Mountain Valley Pipeline gets FERC staff’s FEIS for MVP Southgate Project

first_imgThe MVP Southgate Project is a 120.8km long natural gas pipeline system to be laid between the states of Virginia and North Carolina FERC staff issues final EIS to MVP Southgate Project. (Credit: outgunned21/ Mountain Valley Pipeline has been issued a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for its MVP Southgate Project from the staff of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).The MVP Southgate Project is a 120.8km long natural gas pipeline system made up of 16-inch and 24-inch-diameter pipes to be laid between the states of Virginia and North Carolina.The pipeline project, which is estimated to cost $468m, is designed to transport 375 million cubic feet of gas per day from southern Virginia to central North Carolina.As part of the project, Mountain Valley Pipeline is also looking to build and operate a new compressor station to be called the Lambert Compressor Station in Virginia, four new meter stations, four interconnects, eight mainline valves, four pig launchers and receivers at three locations, and four cathodic protection beds.The FERC staff concluded that the approval of the MVP Southgate Project will lead to certain adverse environmental impacts. However, it ruled that the impacts will be brought down to less-than-significant levels by implementing its recommendations and the proposed avoidance, minimisation, and mitigation measures from the project proponent.The FERC staff also stated: “Mountain Valley would minimize impacts on natural and cultural resources during construction and operation of the Project by implementing Mountain Valley’s Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation and Maintenance Plan and Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures, its Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, and other Project-specific plans.”The recommendations from the FERC staff will be considered by the regulator’s commissioners before making a decision on the pipeline project.MVP Southgate project is targeted to begin operations in 2021The MVP Southgate project has been designed to receive gas from the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It will supply natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, which will be delivered to PSNC Energy customers and also existing and new end-user markets across southern Virginia and central North Carolina.The pipeline project, which will be operated by EQM Midstream Partners, is targeted to begin operations in 2021. Its owner Mountain Valley Pipeline is a joint venture of EQM Midstream Partners, NextEra Capital, Con Edison Transmission, WGL Midstream, and RGC Midstream.The joint venture is building a 487.6km long interstate natural gas pipeline system between northwestern West Virginia and southern Virginia with the same name with an investment of $5.3-5.5bn.last_img read more

Prolific Perera helps World XI set up Pakistan decider

first_imgPAKISTAN’S historic Twenty20 series with a World XI will go to a decider after Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera’s supreme 19-ball knock tied the series at 1-1.The series, which is being staged in Lahore, marks the first time competitive international cricket has been held in the country since a terrorist attack targeted Sri Lanka’s team bus in the same city in 2009.Babar Azam produced the best T20 score of his career by hitting 86 to inspire Pakistan to victory in the series opener on Tuesday, but Perera starred as the World XI struck straight back yesterday with a seven-wicket win.Perera hit 47 not out off 19 balls while Hashim Amla finished unbeaten on 72, the World XI chasing down a target of 175 with a ball to spare.After Samuel Badree ended Fakhar Zaman’s 13-ball stay at the crease, Ahmed Shehzad (43) and Babar (45) combined for a second-wicket stand of 59, which was ended when the former was caught trying to clear long-on.But Babar found another capable partner in Shoaib Malik, who became Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in T20s with a 23-ball 39, hitting three sixes in the process.Babar could not kick on to post another big score but Shoaib, aided by an 11-ball cameo from Imad Wasim (15), ensured Pakistan posted a defendable total.Tamim Iqbal (23) put on 47 with Amla for the opening wicket for the World XI before falling to a superb stretching catch from Malik off Sohail Khan.Amla, whose innings comprised five fours and two maximums, found little assistance from Tim Paine (10) but skipper Faf du Plessis saw 12 of his 20 runs come off sixes in a 14-ball innings ended by Mohammad Nawaz.But du Plessis’ exit heralded the arrival of Perera, who struck five sixes including the match-winning hit off Rumman Raees, clubbing a full toss straight over the seamer’s head to ensure tomorrow’s finale will not be a dead rubber. (Omnisport)last_img read more

