EARTH TALK – Copper mining would destroy Alaskan Ecosystem

first_img August 22, 2019 at 10:35 AM August 20, 2019 at 10:26 AM 2 Comments What about the new mine design with the smaller footprint – did you consider that or just rehashing old “information”?And how about the ACOE – is this article the equivalent of saying you have no faith in them and their review of the current design? Mike B says: Comments are closed.center_img glen says: A total biased piece. The local people want this for the jobs that may be created and the infrastructure it would build. yes we are waiting on the environmental impact statement but to post the incorrect facts you have is misleading. HomeOpinionColumnsEARTH TALK – Copper mining would destroy Alaskan Ecosystem Aug. 19, 2019 at 5:10 amColumnsEarthEarth TalkFeaturedNewsEARTH TALK – Copper mining would destroy Alaskan EcosystemGuest Author2 years agoAlaskaBristol BayearthEPAMike Dunleavynative americansNatural Resources Defence CouncilNorthern Dynasty MineralsObamatrumpU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyPhoto by NASA Dear EarthTalk: What’s the background of the controversy over whether to allow development of a big copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay? — C. Karo, Pittsburgh, PAEnvironmentalists, fishermen and Native Americans breathed a sigh of relief in 2014 when the Obama administration invoked a rarely used provision in the Clean Water Act to block the proposed development of the Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of the most productive fisheries in the world. At the time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the proposed mine would cause “complete loss of fish habitat due to elimination, dewatering and fragmentation of streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources” in parts of Bristol Bay.But Northern Dynasty Minerals, the Canadian company behind the proposed mine, hasn’t given up pushing for the project which could yield some 10 billion tons of recoverable ore (including lots of copper as well as gold and molybdenum). Only one other ore deposit of its type in the world, Indonesia’s Grasberg Mine, is bigger.An early August 2019 meeting between Alaska’s conservation Republican governor Mike Dunleavy and President Trump on the tarmac as Air Force One refueled in Anchorage on its way back from the G20 summit in Japan led to an announcement the next day that the EPA was rescinding its original veto and green-lighting the Pebble Mine development after all.As soon as word got out, dozens of former and current EPA officials and researchers came out to say the reversal ignores the science that warns of total ecosystem collapse which, forgetting about the effects on marine wildlife and the subsistence culture of Alaska Natives, could decimate the $1.5 billion Bristol Bay fishery and its 14,000 jobs.According to the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the EPA conducted extensive scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed to determine the potential impacts of large-scale mining on salmon and other fish populations, wildlife, development and Alaska Native communities in the region. “EPA’s Watershed Assessment found that Pebble Mine would have significant impacts on fish populations and streams surrounding the mine site,” reports NRDC. “A tailings dam failure releasing toxic mine waste would have catastrophic effects on the ecosystem and region.”The EPA’s conclusions were derived from three years of data review, scientific analysis, public hearings, peer review and revision. “Up until now, EPA has taken every precaution to ensure that its assessment represents the best science regarding potential large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed.”Why the Trump administration would sell out the region’s fisheries and millennia-old culture for a quick sale followed by a cut-and-run mining operation by a Canadian mining company is anybody’s guess.Environmentalists are sure to fight the Pebble Mine development just as hard now as they did five years ago leading up to when President Obama blocked it. But this time will be more of an uphill battle given the tenor of the times and who’s in the White House.To express your concerns about Pebble Mine, send your elected representatives a message via the “Take Action” section of the website of the non-profit conservation group Save Bristol Bay.EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: [email protected] :AlaskaBristol BayearthEPAMike Dunleavynative americansNatural Resources Defence CouncilNorthern Dynasty MineralsObamatrumpU.S. Environmental Protection Agencyshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 2 comments Samohi swimmer races to the National Tri TeamCRIME WATCH – Cellphone pickpocket throws stolen phone and demands moneyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

