Pipeline Construction – Storm Field Services LLC http://stormfieldservicesllc.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:16:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/storm-field-services-llc-icon-1-150x150.png Pipeline Construction – Storm Field Services LLC http://stormfieldservicesllc.com/ 32 32 RM1.12 billion budgeted for infrastructure development in 2023 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/rm1-12-billion-budgeted-for-infrastructure-development-in-2023/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:16:13 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/rm1-12-billion-budgeted-for-infrastructure-development-in-2023/

The file photo shows the progress of the construction of a bridge.

KUCHING (21 November): The Sarawak government has budgeted RM1.12 billion to step up infrastructure development across the state next year, Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has said .

In tabling the 2023 Sarawak budget, he said the allocation would be for major projects including Kuching, Sibu and Limbang.

He listed major projects as (1) design and construction of Inner Ring Road, Kuching; (2) construction of a road from Sibu Jaya to Kong Yit Khim Road, Sibu; (3) Jalan Pakan/Ulu Kota, Pakan, Sarikei (Phase 3) and replacement of seven temporary bridges from Phase 1 with permanent bridges; (4) Upgrading of Jalan Oya, Sibu; (5) Emergency works for damaged public infrastructure; (6) Sungai Limbang Bridge, Sungai Bunut No. 2, and connecting roads, Limbang; (7) Rural Bridge Transformation Program; and (8) vehicle park and associated facilities at the Port of Senari.

“Additionally, the construction of several major infrastructure projects costing billions of ringgits are being implemented and financed under the Alternative Financing Initiatives such as Coastal Road Network, Second Main Road, Bukit Mabong Airport and Kuching’s urban transport system,” he said in his report. Budget speech today.

Abang Johari said the state government aspires to achieve 100% coverage for water and electricity supply by 2030.

To this end, he said RM26 million will be allocated for electricity supply projects next year.

The projects are (1) RM12 million for the replacement of the battery and key components of the stand-alone solar system; (2) RM8 million for the supply of electricity to schools which have yet to be connected from public grids; (3) RM4 million for Late Applicant Supplementary Funds (ALAF); and (4) RM2 million for the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) to the Sarawak Power Grid.

He added that there are ongoing electricity supply projects undertaken by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) on behalf of the state government funded under alternative financing.

He announced that RM125 million will be allocated for the implementation of water supply projects.

The projects are (1) Serian Regional Water Supply Phase II; (2) Betong raw water supply; (3) construction of a sludge treatment system for the Batu Kitang plant; (4) construction of phase III of the Salim plant, Sibu; (5) construction of Plant No. 5 at Landeh and storage tank at Bukit Sipaya, Kuching; (6) Rehabilitation of Factory No. 1 at Batu Kitang, Kuching; (7) Construction of Bukit Panchor Storage Water Reservoir, Serian; (8) extension of the pipeline from Old Ulu Oya to Sibu West; and (9) construction of the Sibu West storage reservoir.

Apart from these projects, he said the Sarawak Water Supply Scheme for Troubled Areas funded by the Alternative Finance Initiative will continue to be scaled up.

He added that RM900 million will be made available next year to implement eight projects.

The projects are (1) 100 million liter mid-level reservoirs and nine million liter upper level reservoirs at the Matang Water Treatment Plant; (2) main transmission line across Batang Sadong Bridge to Simunjan, pipeline replacement, relocation and extension at Sebangan and Sebuyau, and associated works; (3) upgrading of the Bayong water treatment plant; (4) Pulau Bruit water supply; (5) expansion and improvement of the Kapit water treatment plant; (6) Kanowit Water Supply Phase II; (7) Tinjar water supply; and (8) Sarawak (Sawas) Alternative Water Supply Phase 2.






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I’m running for the House speaker to get America back on track https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/im-running-for-the-house-speaker-to-get-america-back-on-track/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:12:41 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/im-running-for-the-house-speaker-to-get-america-back-on-track/

There is tremendous urgency on the part of the American people, certainly on the part of the Republicans. As we see our country facing high prices at the gas pump and for our fuel oil this winter, we also know that grocery store prices, rents, interest rates…hell, the cost of everything keeps to increase. Will Congress respond to this emergency?

I have doubts, and that’s why I threw myself into the arena to run for office. It is high time to turn the page and change the paradigm.

Republicans have promised a massive “red wave” election to sweep away the perpetrators of our national chaos and to usher in a promise to restore national economic and societal normalcy.

