Printpack Williamsburg Receives the Virginia ‘Star’ Designation Under the Virginia Department of Labor and…
Twitter TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 12, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Commissioner C. Ray Davenport announced today that Printpack in Williamsburg, Virginia, has been approved as a Virginia STAR Worksite under the Virginia’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the agency’s highest level of recognition for excellence in safety and health management systems. “This outstanding achievement in occupational safety and health has come through the dedication and hard work of Printpack Williamsburg employees and management. I commend Printpack for embracing the cooperative spirit of VPP, and congratulate them on their hard-earned certification as a Virginia STAR Worksite,” said Commissioner Davenport. Printpack’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for its employees is demonstrated by its low injury and illness rates. The Williamsburg facility has a total three-year average for the TCIR (Total Case Incident Rate for injuries and illnesses) of 1.31 compared with a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national rate of 3.8, representing a TCIR rate 66% lower than the national average for the industry. The site’s three-year average DART rate (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred injury and illness cases) is 0.49, compared with the 2.3 national rate, which is 79% below the national average for the industry. As part of the recognition for achieving Virginia STAR status under VPP, the worksite is entitled to fly the Virginia “STAR Worksite” flag. The Printpack facility is the only STAR Worksite in Virginia and is one of six Printpack VPP STAR sites currently in the United States. VPP includes two levels of participation, Merit and STAR, with Virginia STAR being the highest. Similar voluntary protection programs are conducted in other states across the country. The process for reaching Virginia STAR status is extensive to ensure that only the very best companies qualify. Since the inception of Virginia STAR in 1996, only 73 STAR worksites have been recognized, and only 36 Virginia companies currently retain the STAR designation. Printpack’s site has set a standard of excellence that is second to none. In Virginia VPP, a cooperative relationship is formed between the VOSH program, the employer, and the employees which include the agreement of company leaders to operate exceptional safety and health management systems that meet a rigorous set of occupational safety and health criteria. Employers agree to voluntarily participate in the program and to directly involve employees in all aspects of the company’s safety and health management systems. Requirements include an extensive application process, submission of written safety and health policies and procedures, demonstration of successful implementation of those programs through injury and illness rates that are below the national average for the employer’s industry, and an intensive weeklong inspection by a team of VPP experts. Virginia businesses that participate in VPP substantially improve safety and health protections for thousands of Virginia employees through cooperative efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatal accidents. VPP STAR sites regularly report decreased bottom line costs associated with dramatically reduced injury and illness rates (an average of approximately 50% below the respective industry average), and improved productivity and employee morale. Reducing private sector employer costs associated with injuries, illnesses, and fatal accidents enhances a company’s economic viability and competitiveness, and increases available capital for reinvestment, expansion, and new hiring. DOLI operates six recognition programs. These include: – Virginia STAR is a cooperative relationship between the VOSH program, the employer, and the employees that include the agreement of company leaders to operate exceptional safety and health management systems that meet a rigorous set of occupational safety and health criteria. Participating employers agree to voluntarily participate in the program and to directly involve employees in all aspects of the company’s safety and health management systems. Requirements include an extensive application process, submission of written safety and health policies and procedures, demonstration of successful implementation of those programs through injury and illness rates that are below the national average for the employer’s industry, and an intensive weeklong inspection by a team of VPP experts. – Virginia BEST (Building Excellence in Safety, Health and Training) is a strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Associated General Contractors of Virginia ( AGCVA ) that recognizes AGCVA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia. – Virginia BUILT is a new strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia ( ABCVA ) and is designed to encourage and recognize ABC-VA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia. The Virginia BUILT program incorporates the ABC STEP program (Safety Training Evaluation Process) as the gateway to participation in Virginia BUILT. – Virginia CHALLENGE is a formal three-stage recognition program that dramatically improves safety and health at the worksite and prepares the company to apply for Virginia STAR recognition. – VOSH–VADOC CHALLENGE is a strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) to recognize safety and health excellence at correctional facilities around the Commonwealth. Three stages of participation in VADOC Challenge prepare a site to apply for Virginia STAR recognition. Virginia has the only two correctional facilities in the nation to have received VPP STAR status, Augusta and Lunenburg Correctional Centers. