Thank you for approving the interim moratorium for Cherry Point and other things regarding the Cherry Point Amendments / Letter to Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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March 29, 2017  Dena Jensen

Last week Whatcom County Council voted 6-1, Council Member Brenner opposed, to approve 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.”  I wanted to write this week to thank them for approving the moratorium. Continue reading

A Tea Party by any other name / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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March 26, 2016  Sandy Robson

The Whatcom Tea Party is ostensibly defunct.  A March 12, 2017, email newsletter sent by the Whatcom Tea Party’s “Town Crier,” to the group’s email mailing list subscribers, stated in part:

“It is with some regret, but also the knowledge that it was a great catalyst, that the Whatcom Tea Party closed its doors effective January 27, 2017, so that we can continue to move forward with our new projects. The tea party lives on, but with new names and new organizations.

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Public testimony of retired refinery worker, Steve Garey, at 3/21/17 Whatcom County Public Hearing regarding increased unrefined fossil fuel export moratorium/ Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic to view Mr. Garey’s public testimony, which begins at around the 01:00:40 mark on the video (the linked graphic should take you to that location on the video) at the March 21, 2017 Whatcom County Council Meeting.

March 24, 2017  Dena Jensen

Here is a transcript of the public comment offered by retired refinery worker Steve Garey, at the March 21, 2017, Whatcom County Public Hearing on “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.”  The interim ordinance was approved by the Whatcom County Council on the evening of the hearing, by a vote of 6-1, Council Member Brenner opposed.  Continue reading

Obstructive behavior from Senator Doug Ericksen’s office / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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22 mins March 21, 2017  Sandy Robson

This is a lengthy post, but I wanted to tell the complete story of my experience in calling Senator Ericksen’s office on March 17th, and March 20th. My story is below:

-March 17th
As a constituent, I contacted Senator Doug Ericksen’s office at about 12:00 noon on Friday, March 17th, to ask about an amendment I heard that Senator Ericksen had proposed to HB 1001, which was scheduled for a Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee meeting on March 21st. Continue reading

Preserve and Protect Xwe’chi’eXen/Cherry Point / Slide show, Noisy Waters Northwest

March 20, 2017  Dena Jensen

Please click the biggest photo “Cherry Point is a true heartbeat for our community,” to page through the slides at your leisure and in order!  Share this slide show with friends who care about Cherry Point and with people you know who are members of the Whatcom Business Alliance and may not be aware of this information. Continue reading

Letter to BP’s Associate Director, NW Government and Public Affairs regarding Cherry Point Amendments / Dena Jensen

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You can view the full version of the Whatcom County Council’s September 14, 2017 Proposed Cherry Point Amendments by clicking the graphic above.

Saturday March 12, 2017  Dena Jensen

I am posting a letter that I sent on March 11, 2017 to BP’s Associate Director of NW Government and Public Affairs Pam Brady, who is on the Board of Directors of the Whatcom Business Alliance.  The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) is increasingly promoting their campaign against elements of the Whatcom County Council Proposed Cherry Point Amendments to our County’s long-term planning document, the Comprehensive Plan.   Continue reading

Biggest Bullshit Not Called Out During Ericksen Town Hall Meeting: In Defense of Trees / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Click the above graphic to view the full report: “The Economic Benefits of Old-Growth Forests in the Pacific Northwest, An Overview” prepared for Earthjustice by ECONorthwest

38 mins  March 5, 2017  Wendy Harris

I have heard this meme before… trees take up more water from the ground than a single family residence. That is not the issue. The issue is how that water is then used to help or hurt the environment. Continue reading