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What You Need to Know About H.R. 6285 – An Arctic Extraction Bill 

Alaska Wilderness League - Thu, 03/07/2024 - 13:18

In December 2023, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources voted to advance Rep. Stauber’s (R-MN) “Alaska’s Right to Produce Act of 2023” (HR 6285). If passed into law, this extreme legislation would not only reverse the recent safeguards the Biden administration put in place to protect 13 million acres of the Western Arctic, but it would also undo the cancelation of oil and gas leases in the Arctic Refuge and roll back 125 million acres of the Arctic Ocean from indiscriminate oil drilling. The bill prioritizes resource extraction above all other uses of our public lands which are also sacred lands and cultural resources for Indigenous communities. 

“This bill makes it abundantly clear that Congressional Republicans will continue to prioritize extractive industries, putting people, communities and landscapes in harm’s way in the beleaguered hope of turning a profit,” said Alex Cohen, government affairs director at Alaska Wilderness League. “Every step forward the administration takes to protect America’s Arctic, Congressional Republicans take us two steps back.”

To get a little more into the weeds, H.R. 6285 reinstates the 2020 Record of Decision for the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain Leasing Program, requiring the administration to reissue the seven canceled leases which were found by the Department of the Interior to be unlawfully issued. The bill also waives all environmental safeguards and precludes all executive and judicial authority and oversight — mandating by legislative fiat the approval of all authorizations and permits required to proceed with drilling in the Refuge. 

H.R. 6285 would also withdraw the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed NPR-A Rule — a conservation effort that, when finalized, will help protect surface resources and the 13 million acres of designated “Special Areas” meant to be managed for conservation in the Western Arctic. Without additional protections, this pristine landscape will continue to industrialize rapidly, contributing to species loss, land degradation, and climate change. 

Worse, H.R. 6285 would prohibit the BLM from issuing any substantially similar rule in the future — forcing the BLM, and all future administrations, to succumb to a broken status quo that seeks to prioritize fossil fuel extraction in the Western Arctic over all else. This proposed rule is a long overdue, common-sense reform and is consistent with the directives in the law governing the Reserve, the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act, which requires the Department of the Interior to protect “environmental, fish and wildlife, and historical or scenic values.” 

H.R. 6285 also seeks to eliminate 125 million acres of existing protections from oil and gas leasing in the Chukchi, Bering, and Beaufort Seas created by President Obama and restored by President Biden (EO 13990) using Presidential authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.  

The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas provide vital habitat for many marine mammals, birds and fish, including the Pacific walrus, polar bear, bowhead whale, ice seals and Steller’s eider. Both presidents provided these protections because of the catastrophic impacts an oil spill would have on fish, wildlife and subsistence in a frozen ocean environment where we have neither the infrastructure, technology, nor experience to contain and clean up such a spill. 

H.R. 6285 would also have effects beyond oil and gas by revoking President Obama’s executive order creating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area. That order, signed at the request of over 70 Tribes, creates protections and processes for including Tribal voices in management for over 100,000 square miles of ocean in northwestern Alaska. This highly productive ecosystem area supports one of the largest seasonal marine mammal migrations in the world, including thousands of bowhead and beluga whales, hundreds of thousands of walruses and ice seals, and millions of migratory birds. 

While this pro-drilling bill stands to set back significant progress to protect America’s Arctic, we applaud climate champions like Rep. Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Kamlager-Dove (D-CA) in the committee for continuing to stand strong in defense of these critical landscapes. The fossil fuel industry is attempting to exempt Arctic oil & gas industrialization from bedrock environmental protection laws, and we’re fighting back.  

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Campaigners welcome restoration of Notts shale gas site

DRILL OR DROP? - Thu, 03/07/2024 - 11:35

A local campaign group is celebrating the formal end to shale gas operations near an important nature reserve in the Nottinghamshire village of Misson.

Owl day event opposing fracking at the Springs Road, Misson site. Photo: Frack Free Misson, 4 August 2018

Official correspondence has confirmed that the operator, Star Energy, formerly IGas, has plugged and abandoned the Springs Road well and restored the site to its former condition.

Frack Free Misson said in a statement today:

“This concludes a long and arduous struggle to protect our community and environment, in particular the Misson Carr Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), from the impacts of speculative industrialisation.”

One of the main concerns about Springs Road had been the impact of shale gas operators on rare and threatened wildlife on the Misson Carr wetland fen, including all five species of British owls.

Long eared owls on the SSSI had moved from their habitual breeding locations in 2018, away from the noise of the well pad.

The owls became a symbol of the campaign against Springs Road. Huge model owls were frequently part of protests across the country against fracking and onshore oil and gas.

In July 2021, Nottinghamshire’s planning committee refused an application from IGas to extend the life of Springs Road, once a bombing range and test area for cold war surface to air missiles. The company was ordered to decommission the well and restore the site.

But that work was delayed and Nottinghamshire planners took enforcement action against IGas.

Frack Free Misson said:

“It was only the persistence and pressure from local campaigners which resulted in the authority taking enforcement action, and for the first time in its history, invoking a planning restoration order to ensure that democratic decision prevailed.

“Campaigners can feel fully justified and vindicated in pursuing their cause to a victorious conclusion.”

The group added:

“Without the mutual support of such equally determined and committed people across the region and wider UK, this battle would have been far more arduous and intimidating.

“Frack Free Misson expresses its eternal gratitude and offers solidarity to those facing the ongoing threat of the onshore oil and gas sector in Lincolnshire, The Weald, Lancashire and elsewhere.”

Springs Road has been mothballed since 2019. IGas had previously said it planned to frack at the site if the moratorium were lifted. It also planned to drill a second well. IGas has described the site as nationally-important and the shale gas as a “very material world-class resource”.

There are just two remaining onshore shale gas wells in England. They are at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site near Blackpool in Lancashire.

Cuadrilla originally planned to decommission the wells by the end of March 2024. But it has since said work would not start until summer 2024. The company has until June 2025 to return the site to farmland.

