Senator Ericksen flees accountability in his representative role / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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Screenshot photo of Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), from a January 2015 legislative video update, published on YouTube, on January 23, 2015

February 20, 2017  Sandy Robson

Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), has been in hot water with constituents in the 42nd Legislative District he represents in Whatcom County, Washington, since late January. The lawmaker has drawn an outpouring of criticism from his constituents who feel Ericksen is under-representing them because of his current dual role as state senator, while also having recently accepted a position as Communications Director with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading

Council Member Weimer’s Cherry Point Comprehensive Plan amendments: important for health of environment and for safety of refinery workers / Letter to Whatcom County Planning Commission, Dena Jensen

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October 24, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Planning Commission:

I have been reading through the comments posted on the Cherry Point Amendments page of the Whatcom County website.  In light of the comments made by Cherry Point refinery employees and contractors who emphasized their efforts to maintain safety as a priority in their workplace, I wanted to offer some additional information to consider that is not strongly represented yet in the comments to date. 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