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

13 Movies Filmed on Long Island That Won Oscars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The ballots are signed, sealed and delivered, the rehearsals are underway and the statues are polished in preparation for the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.This year’s race is closer than ever with innovative frontrunners like the high concept dark comedy Birdman and the epic Boyhood, shot over a 12-year period. However, there is little doubt that Julianne Moore will take home the statue for her award-winning performance as a woman coping with Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. Many of the scenes in the critically acclaimed film were shot right here on Long Island. In fact, LI served as the location for many Oscar winning films. With the scenic beaches and the blend of urban and suburban life, the Island is a cinematographer’s dream.Here are 13 films shot on the Island that took home Oscar gold:Woody Allen in Annie HallAnnie HallThis movie may be Woody Allen’s greatest achievement to date. He wrote, starred in and directed the romantic comedy that won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Diane Keaton) and Best Original Screenplay in 1978. Allen’s character, Alvy, is a predecessor to comedians like Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, a neurotic who cannot control the urge to point out the absurdities of daily life. Many scenes were filmed on the South Shore and in the Hamptons. This includes the light-hearted scene in the beach house when Alvy and Annie attempt to cook a lobster despite their initial squeamishness.Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin in Blue Jasmine.Blue JasmineLast year’s Blue Jasmine proved Woody Allen could still make a great film, even amid renewed allegations of child molestation. Cate Blanchett shines as a narcissist on the verge of a breakdown following a dark personal trauma. Blanchett won Best Actress for her performance while Sally Hawkins was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Woody Allen for Best Original Screenplay. A handful of scenes were filmed in Quogue. The beautiful location served as the location for Jasmine’s beach house during flashback sequences.Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July.Born on the Fourth of JulyTom Cruise and Oliver Stone both had a big year in 1990. Cruise, at the prime of his career, received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the paralyzed veteran Ron Kovic and Stone received won Best Director. The biopic depicted Kovic’s personal journey to become an anti-war and pro-human rights advocate. The film accurately portrays Kovic growing up in the town of Massapequa. Although the majority of the film was shot in Texas, a couple of scenes were filmed in the real-life Massapequa. In the wrestling scene, Kovic dons a uniform with Massapequa written in bright, yellow lettering.A scene from Citizen Kane.Citizen KaneThis is a masterpiece forever praised by critics and film students alike. It’s a tale of greed, power and the press that is a blueprint for inspired filmmaking and aesthetic. The film was nominated for nine Oscars in 1942, but ended up only winning Best Original Screenplay. Oheka Castle in Huntington was used in exterior shots to portray Kane’s infamous estate, Xanadu.Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindWhat if you could completely erase your memories of someone? Michael Gondry’s cerebral cult drama makes this idea a reality. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet respectively star as Joel and Clementine, a couple whose volatile relationship leads them down a road of forgetting and struggling to remember. Charlie Kauffman won Best Original Screenplay in 2005, beating out heavyweights like Hotel Rwanda and The Aviator. The film takes place on Long Island, so naturally it was the ideal shooting location. Many LI landmarks pop up throughout, such as the Rockville Centre train station, Montauk train station, a Montauk diner and The Montauk House in Wainscott.Sonny Corleone gets whacked in The Godfather.The GodfatherFrancis Ford Coppola’s classic 1972 film introduced the world to the Corleone family. Since its release, it is considered by many to be the greatest film in the American gangster genre. The film took home Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marlon Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay. The death of Sonny Corleone was filmed in Garden City. The abandoned tollbooths were part of Mitchell Field, which is now part of Nassau Community College. LI was also the set of the film’s most infamous scene—Jack Woltz discovering a decapitated horse head in his bed. Additional scenes were shot at Sands Points Reserve.Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta in GoodfellasGoodfellasMartin Scorsese is responsible for gritty masterpieces such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, but Goodfellas may be his most iconic work. Joe Pesci won the Oscar in 1991 for his performance as Tommy DeVito, based on the real-life Thomas Anthony “Two-Gun Tommy” DeSimone. The vacation scenes were filmed at the Catalina Beach Club in Atlantic Beach. The film also uses aerial shots of Valley Stream and Oyster Bay. Lawrence is used for a few scenes, such as Henry Hill being followed by the helicopter and Karen Hill’s parent’s home.A scene from The Great Gatsby.The Great GatsbyBaz Lurman’s ambitious adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel received mixed reviews when it debuted in the summer of 2013. While some critics enjoyed the contemporary soundtrack and the eccentric narrative, others found it to be over stylized and over stimulated. But no one could deny that the film looked beautiful on screen. The Academy honored the film with two Oscars, one for Production Design and another for Costume Design. The film utilized many helicopter shots of Long Island, capturing the essence of the extravagant North Shore manors Fitzgerald described in the novel.Woody Allen and Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite.Mighty AphroditeThe Island never fails to inspire Woody Allen—popping up on our list for the third time on this list. In his 1995 comedy, Mira Sorvino stole the screen as prostitute Linda Ash, birth mother of Woody Allen’s adopted son. Despite Allen’s overused plot device—him as a tortured genius coping with an unintelligible woman—Sorvino made the film worth watching and in turn earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Scenes were filmed in Belmont Park in Nassau County and Quogue in Suffolk.Inside the beauty salon that starred in Mondays at Racine.Mondays at RacineA small hair salon in the hamlet of Islip became the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary short in 2013. Mondays at Racine followed two bold sisters who opened their salon every third Monday of the month to women diagnosed with cancer. The salon offers them beauty therapy—wig styling and makeovers. The documentary captures the stories of many brave and unique women chatting away and facing their disease head on. While the majority of the film takes place in the Islip salon, there are also exterior shots of Montauk Highway.Ed Harris in Pollack.PollockWhen Pollock premiered in 2000, it was little more than an indie sleeper, only bringing in a mere $44,224 on its opening weekend. However, come award season, more and more people began recognizing the film about the famous artist’s life. Ed Harris, who played Pollock, was nominated for Best Actor and Marcia Gay Harden won Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Pollock and his wife, American painter Lee Krasner, moved to the Springs area of East Hampton in 1945. Filmmakers were able to shoot scenes inside the Pollock-Krasner House in addition to exteriors of Springs and East Hampton.Audry Hepburn in SabrinaSabrina“Once upon a time on the North Shore of Long Island, some 30 miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate,” Sabrina Fairchild narrates in the opening lines of this 1954 film. In a classic rags-to-riches tale, Audrey Hepburn stars as a young woman with two potential suitors—Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. The film was nominated for six Oscars, including a Best Actress nod for Audrey Hepburn, but it only won for Costume Design. Many “Gold Coast” estates were utilized to capture the true luxury of the era and the region. This included the Hempstead House, the Guggenheim Estate at Sands Point Preserve, Pratt Estate and Salutations in Glen Cove. Other scenes feature the Long Island Sound and Glen Cove train station.Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass.Splendor in the GrassLI became Kansas in this 1961 classic starring Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. The story of forbidden love received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, penned by American playwright William Inge. Scenes were filmed on almost all 200 acres within Brookhaven hamlet. Beaver Dam road in particular was chosen for its resemblance to Kansas. Brookhaven supervisor August Strout Jr. even gave Natalie Wood a symbolic key to the town following the shoot.last_img read more