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Redrock Activists Hit the Halls of Congress

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance - Thu, 03/07/2024 - 10:19

Each year, SUWA’s DC and Organizing teams work with the Utah Wilderness Coalition to host a redrock wilderness appreciation party in Washington, DC. It’s technically called “Wilderness Week,” and its purpose is to lobby elected officials to cosponsor America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act. But we think “redrock wilderness appreciation party” captures the spirit of these long days—and the dedicated, passionate activists who attend—a bit more accurately.

Here are some quick stats from this year’s festivities:

1 Representative’s staffer who suggested we “water the desert” to stop the windborne dust (driven in part by off-road vehicle use, grazing, and vegetation removal) that’s coating Colorado River Basin snowpack, melting it faster and earlier.

2 Full-time SUWA staff based in DC keeping track of everything happening on Capitol Hill (with the help of 1 very enthusiastic graduate student intern, Amy!).

6 SUWA regional organizers (meet yours!) who identified activists to lobby in DC.

8 million Acres of public land in Utah that would be protected in the Red Rock bill.

110 Combined Red Rock bill cosponsors in the Senate (22) and House (88), with more expected to be confirmed soon!

23 Wilderness Weeks attended by current record-holder Clayton Daughenbaugh, long-time SUWA organizer and now enthusiastic volunteer!

24 States represented by activists.

47 Activists in attendance; 20 had been to Wilderness Week before and 27 attended for the very first time.

100+ Groups part of the Utah Wilderness Coalition that support the Red Rock bill.

Over 190 Meetings and office visits with elected officials asking them to cosponsor the Red Rock bill.

A special shout-out to our lead Red Rock bill sponsors: Senator Dick Durbin and Rep. Melanie Stansbury! They’ve told us that regularly hearing from constituents and having meetings with activists sends a clear message to elected officials that they should cosponsor the Red Rock bill! It may take many years and many visits, but that persistence and dedication helps stop attacks on the redrock and allows us to seize unique opportunities to protect Utah’s wild places.

Events like Wilderness Week help to remind all of us that we’re part of the nationwide Protect Wild Utah movement. Even in times of political uncertainty, these moments serve as inspiration for everyone involved: activists, elected officials, staff, and hopefully you too! If you’re able, please consider a donation to help make this work possible.

Redrock champion Rep. Melanie Stansbury (second from left) with SUWA staff and activists at Wilderness Week 2024.

 

Redrock champion Senator Dick Durbin (center) with SUWA staff and activists at Wilderness Week 2024.

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We stopped a logging plan in California, and you can too!

Friends of Gualala River - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 14:28

A presentation by Ethan Arutunian in February, 2024, hosted by the Forest Protection Forum of Sierra Club California’s Stop Clearcutting CA Campaign.

In this talk, Ethan Arutunian describes how a grassroots campaign by Friends of the South Fork Gualala (FSFG) completely stopped the 283-acre Bootleg timber harvest plan (THP) in the Gualala River watershed. They defeated CALFIRE, and a wealthy and reckless timber company, at their own game using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), without losing a single tree to the plan.

The primary agency responsible for approving and overseeing Timber Harvest Plans in California — CALFIRE — believes in one mandate: to uphold the Forest Practice Act and the Forest Practice Rules (FPRs). They constantly reference those rules when approving logging plans and when responding to the public’s significant concerns about environmental impacts. What CALFIRE fails to mention is that timber harvest plans are also subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and CEQA trumps the FPRs!

Ethan discusses the steps taken, from highlighting concerns in public comments, filing a CEQA lawsuit, temporary restraining order, and preliminary injunction, to winning the case, as well as experience dealing with CALFIRE’s review team and attorneys. The uncontested rulings issued by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Bradford DeMeo shut down CALFIRE’s approval of the plan in four different and significant ways. He goes over the rulings in detail and identifies how each argument can be used in public comments and lawsuits to take on just about any logging plan today.

For more information, see:

Ethan Arutunian is Director of Friends of the South Fork Gualala (FSFG) and on the Board of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR). He is also a software engineer with a background in data analytics and geographic information systems (GIS) mapping. As part of his work on the Gualala River watershed, Ethan has developed a software application that models what sustainable logging practices look like in every watershed in California. The application was applied to the Bootleg plan and has already produced over a dozen highly detailed analyzes of other recently proposed timber harvest plans throughout California.

The attorney in the case, Daniel Garrett-Steinman, has been practicing environmental law since 2010. He has litigated against other high-profile defendants such as Chevron, Westlands Water District, and was involved in the litigation against Keystone.

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2023 UK onshore oil production sinks to new low

DRILL OR DROP? - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 13:56

Onshore oil production in the UK fell again in 2023, to the lowest level for more than 30 years.

Onshore gas production rose for the second consecutive year, up more than 60% in 2023 on the previous year.

Official figures from the industry regulator, the North Sea Transition Authority, showed that total UK onshore oil volume in 2023 was 714,586m3, down 12% on 2022 (813,404m3).

The data also reveals that the 2023 total annual onshore oil volume was:

  • Lowest for 35 years (1989: 705,348m3)
  • 11th lowest production since this set of records began in 1979
  • Ninth consecutive annual fall in onshore oil production
  • Seventh consecutive year where onshore oil volume was below 1 million m3
  • 1.89% of total UK oil production

Onshore gas volume reached 102,329ksm (thousand cubic meters), up 63% on the 62,810ksm in 2022. The data also reveals that that the 2023 total onshore gas volume was:

  • The highest production since 2019 (137, 538ksm)
  • In the top three years since 2006
  • 0.96% of UK total gas production, up from 0.52% in 2022

All the charts in this article are based on data from the NSTA and analysed by DrillOrDrop.

Wytch Farm and Saltfleetby

Two fields, Wytch Farm and Saltfleetby, dominated UK onshore oil and gas production in 2023.

The fall in national onshore oil was largely because of declining production at the UK’s biggest field at Wytch Farm in Dorset. Production at the field was down 18% in 2023, at 544,146m3, compared with 664,613m3 in2022. This was partly because of a shut-down in spring 2023 following a pipeline leak into Poole Harbour.

