Canadian 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 $9.3 billion project would increase capacity to 890,000 barrels of bitumen oil a day, and increase tanker traffic in the Salish Sea from about six tankers per year to more than 400.The board imposed 156 conditions if the project is approved, intended to cover a range of impacts including emergency preparedness and response, consultation with affected indigenous communities, and pipeline safety and integrity. Most are the same conditions as from the board’s previous approval for the project in 2016. The Canadian Court of Appeals last August ordered the board to reconsider its approval, because it had inadequately considered effects on killer whales, and had inadequately consulted with First Nations.More: Despite harm to orcas, Canada should expand pipeline, energy board says
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd. swung to a net loss of C$891 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from a year-ago net profit of C$433 million due to C$999 million in write-downs primarily related to the Fort Hills oil sands operation in Alberta.Teck said Feb. 20 that it declared a noncash impairment charge of C$910 million on Fort Hills amid lower market expectations for future oil prices. The company also booked write-downs of C$75 million on the Cardinal River coal mine, also in Alberta, due to low steelmaking coal prices and C$14 million on the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile due to the short remaining life of the cathode operation.The company booked an EBITDA loss of C$755 million from positive EBITDA of C$1.15 billion a year ago. Revenues slipped to C$2.66 billion from C$3.25 billion.During the quarter, it reported lower output on a yearly basis for all products, with 6.7 million tonnes of steelmaking coal, 71,000 tonnes of copper, 149,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate, 66,000 tonnes of refined zinc and 3.2 million barrels of bitumen.“We remain confident in the longer-term outlook for our major commodities, however, global economic uncertainty has had a significant negative effect on the prices for our products this year,” Teck said, adding that the new coronavirus outbreak may have a “material” impact on demand for its products and prices.For full-year 2019, Teck’s net profit slumped to C$339 million from C$3.11 billion as EBITDA plunged to C$2.48 billion from C$6.17 billion and revenues sagged to C$11.93 billion from C$12.56 billion.[Karl Decena]More ($): Teck in the red after nearly C$1B in impairment charges for Q4’19 Low crude prices prompt Teck Resources to write off C$910 million at Fort Hills oil sands operation
Rise and shine, gear up, hit the slopes (or trails), spend the day with the youthful side of Old Man Winter, then raise a pint to starry sky and toast True Winter—in Tucker County. Nestled on the tip-top of West Virginia with elevations jutting over 4,250 feet, and with an annual average snowfall of up to 180 inches, Tucker County is winter the way nature intended—wild, intense and invigorating.Canaan Valley Resort offers downhill skiing and boarding with trail ratings ranging from beginner to blow-your-mind. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing on miles of marked, ungroomed trails provide interaction with nature. And if you’re more snow angel than conqueror, you’ll love Canaan’s tubing park and ice skating arena with its own outdoor fireplace. With an expansive, untamed backcountry, White Grass Ski Touring Center is one of the premier touring centers in the east. Nordic centers provide tours, lessons, maps, backcountry information and equipment rental. Blackwater Falls State Park, with its six-story waterfall that is stunning whether flowing or frozen, offers over ten miles of trails, many groomed for cross country, and a quarter-mile sledding hill. Looking to extend mountain bike season year-round? The all-terrain fat bikes offered at Blackwater Bikes in Davis allow the biking enthusiasts to ride even with snow on the ground.As great as they are, snow sports are just the beginning of Tucker’s True Winter experience. From fresh music performances and special events to legendary libation, you’ll be glad you played up an appetite and a thirst. There are plenty of local favorites to please the palate and warm the soul. The always-happening Purple Fiddle in Thomas offers great brews and live music and floorboards that never stop shaking. Whether you need the warmth of a gourmet coffee or the bracing bite of a Moscow Mule, the Tip Top Coffee Bar is always the right choice. Or sample some interesting brews at one of West Virginia’s largest full-scale microbrewery, Mountain State Brewing Company.In nearby Davis, an authentic taste of New York awaits at Sirianni’s Pizza Café, with mouthwatering pizza, pasta and sandwiches. As its name implies, Hellbender’s Burritos can conquer even the most serious appetite. Stop in to experience Tucker’s newest brewpub, Stumptown Ales, or grab a cold one at Blackwater Brewing Company to complete the true Tucker County pub crawl. Canaan Valley also offers several great dining choices. Enjoy casual dining in a pleasant atmosphere at White Grass Café, or savor a homemade meal at Amelia’s Restaurant. Big John’s Family Fixin’s offers up hardy fare and the area’s largest arcade. And full-service dining by the fireplace at Canaan Valley Resort is a good place to start, or continue, a tradition. Whether you’re staying the weekend or a week, lodging options are diverse and the hospitality is warm and inviting in Tucker County. Canaan Valley’s new 160-room lodge offers luxury and great views, while cozy Bed and Breakfasts offer intimacy and charm. Or choose a quaint rental cabin or accommodating house, many with slope convenient slope access. There’s winter, and there’s True Winter, only in Tucker County. Begin your authentic winter adventure at wvmountains.org or 888-975-SNOW.
