If you were unable to attend the dozens of obscure public (and not-so-public) local water-policy meetings that have taken place over the past year, you are sure to find Mr. Eskridge’s commentary highly informative.
Council passes 6th-moratorium on Cherry Point Industries ‘and’ voted to use tax dollars to pay Cascadia Law (environmental law firm based in Seattle, WA) to rewrite the Cherry Point Industrial zoning regulations, aka “Cherry Point Comp Plan Update,” with the intent to send to your Whatcom County Planning Commission for review and advisement to the Council.
Last week the Whatcom County Council voted to move forward with a proposal for review by the Whatcom County Planning Commission which would dramatically change the operations and safety of Cherry Point Industries.
It appears that sometime in December, Councilman Donovan (as he stated in the COTW meeting) worked with Alex Ramel, Extreme Oil Field Director for STAND.earth; Eddy Ury, Clean Energy Program Manager forRE Sources and Tom Ehrlichman, Environmental Attorney withSalish Law, to draft even more expansive changes to impact the Cherry Point fossil fuel facilities. These changes expand conditional use permits for all fossil fuel facilities – refined and unrefined and expand SEPA and GHG analysis (see blog for more details).
The Whatcom County Council seems intent on stopping all future fossil fuel jobs at Cherry Point. The latest proposed changes to the county’s zoning rules would create nearly-impossible hurdles for developing new fossil fuel facilities and for expanding existing refineries.
Locals showed up on short notice to share their opposition to Initiative 1631 in downtown Bellingham at City Hall. The Bellingham City Council announced their plan to vote on supporting I-1631 and asking Bellingham to vote for the first ever “carbon tax,” which will remove $30 billion dollars from private citizens in new taxes and higher prices.