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    Link the Russian-German Nortstream 2 gas pipeline project to the Ukrainian geopolitical file? The German government, which unites the Social Democrats (SPD), the Liberal Democrats (FDP) and the Ecologists (Alliance 90 / The Greens), cannot speak with one voice on this issue.“We should not practice [Nord Stream 2] In the conflict, German Defense Minister Kristin Lambrecht (SPD) announced on RBB radio on Thursday, “Tensions between the West and Russia around Ukraine have intensified over the past few months.” […] Rather than making connections with projects that have nothing to do with this conflict, ”the government member continued, quoting AFP.However, if there is an “increase” in Ukraine, the popular gas pipeline will not be approved for operation, said her colleague in the Foreign Office, Annalena Barbach, on December 12 – according to the same source, shared by Economy and Climate Minister Robert Hebeck from Alliance 90 / Leswerts. (SPF),According to President Olaf Scholes, he made vague comments on the matter, threatening to have consequences for Nord Stream 2 in the event of a Russian occupation of Ukraine … before declaring the...
    Senate Republicans are threatening to force votes on a slew of bills designed to split the Democratic caucus and take over the floor agenda should Majority Leader Charles Schumer carry out his threat to push through a change in Senate filibuster rules for voting rights. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been leading a Republican filibuster against the bills, threatened to use Senate rules to call up a raft of legislation in response – including bills that might peel off a vote a or two from vulnerable Democrats.   'Since Sen. Schumer is hellbent on trying to break the Senate, Republicans will show how this reckless action would have immediate consequences,' McConnell vowed.  McConnell's planned virtual takeover of the floor agenda would not result in new laws – Democrats could block them and President Biden could veto them anyway. But it could put pressure on Democrats while also tying up the floor with procedural votes.   On tap would be legislation including a bill on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project President Joe Biden blocked at the start of his term....
    In the late 1990s, then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue initiated meetings with minority assistant coaches throughout the league. Tagliabue sought input on why so few of them were being considered for head coaching and even coordinator positions. One of the men he met with was Ted Cottrell, whose defenses in Buffalo were so prepared and efficient that they dominated an AFC East that included Dan Marino quarterbacking the Miami Dolphins. Cottrell, who never landed that head coach position despite coordinating some superb defenses for the Bills, Jets, Vikings and Chargers, recalls Tagliabue’s passion for equity in hiring; the uneven playing field in which Cottrell and his Black peers were working; and Cottrell’s own outspokenness when asked about the inequitable situation. “It was eight minority coaches and we met with him … just to sit down and talk with us and hear our thoughts about what was going on and what we thought the direction we should go to improve it,” the now-retired Cottrell says. “He was genuinely concerned about the lack of minorities in power positions: head coaches, coordinators or working...
    A Houston-based oil company and two subsidiaries were indicted Wednesday for a crude spill that fouled Southern California waters and beaches in October, an event prosecutors say was caused in part by failing to properly act when alarms repeatedly alerted workers to a pipeline rupture. Amplify Energy Corp. and its companies that operate several oil rigs and a pipeline off Long Beach were charged by a federal grand jury with a single misdemeanor count of illegally discharging oil. Investigators believe the pipeline was weakened when a cargo ship's anchor snagged it in high winds in January, months before it ultimately ruptured October 1, spilling up to about 25,000 gallons (94,600 liters) of crude oil in the ocean. The US Coast Guard reported the California Pipeline that  spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean in October  Oil rig owner Amplify Energy Corporation has been charged by a federal grand jury with a single misdemeanor count of illegally discharging oil U.S. prosecutors said the companies were negligent six ways, including failing to respond to eight leak detection system alarms over...
    President Joe Biden’s lax policy on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, choosing to remove barriers to its construction, has opened the door to a Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Biden made a preemptive concession at the beginning of his administration without going to the table and talking with Putin,” former Under Secretary of Defense Robert Wilkie, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in August that his government views the project as a “dangerous geopolitical weapon of the Kremlin,” AFP reported at the time. President Joe Biden’s lax policy on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, choosing to remove barriers to its construction, has opened the door to a Russian invasion of Ukraine, an expert told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Opponents of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was recently completed, argue it would make Russia less reliant on the Ukrainian gas pipeline network, potentially stripping a key deterrent to invasion, according to The Wilson Center. Nord Stream 2 would remove both a key revenue source from Ukraine...
    The co-hosts of "The Five" discussed President Biden's virtual meeting Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid rising military tension with Ukraine and wondered whether another foreign policy failure is imminent under the commander in chief's watch. "After the utter disaster in Afghanistan, President Biden could soon be facing another foreign policy crisis," Katie Pavlich said.  BIDEN VOICES 'DEEP CONCERNS' WITH PUTIN ON RUSSIAN AGGRESSION AGAINST UKRAINE  FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a thumbs-up as he attends a foundation-laying ceremony for the third reactor of the Akkuyu nuclear plant in Turkey, via a video link in Moscow, Russia March 10, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo) During the meeting, Biden expressed "deep concerns" over Russia amassing troops by the Ukrainian border and said sanctions as well as "other measures" were on the table "in the event of military escalation," the White House said.  In October, Russia warned that if Ukraine...
