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Governor Wolf Issues Statement on DEP Pipeline Permit Bar

first_imgGovernor Wolf Issues Statement on DEP Pipeline Permit Bar February 08, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Protection’s suspension of review of all clean water permit applications and other pending approvals associated with the Energy Transfer, L.P. (ET) and subsidiaries until further notice due to non-compliance:“The Department of Environmental Protection has acted swiftly and decisively to hold this operator accountable to the conditions of its permits. The permit bar by the Department of Environmental Protection is the latest step my Administration has taken to ensure pipeline operators and builders are accountable for the work they do in Pennsylvania. There has been a failure by Energy Transfer and its subsidiaries to respect our laws and our communities. This is not how we strive to do business in Pennsylvania, and it will not be tolerated.”The permit bar will affect the in-service date for the Revolution pipeline, which is currently not in service, and the Mariner East 2 pipeline. There are 27 approvals currently under review by DEP for Mariner East 2. The Revolution pipeline will remain closed until full compliance has been achieved.In addition to the permit bar, the governor called on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to continue to hold Energy Transfer (ET) and its subsidiaries accountable to stringent safety requirements which the PUC is charged with enforcing. The governor noted that the budget he proposed earlier this week funds four new gas safety inspectors at the Public Utility Commission’s Pipeline Safety Division to increase the PUC’s capacity to hold pipeline operators accountable and ensure all safety requirements are strictly enforced.”“Today, I am calling upon the Public Utility Commission to compel ET to address lapses in communication by immediately providing county and municipal agencies responsible for public safety along the Mariner East Project route any and all information required under state and federal law to enable the preparation of robust emergency preparedness and communication plans. I have directed the Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to coordinate with county and local leadership to assist with review of emergency management plans, and this engagement has already begun.”“I am also calling upon the PUC to require that a remaining life study of Mariner East 1 be completed and reviewed by independent experts. Such a study should thoroughly evaluate the safety of the existing pipeline and prepare a plan to implement the findings of that study as soon as possible.State agencies have provided unprecedented oversight over the Mariner East Project, issuing more than 80 violations and levying nearly $13 million in penalties. The Department of Environmental Protection has also implemented significant new processes as a result of the experience gained on a project of unprecedented scope and impact including:Improved coordination with the PUC and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC);Improved internal coordination and implementation through the establishment of a Regional Pipeline Permitting Coordination Office;And the development of new permit conditions and policy guidelines for future pipeline development projects including more than 100 special permit conditions.Finally, the governor has called on the General Assembly to address gaps in existing law which have tied the hands of the Executive and independent agencies charged with protecting public health, safety and the environment, calling for the speedy passage of the following legislation to protect the public:No state agency currently has authority to review intrastate pipeline routes, which can result in pipeline companies deciding to site through densely populated high-consequence areas. Many states have passed legislation providing an enhanced role in siting decisions to their utility or public service commission. Legislation should provide the Public Utility Commission with authority to regulate siting and routing of intrastate pipelines in Pennsylvania.Currently, pipeline operators are not required to provide information to schools which are in close proximity to a pipeline, including how to respond to a leak. Legislation should require this information for schools within 1,000 feet of a pipeline.Related legislation should require public utility facilities transporting natural gas or natural gas liquids to meet with the county emergency coordinator entrusted to respond in the event of natural gas release and provide vital emergency response and evacuation information.In order to respond to a potential leak, automatic or remote shutoff valves are critical. Legislation should require the installation of such valves in high consequence areas in compliance with federal requirements for transmission line valves.last_img read more

Brexit decision ‘nothing good’ for German occupational pensions

first_imgGermany’s occupational pension fund association, aba, has bemoaned the UK vote to leave the European Union, saying that, although the precise implications for occupational pension provision in Germany were not yet foreseeable, the Brexit decision meant “nothing good”.In an update on 28 June, aba chief executive Klaus Stiefermann writes: “The capital markets are reacting negatively, a large part of German occupational pension fund assets are invested through London, and the British were always at our side when it came to reining in regulatory delusions and excess. “And there’s a fair amount of that going on again.”His comments echo the response of the Dutch Pensions Federation, which lamented the “loss of an ally” but said it is too early to say whether the British would leave the pan-European association PensionsEurope.  In another reaction from a national industry association, Denmark’s Forsikring & Pension (F&P) said keeping a good trading relationship with the UK was a priority for the country.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to aba newsletter (in German)last_img read more

