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Petition to Christie True, , , , Sally Bagshaw, Jesus Aguirre, Polly Zehm

Smith Cove Park Restoration and Magnolia Community Compensation Fund

Notice and a Demand to King County that it meet the following conditions related to the South Magnolia CSO Gravity Pipe Replacement Project it is has undertaken:  1.      SEPA Compliance.  Prepare a SEPA compliant environmental checklist for the pipeline replacement project it has undertaken at Smith Cove and along the south bluff of Magnolia and do a complete project analysis of the project scope, construction schedule, financing, environemental review of the underlying conditions of the project area that it will affect, are affected by the project. 2.      Public Accomodation.  Delay the portion of the project that is located at the Smith Cove Park ballfield until the end of the Fall soccer season. 3.      Project Planning.  Produce a comprehensive project plan that addresses all aspects of the project, including but not limited to the scope of the project, the cost of the project, the risks of the project, the duration of the project, all of the engineering and construction plans, specifications, and concomitant details that a public works construction project must be predicated upon, and a comprehensive finance plan for the project.   4.      Public Compensation.  Pay the City of Seattle sufficient compensation for the use of the Smith Cove Park property and pay to the Magnolia community $450,000 in compensation for the loss of the use of the Smith Cove Park ballfields, for the delays, damage, and future impacts to the surrounding property, to the owners of property adjacent to the project and for the damage to and the loss of use of the public lands that has occurred as a result of the South Magnolia CSO project and will occur as a result of this pipeline replacement project. 5.     Oversight and Accountability.  At its own expense King County shall promptly form a South Magnolia CSO Community Oversight Committee to ensure that King County and the ongoing South Magnolia pipeline replacement project addresses public concerns for safety, SEPA compliance, environmental impacts and mitigation, construction project planning, financing, project oversight, and for just compensation to the City and the community for the use and loss of use of the Smith Cove Park.  The committee shall be comprised of 12 individuals who represent the stakeholder interests of Magnolia, including but not limited to those interests of residents, community businesses, parks and recreation, neighborhood, industry, social services and related interests, real estate, and the general welfare of Magnolia. No government officials will be appointed thereto.  The committee shall also be responsible for oversight of any funds paid by King County pursuant to this demand, and for developing and making recommendations for improvements to Smith Cove Park that will be paid for with those funds. BACKGROUND This is a new King County WTD construction project in the Magnolia neighborhood, separate from the original project - the South Magnolia Combined Sewer Overflow Control (SMCSO) project that was completed in 2015.  A year after the completion of this project the 3,200' 24" gravity feed pipeline component of the project became unusable as a result of a breach in the pipeline.  King County is proceeding with this project, the replacement of the the entire 24" pipeline along the seismically sensitive south bluff of Magnolia.  It has not engaged in any SEPA compliant environmental review of this current project, has no comprehensive contruction scope, plans, engineering, or financing program for it.   King County has not ascertained what caused the breach in the pipeline, likewise it does not have a difinitive plan for how to replace it.  In terms of paying for it, project spokesperson Doug Marsano stated on August 22nd that King County is just going to go ahead and pay all of the costs for the project [which are unknown] and then it will sort out after the fact, many years later, who is financially responsible, and maybe recoup some of the costs for this epic pipeline failure. In the bargain - now one more time Smith Cove Park is being comandeered by King County as its staging and construction platform for this new project, the park property is being torn up again, and it will be at least a couple of more years before it is open to the public again. The public has been and is repeatedly processed in this situation by King County - in fact close to being subjected to information overload torture.  On the one hand this could be seen as a virtue however the reality is that the public has gained no value out of this project, been repeatedly inconvenienced, and people living near the project have had to fear for the loss of their property, their lives, or their livlihood due to the failure of the pipeline.   Now the plan is for the community near the pipeline to be subjected one more time to a tenuous and unknown situation, and for the Magnolia community one more time to be subjected to the usual public processing, having the usual lack of meaningful participation - and certainly being given nothing of literal value for hosting and enduring the project, while in the bargain losing for an extended period the use of one of its major park locations, the Smith Cove Park. It is time to call an end to this sort of lose-lose dynamic for the Magnolia neighborhood.  It needs to be considered and consulted as the legitimate partner that it is in these situations it is confronted with - whether the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle, or King County is the instigator.   It needs a place at the table, and it needs literal compensation for its time, its sacrifices, its inconvenience, and its general offering up to the government institutions for their use, Magnolia's public and private spaces. To see the entire notice and demand letter to King County and the City of Seattle go here.  To be kept informed about in this matter please sign up here, to participate sign in here. Smith Cove Park conditions.            

Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council
10 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
561,547 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM

Dear Governor Cuomo, Spectra Energy has run a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline under our Hudson River, a mere 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. This project was installed against the will of New Yorkers, and against your own request that construction halt until safety considerations could be addressed. Now, Spectra Energy is trying to complete their plan by building the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, which would connect to the AIM Pipeline and secure a foreign market for their dirty gas by connecting the AIM pipeline to Canada. We need you to instruct the Department of Environmental Conservation to withhold the water quality certificate for Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Pipeline, the next segment of Spectra's pipeline expansion project. As you may know, the US Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the false divisions between Spectra's AIM Pipeline, Atlantic Bridge project and Access Northeast project constitute illegal segmentation. Spectra Energy has attempted to avoid a real analysis of the cumulative impacts of their projects on wetlands by treating Spectra's AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast projects as separate, even though you need only to look at a map to determine that they are indivisible parts of a single project. Cumulative impacts on wetlands and waterways are more severe than individual impacts taken out of context. The DEC must therefore wait on the outcome of that case before issuing a water quality certificate for Atlantic Bridge, since a ruling that NEPA was violated in this case would mean all three projects would have to be considered as one. Spectra Energy has been responsible for countless environmental and public safety disasters. They have shown at every turn that they will risk our homes, our water, and our common climate to advance their own profits. During the horizontal directional drilling phase of the construction of the AIM Pipeline, they lost their drill bit and showed their contempt for our well-being and our laws by illegally dredging a nearby wetland to try to find it, resulting in a disciplinary letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They also destroyed wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountain reservation during AIM construction. Right now, Spectra Energy is counting on you turning a blind eye to their terrible track record. They are counting on your silence. You have the power to stop them. We need you to send a strong message to the nation about New York's core values: that we still believe in protecting local communities' health, water resources and livelihoods, that we are still a state that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and that we believe in the basic science of climate change and moving away from polluting fossil fuels. Please instruct the DEC to fulfill its responsibilities and DENY Spectra Energy's application for a water quality certificate for the Atlantic Bridge project. Sincerely, Local Organizations: ResistSpectra, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion) and SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group) and the following residents of New York and the surrounding regions:

ResistSpectra, SAPE, SEnRG
26,608 supporters