Bellingham Port Commission, District 1 candidate Dan Robbins’ support from fossil fuel interests in past and present elections / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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7 hrs  October 26, 2017  Sandy Robson

Today a sponsored Facebook ad came into my feed from candidate for Port of Bellingham Commission, Dan Robbins, via his “Vote Dan Robbins” campaign page.

Robbins is running against Port candidate Michael Shepard, whose background garnered him an endorsement by the Washington Conservation Voters, which supports environmentally responsible candidates who their organization expects to be environmental champions that will protect and restore Washington’s environment. Continue reading

GPT EIS contract Q & A between County Administration and Whatcom County Council; and the $313,000 EIS consultant claimed it’s owed by GPT applicant

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Click on the graphic to view a transcript of Q&A between county executive officials and county council members on the GPT EIS preparation contract at the September 13, 2016 Whatcom County Council Finance and Administrative Services committee meeting

October 12, 2016  Sandy Robson

During the September 13, 2016 Whatcom County Council Finance and Administrative Services Committee meeting, County Deputy Executive Tyler Schroeder, gave a presentation to Council about proposed contract Amendment 5.1 to the June 2012 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) preparation contract for the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) and interrelated Custer Spur Modification projects.  Continue reading

GPT EIS ramp-down activities to ensure that work is closed out in an orderly fashion and can be efficiently resumed at a future date / Letter to Whatcom County Council and Deputy County Executive Tyler Schroeder, Dena Jensen

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Screen shot of language from “Attachment A: Scope of Work – Ramp Down Plan” found on page 14 of contract #201205028 (highlighting added)

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Screen shot of language on Whatcom County Planning and Development’s Gateway Pacific Terminal Proposed Project webpage, Project Update section (highlighting added)

September 3, 2016  Dena Jensen

Subject: Request that the Project Update on the county’s GPT webpage be updated with more details

Dear Whatcom County Council and Deputy Whatcom County Executive Schroeder:

In my September 1, 2016 email to the Whatcom County Council, copied to Deputy County Executive Schroeder and County Executive Louws, regarding denying the contract extension for the preparation of the EIS for the GPT project the first two paragraphs read as follows: Continue reading

Requesting that the County Council deny the contract extension for the preparation of the EIS for the GPT project / Letter to the Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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May 9, 2016 United States Army Corps of Engineers Determination from their Memorandum for Record, Subject: Gateway Pacific Terminal Project and Lummi Nation’s Usual and Accustomed Treaty Fishing Rights at Cherry Point, Washington

September 1, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Council:

It is my understanding from an email sent by Deputy Whatcom County Executive Tyler Schroeder to a friend of mine, that the parties of the contract, which I assume is for the preparation of the EIS for the GPT project of which the parties include CH2M HILL and Whatcom County, have agreed between each other for the contract to be extended 180 days from the date of contract signature, or March 13, 2016, whichever occurs first, “to accomplish ramp-down contract activities to ensure that the work and the contract are closed out in an orderly fashion.”  Continue reading

Whatcom County Council will have a vote, Sept. 13, on newest contract extension for GPT EIS / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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May 9, 2016 Lummi Nation press release responding to the USACE decision to deny the Section 404/10 permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project

September 1, 2016  Sandy Robson

Whatcom County Administration continues to breathe life into the Gateway Pacific Terminal project even after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Section 404/10 permit needed on May 9th, and after the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the lease needed on June 6th. Continue reading

BNSF does not have the authority to determine what is enforceable or unenforceable under federal law / Letter to the Blaine City Council, Paula Rotundi

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August 14, 2016  Paula Rotundi

August 12, 2016
Dear City Council Members,
It is my understanding from reading The Northern Light that you received a letter from BNSF Railway urging you to refrain from voting to outlaw shipments of oil and coal by rail because such a measure is “unenforceable under federal law and costly for taxpayers”. Before deciding that you must do as BNSF says, I ask that you please consider the following information: Continue reading