The end comes to North America’s biggest proposed oil-by-rail terminal

The largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in North America is officially dead, thanks to a final vote by Vancouver’s Port Commissioners!

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News Highlights of 2017

In 2017, we took on some big challenges and made some serious progress. Read and watch a few highlights in the news!

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Marbled Murrelet Coalition Statement on preferred alternative for Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy

This approach does not comply with Endangered Species Act requirements – we need to do more to protect the marbled murrelet.

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State nixes key permit for big Longview coal terminal

The Washington Department of Ecology denied a key water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview.

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Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

The failure to pass the two-year Capital Budget would be historic, but not in a good way.

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Advocates call on lawmakers to resist environmental cuts in Trump budget

President Donald Trump abandons Puget Sound cleanup and restoration in his proposed 2018 budget.

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Environmentalists seek answers in West Point sewage plant meltdown

Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage and stormwater poured into Puget Sound while the plant was decimated by floodwaters and raw sewage.

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The Environmental Movement Grapples with Social Justice in the Age of Trump

You really can’t silo off environmental protection and environmental degradation from how people are doing economically.

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4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener

Now more than ever, Washington state has the opportunity — and responsibility — to lead the country.

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Report Shows 1,500 Oil Train Cars Per Week Through Washington

In the final three months of 2016, railroads hauled 618 million gallons of oil through Washington.

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The next public lands commissioner? A reformer

We need Washington’s next commissioner of public lands to be open-minded to alternative ways of doing business.

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Cleaning up the Duwamish and Remaking Environmentalism

Environmentalism from an all-white, affluent, outdoorsy movement into a diverse, inclusive coalition of communities.

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Army Corps rejects permit for coal terminal at Cherry Point

The Army Corps ruled that the proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation.

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Carbon Footprints in the Forest, Part 2

According to WEC’s own Paula Swedeen, the Nisqually carbon credit project is a step in the right direction when it comes to valuing ecosystem services.

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The High Cost of Cheap Gasoline

A tax on oil and chemicals pays to clean up toxic messes. With prices down, the state is looking for cash.

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Port of Longview Rejects Plan For Refinery, Propane Terminal

Port of Longview commissioners voted unanimously to end talks with an energy company that wants to build the largest West Coast oil refinery.

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Comments on Oil Terminal Soar to 250,000

Evaluation council will consult them in making its recommendation.

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Should Washington Get Tougher on Oil Shipping?

Puget Sound could be dealt an ecological death blow by an oil spill in its poorly flushed waters.

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Oil Terminal Takeaways

With comment period closed, here’s a recap of issue, prominent themes.

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Grays Harbor Biodiesel Plant Cancels Plan to Ship Crude Oil

Renewable Energy Group says its plans at the Grays Harbor plant “do not include handling crude oil.”

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