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RE: the damage to the Appalachian Trail.

Motorized traffic along the 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine is generally prohibited.

“generally”??? My understanding is that motorized traffic is totally prohibited.

Four-wheeling on the trail left tire tracks, muddy ruts and a swath of bare land six to eight feet wide, according to photographs provided by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

I attended a presentation the other day by a man who completed the entire Appalachian Trail a few years ago.

One of the pics he showed us was of what appeared to be a small stream. But the stream turned out to be the trail filled with water!

He (Sam Ducharme) said, “do you remember what I said about ‘Leave No Trace’ on the trail? Yep, that meant that, as tempting as it was, we could not in good conscience go around the submerged sections as that would have risked damaging the vegetation on either side.”

The next picture was of his wrinkled feet from having to walk through so much water. He literally endured foot issues to minimize damage to the trail.

Officials with Mountain Valley and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is monitoring the construction project, have said that the Forest Service also allowed security crews for the pipeline company to use the trail.

Talk about things I’d really NOT want to see if I was hiking the trail!!

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Regarding Kinder Morgan shareholder resolutions:

Kinder Morgan shareholders’ eco-resolutions pass in rare investor upset


With B.C. project in limbo, Texas energy giant’s own investors demand more information on environmental, climate performance.

VANCOUVER—In an upset for a major publicly-traded corporation, two environmental resolutions at Kinder Morgan Inc.’s annual general meetings passed with more than 50 per cent of shareholder votes Wednesday, against the Texas firm’s advice.

Proponents of investor activism declared the Houston AGM results a victory for “democratization” inside a company that’s more used to protests from environmental and Indigenous opponents outside its doors.

This sounds potentially significant.

One resolution, tabled by New York State’s $270-billion pension fund, demanded improvements in the Texas energy giant’s environmental reporting.

“This is a resounding victory for shareholders and others concerned about the company’s lack of reporting on environmental, social and corporate governance issues,” said Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, in a statement, urging the company to be “accountable” about “risks in its operations” such as controversy over its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline through B.C.

A pension fund speaking up is an excellent development.

The second motion, from a Boston investment firm, asked how the company was prepared for 2C of global warming — noting its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion “is of concern due to strong community and First Nations opposition, particularly in B.C.” combined with low oil prices are “raising questions about the project’s long-term viability.”

First Nations opposition seems to be really driving the conversation.

A Kinder Morgan Inc. spokesperson confirmed the two resolutions from the floor passed with the required majority vote, in which larger stockholders got more sway.

If you’ve ever been to a shareholder meeting you’ll know how true the next statement is:

Shareholder resolutions rarely gain more than a fraction of support

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Kinder Morgan shareholders’ vote for environmental accountability seen as victory by Trans Mountain opponents

Chief Judy Wilson was among a group of Canadian Indigenous leaders who reaffirmed their opposition to the Trans Mountain proposal at the meeting where shareholders passed two of three non-binding proposals calling for improved environmental reporting.

Wilson represents the Neskonlith Band of the Secwepemc Nation, which holds land title over a stretch of more than 500 kilometres of the proposed 980 kilometre pipeline, and is fighting the pipeline expansion in court.

“The passage of the sustainability reporting resolution is a victory and a sign that institutional shareholders are concerned about the opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion project and the perceived lack of understanding that the company has demonstrated of the rights of indigenous people,” Wilson told a news conference following the meeting.

Obviously, Kinder Morgan won’t give up easily.

The company played down the vote, however, along with passage of a second resolution that called on the company to publish by 2019 an assessment of the long-term impact that an international goal to limit the rise of global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius would have on its assets and set out how the company planned to respond to a transition to a low-carbon economy.

I’m certainly very interested to read Kinder Morgan’s ‘assessment’!

In her address to shareholders, Wilson said that the legal, political and economic climate have all shifted against the Trans Mountain project since it was first proposed in 2012.

“Canada has now signed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. First Nations must give free, prior, informed consent to projects that impact our territory, and we do not consent,” she said at the meeting. “Your company misinterprets Canadian law at your own peril. Shareholders should not be misled.”

“we do not consent”

(Judy sounds like a real leader.)

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Local pipeline-related news here in CT:

CT regulators ignore health and climate destroying methane leaks

  • Below is a press release sent by the Connecticut Sierra Club.
  • Gas pipelines in Connecticut leak at a much higher rate than is admitted by the companies who own them, and the environmental community is increasingly troubled by government appointed regulators who deny these leaks, and try to pretend away a serious and growing problem.

    The gas is fracked from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and includes other components in addition to methane. Some of these components are volatile organic compounds, which lead to the formation of ground level ozone smog that can trigger asthma, impair lung function and exacerbate emphysema and other pre-existing respiratory diseases. One of these is Benzene, which is linked to cancers, respiratory illnesses, and birth defects; Ethylbenzene is linked to neurological and blood disorders (both benzene and ethylbenzene are constituents of raw geothermic gas); and lastly, Formaldehyde is linked to some cancers and respiratory disease. All these components and methane are leaked in substantial amounts from compressor stations that service the main gas pipelines through the state of Connecticut.

    Those are all very bad chemicals to breathe in, to say the least.

    In order to determine the number and estimate the size of methane leaks in the city of Hartford, a group of scientists sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club conducted a mobile methane leak survey on all public streets of Hartford, from February 25 through March 31, 2016. This survey replicated studies previously conducted in Boston and elsewhere. This study found approximately six times more leaks in five weeks than found during the entire year of 2016 by PURA (only Grade 1 and Grade 2 leak level data were available, not Grade 3, which was not reported).

    “six times more leaks in five weeks” than “found during the entire year of 2016 by PURA” – Houston, we have a problem!

    PURA, what an Orwellian acronym. PURA stands for Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

    We are living at a terrifying moment in history when public entities deny scientific truths and public regulators defend corporate rights to pollute over the welfare of the people.

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    Here are the biographies of the top three members of PURA.

    http://www.ct.gov/pura/cwp/view.asp?a=3351&Q=455206

    I don’t have time to research them all atm, but I do believe it’s worth noting that all three of them were either nominated or appointed by Gov. Malloy (D). I’m so glad we will soon be rid of Malloy!

    Would a Repub appoint better people? Probably not. But does that mean we should let PURA slide?

    I did look into the Chair of PURA. Her name is Katie Scharf Dykes, she graduated from Yale, and her husband is:

    Michael “Mackey” Dykes, a former regional finance manager for Obama’s presidential campaign

    And her husband is connected to the infamous Solyndra:

    Washington couple takes shelter from Solyndra scandal at Connecticut agencies

    Dennis Schain, spokesman for Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, told the Courant, the couple is “making a new start” in Connecticut.

    “They’re here in Connecticut working now and that’s the story,” Schain said in response to questions about what, if anything, the couple did in relation to Solyndra.

    😛

    As a presidential candidate, Obama had said lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House,” but then dialed that back to “won’t dominate [my White House].”

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