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BP's Clean Water Act Fines Will Be Smaller Than Gulf States Thought 26.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 26, 2015 edition.) The penalty phase of the Gulf spill trial, pitting the federal government against BP Exploration & Production Inc. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., began in U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's courtroom on Poydras St. last Tuesday. This third and final segment of a trial without a jury could extend for another two weeks in New Orleans and is focused on U.S. claims for civil penalties under Section 311 of the Clean Water Act. Two years ago, the Gulf states thought BP might pay as much as $21 billion in CWA penalties, based on a maximum $4,300 per barrel spewed in 2010. But on January 15, before this trial's phase three began, Barbier ruled that 3.19 million barrels of oil were discharged into the Gulf versus the feds' 4.2 million estimate. That count makes BP's highest possible CWA penalty $13.7 billion. An expected smaller fine affects Louisiana's ability to fund its $50 billion, 50-year 2012 coastal master plan. Under the ...
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How digital collaboration will evolve in 2015 26.1.2015 Technology

How digital collaboration will evolve in 2015Providing a usable digital workplace today increasingly means giving access to a wider set of collaboration tools as part of an open adoption strategy that's is more dynamic and user-centric.


Frac sand industry in region seemingly unaffected, for now, by falling fuel prices 25.1.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

The same falling gasoline prices that have consumers celebrating at the pump threaten to put a damper on the frac sand boom in west-central Wisconsin.

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Desmond Hague, Puppy-Kicking CEO, Faces Charges In Elevator Incident (GRAPHIC VIDEO) 24.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The multimillionaire caught on camera abusing a puppy last summer was formally charged Friday. Desmond Hague, 47, is facing two civil charges of causing an animal distress, U-T San Diego reports. Hague, the then-CEO of multibillion-dollar sports catering company Centerplate, was captured on surveillance footage in a Vancouver elevator kicking Sade, his friend’s 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher, and violently dragging her around by her leash. (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) Hague released a public apology days after the video came out, but that didn’t prevent him from being ousted from his job at Centerplate. Hague had managed the Connecticut-based company since 2009. Charges against Hague were filed in Vancouver, where the incident took place. In British Columbia, violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can carry sentences of up to two years in jail and fines of up to $75,000. However, because Hague is facing only civil — not criminal — charges, jail time is unlikely , according to U-T San ...
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EPA Sued Over Disclosure Rules for Toxic Pollution From Drilling and Fracking 24.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over toxic chemicals released into the air, water and land by the oil and gas industry, a coalition of nine environmental and open government groups announced recently. The extraction of oil and gas releases more toxic pollution than any other industry except for power plants, according to the EPA's own estimates, the coalition, which filed the lawsuit this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, noted. But the industry has thus far escaped federal rules that, for over the past two decades, have required other major polluters to disclose the type and amount of toxic chemicals they release or dispose. The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a federal pollution database, established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, and can be used by first-responders in the event of a crisis as well as members of the general public. "People deserve to know what toxic chemicals are being used near their homes, schools ...
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State awards $2 million to Cachuma Lake pumping project 24.1.2015 LA Times: Environment
Santa Barbara County water agencies announced Friday that they will receive $2 million in state funding for a pumping project at Cachuma Lake -- a source of drinking water for 220,000 people on the southern central coast -- where water levels have dropped precipitously low.
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Prison Guards Strip-Searches Visitor To Prove She Was Menstruating: Lawsuit 24.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman visiting an inmate at a privately run Tennessee prison says guards forced her to expose her genitals to prove she was menstruating when she tried to take a sanitary napkin into the facility, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Nashville, said she had already cleared one security checkpoint at the prison about 85 miles southwest of Nashville on April 20 when guards noticed a menstrual pad sticking out of her pocket. The lawsuit says that when the guards told her she would need to prove that she was menstruating, she offered to leave the prison or leave the pad behind. She also offered to show guards her used menstrual pad. Instead, she says she was instructed to go into a bathroom stall, drop her pants and underwear and allow a female officer to inspect her genitalia. The lawsuit claims that the woman was not free to leave and that prison visitor policy at the time stated: "Any visitor ...
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Fossil Fuel Industry Gives California Communities a Breath of Toxic Air: Report 24.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Remembering Saudi's King Abdullah: "He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator" 23.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has died at the age of 90. Abdullah was one of the world’s most powerful men and a key U.S. ally in the region, controlling a fifth of the known global petroleum reserves. In a statement, President Obama praised Abdullah "as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond." Many analysts accused Abdullah of turning the uprising in Syria into a proxy war with Iran. In 2010, WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables which identified Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups. Abdullah also sent tanks to help squash pro-democracy uprisings in neighboring Bahrain. Saudi Arabia recently came under criticism for its treatment of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes to be carried out at a rate of 50 per week for charges including insulting Islam. Abdullah’s half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, has now assumed the throne. We are joined by Toby Jones, director of ...
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Remembering Saudi's King Abdullah: "He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator" 23.1.2015 Democracy Now!
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has died at the age of 90. Abdullah was one of the world's most powerful men and a key U.S. ally in the region, controlling a fifth of the known global petroleum reserves. In a statement, President Obama praised Abdullah "as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond." Many analysts accused Abdullah of turning the uprising in Syria into a proxy war with Iran. In 2010, WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables which identified Saudi Arabia as the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups. Abdullah also sent tanks to help squash pro-democracy uprisings in neighboring Bahrain. Saudi Arabia recently came under criticism for its treatment of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes to be carried out at a rate of 50 per week for charges including insulting Islam. Abdullah's half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, has now assumed the throne. We are joined by Toby Jones, director of ...
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We Say Water Is a Right 23.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
2014 was a year of struggle in Ireland against water charges. The Irish have been suffering under a draconian regime of austerity since the Euro crisis erupted in 2009. The much hated troika, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, forced Ireland to borrow 85 billion euros in a bailout deal. The levies and taxes brought in as part of the bailout have impoverished the Irish working class for the past five years. Yet, each year the Irish government has dutifully paid back the bond holders, while wages and pensions have been slashed , so much so that public-sector wages have been cut by a massive 20 percent in five years. On December 19, 2013, the Dáil, the Irish Parliament, quickly passed the Water Service (No. 2) Bill handing over the rights of water to Irish Water, a public/private firm, which began installing water meters to charge residence for use. Households were expected to pay between 176 euro for one adult and up to 500 euro for larger families. ...
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We Say Water Is a Right 23.1.2015 Truthout.com
2014 was a year of struggle in Ireland against water charges. The Irish have been suffering under a draconian regime of austerity since the Euro crisis erupted in 2009. The much hated troika, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, forced Ireland to borrow 85 billion euros in a bailout deal. The levies and taxes brought in as part of the bailout have impoverished the Irish working class for the past five years. Yet, each year the Irish government has dutifully paid back the bond holders, while wages and pensions have been slashed , so much so that public-sector wages have been cut by a massive 20 percent in five years. On December 19, 2013, the Dáil, the Irish Parliament, quickly passed the Water Service (No. 2) Bill handing over the rights of water to Irish Water, a public/private firm, which began installing water meters to charge residence for use. Households were expected to pay between 176 euro for one adult and up to 500 euro for larger families. ...
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DEWATERING the CHAIN of LAKES: Can Calhoun Recover? 23.1.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
Community Voices The federal funding formula for the proposed Southwest LRT could require almost a billion in Minnesota money. MORE » The federal funding formula for the proposed Southwest LRT could require almost a billion in Minnesota money. Met Council and Hennepin County Commission estimates assumed a 50-50 split in the $1.65-billion-plus projected budget. However the new recipe looks more like 40-percent federal money, 60-percent state and local. The long-planned but constantly morphing SWLRT, with a "shallow" tunnel in the Chain of Lakes corridor, is the priciest public works project ever proposed in Minnesota. According to Met Council studies the cut-and-cover tunnel plan would dewater about 24,000 gallons of groundwater per day between Cedar, Lake of the Isles and Calhoun. Now a new plan for a "push through" tunnel is being researched but the Environmental Impact Statement is incomplete. The 16-mile fixed rail route would run from west of route 212 and 494 in Eden Prairie to the downtown baseball ...
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How We Banned Fracking in New York 23.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Is the Apple Watch's battery going to be a huge let down? 23.1.2015 Yahoo: Business