The “red wave” has not materialized: the Democrats have retained control of the US Senate and the House of Representatives will have the weakest of the Republican majorities. And, national interest races, like the gubernatorial contest in Arizona, have a cloud over them with a Democrat already declared the winner.

Patriot conservatives wonder how Pennsylvania elected a physically ill man who used to favor murderers over victims of criminal violence. We wonder how a very, very, very skittish, almost inconsistent Democrat who had an obvious conflict of interest could actually defeat a charismatic candidate like Kari Lake in Arizona.

My office is inundated with questions about why Republicans have appointed to the House and elected to the Senate the same great leaders who have failed to stem the flood of mad, leftist politics since President Biden took over. head of this great, historically significant country.

In just two short years, Mr. Biden’s regime has brought us to the brink of all-out war, damaged our international prestige, awakened our military, proclaimed transgender is the new normal, and reduced us to an energy dependence and a dependence on tyrants who extort us, resulting in record gas and oil prices.

Mr. Biden has injected trillions of dollars into our economy, resulting in persistent inflation that Mr. Biden’s own Treasury Secretary says will last for several more years.

Mr. Biden has encouraged more than 5 million illegal border crossings, resulting in more than 107,000 deaths from opioid poisoning, the infiltration of criminal gangs into our communities, more than 100 foreign terrorists and inhumane conditions along our southern border. .

The Biden team has advocated for gender-specific sex education programs starting as early as preschool. They defend racial division and discrimination.

The Biden gang with their accomplices in Congress have imposed significant portions of the “Green New Deal” on the country that will leave us with an inadequate power grid and failed to ensure that we have enough resources, like… food and water. All without actually making America more environmentally friendly.

The question then becomes, what will the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives do to stop or slow down the Biden regime?

And, of course, that begs other questions like whether Republicans will use all the tools in the toolbox to advance an agenda to counter Mr. Biden’s attack on America.

Are we going to leverage the budget to cut 87,000 new IRS agents? Will we be prepared to slow spending bills by insisting on renewing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline?

Are we going to stop the National Defense Authorization Act until we eliminate the myriad of “woke” programs the Democrats have inserted into the military? Are we going to insist on rehiring the men and women of the military driven out because of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s unnecessary vaccination mandate?

Will we uncover the origins of COVID-19 and hold accountable those who imposed anti-science and tyrannical policies on Americans?

It really is time to turn a page. A new direction is needed.

Republicans need a leader who won’t shy away from using surveillance as a tool to slow down Mr. Biden and his cronies. We need a leader who does not view the removal of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as a “political” process, but rather understands that Mr. Mayorkas has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” that warrant removal.

And, finally, we need a leader who will use every point of leverage to defeat as much of Biden’s agenda as possible and push through as much of our agenda as possible.

It is high time. Success in 2024 depends on what we do now. I pray that my colleagues feel the urgency of Americans and join me in ushering in a new era for Republicans in Congress.

• Congressman Andy Biggs represents Arizona’s 5th congressional district and serves on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

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WhiteWater Midstream Says Growing Permian Production Highlights Need for Pipelines https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/whitewater-midstream-says-growing-permian-production-highlights-need-for-pipelines/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 18:07:08 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/whitewater-midstream-says-growing-permian-production-highlights-need-for-pipelines/ The slump in natural gas prices at the Waha head in Pecos County — briefly falling to negative $2 per Mcf due to pipeline maintenance — underscores the need for more transportation capacity.

“Until we see more capacity, we will see tension,” said Page Portas, ESG manager at Whitewater Midstream. The company is part of a consortium, including MPLX LP, and a joint venture between West Texas Gas and Stonepeak that owns the Whistler pipeline that carries natural gas from Waha to Agua Dulce.

Two investment decisions have been made to increase capacity at Whistler, which will help ease the constraints. Whistler Mainline capacity will increase from 2 billion cubic feet per day to approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet per day with the installation of three new compressor stations. The extension is expected to go live in September 2023.

Second, Whistler announced an agreement with Cheniere Energy that expands its work with Cheniere Energy. The two companies plan to move forward with construction of the ADCC Pipeline, a new 42-inch joint venture pipeline that will stretch 43 miles from the Whistler Pipeline terminus to the Corpus Christi liquefaction facility in Cheniere. It is designed to transport up to 1.7 Bcf per day, expandable to 2.5 Bcf and is expected to be in service in 2024.

