Here’s a good lead for enterprising reporters. Strategies 360, the lobbying and PR firm behind many of the Northwest’s biggest coal and oil projects, was just hit with a legal judgment for their work opposing the Cedar Grove composting facility in Marysville, Washington. It wasn’t because Strategies fomented a smear campaign against the firm (although they did that too), but that they illegally circumvented disclosure laws in order to deceive the public.
Bloomberg on the latest sign that coal is getting killed: bond-holders are in revolt, and for good reason.
Tesoro wants to build the continent’s biggest oil train terminal on the Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington. As Sightline has shown, their track record is awful. And this week, we learned that California regulators are hitting the firm with more than $1 million in fines for breaking state laws about gasoline formulations.
Our friend at Washington Environmental Council, Mark Powell, may become the first person to swim the entire 85-mile-long Duwamish River—Seattle’s only river, and an active Superfund site. Since all the pollution in the Duwamish flows into Puget Sound, Powell hopes to raise awareness around restoring this important watershed. Watch some rad underwater videos and follow his journey here.