Wytch Farm production represented 76% of UK onshore oil output in 2023. This was down slightly on 2022 (82%), largely because of production from the Wressle field, which began in July 2022.

2023 saw the 12th consecutive annual fall in production at Wytch Farm and the lowest total at the field since 1987 (352,322m3).

Annual dry gas production at Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire rose 240% in 2023 to 64,898ksm3. This was up from 19,079ksm3 in 2022, when the field resumed production.

2023 saw the seventh highest annual gas volume produced at Saltfleetby. It was, however, a long way short of the peak recorded in 2000 (452,812ksm3). In 2023, Saltfleetby represented 64% of UK onshore gas production.

Other fields

After Wytch Farm, the next nine highest-ranking UK onshore oil fields produced 126,992m3, almost 18% of the onshore total.

This was higher than in 2022 (113,041m3 or 14% of the onshore total). This is largely because of a full year’s production at Wressle and increased production at Singleton, Stockbridge, Horndean and Glentworth.

Ranked by volume, the top nine fields (excluding Wytch Farm) were: Wressle, Welton, Singleton, Stockbridge, Humbly Grove, Horndean, Scampton North, Glentworth and Whisby.

In 2023, the five highest producing onshore gas fields, after Saltfleetby, were (in descending order): Bilsthorpe Colliery Mine Vent, Maltby Coal Mine Vent, Albury, Stillingfleet Coal Mine Vent. Together, they produced 24,760ksm3 (24% of the UK onshore total) in 2023.

Company volumes

As in previous years, the Wytch Farm operator, Perenco, was the largest individual UK onshore oil producer, with 77% of UK onshore production, totalling 550,371m3.

Compared with 2022, Perenco saw a fall in both its total volume (down by 18%) and share of production (down from 83%).

The other onshore companies in order of oil production in 2023 were: Star Energy Group, Heyco Energy Group, EP UK Investments, UK Oil & Gas plc, Britnrg Limited, Europa Oil and Gas and Onshore Oilfield Services Limited.

In 2023, Angus Energy overtook Infinis Energy as the largest UK onshore gas producer. Angus extracting 147% more gas in the year than Infinis.

All Angus Energy’s gas production comes from the Saltfleetby field. Infinis Energy extracted gas from vents at more than a dozen former collieries.

The other UK onshore gas producers in 2023 (in descending order) were: Star Energy Group plc, Velox Power, Scottish Power UK Ltd and Ineos Industries.

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CA Pension Funds: Divest from Fossil Fuels, March 13

Sunflower Alliance - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 13:15

The movement to divest California state pension funds from fossil fuels is growing and will show up in full force at the state Capitol on March 13. Send a comment or  join  in person with Fossil Free California, when CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System) and CalSTRS (California Teachers Retirement System) report on the climate … Read more

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Delta Flows: Building Leadership

Restore The San Francisco Bay Area Delta - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 13:05

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

While the struggle to protect the Delta’s waterways and lands continues, Restore the Delta is moving forward building out positive programs and developing new leaders. Our Zeitgeist is pure: the positive future that we continue to put forward will win.

That doesn’t mean that there will not be legal, policy, and political struggles over the future of the Delta. We, and our numerous and diverse colleagues from throughout California, however, have better, environmentally sustainable, and economically practical solutions to restore the estuary and Delta communities, as well as for smart water management plans for each of California’s regions.

To enhance and expand our mission for a positive Delta future that will supplant the vicious cycle of Big Water and Big Ag depleting the Delta (with the help of each and every one of California’s governors seeking political power), we have added two new key members to our Restore the Delta team. These two new members are helping us build out programs and plans for the better future we envision.

We are excited to announce that Dani (Zacky) Dowell has joined Restore the Delta as our Grants Manager. Dani most recently worked for Sierra Club (San Francisco Chapter) and has a robust background organizing on shoreline and water-related environmental justice issues. Dani, originally from Southern California, earned her BA in Geography from Cal State Long Beach and is presently finishing her Master’s thesis at UC Davis. Having grown up as a water sports enthusiast, Dani is passionate about the need for improvement in California water policy and management. Dani will be using her strong technical writing skills to secure sustained funding to build out present work in development.

You can read her biography here.

It is also with great enthusiasm that we welcome Ivan Senock to the Restore the Delta team as Deputy Director. Prior to joining Restore the Delta, Ivan served as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Cultural Resources Director for the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians. In his new role at Restore the Delta, Ivan will be co-leading Restore the Delta’s program, restoration, and outreach efforts to protect and enhance the environment for both rural and urban Delta communities, as well as continuing to work with Indigenous communities addressing contemporary issues of cultural practice, historic preservation, and cultural revitalization.

Ivan earned his MA in Cultural Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento.

Click here to read his complete bio.

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Using Mapping Tools to Protect Your Environment

Clean Air Ohio - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 09:30

Keeping track of the environmental conditions of your (or someone else’s) neighborhood can be a difficult task, but many governmental agencies and other organizations offer helpful tools that provide an impressive amount of information about a specific property or business. Below, you can find links to digital resources and short explanations of individual tools. If you need help using these or other resources, please contact Russell Zerbo at rzerbo@cleanair.org or 215-567-4004 x130.

Finding all of the relevant elected officials in a given area can often be the first step to analyzing your local environment. Click here and type an address into the search box to find the local, state and federal elected officials representing that address. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool that allows you to search all of the permitted pollution sources in any zip code. Type any zip code into the search to view a list of permitted pollution sources in that zip code. You can click any individually listed pollution source to see its permitting information, violation and inspection history, Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and your county’s compliance with federal air pollution standards. You can view demographic information for the area around an individual pollution source and that area’s index of environmental justice (EJ) information, such as lead paint exposure and local traffic density. Areas with high levels of environmental injustices are entitled to increased environmental protections.

