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Forum discusses impact of oil pipelines

first_imgFilm, Television and Theater professor Gary Sieber moderated the 2014 Reilly Center Forum “Life Amongst the ‘Tar Sands’ Oil Pipelines: Impacts on Rural Communities and the Environment,” which featured four panelists sharing their experiences with tar sands oil Tuesday in the Eck Visitor’s Center.“Few people likely realize that tar sands pipelines run through Michiana,” Sieber said. ”In fact, the largest on-land spill occurred around here just four years ago.“Pipeline 6B, owned by Enbridge Inc., spilled over a million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River.”Michigan State University professor Steve Hamilton worked on the scene when the spill happened, and said cleaning up such spills from tar sands pipelines like Pipeline 6B and the planned Keystone XL Pipeline could bear huge environmental costs. Tags: Community, oil spill JODI LO |The Observer A panelist in Tuesday night’s forum in Eck Visitor’s Center.discusses the impact of oil pipeline spills.“How far do you want to go to try to get [the oil] out, because the act of getting it out is itself environmentally damaging? … It turns out that freshwater oil spills haven’t been very well studied, and this particularly type of oil hasn’t really been studied at all,” Hamilton said.Notre Dame civil engineering professor Patricia Maurice said she has a house along Line 6B and felt that the way she and her neighbors were treated was abhorrent.We have whole towns without water. We’ve had countless court cases between landowners and Enridge,” Maurice said. “This is one of the most profitable companies in all of Canada … and I think they could probably spend a little more money to make sure things are done safely and correctly … but they won’t unless residents raise up and take advantage of the political apparatus.”Beth Wallace, a Michigan native who worked for the National Wildlife Federation, said the numerous defects in pipelines carrying derivatives from tar sands, like Line 6B, pose a clear and present threat to her home’s environment.Oakland University professor Jeffrey Insko also lives near Line 6B. He said increased regulation and more effective leadership will be the first step to solving problems along the pipeline.“First, we need a serious overhaul of federal regulations,” Insko said. “The fact of the matter is that Enbridge and companies like Enbridge are not suddenly going to start living up to the values they profess all the time. Our only hope is a regulatory system with some serious teeth.”last_img read more

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Leicester thriving without Ranieri as Mahrez sinks Hull

first_imgOumar Niasse found Kamil Grosicki and his cross from the touchline was poked home from close range by Clucas for the midfielder’s first goal of the season.But the champions were unfazed and Fuchs bagged just his second goal in two seasons with Leicester in the 27th minute.Jamie Vardy carved open the Hull defence with a penetrating raid and from his cross, Fuchs pounced on the loose ball to fire home.Unable to turn their first half dominance into further goals, Leicester narrowly avoided falling behind again when Hull’s Harry Maguire headed against the crossbar from Grosicki’s corner early in the second half.But Hull have not been out of the relegation zone since Marco Silva took over in early January and the Tigers were destined to spend another weekend in the bottom three.Mahrez, a major disappointment this term after being voted player of the year last season, had gone close twice in quick succession before the Algeria winger hit the target in the 59th minute.Working space on the edge of the penalty area, Mahrez drilled a low shot that eluded a weak attempted save from Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic at his near post.It was the first time Mahrez had scored in open play in his last 28 league appearances.Leicester wrapped up the points in the final moments when Hull midfielder Huddlestone headed into his own net from Wilfred Ndidi’s flick. Share on: WhatsApp Leicester City’s English striker Jamie Vardy (right) Leicester, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester’s revival following Claudio Ranieri’s shock sacking gathered pace as Riyad Mahrez inspired a crucial 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Hull on Saturday.Following Ranieri’s ruthless dismissal last week, Leicester have finally recaptured the form that carried them to the Premier League title last season.In severe danger of being relegated, they ended a run of five successive league defeats with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday and followed that with a come-from-behind success against Hull at the King Power Stadium.Sam Clucas put Hull ahead but Christian Fuchs equalised before half-time and Mahrez struck in the second half.Tom Huddlestone’s own goal capped an encouraging day for Leicester, who are five points clear of the bottom three and can breathe easier after a turbulent period.Hull remain second bottom and are four points from safety after their winless run in away league fixtures stretched to 13 games.Amid reports that former England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to Leicester’s Thai owners about succeeding Ranieri, interim boss Craig Shakespeare has made it clear he wants the job.Ranieri’s former assistant has been backed by several of Leicester’s stars and they boosted his job prospects by securing successive league wins for the first time this season.The hosts should have been ahead early on when Mahrez’s free-kick picked out Wes Morgan, only for the unmarked Leicester defender to head wide.Leicester’s shoddy finishing could have been costly as Clucas gave Hull a surprise lead in the 14th minute.last_img read more

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World Cup expectations a ‘sufferance’ for Argentina, Messi

first_img“It was difficult to work in those conditions because there was only one available option: to be world champions.“Putting that kind of obligation ahead of the match itself made everything much more complicated.”Although Sampaoli pledged to hang on to his job following their elimination, he soon resigned from his post.The Argentinian federation have appointed Lionel Scaloni, their former under-20 coach, as Argentina coach.Sampaoli, 58, offered him some advice: “We need to find a balance so that this obligation to win doesn’t generate even more anxiety.“Every match (at the World Cup) was a sufferance.”Messi’s future with the national side has been in doubt since Argentina’s elimination.According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked not to be considered for selection for a series of friendlies in September and October.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the ‘Albiceleste’ were saddled with excessive expectations at the World Cup, stifling the performances of his players, including Lionel Messi.Argentina were tipped as possible winners of the tournament in Russia but were eliminated at the knockout phase following a tense 4-3 defeat to eventual champions France.Even before they squeezed into the second round, Argentina flattered to deceive, drawing 1-1 with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and squeezing past a plucky Nigeria 2-1 in the group stages.Sampaoli said expectations that Argentina would win the tournament emanating from the country’s football federation stifled the creativity and success of Messi and his fellow players.“The best player in the world (Messi) was devoted” to the Argentina cause, Sampaoli said in comments to Spanish sports daily Marca.“At his club (Barcelona) he has great stability. But when he comes to the national team a collective hysteria takes over and it’s like we’re expected to win.“This is not possible. If we don’t win, it’s him (Messi) who cops all the criticism. So you can’t play, and you can’t enjoy it.”He added: “The weight of expectation on this team was too heavy. We all felt pushed by the obligation to win, which meant it was difficult for us to express our talents.last_img read more

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