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Nonviolent Direct Action and the Necessity Defense

Delta 5 on railroad tracksNonviolent oil-train activists set a precedent in January after successfully presenting the necessity defense in a U.S. climate change trial.

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No Methanol Plant in Tacoma!

Tacoma methanol plant demonstratonThe proposal to build the world’s largest methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma has been canceled. Activism can work! Communities can make a difference! Thanks to all of you who provided help and support.

Sierra Club members, our partner RedLine Tacoma, and other local environmental groups are cautiously celebrating Northwest Innovation Work’s (NWIW) decision announced April 19 to terminate its lease in Tacoma.

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Power of the People: The Ongoing Fight Against Oil-by-Rail

EFSEC hearingWhat happens when the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America is proposed along the most important river west of the Mississippi? A community transforms and bands together in ways they did not know was possible. This is the story of Southern Washington’s fight against the most powerful and unyielding kind of corporate power — big oil.

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Meet New Associate Organizer for Our Wild America Campaign

Victoria LeistmanSierra Club welcomes Victoria Leistman as the Northwest Region's new associate organizer for the Our Wild America campaign. Victoria will split her time between working to designate more conservation spaces in the Olympic Peninsula and to stop proposed oil terminals across the state. 

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Court Dismisses Appeal: Spokane River Cleanup Not Adequate

Spokane County, Kaiser, and Department of Ecology had challenged decision to protect Spokane River

Advocates for the Spokane River hailed an April 5 decision by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing the appeal filed by Spokane County, Kaiser Aluminum Washington LLC, and the Washington Department of Ecology. The Ninth Circuit decision lets stand the U.S. District Court’s ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot substitute the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force, a polluter-dominated committee process, for a cleanup plan for Spokane River PCBs. 

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Puget Sound Energy Makes Move to Transition Off Coal Power

Binding Order Secures Pathway To Retirement for Colstrip Units I and 2 In Montana

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on March 17 approved a petition filed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Sierra Club and the NW Energy Coalition asking to delay the pending April 1, 2016, rate case with the commitment that PSE include a retirement and cleanup plan for the older coal-fired units Colstrip Units 1 and 2. The new rate case must be filed no later than Jan. 17, 2017.

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Spokane River Advocates Petition State to Increase Flows

Spokane River in downtown SpokaneAdvocates for the Spokane River on Feb. 29 petitioned the state Department of Ecology to increase its flow rule for the popular and heavily used Spokane River.  The much-beloved urban river flows through the second largest city in the state, including spectacular waterfalls and a deep gorge.

Conservationists are seeking a minimum summertime flow of 1,800 – 2,800 cubic feet per second to support fisheries and recreation -- and protect higher flows for recreation when available. (Petition photo of the river in downtown Spokane)

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Army Helicopter Proposed Training Areas Pose Potential Risks

Image of Army helicopterThe 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. 

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The Ivy League and the Legion of Broom:

Work party to remove invasive speciesPierce 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. 

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Our Wild America: Campaign Update

Grizzly bear2015 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.

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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.Barred Owl Dan Streiffert

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.

Here's more news about their volunteer work in south King County -- including what they're doing to fight coal!

(Photo: Dan Streiffert)

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