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Environment

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

By John ServaisOn Apr 04, 2016

The coal train in the photo above is heading north along Bellingham Bay just above Clayton Beach. Notice how it seems to overhang the sandy bluff? That is because the [...]

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

By John ServaisOn Apr 01, 2016

The Seattle Times is reporting a decision by Cloud Peak Energy and SSA Marine to pause work on the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal. The [...]

Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

By Guest writerOn Mar 23, 2016

Rob Lewis guest writes this report. SEATTLE—During his March 17 appeal hearing, Matt Fuller delivered a detailed and unapologetic defense of his 22-hour occupation of the anchor chain on the [...]

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

By John ServaisOn Mar 16, 2016

The folks in Montana think the US Army Corps of Engineers will announce this week the denial of a permit for the mega coal port at Cherry Point. The Helena [...]

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award dinner on Feb. 12 in Bellingham was bigger than ever—a bigger venue, more guests, a higher bar tab and, most notably, not [...]

Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

By David CampOn Mar 09, 2016

The Portland-Montreal pipeline was opened in 1941 to carry mostly Venezuelan crude offloaded from freighters in South Portland, Maine, to refineries in Montreal. Portland was chosen because it is a year-round [...]

D’Angelo undaunted by fine: ‘I had to make the moral choice’

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 29, 2016

Chiara D’Angelo stood her ground Monday, Feb. 29, in a hearing room on the 34th floor of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle. D’Angelo, [...]

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

By Ralph SchwartzOn Feb 18, 2016

Combined, Chiara D’Angelo and Matt Fuller spent 88 hours last spring on the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger. The vessel was docked in Bellingham Bay at the time [...]

Eagles on the Nooksack

By John ServaisOn Jan 11, 2016

We went up the Nooksack River a week ago to the Welcome bridge over the North Fork to look for eagles. We found plenty - maybe 20 or more. We hung [...]

Bye Bye

By John ServaisOn Dec 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Seasons' Greetings. The Grinch has left the building. We can all breath a bit easier. The huge Shell Oil floating drill platform is - as I write [...]

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