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NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s highest court is expected to decide by the Fourth of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The seven-member Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases where a midlevel appellate court unanimously concluded last year that state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use.

The challenges have been closely watched by an industry hoping to drill in New York’s piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists who fear drilling could threaten water supplies and public health.

The industry argues that allowing local bans will create a patchwork of regulation that will prevent effective extraction of gas resources.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Jun 4, 2014, 11:48 PM (7 replies)

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

Source: USA Today

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.

Photos and video from the scene showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, which gutted the middle of the Shoko Maru, a 998-ton tanker based in the western city of Hiroshima.

Seven people were rescued, though four suffered severe burns, public broadcaster NHK reported. A search was underway for the missing man, the tanker's captain, it said.

The cause of the explosion was unclear, said coast guard spokesman Koji Takarada. NHK said crew members were working on the deck of the tanker at the time of the blast.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/29/japan-tanker-explodes/9705851/?

Images from scene showed clouds of black smoke as authorities sought to put out fire

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu May 29, 2014, 04:14 AM (9 replies)

Meet Congressional Candidate Aaron Woolf at May 12th Event in Queensbury

Please join Washington County Democrats for a Meet & Greet with 21st Congressional District Democratic and Working Families candidate Aaron Woolf on Monday, May 12th at the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 773 training center. The evening will be the perfect opportunity to meet our candidate and learn how you can help keep District 21 BLUE!

Congressional District 21 Candidate Aaron Woolf

Monday, May 12th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 773 New Office and Training Center Complex
37 Luzerne Road, Queensbury, NY – map

Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Donations accepted but not required.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri May 9, 2014, 05:45 AM (219 replies)


Source: AP

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A moderate earthquake rattled several towns in southern Pakistan before dawn Friday, killing one person and wounding 70, a government official said.

The magnitude 5 quake struck the district of Nawabshah, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) northeast of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, said Roshan Ali Sheikh, the top official at the province's rehabilitation and disaster management department. It hit around 4 a.m. local time (2300 GMT) while many still slept, causing panic, he said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and struck some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) north of Nawabshah. It said the quake had a depth of 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles).

Sheikh said at least 25 mud-brick homes collapsed in the quake-hit district and authorities were still assessing the damage. Some of those injured were listed in critical condition at a government hospital, he said.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/magnitude-43-earthquake-rattles-southern-pakistan
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri May 9, 2014, 01:59 AM (0 replies)

Carbon Dioxide Hits Record High in April

The average level of CO2 in the atmosphere for the first time topped 400 parts per million for a full month, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Last May, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii for the first time measured carbon dioxide at greater than 400 parts per million, averaged over one day. C02 exceeded 400 parts per million two months earlier this year than last year, according to researchers at NOAA.

But now we've hit an unwelcome milestone, with every day in April averaging more than 400 parts per million.

It's likely this record-breaking moment marks the first time in 800,000 years that the Earth's atmosphere contained this much CO2.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun May 4, 2014, 06:22 AM (2 replies)

Jon Stewart Rips Palin, LaPierre And Their Paranoid Friends At The Annual NRA Convention (Video)

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took on the paranoid gun nuts at the annual NRA convention this year and the state of Georgia for their "guns everywhere" law.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart let Sarah Palin have it for her baptism by waterboarding remarks at the annual NRA convention over the weekend, and got his digs in on the other fearmongering wingnuts who appeared with her.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 03:42 AM (15 replies)

Last rebel bastion in Syria’s Homs expected to fall soon

Source: McClatchyDC

BEIRUT — Syrian regime tanks and artillery shelled rebel positions Thursday in the central old city district of Homs, according to rebels and anti-government activists, who said they believe that the last rebel bastion will be overwhelmed by government forces in the coming days.

One of the first Syrian cities to rise up against the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Homs often has been described by the rebels as the symbolic capital of the 3-year-old civil war, which has killed more than 150,000.

Besieged for almost 700 days, the narrow streets and stone buildings of the old city continue to provide a haven to what rebels claim are nearly 1,000 Islamist fighters who rejected a United Nations-brokered truce earlier this year that allowed hundreds of civilians and rebels _ many badly malnourished _ to flee the siege.

But after another round of U.N.-mediated talks to end the siege failed, the remaining rebel areas came under heavy bombardment in the last week as government troops backed by Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon began a final push, according to an anti-government activist who has remained behind.

“If there is not a cease-fire, the old city will fall within days,” said Abu Rami al Homsi.

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/23/225342/last-rebel-bastion-in-syrias-homs.html

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by the anti-government activist group Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings damaged by Syrian government air strikes and shelling, in the Jouret al-Chiyah neighborhood of Homs, Syria. UNCREDITED — AP
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:51 AM (2 replies)

Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case

(Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the judgment.

In 2009, a jury concluded that Exxon contaminated water supply wells when the additive, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), leaked from its underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens.

The appeals court rejected Exxon's arguments that it was required to use the additive under the federal Clean Air Act. An oxygen-containing substance that is added to gasoline to promote more complete combustion and reduce air pollution, MTBE was one of several additives recommended by regulators to reduce emissions.

It has now largely been phased out of the U.S. fuel supply because of its danger to groundwater.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 12:51 AM (2 replies)

LTTE: Crude oil ships imperil the Hudson

How many more indignities must our dear Hudson River suffer before sanity takes hold and those in positions of power act decisively?

If the expansion of tanker and barge shipments of crude oil on the river is permitted, a disastrous spill is inevitable. In December, a ship ran aground near Albany and a major spill averted only because the ship had, luckily, a double hull; we were that close to a 12 million gallon spill. Remember the Exxon Valdez? That was a 12 million gallon spill and, despite all the cleanup efforts, today the area remains intensely polluted to the detriment of the fish, birds and fishermen whose livelihood depended on those waters.

An oil barge can carry the equivalent of 45 railroad tanker cars. Those are what you see going by while you wait at the crossing in Valley Cottage ... and how did they get there? By tracks that run for miles along the river into which the oil will likely spill in the next train wreck like the fiery one in Canada. When is enough enough?

I fully support Riverkeeper's efforts to have Gov. Andrew Cuomo enact a moratorium on all shipments of oil, by whatever means, through the Hudson River Valley. And it is essential that the DEC meet its responsibilities and proceed with an in-depth environmental review of all aspects of the oil terminal operations in Albany, including a review of all permits already granted.


Riverkeeper boat captain John Lipscomb talks about crude oil shipments on the Hudson River, while sitting along the Hudson in Ossining Jan. 23. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:10 AM (7 replies)

Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to harm environment

This week, as we mark the fourth anniversary of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, evidence of that catastrophe's effects on wildlife continues to emerge.

Despite sunny assurances from BP, the largest oil spill in U.S. history is leaving its mark on everything from marine mammals to mollusks.

Bottlenose dolphins have been particularly hard-hit.

Some 900 of these graceful creatures have been found stranded, most of them dead, in the northern Gulf between April 2010 and March 2014, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently published a study linking the ill health of dolphins in Louisiana's Barataria Bay - anemia, adrenal problems and lung disease - to oil exposure.

Birds that migrate through the Gulf Coast or winter here are likewise showing signs of oil exposure.


A flotilla of fire boats battle flames in the aftermath of the explosion of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Photo By U.S. Coast Guard/Handout
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Apr 20, 2014, 12:41 AM (7 replies)
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