This is a direct link to EPA’s EJ Screen where you can directly enter an address and view the percentile rankings for various EJ indicators like exposure to toxic air pollutants.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers a similar tool where you can view EJ areas by census tract. This online resource offers a helpful measurement tool. 

DEP’s eFACTS online tool allows you to search permitted pollution sources by township as well as a series of other descriptors. You can click on individual pollution sources to view all their current and proposed permits and as well violation information. This tool is also helpful because it links to related companies and pollution sources. You can view all the individual sources operated by a single parent company while also being able to identify if a particular pollution source receives or supplies another company or industrial site with waste products or other commodities. 

This is a comprehensive tool from DEP that visualizes land contamination sites, air and water pollution sources and the locations of mining and oil and gas operations. In order to activate the locations identified on the map you have to significantly zoom in on a particular geographic area. 

This tool allows you to search through a database of contaminated locations enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program and includes the start date of the cleanup as well as the location and the pollutants of concern. 

This tool allows you to search current and past water discharge information from every source with a water pollution permit in Pennsylvania. You can search by individual permit number or you can search entire municipalities. This page is regularly updated with water discharge information reported to DEP. 

This tool allows you to view 100-year and 500-year flood maps across Pennsylvania. Check if any location in Pennsylvania is in the current floodplain established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Below are a series of tools to visualize various characteristics of properties in Philadelphia, PA.

This tool allows you to search current Philadelphia addresses compared to historical maps of the city. philageohistory.org/tiles/viewer/

This tool allows you to view the impervious area, stormwater fee and property outline for any parcel within the City of Philadelphia. stormwater.phila.gov/parcelviewer/ 

This tool allows you to view the violation and inspection history of any property within the City of Philadelphia. atlas.phila.gov/

This tool allows you to search regions of the City of Philadelphia for local zoning appeals, libraries, swimming pools and other neighborhood characteristics. openmaps.phila.gov/

This tool allows you to view the Heat Vulnerability Index of any neighborhood in Philadelphia. 

These tools can help you locate pollution sources in your or someone else’s neighborhood and identify permitting information as well as any inspections or violations related to the site. Information about floodplains, heat vulnerability, contaminated land and historical uses can also help you engage with proposed developments to make sure they do not present a risk to public health. Clean Air Council staff are ready to help you with this! 

Please contact rzerbo@cleanair.org with comments or questions. 

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Hampshire urged to ban new oil and gas developments in updated planning rules

DRILL OR DROP? - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 06:41

Campaigners have called for a “blanket ban” on new oil and gas developments in new planning rules proposed for Hampshire.

Hampshire oil and gas fields (dark green), national parks (light green) and wells (pink and blue). Map: UKOGL

The Weald Action Group, which campaigns against hydrocarbon projects in southern England, has also said there are “misleading statements” in the draft proposals.

A consultation has just closed on the update on the county’s minerals and waste plan.

When approved, the plan will shape exploration and production of oil and gas from 2026-2040. It will cover the Hampshire County Council area, Portsmouth and Southampton and the Hampshire sections of the New Forest and South Downs national parks.  

The plan said there was “a continuing need” for oil and gas “in the foreseeable future”. It also said production in Hampshire had the “advantage of proximity to demand and markets”.

But Louise Owen, a member of Weald Action Group from Southampton, said:

“We are in a climate emergency. Maintaining a safe and liveable climate means saying no to new oil and gas. We urge Hampshire County Council to face up to the threats of climate change and make its Minerals and Waste Plan fit for the age we live in. That means a blanket ban on new onshore oil and gas projects.”

Ann Stewart, also of the Weald Action Group, said:

“As it stands, this draft Plan commits the Council to approving planning applications for oil and gas for years to come. Yet any developments approved during its lifetime are likely to be still in operation by 2050, by which time we need to have moved largely away from fossil fuels. It is important that the Council looks ahead and adjusts the plan to this reality.

“We also ask the Council to delete misleading statements. The Plan implies that there is an ongoing need for new oil and gas developments, and that oil from Hampshire is likely to be used here. Neither is true. Hampshire oil is probably as likely to be burned in China as it is in Hampshire.”

She said the UK both imports and exports oil and gas. About 85% of UK-produced oil is exported.

“Important contribution to supply”

The plan acknowledges that onshore oil and gas are “relatively small” compared with offshore production. But it says onshore production “makes an important contribution to supply”.

A DrillOrDrop report on official onshore production data, published today, shows that onshore oil amounted to 1.89% of UK production in 2023. Onshore gas was 0.96% of the 2023 UK total.

The majority of UK onshore oil and gas came from two sites in 2023: Wytch Farm in Dorset (76% of total UK onshore oil) and Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire (64% of total UK onshore gas).

Weald Action Group said:

“Misleading statements about the importance of new onshore oil and gas, can lull councillors, who need to decide on planning approvals, into thinking that a new oil and gas development in the county is somehow a more sustainable alternative. It is not.”

Assessment of downstream emissions

The draft plan also said “it is expected” that the climate impact from the use of oil and gas, known as downstream carbon emissions, would be “fully assessed, either separately or as part of an environmental assessment”.

Weald Action Group described this statement as misleading.

It said downstream impacts include refining crude oil products at refineries that received planning permissions years ago:

“Are there provisions for these refineries to undergo new and regular assessment? If not, then this paragraph is misleading and should be removed. It amounts to empty words and greenwash.”

The group said the failure of planning authorities to consider downstream emissions of oil and gas production was the subject of a legal case brought on behalf of the Weald Action against Surrey County Council, which was heard in the Supreme Court in June 2023. The court’s ruling is still awaited.

Oil and gas policies

The draft plan says exploration, appraisal and production sites and equipment will not be allowed in the New Forest or South Downs national parks or the areas of outstanding natural beauty based on Chichester Harbour, Cranbourne Chase and the North Wessex Downs.

This rule would be lifted only where there are exceptional circumstances and the development is in the public interest. This rule also applies to gas storage sites.

