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Senators Allege DAPL Builder Didn’t Have Permit to Build Under Lake Oahe

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[New letter to Army Corps of Engineers makes bombshell accusations, asks for documentation on several legal fronts. The Army Corps of Engineers actions have left real questions over whether it made "efforts to make sure that Energy Transfer Partners complies with even the most fundamental environmental, safety and mitigation conditions of its easement and permits." *RON*]

Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today, 7 April 2017

Top Senate Democrats are questioning whether the builder and manager of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had a permit to construct a controversial stretch of the project near tribal land and water sources.

In a letter dated April 3, Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Tom Carper (D-DE), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, took the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which on February 8 granted an easement to En…

Thousands of Tree Species are at Risk of Extinction

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[9,600 types of trees around the world are threatened by extinction; this amount to 16% of all tree species. *RON*]
Janice Williams, Newsweek, 5 April 17

Thousands of trees are at risk of extinction. The Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), based in London, compiled a list of tree species around the world recently and discovered 9,600 types of trees were threatened by extinction.

Using data from 500 different botanical organizations around the globe, BGCI determined there are about 60,065 species of trees in the world. Deforestation and global warming have put many of them in danger, including 300 species they said were critically endangered after discovering only 50 or fewer remaining, according to a Wednesday BBC News report. One particular species, the Karomia gigas in Tanzania, was found to have only one population of trees remaining— comprised of just six trees.

The group said they launched the first-ever world tree list to hel…

EU Utilities Vow End to Coal After 2020, as Trump Promises Revival

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[Trump will be gone before you know it. Hopefully the balance of the world can outweigh his passing lunacy. Citing climate change and the Paris climate agreement, EU energy companies in 26 of 28 countries make momentous pledge to stop building coal plants. *RON*]

Inside Climate News, 6 April 2017

In a historic pledge, the European Union's electric utilities announced on Wednesday they will no longer build coal-fired plants after 2020, citing the need for action on climate change to guarantee "sustainability of the global economy."

The announcement came at an annual meeting of Eurelectric, the association representing 3,500 utilities across the EU. National energy companies in 26 out of 28 EU countries have joined the initiative, except for utilities in Poland and Greece.

"The power sector is determined to lead the energy transition and back our commitment to the low-carbon economy with concrete action," said Eurelectric pres…

Ombudsperson finds government decisions harmed 8 fired health ministry workers

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! 8 workers lost their jobs and one committed suicide - I would say that counts as 'harmed.' See also: Lawyer for fired B.C. health workers says investigative process unfairChristy Clark: Government has apologized for misleading publicB.C. health firings scandal researchers settle out of court. *RON*]

Richard Zussman, CBC News, 6 April 2017
Rushed decisions by government and flawed investigations led to harmful consequences for eight Ministry of Health workers who were wrongly dismissed in 2012, a report demanding sweeping changes revealed today.

B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke came to those conclusions after an 18-month investigation into the firings.

Chalke is calling on the government to apologize to the workers who "did not deserve the significant personal, financial and professional harm they suffered."

The ombudsperson is also recommending the government make "goodwill" payments to affected indiv…

Gitga'at won't oppose Pacific NorthWest LNG, sign deal with province

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[Disappointing and somewhat baffling, since Hartley Bay had been a strong hold-out and protester of all things related to oil and gas development in the region. Has there been, perhaps, a change in the Band Council? *RON*]

Shannon Lough, The Northern View, 5 April 2017
An LNG benefits agreement has been inked between the province and Gitga’at First Nation of Hartley Bay.

The Band Council’s chief councillor Arnold Clifton signed the agreement on March 29, a day before aboriginal relations and reconciliation minister John Rustad publicly announced a similar agreement with the Kitselas First Nation.

The 51-page benefits agreement obtained by the Northern View, confirms that the Gitga’at will engage with the province in the development of the liquefied natural gas industry.

The Gitga’at will receive $1.5 million in base funding. Payments to the community will continue if an LNG project announces a final investment decision (FID) by March 31, 2019 there…