But one of the most important decisions WhiteWater has made is to build the Matterhorn Express Pipeline in partnership with MPLX, EnLink Midstream and Devon Energy. The Matterhorn will be designed to transport up to 2.5 billion cubic feet through a 490-mile, 42-inch pipeline from the Waha Header to Katy with multiple upstream connections throughout the Permian Basin, including connections direct to Midland Basin processing facilities via a 75 mile lateral. . There will also be a direct connection to WhiteWater and MPLX’s 3.2 billion cubic feet per day Agua Blanca pipeline.

“We have started a path that is important for the future of the Permian Basin and Texas,” Portas said. She said that everything indicates that the construction preparation process is going smoothly. “People are realizing that natural gas is needed in the United States and around the world,” she observed.

Natural gas plays a vital role now and as the world moves towards a low-carbon future, she added.

This is one of the reasons she is so excited that WhiteWater has joined the Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) coalition.

“ONE Future’s goal is to look at the entire supply chain and reduce methane intensity,” she said. “Our goals and their goals are well aligned: safety of our staff, safety of the community and safety of the environment.”

As a 6-year-old start-up, WhiteWater is bringing new, updated technology to the coalition and will report its methane intensity results to the coalition’s transmission and storage sector.

Joining the coalition also provides the company with a great opportunity to collaborate and coordinate with communities and with other ONE Future members, she said.

“One of our other goals is to better understand and mitigate climate risks,” she said.

Expanding infrastructure to take natural gas from the Permian Basin is important to Permian Basin operators and to Texas and, ultimately, the nation and the world that demands the fuel. In general, Portis said, the more gas put into pipelines reduces the need for gas flaring and, therefore, reduces emissions.

“We hope to lead the conversation across the country about creating the pipeline safety message,” she said.

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Biden’s climate goals could survive this election https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/bidens-climate-goals-could-survive-this-election/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/bidens-climate-goals-could-survive-this-election/

President Joe Biden’s climate goals could survive a Republican sweep in the midterm elections — if a dozen other pieces fall into place.

That’s according to new analysis from a coalition of businesses and local leaders working to tackle rising temperatures, as POLITICO E&E News reporter Jean Chemnick writes.

Republicans are expected to take control of the House and possibly the Senate after today’s election — and have already begun plotting pathways to throw a wrench in the administration’s clean energy agenda. While Biden can veto any Congressional effort to reverse the $370 billion in climate spending in the Cut Inflation Act, lawmakers can make or break the measure’s implementation of the programs.

But the report, written by America Is All In, concludes that a GOP-controlled Congress opposed to Biden’s policies may not be able to stop the country from meeting the president’s goal of halving emissions. greenhouse gases by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.

Indeed, expanded climate actions by states, local communities, and the private sector, combined with federal regulations and recently passed laws, could be enough to get the job done.

As Chemnick notes, the report’s assumptions about the country’s decarbonization trajectory are somewhat ambitious. Upcoming regulations on transportation, electricity, oil and gas, and other carbon sources would move the nation along the path to its goal, but actions by states, cities, and businesses should fill the gap. difference.

The analysis aims to demonstrate to world leaders, many of whom are watching tonight’s returns from COP 27 in Egypt, that the United States will meet its climate goals no matter who wins the federal election.

On the other hand, the Biden administration has not yet submitted its official roadmap to reduce emissions to the United Nations climate body.

Former White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy told reporters officials were working on it, but unveiling a formal plan is “not as easy as you might think.”

reality check – Even if the United States, along with all other countries, meets its climate targets, a UN report last month found that global warming emissions ascend 10.6% by 2030. To avoid catastrophic warming, it would take 43% reduction emissions by the end of the decade, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Yet tackling climate change is not a zero-sum game. Every small emission reduction counts.

It’s Tuesday thanks for listening POLITICO Power Switch. I am your host, Arianna Skibell. Power Switch is brought to you by the journalists behind E&E news and POLITICO Energy. Send your advice, comments, questions to [email protected]

Today in the POLITICO Energy podcast: Zack Colman breaks down the changing U.S. stance toward climate reparations and what climate-vulnerable countries are demanding.

In a new study, scientists used NASA satellite observations and advanced computing to chronicle changes in wetlands and coastlines across Louisiana.

They found that from 1984 to 2020, the region had lost a total of 750 square miles at an average rate of 21 square miles each year.

Some of these wetlands have been destroyed by rising seas while others have been ravaged by oil and gas infrastructure and hurricanes. But the main driver was coastal and river engineering, which can strengthen or harm coasts depending on the implementation.

