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Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and offshore drilling garner a lot of news headlines when it comes to oil and gas issues in America, but they’re far from the only game in town, with those two drilling techniques not even constituting the majority of U.S. oil and gas production.
For that, look to enhanced oil recovery (EOR), an under-regulated drilling method that has been around for over a century and could be threatening drinking water sources — if only regulators and the public had enough information to determine that danger, according to a new 63 page report published this week. Environmental group Clean Water Action, with graduate students from Johns Hopkins University, plumbed the academic and professional literature on EOR and its associated regulatory issues in order to lay out the potential environmental and public health risks posed by EOR. They also detail how the drilling method came to be handled with such a light touch by regulators at both the state and federal level.
The report details that the almost non-existent regulatory treatment for EOR, which makes up 60 percent of U.S. oil and gas production, may be further watered down due to proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget cuts by the Trump administration. In addition, oil, gas, and coal companies are pushing for two Senate bills offering tax incentives for this drilling technique which cast it as a supposed climate change solution.
President Trump and his appointees, particularly Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, have made federalism a theme of their efforts to scale back environmental regulation. They argue that the federal government has become too intrusive and that states should be returned to a position of “regulatory primacy” on environmental matters.
“We have to let the states compete to see who has the best solutions. They know the best how to spend their dollars and how to take care of the people within each state,” Trump said in a speech to the National Governors Association last February.
Some liberal-leaning states have responded by adopting more aggressive regulations. California has positioned itself as a leader in the fight to curb climate change. New York is restructuring its electricity market to facilitate clean energy. And Virginia’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, has ordered state environmental regulators to design a rule to cap carbon emissions from power plants.
State experimentation may be the only way to break the gridlock on environmental issues that now overwhelms our national political institutions. However, without a broad mandate from the federal government to address urgent environmental problems, few red and purple states will follow California’s lead. In my view, giving too much power to the states will likely result in many states doing less, not more.
This Saskatoon Berry Pie tastes like summer! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! – – – – – – Only recently did I realize that not everyone knows what Saskatoon berries are. I just assumed Saskatoons bushes were in everyones yards or nearby forests…as kids these were the berries we picked copius amounts of right from the bush. If you haven’t had them before don’t be fooled by the fact that they look like blueberries…these berries actually don’t have a lot of flavour and are kind of dry, but they’re good. I’m not really selling them am I? 😉 I do love them. They remind me of home and summer. They’re especially delicious turned into a luscious pie filling. Last week my kids came home from their annual week long adventure with Grandma and Grandpa, and with them they brought back a big bag of freshly picked Saskatoons. So of course I had to make pie. And because I love to use cutters for my pie crusts, I decided to have fun with this pie too. Truth be told, I find these ‘fancy’ top crusts so much easier to make than the traditional or lattice pie […]
Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks at a Laurier Club donor appreciation reception in Victoria on August 4th, 2017.
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This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Mount Polley mine disaster, which sent 24 million cubic metres of mining waste into Quesnel Lake, making it one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history.
It’ll be a stinging reminder of the tailings pond collapse for local residents, especially considering no charges have been laid against Imperial Metals, owner and operator of Mount Polley.
Come August 5 it will be too late for B.C. to lay charges, given a three-year statute of limitations — however federal charges can be laid for another two years.
But here’s the thing: under the federal Fisheries Act, Mount Polley can receive a maximum of $12 million in fines: $6 million for causing harm to fish and fish habitat and $6 million for dumping deleterious substances without a permit into fish bearing waters.
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And there are plenty of journal articles too, like this one which came out just last week, that concluded,
“these data extend the possibility that daily self-weighing may be important for prevention of unwanted weight gain“
The problem with the majority of these studies however, is that they’re not randomized trials designed to compare the intervention of weighing oneself daily to not, but rather they’re either longitudinal studies, or retrospective studies, that look at weight loss and whether or not there’s an association with daily weighing.
That matters a great deal because it certainly might follow, and this would be consistent with the experiences I’ve observed in working with thousands and thousands of patients, that when people know they’re struggling with their diets and lifestyle changes, they avoid stepping on the scale, and therefore my bet would be that daily weighing is simply a marker for people who are doing well with their efforts.
So have there been randomized controlled trials of daily weighing on weight loss?
Surprisingly, I could only find one that isolated daily weighing as the primary weight loss intervention. It was a study which randomized 183 adults with obesity to weigh themselves daily, or not, and both groups were given weight loss advice that was known to be ineffective. That last bit is important if you’re trying to suss out whether or not daily weighing itself provides benefit.
The authors’ conclusion?
“As an intervention for weight loss, instruction to weigh daily is ineffective. Unlike other studies, there was no evidence that greater frequency of self-weighing is associated with greater weight loss.“
I also wonder about whether or not daily weighing might lead to increased recidivism? Though I couldn’t find any studies that looked at daily weighing and its association with patient dropout, given that day to day weight fluctuations are normal, and that weight loss (and life as a whole) isn’t often a straight, consistent, line, I worry that those weighing themselves daily will provide themselves with more opportunities to be discouraged and hence, more likely to quit their intentional weight loss efforts in frustration.
In our clinic we recommend our patients weigh themselves weekly, on Wednesday mornings, naked, after pee, before breakfast, with the rationale being it’s important to ensure weight gains, if they’re occurring, are noted, because if you’re off course, it’s easy to gain a great deal of weight in a short period of time and avoiding the scale because you know things aren’t going well might lead you to gain more than you would have were you aware of your trend.