PCP: Best NBA Comeback Player

first_imgMcGrathScottie Pippen thinks he is the ready to come back to the NBA and help lead a team to an NBA championship? Puh-leeze. Scottie couldn’t lead a whale to water, as evidenced by the Bulls’ success once Michael Jordan left and how well the Rockets and Portland did with his services.Pippen should just shut his trap and go back dunking doughnuts in his coffee and leave the NBA comeback to a true difference-maker: Pat Riley.Riles would, first off, be the true coach on the court. All teams are looking for that point guard who can be a leader and act as a floor general at all times. P-Riddy would certainly fit that bill, as he could probably overthrow the true coach of the team at any given time. That’s not just a general — that’s a dictator.Patty also has game. Back in the 1970s, the Kentucky graduate averaged 7.4 points and 1.7 assists a night and contributed to the Lakers winning an NBA title. Could he do it today? So long as Stephan Marbury can still put up 20 points a game in the league, I’ll believe anyone in better shape than Butterbean can.You might be thinking that P-Rizzle’s recent hip replacement surgery would hold him back. No way. First off, he would get to park in the handicap zone outside the arena and would never be late for practice.Once he hit the court, he would be able to box out anybody with the use of his walker. You get a hunk of steel to the shin and attempt to rebound a basketball at the same time. Do you know how far Riley could reach in for a steal with the added three feet of walker? It wouldn’t even be fair.Plus, what NBA player would be able to even lay a finger on the senior citizen without being whistled for a foul, especially whenever Dick Bavetta was on the case? They might even move in the free-throw line for Riles, based on his senior citizenship.Point: RileyPoppyScottie Pippen is just opening the floodgates for a boatload of washed-up players making their way back to the NBA.Tyrone Hill, Vin Baker, Shawn Kemp, Rick Fox, Vlade Divac, the list goes on. Maybe even Tim Hardaway, though the NBA probably won’t let him back for awhile.The best candidate to come back to the Association, however, isn’t quite retired. David Stern ought to reinstate Chris Andersen immediately. Who cares about his drug use — it’s a black eye the NBA can live with in exchange for “The Birdman.”Now, Andersen wasn’t exactly the best player. In fact, if the 41-year old Pippen indeed came back, he would probably be much better than Andersen.For the past two years, the league’s dunk contest has been amid some controversy. In 2006, New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson attempted 14 stuffs before connecting in the final round, and he still took home the crown. After the heated debate over Robinson’s missed-dunkathon, the NBA established a new rule for this year’s contest: a two-minute time limit, and if reached, only two extra attempts. Lo and behold, Robinson took every necessary attempt to finish his performance.While Robinson didn’t win this year, it’s apparent he needs some competition. In comes Andersen.”The Birdman” was the laughingstock of the 2005 dunk contest, missing his first eight attempts on his first dunk and then his first five attempts on his second. Basically, Andersen was the original Robinson in terms of missing dunk after dunk and pissing off fans, commentators and competitors alike.The NBA should bring the washed-up drug abuser back and have him dunk off against Robinson. Stern and company could then have the winner remain in the league, and the loser picks up the remainder of Andersen’s two-year ban.last_img read more