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the DOLI office closest to you at www.doli.virginia.gov or contact Milford Stern, VPP Manager, at (540) 562-3580, ext. 123, or [email protected] – The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes businesses of 250 employees or fewer and is administered by the DOLI Consultative Services Division. Contact Tracy Michaud, Consultation Program Manager, at (804) 786-8707 or [email protected] DOLI offers free On-Site Consultation Services to help employers better understand and voluntarily comply with VOSH standards. Priority is given to high hazard workplaces with 250 or fewer employees and all services are offered to employers at no cost. On-Site Consultation Services helps employers identify and correct potential safety and health hazards by conducting walk-through surveys (without citations or penalties), abatement advice, on-site training, and program assistance to develop safety and health programs. Additional information about On-Site Consultation Services can be obtained by contacting the DOLI office closest to you at www.doli.virginia.gov or by contacting Tracy Michaud, Consultation Program Manager, at (804) 786-8707, or [email protected] The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program is financed in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under §23(g) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The FFY21 Virginia State Plan is funded by a grant of $4,332,400 federal funds, which constitutes 50% of the State Plan budget excluding any state overmatch funds. Zero percent, or $0.00 of the State Plan budget, is financed through nongovernmental sources. The Virginia On-Site Consultation Cooperative Agreement program is financed in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under §21(d) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The FFY21 Virginia Consultation program is funded by a grant of $1,189,200 federal funds, which constitutes 90% of the Virginia Consultation program budget excluding any state overmatch funds. Zero percent, or $0.00 of the Virginia Consultation budget, is financed through nongovernmental sources. MEDIA CONTACT Jennifer Rose VOSH Cooperative Program Director 804-786-7776 [email protected] NEWS SOURCE: Virginia Department of Labor and Industry This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (Virginia Department of Labor and Industry) who is solely responsibile for its accuracy, by Send2Press® Newswire. Information is believed accurate but not guaranteed. Story ID: 68440 APDF-R8.2 © 2021 Send2Press®, a press release and e-marketing service of NEOTROPE®, Calif., USA. 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Oxford University has this week unveiled initialdesign plans as part of the Masterplan for the Radcliffe Infirmary developmentdue to commence mid-2007.The project team is to maintainand renovate the original Radcliffe Infirmary building, completed in 1770, butreplace the more recent surrounding development with new buildings.A spokesperson for Rafael VinolyArchitects, who have been employed by the University for the project, said, “Theinspiration for the new development came from the surrounding environment. Forinstance, the nearby observatory and the Oxford University Press building werevery important in our planning process.“We wanted to open the visualavenues so that the original buildings could be appreciated as they deserved tobe. We also wanted to remove the later additions that were suffocating theRadcliffe Infirmary and have it in its original garden position.”The new development is potentiallyto house the Mathematics and Statistics departments and the Humanities faculties.The Radcliffe Infirmary site liesbetween the Woodstock Roadand Walton Streetand is also bordered by Somerville and Green Colleges.The University has estimated thatit will need a surplus 100,000 sq m for functional estate over the next 20years due to growth in educational and research activity. This need is to becatered for principally by the Radcliffe Infirmary Site, which was purchasedfrom the NHS in March 2003.The University’s interest in theRadcliffe Infirmary site for development dates back to the 1960s, when theHolford Report on land requirements of the University identified the RadcliffeInfirmary as the only sizeable developable land in the city centre, and statedthat the acquisition of it was of “primary importance”. A spokesperson for the projectteam spoke of his satisfaction with the Masterplan’s progress: “I don’t thinkanyone envisaged arriving at a universally agreed concept as rapidly as we havedone. 180 people have visited on the first day of the exhibition and thefeedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”One student, who did not wish tobe named, said he had visited the exhibition on the day it was was opened. “Ithink the plans look very impressive, but I am concerned that the location ofthe new site is too far removed from the centre of the city. The majority ofthe colleges are a good ten or 15 minutes walk from the Infirmary development.It would be a shame if the new learning centre meant that the city lost itsvibrant atmosphere to North Oxford.”ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005
