Archive for ‘Environment’

May 24, 2014

Locals Oppose Canadian Copper Drilling in Washington Spotted Owl Country

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From the Methow Valley News:

By Ann McCreary

In his five years as Methow Valley District Ranger, Mike Liu said he has not seen an issue that has generated as much interest as the proposed exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama.

May 14, 2014

“Stop Raw Long Exports!” Cascadia Forest Defenders Banner-Drop

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From Cascadia Forest Defenders

In the early hours of the morning on May 14, 2014, members of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a billboard on I5, to drop a banner protesting raw log export in Oregon. The billboard, formerly carrying a message promoting the Best Western hotel chain, now reads: “Big Timber Sends Jobs Overseas. Stop Raw Log Export.”

May 3, 2014

Seattle Solidarity Against Superbugs

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By Jim Fromm

SEATTLE, OCCUPIED DUWAMISH TERRITORY – May 3, 2014

In the week prior and on May Day, activists passed out hundreds of fliers on antibiotics resistance at Seattle McDonald’s restaurants, calling on McDonald’s workers and customers to strike and boycott. Shortly after the Seattle immigrants’ rights march, half a dozen people were kicked out of the McDonald’s on Third and Pine for leafleting. The flier’s text is below.

April 8, 2014

On the Seattle Metropolitan Project and its Consequences

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From Tides of Flame

Yesterday, I spent 20 minutes watching a crew tear down a brick wall, and I thought of the workers, long since dead, who first built that wall. As much as I love the new, I remain haunted by the old. Just like you. Just like this neighborhood.

 -Sherman Alexie, South Lake Union, 2012

April 2, 2014

MARCH POINT Free Screening at Cascadia Film Night

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Cascadia Watch is hosting a free screening of March Point on Sunday April 6th, at 8 pm, as part of our irregular Cascadia Film Night.

April 2, 2014

Washington State DNR Allowed Clearcuts On Unstable Oso Slope

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By Brendan Kiley at The Stranger via CascadiaWatch.org

Two days after the Hazel slope in Oso turned into what one rescue worker described as “a blender” of mud and trees hurtling downhill, a Snohomish County official told a roomful of reporters: “This was a completely unforeseen slide. This came out of nowhere.” He was wrong. The unstable composition of the slope—loose silt and sand, deposited by glaciers on top of a layer of clay—was so well-known that a 1967 article in the Seattle Times referred to it as “slide hill,” and a 1999 geological report for the Army Corps of Engineers discussed its “potential for large-scale catastrophic failure.”

February 23, 2014

METROPOLIS Screening and Online

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Black Coffee Co-op is hosting a screening of Metropolis (2012) on Sunday March 2nd, at 7 pm, as part of the irregular Cascadia Film Night.

January 4, 2014

Chemicals Found In Water At Fracking Sites Linked To Infertility, Cancer

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BY KILEY KROH of Think Progress:

An analysis of water samples from hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ sites found the presence of hormone-disrupting chemicals, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Endocrinology.

December 30, 2013

As oil train burns, 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., told to flee

2train123113By DAVID SHAFFER of the Star Tribune:

Officials on Monday night were calling for the evacuation of the entire town of Casselton, N.D., after a BNSF grain train derailed and crashed into a crude oil train in North Dakota on Monday afternoon, causing tank cars to explode in towering mushroom-cloud flames.

December 17, 2013

Winter’s Barricades: The Fight Against Fracking and Tar Sands

blockade-camp-siteBy Jim Fromm

SEATTLE, OCCUPIED DUWAMISH TERRITORY – December 17, 2013

This week, people have been blockading oil industry equipment from Oregon to Alberta. Near Haig Lake in northern Alberta, the Lubicon Lake Nation is evicting oil and gas companies and using roadblocks to prevent extraction. Meanwhile, Warm Springs and Umatilla tribal members and environmental groups are slowing down a forty-story-tall megaload from the Port of Umatilla, Oregon, with lock-downs and human blockades. Last night, four people locked-down to two barricades near John Day, Oregon. They and 13 supporters and bystanders were arrested, 16 of whom remain incarcerated. Rising Tide is asking for donations to a legal fund for bail here. The megaload is an evaporator for an Alberta oil refinery, designed by General Electric subsidiary RCCI and shipped by Omega Morgan. Since the megaload’s arrival, Rising Tide groups have also protested RCCI and Omega Morgan offices in Hillsboro, Oregon, Bellevue and Fife, Washington.

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