Actions of the Week – July 16, 2017

  1. GOOD NEWS! HANFORD REACH AND CRATERS OF THE MOON ARE SAFE!
  2. SAVE THE EPA – RESIST THE DE-REGULATORY AGENDA
  3. SUPPORT MARINE MONUMENTS AND SANCTUARIES
  4. ACTION IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC LANDS IN WASHINGTON STATE
  5. MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE PROPOSED PORT OF TACOMA LNG FACILITY
  6. PROTECT THE SALISH SEA! KEEP TESORO FROM TURNING THE ANACORTES REFINERY INTO A LARGE CRUDE OIL EXPORT TERMINAL
  7. PROTECT THE METHOW
  8. TRACK LEGISLATION AND ACT WITH WASHINGTON WILD
  9. Listen – ERIC DE PLACE, SIGHTLINE INSTITUTE, ON NORTHWEST TARGETS KBOO Radio Locus Focus
  10. Let’s Help Each Other!

DETAILS BELOW:

1-GOOD NEWS! HANFORD REACH AND CRATERS OF THE MOON ARE SAFE!

Let’s start with the good news: 2 national monuments are no longer under review by the Trump administration. Read more here and celebrate continued protection of these amazing places. Then double down on working to protect the remaining 25.

2-SAVE THE EPA!  A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump De-regulatory Agenda

 Former employees of the EPA have created a guide for resisting deregulation and changes to the laws that protect so much of our environment. It includes great information about crafting comments that can be applied to all that we do.  Download the guide at:  www.saveepaalums.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/RM-Guide.7-13-17-.pdf

3-SUPPORT MARINE MONUMENTS AND SANCTUARIES

National Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries are under review by the Department of Commerce. Opening these areas to oil and gas drilling would irreparably damage these fragile habitats. Comments due before July 26. Submit comments here.  Read about these important sites and find sample scripts here.

4-ACTION IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC LANDS IN WASHINGTON STATE:

Snohomish, Chelan, Skagit, Okanogan County Residents – Contact your Commissioners and tell them public lands are not private property and to terminate their relationship with the American Stewards of Liberty, a group affiliated with the Koch brothers and the “County Supremacy” Movement.

BACKGROUND:

On April 24 County Commissioners from Skagit, Chelan, Okanogan and Snohomish Counties held a meeting with the American Stewards of Liberty in pursuit of local control over federal lands. This group is affiliated with American Lands Council (Koch brothers), advocates of transferring federal land to state ownership. If you are a resident of one of these counties, urge your commissioners to terminate their relationship with with ASL.

Learn about the “County Supremacy” movement.

Remember the 2014 Bundy’s standoff in Nevada? The occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon? – same affiliation…)

5-MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE PROPOSED PORT OF TACOMA LNG FACILITY

Make a difference in the fight against the proposed Liquid Natural Gas facility for the Port of Tacoma today. Send a letter of concern about the significant changes made in the supplemental EIS to Puget Sound Energy’s LNG facility proposal. A sample letter at this link will help you get started. The changes warrant additional assessment of risks and impacts to the community.
redlinetacoma.org

6-PROTECT THE SALISH SEA! KEEP TESORO FROM TURNING THE ANACORTES REFINERY INTO A LARGE CRUDE OIL EXPORT TERMINAL

Tesoro Anacortes Final EIS has been released. Despite local concerns voiced in comment letters, the final EIS does not include the permit requirements the community requested to ensure that this project does not become a large crude oil export terminal. Click here to send a message to Skagit County officials asking for the following permit conditions:

  • Tesoro shall not ship any amount of crude oil received at the facility by rail over marine waters, nor in general increase its capacity to ship crude oil over marine waters.
  • Another Environmental Impact Statement shall be completed before Tesoro can export crude oil from its Anacortes refinery.
  • Tug escorts shall assist laden Assisted Tug Barges (ATBs) that transit Guemes Channel and the Saddlebag/Huckleberry water ways of Skagit County

7-TRACK LEGISLATION AND ACT WITH WASHINGTON WILD

Washington Wild has a great website for tracking legislative actions and how to respond. Check it out and pick at least one action to take this week – be sure to scroll down past the table and see more information about each piece of legislation. https://wawild.org/engage/legislative-threats/

8-PROTECT THE METHOW

A request for exploratory mining for copper on Flagg Mountain in the western Methow threatens the watershed and all the life that depends upon it. Here is a great list of actions you can take to help protect the Methow. Take Action

9-Listen – ERIC DE PLACE, SIGHTLINE INSTITUTE, ON NORTHWEST TARGETS on KBOO Radio Locus Focus

Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute was interviewd by Barbara Bernstein at KBOO. The subject of the interview is his article entitled Northwest Targets and what it means to be in the thin green line.  Listen here. 

10-Let’s Help Each Other! Submit local and regional actions by July 27 to be included in the July 30 Newsletter!

email: indivisible wa enviro at gmail dot com

 

 

 

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