    Environmental activists form a human barrier at the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota, on June 7, 2021. by Tasmiha Khan This story was originally published at Prism. Coverage of the fight against climate change in the U.S. often ignores the efforts of Muslim activists, for whom caring for the environment is a religious obligation. However, Muslims have been among those urgently calling for greater conservation efforts and more sustainable policies, both nationally and within their own communities. Most recently, this commitment to environmental justice has been reflected by Muslims’ involvement in the Anishinaabe-led efforts to protest the construction of Line 3 (L3), a massive pipeline project in Northern Minnesota by Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy. Muslims have joined Indigenous-led protest efforts like tree-sitting and locking themselves into construction equipment to prevent and slow pipeline construction. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, an environmental justice advocate who identifies as a Muslim and has roots in Minnesota as a congressmember, has also passionately opposed Line 3. While protests against the pipeline have attracted media attention, there’s been little to no mention of Muslims’ involvement...
    Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant Biden picks former Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield to Iowa's USDA post Biden has just 33 percent approval rating in Iowa poll MORE (R-Iowa) on Sunday called on President BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE to take a tougher stance toward Russia amid its increased military presence along the Ukraine border, inciting concerns of an imminent invasion. "It's hard to know what Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden, Putin to talk next week amid military buildup in Ukraine US intelligence says Russia planning Ukraine offensive involving 175K troops: reports Overnight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine MORE is thinking and what his true intentions are, but we do see a very aggressive action on his part, amassing his troops on the Ukrainian border. So we must prepare for the worst, not knowing what...
    Every few days, Jaike Spotted-Wolf walks over to a well near Camp Migizi to refill several five-gallon water containers. At the camp, where Spotted-Wolf is one of several matriarchs, there is no plumbing, no pipes and no faucets. Residents take turns getting water, which they need for basics such as cooking and showers. The camp was — and is —  one of several resistance camps formed to oppose Enrbidge’s now-completed Line 3 project, which replaced a corroding oil pipeline built in the 1960s with a new, larger pipeline. The pipeline runs through northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. Nearly a month and a half after oil-laden tar sands began flowing through the pipes, activists are still living at Camp Migizi and other sites. Temperatures are already below freezing up in Cloquet, where Camp Migizi is located. And on this particular trip to collect water, Spotted-Wolf is greeted by a rare supporter. “I hope you get running water!” the woman shouts, taking Spotted-Wolf by surprise. That small sign of support meant a lot to Spotted-Wolf, who says the camp and its residents...
    On Tuesday morning, President Joe Biden announced that he would be making available 50 million barrels of oil from the national Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The release is designed to ease a perceived tightness in supply and lower gas prices that have been rising in advance of the holiday travel season. Of those 50 million, 18 million had already been authorized by Congress. Republicans have seized on claims of rapidly rising gas prices, along with fear-mongering over “empty store shelves” to create a narrative that not only is inflation soaring, but both Thanksgiving tables and Christmas living rooms are going to be bare. And somehow, all of this can be blamed on Biden. The truth is that gas prices were already in decline even before the strategic reserves were tapped. The Houston Chronicle reports that while prices remain higher than they were a year ago—when travel restrictions and a greater fear of the pandemic strongly impacted consumption—they’ve fallen over the past week. When it comes to product availability, The Wall Street Journal reports that the “shelves overfloweth” at the nation’s largest retailers. But...
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in 2011.FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images President Vladimir Putin is being watched closely by experts and officials who fear that Russia might be planning a military escalation with its neighbor Ukraine. Tens of thousands of Russian troops have reportedly gathered at the border with Ukraine, and experts fear Russia could be about to stage a repeat of its 2014 invasion and annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which prompted global outrage and sanctions on Moscow. "We all should be very worried, to be honest, I do share this assessment," Michal Baranowski, director and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund's Warsaw Office, told CNBC when asked if Russia could be about to embark upon military action against Ukraine, describing Russia's highly tense relationship with Ukraine as being a conflict "under the threshold of war." "This assessment is shared by many here in Warsaw and in Washington DC," he told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Wednesday, adding that "we are seeing very significant buildup in threats on the border with Ukraine. So it's really a key moment...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cocaine, valued in the millions, was flown from Mexico into Gary, Indiana by private plane last week, and federal prosecutors on Tuesday told a judge how the cache found its way into Chicago’s Gold Coast. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports, three men have been charged. One suspect, Rodrigo Alexis Jimenez-Perez, an illegal immigrant with a history of misdemeanors related to drunk driving, said in court on Tuesday that he did not know he was driving a vehicle with 80 kilograms of cocaine inside. READ MORE: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Prosecutors Rest Their Case; Will Rittenhouse Take The Stand?The judge denied bond, saying it was hard to believe that a multi-million dollar outfit would entrust that asset in the hands of someone who didn’t know it was there. Private plane seized by law enforcement. (Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office) This all started last Wednesday when a private plane landed at the Gary airport at 6:43 p.m. The flight from Toluca, Mexico stopped in Houston before arriving in Gary. Bricks of cocaine seized from Toyota Highlander. (Credit:...
    Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline poses a major environmental risk to the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. All 12 federally recognized Indigenous tribes in Michigan sent Joe Biden a letter on Friday laying out a plan for the president to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline, which stretches 645 miles from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, as part of Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge’s Lakehead System. The aging 3-mile section that runs under the Straits of Mackinac in particular poses a severe threat to major waterways in the area, including Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. As the coalition of organizations known as Oil and Water Don’t Mix note, “Line 5 has spilled 33 times and at least 1.1 million gallons along its length since 1968.” Sections of the pipeline were damaged in 2018 due to an anchor hitting the twin pipes under the Straits of Mackinac and additional damage in 2019 from Enbridge contractors, essentially make the pipeline a ticking time bomb for environmental disaster. “We view Line 5 as an existential threat to our treaty-protected rights, resources, and fundamental...
    Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its subcommittee on the environment held a hearing on Thursday to grill the CEOs of top U.S. fossil fuel companies, calling it a historic event, to call out the businesses for lying to the American people about the existential threat of climate change. But the one Republican witness on the panel perhaps best summed up what is at stake when it comes to the left’s efforts to make climate change more important than American workers and the nation’s economy. Neal Crabtree is a welder who has spent his career working on oil and gas pipelines. “It’s definitely not something that I’m proud of, but I may have been the first casualty of the Build Back Better plan,” Crabtree said. “Three hours after President Biden’s inauguration, I lost my job on the construction of the Keystone pipeline.” “To sum this up, the administration is having a direct negative impact on energy prices in this country,” Crabtree said. “They’re having an impact on my ability to find work right now.”  “My crisis right...
    Six years ago, a ruptured oil pipeline in Santa Barbara County sent 140,000 gallons of crude oil gushing onto the sands of Refugio State Beach. The company that owned the pipeline survived the onslaught of lost revenue and lawsuits that followed, but the offshore producer that used the line to transport its oil did not. After twice seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Venoco Inc., eventually walked away from its drilling operation in Southern California, leaving the state to deal with millions of dollars in costs to close down the inactive wells. Workers from Patriot Environmental Services clean up oil that flowed into the Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on Oct. 3 following a spill off the Orange County coast. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) This month’s spill off the shore of Orange County, which dumped an estimated 25,000 gallons into the ocean, could become an expensive repeat of the Refugio spill, some experts say. The firm that operates the San Pedro Bay pipeline is facing intense pressure from federal regulators as well as businesses and residents suing...
    GP - View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast.JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world's most controversial gas pipeline. Nord Stream 2 stretches for 1,200 kilometres from Vyborg in Russia through the Baltic Sea to Lubmin in Germany, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. The gas pipeline is finished, but it is waiting regulatory approval before it can start providing the 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Europe every year. It is only a matter of time, according to Gustav Gressel, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, before the German energy regulators give their seal of approval. The task is not that easy amid heightened geopolitical tensions. Some European lawmakers are fiercely opposed to the deal and do not want regulators to approve it. "We want to break out from this [Russian energy] dependence," Morten Petersen, a Danish...
    Regulators scrutinizing plans for an oil pipeline off the Orange County coast in the 1970s examined the potential damage in the event of a ship anchor strike but downplayed the risks, concluding that a resulting spill would be minor, according to documents reviewed by The Times. Regulators predicted in 1978 that a leak would result in a spill of only 50 barrels of oil, records show. That’s less than a tenth of the minimum amount of oil that leaked in waters off the Orange County coast this month in an accident investigators believe was caused when a cargo ship waiting to enter the port dropped its anchor and hit the pipeline. Experts in oil pipeline construction now say the regulators badly underestimated the potential disaster from an anchor strike and missed an opportunity that might have prompted additional safeguards and prevented the major oil spill that fouled a long stretch of Orange County beaches. “Their presentations were fatally flawed…. In no scenario could you come up with 50 barrels,” said Richard Kuprewicz, the president of Accufacts Inc., who specializes in...
    The red flags came early. Selling offshore leases for oil drilling in the middle of shipping lanes seemed reckless. Building a complex of oil platforms just off the Orange County coast was an invitation to disaster. But the green light was given, and in the late 1970s, Shell Oil Co. proceeded, eventually raising three towering edifices in the middle of a nautical highway leading to two of the busiest ports in the world. Maritime officials tried to stop construction of the platforms, according to documents reviewed by The Times. They raised warnings of possible disaster in the event that a ship collided with one of them and ignited the oil and hydrocarbons coursing through a circuit of wells and pipes. The president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Assn. called Shell Oil Co.’s plan an “an unacceptable hazard to navigation.” “They want to put these platforms on the front porch of the busiest port in the West,” Philip Steinberg said at a public hearing. “We’d end up with a veritable minefield of obstacles. It invites a catastrophe. ... It only...
