KXL Protesters Get Ready …
The State Department just released its Supplememtal Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Keystone XL, which seems to pave the way for Obama to approve the pipeline.
SEIS Full Report
NY Times: “Report My Ease Way to Approval of Keystone Pipeline”
“It has been an extremely long day, I’m having trouble talking at the moment. I would appreciate it if we could wrap this thing up.”
This is something that Gary Southern, the president of the chemical-spilling, Elk River-fouling Freedom Industries, Inc., actually said at a press conference to update West Virginia residents on why 300,000 of them couldn’t drink their own tap water.
Not from the Onion.
(via The Charleston Gazette)
Via the New York Times:
Viewed from outer space, the 1,500 blazing oil well flares burning off excess natural gas illuminate the plains of western North Dakota more brilliantly than Minneapolis hundreds of miles away.
The gas being burned in the Bakken field is a byproduct of a frenzy of oil drilling in isolated areas where there are too few gas-gathering lines and few limits on drilling. In total, the excess gas could heat a million homes, releasing roughly six million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year — roughly equivalent to three medium-size coal-fired power plants.
That level of emissions is three times as great as only two years ago, outraging environmentalists, encouraging landowners to sue oil companies and prompting lawmakers to push for tighter regulations.
In Focus: Oil Spill Blackens Thai Island Beaches
Last Saturday, July 27, about 13,200 gallons (50,000 liters) of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Thailand, pouring from a leaky pipeline, creating a huge slick miles wide. The oil slick soon began washing ashore on the tourist island of Samet, fouling several popular white sand beaches, and now has spread to nearby smaller islands. Pipeline operator PTT Global Chemical Plc. has apologized and pledges to have the spill cleaned within days, as tourism officials have raised alarms about the sharp drop in tourist dollars. Gathered here are images of the early clean-up work taking place on Thailand’s Samet Island.
SHORE THING? There are plans afoot to transform a litter-strewn stretch of shoreline in Manhattan into a marshland-protected sandy beach. There won’t be swimming allowed, though kayaks will be provided. Other fun activities planned: tipping over kayakers. (via The New York Daily News)
SLICK AND TIRED Royal Thai Navy personnel clean up a major oil slick on Ao Phrao beach on the island of Ko Samet. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP via The Telegraph)
BIG SALAD A man covers himself in green seaweed, Enteromorpha prolifera, that washed up onto the shores of Qingdao, Shandong province, China this week. (Photo: China Stringer Network via Reuters / The New York Daily News)
President Obama balances a Soccket Ball, which uses kinetic energy to provide power through an embedded outlet, during a visit to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on July 1. The President wrapped up his three-nation tour of Africa on Monday. (Photo: AP via The Telegraph)