MOMENTS AGO, I JUST LEARNED WE CAME TOGETHER TO GET AN EIS FOR OLF COUPEVILLE.
WE WHO SIGNED THE OLF COUPEVILLE PETITION AND YES, COUGH, COUGH, CITIZENS OF EBEY'S RESERVE CAME TOGETHER AND GOT AN EIS! PRESS RELEASE BELOW:
JOY TO THE WORLD PEOPLE. FACTS WIN, DEMAGOGUERY LOSES.
NO - I REPEAT NO - TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER THREAT. WE BEAT THAT MOST IMPORTANTLY!
OH AND OLF COUPEVILLE WILL REOPEN. 2 JANUARY 2014 - BRING IT HEROES! BRING IT AND WE'LL GET YOUR BACKS!!
STARTING ON THESE DATES:
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Coupeville High School Commons Area, 501 South Main Street, Coupeville, Washington 98239
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Oak Harbor High School Student Union Building, 1 Wildcat Way, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
- Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Anacortes Middle School Cafeteria, 2202 M Avenue, Anacortes, Washington 98221.
LIGHT 'EM UP! LIGHT 'EM UP! LIGHT 'EM UP!
After the jump is my statement and some important docs:
I want to begin by quoting from the announcement:
“The analysis will evaluate direct and indirect impacts, and will account for cumulative impacts from other relevant activities near the installation. Relevant and reasonable measures that could avoid or mitigate environmental effects will also be analyzed”
So yes, I’m happy. I lobbed a petition that called to save OLF Coupeville and for an EIS that demanded efforts be found as to how, “we can mitigate the impacts from OLF Coupeville”: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-olf/ that’s got over 1,545 signatures. Far more than the anti-OLF one has, complete with signatures all across America.
Those whom callously sought a temporary restraining order to stop OLF Coupeville beyond the sequester-mandated 2 January 2014 freeze lost! A win for the good guys we got that stopped because our heroes need to train to protect us!
Chest-beating aside, the whole ideal of the EIS process is to ‘push facts forward’ and mediate problems created by industrial impacts such as jet noise. Difficult decisions are going to have to be made by the US Navy and by Island County Government, and I hope the Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve will give them time to find the correct data and make the tough decisions.
Here's some important docs:
US Navy Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for EA-18G Growler Airfield Operation...