first_imgCamden County, Georgia, is proposing to build a commercial spaceport that would launch orbital and sub-orbital rockets eastward over populated areas, including the Intercostal Waterway, Little Cumberland Island, and Cumberland Island National Seashore.But according to litigation filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) on October 17, 2018, the risks of the project have not been fully disclosed to the public.Every other spaceport in the United States launches directly over the ocean. But the proposed Spaceport Camden site would launch over dozens of private residences and a national park that hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year. This would jeopardize hikers and force closures of the national park for weeks at a time.It’s also located on a toxic site that has already experienced deadly explosions. Morton Thiokol, Inc. manufactured booster rockets on the site for NASA, including the space shuttle Challenger in the 1980s. Those Thiokol-built rockets failed and caused the infamous shuttle to explode just 73 seconds into flight in 1986. Fifteen years earlier, Thiokol was involved in another tragedy in Camden County on the banks of Todd Creek: an industrial fire and explosion killed 29 and injured 50, with shock waves shattering windows up to 11 miles away. Later, Union Carbide produced highly toxic methyl isocyanate gas on the site. The gas is famous for a 1984 tragedy in Bhopal, India, where it spilled at the city’s Union Carbide plant and was eventually held responsible for more than 20,000 deaths.“It’s the worst possible site for a commercial spaceport,” said Kevin Lang, whose family owns property on Little Cumberland Island. “It endangers people, wildlife, property, and public lands.”With all of this contamination on a site surrounded by water, environmentalists worry the construction and rocket launches will cause severe water contamination.“There have been no studies on vibrations, extreme heat, fuel spills, and other potential impacts that happen regularly at rocket launch facilities,” says Megan Derosiers, executive director of the nonprofit 100 Miles. “How will construction affect the existing contamination on that site? None of these concerns are addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement, and Camden County isn’t talking about them. These are huge concerns—especially because of the hazardous waste landfill that is on the site now, that sits right on the bank of Todd Creek. And that bank is eroding. And so with vibrations, and continued disruption, thanks to the spaceport, that site will continue to get worse over time.”‘This dispute is really about documents’In order for Camden County to acquire a Launch Site Operator License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Camden County is required to submit both a risk analysis, called a Hazard Analysis, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the FAA.Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in March 2018, SELC submitted two requests to the FAA asking for the disclosure of documents that relate to the DEIS and the Hazard Analysis for Spaceport Camden.When the SELC filed the FOIA requests back in March, the FAA acknowledged receipt of the requests but did not provide a determination—acknowledgement that responsive documents exist, claims that certain exemptions may apply, and a timeline for when those documents will be produced.By law, FOIA requests should receive a response within twenty days. After six months with no response from the FAA, the SELC filed suit.“This dispute is really about documents,” says SELC attorney Brian Gist. “This litigation doesn’t impact the environmental review process and the permitting for the facility. This is solely about whether, when, and how FAA will provide the requested documents.”Line in the sand“They’re going to be shooting rockets over us,” says Lang. “If a rocket explodes, it’s kind of unclear how we’re supposed to get off the island.”According to the DEIS, the probability of a launch failure at the proposed spaceport is approximately one to three explosions every two years. The DEIS says that launch failures typically occur at the launch pad soon after ignition, after the rocket is in flight, during the return flight, or at the landing site for first-stage landings.As stated in the DEIS, debris from explosions at the launch pad “would be expected to impact within the launch site boundary or on land or in water within the hazard area.” But the DEIS does not identify the geographic limits of this hazard area.According to SELC’s lawsuit, the Hazard Analysis also likely contains other critical information currently unavailable to the public such as potential damage to fisheries, saltmarshes, and waterways and estimates of human fatalities.Steve Weinkle is a concerned Camden County resident and lives about six miles from the site of the proposed spaceport. Weinkle says he has seven outstanding FOIA requests with the FAA and that his concern with the spaceport is primarily an economic one. “I’m a retiree,” says Weinkle. “I’m on a fixed income. I have seen my property taxes increase because of this proposed spaceport.”Weinkle says that after two years without response from the FAA regarding his FOIA requests, he received a call from the FAA on October 18, 2018 and believes that the FAA is anxious to correct their prior failures to follow FOIA.According to the FAA, the FAA does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more