A new hostel Morčić has opened in the center of Rijeka

first_imgIn the first four months, Kvarner recorded an increase in overnight stays of 40 percent, and the growth of interest, high occupancy of hotel accommodation and excellent booking announcements are just more than enough reason for new investments in tourism. That’s what Ivica Škrtić thought, and he was ready to invest in the new Morčić hostel, a modern design located just 3 minutes from the Korzo pedestrian zone.All facilities and sights are close to the hostel, which is certainly a great advantage, and the hostel offers two triple rooms, one single, one quadruple, two double and one bedroom with five beds – a total of 7 accommodation units for 20 people. Entering the tourism industry and starting this project is a constant increase in the number of nights in Rijeka as well as a large occupancy of the hostel form of accommodation, says Ivica Škrtić, the owner of the hostel and adds “As a young couple, we recognized the constant growth of about 20% annually and embarked on this form of tourism that we plan to expand in accordance with further finances.”The name of the hostel is associated with one of the most recognizable symbols of the city of Rijeka – Morčić, and especially the International Rijeka Carnival, whose mascot and trademark and officially since 1991. Morčić is a type of original jewelry from Rijeka, Kvarner and the Croatian Littoral, the most common in the form of earrings, and in addition to aesthetic and decorative purposes, it also means attachment to these areas. “We chose the name Morčić because Morčić is one of the symbols of the city of Rijeka, which we can often meet in jewelry, and it is still known and seen at the Rijeka Carnival. ” points out ŠkrtićThe entire investment amounts to a total of HRK 400.00, which is covered by own funds, and in the future there are plans to open another hostel next year. Interestingly, the hostel rooms will be decorated as if you were on a boat or yacht, ie as boat rooms. “As we are indirectly in tourism through laundry and cleaning services, this step was logical for us because we see a great need for new accommodation facilities in Rijeka. As we decided to learn this investment relatively quickly, we did not have time to apply for certain tenders and grants, but as we plan to open another hostel with which we want to offer something new and different, we will certainly try to get some of the grants for the day. development”Concludes Skrtić. Every new tourist investment should always be praised, whether large or small, including in the case of the newly opened hostel Morčić.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation

first_imgBut what if you’re concerned about the integrity of the election process and the security of your vote?State Election Law allows for political parties and independent groups to have a limited number of certified inspectors on site to make sure machines are working properly and that only eligible voters are permitted to vote.They are not allowed to electioneer in any manner, question any voter in any manner, assist in the conduct of the election, handle or remove election materials on the Board of Inspectors’ table or impede the election process in any way.They’re they’re to make sure the election is conducted fairly, but they can’t impede voters or the process directly.If you feel you’re being intimidated or see someone else being harassed, report it to your Board of Elections or local election inspector. Or call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or the U.S. Department of Justice’s Voting Rights Hotline at 1-800-253-3931.You have a right to vote without being harassed or intimidated. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way And there’s a chance, given the rhetoric of the president, that federal officers or the president’s supporters will try to show up at the polls in the name of protecting the integrity of the election.But voter fraud at the polls is virtually non-existent. Everyone knows that, including the current administration.So we can only surmise that the presence of these self-appointed “poll-watchers” is really to intimidate voters or scare them away from the polls altogether.What immigrant, minority or person with a criminal record is going to risk arrest, harassment or deportation just for the opportunity to show up at the polls in person? That potential voter may decide it’s wiser and safer not to vote at all, thereby depriving that person of a fundamental right and depriving a candidate of that person’s vote.Voters don’t have to expose themselves to such intimidation. U.S. Code 18 Section 594 specifically prohibits action that “intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may chose.”Intimidation tactics include questioning a voter’s citizenship, criminal record or other qualifications to vote; presenting oneself as an election official; providing false information about voter requirements (such as the ability to speak English); and otherwise harrassing voters, particularly non-English-speaking voters and voters of color.Voter intimidation is punishable by a fine or up to a year in jail. Categories: Editorial, OpinionA week from today, many New Yorkers will start voting in person.last_img read more

IMCA Wild West Tour adds Arizona dates for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods

first_imgSOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 23) – The first green flag for the 10th annual IMCA Wild West Tour flies at Cocopah Speedway.  IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods make their first-ever tour visit to Arizona on April 17-18. Tour point leaders will be eligible to compete in race of champions qualifying for their respective divisions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. One hundred dollars will be paid to drivers making the longest tow each night in each division while non-qualifier pay is $50. Following Friday-Saturday doubleheaders are May 15-16 at Aztec, N.M., Speedway; June 19-20 at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 17-18 at Winnemucca, Nev., Regional Raceway, Aug. 14-15 at Idaho Falls, Idaho, Raceway and Sept. 18-19 at Desert Thunder Raceway in Price, Utah.  The Wild West Tour for Modifieds ran from 2007-2014, with Stock Cars and Northern SportMods joining race programs when the tour resumed in 2019.  Start money ranges from $50 to $175 for the Modifieds and from $50 to $150 for the Stock Cars and Northern SportMods.center_img IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, E3 Spark Plugs State, series and track points will be awarded each night. Modifieds also earn Shaw Race Cars Western Region points and Stock Cars race for EQ Cylinder Heads Northern or Southern Region points. Car counts again determine nightly purses, with Modifieds racing for a minimum of $1,000 to win and as much as $2,500 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both vie for top checks of at least $750 and as much as $1,600. “Modified car counts were consistent and we averaged around 20 Northern SportMods a night this year, which was very good for the first year they were part of the tour,” noted Hansen. “We had eight different winners in nine Stock Car events in 2019 and I expect numbers to grow in that division as well.”  “Registrations are already coming in,” reported Tour Director Ken Hansen. “We averaged 75 cars across three divisions this year and hope to have 100 cars next year.”  Modified entry fees will be $100, Stock Car and Northern SportMod entry fees $75. last_img read more