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

ESL UK to produce Vainglory Spring Championship

first_imgJames Dean, ESL UKAs expected ESL UK has been confirmed as the exclusive production partner that’ll work with Super Evil Megacorp for the Vainglory Spring Championship in May. The tournament will take place in Building Six at London’s O2 from 19-21 May. Six of the best teams from North America will duke it out with the six of Europe’s best in front of a live audience over the weekend. ESL UK will manage all production elements of the event from broadcast design and livestream operations to set design and build.ESL UK will also be working with Fnatic to manage logistics at the recently announced Halcyon Gathering taking place at the Fnatic Bunkr on Saturday 6 May in Shoreditch. From 6pm, fans are invited to come along and watch the Vainglory Challenge Battles free of charge. James Dean, MD at ESL UK said: “It’s extremely exciting to see Vainglory’s continued success and we’re delighted to be working with Super Evil Megacorp to deliver the Spring Season Championship. Mobile gaming is an exciting and developing strand of esports which is set to have an increasingly prominent role in the future of professional competitive gaming.”“We’re excited to be back in London for our first Unified Live Championships,” said Heini Vesander, Executive Esports Producer of Super Evil Megacorp. “Our players come first and we want to ensure they have the best possible experiences whether that’s at our community gatherings or tournaments and to do that we need to have a production partner that understands this. ESL continues to be a great partner for us and we’re excited to be working with them again on what will be the biggest mobile esports tournament to take place in the UK to date.”Early-bird tickets are available now for a price of £10 with VIP Packages starting at £69.99. This includes access to all 3 days of competition. For fans unable to attend the event, the action will be streamed live on Vainglory’sTwitch.TV,Facebook andYouTube channels. Vainglory can be downloaded for free from the Amazon Appstore, the App Store and Google Play.Esports Insider says: No surprises here. ESL UK will endeavour to put on a good event for the unified championship and prove once more that Vainglory is a legitimate esports title. We’ll be there in May cheering for the home team.last_img read more