    15 Amazon Beauty Buys You Need to Try This Month Kadarius Toney Ejected for Throwing Punch After Monster Performance © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Keanu Reeves was seen on the set of John Wick: Chapter 4 in Paris on Saturday. The 57-year-old movie star was spotted on location as he filmed scenes for the upcoming fourth installment of the hit action franchise. The Matrix actor flashed a smile as he walked among the production crew and later took a smoke break. Reeves wore a gray slacks with a white dress shirt and a black tie. He later donned a matching gray suit jacket and vest. Keanu's shoulder-length black locks were parted in the center and he sported salt and pepper stubble. The Canada native was surrounded by masked crew members as he walked through the set. Keanu's co-star Ian McShane was also seen during the daytime shoot. McShane plays Winston, the owner of the New York Continental Hotel and a longtime friend of Reeves' legendary assassin. At the end of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Winston...
    Small, glassy waves rolled up on shore Saturday morning, one week after an oil spill sent black tar clumps onto the sand here in Huntington Beach, raising fears of long-term damage to fragile ecosystems in the area and cutting off ocean access to residents, visitors and fishermen. But that didn’t stop a dozen or more surfers in dark wetsuits from running into the water for a morning session. They caught a few good waves before a lifeguard blared down from a blue tower. “Attention, surfers. Attention, surfers,” a voice bellowed through a bullhorn. “The water is currently closed due to hazardous conditions.” Huntington Beach resident Brett Simpson, 39, and Long Beach resident Ralph Rodriguez, 62, lugged their boards out of the water and across the sand, where they convened near the shower by the parking lot. “Water’s cleaner than tap water,” said Rodriguez. “There’s no oil out there. If there was oil out there I would have been the first one out of the water. I’m old, man.” One week since the public learned about the oil spill — whose...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Oil has been washing up on some Southern California beaches since a leak in an underwater pipeline from an offshore platform sent tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into the ocean waters. The spill fouled the famed sands of Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA, and could keep the ocean and shoreline closed there and in some other communities to the south for weeks. Here’s a look at what happened, who’s involved and the aftermath: WHAT HAPPENED? Boaters off Orange County and residents of Newport Beach started reporting a petroleum smell in the air and oily sheen on the water Friday afternoon, Oct. 1. The following morning the Coast Guard confirmed a spill. The sheen on the ocean was miles wide and crude started washing ashore in sticky, black blobs. The leak occurred about 5 miles (8 kilometers) offshore at a depth of about 98 feet (30 meters) and came from a pipeline owned by Amplify Energy. The Houston-based company also owns and operates three nearby offshore platforms that pipe...
    US crude oil prices rose to as high as $80 per barrel for the first time since 2014 amid a global fuel shortage exacerbated by tensions in Europe and Russia over the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.    The standoff has sent US natural gas prices rocketing to $6.31 per million British thermal units this week and caused energy and heating costs to rise as well.  West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the US oil benchmark, reached $80 per barrel on Friday and remains high over $79, with demand high as supply remains tight. 'Unless and until [the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries] acts to meaningfully increase supplies, prices will grind higher still,' John Kilduff, economic expert and partner at Again Capital, told CNBC.   Reflecting the gravity of the situation, the US has not ruled out tapping into its strategic petroleum reserves, which it typically only does after major supply disruptions such as hurricanes, or pursuing a ban on oil exports to bring down the cost of crude oil, though there are doubts it is ready to take such action yet....
    Natural gas prices in the US have soared this week as Russian President Vladimir Putin leverages a shortage in Europe to secure approval for his controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The standoff, which sent US natural gas prices to their highest levels in more than a decade, is spurring fears that energy and heating costs could skyrocket in America as the winter season approaches.  US natural gas prices rocketed to $6.31 per million British thermal units on October 6, with the spike blamed on fears of market volatility due to storage issues in Europe, which may trigger soaring demand for American natural gas. On Wednesday, Putin hinted that he will pump out more gas if Brussels approves the new pipeline bypassing Ukraine and entering the EU through Germany, leading UK officials to accuse Russia of turning energy 'into a weapon' and 'bullying' Europe.   Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said existing gas transit routes allow for bolstering supplies before the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will carry Russian gas to Germany begins operating. 'There is a potential,' Peskov said during a conference call with...
    While the probe into an Orange County oil spill is in its early stages, one cargo ship is receiving scrutiny from investigators. Global positioning data provided to The Times show that the Rotterdam Express, a German container ship, was anchored Friday near the area of the oil spill. On Wednesday, U.S. Coast Guard investigators boarded the ship in Oakland seeking evidence in the probe. An anchor can be seen on the Rotterdam Express at the Port of Oakland.(Josh Edelson / Associated Press) Here is what we know about the ship: Why it is being examined? The container ship was anchored in the area of the pipeline before the spill was discovered, according to satellite data. It was in the closest anchorage spot to the pipeline. Investigators continue to zero in on a ship anchor as a possible cause. The shipping channels off Los Angeles and Orange counties have been jammed for months because of gridlock at the ports, forcing more ships to lay down anchors near pipes that move oil from offshore platforms onto land.Where was the Rotterdam Express?...