The IRA is… not unpopular
Mention of the Cut Inflation Act was conspicuously absent from the millions of dollars worth of ads Republicans ran against Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s election, write Adam Aton and Scott Waldman.

That’s a far cry from 2010, when a flood of GOP ads targeted the Democrats’ climate plan. “There is not a single race where a Democrat is vulnerable because they voted for the IRA or were pro-climate,” said Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund.

Carbon capture landed
A power company has announced plans to build the world’s first large-scale gas-fired power plant with carbon capture in Texas, which it says will produce electricity with near-zero emissions, writes Carlos Anchondo.

Construction on the approximately 300-megawatt project will begin in 2024. North Carolina-based Net Power LLC expects the facility to be online in 2026, putting it in a race to become one of three only full-scale power plants ever equipped to capture carbon dioxide emissions.

Gas cap drama
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has asked the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to put on the table legislation for a cap on European natural gas prices “as soon as possible”, writes America Hernandez.

The request follows a meeting on Monday in which the commission told representatives of member countries that capping the price of gas in EU markets was risky, almost unworkable and inadvisable, three EU diplomats said.

Hunger-strike: Jailed Anglo-Egyptian activist’s hunger strike could dominate COP 27 summit, Amnesty chief warns.

Disappearance certificate: How climate change and rising sea levels are transforming coastlines around the world.

A showcase of some of our best subscriber content.

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth (D) waded into the fight for a Midwestern pipeline, asking federal regulators to make sure the company restores property it damaged during construction.

Studying the impact of climate change on health is not only for more environmental researchers — at least not according to the National Institutes of Health.

European leaders boasted of cut their dependence on Russian gas since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. But that’s only part of the truth.

That’s all for today, friends! Thanks for reading.

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Last winter’s heating costs were bad. This year could be worse, with gas bills in the Chicago area expected to climb another 30% | Illinois https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/last-winters-heating-costs-were-bad-this-year-could-be-worse-with-gas-bills-in-the-chicago-area-expected-to-climb-another-30-illinois/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 18:50:00 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/last-winters-heating-costs-were-bad-this-year-could-be-worse-with-gas-bills-in-the-chicago-area-expected-to-climb-another-30-illinois/

It could cost hundreds of dollars more to stay warm this winter in Chicago and the suburbs, with rising natural gas prices and ongoing taxpayer-funded repairs expected to push bills up to 30% compared to last year.

Residential customers of Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and Nicor ​​Gas will all likely feel higher prices as temperatures drop, adding to broader inflationary pressures weighing on many households.

“It looks like winter is going to be very tough on consumers,” said David Kolata, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, an Illinois nonprofit watchdog group. “Gas prices are significantly higher than they were a few years ago.”

Natural gas prices have soared over the past two years, due to supply disruptions, an extreme cold snap in 2021 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, analysts say of the sector. For many Chicago-area customers, delivery costs added to infrastructure bills have exacerbated natural gas price increases, Kolata said.

Peoples Gas, which has about 880,000 customers in Chicago, and North Shore Gas, which has about 164,000 customers in the northern suburbs, predict that bills for typical residential customers this winter will increase by $60 per month compared to winter. last, when natural gas prices soared to a 13-year high.

This means Peoples customers can expect to pay an average of around $260 per month and North Shore customers over $240 per month this winter. Peoples and North Shore are owned by Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group.

Naperville-based Nicor ​​Gas, which is owned by Atlanta-based Southern Co., has 2.3 million customers in suburban Chicago and northern Illinois. The utility expects residential bills to rise this winter by about $34 a month from last winter, with the typical customer paying an average of about $187 a month from November through March.

Last month, the US Energy Information Administration released its Winter Fuels Outlook, which forecast that US households that heat primarily with natural gas will spend an average of 28.5% more this winter than last winter. The Midwest will see the largest predicted increase, with natural gas customers paying nearly 33% more to heat their homes this winter.

Residential gas bills include both supply and distribution charges. Although utilities don’t make money from the supply side – the natural gas itself – they are responsible for supplying it as efficiently as possible, in order to limit the cost paid by customers.

The price of natural gas for Peoples Gas customers is around 71 cents per therm in November, down slightly from a year ago, but up 155% from November 2020, when it was about 23 cents per therm, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission, which regulates gas companies.

At North Shore Gas Condominium, the price per therm in November is around 72 cents, up 87% from November 2020.

