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.
When is a fix not a fix? When the process to come to a consensus has been set up for failure because everyone was not at the same table ‘and’ that appears to have been the plan all along.
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.
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.
A last-ditch effort to approve an update to the Watershed Management Plan for Whatcom County on time fails but hope for local input is not lost. Other local entities involved appear to be allowing more time to reach agreement.
Common Threads NW received a copy of the email sent to the Whatcom County Council from Perry Eskridge, of the Land Use Caucus, a member of the Planning Unit which has been tasked to complete an updated water planning report by February of 2019. The letter sent to the Council clearly questions the tactics used and failure of the Council …