MBNEP Seeks Public Comment Regarding CCMP Updates

first_imgThe Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBENP) last week released to the public the Draft Update of their Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for 2019-2023 for a 45-day comment period. Developed by over 300 community leaders, this CCMP update will be the roadmap for protecting and restoring what people value most about living in coastal Alabama over the next four years.The final document will be implemented by the MBNEP Management Conference including federal, state and local officials and agencies, industries, businesses, academia, and citizen groups.The MBNEP, like the other 27 National Estuary Programs, operates through the development and implementation of a CCMP, which serves as a “blueprint” for management of coastal and estuarine resources.A CCMP is developed based on local input and supporting local priorities to protect water quality, sustain living resources, manage coastal habitats, reduce human impacts, and build citizen stewardship. It is developed through a consensus-building and collaborative decision-making process by the MBNEP Management Conference.Conference partners commit to roles implementing CCMP goals, objectives, and recommended activities to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of Mobile Bay and its watersheds.last_img read more

Legislators To Co-Host Breakfast For Emergency Responders

first_imgRepresentative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) will co-host a a breakfast in Switzerland County on Saturday with another area lawmaker.Area first responders are invited to attend a breakfast hosted by two lawmakers on Saturday.Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) and Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) will co-host the event that features an in-depth look on how the revised criminal code impacts police officers, firefighters, prosecutors and all emergency personnel.The legislators will also be available to speak about other laws that impact the professions.Rep. Frye said, “In 2014, the General Assembly completely rewrote the Indiana Criminal Code so there are a lot of changes there. Representative McMillin is a co-author of that legislation.”The breakfast will be held at Jeff-Craig Fire Department, 610 Ferry Street in Vevay at 8:00 a.m.All emergency responders are encouraged to attend.last_img read more

Going the extra mile for Safe Passage

first_imgBatesville, IN—Two local companies partnered to help a local domestic violence shelter in need. Safe Passage Operations Manager Donna Huffmaster knew the shelter’s freezer was on its last leg. She called Gehring, Inc., to order a large 48 cubic foot freezer, but Gehring’s later learned the supplier had suspended all shipping, due to the Coronavirus. As fate would have it, the freezer died Friday, April 3, and the nonprofit lost most of the food inside. Due to the size of the freezer, it would be difficult to pick up the freezer in a regular pick-up truck. Gehring’s contacted Ted Amberger, fleet supervisor for Hill-Rom and Ted went right to work and confirmed he could get a company semi to pick up the freezer on the way back from Indianapolis and deliver to Safe Passage.As promised, Monday afternoon, Jeff Lamping pulled up the Hill-Rom semi in front of Gehring’s with the freezer inside. With a forklift, the freezer was delivered to Safe Passage and installed by Gehring’s at the shelter.Executive Director Jane Yorn commented, “These are just a few examples of many wonderful businesses and individuals who regularly reach out and provide support. We are truly thankful for the support, particularly in this time of need.”Safe Passage staff and clients, in turn, are truly thankful to not just Hill-Rom but Gehring’s as well. Deemed an essential business/service and in full operation providing critical needs, Safe Passage has had tremendous support from the public and organizations during this health crisis. The following day some 42 rolls of toilet paper, 14 hand soaps, and disposable gloves were dropped off at the local shelter, and that’s just in one day! Restaurant meals have also been donated for shelter clients.last_img read more

Local Man Calls Police After Stabbing, Robbing Victim

first_imgBoynton Beach police say a man called them after he allegedly stabbed the person he attempted to rob.Police received a phone call from West Palm Beach resident Victor Morel on Saturday night, claiming that he had been shot at two times around the area of SE 23rd Avenue and South Seacrest Boulevard. Morel also told them that he had stabbed a person at 2039 South Seacrest Boulevard, and refused to meet with law enforcement.Officers responding to 2039 South Seacrest Boulevard found two spent shell casings in the parking lot. They also discovered an empty holster, loose amphetamine pills and a blood trail close to the front door of an apartment at that address.The victim was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital with a stab wound to his upper back and an abrasion to the right side of his head. He was later transported to the Delray Medical Trauma Center for a collapsed lung.When Morel eventually agreed to meet with police, he told them that he met the victim on a social media app called “Grindr.”He added that he had heard the victim was a drug dealer, and his intentions when meeting the victim were to “make some money off of him.”Morel also admitted that they met at the victim’s argument and got into an argument there.According to police, Morel admitted striking the victim in the head with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground.The arrest report adds that Morel then grabbed a briefcase filled with methamphetamine and struck the victim again before running out the front door.Morel stabbed the victim, who had managed to get a hold of a firearm.The other man fired two shots as Morel drove away, hitting the front windshield and driver’s side window.Police contacted the victim at the hospital, who told them that Morel had attempted to rob him of his wallet, but he put up a fight.The victim added that Morel stabbed him in the back, forcing him to pull out his firearm and shoot.Morel is charged with Robbery and Aggravated Battery.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and there is no word on any charges against the victim.last_img read more