Is the Apple Watch's battery going to be a huge let down?How do you feel about a smartwatch that can only put up with a few hours of usage and needs recharging daily?


State should pay tunnel contractor for groundwater troubles, dispute board says 23.1.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A dispute-review board says Washington state should pay its contractors millions of dollars for dealing with severe groundwater flows, at the Highway 99 tunnel machine’s launch pit in Sodo.
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From Boston, More Troubling News about Methane Emissions 23.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Steven Hamburg The everyday use of natural gas across the greater Boston area is resulting in much higher emissions of methane than previously thought, according to a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. These emissions represent the waste of a valuable energy resource as well as an important source of greenhouse gas, since methane—the main component of natural gas—is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide for the first 20 years it is in the atmosphere. The reported emissions are more than two times higher than previously estimated using state emissions inventory data, with a yearly average loss rate from delivery and use of natural gas in the Boston urban region of 2.7 percent (with a margin of error of 0.6 percent). That’s enough natural gas to fuel about 200,000 homes each year. While EPA data indicates that investments by many gas utilities in reducing leaks have made a difference, this study, led by scientist at Harvard University, demonstrates that ...
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Barriers set up, water being testing at North Dakota site of 3 million-gallon saltwater spill 23.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Forty Years of Paying Less for Energy Services 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sierra Martinez, Legal Director, California Energy Projects, San Francisco: While you're no doubt aware that you're paying less money at the gas pump these days, you might not have noticed that over the past 40 years, you've been paying much less on your electric and natural gas bills thanks...
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Dispute board: State should pay tunnel builders for Sodo groundwater headaches 23.1.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The state should pay Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) for tackling severe groundwater flows around the launch pit in Sodo for the Highway 99 tunnel machine, a dispute resolution board says.
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