Environmentalists sue federal government over planned Utah oil shale development

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:A proposed oil shale mine and ore-processing project in the Uinta Basin is under legal fire from several environmental groups that are seeking to invalidate a recent Bureau of Land Management decision to let the developer cut a 14-mile utility corridor across public land.In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, the groups say the BLM’s environmental review should have considered the impacts to air, water, wildlife and climate from the massive strip mine proposed on private land by Enefit American Oil. “The BLM approved the rights of way to service Enefit’s proposed oil shale mine and processing facility based on an utterly inadequate analysis of potentially devastating air, water, climate and species impacts,” said Michael Toll, a staff attorney at Grand Canyon Trust. “Considering the rights of way are a public subsidy of an otherwise economically unfeasible oil shale development, the public has a right to know exactly how Enefit’s project will impact their health and environment.”Enefit previously has argued that the larger environmental analysis should not be required because its project could move forward without the proposed rights of way. The corridor would lessen the project’s impacts and further reviews will be required before mining begins, executives say.A subsidiary of a large state-run Estonian energy firm, Enefit hopes to develop a mine on 9,000 acres near the White River, along with a 320-acre processing plant that would “retort” ore known as kerogen. This rockbound hydrocarbon can be converted to crude if subjected to intense heat and pressure. As a result, this form of energy extraction uses large amounts of energy and water.The company hopes to produce up to 50,000 barrels a day, extracted from 28 million tons of ore mined each year for up to 30 years. It is seeking rights to nearly 11,000 acre-feet of water that would be needed to extract and process the ore. Spent ore would then be returned to the mine pit.More: Groups sue to reverse the feds’ approval of right of way needed for eastern Utah oil shale mining Environmentalists sue federal government over planned Utah oil shale developmentlast_img read more

Leading in crisis – lessons learned in the aftermath of the 1995 OKC bombing

first_imgOklahoma City National Memorial 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amy Downs In addition to being the CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, Amy also speaks on the importance of resisting complacency.  Amy survived the 1995 OKC bombing and later transformed her life … Details In a single moment everything changed at my credit union. At 9:01 a.m. on April 19, 1995 we existed to serve the federal employees in the Alfred P. Murrah building. At 9:03 a.m. the building was gone and 18 of our 33 employees had been killed with 5 others seriously injured. We learned firsthand about crisis management.With the uncertainly we all face right now, I want to share a few things we learned during our time of unbelievable crisis:Communicate daily with all your employees not just your top team. Over communicate. Let them know what you know and what you don’t know. Be transparent.   Look for emerging leaders. Natural leaders emerge during times of crisis. Watch who steps up. Notice who has expert power and others are looking to for answers. These may be your future leaders. Take care of your employees. Do everything possible to prevent employees from lost income. Be as flexible as you can with schedules. Encourage use of your Employee Assistance Program. Be compassionate with your team and create a safe space for employees to share their concerns.   Meet daily with your top team and listen to their input. Things are changing rapidly so your team needs to review the situation, make decisions, and plan strategy at least daily.   Look for opportunities. There are always unique opportunities arising from difficult times. Some credit unions are learning how to work from home, how to use technology to serve members in new ways, or how to improve their disaster preparedness plans. After the bombing, we had the opportunity to change our organizational structure, field of membership, name, location, etc.  Whether in business or your own personal life, we cannot always control what happens but we can always choose how we will respond. We’ve got this.last_img read more

President, ministers’ medical test results won’t be revealed to public: Health minister

first_imgThe Health Ministry announced Tuesday that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, along with his aides in the Cabinet, had been tested for COVID-19 following the positive case of Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. The test results, however, will not be revealed to the public.”We won’t declare the results because it’s a general [medical] check up,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said, assuring that everyone was in “good condition”.Jokowi said separately on Monday that he and all members of his Cabinet had been tested for COVID-19 earlier that day, yet refused to disclose the results. “Please ask the health minister [Terawan Agus Putranto] for the results.”State Secretary Pratikno announced on March 14 evening that Budi had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been labeled as Case 76. Prior to testing positive, Budi had attended a Cabinet meeting led by Jokowi on March 11.The meeting’s other attendees included State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, Attorney General ST Burhanuddin, Indonesian Military commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis, as well as North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi and acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, among others.Topics :last_img read more

Rape charges dropped against Hudson-Odoi

first_imgRelatedPosts 100 Benue girls get training, empowerment against rape NOA campaigns against rape, COVID-19, social violence in Okigwe Court remands carpenter accused of raping 12-year-old girl Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has welcomed the decision by Metropolitan Police to end their investigation into allegations of rape made against him, with the 19-year-old pleased to see his name cleared.The England international was arrested on May 17 after facing accusations of sexual assault. He was subsequently released from custody and bailed until mid-June.The relevant authorities have now carried out all of their enquiries and determined that Hudson-Odoi has no case to answer.He has welcomed that ruling and taken to social media to thank those who have offered their support during a testing time.Hudson-Odoi has also vowed to be more aware of the responsibilities he has as a professional footballer in the public eye, with the teenager determined to become a “role model”.A statement posted on Twitter read: “At a time when there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of the serious allegations that were made against me. “I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their enquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared.“Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have now confirmed they will take no further action.“I would like to use this platform to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me during this difficult period.“I have learned that being a footballer and playing for one of the best clubs in the world comes with great responsibility, and going forward I will try and use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be.”Tags: Callum Hudson-OdoiRapeSexual asaultlast_img read more

Ghana could camp in Ethiopia for AFCON

first_imgGhana might camp in Ethiopia for next January’s Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in South Africa.The Ghana Football Association is yet to confirm the pre-tournament camping base for the Black Stars who are chasing their first African title since 1982.Kenya, which has been a preferred camping destination for the four-time African champions, is also being assessed by the management committee headed by FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.”My personal preference is Ethiopia which has the highest altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level and I think it would be extremely beneficial to the team in terms of building their energy levels,” Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi told Africa Sports.Ghana are in Group B alongside Mali, Niger and Congo DR for the tournament which will run 19 January – 10 February.The Black Stars opener is against the Leopards of DR Congo DR in Port Elizabeth on 20 January.last_img read more