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) , NSFs welcome new dates for Tokyo Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) along with the National Sports Federations (NSF) expressed their happiness with the newly announced revised dates for the Tokyo Olympics.The Games was earlier postponed from its original dates of July 24 to August 9, 2020 due to the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the IOC on Monday announced that it will now be held from July 23 to August 9, 2021.”Indian Olympic Association along with the National Sports Federations welcome and support the new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held from 23 July to 8 August, 2021,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said in a statement.The IOA said that it is in touch with representatives of National Sports Federations (NSF) and are yet to star working on new calendars and roadmaps for athletes going into the Tokyo Games.The IOC said that all qualification events stands cancelled until fair participation and preparation time can be guaranteed to all athletes. It also said that those athletes or teams that have qualified already shall retain their qualifications.Until March 24, the IOC was adamant that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as previously scheduled despite a growing global crisis because of the coronavirus pandemic. A postponement to a date in the year 2021 was announced after IOC president Thomas Bach’s telephonic conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. IANSAlso Read: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measuresAlso Watch: Postponed Olympics to affect China’s 2021 National Gameslast_img read more

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah admits bowlers gave away too many runs in death overs

first_imgNew Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah has admitted West Indies’ lower order batted well and that India’s bowlers gave away too many runs in the final overs as Virat Kohli’s side lost the Pune ODI by 43 runs on Saturday.Speaking in the post-match press conference, Bumrah said, “Till the 35th over, we were pretty good. Yes, we gave a little bit of runs in the end, so may be that could be the difference. Overall, the bowling performance was not too bad. They played well and you have to give credit to the batsmen.”After the end of 44 overs, West Indies had slumped to 227/8 and were in danger of being bowled out for a below-par score. But, Ashley Nurse’s attacking 40 off 22 balls and his 56-run stand with Kemar Roach (15) for the ninth wicket helped West Indies reach 283/9, which meant India conceded 56 runs in the last six overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after having missed the first two ODIs, looked rusty and ended up with figures of 10-0-70-1, including conceding 21 runs in the 49th over.Read More | Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi appeals to farmers to not burn stubbleHowever, Bumrah defended his new-ball partner. “Bhuvi started well, but in the middle or in the end (went for runs), it can happen sometimes. When you bowl at the depth, it is difficult. It is not necessary that all bowlers will click every-time.” Bumrah said.Read More |CBI vs CBI: Supreme Court moves to retrieve CBI as whims push it to an edgeEven skipper Virat Kohli, who scored his 38th century, including his third consecutive in the series, admitted India gave away too many runs in the end.“We should’ve been chasing 250-260, max, but that apart the bowling was fine. Just that we gave away a little in the last 10 overs and should’ve closed it out better. We couldn’t get partnerships, which doesn’t happen often. We were fine on the field. We didn’t execute our plans properly,” Kohli said.The next match of the five-match series takes place at the Brabourne stadium on October 30. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Alvarez adjusting to life on U.S. links