    Brown pelicans await cleaning at an animal rescue facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana, following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.Robin Loznak/ZUMA Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Oil from the Huntington Beach spill continues to befoul the Pacific Ocean off Southern California, upending delicate ecosystems home to marine life and rare species of birds, and causing damage that is expected to last for decades. An estimated 144,000 gallons of oil gushed into the sea over the weekend before Amplify Energy Corp., owner of the ruptured pipeline, shut it down after a more than three hour delay. NPR reports that the company then waited three hours more before reporting the spill, further delaying action. As agencies triage the mess, eyes have also turned to the Coast Guard, questioning its role in a slow response that may have made things worse. Whomever shares the immediate blame, it was systemic under-regulation that set the scene for the spill. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  responds to more than 150 oil and chemical...
    The U.S. Coast Guard investigated a vessel in Oakland on Wednesday as part of its probe into whether a ship’s anchor punctured an oil pipeline off the coast of Orange County and spilled 144,000 gallons of crude. The container ship was in the area of the pipeline before the spill was discovered, according to a source familiar with the investigation, and later headed north. Investigators are likely looking for data showing the ship’s movements and other mechanical information. The examination is just one part of a wider investigation into how the spill occurred in the waters off Southern California this weekend, sources familiar with the investigation said. A final determination of the spill’s cause may take months, but the Coast Guard is focusing on the possibility that a ship’s anchor ruptured the pipeline. Officials emphasized, however, that the probe is in its early stages. Global positioning data provided to The Times shows that the Rotterdam Express, a German container ship, was anchored Friday near the area of the oil spill and was in Port of Oakland...
    (CNN)The leak of over 100,000 gallons of crude oil off the coast of Southern California first came to official attention with a vague report on Friday night about a sheen on the water. It took more than 12 hours for authorities to recognize the extent of the problem.The time period between those two events is now under closer scrutiny as the extensive oil spill has shut prized beaches, damaged coastal habitats and threatened the health of animals and people who call the area home. The leak is no longer active, but up to 144,000 gallons of oil may have spewed into the ocean from a 13-inch gash in a pipeline about 4.5 miles offshore, officials said. Here's a look at what authorities and the pipeline operator knew and did in the aftermath of the oil spill, based on press conferences, statements and government investigators.Read MoreRecent pastThis October 22, 2012, photo provided by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows the platforms Ellen and Elly offshore near Long Beach, California.The San Pedro Bay Pipeline was installed off the coast...
    Los Angeles (CNN Business)The gridlock of massive container ships outside the United States' two busiest ports in Southern California has been blamed for all types of things: A looming shortage of hot Christmas gifts this year Disruptions and temporary shutdowns at many of the nation's factories Higher prices paid by consumers on a wide range of goods. Now it may have been the cause of a major oil spill off the coast of Orange County, California. As authorities scramble to contain the damage done by a broken underwater pipeline that has sent oil onto beaches and endangered wildlife, they are also investigating the possibility that the leak was caused by a ship's anchor hitting the pipeline.At a press conference Monday, Martyn Willsher, the CEO of Amplify Energy (AMPY), owner of the pipeline that dumped up to 144,000 gallons of oil into the ocean, said it was a "distinct possibility" that the damage was caused by a ship's anchor. Read MoreOn Tuesday, the Department of Transportation, which oversees pipeline accidents, notified Amplify that while "the root cause of the...
    Authorities say the California pipeline that spilled approximately 126,000 gallons of oil into the water in Orange County had suffered a 13-inch gash and been dragged along the ocean floor by more than 100 feet. Amplify Energy Corp., the company that operates the line, told KTLA the pipe was displaced into a 'almost a semicircle' and had 'essentially been pulled like a bow string.' 4,000 feet of the pipeline has been 'laterally displaced' by approximately 105 feet. Preliminary reports suggest the spill may have been 'caused by an anchor that hooked the pipeline, causing a partial tear,' federal transportation investigators told CNBC. Multiple large cargo vessels had been in the area prior to the incident. Officials with the US Coast Guard are investigating the theory, however, during Tuesday's press conference, there was still no confirmation regarding the cause of the leak. The spill, which was reported Saturday, sent thousands of gallons of highly-viscous oil into the ocean off of Huntington Beach. It then washed onto miles of beaches and protected marshland in Southern California. Experts estimate area beaches and coastal...
    (CNN)A leak in an oil pipeline caused a major spill off the coast of southern California Saturday, sending oil spewing into the local environment, potentially harming wildlife and nearby human residents.The volume of the spill pales in comparison to some of the US' largest such incidents, such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, although the full extent of the spill won't be known for several weeks, one local official said.Here is what we know so far about the California oil spill and its resulting impact on the local environment and nearby residents.Where is the spill? The breach occurred about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County, local officials said.Read MoreThe oil spill is the equivalent of an estimated 3,000 barrels -- or 126,000 gallons -- of post-production crude. The size of the spill was reported to be about 13 square miles, the Coast Guard said Sunday.By Sunday night, about 3,150 gallons of oil had been removed from the water and over a mile of oil boom -- floating barriers...
