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Nov. 28, 2018 Planning Unit Meeting: Update for Whatcom County’s Water Planning Saga Continues

In Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

The group tasked with assuring that locals have a say over water rights in Whatcom County is refusing to change fees, daily usage and metering requirements for new rural well owners. On Nov. 28, the Planning Unit for WRIA1 – the Water Resource Inventory Area designated by state law that includes the Nooksack River basin and Lake Whatcom – passed …

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Whatcom County Council to Introduce New Interim Moratorium for Cherry Point

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, Economy, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County Council passes the introduction of a 5th interim moratorium on facilities at Cherry Point during their July 24th, 2018 meeting. Council members introduced ordinance (AB2018-077B) “Imposing an interim moratorium on accepting permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not …

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Citizen Journalist – WC Council Meeting and Planning Unit Meeting for July 10, 2018

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County Council Evening Meeting, Tuesday, 7/10/2018. Whatcom County Council meeting had some ominous business, normal politics, and some enjoyable, humorous moments. The ominous is the anti-growth anti-Cherry Point crowd, directed by the leadership within RE Sources and their apparent control of five of the WC Councilpersons.  They have been working on the Cherry Point  Urban Growth Areas (UGA) Comprehensive …

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Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham Meeting Reports for June 5th & June 19th

In Common Voices, Local Government, News by commonnw

Report for Port of Bellingham Board Meeting June 5, 2018 The meeting was called to order by President Ken Bell at 4:30 pm.  Vice President Bobby Briscoe and Secretary Michael Shepard were in attendance. Editor missed the public comment period so have provided information from Port Agenda minutes report. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD The following persons participated in the first public comment period. …

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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: May 22nd through June 6, 2018, Whatcom County Council and Watershed Management Board Meetings

In Common Voices, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County like our State is better served when the ‘legislatures’ are on vacation or adjourned.   Our State Legislature is adjourned, so safe there for now; our Whatcom County Council is still in session and our County is still at risk. 5/22 Whatcom County Council County sales taxes are increased 12% thus far in 2018.  Preliminary County Capital Projects …