Feb. 27th, 2018 – Interim Moratorium AB2018-077: Imposing an Interim Moratorium on the Acceptance & Processing of Applications & Permits for New or Expanded Facilities

In Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

The Whatcom County Council approved introduction of AB2018-077, an interim moratorium on the issuance of permits for projects related to the exportation of fossil fuels. This action was approved by Councilmembers Buchanan, Ballew, Browne, Donovan, and Sidhu. Voting against the introduction of this item were Councilmembers Byrd and Brenner.

The industries at Cherry Point continue to face a County Council that has a goal to restrict its ability to grow. If this interim moratorium is passed and this Council continues to prevent these industries to operate competitively in a global market; how long will it be before they begin to shutter their doors and move out of Whatcom County?

Public comment on interim moratorium AB2018-077 will be taken on Feb. 27th, 2018, at the Council’s regular evening meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Contact your County Council representative to share your thoughts on how they should vote on this issue. Don’t have an elected representative for your district? Districts 4 and 5 will not have the privilege of an publicly elected representative until Nov. 2019. Let them know how you feel about that, too.

New District 1: Rud BrowneEmail and phone: 360-820-9494, Term expires: January 2022, District: In 2017, Councilmember Browne served the old at-large position, and was elected to serve the new district 1, beginning in January 2018.

New District 2Todd DonovanEmail and Phone: 360-483-8474
Term expires: January 2022, District: In 2017, Councilmember Donovan was elected to serve the new district 2 position.  He resigned his position serving the old district 1(B) to take office in the new district 2 position beginning in January 2018.

New District 3: Tyler ByrdEmail and Phone: 360-778-5021
Term expires: January 2022, District: 3 (new district)

New District 4: None

New District 5: None

Old District 3(B): Barbara Brenner , Email and phone: 360-384-2762, Term expires: January 2020, District: 3B (old district)

Old District 2(B): Satpal Sidhu , Email and Phone: 360-305-4948, Term expires: January 2020, District: 2B (old district)

At-large A: Barry BuchananEmail and phone: 360-224-4330, Term expires: January 2022, District: At-large (A)

At-large B: Timothy Ballew IIEmail and phone: 360-778-5024
Term expires: Interim position term expires at certification of a newly-elected Councilmember in November 2018. District: At-Large (B)

From: Dana Brown-Davis [mailto:DBrown@co.whatcom.wa.us] Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:15 PM
Subject: Cascadia Law Group Presentation to Council – February 27 (Council Meeting Begins at 6 p.m.)

Hello, all:

In 2017, the Whatcom County Council entered into a contract with Cascadia Law Group (Cascadia Law) for assistance in (1) examining existing County laws and developing recommendations for legal ways the County may choose to limit the negative impacts on public safety, transportation, the economy, and environment from crude oil, coal, liquefied petroleum gases, and natural gas exports from the Cherry Point UGA above levels in existence as of March 1, 2017; (2) providing clear guidance to current and future county councils on the County’ s legal rights, responsibilities and limitations regarding interpretation and application of project evaluation under Section 20.88.130 (Major Projects Permits) of the Whatcom County Code; and (3) based on the above study, developing proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments and associated code and rule amendments for Council consideration.

Cascadia Law has finished its work and submitted a report to Council entitled Reducing Impacts from Fossil Fuel Projects.  The full report, with appendices, can be found at http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/32762 (please note this is a large document and may take extra time to open).  Attorney Rod Brown from Cascadia Law will present findings from the report at the February 27, 2018 County Council meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Have a good afternoon.



Dana Brown-Davis, CMC / Clerk of the Council / 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 105 / Bellingham, WA / 98225 / 360.778.5010


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