    New York (CNN Business)Shares of the owner of the pipeline responsible for the oil spill off the coast of Southern California plunged Monday, as the money-losing company could be on the hook for big penalties.Amplify Energy, a small, independent oil company active in oil production and drilling in the area, said that its pipeline is the apparent source of the massive oil spill about four miles off the coast near Huntington, California. Authorities say the spill is comprised of an estimated 3,000 barrels, or about 126,000 gallons, of crude oil.Amplify's shares plunged about 44% in early trading Monday on news of the spill. Houston-based Amplify (AMPY) was created in 2017 out of the bankruptcy of another small oil company, Memorial Production Partners. Thanks to a surge in oil prices this year company's stock had been on a tear, rising 339% year-to-date through the close of trading Friday. Despite those huge gains, Amplify's stock price Friday was about where it stood before the collapse of energy prices in the early days of the pandemic when oil prices briefly turned negative. Institutional...
    AN OIL spill in California spread over an area covering 13 square miles off the Orange County coast. The dangerous spill has killed countless fish, contaminated wetlands, and has caused the closure of nearby beaches. 2An oil spill occurred in California near Huntington Beach What happened at the oil spill of Huntington Beach? Approximately 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons) of oil have spilled into the coast of California, near Huntington Beach. The spill is thought to have been caused by a pipeline breach, though the case remains under investigation. The slick, about five miles off the coasts of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, was discovered on the morning of Saturday, October 2, 2021. According to the Associated Press, it is considered one of the largest oil spills in the state’s history. 2The spill is thought to have been caused by a pipeline breach, though the case remains under investigationCredit: AFP Most read in US NewsON THE RUN Brian Laundrie 'can be caught' says US Marshal as Dog the Bounty Hunter searchesDEATH MYSTERY Gabby's cause of death 'withheld' after it's revealed Brian...
    An oil pipeline leak off of the coast of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach in California has dumped 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard was alerted to the leakage around 9:15 a.m. on October 2, according to the LA Times.  Crews deploy skimmers and floating barriers known as booms to try to stop further incursion into the Wetlands Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sunday., Oct. 3, 2021. One of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) The scene of the pipeline leak is an offshore oil platform referred to as and is located 8.5 miles off the shore of Long Beach and is under the control of Beta Operating Company, according to the Associated Press.  “The spill has significantly affected Huntington beach, with substantial ecological impacts occurring at the beach and at the Huntington Beach Wetlands,” Huntington officials wrote in a statement.  “Currently, the oil slick...
    Fossil fuels are known to have a negative impact on our environment, yet the demand for them continues to increase. So much in fact, that there are more than 2.5 million miles of crude oil and natural gas pipelines spanning across the U.S. like an intricate web, carrying millions of gallons of toxic substances under bodies of water and across land. The industry sells these pipelines as being the safest method of transport — but when they rupture, the damage has a devastating impact on wildlife and the environment. A report from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows 1,188 “significant” pipeline incidents involving crude oil between 1997 and 2016, resulting in the equivalent of 940,571 barrels — the equivalent of over 39.5 million gallons —being spilled into the environment. Even after a spill has been cleaned up, the damage can have lasting effects on the environment. Oil works its way deep into sediment, where it has been detected up to 30 years after a spill has been cleaned up. Pipeline ruptures are becoming far too common, and with new...
                        The Squad visited Bemidji on Labor Day Weekend to protest the Line 3 pipeline that is nearing completion. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-05-MN), Cori Bush (D-01-MO), Ayanna Pressley (D-07-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-13-MI), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-14-NY), who was “with them in spirit,” visited Minnesota to express their displeasure with the Enbridge Pipeline. The Squad is coming to Minnesota to support the Line 3 protest and meet with Winona LaDuke pic.twitter.com/wXBawHDo5G — Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) August 31, 2021 According to a media advisory, they held a press conference at an undisclosed location in Minneapolis on Friday, but did not reply to The Minnesota Sun‘s request for the location. They also traveled to Bemidji to have another conference with some of the Native American leaders Rep. Pressley said during the conference that, “The systematic oppression of marginalized people, whether you’re talking about black Americans or Indigenous people, it has been precise, exact, often legislated, and it’s very similar.” Omar shared a similar sentiment, saying, “It is unconscionable for us to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The back and forth over Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline continues. The $2.9 billion project runs through Minnesota and parts of North Dakota and Wisconsin and crosses more than 200 bodies of water including the Mississippi River. While it’s nearly finished, some are still trying to stop it. “They want to prioritize corporate profits over the lives of indigenous women and the future of our planet,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. Enbridge says the Line 3 pipeline is more than 90% done, and will be up and running by the end of the year. But that’s not stopping protestors and officials like Rep. Ilhan Omar and her D.C. colleagues from trying to halt the project. They have concerns about treaty rights violations and potential environmental impacts among other things. “I’m here to help shut it down,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). “The Line 3 pipeline threatens the prairies, it threatens the wild rice wetlands and the Mississippi tributaries and treaty lands of indigenous people,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Omar and other high profile democratic lawmakers will head...
