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The Public Trust Has Been Undermined

The PDF document in the article below documents some of the ways that public trust has been undermined in the ways that the Big Bear Mine application has been handled. The State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”) requires government agencies and the applicant to follow specific laws and regulations, which we believe were not followed in this latest episode. The attached PDF is a letter to Hillary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, outlining areas that were not in compliance with SEPA, written by Loring Advising, SRA's legal counsel. It is specific and fact-based.

It's not enough to breathe a sigh of relief that we have again thwarted an operation that would endanger the lives of people living in the area and pose significant ecological risks. The intent of SEPA has also been undermined, and we need to keep pressure on those responsible to respect these laws and regulations. The stakeholders who would be hurt by such projects should not have to repeatedly submit official public records requests to get public documents. The specific request regarding the asbestos report was delayed five weeks. We need our public agencies to put in place a transparent process that follows the specifics and intent of SEPA. We must demand that DNR local government agencies do better in the future.

New Comments and Articles

Public Trust Has Been Undermined

Aug. 13, 2021


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The Public Trust Has Been Undermined

Aug. 13, 2021


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DNR is Incorrect and Unresponsive: A letter to Hillary Franz

June 21, 2021


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Renowned Geologist Details Hazards

June 1, 2021


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URGENT: Please comment on the Marblemount mine proposal

May 25, 2021


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Sierra Club Letter: DNR has no authority to process the new application

May 25, 2021


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SRA Letter to County Officials re: Slope Stability and Hazard

April 28, 2021


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Big Problem with "Cascade Big Bear Mine" Proposal and Permitting Process

April 20, 2021


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Geologic Hazard Critical classification in 2011. Has this changed?

April 12, 2021


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Marblemount Quarry Permit Review Assumed by DNR, not Skagit County, Sparks Outcry

Feb. 26, 2021


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WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife explains why an EIS should be required

Nov. 15, 2020


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Opposition from Mount Baker Group of the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club

Nov. 13, 2020


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Comment From Kate and Larry Stram

Nov. 13, 2020


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Swinomish Tribal Community says "no permit should issue without a complete and thorough EIS."

Nov. 13, 2020


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Letter in Support from Local Conservation Groups

Nov. 12, 2020


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Urgent! New Mining Proposed near Marblemount

Nov. 5, 2020


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Archived Articles

On September 16, 2019, citizens were informed by the county that Kiewit is pulling out of both the permit application process and the comprehensive plan amendment process, "Marblemount Quarry", PL19-0033. The information in this archive, along with over 800 citizen comments to our county, was part of the process that helped defeat this massive project. The new proposal, “Cascade Big Bear Mine”, DNR permit number 70-013279, is for 20 years and different is scale, but most of the environmental, health, economic and other concerns remain the same. This archive is presented as a reference and background relevant to the new proposal. The full application for last year’s threat and all comments sent to the county are still available here

Skagit River Alliance Letter Opposing Kiewit Quarry Mine Special Use Permit

May 14, 2019


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Skagit Land Trust Requests “Threshold Determination of Significance” and a Full Environmental Impact Statement

May 25, 2019


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Skagit Audubon Society: An Environmental Impact Statement Should be Required

Aug. 10, 2019


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Anything Short of a Full Study of These Impacts Would Undermine SEPA’s Purpose

July 22, 2019


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The Swinomish Tribe’s Response to a Dismissive Letter to Skagit County From Kiewit’s Attorneys

July 22, 2019


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Skagit River Alliance Letter to U. S. Senators Cantrell and Murray, U. S. Reps Larson, Kilmer, Jayapal, Schrier, Smith and Heck

June 12, 2019


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Big Turnout for “Let the River Sing” Fundraiser by Skagit River Alliance

Aug. 12, 2019


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No Place to Blow Up a Mountain!

May 22, 2019


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Mount Baker Group of the WA State Chapter of the Sierra Club Opposes Permitting Quarry Mine

May 13, 2019


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Andrea Weiser’s Op-Ed in Cascadia Weekly

May 9, 2019


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Blasting Bear Mountain Will Release Hazardous Asbestos

May 12, 2019


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RE Sources for Sustainable Communities Sees Many Damaging Impacts of Quarry Mine

May 5, 2019


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GuruBani Whitney’s Letter Opposing Quarry Mine

May 9, 2019


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Letter from Andrea L. Weiser Opposing Quarry Mine in Marblemount

May 15, 2019


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Join Mark and Joan in Urging Your Outdoor Recreation Organization to Oppose Quarry Mine

May 6, 2019


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Kiewit’s proposed mining activities are expressly prohibited by Skagit County zoning

July 15, 2019


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The Way It Really Is

May 4, 2019


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Robert R. Mierendorf Says No to Proposed Quarry Mine

April 30, 2019


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Proposed Quarry Mine is Not a Job Creator!

April 30, 2019


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North Cascades Institute Opposes Quarry Mine

April 29, 2019


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Proposed Marblemount Mine Site Cannot Be Permitted Without Comprehensive Plan Revision

April 27, 2019


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Dr. Jon Riedel on the Proposed Quarry Mine

April 19, 2019


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Seattle City Light Sees Significant Adverse Environmental Effects of Proposed Quarry Mine

April 26, 2019


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Letter by Claire McIlvain Against Quarry Application

April 14, 2019


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Marblemount Permit Application: Kiewit’s Use of the Term “Expansion” is Misleading

April 16, 2019


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Christie Fairchild on the Proposed Marblemount Quarry Mine

April 4, 2019


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Speaking Out Against Destroying Our Valley Home

April 2, 2019


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Kathy Young’s Letter to Skagit County Opposing Quarry Mine

March 31, 2019


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Skagit River System Cooperative’s Letter Requesting Extension of Public Comment Period and Environmental Impact Statement

April 1, 2019


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Kiewit’s proposed mining activities are expressly prohibited by Skagit County zoning

April 14, 2019


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Upper Skagit Indian Tribe Letter Opposing Marblemount Quarry

March 25, 2019


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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Letter Requesting Extended Comment Period and Environmental Impact Statement

March 31, 2019


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Proposed Marblemount Quarry Mine Would Be a Catastrophe!

March 16, 2019


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Strong Opposition Rising Against Marblemount Quarry Project Application

March 25, 2019


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American Rivers’ Letter Asking for an Environmental Impact Statement for Quarry Mine

March 16, 2019


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Vancouver, WA, Company Trying to Leverage Old Gravel Pit Permit to Blow Up Mountain

March 16, 2019


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Full Scoped Environmental Impact Study Expected

Aug. 12, 2019


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Joint Letter Opposing Quarry Mine

May 15, 2019


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“This is a terrible idea for many reasons”

May 4, 2019


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Skagit Audubon Society Opposes Quarry

March 30, 2019


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Proposed Marblemount Quarry Mine is Surrounded by Homes

April 1, 2019


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