Friday, May 15, 2020

Salish Sea News Week in Review May 15 2020

Aloha Endangered Species Friday!
The United States Congress created Endangered Species Day in 2006 for learning why it's important to protect endangered species, for learning how to take part in protection efforts, and for celebrating species that have recovered as a result of these efforts. [PHOTO: Juvenile orca hunting chinook salmon; John Durban/NOAA]

Construction of expanded Trans Mountain pipeline to begin soon in B.C.
Construction will soon ramp up on the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil export pipeline, including the installation of pipe in British Columbia where opposition to the project has been loudest.

Port of Everett work forges ahead at Kimberly-Clark site
The Port of Everett is forging on with a major restoration of the former Kimberly-Clark mill site, even as the port faces empty commercial space and canceled events elsewhere.

B.C. health officials adamant Canada-U.S. border should remain closed to visitors
B.C. health officials are adamant the Canada-U.S. border should not reopen to visitors anytime soon as the clock ticks down on the agreement currently banning non-essential travel set to expire May 21.

Pandemic gives Pacific Northwest whales a respite from din of underwater noise 
American and Canadian marine scientists are trying to establish whether Pacific Northwest whales benefit from the current drop in boat traffic and underwater noise.

B.C. health officials say cruise ships not welcome this summer
B.C. health officials say passengers will not be permitted to disembark if cruise ships arrive at the province's ports later this summer although it's still unclear if the federal government will decide whether to resume the cruise ship season on July 1.

Seattle-based Holland America Line announces 2,000 layoffs, other measures as coronavirus halts cruise sailings worldwide
Cruise line Holland America, headquartered in Seattle, will lay off close to 2,000 employees and will furlough or reduce the hours or pay of its remaining shoreside employees,

Trump administration says Washington state overstepped with oil train law
The Trump administration on Monday moved to block a Washington state law that imposed safety restrictions on oil shipments by rail following a string of explosive accidents.

A big chunk of federal coronavirus help for Washington State Ferries
A $39.2 million federal grant, part of Congress' big COVID-19 relief package, will go to the Washington Department of Transportation to maintain commuter ferry service across Puget Sound.

Columbia, Snake river dam operators must make plan to keep waters cold enough for salmon survival
The Washington state Department of Ecology, in a historic move, has required federal operators of eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to create a plan to keep the waters cold enough for adult salmon survival.

This year’s herring spawn events in Puget Sound were the largest in decades
There’s uncertainty about the precise extent and the size of the spawning due to stay-at-home restrictions limiting observation and measurement, but it’s clear that this has been a big year for herring.

Nine U.S. states sue EPA for easing environmental enforcement amid pandemic
Nine states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for relaxing a range of companies’ compliance and monitoring requirements with federal clean air and water laws in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

B.C. premier and energy minister announce $120M plan to clean up orphan and dormant oil and gas wells
B.C. Premier John Horgan and provincial Energy Minister Bruce Ralston announced plans Wednesday to use $120 million in federal funds to clean up thousands of so-called orphan oil and gas wells.

Trump Executive Order Opens the Door for Massive Industrial Fish Farms in Oceans
Last week, the Trump administration announced an executive order opening the door for large-scale fish farming.

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