Exploration would be approved only at locations where:

  • Developments would not have “significant adverse environmental impacts”
  • There are proposals for restoration and aftercare
  • Outside Source Protection Zone 1 (SPZ1), an area from which public water supplies are abstracted)

Production would be approved only where the location was the most suitable and outside SPZ1.  

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Who will be on the right side of history?

La Jicarita - Wed, 03/06/2024 - 06:36

Editor’s Note: On March 1 La Jicarita published an Action Alert announcing that Taoseños for Peaceful and Livable Futures would be doing a table at Cid’s in solidarity with the ANSWER Coalition Global Day of Action Hands Off Rafah. Everyone who stopped by was urged to contact the New Mexico Congressional delegation to call for a cease fire and end military aid to Israel. William Turner once again posted a comment in in La Jicarita in support of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

This is Taoseños for Peaceful and Livable Futures member Suzie Schwartz’s response (photos can’t be posted in the comment section so I’m providing them here).

“Who will be on the right side of history?

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California Climate Lobby Day, March 20

Sunflower Alliance - Tue, 03/05/2024 - 14:06

Here’s an opportunity to join climate activists converging on the state legislature to promote bills to tackle the climate crisis.

Following the California Climate Policy Summit March 19, Environment California will lead a day when people can meet directly with legislators and their staff to show them that climate is a top priority for voters … Read more

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“Moving Beyond Nuclear Energy” presentation at Great Falls Public Library

Montana Environmental Information Center - Tue, 03/05/2024 - 13:55

By Tommy Lynch, KRTV Nicholas Fitzmaurice speaking at the “Moving Beyond Nuclear Energy” talk at the Great Falls Public Library. Photo by: MTN NEWS GREAT FALLS — Many people believe that nuclear energy is the key to clean, renewable energy for the future. However, there are some organizations who think otherwise. The Great Falls Public …

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Federal Court Confirms Conservation Groups’ Participation in Lawsuit Threatening Public Lands

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance - Tue, 03/05/2024 - 02:22

March 5, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Federal Appeals Court Confirms Conservation Groups’ Right to Participate in Lawsuit Threatening Utah’s Remarkable Federal Public Lands – 3.5.24  SUWA Statement on 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Bellwether Decision

Contacts: 
Stephen Bloch, Legal Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA); steve@suwa.org
Grant Stevens, Communications Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA); (319) 427-0260; grant@suwa.org

Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued an opinion confirming that the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and other conservation organizations (collectively, “SUWA”) have a right to participate as full parties in litigation brought by the State of Utah and Kane County (UT) that threatens federal public lands in places like Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

SUWA Legal Director Stephen Bloch issued the following statement regarding the opinion:

“The Court’s opinion confirms that SUWA has a right to participate in this critical lawsuit and to defend its members’ interests in Utah’s remarkable public lands. The State of Utah has been clear from the get-go that its real goal in these R.S. 2477 lawsuits is to promote motorized vehicle use into the furthest, wildest corners of our state, regardless of the damage such use causes. We’ll continue to oppose those efforts.”

Often referred to as “R.S. 2477 litigation” – referencing a provision of the now-repealed 1866 Mining Act that Utah and Kane County are seeking to leverage – this case and others like it seek to establish rights-of-way across public lands and allow motorized vehicle use (or maintain such use) across them for modern day recreational access. Many of these claimed “R.S. 2477 rights-of-way” are little more than faded two-tracks, stream bottoms, and cow paths – places where motorized use often results in unacceptable environmental damage.

This particular lawsuit is referred to as a “Bellwether case” by the parties and the courts because it is intended to begin establishing legal precedent that would apply to the more than 12,000 R.S 2477 claims brought by Utah and its counties. These claims blanket many of Utah’s most important public lands, including national parks, national monuments, wilderness and wilderness study areas.

Along with SUWA, the other conservation organizations participating in this case are The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, and the Grand Canyon Trust. The organizations are represented by attorneys from Cooley LLP, Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar PLLC, Hoggan Lee Hutchinson, and SUWA.

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Landholders say Bauhinia Downs gas pipeline explosion shows CSG not worth the risk

Lock the Gate Alliance - Mon, 03/04/2024 - 21:08

Landholders fighting new gas projects in NSW and QLD say a high pressure gas pipeline inferno that has erupted in Central Queensland demonstrates why new projects are too risky and should not be built.

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Điểm danh những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới

Talk Fracking - Mon, 03/04/2024 - 19:19

Những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới không chỉ là những người đứng giữ công bằng trên sân cỏ, mà còn là những biểu tượng của sự chính trực và kỹ năng xuất sắc. Với khả năng quản lý trận đấu một cách chuyên nghiệp, họ là những người quyết định quan trọng, góp phần làm nên những thước phim bóng đá đáng nhớ. Những trọng tài này không chỉ được tôn vinh trong làng thể thao, mà còn là nguồn cảm hứng đặc biệt cho các thế hệ trọng tài trẻ, đưa ra một tiêu chí cao và một tiêu chuẩn đạo đức trong nghệ thuật dẫn dắt trận đấu. Theo dõi thêm cùng 90phut nhé!

Trọng tài là gì?

Trọng tài trong thể thao, đặc biệt là bóng đá, đó là những người có trách nhiệm quản lý và giám sát trận đấu, đảm bảo rằng quy tắc và luật lệ của môn thể thao được tuân thủ. Họ có nhiệm vụ quyết định về những tình huống tranh cãi, phạm lỗi, cũng như công bằng trong quản lý trận đấu.

Mỗi một trận đấu quan trọng đều có một đội ngũ trọng tài chính và trợ lý, được chọn lựa dựa trên kinh nghiệm, chuyên môn và đạo đức. Trọng tài không chỉ giữ vai trò quyết định mà còn phải duy trì sự linh hoạt và kiểm soát trận đấu, đặt ra một tiêu chí cao về kiến thức về luật lệ và kỹ năng quản lý tình huống.

Ngoài ra, trọng tài còn phải đối mặt với áp lực lớn từ cả hai đội và người hâm mộ. Sự quyết định của họ có thể ảnh hưởng lớn đến kết quả của trận đấu, và điều này đặt ra một thách thức lớn về tính công bằng và minh bạch trong quá trình quyết định.