By John BurtonCOLTS NECK – Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office investigators have arrested the Roman Catholic priest with a history of child molestation who became a lightening rod for controversy at St. Mary’s Parish last month.Detectives took the Rev. Michael Fugee, 52, of St. Antonius Parish in Newark, into custody on Monday, May 21, and charged him with seven counts of contempt of a judicial order, categorized as fourth degree crimes, according to the prosecutor’s office.Fugee, who was assigned to the Newark archdiocese, was charged and indicted more than a decade ago with inappropriately touching a boy when he was with a Bergen County parish. The charge resulted in a conviction, which subsequently was overturned on a procedural matter. Instead of retrying the case, the prosecutor and Fugee reached an agreement that the priest would undergo counseling and be permitted limited ministry work, but would be prohibited from unsupervised contact with minors.Recently, it was discovered that Fugee participated in a St. Mary’s Parish youth program and accompanied group members to youth retreats that involved him hearing confessions from minors. That caused a public outcry, and ultimately led to the ouster of the parish pastor, the Rev. Thomas J. Triggs and the resignation of two parish youth ministers earlier this month.Fugee offered his resignation from the Newark Chancery, which was accepted by Archbishop John J. Meyers. With his resignation, Fugee is prohibited from conducting any clergy duties, but technically remains a priest until the resignation is officially accepted by the Vatican, according to an archdiocese spokesman.Two St. Mary’s retreats, held at Kateri Environmental Center, 160 Conover Road in the Wickatunk section of Marlboro, were two of seven instances of Fugee allegedly participating in parish youth activities, in possible violation of the court order and agreement, authorities said.The other events were held in Mount Arlington, Rochelle Park and Paramus, according to the prosecutor’s office.The investigation is continuing, authorities said.A Superior Court judge set Fugee’s bail on Monday at $25,000, with the option of posting 10 percent, but with the condition of surrendering his passport, law enforcement authorities said. Fugee was remanded to the Bergen County jail in lieu of bail and was expected to appear in court Tuesday.Authorities request that anyone with information about the case contact the prosecutor’s office at 201-226-5620.Foillowing Fugee’s arrest, the Archdiocese of Newark issued a statement that said in part: “We take these allegations seriously and will cooperate fully with law enforcement in its investigation.”The Diocese of Trenton has announced Triggs would be on sabbatical until next Jan. 1.Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell has named the Rev. Jeffrey E. Lee as the parish’s new pastor, effective immediately. Lee is also pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton, and will continue there as well until June 29.
People who will vote in the next General Election in 2009 were 3 years old when all South Africans could vote in a democratic General Election on 27th April 1994 irrespective of race or creed. Eighteen year olds who voted for the first time then, will be 33 years old at the next General Election. It would be an interesting survey to find out what either age cohort thinks about the significance of a non-racial vote and of democratic participation in the politics of our country.The 27th April should be the most symbolically significant and strategically relevant public holiday on our annual calendar of public holidays. It was on that day in 1994 that legalized racial discrimination and oppression was voted out of our public life and policy. It should not only be a day of remembrance and rejoicing but of reflection and debate on the significance of adult suffrage and its role in democratic policy making. One feels a sense of dread that the survey mentioned might reveal a great deal of ignorance, even indifference about the significance of non-racial adult suffrage in the lives of the two age cohorts mentioned. Why?In the first place the vote exercised every five years has become a ritual of affirmation of predetermined candidates appointed by Party Bosses. It is gesture of complete voter disempowerment. The average voter knows only which party he or she voted for but not the actual public representatives which they can call to account.Secondly, the issue of accountability means that the voter can identify an individual or individuals coming from the area in which the voter lives and who, through being elected, is committed to interact with those voters and addressing their concerns. Attempts are now being made by the ANC for example, to allocate constituencies to MP’s and urging them to look after them. However, the constituencies have no statutory relevance and are not electorally contestable. Consequently the party can do with them as they see fit without fear of voter recriminationThirdly, participatory democracy means exactly that voters be actively encouraged to participate in the governance of their constituency, provinces and parliament. In the very real sense it should mean that “the people shall govern”. Instead you have elected representatives who create self serving bureaucracies in which they dish out positions and privileges to one another. There is nothing wrong with such officials, from the President down holding regular imbizos to hear first hand from constituencies what their grievances are. But such imbizos do not guarantee delivery or subsequent accountability.All of the above concerns mean that the current electoral system for national and provincial politics is hopelessly inadequate to promote serious democratic participation and accountability. The system is one of closed list Proportional Representation where the list is