If President Obama was looking for an official reason to conclude that the Keystone XL pipeline was not in the national interest of the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency just delivered it to him in the form of a letter.
The EPA told the State Department, which has handled the decision of whether or not to approve the pipeline because it would cross an international border with Canada, that the tar sands oil transported by the pipeline would pose a number of risks. These include: potential spills, a “significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” and due to global oil price volatility, an increased likelihood that much more tar sands oil would get burned if Keystone gets the green light.
Cynthia Giles, the EPA’s top enforcement official, wrote a fairly short and simple letter to the State Department’s Amos Hochstein and Judith Garber.
She began by complimenting the Department’s efforts to evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline in its “comprehensive” Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
The agency has the authority to review permit applications for pipelines like this under Section 309 of the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the timing for their comments got pushed forward to this week following uncertainty due to a court case over the pipeline’s route in Nebraska.
Giles also noted the improved oil spill prevention preparedness, though spills remain “a concern for citizens and businesses relying on groundwater resources crossed by the route.”
When the letter turned to the subject of climate change, however, the tone changed.
Click headline to read more and access hot links--
WFPL EPA Expected to Finalize First Federal Coal Ash Regulations This Month WFPL Cane Run is scheduled to be closed next year; depending on which rule regulators end up finalizing, the pond at Mill Creek would have to either be retrofitted with a...
In case you missed it (ICYMI), we’re sharing some of the stories discovered this past month as we’ve been sifting through the goodness that’s come out of Manufacturing Day (#MFGDay14) on 10.3.14. In fact, as we wr
QUESTA – Construction of a new fishing park at Eagle Rock Lake near Questa and in-stream fish habitat improvements at the Red River fish hatchery are scheduled to begin soon, with completion expected this summer.
Irrigation canals have been used for centuries to transport water to crops, and this concept has remained largely unchanged since its invention, save for the added technologies of waterwheels and hydraulics.
Traditionally, canals used to transport water to where it is needed were lined with concrete or compacted earth.
While earthen canals are relatively inexpensive to build, they lose more than 50 percent of water due to seepage, and also suffer from erosion and vegetative growth.
On the other hand, although concrete canals are not plagued by erosion or plant life, they too have major disadvantages: they are more expensive than earthen canals, are prone to cracking overtime, and still lose at least 30 percent of water seepage.
Please click on the link below for a full read on the informative blog on Canal Liners.
Island Water Park’s long-sought plans to build an artificial water-skiing lake in Calverton have reached the 15-year mark, but the property’s owner says he now needs just one more approval before he can start building.
Michigan and the rest of the area often referred to as the Rust Belt, which I’ll call the Great Lakes Region here, needn’t worry about automotive manufacturing vanishing for some time. Despite the headlines and the angst in some quarters about North American light-vehicle production moving into the southern U.S.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.