In Blocking Montana Mine Enlargement, Judge Sees Company as ‘Inflating the Benefits of the Action While Minimizing Its Impacts’

first_imgIn Blocking Montana Mine Enlargement, Judge Sees Company as ‘Inflating the Benefits of the Action While Minimizing Its Impacts’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge has blocked a proposed 176-million ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of a central Montana coal mine in a ruling that criticized U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits.U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued an order Monday barring Signal Peak Energy from mining in the 11-square mile (28-square kilometer) expansion area at the Bull Mountain coal mine pending a new round of environmental studies.Molloy says the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining must consider the environmental effects of shipping the fuel to customers in Asia and from the greenhouse gases and other pollutants emitted when the fuel is burned to generate electricity.Federal mining officials said the proposed expansion would contribute almost $24 million annually in tax revenues. They also said there would be no additional environmental impacts from burning more coal from Bull Mountain because its customers would simply go somewhere else if the expansion were not approved.But Molloy rejected the claim.“This conclusion is illogical, and places the (Interior Department’s) thumb on the scale by inflating the benefits of the action while minimizing its impacts,” the judge wrote.Bull Mountain, located near Roundup, is a major employer in central Montana with more than 250 workers at the underground mine and a coal preparation plant on the site. As much as 95 percent of its coal has been exported in past years, to South Korea, Japan and the Netherlands, according to court volumes.The mine’s production volumes dropped sharply in recent years as overseas coal markets have been in decline. Signal Peak extracted 5.6 million tons of coal last year, down by 35 percent since peaking at 8.7 million tons in 2013, according to company filings with the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration.Under the proposed expansion, the company anticipated mining up to 12 million tons annually.More: Judge blocks 176-million ton coal mine expansion in Montanalast_img read more

Watch Mario Cuomo’s Passionate Long Island Pine Barrens Speech

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On July 14, 1993, then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo stood before a congregation of environmentalists, civic leaders, and lawmakers amid the lush landscape of Southaven County Park in Shirley and delivered what one environmental activist there that day believes to be the late governor’s best oratorical performance of his political career.The event was held to celebrate the signing of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act, which effectively banned construction on more than 50,000 acres of Pine Barrens land. The passing of the law capped a bitter legal battle that pitted environmentalists and the Long Island Pine Barrens Society against developers, whom were eager to build on the 100,000 acres of land that stretches across the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton. Environmentalists, concerned that the more than 200 proposed projects on the Pine Barrens site could damage LI’s sensitive drinking water supply, brought the suit.The lawsuit, initially filed in November 1990, made it all the way to the State Court of Appeals, where it was dismissed, exactly two years after it was first filed. The court said construction could continue without the three towns conducting an environmental impact study, the basis for the suit. The court, however, called on the state Legislature to protect the Pine Barrens.Lawmakers and environmentalists got to work soon after the ruling. A bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and then-Assemb. Thomas DiNapoli (D-Great Neck), passed unanimously.A celebration was planned for Southaven County Park the next summer. Cuomo, who was not instrumental in the bill’s passage, according to Dick Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, was nevertheless invited.Cuomo, who died last week, “delivered a more eloquent speech on the environment, certainly than I’ve ever made and that I’ve ever heard in terms of capturing why the environment is so important,” Amper told the Press. “He was a master orator, even on matters in which he was only peripherally involved.”“I have delivered at least 500 speeches on the subject of protecting water and open space,” Amper added, “and the best of them put together couldn’t hold a candle to what he said and what he did to that audience that day.”With his elbows pressed against the podium, and fingers interlocked, as if in prayer, Cuomo tried to paint a glowing picture of New York—not the misconstrued version that many outside the state believed in.“This is an environmental state, and the Pine Barrens now is its latest, most glorious expression,” Cuomo boomed. “This is what the state is the best at; nobody thinks of us that way. Because if you’re anywhere in the United States, and someone says to you ‘New York,’ the instant Pavlovian response is for your mind to summon up a subway mugging in Manhattan—that’s what happens when you say New York. Nobody thinks of us as environmentalists, but that’s what we are.”The Long Island Pine Barrens Society replayed the speech at its 36th Annual Environmental Awards Gala in 2013, where it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act. Honored that night for their roles in the successful passage of the law were LaValle and DiNapoli.But it’s Cuomo speech that Amper, and other environmentalist present at Southaven County Park that summer day, will never forget.“I know that way down deep we’re always looking for something bigger than we are, something more beautiful, something we can throw our arms around and wrap our souls around, and say this is right, this is good, this is something I can believe in with passion, this is something I can give myself to,” Cuomo said. ““Sometimes it’s a person, and then they take them away, they shoot them down and they murder them and they break your heart and you give up on people and you look around for causes, and you run out of them,” he continued. “And you get into public life and you’re not even allowed to say the word morality or God or religion, they rule all of that out. And you find this truly barren land, if you’re looking for something larger than yourself and then it occurs to you: Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, the Pine Barrens, the water under Long Island, the rivers, the chestnut tree in the park in South Jamaica, Queens, the environment—ecology, preserving it, saving it, fighting for it.”“With sureness,” Cuomo said, building toward the conclusion, “I go to bed tonight having signed a bill and made it a law knowing that I did the right thing.”The video was shared with the Long Island Press by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.last_img read more

