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

‘Inappropriate’ sexy hen’s night toy display condemned by Hutt Mayor

first_imgStuff 3 December 2015Questionable placement of joke sex toys at a variety store is being questioned by Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace.Look left at the sales counter in Pete’s Emporium in Lower Hutt and you will see rows of jokey sex toys along a back wall then look a little higher and you’ll see a more single-minded selection adorned with an R18 sign.Wallace labelled the display “simply not appropriate” and will write to the owner about moving it somewhere more secluded.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie also questioned the positioning of the goods, and said High St in Lower Hutt was “not K Road”.“There’s a time and a place – and this location is neither”.But Pete’s Emporium owner Peter Bunn said the display was of joke items for hens parties, and the rudest products were “up high”.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The debate kicked off in late-November when a woman, who did not wish to be named, felt “shock and then embarrassment because I had my 11-year-old son with me who was looking at it”.“I also felt it was unnecessary and completely in the wrong place, right in view of the cash register where everyone has to pass through, including children.“The reality of today is children are being sexualised at a very young age and are over exposed to sex and drugs through the internet, television and irresponsible retail outlets.” read more

USC looks to stay focused in dual meet

first_imgThe No. 2 USC men’s tennis team welcomes an old friend Saturday in San Diego coach Brett Masi.Serving as an assistant for the Trojans from 2005-2009, Masi has since taken over as coach of the Toreros and is in the midst of leading the program’s resurgenceStrong play· Freshman Emilio Gomez, who earned Pac-10 Player of the Week, looks to keep his undefeated record intact against San Diego. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan “This match will be really special,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “There’s only one way to treat a former family member, and that’s to beat them.”Smith is not the only one who views this match with particular interest.Many upperclassmen, including senior Jaak Poldma and juniors Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen, were coached by Masi and are anxiously anticipating his return.“It’s definitely going to be a tough match because [Masi] knows all of our games,” Nguyen said. “We’ve got to be focused, and treat this as if it were a match against Cal or UCLA.”No. 47 Toreros (3-1) are coming off split matches at last weekend’s ITA’s Kickoff Weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.They lost to No. 3 Tennessee 6-1, but responded with a win last week against No. 60 South Carolina 7-0.To prepare for San Diego, the Trojans (5-0) are looking to continue to focus on their singles play and aim to be more consistent.So far, the team has played solidly in the singles department, but is still trying to shake things up and find what works for doubles.“We have two solid doubles teams, but we’d like to win 3-0,” Johnson said. “That comes with more practice and more communication. We need to find the combinations that work best, and our doubles will be just as good as they have been in the past.”Smith likes the way the current matchups look, even though he is unsure if he will stick with them down the stretch.“I feel really good about doubles now that Steve’s healthy,” Smith said. “We have older and younger pairings, and I like our leadership.”That leadership is eased by the strong play of the freshman class, including newcomer Emilio Gomez, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.Nguyen, who played doubles last season with sophomore J.T. Sundling, and now plays alongside Gomez, is confident that this communication and comfort will come as the season progresses.USC hosts the Toreros Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.last_img read more