Mega match-ups as CAF Champions League groups kick off

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The 2018 CAF Champions League group phase kicks off this weekend with mega matches in Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa among the eight fixtures.North African giants Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia clash this Friday followed by TP Mazembe of DR Congo against Entente Setif of Algeria the following day.Another Saturday showdown, between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, is also set to draw a large crowd and global TV audience.AFP Sport takes a group-by-group look at the matchday 1 fixtures in the premier African club competition with group winners and runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.Group AThe Ahly-Esperance fixture has been moved from Cairo to Alexandria for security reasons as the Tunisians seek revenge for a 2017 quarter-final loss when the clubs last met.Record eight-time champions Ahly will miss injured Moroccan striker Walid Azaro and his Nigerian partner Junior Ajayi is doubtful for a match the Egyptian club should win.Township Rollers of Botswana host Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda in Gaborone and it is hard to imagine either side challenging Ahly or Esperance for the top two places.Group BWhile the outcome of Group A appears clearcut, the same cannot be said of Group B, which is likely to be the toughest of the four mini-leagues to qualify from. Mazembe have won the competition five times and Setif twice and home advantage should give the Congolese the edge in the intimidating cauldron of Lubumbashi.But Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Difaa el Jadida of Morocco, who meet in Algiers, are not without hope having scored 29 goals between them in eight qualifiers.Group CSundowns won the 2016 Champions League and were eliminated by highly organised Wydad in the quarter-finals last year after a penalty shootout.Another tight tussle is on the cards near Pretoria with the South Africans needing maximum points if they hope to finish first and face a theoretically weaker side in the quarter-finals.A couple of group debutants, Port of Togo and Horoya of Guinea, play in Lome, but neither west African club are realistic candidates for a top-two finish.Group DPicking the likely Group D winners is easy with former champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia the standout side when it comes to strength and experience.But selecting the other quarter-finalists from Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Zesco United of Zambia is considerably trickier.Primeiro are back in the group stage after a 21-year absence and host Etoile in Luanda, while Swallows will be hunting a second Zambian scalp this season when away to Zesco in Ndola.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Favorite Features From This Week – 7/8/12

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0As Sunday rolls around, it’s time to reflect on the great articles published by ThurstonTalk writers.  Since starting this weekly summary, it’s been a pleasure to revisit articles and share them again.ThurstonTalk writers consistently deliver quality, positive stories about people, businesses, and organizations doing good things in Thurston County.  While sharing a story, our writers also strive to educate readers in each piece.  You can count on each article to share something wonderful about our community – whether it’s a profile of an athlete, a summary of an upcoming event, or an educational piece about a local businesses.Here are the Editor’s Picks for this week.  Enjoy!Thurston County’s Relay for Life: Where Hope Becomes Reality at Timberline High SchoolWhen Jake Luplow was assigned to write about Relay for Life, he had a lot of questions since he had never participated in the event.  (Relay for Life is a 24-hour relay walking event to raise money for cancer research.)  Instead of taking the easy route and simply interviewing organizers in advance and popping down for an hour or two that evening, Jake opted to spend the entire 24 hours camping with the teams at Timberline’s track.  Immersed with participants, Jake created a beautiful article about the impact that the event has on our community as well as the global efforts to find answers to cancer.Zumba – Dancing Your Way To Fitness In OlympiaOn the opposite end of the ‘education’ spectrum, Dr. Diana Yu shares her love for Zumba, a high energy dance exercise class.  Dr. Yu’s article educates readers about the health benefits of participating in Zumba.  Her passion for health is infectious – plus she is a delightful person to speak with.  If you are looking for an alternative to your exercise routine, read her article to see if a Zumba class may be a good fit for you.Thrifty Thurston – Spending the Day In Boston HarborThrifty Thurston is our weekly summer post about inexpensive family fun throughout Thurston County.  This week, Thrifty Thurston shares a cool program called Marine Creature Monday.  The free program educates participants about the marine life living in and around Boston Harbor Marina.  During the demonstration, a diver locates cool marine life, brings it to the surface, and a biologist talks about the species.  Suitable for all ages and free – awesome!I am very excited about the articles planned for this coming week.  Watch for more content about the upcoming Olympia Traverse, interesting athlete profiles, and mouth watering food stories.  In the meantime, enjoy the sunny Sunday!last_img read more