effectively drawn up by the party leaderships and presented to the voters as a fait accompli. This system was provisionally adopted by all parties to get us over the problems of a first non-racial democratic election. And it worked. It was uncomplicated and very easy to administer. But it was also agreed that the system was provisional and would be looked at a later stage. This was done by the appointment of an Electoral Commission which investigated various electoral alternatives and had interviews with all the parties in parliament as well as the input of international and local experts. The recurring complaint with the exception of the governing party and official opposition, was lack of accountability and participation on the part of the voter.The majority recommended that a system of multi – member constituency participation should be implemented, initially under a closed list proportional system but moving eventually to an open list. This system should apply to 300 candidates of the 400 in Parliament whereas the remaining 100 should cater for special interest lobbies such as women, the aged and disabled etc.The multiple member constituency system is often confused with a first past the post constituency system such as Great Britain has and the old racist Parliament in South Africa had. Nothing can be more different. The multiple member constituency system, for example, means South Africa is divided into approx 70 constituencies. From each, no less than three and not more than seven candidates can be elected, from the Constituency (NB). Initially the list can be closed i.e. candidates being appointed by the party but eventually it should be open in the sense that a voter can vote for candidate 1 from party A and candidate 3 from party C etc. Such a system will be immediately more accountable to get greater involvement from the voter.We do not have any indication that there is a serious move in this direction from Government. But perhaps if the 27th April, is a public holiday during which ordinary voters are invited to participate in discussions and seminars on the significance of non-racial democratic participation, given the history of our country, then more and more of us can shout together: “Hey? 27th April: Hurrah!” More likely however parties will give each other tight lipped smiles and say: “Happy, happy floor crossing comrades”. This further dis-empowering the voter.DR F V Z SLABBERT18thApril, 2007
Tony ScherbaPresident and Founding Partner of Yeti LLC Tony Scherba is the president and a founding partner of Yeti LLC, a product-focused development and design studio in San Francisco. Related Posts Just for a moment, imagine what it’s like to be sight-impaired. You pull a box of pancake mix from your kitchen pantry. But you hesitate. Didn’t you buy that box years ago? What if it’s expired? The use-by date isn’t embossed or written in braille, so you can’t read it.Fortunately, someone else can.After grabbing your smartphone, you tell Google Assistant to open Be My Eyes. You snap pictures of the box’s sides, top, and bottom. In 45 seconds, you’re connected with a volunteer who gives you the good news: Pancakes are on the menu. Not only that, but the volunteer behind the screen will also be able to tell you when it’s time to give the pancake a flip.Be My Eyes is a shining example of how designers can use technology to enhance the lives of all users — no matter how they might interact with the product. Savvy design does more than bring about 100-fold investment returns. It also celebrates humanity by helping users with different needs and abilities live more richly, capably, and happily than ever before.Designing for better livesUser-centered technologies share a few things in common: a commitment to empathy, form that follows function, and thoughtful accessibility features. Here’s how to build each into your next design:1. Map out your users’ emotions.Before writing a single line of code or creating your first wireframe, think: Who are you designing for? What motivates them? What are they thinking as they use your product? Almost three-quarters of users expect companies to not only build useful products, but also understand the needs and expectations associated with those products. Great user experience designers know that the closer they can get to understanding those invisible forces of influence, the better they can design something that connects with users on an emotional level.How, though, can you discover what moves your target users? We use empathy mapping and user interviews to understand and anticipate users’ needs. And more often than not, we learn that we don’t know our users nearly as well as we thought we did at the start of the activity.2. Use form as a function shepherd.Aesthetics matter in every product, but they should serve a purpose beyond looking good. Use form to guide the user to the correct function. In perceptual psychology, this process is known as affordance. A coffee mug, for example, doesn’t need a user manual. Its shape alone makes clear that it’s designed to be picked up by the handle, which provides the function of avoiding being burned by the ceramic that’s been heated by scalding coffee.Think about how each element of your product provides clues to the product’s overall function. A good place to start is digital buttons. Do they look like they should be tapped to navigate elsewhere in your app or site? Even if they are attractive, is their destination vague? Before going live, conduct observational user testing to ensure end users get the message from your design choices. Prompt users to complete a task, and watch how they naturally interact with your design.3. Make