State of Emergency Declared After Oil Pipeline Leaks 250,000 Gallons in Alabama

State of Emergency Declared After Oil Pipeline Leaks 250,000 Gallons in Alabama:

A leak has caused the closure of a crucial pipeline that carries gasoline to the eastern United States, a disruption that threatens to drive up prices and leave service stations without fuel to sell.

A section of the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, has been closed since Sept. 9 after a spill of roughly 250,000 gallons was discovered in rural Shelby County, Ala.

The major pipeline, one pipe of which has been severed, provides gasoline for an estimated 50 million people on the East Coast each day, according to company estimates. The cause of the leak has yet to be determined, according to the company’s most recent statement.

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False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL

False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL:

To understand that this isn’t the victory it’s being billed as, you have to read the fine print in the presently lauded joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior…

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World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland

World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland:

The launch of the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm in Scotland has been hailed as a significant moment for the renewable energy sector.

A turbine for the MeyGen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth was unveiled outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

After the ceremony, attended by Nicola Sturgeon, the turbine, measuring about 15 metres tall (49ft), with blades 16 metres in diameter (52ft), and weighing in at almost 200 tonnes, will begin its journey to the project’s site in the waters off the north coast of Scotland between Caithness and Orkney.

The turbine will be the first of four to be installed underwater, each with a capacity of 1.5 megawatts (MW), in the initial phase of the project.

But the Edinburgh-based developer Atlantis Resources hopes the project which has received £23m in Scottish government funding will eventually have 269 turbines, bringing its capacity to 398MW, which is enough electricity to power 175,000 homes.

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Fukushima Backlash Hits Japan Prime Minister

Fukushima Backlash Hits Japan Prime Minister:

As a result of total 100% meltdown, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) cannot locate or remove the radioactive molten core or corium from the reactors. Nobody knows where it is. It is missing. If it is missing from within the reactor structures, has it burrowed into the ground? There are no ready answers….

Corium is highly radioactive material, begging the question: If it has burrowed thru the containment vessel, does it spread underground, contaminating farmland and water resources and if so, how far away? Nobody knows?

According to TEPCO, removing the melted cores from reactors 1, 2 and 3 will take upwards of 20 years, or more, again who knows.

But still, Japan will hold Olympic events in Fukushima in 2020 whilst out-of-control radioactive masses of goo are nowhere to be found.

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Queensland University of Technology to dump fossil fuel investments

Queensland University of Technology to dump fossil fuel investments:

One of Australia’s largest universities, the Queensland University of Technology, has committed to dumping fossil fuel investments after a two-year campaign by students and staff.

In a move that surprised and delighted campaigners, the university’s vice-chancellor, Peter Coaldrake, revealed on Friday the university’s $300m endowment fund would divest its shares in coal, oil and gas companies.

QUT becomes the second-largest of four Australian universities – alongside the Australian National University, La Trobe University and the University of Sydney to join a global divestment movement that withdraws support for industries fuelling climate change.

Coaldrake said he told staff in an email that a review of its investments “relative to climate risk” had led it to direct its external funds manager, the QueenslandInvestment Corporation, to ensure it had “no fossil fuel direct investments”.

It followed an open letter a year ago from more than 120 QUT academics urging the university – the ninth-largest in Australia with more than 45,000 students – to divest.

“We recognise our important responsibility to be an institution that is not only environmentally and socially responsible but also financially sustainable,” Coaldrake said.

“In practical terms this means that QUT is committed to an orderly and considered transition away from investment in fossil fuel companies while simultaneously ensuring that QUT continues to build the broader funding base essential to our future.”

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BLM pulls plans to sterilize wild horses in Oregon

According to a Friday ruling from the Interior Board of Land Appeals, “BLM wants to rescind the decision at issue in this appeal because it no longer wishes to implement it.” science news

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Boy discovers rare dinosaur skull near Grand Junction

Lachlan Barrett of Florida uncovered the 140-million-year-old skull on the Museums of Western Colorado’s dinosaur dig at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. science news

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Q&A: The 4-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline

Everything you need to know about the pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s ongoing protest. science news

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Ag secretary says private investment needed to help grouse

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants on Thursday for a pair of programs that will attempt to use private financing to conserve land across the Western U.S. as part of a sweeping effort to restore the greater sage grouse’s habitat. science news

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So many US trees have died that some scientists want to burn them instead of coal

California, wracked by drought, has 66 million dead trees across its landscape. They’ve been killed by both the drought itself and by voracious bark beetles, and now they’re just sitting there – destined to either decompose, burn in a wildfire, or be incinerated, for safety reasons, by state fire managers before the next blaze comes along. science news

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