I am not supposed to be doing this right now. I have allegedly more urgent work to attend to. But it is the middle of our short Canadian summer. And there is nothing quite like stealing time from more urgent work for a summer flight of fancy. For my text see : “Did Donald Trump […]
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There’s no denying there’s a fair bit of grey to the black and white world of corporate sponsorship and public private partnerships, but the Reading With Ronald program probably doesn’t fall into that category.
Simply put, Reading With Ronald sees public libraries inviting Ronald McDonald to read to kindergartners.
Publicly funded institutions that by definition are trusted by children shouldn’t be used to market anything, let along junk food, to children.
That these events occur doesn’t speak so much to incompetence though, they speak to just how normal it is in society today for us to pretend that corporate interests in events like these are altruistic, and not just marketing.
Iconic Canadian space company and well known American wannabe, Vancouver BC based Macdonald Dettwiler (MDA) surged 8.42% in a single trading session following the release of it’s Q2 2017 results and seems poised to keep going.
|As outlined in this July 31st, 2017 Globe and Mail post on “MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd,” the company “closed up sharply Monday, rallying $1.82 or 2.64% to $70.71 and setting a new 50-day high. Over the last five days, shares have gained 9.20% and 5.71% year to date.” Of course, the stock rise came hot on the heels of a mostly positive Q2 earnings call, which was held after the markets closed on Thursday, July 27th. It’s good news for MDA, which has under-performed the S&P TSX by 21.28% during the last year. For a transcript of the Q2 call, check out the July 28th, 2017 Seeking Alpha post, “MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates’ (MDDWF) CEO Howard Lance on Q2 2017 Results – Earnings Call Transcript.” Graphic c/o Globe & Mail.|
But the results weren’t all sweetness and light.
“I don’t know that it will ever get back to 22 satellite (contracts being awarded) a year,” Lance said, “but … the question is less around numbers and, from our standpoint, more around dollars.”
Of course, as outlined in the July 27th, 2017 post, “SpaceX Dominates, MDA Builds Comms & Telesat Plans LEO Sats (But Hasn’t Yet Committed),” the real problem with the current crop of large commercial satellites placed in geostationary equatorial orbit (GEO) which MDA’s subsidiary SSL has traditionally preferred to build is that they are increasingly in competition with large numbers of smaller, lower cost satellites being place in low (LEO) or medium Earth orbits (MEO) which, because of those lower orbits, possess lower latency (the time between when a signal is sent and received) and are therefore better for two way communication.
Expect this to further reduce the pool of available, large GEO satellite contracts traditionally preferred by MDA/SSL for their high dollar value in the coming months. The SSL subsidiary laid off some of its workforce in June to compensate for the paucity of communications satellite orders.
As outlined most recently in the July 17th, 2017 post, “Orbital ATK, DARPA, MacDonald Dettwiler, DigitalGlobe & Unleashing the Lobbyists,” MDA has promised that it will eventually control Digitalglobe through a US based holding company in order to satisfy CFIUS requirements.
Only time will tell if CFIUS buys that story. Lance said the re-filing of CFIUS documentation initiated a new 30-day review period, which will close on August 14th. The impending DigitalGlobe acquisition is likely the reason for MDA’s stock surge which likely means that the market does buy that story.
As for DigitalGlobe, financial results for the three months ending June 30th show the effects of the addition of the WorldView-4 satellite, which entered service in February 2017 and those results, as outlined in the July 21st, 2017 Space Intel Report post, “DigitalGlobe: US government exercises option, WorldView-4 draws commercial customers,” are good.
|According to the Space Intel Report, “DigitalGlobe’s five-satellite fleet generated $225.7Mln US ($282Mln VDN) in revenue for the 3 months ending June 30. Two-thirds of it was from U.S. government contracts. The company is spending up to $600Mln US ($750Mln CDN) to replace the WorldView-1, WorldView-2 and GeoEye-1 satellites starting in 2020. A fleet of at least six smaller, lower-resolution satellites, being built with the government of Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to enter service in 2019.” The “CE90” metric is a measure of geolocation accuracy. Graphic c/o DigitalGlobe.|
Also, as outlined in the conference call, MDA reported a $29Mln CDN drop in its communications segment for the three months ended June 30th, which generated $332.4Mln CDN in revenue. The company’s surveillance and intelligence segment balanced the loss from fewer geostationary satellite orders by pulling in $171.3Mln CDN for the quarter, up $30.1Mln CDN.
The total revenue for the quarter was $503.7Mln CDN, comparable to last year’s $502.5Mln CDN. Net MDA income was $25.8Mln CDN, slightly up from last years $28.3Mln CDN but the order backlog shrank to $2Bln CDN, down $500Mln CDN over last year.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.
As President Trump‘s State Department took steps to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the project’s owner, TransCanada, lobbied on two bills in Montana which will ease the company’s regulatory burden in the state.
Those bills, HB 365 and SB 109, moved along in the state’s legislature with no media coverage despite the state being the first crossed in the pipeline’s proposed journey from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. HB 365, which passed in May, will allow TransCanada to escape civil liability for any potential damages suffered by its contracted land surveyors. Meanwhile, SB 109 would have required environmental reviews for infrastructure projects in Montana to consider impacts beyond state lines, but failed to pass.
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