Citing regulatory ‘capitulation,’ federal court blocks construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline through Virginia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Roanoke Times:A federal appeals court on Friday struck down two key decisions allowing a natural gas pipeline to slice through the Jefferson National Forest.The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Sierra Club and other conservation groups that challenged approvals by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for a 3.6-mile segment of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.Affected woodlands are in Giles and Montgomery counties and Monroe County, West Virginia. The pipeline’s route through the national forest will also take it under the Appalachian Trail atop Peters Mountain.During oral arguments in May, a three-judge panel raised pointed questions about the Forest Service’s acceptance of Mountain Valley’s assurances that it could control erosion and sediment caused by running a 42-inch diameter buried pipeline along steep mountainsides.“MVP’s proposed project would be the largest pipeline of its kind to cross the Jefferson National Forest,” Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote in the opinion. “American citizens understandably place their trust in the Forest Service to protect and preserve this country’s forests, and they deserve more than silent acquiescence to a pipeline company’s justification for upending large swaths of national forest lands.”Although the court’s decision was tailored to a small section of the 303-mile pipeline, opponents said it could have implications beyond the national forest.Now that Mountain Valley lacks valid permits from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, some say that calls into question an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that set the project in motion last October.Earlier in the week, a partner in the corporate venture said completion of the pipeline has been pushed back to early 2019, citing the 4th Circuit’s earlier stay of the permit allowing stream crossings in West Virginia.In its Friday decision, the court said it was sending two decisions back to the appropriate agencies for further review. The first was the Forest Service’s amendment of the Jefferson National Forest Land Resource Management Plan to accommodate the pipeline. The second was a right-of-way through the forest granted by the Bureau of Land Management.It was not clear how long the reconsideration process might take. A key issue in the case was Mountain Valley’s assertion, made during discussions with the Forest Service, that its erosion and sediment control measures would be 79 percent effective. At first, Forest Service officials were highly skeptical of such a rosy scenario.The calculation is a “vast overestimate of containment,” Forest Service officials wrote in comments to Mountain Valley cited in court records. “It is more appropriate to err on the side of worst case scenario, rather than best case. Update the analysis to reflect a … factor equal to or less than 48 percent containment.”Yet later in process, Forest Service officials backed off of the directive and accepted the 79 percent projection. When Chief Judge Roger Gregory asked why during oral arguments in May, it prompted the following exchange:“This is part of the robust back and forth, with the agency asking hard questions,” said Trey Sibley, who was representing Mountain Valley after the company was allowed to intervene in the case.“I’m missing the robust side of this,” Gregory responded. “This seems like a one-way street. I don’t call that robust. I call that capitulation.”Since April, state regulators have put Mountain Valley on notice that its sediment and erosion control measures were inadequate at more than a dozen locations in Virginia and West Virginia. At least one inspection in the Jefferson National Forest found similar issues, according to filings with FERC.More: Federal appeals court delivers blow to Mountain Valley Pipeline Citing regulatory ‘capitulation,’ federal court blocks construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline through Virginialast_img read more

NYC’s summer day camp commences today

first_img 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews NYC’s summer day camp commences today by: – July 23, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share The National Youth Council of Dominica, (NCY) will from today, July 23rd, commence its annual Summer Day Camp, “Youth Who Recycle”.The camp is geared at educating participants in the age group 7 – 13 years old.This year, participants will be lectured on the importance of recycling by creating crafts out of recyclable materials, field trips, sleepovers and lots more. The camp will be held from daily from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown and will climax on Friday 03rd August, 2012.Registration cost is $40.00 per child (and groups of 2 or more get a discounted price). For registration and or assistance please contact the Camp Coordinator, Ms. Rocque at 277 3381 / 615 6090 or the office of the National Youth Council of Dominica at 448 6944 / 245 5865 or email nyc_dom@hotmail.com.The NYC would like to thank LIME Dominica, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Mr. Bobby Frederick ( Harlem Plaza), Mr. Frankie Bellot/ Krazy Tees and the National Bank of Dominica for its generous contributions towards its Summer Camp, 2012.Press releaselast_img read more

ISDH says Indiana is prepared if coronavirus arrives

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health is urging Hoosiers to take common-sense steps to prepare for the possibility that the coronavirus gains a greater foothold in the US.Indiana has no confirmed cases yet, and no one in the state is suspected of being infected at this time. To date, ISDH stated they have worked with local health departments to monitor nearly 60 travelers in accordance with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people being monitored fluctuates as individuals complete the 14-day monitoring period. Currently, 26 individuals are being monitored in Indiana due to their history of travel or contact with an individual who has traveled to an affected country.The CDC says the immediate risk at this time is low for Americans who do not have risk factors, such as travel to an impacted area or contact with a person who has had recent travel to China or other affected countries. However, the CDC has urged Americans to begin thinking about steps they would take if their daily lives are disrupted.Some practical steps Hoosiers can take to avoid most illnesses: Practice everyday prevention measures, which include washing your hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home if you are sick and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.last_img read more

Yankees’ Brian Cashman explains decision to trade for Edwin Encarnacion, demote Clint Frazier

first_img Yankees’ Clint Frazier calls demotion to Triple-A ‘a tough pill to swallow’ Yankees exploring trade market for ‘impact’ player, Brian Cashman says Brian Cashman continues to look for ways to improve the Yankees’ roster.When healthy, New York’s lineup is one of the best in baseball. But, Cashman, the team’s longtime general manager, acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the Mariners last weekend in exchange for prospect Juan Then and cash considerations. Yankees injury updates: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton in Triple-A for rehab assignments The Yankees are reportedly exploring the market for a starting pitcher and have already spoken with the Blue Jays about a potential deal for Marcus Stroman.New York entered play Monday in first place of the AL East with a 43-27 record. Cashman explained why he made the trade during an interview Monday with the New York Post.“Encarnacion can impact our roster in a significant way even though (offense was) not an area of weakness,” Cashman said. “It drives that level to an even higher level and it was not cost prohibitive, so we did it. Related News “Our job is to find ways to improve the club and there are many ways to do it.”Welcome to the Bronx, Edwin Encarnación 🦜 pic.twitter.com/otLlulKZGO— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 17, 2019New York demoted outfielder Clint Frazier to make room on the roster for Encarnacion, who has hit an American League leading 21 home runs in 2019.Frazier is slashing .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 53 games with New York this season.“This is the reality of things,” Frazier told reporters about his demotion Sunday. “Guess I’m facing reality right now. It’s a tough pill to swallow. It’s never fun, especially with how much I’ve felt like I’ve contributed to this team.”Clint Frazier: It’s a tough pill to swallow. It’s never fun, especially with how much I felt like I’ve contributed to the team this year. pic.twitter.com/V3lxQ9f5EQ— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 16, 2019The Yankees have been decimated by injuries so far in 2019, however, they’re set to get some reinforcements back soon. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both recently played in rehab games.“There are a lot of inquiries if this was a chess move to set up an easier lane to trade Frazier,” Cashman said. “It was a simple roster improvement (to add Encarnacion). (Frazier) was going to Triple-A when our guys got healthy and there was no spot for him. He has impacted us in a positive way, we are happy with his progression.”last_img read more