GOOD NEWS for the Salish Sea and Beyond!

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Dear Safe Shippers,
 
This message is filled with GOOD NEWS we thought you would like to read! 
Many of these success stories are ones that Safe Shippers can be especially proud to celebrate — because we spoke up and did our part to help keep our islands and our region a safe, healthy and beautiful place to be!
 
Thank you!
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WHATCOM COUNTY COMP PLAN UPDATE RE. CHERRY POINT 
DeSmog: “This Small U.S. County Just Became a Major Roadblock for Unrefined Fossil Fuel Exports in North America.”
“Unrefined fossil fuels won’t be shipped out of a small Washington State export facility at Cherry Point any time soon, due to a temporary moratorium imposed by the Whatcom County Council.”
 
 
TESORO XYLENE PROJECT: 7,800 COMMENTS!
Skagit Valley Herald: “Thousands of comments received for Tesoro draft EIS”
 
 
COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER ET AL WIN IN WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT
The Columbian: “State court: Vancouver port meetings should have been public” 
 
Seattle PI: “Supreme Court in hard slapdown to port’s closed” 
“The justices ruled in favor of environmental groups, which challenged the Port of Vancouver, Washington, over five closed-door meetings held when it was negotiating a lease for Tesoro’s planned oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River.” 
 
KUOW: “Supreme Court Rejects Port Defense Of Secret Meetings On Vancouver Oil Terminal”
 
 
OPPOSITION TO THE METHANOL REFINERY ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER
Truthout: “Climate Activists in Pacific Northwest Fight Construction of World’s Largest Methanol Refinery.” 
“Climate activists have held the line against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, shut down tar sands valves at refineries and waged wave after wave of actions against new fossil fuel proposals for coal export terminals and oil-by-rail refineries in the Pacific Northwest.”
 
 
OPPOSITION TO CRUDE OIL EXPORT ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER
The Oregonian: “Regulators delay oil-by-rail terminal expansion in Clatskanie”
“With visions of last year’s fiery oil train derailment in Mosier, environmental groups succeeded Tuesday in delaying – for now – a decision on Portland General Electric’s plan to sell nine diesel storage tanks to a company looking to expand ethanol and crude oil exports from their joint location in Clatskanie.”
 
 
SWINOMISH V. OIL TRAINS
Go Anacortes: “Swinomish welcomes ruling in BNSF lawsuit”
“The Swinomish Tribe can move forward with a lawsuit against BNSF Railway over how it runs trains over the reservation.”
 
 
POWERFUL GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Fusion: “The Pacific Northwest Is Proving Grassroots Action Against Fossil Fuels Can Work”
“The fossil fuel industry may dominate in Congress but we crush them at the local level.”
 
 
CASCADIA’S VICTORIES
Sightline: “Mapping the Thin Green Line”
“Sightline is publishing a new interactive map of the Northwest’s fight against dirty energy shipment schemes—the movement that Sightline calls the Thin Green Line. The map is designed to write the history of these controversies even as it tracks new and emerging threats to the region.”
 
 
SEATTLE V. FOSSIL FUELS IN WASHINGTON STATE
The Columbian: “Seattle City Council calls for state to deny oil, methanol terminal permits”
“In a unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council this week called on state agencies to deny permits for the Vancouver Energy oil terminal along with all other ‘new fossil fuel infrastructure projects’ within the state.”
 
 
SETBACK FOR DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
Seattle Times: “Federal judge rejects Dakota Access Pipeline permits, calls for do-over”
 
Bismarck Tribune: “Environmental justice factored into judge’s decision on DAPL”