first_imgLast week I was fortunate enough to play nine holes with UW women’s golfer Isabel Alvarez and witness first-hand what kind of player she is. One would never know it by looking at her, but Alvarez can crush a golf ball. With a smooth, effortless swing and a monster driver that she calls the best part of her game, the future is looking bright for UW women’s golf.Alvarez, a freshman haling from Asturias, Spain, was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Spanish national teams and was one of the Badgers’ top recruits this off-season. She enters her freshman season with an undeniable international track record that includes a semi-finals appearance at the 2003 British Girls Championship, a sixth-place finish at the 2004 Spanish Regional Team Championship and a win at the 2003 Nuevo Portil National tournament.Alvarez, who had never been to the United States before this year, came to Wisconsin with limited ability in the English language and without knowing a single person. While there is certainly going to be an adjustment period to life in the United States, she is not too concerned. She is currently taking English-language classes in order to break down the language barrier that sometimes stands between her and her friends and teammates.Alvarez came to Wisconsin in order to receive a quality education while playing competitive golf, something she would not have been able to do in her home country. Since arriving in Madison on her first trip to America, Alvarez has enjoyed her time as a student athlete at the University of Wisconsin. “Wisconsin is a great school and a cool place to live with a lot of really friendly people,” Alvarez said.While Alvarez does speak adequate English, she says the toughest part of her adjustment to life in the U.S. has been learning the language. She says her coaches have been very helpful with her adjustment period and that they will continue to make her transition on and off the golf course an easy one.”[Isabel] seems to be adjusting very well, seems to be very happy, really enjoying the team, the university and the whole city,” head coach Todd Oerhlein said.With all the hype that surrounds an international recruit of Alvarez’s status, she remains humble in her approach to the game.”I just want to do my best and help the team win,” Alvarez said.Alvarez says her parents have been the biggest influence in her life and were instrumental in her making the trek across the Atlantic.”My parents played golf and without them I would never have made it here,” Alvarez said.As our round went on and the pars kept coming for Alvarez, she continued to make me look quite pathetic. On the course I saw an even-tempered person with a genuine love of the game she has been playing since she was eight years old.”I have always considered golf a hobby and always tried to have fun and not take it too seriously,” Alvarez said.As we walked to the green on the last hole, I asked Isabel if she minded playing with a hacker like myself. Her response was, “I just love to play golf.”While it remains uncertain whether Isabel will redshirt this year, Oehrlein remains optimistic she will contribute.”Hopefully she plays her way in,” Oerhlein said. “She’s put up some really good scores and has the ability to make the team but we are just looking to see a little more consistency from her.”Either way, Alvarez says she is still looking forward to practicing with the team and hopes to qualify for competition this semester.Alvarez is popular with both her coaches and teammates and is not at all overwhelmed by life in a new country. Whenever she does make her first official appearance on the course for the Badgers, Oehrlein will be expecting to see her fulfill her potential.”She fits in great and has a great personality,” Oehrlein said. “She’s got a lot of ability, a lot of talent. We’re really looking forward to it.”last_img read more

Delta Phi Epsilon hosts summit on refugees, human rights

first_img“We decided to speak about the refugee crisis because it’s begun to dissipate from conversation as we’re focusing more internally on domestic instability,” said Alcouloumre, a junior majoring in international relations. “We need more institutions to empower young girls to know themselves and also to educate parents that … your kids have their own dreams and aspirations,” she said. “If we could spark more interest, more debate, more conversations about the humanity of these refugees, rather than our political ideologies, then I think this event has done its job,” Liu said. Mahamane told the audience about how she was abused as a young girl in Niger and forced into marriage at age 16 before she fled and sought asylum in the United States in 2004. During the question and answer portion, Mahamane explained why young girls are forced into marriages in some countries. Mahamane encouraged audience members to push for young girls’ rights by educating girls and their parents. Speakers discussed the global refugee crisis and the experiences of asylum speakers at the Summit on Refugees and Human Rights hosted by USC’s foreign service fraternity Delta Phi Epsilon and the Global Policy Institute. The lineup included Aicha Adoulaye Mahamane, an asylee from Niger, and Najeeba Sayeed, associate professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology. Through her journey, Mahamane said she found a support system in the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that provided her with access to a therapist and lawyers. Shira Alcouloumre, vice president of external affairs at Delta Phi Epsilon, opened the summit with a short introduction and highlighted the importance of open conversations focused on global humanitarian crises. “Being an asylee in America … is not a choice. It’s your last option … something that you have to do,” Mahamane said. “The person that I was living with tried to make me his wife even though I was fleeing marriage in Niger. He forced me to have sex with him. He forced me to do things I didn’t want to do. I felt I didn’t have a choice because first of all I didn’t speak English, I didn’t know if I could trust [the] police.”center_img Claire Liu, a sophomore majoring in economics and mathematics and one of the two event organizers, said she wanted attendees to come away from the summit with a renewed interest in the refugee crisis and the policies surrounding it. Najeeba Sayeed, associate professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology, spoke to students about the importance of refugee policy and immigration. (Natalie Ng/Daily Trojan) “I think it was really important framework for how we should treat the discourse of equality, especially as it pertains to refugees and Islamophobia,” Sahi said “I’m Sikh so this pertains a lot to my own sense of justice and how I should complete myself.” “What we decided as clergy was that we were going to take back the space outside the Metropolitan Detention Center where ICE has been detaining undocumented and other detainees,” said Sayeed, who was the Southern California Mediation Association’s Peacemaker of the Year in 2007. Mahamane also said she watched “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to learn English and recalled the hope the comedian’s talk show gave her while she lived in New York City. Sayeed, the summit’s second speaker, spoke about her experience organizing community initiatives in Los Angeles in response to the enforcement of stricter immigration laws by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Himmat Sahi, a junior majoring in international relations, said he resonated with Sayeed’s discussion. “When I met Tahirih Justice Center, they … helped me to file for my asylum cases and have my Green Card,” she said. last_img read more