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Public comments due Feb. 17 on proposed methanol plant
Northwest Innovation Works is proposing three new facilities in the Pacific Northwest to be located at the Port of Tacoma, the Port of Kalama and the Port of St. Helens to convert natural gas to methanol. The $3.4 billion gas-to-methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma is the largest plant proposed. There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the development of this plant.
This project must go through a scoping period followed by the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS). The comment period for the scoping of the EIS is now, ending Feb 17.
Army Helicopter Proposed Training Areas Pose Potential Risks
The U.S. Army’s Aviation Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord announced its intent to establish off-base helicopter training and landing areas in the state of Washington.
Fight Against Petroleum Terminal Unites Washington Residents
Over 1,000 people turned out on January 5 to protest a proposal to build a crude oil terminal on the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington. The rail-to-marine terminal would bring 130 million barrels of crude oil through the Port of Vancouver each year, making it the largest facility of its kind on the continent.
10 Reasons to Thank You for an Amazing Year
From Shell abandoning drilling in the Arctic to President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, we have much to be thankful for in 2015.
Take a look at our highlights from the year and you'll see how the work you've done is truly making a difference.
(Photo by Javier Sierra)
Executive Director, Sierra Club
The Ivy League and the Legion of Broom:
Pierce County's Tatoosh group takes on invasive plants
For many years now, Tatoosh Group members have worked to remove invasive plants from parks in Tacoma. Known informally as the Ivy League, the group has traditionally focused on removing English ivy from forested areas, such as Point Defiance Park and Snake Lake Nature Preserve.
The Ivy League is now expanding its work to other areas of Tacoma and Pierce County.
National Sierra Club honors Don Steinke
Loo Wit group (Southwest Washington) vice chair Don Steinke has been a force in the fight against the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, and this hasn't gone unnoticed.
National Sierra Club recognized Don at its annual volunteer awards dinner in San Francisco on Sept. 12 with the Special Achievement Award, given "for a single act of importance dedicated to conservation or the Sierra Club." Don's wife, Alona, who also serves on the Loo Wit ExCom and conservation committee, traveled with him to California. His and Alona's efforts have inspired others to get involved and speak out against the proposal.
Congratulations, Don! Well-deserved. See YouTube Thank You!
Water Conservation in Spokane
H2KNOW and the City of Spokane are working to reduce water use by 10-20 percent to protect Spokane River flows. During the drought, Sierra Club's Upper Columbia River Group is co-sponsoring this citizen-based public education effort: Conserve water to protect rivers.
Know the Flow ... Our River is LOW!
For the full story go to H2KNOW
Broad Coalition Cheers Wild Olympics Rivers Legislation
Wild Rivers Campaign News Release - June 4 2015:
QUILCENE, Wash. - The Wild Olympics Coalition cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. If enacted, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.
Our Wild America: Campaign Update
2015 was a successful year for the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign, ushering in new wilderness areas in the Alpine Lakes as well as permanent protection for three new rivers: the Middle Fork Snoqualmie, Pratt, and Illabot Creek!
The National Park Service kicked off a long-awaited process to augment the grizzly bear population in Washington’s North Cascades National Park. The Forest Service has invited conservation groups and the public to examine the Northwest Forest Plan–the first ecosystemwide, science-based forest management doctrine that helped end endless old-growth logging in the 1990s. All these opportunities have kept us busy in our enduring effort to protect wild places for generations to come.
South King County Group Restores Habitat and Fights Coal
The South King County Group has a long-term commitment to restoring habitat along Soos Creek.
Members of the South King County Group have completed many service events at Soos Creek Park to address rebounding invasive flora at their past planting sites. They also helped with a large King County volunteer event in support of our Soos Creek Park work.
The group received a $5,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to support purchase of plants and hog fuel. Two service outings included plantings and restoration using these new materials.
(Photo: Dan Streiffert)
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