The biggest increase in the cost of natural gas is for Nicor ​​customers, who are paying $1.14 per therm this month, up 307% from November 2020. Supply costs have risen so much that they now account for more than 70% of the typical residential bill, up about 50% from previous years, according to Nicor ​​spokeswoman Jennifer Golz.

“While we cannot predict the future with current market conditions and inflation uncertainties, we expect our monthly gas supply cost to moderate as the wholesale market moderates,” Golz said in an email Wednesday.

While the fluctuating cost of natural gas is passed directly to customers, the cost of delivering it to homes is determined by the individual utility.

In November 2021, the CCI granted Nicor ​​a $240 million tariff increase to modernize its distribution, transmission and storage infrastructure. The approved increase adds about $3.70 per month to a typical residential customer’s bill, Golz said.

Meanwhile, Peoples Gas customers are paying about $15 a month to fund the utility’s massive, long-running pipeline replacement program, a line item on the bill that’s about $2 more than a year. last.

“It’s creepy,” Kolata said. “It’s about $15 a month now, and that’s a big part of the bill. We’re now at the point where the fixed charge for Peoples Gas customers is between $45 and $50, and that’s before you use any gas.

Launched in 2011, the system’s modernization program to replace 2,000 miles of aging iron pipes under Chicago’s streets was plagued from the start with delays and budget overruns. A decade later, the pipeline replacement program is complete for the third time, and Peoples Gas says it will take until 2040 and cost around $8 billion.

The program was originally expected to cost $2.6 billion and last 20 years.

“Despite unprecedented challenges over the past few years, our skilled construction crews continue to make steady progress to replace rapidly corroding iron pipes in Chicago that date back to the 1800s,” said Brendan Conway, spokesperson for Peoples and North Shore Gas. in an email.

A 2019 pipeline engineering study commissioned by Peoples Gas and the Illinois Commerce Commission found that 83% of remaining iron pipes have an average life of less than 15 years.

Conway said construction “remains on track” to be completed by the end of 2040, while the cost of the full 30-year pipeline program is still budgeted for an upwardly revised $8 billion. . However, the program could come to a screeching halt next year, depending on which direction the political winds are blowing in Springfield.

Peoples Gas spends about $300 million annually on the program, but will require lawmakers to approve extending ratepayer funding beyond 2023. The utility won legislative approval in 2013 to pass the costs on to customers for 10 years.

The Citizens Utility Board is advocating that lawmakers end the built-in pipeline replacement surcharge next year, subjecting Peoples’ spending to greater regulatory scrutiny and forcing the utility to get infrastructure improvements approved by the through traditional tariff cases.

Conway said Peoples Gas doesn’t know what will happen with the legislation in 2023, but the utility can’t leave the aging pipeline system as it is.

“The Chicago system modernization work needs to be done,” Conway said. “In terms of the mechanism used to pay for necessary work, we will join with policymakers and all stakeholders to determine exactly what that looks like.”

Longer term, Kolata would like to see pipeline replacement reduced, taking a “triage” approach to repair only what is needed as home heating shifts more widely from gas to cleaner energy alternatives such as heat pumps. electric heat, which have received a boost from recent federal climate initiatives.

The Cut Inflation Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in August, includes $369 billion for climate and energy programs. Starting in January, homeowners will be able to claim a tax credit of up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of an electric heat pump, which can benefit the climate and use less energy than a furnace. traditional gas.

Kolata said the state will likely pick up an energy bill in the next two or three years to accelerate the transition from gas heating to electric heating.

Rebuilding all of Chicago’s aging gas pipeline infrastructure, Kolata said, could be obsolete by the time it’s finished.

“We just create all these stranded costs, which you end up paying for something way beyond when you actually use it, which is not what we want,” Kolata said. “I think over time home heating will become electrified.”

Meanwhile, rising gas prices have placed a strain on many consumers, with about a third of Chicagoans already paying late fees on their utility bills as the coldest winter months approach. colder, Kolata said.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help keep struggling households heating at or below twice the federal poverty level. The senses. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Thursday that low-income Illinois families will be eligible for a share of $208 million in federal funding allocated to the state through the program this winter.

Consumers can request assistance at www.helpillinoisfamilies.com.

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Farrans pockets £100m of water jobs https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/farrans-pockets-100m-of-water-jobs/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 21:38:55 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/farrans-pockets-100m-of-water-jobs/

In County Durham and Tees Valley, Farrans will construct a 24km, 800mm diameter replacement clean water pipeline between Lartington Water Treatment Works and Shildon via Whorley Hill.