New street record set for home with waterfront views

first_imgThe lovely view from 19 Samuel Place, Sinnamon Park.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019NGU Elite Team’s Emil Juresic said the sellers were a couple who had lived at the propertyfor 20 years.“They decided to downsize as they travel often and wished for a smaller property at thisstage in their lives,” he said.“The buyers are a young family with two children who fell in love with the layout of thehome.“The outdoor area, which is the perfect entertaining space, was also attractive with theamazing views of the river.”Mr Juresic said he markets to buyers from across the country.“On top of our extremely aggressive sales campaign, we like to believe that our strength isnegotiating,” he said.“We truly work for our sellers and I think our results prove that.” The large property at 19 Samuel Place, Sinnamon Park. 19 Samuel Place, Sinnamon Park.THE sale of an impressive Sinnamon Park home for $1.75 million has set a new street record.Built on the Brisbane River, the large two-storey house at 19 Samuel Place is part of theexclusive Windermere Estate.According to researcher CoreLogic, the previous highest sale on Samuel Place was $1.735million which was recorded in October last year.The property, on a 1176sq m block, has four-bedrooms and three-bathrooms.It features a beautiful courtyard and gardens, and a swimming pool.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer to host North Carolina in Sweet 16

first_img Published on November 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 No. 8 seed Syracuse will host No. 9 seed North Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. Should the Orange (12-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) win, it will host an Elite Eight game against unseeded Creighton or Providence, which advanced past No. 1 Maryland.In its first game in two weeks, SU beat Dartmouth, 3-0, Sunday afternoon. Sergio Camargo tallied two goals and an assist after an early Chris Nanco score to dominate the Big Green and keep its season alive past Thanksgiving for the third consecutive year. The Orange had fallen to Clemson on penalty kicks in the ACC tournament two weeks earlier.UNC (12-3-3, 5-1-2) beat Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1, in double overtime to get a date with Syracuse. The Tar Heels have won only two of their last five games. SU played UNC to a scoreless tie at home in September.Barring the defeat at the hands Clemson in penalty kicks, which is recorded as a tie, the Orange has not lost since Oct. 7, a seven-game span. During that stretch, SU has tied three top-10 teams and beaten a top-15 team. The College Cup, soccer’s version of the Final Four, is Dec. 9 and 11. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

GM stocks repurchased

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card GM’s shares fell to a 23-year low after Kerkorian’s sale in December. In trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, GM shares rose 80 cents, or 3 percent, to $23.85. Kerkorian’s SEC filing was released after the markets closed, and the shares rose an additional 15 cents to $24 in after-hours trading. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian is acquiring 12 million shares of General Motors Corp. stock, matching the number of shares he sold in December, a federal regulatory filing showed on Wednesday. Kerkorian’s private equity firm, Tracinda Corp., bought 5 million shares of GM stock on Monday for an average purchase price of $21.40, or approximately $107 million, it said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Tuesday, Tracinda agreed to purchase an additional 7 million GM shares in a private transaction for $22.25 per share, or approximately $155.8 million. Those purchases would boost Kerkorian’s stake in the world’s largest automaker to 9.9 percent, the same as it was before Beverly Hills-based Tracinda Corp. sold 12 million shares in December. Tracinda said at the time that it sold the shares so that it could end its fiscal year with a capital loss, making it eligible for certain federal and California income tax breaks. But it left open the possibility of reacquiring shares, and it waited only a short time after so-called wash rules lapsed. Federal tax rules prohibit a taxpayer from claiming a loss on the sale of stock if replacement shares are acquired within 30 days. last_img read more