. Here are some questions I'd ask, if I got called on. 1.  Do you agree with these two statement. 
  • It is urgent to reduce existing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases.
  • We should not be building more infrastructure which will sustain or increase those levels.

2.  Should we be building additional facilities for oil trains before the new federal safety standards are implemented?

King County Council passes measure to address risk of oil trains

The King County Council on Monday unanimously passed legislation directing emergency officials to study the risks of transporting oil products by rail and to prepare for possible accidents.“We have seen the tragic results of catastrophic oil train derailments in other regions. With shipments of Bakken formation crude on the rise through King County, we must be prepared,” said Councilmember Rod Dembowski, author of the motion and chairman of the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, in a media release. “It is important that we are ready to respond to any disaster that may threaten lives, our environment, or cause major disruption to our regional economy. King County is home to the spine of our regional rail infrastructure, which is critically important to our shipping and manufacturing sectors.”

Oil Spin in Colorado Dumps 7,500 Gallons

A storage tank that was damaged due to floodwaters leaked over 7,500 gallons of crude into Colorado’s Poudre River close to Windsor, covering vegetation downstream more than a quarter of a mile. However, it does not seem to have affected drinking water said state officials on Friday.The riverbank where the tank was sitting was undercut due to river flows being high causing it to fall and break a valve, said the Department of Natural Resources.

BC's Rising Oil Spill Risk Threatens Otters: Washington State Report

New risks from Canadian oil tanker spills confront the 1,100 sea otters living around the Olympic Peninsula, said an internal report of March 2014 by the Washington State Ecology Department.The otters live from Point Grenville to Neah Bay on the rocky and perilous west coast of the state, about half of them around Destruction Island. Their cousins who share the Salish Sea north of the B.C. border are considered an endangered species in Canada.

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