Socrates, the classical Greek philosopher, is credited with a lot of really insightful quotes, like “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and “the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” And let’s not forget his classic, “be suspicious of combining two good things.” Okay, that wasn’t Socrates, that was actually my childhood friend Damian, but it’s as wise as anything the founder of western philosophy said. Growing up, we would go see the Allman Brothers every Fourth of July and Damian couldn’t understand why the Brothers insisted on playing on the holiday every year. The Fourth is already guaranteed to be a killer party, why throw another killer party on top of it? Why not play a show on the fifth and then we’d all have two awesome days in a row instead of jamming everything into a single day. It’s solid logic that I think even Socrates would appreciate. Christmas is great, and while it might be tempting to combine Christmas and Easter into the same day, with maybe a live broadcast of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus going at it Greco-Roman style, I think we can all agree that it’s best to spread those two holidays out. There’s only so much fun you can have on a single day before it just becomes white noise. I tend to apply that same philosophy when it comes to beer, too. Beer is great and so are things like chocolate and bananas and Christmas trees, so it might be tempting to combine two or more great things into a single package. That’s how you get Jelly Bean IPAs and Old Bay Lagers. These beers sound like a great idea, but they rarely work out and I usually find myself wishing I could separate all of the ingredients so that I could enjoy a bowl of Jelly Beans next to my IPA. So I was suspicious when Sweetwater released Pulled Porter, a bacon smoked flavored beer that, at first glance, feels a little bit like watching Santa and the Easter Bunny wrestle. Too much of a good thing, maybe even a little sacrilegious. But this beer works. The Atlanta-based brewery partnered with Fox Brothers, arguably the best barbecue joint in the city to create the smoky, pork profile. Over three days, Fox Brothers smoked one ton of malt along with racks of bacon on their wood-burning smoker. Sweetwater used that malt to give this porter a smoky, bacony element that’s strong without being overwhelming. You get a hint of bacon, but it’s not like you’re drinking a bacon milkshake. Look for the beer in four packs this winter. And in case you’re wondering, I already applied for a trademark on the term “bacon milkshake.”Related:
Worn, ragged, a bit bruised, I had just struggled for two hours to cover a mere half-mile. I was accustomed to hiking off-trail along the base of the cliffs that rim the New River Gorge, but this stretch of cliff-line was more than I bargained for.I hugged the cliffs that towered above us, and with each step, the roar of water grew louder. Finally I was face-to-face with a stream of water taking a 70-foot leap off the top ledge of the New River Gorge. For pure drama, it was hard to beat. What’s more, this waterfall, rivaling the height of any waterfall in West Virginia and, to be sure, the tallest in the New River Gorge, was not on any trail map.This experience confirmed what I have learned over the last 26 years of living in southern West Virginia: when exploring the New River Gorge, both adventure and discovery come standard with every foray off the beaten path. These out-of-the-way waterfalls of the New River Gorge are hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered and admired. Here are five of my favorites, all concentrated within a one-mile radius of the National Park Service (NPS) Trailhead at Kaymoor Top near Fayetteville, and just a mile southeast of the world famous New River Gorge Bridge.Water wonderland: Butcher Branch Falls is one of many waterfalls nestled in the New River Gorge.Craig Branch Falls The tallest in the New River Gorge, Craig Branch can be reached from Kaymoor Miners Trail. As you turn to head directly downhill on some rock steps, you’ll parallel a small stream. On this stretch of the trail look for a faintly worn but distinguishable path to the right that crosses the little creek and heads toward the nearby cliffs. As you venture on this course, you truly step off the beaten path and commit yourself to the rugged realm of rock climbers. Forged by climbers who come to scale the awesome sandstone cliffs of the New River Gorge, there are many such unmarked paths running along the base of the cliffs. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a rock climber to hike them, but these cliff-hugging trails do demand that you watch your step and keep your wits.When picking your way through these difficult stretches, the chief rule of thumb is “hug the cliffs.” Even if staying close to the cliff means more ups and downs, resist the temptation to strike out on the level across boulder fields. Despite some hazards, you need not fear getting lost. The cliffs are unmistakable landmarks pointing the way both forward and back.Along the way, you’ll be rewarded with dazzling displays of the Endless Wall, a massive, vertical overhanging cliff of sandstone more than 120 feet high that rims the gorge for many miles upstream and down. After a few more rocky traverses, you’ll find yourself perched overlooking Upper Craig Branch Falls. Regardless of the difficulty of the journey, seeing the waterfall will lift your spirits.Upper Falls of Butcher Branch Opposite the Craig Branch Trail at the far end of the Kaymoor Top parking lot lies another pathway to discovery–the NPS Butcher Branch Trail. Though you don’t have to bushwhack to it, I consider the lovely Upper Falls of Butcher Branch to be off the beaten path because it receives little or no mention in tourist guides, maps in print or on the web, or in NPS literature.Here’s how to find it. From the Kaymoor Top Trailhead, take the Butcher Branch Trail. The trail runs along the top of the cliffs for a bit before gradually descending into a notch in the cliffs cut by Butcher Branch. After a switchback or two, the trail forks. The Butcher Branch Trail continues on the left fork and in a quarter mile connects to the NPS Long Point Trail. The right fork is labeled “Climber Access.” Unlike the way to Craig Branch, this is a trail. It leads to rock climbing areas beyond Butcher Branch. After several switchbacks that descend the cliff and a brief walk through the woods, the trail crosses Butcher Branch. Above the crossing, Butcher Branch rolls down a steep, irregular, rock face in a series of picturesque cascades and drops that are well worth a photograph or two. Linger as long as you please, for it’s only a half-mile hike back to the parking lot.The Middle Falls of Fern Creek The next two waterfalls, the Upper and Middle Falls of Fern Creek, lie on the opposite side of the gorge. From the Kaymoor Trailhead, return to Fayetteville, cross the New River Gorge Bridge on U.S. 19, and stop at the NPS Canyon Rim Visitor Center. When the leaves are off and the water is high, such as in springtime, the Middle Falls of Fern Creek can be spotted by those traveling north across the New River Bridge. It’s on the right-hand side about halfway down the canyon. The waterfall seems to leap out of the gorge. It’s quite a sight; one I’m sure thousands of travelers have viewed from afar. Yet, I’d wager that in a year’s time only a couple dozen ever see the falls up close.Here’s how to become one of those few. From the Visitor Center, turn right out of the parking lot and drive two-tenths of a mile. Make a very sharp right-hand turn, and proceed downhill one-tenth of a mile to a junction with the Fayette Station Road. Turn left and go three-tenths of a mile to a pull-out on the right-hand shoulder of the road. This is the trailhead parking.One path takes off from the shoulder of the road and heads straight downhill. But for an easier descent, take an old road that starts a few yards to the left. This is also a climber’s access trail, but it’s much easier to follow than the one to Craig Branch. You’ll cross a little stone bridge and pass a small, seasonal waterfall. Follow the path to the base of some sandstone cliffs, which are also a part of the Endless Wall. The trail is neither marked nor maintained, but it’s kept clear primarily by usage. Just remember to hug the cliffs whenever possible. The sandstone of the cliff face has been etched and sculptured by the slow-but-sure hand of Nature and are exquisitely stained in multiple tones of brown and red by the gentle brush strokes of weathering.After hugging the cliffs for about 0.8 miles, you can depart from the trail to do some serious bushwhacking to the Middle Falls of Fern Creek. If you’re hiking in early spring when trees are bare, you should be able to spot the waterfall for the first time. It’ll be downhill and to the left. At this point, I’ve scratched two arrows on a boulder on the ground pointing downhill. The hunt begins here. The slope drops about 400 vertical feet in a 500-foot horizontal run. That’s a little less than a 45-degree angle, which is, needless to say, steep. So be forewarned. Fortunately, there are no cliffs to scale or rhododendron thickets to negotiate. But the way is still tough.When you reach the falls, you’ll know why they can be seen from the New River Bridge. At the top of the falls, Fern Creek hits a stony ramp that launches it into the air and sends it streaming down to the boulders below. It’s rugged, raw, and breathtaking.High Drama at Upper Fern Creek Falls When you return to the trail at the foot of the cliffs, it’s only another 0.2 miles to the Upper Falls of Fern Creek. Just turn right and continue on the trail at the base of the cliffs. The waterfall announces itself with a roar that echoes off the rock walls as you approach it. My jaw dropped the first time I saw this waterfall. It sits center-stage in a stone amphitheater enclosed on three sides. It’s high drama for sure. Most of