your design more accessible. Not long ago, we designed a touch-screen kiosk for the city of San Francisco. To understand how to accommodate users who utilize wheelchairs or other assistive devices, we turned to the Americans With Disabilities Act. Ultimately, we chose to create a unique interface prompted by an “ADA Mode” button for those who needed touchable items to be lower in the interface.Next time you’re designing, pull your user research out. Consider what features users might need your design to possess, such as language preferences, text-to-speech services, or device compatibility. Even a lack of Wi-Fi is still fair game for users in rural areas or users who can’t afford smartphones. The TripIt app solved a perennial pain point in travel tech by developing an itinerary feature that, when synced once, remains available to users offline.Not everyone interacts with technology in the same way. Not everyone has five senses or a UX designer’s knack for navigating interfaces. But technology products still need to reach those individuals. It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: Designers can create truly life-changing products by focusing on users’ needs. Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#design#ui#User Experience#user interface design#UX Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Westbrook made a go-ahead layup with 3.3 seconds left to help the Thunder rally from a 15-point second-half deficit and beat the Nets 109-108 on Tuesday night.“They sat in the paint all game long,” Westbrook said. “I was just trying a way to get to the basket.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe lead changed six times in the final 2:23. Brooklyn went ahead 108-107 on a driving layup by Spencer Dinwiddie with 7.8 seconds left, but Westbrook answered with his own. After three timeouts, Dinwiddie missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, with the Thunder’s Andre Roberson guarding him closely.Westbrook had 32 points and Paul George added 28 points and nine rebounds after being left off the NBA All-Star roster earlier in the day. Oklahoma City committed a season-low four turnovers while extending its winning streak to five games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Westbrook scored eight points during a 12-0 run that cut the margin to 68-65, but 3-pointers by Harris and D’Angelo Russell helped the Nets rebuild their lead to 83-68 with 1:28 left in the quarter. They were up 85-74 going into the fourth.The Thunder’s five fourth-quarter 3-pointers — including two each by backups Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson — quickly closed that gap. Westbrook’s 16-foot jumper with 6:13 left put Oklahoma City up 97-96 — its first lead since the second quarter.ALL-STAR SNUBWestbrook, normally curt and brief with media after games, passionately defended George, saying it was “unbelievable” and “outrageous” that George didn’t join him as an All-Star reserve. George entered the game averaging 20.8 points per game and ranked second in the NBA with 2.16 steals per game.George was gracious when discussing the situation, saying it’s much tougher to make an All-Star team in the loaded Western Conference than it was in the Eastern Conference, when he was with the Indiana Pacers.“I wasn’t an All-Star to the voters or whoever that made the list,” George said. “Everybody that thought the same wasn’t an All-Star, apparently. Life goes on.”TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn has had 22 games decided by six points or fewer, the highest total in the NBA. … Dinwiddie, who hit a floater from 14 feet with 0.9 seconds left to give the Nets a 101-100 win at Detroit on Sunday, has made six baskets to tie or take the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime this season, tied for the NBA lead.Thunder: Anthony scored 10 points and now is 30 away from becoming the 21st player to reach 25,000 career points.NEXT UPNets: Continue their five-game trip at Milwaukee on Friday night.Thunder: Host Washington — and former Thunder coach Scott Brooks — on Thursday night. 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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had one goal on the Thunder’s final possession: make it to the rim.The Brooklyn Nets left him just enough space, and the reigning MVP put Oklahoma City over the top once again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves “I really thought this was one of the best wins we’ve had all year,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said, noting that Brooklyn made 16 3-pointers to seven for the Thunder. “From a statistical standpoint, you don’t normally win a game like that.”Joe Harris led the Nets with 19 points while Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll had 13 each. The Nets ended a two-game winning streak, matching their longest of the season.“We can talk about the last plays, but I do think we gave up 35 points in the fourth quarter and made a ton of mistakes,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I loved our competitive spirit all game, how we defended, but I thought in the fourth quarter we made some fundamental mistakes.”Oklahoma City rallied with stellar 3-point shooting in the fourth quarter, going 5 of 8 after making only 2 of 17 attempts from behind the arc.Brooklyn went 10 of 18 from 3-point range in the first half and outscored the Thunder 21-10 over the final seven minutes of the half to lead 59-47 at the break. The Nets led 68-53 after two free throws by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with 8:20 left in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. said Friday that work is well underway to clean up a sizable oil leak at its Keystone pipeline in South Dakota that occurred days before a vote on the fate of the company’s flagship pipeline proposal.The company said about 75 crew members, as well as government officials, are on site near Amherst, S.D., with a full complement of clean-up equipment to contain the 795,000-litre spill in a farmer’s field.