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whatcom fallsWelcome to Noisy Waters Northwest! Many facts, figures, stories, and perspectives are, sadly, often unheralded in our local media in Whatcom County, Washington.  Click on the title of items on our picturesque story board for a refreshing splash of information that won’t be held back. If you prefer a list format click on the All Info Lists, here or the tab listed under Menu or next to our header. There is a search field on the list pages to search all information on this blog site. All posts note their categories of commentary or news related content. Continue reading

Town hall meeting/SEPA Public Hearing for the Cherry Point amendment? / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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September 28, 2016  Wendy Harris

On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whatcom County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, the public is invited to submit written comments and/or attend the meeting to provide oral comments on a SEPA hearing, which is strangely enough being held in conjunction with a town hall meeting. I was irate to see the public not being provided information and documents that are typically available for public review before a SEPA hearing. Continue reading

Writing in support of the ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on fossil fuel facility expansion at Cherry Point / Letter to the Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

 

September 25, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Council:
I am writing in support of the “Ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point.”

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The CAO Presentation To County Council / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

 

 

Yesterday at 3:17am  September 21, 2016  Wendy Harris

At the staff presentation to the county council on the Critical Area Ordinance, staff provided their goals and proposed changes (why are they making changes now?) without explaining how the CAO worked or how the new proposals fit into the CAO requirements. They skipped any mention of the Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas, and only mentioned farm plans with regard to an suggestion for an annual report. I felt this left the council and public uninformed. Continue reading

“Say Her Name: No More Silence” March / Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition

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September 22, 2016  Racial Justice Coalition

From the Facebook event information page:

Womxn (conventionally known as ‘women’) are silenced, womxn are erased, womxn are ignored, womxn are abused, womxn are victimized. Moreover womxn of color are continuously subjected to silence, erasure, violence and invisibility. Including the aforementioned we are constantly treated as objects, threats, even aggressors while being demonized and scapegoated.

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“Should work toward completion of the EIS be resumed, a new schedule will be developed.” / Noisy Waters Northwest, Dena Jensen

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September 19, 2016  Dena Jensen

Okay, what’s past is past.  The vote was cast to extend the contract for the GPT EIS Preparation.  But a sell job was done by the Whatcom County Executive office and I think it is important to understand how it was a sell job.  I believe I have pinned this down for my own understanding and maybe this explanation will help others understand why “contract completion” of the GPT EIS preparation contract is not accurate to describe what has now been approved by the Whatcom County Council, and why “contract suspension” is accurate and clearly indicates the EIS preparation, thus the contract, will not be completed, and can carry on in the future if the county and CH2M HILL agree to do so.  Continue reading

Please approve an extension for the emergency moratorium to protect Cherry Point / Letter to Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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Click the graphic to access the full copy of Ordinance 2016-031

September 18, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Council:

I have been trying to think if I have anything to say, now that you have already cast your votes to remain in a relationship with GPT proponents/consultants for another six months.

Here’s what I have and I deliver it in an effort to have it be helpful in future considerations and actions by the County Council: Continue reading