The pipeline will cross under the River Tees and Alwent Beck at a depth of 50m.

This is the first phase of a two-stage project to replace two of the large main pipes in the water supply system with one.

Phase 2 will take place in 2025 – 2028 on the installation of a new water main between Gainford and Longnewton Service Reservoir east of Darlington.

In a separate project, Farrans will also design, supply and install a new borehole treatment stream at Barsham Water Treatment Works in Suffolk, where the company operates as Essex & Suffolk Water.

The structure includes an intermediate pumping station, a contact reservoir for the flow of existing river works, a storage reservoir and a high-rise pumping station. The project aims to provide a processing plant capable of processing the full license of the main catchment boreholes and the relief chalk borehole.

Neil Barnes, Regional Director of Farrans Construction, said: “We look forward to increasing our presence in the North of England, having recently opened a new office in Leeds to support our work in this area.

Both projects are expected to be completed in 2025.

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British Columbia’s ‘most threatened’ Fraser River urgently needs protection: report https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/british-columbias-most-threatened-fraser-river-urgently-needs-protection-report/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 12:05:44 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/british-columbias-most-threatened-fraser-river-urgently-needs-protection-report/

‘The Eden Among Us’: Outdoor Recreation Council of BC calls for urgent action to protect section of river between Hope and Mission that faces threats from industry and climate change

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According to the Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia, a section of the Fraser River is the most endangered river in British Columbia, as it faces significant threats from industry and climate change.

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The council, which represents 100,000 members across the province, publishes an annual list of endangered rivers, but this year has decided to focus on what it calls the “heart of the Fraser”, a stretch of river located between Hope and Mission.

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The council says it is the Fraser River’s most important salmon and sturgeon spawning habitat, but is ‘severely’ threatened by urban encroachment, agricultural expansion, the gravel removal, climate change, pollution and commercial and industrial developments.

Council Chairman Mark Angelo said the reason for the focus on a single river this year is the urgency required for governments to protect what he calls “the Eden in our midst”.

They recommend that the federal government designate the section of the river as an Ecologically Significant Area under the Fisheries Act.

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“His a part of the River this just faces very strict threats. And there is too very a lot a meaning of emergency around What is that deployment the. So I think it is appropriate this it would be be listing as our more endangered River for 2022,” Angelo said.

This stretch of river is home to nearly 30 species of fish and is the largest run of spawning salmon in the province, he said.

The council is also concerned that the remaining undiked islands on the lower Fraser have been purchased by developers.

As a result, industrial logging, widespread land clearing and dyke building now threaten the bastion of the most productive habitat for salmon and white sturgeon in the entire Fraser watershed, according to the council.

And it has no legal protection, which Angelo says needs to change “urgently”.

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“Most of the critical fish habitat in the Lower Fraser has already been destroyed by dike construction and industrial development, so it’s critical to protect what’s left, especially in the heart of the Fraser,” he said. -he declares.

Strawberry Island is part of the Heart of the Fraser, a stretch of the Fraser River between Hope and Mission which, according to the Outdoor Council of British Columbia, is the most endangered river in British Columbia.
Strawberry Island is part of the Heart of the Fraser, a stretch of the Fraser River between Hope and Mission which, according to the Outdoor Council of British Columbia, is the most endangered river in British Columbia. Photo by Mike Pearson

“Climate change is certainly also a major factor affecting not only the Fraser, but all rivers. It’s hard to say what the biggest problem is for rivers in general, but climate change would definitely be one. »

Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of floods and droughts, which affect river flow and threaten fish habitat.

However, when it comes to the Fraser River, Angelo says the biggest threat is excessive land clearing, often right to the water’s edge.

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The council recommends that the government establish a long-term plan for this stretch of the river, which includes working with 19 First Nations in the area.

“We urge the provincial and federal governments, together with the Heart of the Fraser Nations, to do more to use these tools,” said Angelo.

Conserving and protecting sensitive fish habitat in the Lower Fraser “is of the highest priority” for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said DFO’s Janine Malikian.

Malikian said in an email that the ministry was developing a long-term plan to protect and manage “key fish and fish habitat areas that are sensitive, highly productive, rare or unique.”

Angelo said members discussed other at-risk rivers, such as the Coquihalla River in Hope, which was in the spotlight earlier this year after the BC government said it was investigating. Complaints about Trans Mountain pipeline construction activity disrupting an early salmon spawn.