Conservation on the Calendar for 2016

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiThe Monmouth Conservation Foundation is expanding its outreach in 2016 to more inclusively reach all ages and more towns with its message of preserving and enjoying our shared natural habitats and the creatures therein. New acquisitions are also in the works to increase and secure the county’s dwindling green space.Founded in 1977, the 501(c) 3 Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) has saved over 22,500 acres of open space, farmland, woodlands, and wetlands at 63 sites countywide. While long successful in getting concerned citizens with deep pockets to attend high profile events and support the MCF’s activities, the organization is placing increased emphasis on instilling understanding of and respect for the environment on younger citizens.In 2013, the MCF initiated its Kids for Conservation Program for preschool and kindergarten students. The academic enrichment program teaches youngsters about the environment with an age appropriate curriculum focused on land and wildlife protection and conservation. Lesson plans are provided to schools to help students create related art projects. The MCF awards prizes to schools based on creativity and how the class demonstrated what they learned.“Kids for Conservation is expanding to include high school and community groups through planting pollinator gardens, so it’s not just the youngsters anymore,” said MCF executive director since 2012, William D. Kastning. “We are expanding environmental outreach in 2016 with the introduction of an awareness campaign, ‘Project Pollinator’ about the importance of protecting pollinator species such as butterflies, birds, bats, and bees.”The project’s goal is to inspire the creation of habitats in schools, community, and private gardens while increasing awareness of environmental threats pollinator species face. The foundation is partnering with Monmouth University and other educational institutions to develop curriculum for participating schools. Some schools will be visited by a Monmouth University student teacher who will lead the class in interactive exercises about pollinators. More details on the program, expected to launch this spring, will be available at the MCF website: Conservation Director William Kastning“We are expanding our focus to be more outreach-oriented and our children’s programs are a big part of that,” Kastning said. “Project Pollinator will have a new urban focus and will include Red Bank, Long Branch, Freehold and Asbury Park kids.”Asbury Park youth have already been engaged through the MCF’s successful fundraising campaign to help bring that city’s 1.3-acre Springwood Avenue Park to fruition. Stepping out of its image as an organization largely interested in rural and more upscale communities, the MCF made headlines when its board of trustees decided to join Asbury’s Interfaith Neighbors, local and county government, and other funding sources in raising and contributing funds to build the park on Asbury’s west side.To support it, the MCF held “hugely successful” events at two popular Asbury Park restaurants that raised $67,000, Kastning said. Afterward, the board added $100,000 to the effort. The project, once empty lots, is scheduled to open this spring.“The board decided to follow the county’s lead with its open space preservation grants, paying after the fact once all is OK to ensure the money is being wisely and well spent,” Kastning said, adding donors welcomed the new urban focus.The foundation does not own any land, but holds conservation and agriculture easements to protect sensitive environments in perpetuity. The binding easements allow landowners to retain ownership while giving up certain rights such as development. In addition to acting as a facilitator in land acquisitions, the MCF stewards the easements and ensures restrictions are upheld.As part of the foundation’s strategic plan, Kastning said 40 properties are currently at various stages in the acquisition process. Working in tandem with the county this year, the MCF will engage with landowners to increase existing parks and target properties for preservation. In Keyport, the 62-acre Aeromarine site, formerly home to military aircraft manufacturing, is being converted to parkland. In Atlantic Highlands, the MCF has been working to remediate and turn a former oil facility with seven bay front acres into a recreation area, preventing 20 homes from being built there. Near the new bridge connecting Red Bank and the River Plaza section of Middletown, the waterfront Swimming River Park will soon be transformed into park featuring passive recreational options including a boat launch and sledding hill.Kastning said MCF’s first annual community meeting will be scheduled in February, open to those seeking to learn about land preservation issues and projects, provide input, and get involved in numerous volunteer opportunities, including Project Pollinator. The nationally recognized and accredited Monmouth Conservation Foundation was founded by the Michael Huber and Judith Stanley Coleman.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2017)–Santa Anita Park will offer fans and horsemen an expanded 10-race holiday program this Monday, Jan. 16, with an adjusted first post time of 12 noon.  The post time adjustment is necessitated due to the availability of daylight, with sunset at 5:07 p.m. PST.The track, which picked up some added equine inventory as a total of eight races were cancelled on Thursday due to heavy rains, is thus able to offer an additional race on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Monday’s main event will be the Grade III Megahertz Stakes, for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.  Although Santa Anita has received approximately seven inches of rainfall from recent storms, the National Weather Service forecast for Monday is for sunny skies with a high of 64 in Arcadia.Entries for Monday’s 10-race card are being taken this morning at Santa Anita.  For scratches, late changes, surface condition updates and complete morning line information, please visit first post time on Monday set for 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgA SINN Fein TD who cuts his political teeth on a town council in Co Donegal says he will oppose plans to abolish them.Padraig MacLochlainn was involved in a lively discussion on his Facebook page tonight with people who say the town councils in the country should go.Environment Minister Phil Hogan wants to scrap the urban local authorities to save millions of euro. But former Buncrana town councillor Deputy MacLochlainn insisted: “This would be a real blow to local democracy in Ireland. This is a time when we need to give more power to local communities, not take it away.“As someone who served on local councils for just over nine years, I can testify to the focus they put on local needs and holding Government agencies accountable for the delivery of services.”And he said local councillors tend to work together for the good of their area.“Town Councils are often less about partisan politics and more about local consensus which is another plus. Almost like a community council,” he said in response to one voter. How we told the story on Sunday THE DEBATE – LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on FEIN TD SAYS HE WILL FIGHT TO SAVE TOWN COUNCILS was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainntown councilslast_img read more

