Environmental News Oct. 1

es newsMeeting On Oil-Train Terminal In Vancouver
About 100 people attended a presentation Monday night in Vancouver on plans to build an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies want to build a $110 million terminal that would handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The oil would arrive by train from North Dakota and be shipped to U.S. refineries.

The Columbian reports the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will review the proposal for a year or more and make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has the final say. Supporters say it will create jobs and tax revenue and support energy independence. There were about 20 protesters outside the hearing with environmental and safety concerns.

 

Coal train hearing at Pasco
hauling coal from Montana and Wyoming would pass through the Tri-Cities on their way to a proposed export terminal at Longview. Residents will have a chance to comment on an environmental impact study at a hearing Tuesday evening at the Trac Center in Pasco. It's the third public hearing on the project.

 

Gray Wolf Killed In Okanogan County
Federal wildlife agents are investigating the death of an endangered gray wolf in Okanogan County. U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Doug Zimmer says the adult female wolf was shot and killed on Sept. 20 during a big game hunt in the area. He says hunters were in the field hunting elk or deer in the Pasayten Wilderness, and reported to state wildlife officials that they had shot and killed a wolf. Zimmer says federal wildlife officers are working to determine whether the shooting was a legitimate accident, or killed under other circumstances. It's not legal to hunt wolves in Washington state. Gray wolves are federally listed as endangered in the western two-thirds of Washington. He says the gray wolf is an un-collared female but it's unclear which pack she belonged to.

 

Feds Defend Plan To Drop Gray Wolf Protection
The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is strongly defending its proposal to drop federal protection for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states ahead of a series of public hearings on the plan. The agency in June called for dropping the wolf from the endangered list everywhere except in parts of Arizona and New Mexico, where a subspecies called the Mexican wolf is struggling for survival. Agency director Dan Ashe said Monday that the wolf's recovery in the Great Lakes and Northern Rockies is one of the greatest conservation successes ever. He said the species is no longer in danger of dying out. But some environmentalists and scientists say it's too soon to drop federal protections. The first public hearing is Monday in Washington, D.C.

October 1, 2013/AP