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Trans Mountain reported that it had completed replacement work on a segment of pipeline and that the facilities were completed “to limit the environmental impact on the Coquihalla River,” but watershed stewards posted photos on social media of the drainage work underway near the schools of fish.

“We are fully aware that there are a number of rivers that are facing challenges that face threats and pressures,” Angelo said.

“But the decision was made this year to focus on the river most at risk in the hope that it gets the attention it desperately needs.”

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A third of major rail improvement projects stuck in sidings https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/a-third-of-major-rail-improvement-projects-stuck-in-sidings/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:12:06 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/a-third-of-major-rail-improvement-projects-stuck-in-sidings/

Contractors and suppliers are now deeply concerned about the slippages and lack of transparency in official programs.

Their trade body, the Rail Industry Association, has now taken the initiative to carry out its own audit of progress on the planned rolling program of 58 improvement projects, after the Department for Transport’s failure to publish annual updates on progress as originally promised.

The government originally committed £10.4billion for improvements in CP6 but has since revised that amount down to £9.6billion. But the supply chain warns that it is now operating in the dark as to which projects will progress and which will be delayed or cancelled.

The association warns that the failure to publish any further updates has led to considerable uncertainty and concern in the rail supply industry.

RIA Progress Assessment of 58 Rail Improvement Pipeline Projects


RIA analysis shows that there has been significant progress on many RNEP projects, with 18 progressing towards design, delivery or completion.

But he warns that the 19 red and 21 orange entries underscore the significant uncertainty around the lifesaving program and the need for the government to issue an update on the status of those programs.

Rough RIA analysis shows around £6billion has been spent or announced so far, of which £2.9billion has been allocated for the Transpennine Highway upgrade, but not the 9-11 £.5 billion estimated to be needed for the whole project.

The association’s chief executive, Darren Caplan, said: “Three years have passed since the rail network improvements pipeline was first and last published, despite the government’s commitment to publish an annual update. This has led to a lack of visibility for rail providers, who are simply looking to plan and invest in their businesses and workforce to get the job done.

“While we are all aware that tough economic times are ahead, along with increased pressure on public spending, RIA and our members are simply asking for visibility on what the government is planning on rail improvement projects. – we do not lobby on budgets.

“It is welcome that many RNEP projects are nearing completion or underway, but it is clearly concerning that there have been no updates on almost half of these programs since 2019.”

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Reviews | Democrats tried to sell Appalachia in the pipeline https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/reviews-democrats-tried-to-sell-appalachia-in-the-pipeline/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 14:48:42 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/reviews-democrats-tried-to-sell-appalachia-in-the-pipeline/

In late September, the now familiar “debt ceiling showdown” was averted when Sen. Joe Manchin III, DW.Va., withdrew his reform legislation authorizing the Interim Spending Bill because she didn’t have the votes. Not only was a government shutdown averted, but it was also a near miss for anyone who cares about the future of our planet, as the senator’s legislation would have accelerated the construction of a new gas pipeline through the mountains and Appalachian rivers.

It is concerning that members of both political parties continue to provide lifelines to the fossil fuel industry rather than focusing on the immediate and future welfare of the citizens they are meant to represent.

Make no mistake, this development is a huge win for the people of Appalachia. We were listened to, for once, and our representatives in Congress fought for the future of our region.

That close call, however, revealed that there are select Democrats in Congress who are willing to sell out the people of Appalachia on the proverbial river when they are desperate to make a deal. But this bill is not dead yet and now is not the time to be complacent.

The last-minute drama around Continuing Resolution (CR) began with the “Cutting Inflation Act,” which President Biden signed into law in August. The legislation has been described as the most ambitious measure ever taken to tackle climate change. In order to push the legislation through the tightly divided Senate, President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi secured Senator Manchin’s support with a side deal. In exchange for the senator’s vote, the Democratic leadership agreed to attach Sen. Manchin’s measure that would speed up the permitting process for new energy projects to the interim spending bill. This clandestine deal could have come at a significant cost, both familiar and tragic to the people of Appalachia. If passed, we would be in imminent danger of being saddled with the Mountain Valley Pipe (MVP) which, according to one study, would emit 90 million metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the emissions of 19 million of vehicles. If construction is complete, the MVP would be Virginia’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.