    Pipelines are always a contentious issue. And for good reason. Even the mention of them brings to mind oil spills, environmental degradation, stolen land, and law enforcement trying to intimidate protestors. According to StopLine3.org, “Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion to bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin.” The pipeline would run through protected Indigenous lands that belong to the Anishinaabe people and thus, the project would be in violation of a long-standing treaty. Enbridge, the Canadian pipeline company, that proposed this project was responsible for the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill – one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history. According to Bridge Michigan, Enbridge’s response was slow and the river remained black for months after the spill. However, even if they responded with the appropriate urgency, the fact is, there was still a spill that had dire consequences for the surrounding environment. Furthermore, these pipelines still often go through indigenous lands and can contaminate water sources that indigenous people rely on. The US government needs to...
    SACRAMENTO —  The award for dumbest idea of the recall election goes to the rookie Democrat who proposed building a water pipeline from California to the Mississippi River. It’s nutty economically and politically. “No one in their right mind would want to pay for it,” said Jay Lund, a civil engineering professor and co-director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. “But this is a recall election. You have to expect some silly ideas that don’t make a lot of sense.” The wacky proposal seems emblematic of the nonsensical recall effort itself — the notion of wasting $276 million in tax money on a special election because opportunistic Republicans want to oust the Democratic governor one year before his term expires and he must run for reelection anyway. But, Lund said, “a drought always brings out quirky ideas.” Quirky ideas like floating icebergs down from the Arctic. Or importing water from the Great Lakes in railroad tanker cars. Or building a pipeline to the Columbia River through Oregon and Washington. YouTube star and Democratic political novice Kevin Paffrath proposed the...
    Arrests made. WCCO reports: “A number of protesters demonstrating against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline were arrested Friday at the Minnesota State Capitol following a brief standoff with law enforcement. The arrests happened around noontime after dozens of Minnesota State Patrol troopers surrounded a teepee on the capitol mall where demonstrators were holding a ceremony, playing drums and singing traditional Native American songs. Videos posted to social media showed troopers telling the protesters over loudspeaker that their permit to protest expired Thursday night, adding that they’d be arrested if they didn’t leave the mall.” Coming to Minnesota. KSTP’s Tommy Wiita reports: “The Minnesota Department of Human Services confirmed with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that a total of up to 65 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) can be granted for the state, through the end of September. As of Aug. 16, 35 people have already arrived in the state through this process. SIVs are a form of immigration status for people who have directly assisted the United States military. They may apply for the status if their lives are in danger because...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Law enforcement surrounded protesters demonstrating against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline Friday morning at the Minnesota State Capitol. Around 11:30 a.m., videos appeared on social media showing dozens of Minnesota State Patrol officers encircling a teepee on the capitol mall. Over a loudspeaker, the officers can be heard saying that the protesters’ permit expired Thursday night. “In order to prepare for future permitted events, you need to leave the cordoned off area immediately,” the troopers can be heard saying. ????????Line 3???????? RIGHT NOW – cops in front of Minnesota state Capitol have surrounded water proctors and their ceremonial tipi! There are hundreds of cops. They are threatening arrest. ALL EYES ON WATER PROTECTORS #StopLine3 pic.twitter.com/lxflvMMvsx — RootsAction (@Roots_Action) August 27, 2021 On the videos, law enforcement appeared to outnumber the demonstrators, many of which stood with arms intertwined before the teepee. Others played on drums and sang traditional Native American songs. The protesters have been at the capitol since a large demonstration on Wednesday, when more than 2,000 people gathered...
    A question that many fans ask themselves is when we will see the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe re-team. We know that we are going to have different appearances of characters in the movies and series of the others (in fact we have already seen and we know some of the ones that we will see), but the question is, when are we going to have an avengers 5 movie. This past January, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, confirmed that a fifth of the Avengers movie was in the works. He did not deny that it was in the pipeline, but he also said that it would be “sometime”, also anticipating that it would obviously be a very different team from the one we have seen in the past at the UCM. In a new interview, he has reconfirmed that Avengers 5 is in the spotlight, but you have to be patient. This is the response that the “boss” of Marvel Studios has given when asked when will be the next time we see the Marvel...
    In his Opening Monologue Thursday, "Hannity" host Sean Hannity challenged his audience to name a single positive accomplishment of President Joe Biden or his administration. Hannity said that every decision Biden has made has had tragic or dangerous consequences, from rescinding Donald Trump's border policies and letting in hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants unvetted and largely untested for coronavirus, to "robbing future generations" through record inflation and trillions in new debt and spending. "Can you name one good thing that Joe Biden has done as president, just one? In your mind, what has he done for you, the American people?" Hannity asked. "He promised to eradicate COVID-19, and now it has made a massive comeback. He is responsible for what is the biggest virus super spreader event, not in modern history, in American history, and Americans will die as a result of these policies, as a direct result," he said. "He spent your money at a record pace, literally robbing our future generations. Now we have inflation through the roof. He halted the Keystone XL pipeline and other pipelines....
