MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy said it has stopped the flow of spilled artesian groundwater that began a year ago when workers installing the Line 3 oil pipeline in northwestern Minnesota punctured an aquifer. The spill near Enbridge’s terminal in Clearbrook was one of the worst environmental accidents during construction of the 340-mile (547-kilometer) pipeline in Minnesota. Workers dug too deeply into the ground and the rupture resulted in a 24 million gallon groundwater leak. READ MORE: Enbridge Says Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Complete; Oil To Flow Friday The company told the state Department of Natural Resources that it stopped the uncontrolled leak on Tuesday. The DNR said it will monitor the repair and the investigation remains ongoing. The agency is looking at further restoration, mitigation and penalties. The White Earth Band of Ojibwe and other pipeline opponents have been doing their own investigation, including drone footage, to check for further water … [Read more...] about Enbridge Energy: Pierced Aquifer Near Minnesota Section Of Oil Pipeline Fixed
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0 Politics & Government The agency under-counted abandoned wells by more than half, which means the effort covers only a fraction of the cost. High Country News , News Partner Posted Reply By Nick Bowlin , High Country News Jan. 20, 2022 In January, the Department of the Interior stated what many have suspected: there are far more orphaned oil and gas wells in the U.S. than previously estimated. In a memo, the agency wrote that more than 130,000 documented wells exist across the country that lack a responsible company on the hook to pay for cleanup – the remnant of more than 150 years of extracting oil and natural gas. This figure, based on data provided by the states, is two-and-a-half times the agency's 2019 estimate, which put the figure at 56,000. This ballooning estimate comes in response to Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Biden signed in November, which includes $4.7 billion to plug … [Read more...] about Interior Devotes Billions To Plugging Old Oil Wells. Is It Enough?
SACRAMENTO — Dozens of California lobbying firms received millions of dollars in emergency federal assistance meant for small businesses to ride out the coronavirus pandemic, though some were ineligible for the program. Backed by the Small Business Administration, the low-interest Paycheck Protection Program loans were subject to long-standing eligibility requirements that included a prohibition on lending to firms “primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities,” meaning they derived more than half of their revenue from that business. But as many as two dozen firms significantly engaged in lobbying California’s state government, including several of the highest-grossing firms last year, received PPP loans for which they may not have been eligible, worth about $3.7 million total, according to a review of public records and interviews. The California lobbying firms are part of a pattern of flawed or improper lending in the Paycheck Protection Program, a lifeline for … [Read more...] about Lobbyists weren’t eligible for Paycheck Protection money, but California firms got millions
0 Restaurants & Bars The Daily Meal has rounded up California's claims to culinary fame as part of its annual guide to the best food and drink in every state. Kristina Houck , Patch Staff Posted Reply CALIFORNIA – As 2018 comes to a close, it's a good time to think back on the highlights – especially when those highlights involve great food and drink. The good folks at The Daily Meal website , who analyze all things related to dining and drinking, have used their tastebuds all year to determine the best places to get everything from beer to burritos, and pancakes to pizza. The Daily Meal has taken a look back on its lists and rankings over the past year to compile its second annual guide to the best food and drink across the country. To celebrate all the great food and drink that the country's most populous state has to offer, The Daily Meal has rounded up dozens of California's claims to culinary fame as part of its … [Read more...] about The Best Food And Drink In California For 2019: List
This summer, California’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime . Next door, in Nevada, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes and businesses to pull out their lawns . It will get worse. As climate change and population growth further stress the water supply from the drought-plagued West to the seemingly bottomless Great Lakes, states and municipalities are likely to impose increasingly draconian restrictions on water use. Such efforts may be more effective than simply exhorting people to conserve. In August, for example, cities and towns in California consumed much less water — 27 billion gallons less —than in August last year. But the proliferation of limits on water use will not solve the problem because regulations do nothing to address the main driver of the nation’s wanton consumption of water: its price. “Most water problems are readily addressed with innovation,” said David G. … [Read more...] about The Risks of Cheap Water
Two pieces of seemingly unrelated news last week show just how deficient our values are when it comes to the treatment of the lowest paid workers in our economy , the largest portion of whom are employed in the food chain. First, Los Angeles followed Seattle and San Francisco in setting its minimum wage at $15 per hour. With New York looking as if it might join the club , $15 could become the new, de facto $7.25, the current federal minimum hourly wage. (As I’ve mentioned before, many tipped workers make even less than that.) A couple of days later, Walmart, among the worst offenders in the realm of labor abuse, announced that it would push its suppliers for improvements in ... animal welfare. If Walmart’s new rules are enforced, they’d be stricter and more humane than any set by federal agencies. But the standards are voluntary, vague and without a deadline; and the company has a history of not following through on its promises. And what does it say that you can … [Read more...] about Can We Finally Treat Food Workers Fairly?
