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I'm gonna start using my other account, "Robert Whitlock," again. -Robert Whitlock "Berd"

Port Pegasus Ship Visit

3 videos of Port Pegasus ship: 1) in finishing stage of log loading operation, 2) in beginning phase, and 3) nighttime arrival at Port.

Ship departed Olympia Monday the 2nd of June, around 8pm local time, destination Lan Shan China (according to

Wednesday the 28th, windy at the Port Plaza Tower

At end of video see rat guard installation failures. Many incoming ship's crews have failed to install rat rope protectors.

Tuesday AM, arriving and turning before coming alongside pier.

Eastbay Scene

Clouds have been just totally awesome recently.

Mountain Light Fades at Dusk

Mountain at Dusk--This view is from Tumwater Overlook Park, if you're into scenic vistas, it's worth a visit!

Oil Unit Train at Reservation Road

Video from earlier in the week, Northbound BNSF oil unit train, each car outfitted with new safety feature, head shieds (to help reduce threat of punctured tanks.) Each of the 108 tank cars marked with HSRX (High Sierra Energy,) and D.O.T. Placard 1267 Petroleum Crude Oil, Flammable Liquid, Class 3.

Location: Reservation Road

Oil Train
photo of train from last week, location: Yelm Highway rail overpass bridge, looking North, toward Amtrak Centennial Rail Passenger Station

Moments beside the pond

Train Carries Proppants for Oil Fracking Through Downtown Olympia

Video from April 2014, Tacoma Rail locomotives 3801 and 3802 carry hopper cars loaded with proppants, shipped from China, from the Port of Olympia. The proppants were destined for the oil fracking region of the Bakken formation, Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

Video will play on TCTV Channel 22:
Wednesday 5/14/2014, 11:00 PM, Channel 22
Saturday 5/17/2014, 12:30 AM, Channel 22
Tuesday 5/20/2014, 11:00 PM, Channel 22
Friday 5/23/2014, 6:30 PM, Channel 22
Saturday 5/24/2014, 10:30 PM, Channel 22
Sunday 5/25/2014, 4:30 PM, Channel 22
Tuesday 5/27/2014, 3:30 PM, Channel 22
Friday 5/30/2014, 9:30 PM, Channel 22

Pipeline on Rails

Tuesday 13 May 2014, Yelm Highway, Amtrak Centennial Station, Thurston County, Washington State--BNSF Oil Train, Northbound (Most of the action is in the first four minutes. At 10:00 minutes in, the train passes out of sight, around the curve at St. Clair, right across the road from McAllister Springs, as it heads through Nisqually Reservation.)

sorry haven't been posting here as much, been busy, been posting more videos on my YouTube account, too.

Budd Bay Timelapse

2 minutes 20 seconds (80 second intervals, compressed over 93 hours)

Centralia Hearing for Proposed Grays Harbor Oil Terminals

About 30 people traveled by bus from Thurston County to Centralia, to attend a hearing about proposed oil export terminals in Grays Harbor. Many speakers were from affected rail corridor areas. Comments to the EIS Scoping were wide and most major issues were covered. About 150 people attended the hearing. Here's video, 3 hours, 14 minutes:

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