Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From KSL News (Salt Lake City):Environmental groups and other organizations sent a letter Monday asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other high-ranking federal officials to investigate a $53 million investment in a proposed coal shipping terminal in Oakland, California.The letter was written on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Earthjustice, Alliance for a Better Utah, HEAL Utah, Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Trust. A joint statement released by the organizations Monday says the 19-page letter brings attention to “potential legal and ethical violations” of the investment.“The contents of this letter require an external review by several oversight bodies. … The economic, fiscal, financial, environmental, governance, ethical and political red flags raised by the state of Utah’s actions are too numerous to ignore,” Tom Sanzillo, an executive with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a research organization in favor of reducing coal dependence, said in a statement.The investment, passed by the Utah Legislature earlier this year, is slated to grant Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties 49 percent access in the as-yet unbuilt coal terminal. Proponents of the measure say it will help increase short-term coal exports to developing countries, a much-needed boon for the struggling industry.The investment is set to be facilitated by a three-way money transfer involving the state’s specially designated community impact fund, which according to its website “provides loans or grants to state agencies and subdivisions of the state that are socially or economically impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands.” The first stage of the transfer is to begin July 1.Keith Heaton, chairman of the fund’s board, has said the swapping of funds for the project is not considered unusual compared with other projects statewide, particularly transportation projects.However, opponents are also criticizing the community impact fund board, in addition to the state Legislature, and calling for an audit of the deal. Among other accusations, the letter issued Monday says the investment is tied to heavy political conflict of interest, was designed as a brazen a way around environmental and other regulations of the federal Mineral Leasing Act, and is environmentally harmful to residents close to the proposed terminal.John Weisheit, co-founder of the environmental group Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, said in a statement that the Community Impact Fund Board is complicit in an unscrupulous deal.“The Utah state Legislature and the community impact board are laundering public money through the state transportation fund to provide financial assistance to energy corporations, and not to communities where it truly belongs,” Weisheit said.The letter was also addressed to Mary Kendall, deputy inspector general for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Gregory Gould, director of the federal Office of Natural Resources Revenue. The letter also indicated copies were distributed to Gov. Gary Herbert and John Huber, U.S. district attorney for Utah.Groups write US Attorney General asking for investigation of coal shipping terminal deal Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidylast_img read more

State Champions Emerge in 2017 NNPC/Shell Cup

first_imgIn Katsina, Family Support Secondary School defeated Government College, Katsina to lift the state trophy and book a ticket for the zonal finals.The Sokoto State final saw Sultan Bello Secondary School defeat Army Day Secondary School 8-7 via penalties after the match had ended 2-2 at regulation time.Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State final was won by Holy Ghost Secondary School, Abakaliki after edging out Twelve Apostles College, Sharon, by a lone goal.All states champions are expected to have emerged on or before June 7.Other state champions are; Comprehensive Secondary School, Edemeya, Akwa Ibom State, Ahmadu Bahago Secondary School, Minna, Niger State,  Government Day Secondary School, Lamisula, Borno State, Government Technical Training School, Jalingo, Taraba State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The state preliminaries of the NNPC/Shell Cup for All Nigeria Secondary Schools Football Championship, which began a few weeks ago in all states of the country and the Federal Capital territory is now producing schools that would represent each state at the zonal preliminaries.At the Oyo state final played on Tuesday at the popular Wesley College, Elekuro playground in Ibadan, 2014 National runners up, Brightville College, Ibadan lost to Asegun Comprehensive College, Ibadan by 1-0. It would be recalled that Asegun Comprehensive College hasd made several attempts at clinching the national trophy in the past. This could be their opportunity as they take another shot at the trophy.The Ogun State NNPC/Shell Cup final was between Comprehensive Academy, Abeokuta and Methodist Comprehensive College, Sagamu.  This hostility hosted by Abeokuta Grammar School saw the former go home with the trophy after beating their opponents from Sagamu by 1-0.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner still limited by leg injury

first_imgMILWAUKEE – The left adductor muscle injury that limited Justin Turner to one pinch-hit appearance over the final four games before the All-Star break is still limiting him after the break.Turner was not in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it was a “hope” not an “expectation” that Turner would be ready to start Saturday’s game.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Turner has not been in the starting lineup since July 11 in San Diego but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Turner was feeling “better than he was before the break.” Turner went through a full pre-game workout Friday at Miller Park.“I think for us and the trainers, we just feel like for him to go through the day and batting practice and just running around and see how that feels and feel good tomorrow gives us more confidence he can start a major-league game,” Roberts said. “We’ve come this far not playing him, we just want to make sure we do everything we can.” When they acquired him earlier this week, the Dodgers said they planned to play Manny Machado at shortstop and third base occasionally. But Max Muncy started at third base Friday and Roberts said he was going to give Machado “a little runway” to settle in with the Dodgers at shortstop before he asked him to move between the two positions.A shortstop in the minors, Machado broke in with the Baltimore Orioles at age 19 in 2012 as a third baseman and won Gold Gloves at the position in 2013 and 2015. He moved back to shortstop this season and has not rated very well there in most defensive metrics.“Obviously he hasn’t taken any grounders this year at third base,” Roberts said. “So you have to appreciate that and understand he hasn’t done that all year. I’m going to put him in the best position to have success. For him to be open to it is one thing.“I want him to get acclimated to his new teammates and his new league and stay at short. Over the course of the next week or two, start messing around over there (at third). … He played the last three or four years at third base. It’s not like it’s some big change for him. But I think right now it makes sense for him to focus on shortstop.”BUEHLER GAMERight-hander Walker Buehler was expected to throw a five-inning simulated game with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. When he will pitch in an actual game – for the OKC Dodgers or back in the major leagues – remains undecided, according to Roberts. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Related Articles Roberts would only say Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling will pitch two of the games in the series at Philadelphia which begins Monday. Buehler is eligible to rejoin the Dodgers on Wednesday (promoting him before that would require another player going to the DL).TOLES SENT DOWNIn order to clear a roster spot for Machado, the Dodgers sent outfielder Andrew Toles back to Triple-A. Toles was 6 for 23 (.261) in seven games with the Dodgers.“Getting Tolesy at-bats was going to be difficult,” Roberts said. “So rather than having him sitting on the bench, this will allow him to play every day.”UP NEXTDodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-4, 2.74 ERA) at Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (6-7, 3.78 ERA), Saturday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more