first_imgØrsted has signed contracts with 30 local suppliers for its Greater Changhua projects’ first 900MW and expects to award another ten more major contracts within the next two months for the construction phase, including onshore substation, foundations, turbines, and offshore cable installation.Matthias Bausenwein, Ørsted’s General Manager for Asia Pacific, said: “Since we established our office in Taiwan, during more than 800 days of hard work, we have signed 60 contracts with around 30 local suppliers. Greater Changhua projects’ first 900MW will support the development of a strong local supply chain. We will continue to share our expertise in offshore wind and to support local companies to evaluate their competence and capacity.”In the next two months, Ørsted will invite tenders for an EPC contract for the first onshore substation. The appointed EPC contractor will source mainly from local builders and suppliers to deliver the construction.Subject to obtaining all necessary permits and taking final investment decision, Ørsted will start onshore construction for the projects next year.The offshore wind giant has also urged international turbine suppliers to accelerate their localisation actions, since will be an important factor for Ørsted’s final turbine supplier selection.Namely, the company has called the turbine suppliers to provide clear action plans to further localise turbine sub-components (apart from turbine towers) while working with local suppliers through either local manufacturing or assembly facilities in Taiwan.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – (Reuters) The annual London Marathon which was due to take place on April 26 has been postponed to October 4 because of coronavirus, the organisers said on Friday, marking the latest in a long line of major international sport events disrupted by the pandemic.“The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority,” event director Hugh Brasher said in a statement.Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who unofficially broke the two-hour marathon barrier in Vienna last October, welcomed the news.“I fully respect the decision made by the organisation as safeguarding the health of the world always takes our top priority,” he wrote on Twitter.“To the thousands of runners who with me have devoted the last months of our lives towards this goal I would like to say: Be proud of the work you have put into this journey, keep smiling and seek your next goal.”The postponement delays the highly-anticipated showdown between Kipchoge and Ethiopian rival Kenenisa Bekele, the only men to go under two hours, two minutes for the distance.The marathon was intended to be an Olympic qualifying event for Team GB. British Athletics said it would hold a separate marathon trial for the Tokyo Games “in a closed location, with limited numbers” potentially around April 25 to 27.The Boston Marathon, another one of the six World Marathon Majors, also announced its postponement on Friday, rescheduling from April 20 to mid-September.last_img read more

first_imgThirty-seven-year-old Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway miner David Gaskin was taken into Police custody on Monday over allegations that he murdered Owen John, a boat captain of San Martin, Venezuela following an altercation between the two at Eteringbang Landing.Guyana Times understands that the men were imbibing at Maria Da Silva’s shop when the two started arguing over money.Police disclosed that from preliminary investigations, Gaskin asked John to borrow money, but the boat captain refused. Reports suggested that after John refused, Gaskin dealt him one punch to his nose which caused the boat captain to fall to the ground. It was stated that the suspect then dealt John several kicks to his head and body during which he became motionless.Police said that when they arrived on the scene, the boat captain’s body was lying on the ground with blood oozing from the nostrils. This publication understands that the man’s body was awaiting transportation to Georgetown where a post-mortem examination will be performed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Glenview Retail Park in Letterkenny.A retail park in Letterkenny has sold for just €360,000 at an Allsop auction.The Glenview Retail Park at Mountaintop includes a number of well-known businesses including Pello Haircare and Optimal Fitness.The premises, which has a reserve price of €250,000, offers 6 retails units, office space and a large gymnasium. 12 Manorview Park which was sold for €50,000.It was one of three Donegal properties to go under the hammer.The other two properties were two residential properties which also sold above their reserve asking prices.They were 13 Westside Apartments, Letterkenny, which had a reserve price of €15,000 but which sold for €30,000.A four bedroom house at 12 Manorview Park, Letterkenny sold for €50,000, again above its reserve price.  DONEGAL RETAIL PARK SELLS FOR JUST €360K was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Allsop AuctionsauctiondonegalGlenview retail Parklast_img read more