the time the falls are confined to a vertical cleft cut in the cliffs. But at high water, the falls make a spectacular plunge off the cliff top and into a pool in the middle of the amphitheater. It’s clearly one of the best sights in the New River Gorge. The backtrack to the trailhead is about a mile. You might be a bit foot-weary, but if you’ve caught the thrill of discovery in the New River Gorge, you’ll be pondering your next waterfall hunt.Lying in Wait: Wolf Creek Falls Wolf Creek is well named. It’s wild, intimidating, and untamed. It charges down the slopes of the New River Gorge like a wild animal. Not surprisingly, Wolf Creek Falls are rough and rugged. Fortunately, you don’t have to hike far to find them because they’re just off a paved road. But as if lying in wait, they are quite hidden from the road, and undoubtedly thousands of visitors to the gorge drive right past them unaware of the awesome waterfall just a few feet away.Starting from the trailhead to Fern Creek Falls, reverse direction and drive downhill. At about three-tenths of a mile, bear left at a junction. This puts you on Fayette Station Road, a one-way paved road that switchbacks its way down the north side of the New River Gorge and up the south side. As you ascend the south side, look for a trailhead in the middle of a very wide switchback. This is the trailhead parking for NPS Fayetteville Trail and Kaymoor Trail.Wolf Creek Falls is below the road and a little downstream from the trailhead parking. Walking downhill on the outside edge of the switchback, you’ll notice a few indistinct paths dropping down to the creek. These will lead to Wolf Creek Falls. The descent is steep, rocky, and choked with rhododendron. Wolf Creek Falls has a picturesque drop, massive boulders at the bottom, and a lovely, emerald-green plunge pool.Writer and photographer Ed Rehbein of Beckley, W.Va. is a co-author of West Virginia Waterfalls: The New River Gorge.MORE WATERFALLS
Colombia on 5 November approved merging its stock market with those of neighboring Peru and Chile, which experts said will become the second-biggest stock market in Latin America after Brazil’s. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Economy Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry “signed the decree authorizing the merger,” a statement by the president’s office said. Representatives from the stock markets and central banks of the three nations will meet next week in Bogota to launch the new stock market, it added. A meeting of financial experts headed by Spain’s BBVA Bank said the new stock market will boost overall trading in the three countries anywhere from three to five times the current volume. “That would make this stock market the second-largest in Latin America after Brazil’s,” BBVA said in a statement. By Dialogo November 10, 2010
By Dialogo June 02, 2011 Argentina’s SAC-D Aquarius satellite, equipped to measure the salinity of the oceans, will be launched by the U.S. space agency NASA from a California base on 9 June, the project’s executive director announced in Buenos Aires. “On 9 June, Argentina’s SAC-D Aquarius satellite will be launched by NASA, our chief partner in the project, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California,” Conrado Baroto, executive director of the government agency responsible for the project, the National Space Activities Commission (CONAE), said at a press conference. Around two hundred people worked on the most active stage of the project, which began in 2009 and in which around 320 million dollars has been invested, of which NASA has contributed 260 million and Argentina the remaining 60 million, Baroto affirmed. Sandra Torrusio, the principal investigator for the initiative, indicated that the satellite, which will be in orbit for five years, at a distance of 657 kilometers from the earth, will have as its chief mission estimating the salinity of seawater using the latest generation of technological instruments. “This will make an unprecedented contribution to the scientific community for the development of long-range climate models,” Torrusio said. The development of the SAC-D Aquarius, defined as a space observatory for the ocean, the weather, and the environment, included contributions from the space agencies of Italy, France, Canada, and Brazil, although CONAE’s chief partner in the project is NASA, which will contribute the satellite launch vehicle. “The satellite is provided with eight instruments, among which NASA is contributing the Aquarius instrument to measure the salinity of seawater, in addition to the launch vehicle,” Argentine project leader Daniel Caruso said for his part, speaking by videoconference from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The orbital station will be capable of measuring atmospheric temperature, pressure, and humidity profiles, as well as having an infrared camera equipped with new technology to monitor fires and volcanoes, among other functions, the Argentine agency explained.
