How many droughts, earthquakes, and hundred year floods will it take before the Port of Seattle remembers why the existing SECOND runway was NOT built on the proposed deadly 3rd runway site - high above what is now 12 St ?
How many accidents, and how many lives, will be lost before they realize they can't afford the third runway?
On the July day the entire Puget Sound Regional Council approved the Sea-Tac third runway, we had a smog alert.
We had two one hundred year flood rain storms during the construction of the North Employees Parking Lot. The rains, and a spring popping "out of nowhere" contributed to sediment slides into Miller creek. Dept of Ecology issued fines and Port of Seattle admitted in writing that best practices were inadequate. Fill was only about 1% of the fill needed for the entire Master Plan.
A portion of nearby 1st Ave sunk and cost over 1 million to repair. High flows in Miller Creek flows and a steep bank were blamed.
A barge blew up during the height of the conveyor discussions.
Haul truck accidents continue to mount , including fatalities, as predicted in the conveyor proposal.
We had a small earthquake, whose epicenter was by Maury Island, in the midst of the toxic berm debate. Maury Island was to be the prime source of fill but is heavily contaminated with a smelter's arsenic, lead, and mercury. Glacier is going to court to try to get the estuary reserve classification overriden. They need to get exceptions to the Shoreline Act as well.
Russians tried on multiple occasions to land on 1st Ave. It's twelve blocks west of the proposed third runway and is about where the runway needs to be to operate INDEPENDENTLY (4,300 feet from second runway).
Assorted incursions happened at Sea-Tac just as we were trying to convey to the Army Corps of Engineering the hazards of runway incursions.
Airplane crash landed near Sea-Tac garage after scaring children on the playground.
Unusally large number of premature Miller Creek salmon deaths linked to chemical pollution documented on video.
Water shortages in 2001 ongoing as we tried to convince the Dept of Ecology of the importance of clean drinking water from both the Highline and Maury Island aquifers.
The Feb 28, 2001 quake with liquefaction (runway crevice) shut down Boeing Field and broke beams and windows of the Sea-Tac Airport Control Tower. Sea-Tac continued to have delays for at least a month related to the eathquake (the temporary Sea-Tac tower had reduced visability and they had to handle diverted King County International Airport traffic (Boeing Field)). Their were also mechanically stabilized wall (MSE) failures south of Seattle.