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Whatcom County Council Studys How to Prevent Increased Train Oil Car Traffic. Will They Spend More to Study How to Prevent Increased Pipeline Traffic and Processing at Cherry Point, Too?

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

In 2016 the Whatcom County Council passed a moratorium on permitting for new projects related to fossil fuels in the Cherry Point Industrial Zone. At the same time the Council also approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study to stop the expansion (growth) or exports of fossil fuels from these facilities, too. The focus of that study was …

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Citizen Journalism: Current Status of Whatcom County’s Water Resource Planning Program

In Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

Minutes and opinion piece from the Whatcom County Planning Unit work over the previous month. This information has been submitted and provided to Common Threads NW from the combined works of Skip Richards and Roger Almskaar. Current Status of Whatcom County’s Water Resource Planning Program This report is the first in a monthly series. It will summarize the background and …

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Citizen Journalism: Planning Unit Meeting May 9th, 2018

In Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

The following meeting minutes were provided by a CTNW Citizen Journalist. PU – GFC Meeting – Draft Meeting Notes; BIAW Conference Room (1650 Baker Creek Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226), May 9, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm Attendees: Kurt Baumgarten, Linda Twitchell, Henry Bierlink, Rebecca Schlotterback, Ander Russell, Shannon Moore, Fred Likkel, Dan Eisses, Paul Isaacson, John Mercer, Skip Richards, Gary Stoyka, Cliff Strong, Becky Peterson …

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Ignoring Costs to Community the Bellingham City Council Approves 100% Green Energy Agenda

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

WHATCOM BUSINESS ALLIANCE NEWS UPDATE     City of Bellingham Passes Clean Energy Measure Industry warnings about costs, reliability overruled, by Brett Bonner, WBA Public Policy Director The Bellingham City Council has decided to move the city toward 100% renewable electricity, heating and transportation by 2035. The Council voted Monday night (5/7/18) in favor of a resolution that energy industry representatives say …

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Watershed Management Board Diminishes the Role of Stakeholders

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

This recently released PDF document shows the plans being made by the Watershed Management Board to run meetings and exclude the legally authorized WRIA 1 – Planning Unit members from the process. In October 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 6091, which redefined the need for an updated watershed plan and acknowledge that the lead agency is Whatcom County Council …

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Tribes Seek Ability to Have Co-Equal Rights to Govern States

In Common Voices, Economy, Farming, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

The most important Washington lawsuit you have never heard of by NYNorthwest.com / posted Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 am http://mynorthwest.com/967315/washington-native-american-tribes-salmon-case/ Former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, says it’s the most important case Washingtonians have never heard about, yet its results could dramatically change how government works in the Pacific Northwest. “It really is breathtaking in its potential …