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December 11: Public Hearing About the Potential for an Oil Train Explosion in Spokane

Wednesday, December 11th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Dec 11th 2013

Tesoro Savage is proposing to build the largest crude oil transit terminal on the West Coast at the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is coming to Spokane on Dec. 11th to hear our community's concerns. Please make your voice heard and stand up for Spokane by saying NO to dirty energy projects.

If the port expansion is approved, it would result in a drastic increase in crude oil shipments through Spokane. The train derailment and explosions in Lac-Magantic, Quebec this summer that killed 47 people, the pipeline breach along the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and the grounding of the Exxon-Valdez tanker in 1989 are reminders that transporting oil by rail is dangerous. Accidents happen and can have devastating consequences.

December 4: Prepare for the Dec. 11 Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) Hearing (Spokane)

Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Dec 4th 2013

Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is coming to Spokane on Dec. 11th to hear our community's concerns about Tesoro Savage's proposal to build the largest crude oil transit terminal on the West Coast at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. If approved, crude oil would be transported by rail from the Bakken fields in North Dakota and tar sands in Canada, directly through Spokane, to Vancouver, Washington.

To help you prepare for the December 11th hearing, we will host an advocacy training / workshop at the GU School of Law moot court room.

Tell the FDA: Genetically Modified Salmon Is Too Risky

The Food and Drug Administration is considering approving a genetically-engineered salmon.

Never before has a genetically-modified animal been approved for human consumption. And yet, the FDA's review has been insufficient, failing to consider broad environmental and public health risks from GMO salmon.

Sign the petition and tell the FDA: GMO salmon is too risky.

AquaBounty, the company that is producing the GM salmon says they won't be able to cross-breed, and yet their own data suggest that 5% of the eggs they produce and transport around the world may not be sterile. If released accidentally, these transgenic fish could severely endanger natural fish populations.

Conservationists Object to Proposed Idaho Panhandle Forest Plan Revisions

Agency plan lacks measurable standards, fails to acknowledge impacts on massive Superfund cleanup

Spokane: November 26, 2013 - Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the newly revised forest plan is not accountable to the public and short changes vitally important resources like water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, maintenance of ancient forest and old growth reserves, recommended wilderness, wilderness administration, and wildland values including recreation. The groups and individuals came together to address serious problems on the biologically important Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

Celebrate Sara Patton’s 20 Years at the NW Energy Coalition (Seattle)

Friday, November 8th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Nov 8th 2013

On Nov. 8, 1993, Sara Patton left Seattle City Light to take the helm of the Northwest’s foremost clean energy alliance. Twenty years to the day later, on Nov. 8, 2013, we’ll come together to celebrate – with gratitude and humor — Sara’s two glorious decades as executive director for the NW Energy Coalition!

Sara has charted an amazing course. She’s combined the unparalleled talents of her energy policy staff with the reach of more than 100 diverse member groups and allies from across the region to forge a powerful force for clean and affordable energy.

Please join us in Seattle on Friday evening, Nov. 8 to celebrate Sara, and to support the NW Energy Coalition which, following Sara’s lead, moves our region toward the energy future all of us want. See you there! Come prepared to laugh your socks off.

Attend a Public Forum: How Oil Transport Threatens Washington’s Health, Economy, and Waters

Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Nov 19th 2013

The recent oil spill in North Dakota, the train derailment and explosions in Lac-Magantic, Quebec, the pipeline breach along the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and the grounding of the Exxon-Valdez tanker in 1989 are reminders that accidents happen and have devastating consequences. Especially, when it comes to transporting oil.

We are facing a growing risk as more oil is transported along the Columbia River, across the Puget Sound, and through the outer coast. The risks are wide ranging from oil spills along rails, marine, and pipeline routes to explosions to train traffic congestion to increased carbon emissions to degradation of habitat in the areas proposed for expansion.

Attend an EPA Listening Session in Seattle: Carbon Limits for Power Plants

Thursday, November 7th, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Nov 7th 2013

This summer, President Obama committed the U.S. to be a global leader on curbing climate disruption and proposed that we start by limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

Currently, there are no limits on the amount of carbon pollution spewed into the air by power plants like PSE's aging Colstrip power plant in Montana. We can no longer to afford to rely on dirty, imported coal power. Coal power costs our wallets, health and the environment too much. It's time to fully transition from dirty coal to clean energy!

The EPA is hosting listening sessions to gauge support for taking action to limit carbon pollution from power plants. One of these sessions is in Seattle on November 7. There will be strong opposition to these new limits from the fossil fuel industry, so we need your help to show strong support for bold action to address climate disruption

Feisty Citizens Crowd Seattle's Oct. 23 Climate Action Hearing

"You can't make money off a dead planet." -- Whidbey Island resident

This and other equally pithy comments were presented to Governor Inslee's Climate Legislative Workgroup (CLEW) on October 23.

More than 650 Washingtonians gathered at Seattle’s Bell Harbor Center on a foggy Wednesday night to give the CLEW panel their ideas for how Washington State can met its aggressive goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The 450-person room was standing room only, and was filled with a sea of yellow Sierra Club Beyond Coal shirts. Governor Inslee's Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup listened for 3 hours to public testimony on the need for strong action on climate. Each speaker was allocated two minutes to speak, and there was no ignoring the giant stopwatch projected before the podium.

Watch "Blackfish" On CNN at 8 PM Tonight: A New Documentary On the Plight of Orcas at SeaWorld

"They're an animal that possesses great spiritual and emotional power. They are not to be messed with."

No wild orca has been known to kill a human. Yet at places like SeaWorld, where orcas are held in captivity in extreme conditions, human deaths are increasingly frequent.

Blackfish—a new documentary that premiers on CNN starting October 24—delves into the subject of orca captivity and its psychological effect upon orca whales.


Columbia River Treaty Hearings Scheduled in Olympia and Portland This Week: Speak Up for Salmon!

This week the U.S. and BPA will hold a "Round Table" on proposals for modernizing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada. Groups opposed to the draft's proposed adoption of ecosystem management, protection of wild salmon runs, and adoption of clean energy will likely turn out in force. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn the Columbia River Treaty into a powerful tool for promoting salmon recovery and combating the effects of climate change. Make your voice heard! The hearings will take place at the following locations and times:
  • Olympia WA Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1 – 3 p.m.: The Olympia Center: 222 Columbia Street NW (Website) Parking is available: Visit the front desk to get a free parking pass.
  • Portland OR Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2:30 – 5 p.m.: BPA Rates Hearing Room 1201 N.E. Lloyd Blvd., 2nd floor You can also call into the Portland hearing remotely via Microsoft Office Live Meeting. Get detailed information on how to call into the Portland hearing on the Columbia River Treaty.
  • Can't attend a hearing? You can still submit your comments online until October 25 at: www.bpa.gov/comment , or mail your comments to: CRT Review (DKE) P.O. Box 14428, Portland, OR 97293.