See the only player to appear in both Kwesi Appiah and C.K Akonnor’s first Black Stars squads

first_imgTransitioning players into and from Ghana’s men’s senior national team has been a major criticism levelled at the various Black Stars coaches in recent years.The coaches have been accused of sticking to the same players whether they are in form or not.It appears, however, that since former Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah first took charge of the Black Stars, there’s been a gradual changing of the guard in the national team.New Stars Boss, C.K Akonnor, named his first squad since replacing Appiah in charge for the doubleheader against Sudan later in March.He mainly stuck to the players Appiah ended his tenure with, as 17 of his 23 picks were in Appiah’s team for the qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.However if we look back even further to Appiah’s very first game in charge, the story is very different.Of Kwesi Appiah’s initial 24-man squad for the games against Lesotho and Zambia seven years ago, only one player made it into Akonnor’s list.Only Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew, remains from the team Appiah trusted for his first outings as Ghana coach.ISMAILIA, EGYPT – JUNE 25: JORDAN PIERRE AYEW of Ghana during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group F match between Ghana and Benin at Ismailia Stadium on June 25, 2019 in Ismailia, Egypt. (Photo by Visionhaus)At the time, Jordan played in France for Marseille; he has made 58 appearances in total for the national side.He was one of four forwards in the squad including Dominic Adiyiah, Ben Acheampong and Emmanuel Clottey.The side also featured a number of familiar names, including keeper Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and a young chap called Christian Atsu, who made his debut and scored.Dominic Adiyiah celebrates one of his two goals in the 7-0 win over Lesotho with Derek BoatengIt also included Harrison Afful and John Boye who Akonnor says could be recalled should the need arise.Take a look at both squads and the contracting selections from both coaches  Goalkeepers  Kwesi Appiah (2013)                                                             C.K Akonnor (2020)Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway)                          Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United – South Africa)Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals)                                   Razak Abalora (Azam – Tanzania)Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea)                                      Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak – Ghana)DefendersSamuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine)                                    Kwadwo Amoako (Ashgold – Ghana)Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium)                          Andy Yiadom (Reading – England)Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia)                                   Gideon Mensah (Zulte Waregem – Belgium)Richard Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea)                        Nicholas Opoku (Amiens – France)John Boye (Rennes, France)                                              Habib Mohammed (Asante Kotoko – Ghana)Lee Addy (Dalian Aerbin, China)                                       Kasim Nuhu (Fortuna Düsseldorf  – Germany)Daniel Addo (Zorya Luhansk, Ukraine)                             Joseph Aidoo (Celta de Vigo – Spain)Jerry Akaminko (Manisaspor, Turkey)Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany).Midfielders Anthony Annan (Vitesse Arnhem, Netherlands)                Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning – China)Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Ukraine)                                       Alfred Duncan (Fiorentina – Italy)Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy)                      Baba Iddrisu (RCD Mallorca – Spain)Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France)                                     Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid – Spain)Richard Mpong (Medema)                                                 Kudus Mohammed (FC Nordsjaelland – Denmark)Christian Atsu (Rio Ave, Portugal)                                      Samuel Owusu (Al Fayha FC – Saudi Arabia)Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy)                                          Christopher Antwi (Paderborn – Germany)Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy).ForwardsJordan Ayew (Marseille, France)                                      Eugene Ansah (Hapoel Ra’anana – Israel)Dominic Adiyiah (Arsenal Kyiv, Ukraine)                             Tariqe Fosu (Brentford FC – England)Ben Acheampong (Kotoko)                                                 Andre Ayew (Swansea City – England)Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea)                                Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade – Serbia)N/A                                                                                    Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace – England)N/A                                                                                     Yahaya Mohammed (Aduana Stars – Ghana)last_img read more