Virginia sues Mountain Valley Pipeline for repeated violationsVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality have sued the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline for violations of the state’s environmental laws and regulations at sites in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties. The lawsuit alleges that Mountain Valley Pipeline has violated Virginia’s clean water protections. Mountain Valley Pipeline is in the process of building a controversial 303.5-mile long natural gas pipeline from Wetzel County, West Virginia to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of bad news for fracked gas pipelines in Virginia. In late November, the Army Corps of Engineers suspended an essential permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, restricting developers from doing work on stream or wetland crossings. An accidentally punctured can of bear spray sends Amazon employees to hospitalTwo-dozen Amazon warehouse employees in Robbinsville, New Jersey were sent to the hospital after an automated machine damaged a 9-ounce can of bear repellent containing a concentrated amount of capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers. About 30 other workers were treated at the warehouse in Robbinsville. Most reported difficulty breathing or burning in their throats or eyes, although one of the workers was in critical condition. All employees are expected to make a full recovery. In 2015, the Haslet, Texas fire department responded to an accident at an Amazon facility caused by a robot running over a can of bear repellent. Bear repellent is an aerosol used to deter aggressive or charging bears. The offspring of celebrity Yellowstone wolf 06 killed by hunterYellowstone wolf watchers are mourning the death of Spitfire, the daughter of Yellowstone’s famous wolf 06. 06 became a celebrity in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley for her hunting prowess and frequent appearances along the road in Yellowstone where visitors gather in the hope of spotting wolves. 06 was killed by a hunter in 2012 and her obituary ran in the New York Times. Like her mother, a hunter legally killed Spitfire when she wandered outside of park boundaries. The killing has renewed calls for a buffer around the park so that wolves that live within the safety zone and have little fear of humans cannot be shot if they wander beyond the park’s invisible boundary. Montana has allowed the hunting of wolves since 2011.
GREENSBURG, Ind. — Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor requires closure of a single lane in each direction on Interstate 74 at Greensburg as part of a project to replace the State Road 3 Bridge spanning the interstate.I-74 lane closures begin Tuesday (5/3).Restrictions will be lifted by 2 p.m. Friday.A 12-foot lane will be open to eastbound and westbound traffic at all times. Interchange access will be continued to be maintained for motorists utilizing S.R. 3 crossovers.An I-74 lane closure will be implemented in both directions again next week—beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, May 9; ending at 2 p.m. Friday, May 13.
The Premier League is considering making some behind-closed-doors fixtures available free-to-air when the season restarts, the culture secretary has said.Oliver Dowden has said he had been having “productive talks” with governing bodies from across British sport on restarting following the coronavirus shutdown.He said the resumption hinged on passing the government’s five tests as well as meeting social distancing guidelines.Dowden said it was also important to send out a message that was “consistent” with that being given to the public.Football is suspended indefinitely across most of Europe because of the continued spread of Covid-19.Discussing how sports would be broadcast if held behind closed doors, as is expected to be the case initially, he told the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee:“I have said to the Premier League it wouldn’t send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn’t have access to it.”He acknowledged that sports were “reliant on the revenue they derive” from broadcasting deals.But he said that there were ways sport could have “elements of protecting revenue from broadcasting but also looking at ways of increasing access”.The Premier League was “considering” the issue, he said. Source: BBC
The Dutch league was earlier cancelled with no champions being announced along with no relegations or promotions.Other countries including Germany, Italy and England are working to find ways to complete the current campaign. PSG will be crowned French Champions for the 2019-20 season following the premature termination of the campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to L’Equipe.The Newspaper reported that the French Football Federation had decided to recognise the current league standings as final.France banned all sporting events, including those behind closed doors, until September effectively ending any possibility of resuming the current league season.Paris St-Germain are currently 12 points clear of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1, with 10 games to play, although PSG have one outstanding match as well.It would be the Paris club’s third straight league title.With football in the country being frozen since mid-March, there had been hopes that the season could resume in June.However, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the decision to ban sports was to ensure compliance with social distancing directives.“The 2019-20 season of professional sports, including football, will not be able to resume. It will be possible, on sunny days, to practice an individual sporting activity outdoors, obviously respecting the rules of social distancing,” he said.“It will not be possible, neither to practice sport in covered places, nor team or contact sports.”