    This summer, we’ve seen the Bootleg fire rage through Oregon. East Coasters have been breathing West Coast smoke. Massive floods have slammed towns from Germany to China. The town of Lytton, British Columbia, burned to the ground. These disasters give a new sense of urgency to transition away from the fossil fuels that are causing this climate chaos. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the movement fighting for this transition is running up against intense police repression — funded by private corporations as well as the federal government. I saw some of this firsthand. Article continues after advertisement In June, I was one of the thousands who converged in northern Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering to protest the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive fuel sources on the planet. The pipeline also violates the treaty rights of the local Anishinaabe people, threatening their water supply and sacred wild rice beds. The Treaty People Gathering kicked off a summer of protests against the pipeline. Unfortunately, these nonviolent protests have been brutally cracked down on. More than 500...
    The Swede missed two races due to a crash in Detroit Stacy Revere/Getty Images Felix Rosenqvist is hoping he can bounce back from a 'painful year' that saw him crash heavily in Detroit. The IndyCar driver missed two rounds and is focused on helping his teammate go for the championship. Rosenqvist joined Arrow McLaren SP this year and believes there is 'more in the pipeline.' Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. IndyCar star Felix Rosenqvist is hoping he can bounce back from a "painful year" but is confident there is "more in the pipeline." The 29-year-old Arrow McLaren SP driver crashed heavily in June during a race in Detroit and was forced to miss two rounds of racing, effectively ending his season in a competitive sense, but Rosenqvist is trying to see the positive.  "I've been really happy to join the team...
    Bobby Poynter remembers a time when track and field mattered in the Bay Area. Poynter was on the scene when San Jose was known as Speed City. Now Poynter, 83, can’t name the athletes competing in the Tokyo Games as the Olympics draw to a close with track and field competition all week. Poynter is not alone. Bill Toomey, the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion, said Wednesday the Olympic track events don’t feel the same because he doesn’t know any of the names. A sport that once had dominated headlines no longer enjoys the popularity it did with previous generations of American fans. While it remains an integral part of the Tokyo Games, the diversified Olympic program has created a diffused audience at a time when the United States no longer rules some of the marquee track events. “For those who love track, it is tough to see,” said Steve Filios, longtime meet director of the Central Coast Section high school championships. It has nothing to do with the drama on the track, as illustrated...
                      by Josh Hammer  For years, Democrats and their cable news echo chamber conjured up and broadly disseminated the most lurid and patently ludicrous rumors about former President Donald Trump being a corrupted and (literally) compromised agent of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. Democratic talking heads ultimately tried in vain to distance themselves from this sordid oeuvre‘s most far-fetched talking points, such as the infamous “pee video kompromat” from the discredited Steele dossier. But for four years, Democrats’ unquenchable obsession with the “Russiagate” hoax pervaded, distorted and sullied our politics. The irony is that Trump, on actual substantive merits, toed a very hawkish line on the Russian Federation. He shored up missile defense in Central and Eastern Europe, which the Obama Administration had undermined as part of its ill-fated Russian “reset.” He repeatedly stood strong with America’s ex-Iron Curtain allies, delivering a powerful, Reaganesque 2017 foreign policy speech in Warsaw that was aimed squarely at Moscow. He unilaterally withdrew the United States from certain bilateral and multilateral accords—such as the Intermediate-Range...
    On 06/28/2021 at 5:16 pm. On Monday 28 June a fire broke out at the Elephant and Castle station in south London, England. The London Underground station caught fire on Monday afternoon. A huge fire broke out near the Elephant and Castle station in London after an explosion in the London Underground. The largest black smoke is seen above the British capital. According to witnesses, “An explosion and a big ball fire” Appeared from below the station. “We opened the window for a second because we could hear people screaming and we could smell something very strong,” he said. Sarah Scarpa, who lives near the station, tells the Mirror. “We do not think this incident is related to terrorism.” One hundred firefighters intervened at the scene, according to British newspapers. Circumstances are unknown at this time, but “We do not think this incident is related to terrorism.”, Referred to the Metropolitan Police on social networks. Trains can no longer stop temporarily at the station. In videos posted on social networks, violent outbursts can be...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the White House Thursday afternoon for meetings, a press conference and a private dinner with President Joe Bidnen.   'It's a pleasure to welcome Chancellor Merkel back to the White House, she's been in the Oval Office many times, she's a great friend, I consider her a personal friend as well as a great friend to the United States,' Biden said as they were seated side-by-side in the Oval Office. 'We saw each other at the G7 and then we saw each other again at the NATO meeting and today we're talking about further advancing the strong U.S.-German relationship, which is strong and staying stronger.'  Merkel spoke through a translator and spoke about Germany's 'friendship with the United States of America.'  'I'm more than aware of the contribution of America to a free and democratic Germany, so I'm very much looking forward to deepening relations yet again today,' she said.  She said she and Biden would talk about Germany's 'immediate neighbors' and also 'political issues.'   The two leaders are expected to talk about a number...