I'm not giving up, nobody on the Island is giving up, and nobody who reads this blog should give up either.
People in the 43rd should write, phone, or e-mail Speaker Frank Chopp and demand that the offending amendments be stripped on the House floor or in conference committee.
Frank has been great on this bill, and he needs this kind of backing to proceed toward a positive outcome.
Gano is a liar. Passage of this bill would cost no -- zero -- jobs on the Island because the bill does nothing to affect the present sand and gravel operation, which operates on and for the Island.
The proposed mining and barging operation would be almost entirely automated, for net gain of FOUR jobs. For this we should ruin a significant area in the Sound?
Not now. Not ever!
Once again it seems corporate rights have trumped citizen rights--not to mention environmental rights.
Glacier NW whines that the environmental community is picking on them because we don't want to allow an industrial port to be built in an Aquatic Reserve. Well, as the old saying goes: The best defense is a good offense. And if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes fact. Glacier's lobbyist is pretty good at that.
This area of the Sound was a Conservancy long before Glacier started this process. That's why they got their attorneys (one of which is a member of the Durkin family-- a powerful political family in the state) to tweak the GMA years ago in favor of mining.
The sad part is that 2 Democrats have bought into Glacier's lies and are dancing to their tune.
Let's hope that there are enough Democrats AND Republicans in the House who have the courage and the vision to restore Senator Poulsen's bill to its original state. Without 6011, a multinational corporation will have the right to run roughshod over a fragile ecosystem.
And the best Glacier can say is that they will create a handful of jobs?
It's a shame that no reporter has checked into the Durkin-Gregoire connection.
6011 is like the canary in the coal mine. It will be the telltale to indicate whether this legislature is really going to act to save Puget Sound. Or is it all just meaningless rhetoric.
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