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly opening its first-ever brick and mortar clothing store called Amazon Style. The first location will open in Los Angeles later this year, although an exact date hasn’t been specified. Engadget reports that tech giant Amazon is launching its first-ever Amazon Style physical clothing store. The company has previously opened multiple grocery stores which offer a checkout-less shopping experience in which customers pick items off shelves, place them in their basket, and leave with their account being automatically charged upon exit. Amazon One Palm Scanner (Amazon) (Photo by Peter Wynn Thompson/AP Images for Amazon) Now the company is expanding the types of physical products that it sells with the launch of its first-ever fashion store. The e-commerce giant promises to offer brands that consumers “know and love,” and give customers access to an app that allows them to choose an item, size, and color and send it directly to a … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Takeover: Amazon to Open First Retail Clothing Store
McDonald’s is expanding sales of its meatless McPlant burger to hundreds of locations. The company said the McPlant __ which it co-developed with plant-based protein company Beyond Meat __ will be sold at 600 stores in the San Francisco and Dallas areas starting Feb. 14. It’s a major expansion for the McPlant, which was introduced last November at eight stores in Texas, Iowa, Louisiana and California. McDonald’s said the larger product test will help it understand customer demand. The Chicago company offered no details about what it learned from its first round of sales, or whether it has since tweaked the recipe. The McPlant is made from peas, rice and potatoes, among other ingredients. McDonald’s has been slower to market with a plant-based burger than rivals. Burger King introduced the plant-based Impossible Whopper __ made by Beyond Meat rival Impossible Foods __ in 2019, while Starbucks brought out a breakfast sandwich made with Impossible sausage in 2020. Earlier … [Read more...] about McDonald’s expanding test of McPlant in US stores
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — What some Minnesotans are doing to heat up their winter fun is evolving. In a portable sauna outsider her St. Louis Park home, Jennifer Chenoweth is seeking serenity — and it’s steamy. READ MORE: FBI Warrants Say Twin Cities Organization Claiming To Feed Children Instead Spent Money On Cars, Trips And Homes “We really like to have the sauna during the coldest weeks of the year, so that we can sort of embrace the north,” Chenoweth said. This is her family’s second year renting a mobile sauna. She says it’s a warm retreat without the road trip or plane ticket. “The sense of well-being we get when we do this really makes it worth it,” Chenoweth said. She rents the sauna from Roam Sauna Company . Co-owner Joe Henry said that this year business has been booming. “The craze kinda came as a surprise to us,” he said. Roam has been booked out since October, and business hasn’t cooled off. The next opening isn’t until late March. Roam plans to expand … [Read more...] about ‘Embrace The North’: Sauna Culture Growing In The Twin Cities
What is a human life worth? You may not want to put a price tag on a it. But if we really had to, most of us would agree that the value of a human life would be in the millions. Consistent with the foundations of our democracy and our frequently professed belief in the inherent dignity of human beings, we would also agree that all humans are created equal, at least to the extent of denying that differences of sex, ethnicity, nationality and place of residence change the value of a human life. With Christmas approaching, and Americans writing checks to their favorite charities, it’s a good time to ask how these two beliefs — that a human life, if it can be priced at all, is worth millions, and that the factors I have mentioned do not alter the value of a human life — square with our actions. Perhaps this year such questions lurk beneath the surface of more family discussions than usual, for it has been an extraordinary year for philanthropy, especially philanthropy to fight global … [Read more...] about What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?