“TransCanada has taken this incident very seriously and is working with federal and state regulatory agencies,” the company said in an update.The company said it has observed no further environmental impacts and no threat to public safety, though the nearby Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation has expressed concern the spill might contaminate water supplies.Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with Keystone XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline by going through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Environmentalists were quick to point to the spill as reason to reject the Keystone XL project, but state officials said Friday the spill won’t affect their decision.A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Public Service Commission said commissioners will base their decision solely on evidence presented during public hearings and from official public comments.A Nebraska law approved in 2011 prevents the commissioners from factoring pipeline safety or the possibility of leaks into their decisions. Lawmakers argued at the time that pipeline safety was a federal responsibility that pre-empts state law. Opponents say oil interests lobbied for the restriction.The news might not sway the vote, but will bring greater focus to the issue, said James Coleman, an energy law expert at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.“It’s the worst possible timing, and it’s a reasonably big spill….I think most people expect the commissioners to approve it regardless, but nonetheless, it’s not helpful.”Among other concerns, opponents of Keystone XL say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region in Nebraska of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.“There’s some states where the big issue is climate change, but Nebraska, the issue has been those local land-use impacts, and so I’m sure the commissioners will have that in mind,” said Coleman.The spill near the border of Minnesota and the source of the Minnesota River has certainly raised concerns about Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) Line 3 pipeline replacement project in the state, said Coleman.He said he wasn’t sure, however, whether this Keystone spill will have an impact on current review of the pipeline in the state that’s already approved elsewhere, but it certainly will add fodder to those campaigning against oil pipelines.“I think that this will continue to be a bigger and bigger political issue because, as climate campaigners haven’t had success in other areas, they feel like this is one area where they’ve been reasonably successful.”Protesters have already started setting up camps and planning direct action to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 construction, which is already underway in Canada.Pipeline opponents have also vowed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline if it is approved, having once declared victory on the project when Barack Obama rejected it in 2015, only for President Donald Trump to give the go-ahead earlier this year.Shares of TransCanada (TSX:TRP) were down 1.2 per cent in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, as the energy sector rose half a percentage point.-With files from AP
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has released a review of hydraulic fracturing. The report, prepared by a three-member panel makes 97 recommendations the focus on environmental impacts and knowledge gaps about the industry.The report focused on four main areas, water quality, water quantity, induced seismicity, and fugitive emissions. The panel also reviewed how hydraulic fracturing impacts human health, impacts on environmental health, and cumulative effects of the process. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources says they will take a phased approach to implement the scientific panel’s 97 recommendations. In May of 2019, the Province will release its short-term plan and in December the long-term plan.Read the full report below.The Province says they have already started to make changes to now the OGC regulates dams and water storage, new regulations for orphaned well sites and instructing the OGC to work more with Treaty 8 members.
Mumbai: Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti was transferred on Sunday after the Election Commission (EC) asked the Maharashtra government to shift him, an official said. Bharti became the city’s joint commissioner of police (law and order) in April 2015 and was the longest serving officer on the post. The Maharashtra government had earlier sent a proposal to EC for continuing Bharti on the post, but it was rejected. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The EC directed the state government on Saturday to shift Bharti following which he transferred, a senior official told PTI, adding that his new posting was yet to be decided. Meanwhile, a search for Bharti’s successor was on, he said, adding that the post will be filled soon. The 1994-batch IPS officer conducted investigations in several high-profile cases, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and journalist J Dey’s killing. He was also instrumental in breaking the backbone of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen in the state.