Experts from the Honduran Navy have raised a submarine from which they extracted 7.5 tons of cocaine in August, after its crew sank it in the depths of the Caribbean, official sources confirmed. Armed Forces spokesperson Colonel Alcides Flores told AFP that “the submersible is now in Puerto Castilla (600 kilometers northeast of Tegucigalpa), thanks to the ingenuity of our divers, because there’s a lack of technology for an operation like this, the first of its kind that we’ve carried out.” The commandant of the Navy, Rear Admiral Rigoberto Espinal, told reporters that everything was “being done slowly; more than anything, it’s a training operation that our combat divers are carrying out.” The vessel was intercepted by U.S. and Honduran authorities on July 13, in Caribbean waters 25 km from the Honduran coast, that is, in international waters. Upon realizing the presence of the authorities, the crew, three Colombians and one Honduran who sailed the vessel from Colombia and were supposedly headed to the United States, sank it by opening an interior valve so that it would fill with water. On August 2, the authorities finished removing 7.5 tons of cocaine, a record amount for joint operations between the Honduran and U.S. authorities. By Dialogo October 12, 2011
Brazil plans to double its border police presence by 2014 to control weapons and drug trafficking associated with the violence affecting most Brazilian states, Minister of Justice José Eduardo Cardozo said on December 4. “By 2014, we will double border personnel of both the Federal Police and State Troopers,” Cardozo added before the House of Representatives. The minister did not specify the number of troops that will patrol the 16,000 km border shared by Brazil with 10 countries. By the end of August, 3,500 police officers – 1,000 more than a year ago – cooperated in counterdrug border control and surveillance, according to the Federal Police. “It would be impossible to have an impregnable border, but we will have a more controlled border,” Cardozo indicated. Last year, Dilma Rousseff’s government launched a counterdrug trafficking plan on the borders, including joint action with Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay. The strategy, involving the permanent mobilization of Military troops, seeks to prevent the entry of drug smuggling from Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, the main producers of cocaine worldwide. Due to drug and weapons smuggling activities, Brazil is facing an increase in violence linked to crack trafficking, a low-cost cocaine, of which consumption has peaked enormously in the past years. “No state falls within the acceptable standard of violence. All Brazilian states are over the line. The federal government has developed programs to address these problems,” Cardozo said. By Dialogo December 06, 2012
By Dialogo February 04, 2014 As his two-year tour as a Partner Nation Liaison Officer (PNLO) representing Chile at U.S. Southern Command comes to an end, Marine Captain Claudio Escalona was honored with a Joint Service Commendation Medal at an award ceremony on January 31. SOUTHCOM Commander, U.S. Marine General John F. Kelly, who presided over the ceremony and presented the award, recognized Cap. Escalona’s leadership and devotion to duty as “critical to advancing issues of major importance to the United States and Chile.” “Cap. Escalona distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service,” said the General, including providing Chilean officials invaluable insights into mutual United States and Chilean Military issues, resulting in enhanced understanding, vital to strengthening the partnership between the two countries.” For his part, Cap. Escalona, thanked SOUTHCOM, Gen. Kelly, his PNLO counterparts from Peru, Colombia, Canada and Brazil, the Chilean Consulate and all the other civilian and military personnel who supported him in his mission. In addition to listing some of the important events he supported and took part in since his arrival in 2012, Cap. Escalona mentioned that he identified early on that his main duties were to “represent [his] culture and people, and send the message that we are part of this beautiful region, and we can contribute to the improvements of the living conditions of our nations.” Cap. Escalona made a special mention to the outstanding performance of Marine Forces South and Joint Special Forces South, as they supported the process of passing on experiences and lessons learned to the new Chilean Joint Staff in terms of command and control programs, information operations, Joint Special Forces training and participation in multinational exercises. In his conclusion, the Chilean Marine Captain mentioned that Chile is honored to have received the opportunity to host Partnership of the Americas 2014 and Unitas 2015. SOUTHCOM established the PNLO Program in 1998, with the focus of establishing links with U.S. partner nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean that would serve as a conduit to foster a better understanding of mission and tactics, facilitate the ability to integrate and synchronize operations, assist in the transfer of vital information, enhance mutual trust, and develop an increased level of teamwork. Many thanks, friends of U.S. Southcom. I will always be ready to assist you with whatever you think appropriate, and you’ll be on my mind. God bless you.Claudio Escalona