Công việc của trọng tài không chỉ là công việc kỹ thuật, mà còn là nghệ thuật. Họ cần có khả năng đánh giá tình huống nhanh chóng, duy trì tâm lý vững vàng, và luôn giữ được sự công bằng và độc lập. Những trọng tài xuất sắc không chỉ là những quản lý của trận đấu mà còn là những người xây dựng và bảo vệ uy tín của môn thể thao.

Điểm danh những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới

Trong thế giới thể thao, vai trò của trọng tài không chỉ là quản lý trận đấu mà còn là yếu tố quyết định sự công bằng và tính minh bạch của mỗi cuộc đối đầu. Dưới đây là một số trọng tài được công nhận là xuất sắc nhất thế giới, những người đã chứng minh tài năng và chuyên môn của mình qua nhiều năm.

Pierluigi Collina (Ý)

Pierluigi Collina là một trong những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới và được tôn trọng nhất trên toàn thế giới. Với đôi mắt tròn và đầu trọc, anh đã trở thành biểu tượng trong làng trọng tài. Collina nổi tiếng với sự công bằng và quyết đoán trong việc đưa ra những quyết định khó khăn nhất.

Howard Webb (Anh)

Howard Webb là một trọng tài người Anh đã tham gia nhiều sự kiện quan trọng như World Cup và Euro. Với sự chắc chắn và kiểm soát tốt trên sân, ông đã giành nhiều đánh giá tích cực từ cầu thủ và người hâm mộ.

Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Ravshan Irmatov là một trong những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới. Anh đã làm việc trong nhiều sự kiện lớn như World Cup và Asian Cup, nổi tiếng với khả năng quản lý trận đấu một cách chuyên nghiệp và công bằng.

Nicola Rizzoli (Ý)

Nicola Rizzoli là một trọng tài Ý đã chứng minh được đẳng cấp của mình qua nhiều mùa giải Serie A và các sự kiện quốc tế. Ông nổi tiếng với khả năng đưa ra quyết định chính xác và linh hoạt.

Néstor Pitana (Argentina)

Néstor Pitana đã để lại ấn tượng mạnh mẽ khi trở thành trọng tài chính trong trận chung kết World Cup 2018. Với sự công bằng và kiểm soát tốt, anh đã giúp trận đấu diễn ra một cách suôn sẻ và hấp dẫn.

Bibiana Steinhaus (Đức)

Bibiana Steinhaus là một trong những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới và là người phụ nữ đầu tiên được chọn làm trọng tài chính ở Bundesliga Đức. Với kiến thức sâu rộng về bóng đá và khả năng quản lý trận đấu, Steinhaus đã chứng minh mình là một trọng tài có đội hình chuyên nghiệp.

Mark Geiger (Mỹ)

Mark Geiger là một trọng tài người Mỹ đã tham gia nhiều giải đấu lớn như World Cup. Anh được biết đến với tính công bằng và khả năng quyết định chính xác, đưa ra những quyết định tốt trong những tình huống khó khăn.

Những trọng tài này không chỉ là những người giữ vai trò quan trọng trong trận đấu mà còn là những người đại diện cho sự chính trực, công bằng và độc lập trong làng thể thao. Sự xuất sắc của họ là nguồn cảm hứng không chỉ cho các trọng tài trẻ mà còn cho cả cộng đồng yêu thể thao trên toàn thế giới.

Lời kết

Những trọng tài xuất sắc nhất thế giới không chỉ là những quản lý trận đấu mà còn là những biểu tượng của công bằng và độ chính xác. Pierluigi Collina, Howard Webb, Ravshan Irmatov, Nicola Rizzoli, Néstor Pitana, Bibiana Steinhaus và Mark Geiger là những tên tuổi nổi bật trong làng trọng tài, đã chứng minh khả năng và uy tín của mình qua các sự kiện quốc tế. Sự xuất sắc của họ không chỉ đánh dấu những quyết định chính xác trên sân cỏ, mà còn là nguồn động viên cho thế hệ trọng tài trẻ, đặt lên cao tiêu chuẩn đạo đức và nghệ thuật trong nghề.

Luật trọng tài bóng đá và ý nghĩa quan trọng của bộ luật này

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UK onshore oil and gas production in charts – December 2023

DRILL OR DROP? - Mon, 03/04/2024 - 13:53

Daily onshore gas production was up 168% in December 2023 compared with the previous month, with the resumption of production at Saltfleetby.

Daily oil production was up nearly 5% in December 2023, with increases at Singleton (11%) and Wytch Farm (7%).

Flaring from onshore oil fields rose for the second consecutive month.

Key figures

Daily oil production: 11,986 barrels of oil per day (bopd) November 2023: 11,452 ) 

Oil volume: 59,071m3 (November 2023: 54,622 m3)

Oil weight:48,821 tonnes (November 2023: 45,155 tonnes)

Onshore oil’s contribution to UK total production: 1.86% (November 2023: 1.76%)

Volume of flared gas at UK onshore oilfields: 1,146m3 (November 2023: 1,056ksm3)

Volume of vented gas at UK onshore oilfields: 66ksm3 (November 2023: 73ksm3)

Daily gas production: 11.08 million standard cubic feet (mmscf//d) (November 2023: 4.13 mmscf/d)

Gas volume: 9,724 thousand cubic meters (ksm3) (November 2023: 3,506 ksm3)

Gas weight: 7,738 tonnes (November 2023: 2,476 tonnes

Onshore gas’s contribution to UK total production: 0.99% (November 2023: 0.49%)

This article uses data compiled and published by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) from reports by oil companies. This is published about three months in arrears. All the charts are based on the NSTA data.

Some data retrospectively changed in previous releases from NSTA. This particularly concerns the volume of flared and vented gas at onshore oil fieldsWe have reported on why this data has changed.

