Crude by rail in Washington State

New Rule Will Require Notice of Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline in Washington State

OLYMPIA –As early as next year, companies transporting oil into or through Washington could be required to improve planning for accidents under new regulations being developed by the Washington Department of Ecology. The Washington State Department of Ecology is beginning a new rulemaking process to create “Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline […]

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    Washington to participate in first ever nationwide distracted driving crackdown

    National enforcement campaign taking place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month Law enforcement officers in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national distracted driving enforcement campaign this month. Between April 10 and April 15, the high visibility enforcement efforts will target motorists who are observed driving distracted — […]

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  • WA State Workers Say “No Thanks” to Furlough Days

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – State employees and negotiators for the state of Washington are in contract talks that, so far, don’t appear to be going smoothly. One issue that will soon be coming is unpaid furlough days. The state of Oregon is already requiring some of its workforce to take mandatory unpaid days off. Friday is "day five" of ten furlough days there.

    Ken Allen, Oregon executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 75, says so far, most workers would rather be on the job and getting paid.

    "There’s a bitterness that comes up each time the day comes around – I mean, people are mad again. That’s not a good thing. The work doesn’t go away; they just have more work when they come back from their furloughs. The clients don’t like it – it’s an inconvenience for them."

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  • Grays Harbor County organizations get salmon recovery grants from state

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the awarding of $42.8 million in grants to protect and restore salmon populations to communities across Washington.
    “Salmon are an important part of Washington’s economy and culture. These grants are helping us reverse the decline in salmon populations we’ve seen over the past two decades,” said Steve Tharinger, chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. “These grants are not only good for salmon, the environment and the people of Washington, but they are good for the economy because much of this money will be awarded to local organizations to do restoration work in their local communities.”
    The grants in the Puget Sound area also work toward implementing Governor Chris Gregoire’s initiative to restore Puget Sound.
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  • Washington Legislature funds final push to rid Puget Sound of derelict fishing nets

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The final push in a decade-long effort to clear Puget Sound of derelict fishing nets within 105 feet of the surface will get under way later this year with funding approved by the Washington State Legislature.


    The state budget adopted last month provides $3.5 million for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to complete the task in partnership with the Northwest Straits Foundation, which has led the net-removal effort since 2002.


    Since then, divers working for the non-profit organization have removed 4,437 lost or abandoned fishing nets, 2,765 crab pots and 42 shrimp pots from the waters of Puget Sound. Animals found dead or entangled in that gear include porpoises, sea lions, seabirds, canary rockfish, chinook salmon and Dungeness crab.


    According to one predictive catch model, those derelict nets were entangling 3.2 million animals annually every year they remained in the water.


    Robyn du Pré, executive director of the foundation, said the new funding will support the removal of approximately 1,000 derelict nets in high-priority areas of Puget Sound after current funding runs out in December.

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  • Commission approves hunting rules, new special-hunt permit applications

    The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission set this year’s general hunting seasons and special-hunt permit drawings during a public meeting here April 9-10. 

    The nine-member citizen commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also approved several land transactions and heard public comments on proposed new rules designed to address property damage and other conflicts between landowners and wildlife. 

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