Canadian energy board okays Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

first_imgCanadian energy board okays Trans Mountain pipeline expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Anchorage Daily News:The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should be approved by the government of Canada, the country’s National Energy Board found Friday in a massive report.The project would likely harm endangered southern resident killer whales, increase greenhouse-gas emissions that worsen the impacts of climate warming, and could cause oil spills that would be damaging to the environment, the board found. However, the more-than-700-mile-long pipeline should be approved by the government anyway, the board found, because it is in Canada’s national interest.Final approval now is before the government of Canada, which has nationalized the project, and has 90 days for its consideration.Canada wants to expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline in order to ship bitumen oil to Asia in hopes of gaining higher oil prices than its market in the U.S. A pipeline spur from the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, in service since the 1950s, brings bitumen directly to Washington refineries, where a variety of products, including gasoline and jet fuel, are produced.The expansion would nearly triple the amount of oil shipped from Edmonton, Alberta, to Burnaby, British Columbia, on the coast just outside downtown Vancouver. The $9.3 billion project would increase capacity to 890,000 barrels of bitumen oil a day, and increase tanker traffic in the Salish Sea from about six tankers per year to more than 400.The board imposed 156 conditions if the project is approved, intended to cover a range of impacts including emergency preparedness and response, consultation with affected indigenous communities, and pipeline safety and integrity. Most are the same conditions as from the board’s previous approval for the project in 2016. The Canadian Court of Appeals last August ordered the board to reconsider its approval, because it had inadequately considered effects on killer whales, and had inadequately consulted with First Nations.More: Despite harm to orcas, Canada should expand pipeline, energy board sayslast_img read more

Postponed

first_imgMatteo Marjoram | Summer TrojanTravon Reed and Horasio Kimbrough, the two men who allegedly shot USC track star Bryshon Nellum in October, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday for their preliminary hearing. The trial was postponed to May 29 because of scheduling conflicts.last_img

Women’s basketball: Big Ten well-represented in postseason play

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball had a sub-.500 year for the sixth straight season, which means they will not be dancing in the NCAA Tournament nor the NIT Tournament.There are three Big Ten teams that will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament this year: No. 3 seed Maryland, No. 5 seed Ohio State and No. 9 seed Michigan State. Four teams will represent the Big Ten in the NIT Tournament: Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Penn State. The Badgers are hopeful they will break this streak next year and join the top of the Big Ten in their postseason escapades.The NCAA Tournament is headlined by No. 1 seeds University of Connecticut, Baylor University, Notre Dame University and the University of South Carolina. All four of these teams can be considered, at least recently, “blue bloods” of women’s basketball as they have all had plenty of success both in the regular season and in postseason play.Women’s basketball: Rebuilding effort continues as Tsipis enters first offseason with teamThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team suffered through another losing season, making it their fifth straight losing season and Read…The favorite among the majority of fans has to be the true Goliath of women’s basketball, the UC Huskies. The Huskies have been a dominant force both in the tournament and regular season as they went undefeated this year and are a consensus pick to appear in their fifth consecutive national championship game. They are also building on a 107-game winning streak as of March 6 and have won 10 championships since and including the 2000 season.But they don’t call it March Madness for nothing.Streaks are made to be broken and the glorious streak UC is on right now will be broken at some point. Who could do it this year? The other No. 1 seeds are the obvious first thought as they feature three good teams that are certainly no slouches. Baylor and Notre Dame probably pose the greatest risk to the undefeated reigning champions.But Baylor is coming off a shocking upset in the Big 12 Tournament to No. 6 seed West Virginia so there are lingering questions about the Bears going into the tournament.South Carolina also could pose a slight risk to the Huskies in the later stages of the tournament. Perhaps one of the more interesting matchups in UC’s bracket region is their potential matchup with Duke or Big Ten Tournament champion Maryland in the semifinals. Maryland especially is the type of high-flying team that could potentially pose a problem for UC should they both make it to that point in the tournament.The NCAA Tournament is the main dance in March, but those who were fortunate enough to make to the postseason through the NIT Tournament should also be evaluated for reaching the postseason. Big Ten teams Michigan, Indiana and Iowa were either on the bubble or in the last four out for the NCAA Tournament so one has to consider them among the top teams in the NIT this year.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall in second round of Big Ten tourney to end seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team delivered an enthralling first-half performance before hitting a wall in the second. Following Read…The NIT features 64 teams, just like the NCAA Tournament, but has the team with the best record in each matchup host the game. This helps to promote excitement and attendance for NIT teams who were on the outside looking in for The Big Dance. There are 32 automatic qualifiers from all of the nation’s conferences based on who had the best record in each of these 32 conferences. The other 32 spots are filled by at-large bids scattered among the rest of the teams in those conferences.Michigan was the automatic qualifier from the Big Ten and they seem to be a major contender for the championship. They will host Kent State on Thursday, which promises to be an exciting prospect for Wolverine fans. PSU will have a chance to host a game as well against Ohio and could have a matchup with Michigan a few rounds later.Indiana and Iowa will also get to host games in the first weekend of the tournament. This is important for the Big Ten as it will help bring a little bit of respect and acknowledgement to the conference, even if it is the NIT Tournament and not the major March tournament.Badger fans will have to take solace in the amount of Big Ten teams in the tournament and try to root for them to advance deep into both tournaments. The NCAA Tournament will start Thursday and the NIT will start with one game Wednesday but most first round games are Thursday.last_img read more

USC’s Austin Jackson calls bone marrow transplant to little sister ‘a godsend’

first_imgJackson’s sister Autumn suffers from Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA), an extremely rare genetic disorder that affects just 3,000 people worldwide. While blood transfusions have kept Autumn alive for the past five years, her body started to fail and she needed a bone marrow transplant.Austin happened to be a perfect match. Related News Miami bolsters 2020 class with No. 15 OT Jalen Rivers Kendall Milton, 5-star running back, picks Georgia over Alabama, LSU, Ohio State Austin Jackson is counting his blessings after he returned to practice at USC on Friday.The rising junior left tackle had bone marrow extracted from his lower back a month earlier to save his younger sister’s life.center_img But Jackson said he feels OK returning to the Trojans and focusing on football after he did everything he could to save his sister.“I had to come back out here and start my life back up,” Jackson said. “That’s my focus now. My family told me to trust that my sister is going to be OK. They’re going to take care of her.“I’m going to hold down the left side.” “It was a godsend,” Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. “There are 12 criteria through blood that you match. I matched all 12.”Jackson said there was no question he was going to donate his marrow to Autumn, but he needed to notify USC coach Clay Helton, who was completely on board.“Football is just a game,” he said, adding that Jackson matching his sister was “a blessing from God.”Doctors extracted the marrow from Austin’s lower back in three spots and completed the 3 1/2 hour procedure. It left Austin immobile for a week and the family waiting to see if Autumn’s body accepted the transplant.“You don’t know what’s going to happen after,” Jackson said. “It was pretty emotional. We’re not a big crying family, so there wasn’t a whole lot of that.”Despite the painful procedure for both Austin and Autumn, it was a success. Autumn was able to return home one month early and Austin was able to return to USC.“She’s a fighter,” Jackson said. “She’s really tough.”Autumn still has a long way to go — she’s undergoing chemotherapy and might need more treatments.last_img read more