Details Daily production Volume and weight Contribution to UK production Flaring and venting Top producing fields Oil top 20

Ranking risers: Wareham, Scampton North, Palmers Wood, Horse Hill and Kimmeridge

Ranking fallers: Horndean, Glentworth, Long Clawson, Cold Hanworth, Bletchingley, Beckingham, Corringham and Gainsborough

Producing gas fields

Ranking risers: Saltfleetby and Newmarket

Ranking fallers: Bilsthorpe, Stillingfleet, Wheldale, Markham Main, Prince of Wales, Cadeby, Gedling and Doe Green

Non-producers Oil

According to the data, there was no production at 13 UK onshore oil fields in December 2023. This was one fewer than in November 2023 because the Star Energy site at Storrington resumed production.

The non-producing fields were:

  • Angus Energy: Brockham, Lidsey
  • Britnrg Limited: Newton-on-Trent
  • Europa Oil & Gas: Crosby Warren
  • Heyco (formerly Egdon Resources): Dukes Wood, Fiskerton Airfield, Kirklington, Waddock Cross
  • Star Enery (formerly IGas): Avington, Egmanton, Nettleham, Scampton, South Leverton
Gas

There was no production reported at 11 UK onshore producing gas fields in December 2023. This was one fewer field than in November 2023 because Florence Coal Mine Vent had a small amount of production.

The non-producers were:

  • Cuadrilla: Elswick
  • Heyco: Kirkleatham
  • EP UK Investments: Humbly Grove Gas Storage
  • Ineos: Airth
  • Infinis Energy: coal mine vents at Askern, Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield, Sherwood and Warsop
  • Scottish Power UK plc: Hatfield Moors and Hatfield Moor Gas Storage Injection
Operators Oil Gas

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Campaigners get go-ahead for legal challenge against oil extraction in Lincolnshire Wolds

DRILL OR DROP? - Mon, 03/04/2024 - 13:47

Campaigners have won the right to challenge a decision to allow new oil production at Biscathorpe in the Lincolnshire Wolds protected landscape.

Campaigners against oil production at Biscathorpe in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Photo: SOS Biscathorpe

Mathilda Dennis, representing the local group, SOS Biscathorpe, has been granted permission for a statutory review before a High Court judge.

In November 2023, a government-appointed inspector granted planning permission for 15 years of oil production at Biscathorpe, overturning a refusal by Lincolnshire County Council.

The inspector admitted that the scheme would harm the landscape and beauty of the area and failed to comply with some local policies.

But he said the national need for oil was enough to justify the plans in the Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Ms Dennis will argue that the inspector acted irrationally by giving great weight to what she argues is the small and uncertain contribution of Biscathorpe oil to national energy security. Her case is that the impacts on landscape and climate are more important factors.

She said:

“As the UN Secretary General has said ‘new oil development is moral and economic madness’.

“The climate and ecological crisis is irrefutable and becoming more urgent by the day – we hope that the High Court judge will take this into consideration when reviewing the decision about Biscathorpe”.

All the grounds of Ms Dennis’s challenge have been ruled to be arguable and will be considered by the High Court.

They also include:

  • The inspector misinterpreted planning guidance about major development in AONBs. This says permission should be refused unless there are exceptional circumstances and the development is in the public interest.
  • There was an error in law in not considering alternative sites or other means of meeting UK energy demands.
  • The inspector breached Environmental Impact Regulations by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions from burning the oil.
  • There was no evidence to support the inspector’s assertion that production from Biscathorpe may reduce oil output in other countries.
Rare chalk stream near the Biscathorpe site in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Photo: SOS Biscathorpe

Amanda Suddaby, of SOS Biscathorpe, said:

“Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have recently been re-branded ‘National Landscapes’ to reflect the important role they play in mitigating against climate change and ecological breakdown. It is therefore impossible to see how fossil fuel development in these precious areas can be justified.  It defies all logic. 

“We are pleased that a High Court Judge will now consider the balance between a small and uncertain quantity of oil that will probably be exported against the requirement to protect and enhance a National Landscape considered vital in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss.”

The case is expected to be heard later this year.

But it has been stayed pending the imminent decision by the Supreme Court in the case brought by Sarah Finch, which also addresses the need to assess emissions from the use of oil.

Julia Eriksen, a solicitor at Leigh Day, who represents Mathilda Dennis, welcomed the permission:

“This case is one of several dealing with fossil fuel development in protected areas in the name of energy security – it raises important issues around the correct interpretation of national planning policy for these major developments in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

The Biscathorpe site was first drilled in 2018 but the well failed to find the target.

The current application for oil production and another well was refused by Lincolnshire County Council in 2021, on the opening day of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

The operator, Egdon Resources (now owned by the US-based Heyco Energy) appealed against the refusal. The company and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up will now have to defend the inspector’s decision to overrule the council.

SOS Biscathorpe is crowdfunding to support the case. It is also supported by the renewables boss, Dale Vince.

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Climate Advocates Slam Plans for Disastrous Pittsylvania Pipeline Expansion

CCAN - Mon, 03/04/2024 - 12:50
Climate Advocates Slam Plans for Disastrous Pipeline Expansion in Pittsylvania Pipeline is part of project that would connect to controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline

RICHMOND, VA — The gas firm Williams has announced plans to add over 26 miles to its Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco) system in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. This expansion is part of a massive investment in regional gas infrastructure that climate activists say will put federal and state climate targets out of reach.  

The pipeline proposal is part of Williams’s proposed Southeast Supply Enhancement project, which aims to bring gas to Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Alabama, and is part of the massive Transco system that runs from Texas to New York. It would connect with the Mountain Valley Pipeline at an existing Transco compressor station in Pittsylvania County. The newly announced expansion would cause the provider to output 84,800 additional metric tons of carbon per day. That’s 3 million metric tons per year or 68 billion pounds of climate pollution, equivalent to adding 6.7 million cars to the road. One tree only absorbs up to 48 pounds of CO2 per year — at this rate, you would need to plant 1.4 billion mature trees to offset this expansion.