Former Raiders, 49ers linebacker Matt Millen hospitalized, playing a waiting game

first_imgFormer Raiders and 49ers linebacker Matt Millen is in a New Jersey hospital awaiting a heart transplant, NBC Sports’ Peter King has reported.Millen, who won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, one with the 49ers and another with Washington, announced in April that he suffers from amyloidosis, a rare disease — fewer than 200,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States — that can affect internal organs.The disease attacked Millen’s heart, which he said in April was working at 30 …last_img

Toyota South Africa project to create 800 jobs

first_imgRay Maota CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl,says a development of such magnitudeshows Toyota’s ongoing commitmentto South Africa. The Hilux was South Africa’s best sellingcommercial vehicle in 2010.(Images: Toyota South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Toyota South Africa Head Office+27 11 809 9111RELATED ARTICLES• Toyota SA exports to rocket • World’s first hybrid sports car in SA • South Africa’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • Mercedes-Benz SA tops for qualityToyota South Africa’s multi-million rand investment in a parts distribution warehouse in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, will create about 800 jobs.The R363-million (US$51-million) project, announced on 17 January 2011, is Toyota’s largest investment in Gauteng province to date and follows a five-year R8-billion ($1.1-billion) investment programme in manufacturing facilities in Prospecton, Durban.The news comes a month after Mercedes-Benz South Africa made a R2-billion ($281-million) investment in its East London plant ahead of its manufacture of the next generation C-Class, which will hit global markets in 2014.The Toyota warehouse will be located near the OR Tambo International Airport and span an area of 80 000 square meters. It will be built in two phases, with the first section scheduled to open in 2012 and the second in 2015.The warehouse will house about 110 000 different parts and components to serve Toyota’s local and overseas market.Of the 800 new jobs to be created, 650 will be involved in the management, selection and distribution of parts. About 440 people will be hired to help construct the facility.CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl, said: “The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing,” added Van Zyl.The project is a partnership between Toyota and Investec Property Limited, the property arm of Investec, a specialist bank and asset manager.David Rosmarin of Investec Property said: “Site selection was critical due to location, size and accessibility. It has been a lengthy process and we believe that the right site has been selected to accommodate Toyota’s current and future warehousing requirements.”South African market leader for 30 years Toyota South Africa was established in 1961. It will celebrate its 50th year as a key player in the local motoring industry in 2011 and its 31st year as the market leader.For the past 30 years Toyota has sold more vehicles than any other car manufacturer in South Africa and currently holds a market share of about 23%. It has sold more than 3-million vehicles since its formation and has an annual production capacity of more than 200 000 vehicles.With sales exceeding expectations last year, Van Zyl said: “We are heartened by the strong performance in 2010, especially during the second half of the year. Although the market widely expected an increase in vehicle sales prior to the 2010 World Cup, we did not expect the market to continue at the same pace after July and in some instances even increase the rate of growth.”According to Van Zyl, Toyota had hoped to grow its sales by 20% from 2009, but it exceeded that and reached 24.7%.Although Toyota had to recall some of its stock due to faulty accelerator cables in 2010, the effects of the recall were not felt.Living up to its slogan, “Lead the way”, Toyota has been able to achieve remarkable results over the last three decades.Specialised bankingInvestec was founded by Larry Nestadt, Errol Grolman and Ian Kanto in 1974 in Johannesburg.Today the financing and asset management company operates from three principal markets, South Africa, the UK and Australia, and employs about 6 000 people.Since acquiring its banking licence in 1980, it has bought up many other small companies, including the London-based Allied Trust Bank Limited in 1992 and Reichmans Limited, a finance trade company, in 1990.The company is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and sponsors rugby, football, horse racing and tennis in all the countries from which it operates.last_img read more