The 20 member tribes of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission support the state Supreme Court decision in Whatcom County v Hirst as essential to protecting the senior water rights of tribes and the environment.
Taking a cue from President Trump’s disdain for tribal activism, Whatcom County Prosecutor McEachran–a longtime anti-free speech fanatic–issues warrant against the Red Line Salish Sea Facebook page.
In the aftermath of the largest oil spill in history at BP’s Deepwater Horizon, and the subsequent bombardment of the Gulf of Mexico with carcinogenic chemicals to make the oil less visible to television viewers, San Juan County, WA is reviewing its policies toward the use of toxic chemical dispersants.
The new government in British Columbia clarifies its opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain ‘Tar Sands’ pipeline.
As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Haro Strait is at the heart of the feeding grounds for 78 members of the southern-resident killer-whale pods. Maps illustrating the dispersion of oil from a tanker incident in Haro Strait (near Victoria) shows that Orca whales are “most likely to suffer the effects of ingestion, inhalation and direct contact with diluted bitumen, a mix of oil and other chemicals used to aid in its transport.”
In the first few days after a spill, many of the affected animals that breathe at the water’s surface lose consciousness and drown, while others succumb later from eating contaminated prey. Between 22 and 80 per cent of the southern residents’ critical habitat would be affected by such a spill.
Chemical Safety Rules that save oil refinery workers’ lives are characterized by President Trump as “obsolete.” The United Steelworkers union–that represented seven workers at the Anacortes Tesoro refinery at the time of the 2010 explosion that took their lives–has sued the EPA to revive the rules.
The Stillaguamish Tribe is using a USDA conservation innovation grant to pilot converting dairy manure pollution into clean water and natural fertilizer. Some years back, the Port of Tillamook Bay, Oregon built a dairy waste treatment plant to protect the valuable tourism industry centered around salmon and crab fishing. That plant filtered the water, used the methane to fire dryers, then sold bagged fertilizer at garden stores.