Climate advocates are calling for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop the construction of this expensive and unneeded augmentation to the Transco pipeline. Instead of asking the federal government to approve wasteful gas infrastructure, climate advocates say Virginia should be taking advantage of funding available through the federal Inflation Reduction Act to build clean energy solutions.

 Victoria Higgins, Virginia Director of CCAN, had the following statement.

“This pipeline is a testament to the willingness of corporations to prioritize profits over people in the age of climate change. President Biden and Virginia state lawmakers have been clear that we are moving to a zero-carbon electricity sector. Investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure is an investment in extreme heat, asthma, sea-level rise, and barren farms and forests.”

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Chesapeake Climate Action Network is the first grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in the Chesapeake Bay region. Founded in 2002, CCAN has been at the center of the fight for clean energy and wise climate policy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

The post Climate Advocates Slam Plans for Disastrous Pittsylvania Pipeline Expansion appeared first on Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

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ACTION: Tell Your State Senator – Vote NO on LB 399

BOLD Nebraska - Mon, 03/04/2024 - 11:22


ACTION: Call your State Senator: Vote NO on LB 399. (Click here to ID your Senator, and their homepage with phone number and online contact form)

We need energy parity here in Nebraska — a process where wind, solar, coal, and pipelines are all required to have proper setbacks, local zoning, community benefit agreements, and decommissioning requirements.

But a bad bill headed to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature unfairly singles out wind and solar, taking away local control and setting clean energy projects up for rejection by a state board hand-picked and appointed by Gov. Jim Pillen.

Currently, the Nebraska “Power Review Board” — whose members are appointed by Gov. Pillen, has authority over public power investments, such as for NPPD and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD).

But LB 399 would add *private* clean power investments to the Nebraska Power Review Board’s authority, leaving our clean energy freedom in the hands of a few partisan political appointees.

LB 399 takes away local control and seeks to delay and subsequently derail clean power projects that have already navigated over 54 Federal, State, Local and Regional permits. This legislation diminishes local control by elected county and public power officials who are already empowered to regulate clean power development and act upon citizen input. These are local zoning issues. We should let the local jurisdictions make the decisions.

Renewable energy development provides $18 million in property tax relief because it grows the rural tax base by providing $17 million dollars annually in lease payments to farmers, ranchers, and other private landowners. This bill kills that opportunity.

These are private clean energy investments, and this would be legislating private business decisions. We do not send someone wanting to spend hundreds of millions of private dollars on an office building in downtown Omaha to the state, and we should not do that here. We also do not do this for a hog farm, so why should we do it for a solar farm?

There is no question we need more transparency and accountablity on how energy projects are being built in our state — but LB 399 is not the answer. In fact, this bill adds to the problems of not treating energy projects on a fair and level playing field.

We need the community and landowners in the driver’s seat, not a partisan Governor-selected board.

ACTION: Call your State Senator: Vote NO on LB 399.

(Enter your street address to identify who is your Nebraska State Senator. Next, visit their homepage that includes their office telephone number to call, and online form to Submit a Comment.)

LB 399 will halt Private Investment in Renewable Energy Development in Nebraska

Bad for Business – Bad for Rate Payers – Bad for Property Tax Relief – Bad for Local Control 

Bad for Nebraska’s Economy – Bad for Public/Private Partnerships

Bad for Business

LB 399 seeks to discourage private investment in clean power for Nebraska by undoing landmark legislation enacted by the 2016 Nebraska Legislature that provided for a common sense, streamlined state regulatory process for private investment in clean power projects. That legislation unlocked more than $6 billion dollars of private investment, generating two thousand good paying jobs, providing a steady flow of $17 million in annual rural landowner income, created $18 million in annual long term property tax relief and locked in long term savings to Nebraska rate payers.

Bad for Nebraska Electric Ratepayers

Privately developed renewable energy is the cheapest form of electricity available and this bill will add time and significant risk, thereby making it more expensive. Over a third of our electricity comes from renewable energy technologies. NPPD and OPPD are seeing unprecedented load growth and making this opportunity for wholesale electricity more expensive, riskier, and slower to market will seriously damage the utilities’ ability to serve load growth.  This amendment will increase electric rates by making the cheapest form of energy more expensive.

Bad for Local Control 

LB 399 takes away local control and seeks to delay and subsequently derail clean power projects that have already navigated over 54 Federal, State, Local and Regional permits. This legislation diminishes local control by elected county and public power officials who are already empowered to regulate clean power development and act upon citizen input. These are local zoning issues. Let the local jurisdictions make the decisions.

Bad for Property Tax Relief

Renewable energy development provides $18 million in property tax relief because it grows the rural tax base by providing $17 million dollars annually in lease payments to farmers, ranchers, and other private landowners. This bill kills that opportunity. 

Bad for the Nebraska Economy

Renewable energy provides a big opportunity for export to grow our state’s economy. The Power Purchase Agreement mandate in the amendment directly kills any export, thus killing Nebraska’s competitiveness to our neighbors and the export market. We do not tell a corn grower that he must sell his corn within the borders of our state. We should not do that here.

Bad for Public Private Partnerships

The current statute incorporates federal, state, local and regional approvals and sets forth stringent guidelines for: decommissioning responsibilities, Game and Parks consultations, public power district and regional transmission organization joint transmission agreements that address construction, ownership. operation and maintenance. It makes sense for the Power Review Board to judge public power investments because those are public/ratepayer dollars.  These are private investments, and this would be legislating private business decisions.  We do not send someone wanting to spend hundreds of millions of private dollars on an office building in downtown Omaha to the state, and we should not do that here. We also do not do this for a hog farm, so why should we do it for a solar farm?

Thanks for making a call to your State Senator to VOTE NO ON LB 399.

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team

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FOI-obtained wish list reveals coal companies want to wriggle out of rehabilitation responsibility

Lock the Gate Alliance - Sun, 03/03/2024 - 15:38

New freedom of information documents reveal big coal companies are trying to wriggle out of their long term rehabilitation responsibilities.

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