More than 70 Democrats opposed the legislation, saying it would have “serious long-term, environmental and public health consequences.” This so-called permitting “reform” would undermine longstanding environmental legislation and policy and emerged from behind-the-scenes discussions without the public or the majority of Democrats in the room.

Republicans also opposed the policy, wanting more aggressive authorizing legislation, and were eager to rob Manchin of a major political victory. It’s worrisome that the future of Appalachia hinges on Republicans’ mercurial relationship with Manchin.

The 91-page bill included amending the Clean Water Act and shortening the schedule of the National Environmental Policy Act, making it easier to build fossil fuel and gas infrastructure in the United States. These reforms would rewrite fundamental environmental legislation, and a shortened process would mean less time. community members to voice their concerns. The bill also required the acceleration of the MVP.

Built on land where no pipeline in the United States has been built before, MVP would traverse rugged mountains, ancient forests, sinkholes, caverns and nearly 1,000 streams, rivers and lakes in Virginia and Virginia. -Western. The required dredging could potentially dump sediment downstream and threaten aquatic ecosystems and drinking water.

Black and Indigenous communities in Appalachia, as well as low-income and rural communities, have suffered and must bear a disproportionate share of the environmental side effects of the Project. A look at the proposed construction shows that the pipeline would pass through some of the most “socially vulnerable” areas of Appalachia. A proposed extension in North Carolina would cross a majority-minority congressional district and cross the traditional burial mounds of Sioux-speaking tribes, including the Monacan and Occaneechi.

The economics used to justify the construction of the pipeline are also questionable. Demand for natural gas has fallen below the rate the pipeline developers used to justify construction. Some projections show that gas from the pipeline is unlikely to be cheaper, and there is no evidence that all the gas delivered will be purchased and used.

If this pipeline was great for the people of Appalachia, its environment, and its economy, it would have been completed by now. Instead, it’s four years behind and the delays keep piling up. In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife permit was revoked by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit due to an inadequate analysis of the pipeline’s effects on wildlife. The court also denied permits issued by the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, citing concerns about sediment and erosion, and denied MVP’s request for new judges in June.

With invalidated permits and delays costing billions, there was hope that we wouldn’t have a new pipeline running through our backyards. But then the Democratic leadership in Washington struck a deal without us in the room.

It’s a sign that when communities across the United States unite and push back against unethical policies, we can win.

This is the real world we live in. Compromise is at the heart of all good legislation. But it is concerning that members of both political parties continue to provide lifelines to the fossil fuel industry rather than focus on the immediate and future well-being of the citizens they are meant to represent. The planet’s climate emergency doesn’t care how hard it is to pass bills these days.

For those who care about the future of our communities and our planet, we should take this as a warning. It won’t be the last time we’re told to celebrate a unilateral legislative achievement while ignoring the communities that were left out of the deal.

It is a time of hope and movement. The MVP must always comply with the environmental laws already in force. This gives time for the people of Appalachia to speak out and for people across the country to help us in this fight. While we don’t have President Biden’s ear, we can call attention to the stories of directly affected farmers, war veterans, construction managers and doctors sharing their concerns, tree keepers , elderly and grandmothers who have led blockades, and demonstrations of mass resistance in DC There will still be opportunities for the public to weigh in on this project. Organizations like the Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) Coalition announce when public comment periods go live. This pipeline may not be in your backyard, but it will be in someone’s backyard, and fossil fuels will still be consumed on the planet we all share.

At the very least, we Appalachians can force congressional Democrats to be honest about who they choose to sacrifice. And with more sustained energy and focus, we can shut down this pipeline for good.

On the contrary, it is a sign that when communities across the United States unite and push back against unethical policies, we can win. The fight isn’t over, Bill isn’t dead yet, but we can keep fighting until the MVP is. The inhabitants of Appalachia could take advantage of your alliance.

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‘Water batteries’ could store solar and wind power when needed https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/water-batteries-could-store-solar-and-wind-power-when-needed/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 18:13:48 +0000 https://stormfieldservicesllc.com/water-batteries-could-store-solar-and-wind-power-when-needed/

By Dan Charles

The San Diego County Water Authority has a unusual project use the town’s scenic San Vicente Reservoir to store solar power so it’s available after the sun goes down. The project, and others like it, could help unlock America’s clean energy future.

Maybe in a decade, if all goes well, big underground pipes will connect this lake to a new, much smaller reservoir built in a nearby canyon about 1100 feet higher. When the sun is high in the sky, California’s abundant solar energy will pump water into this upper reservoir.

It is a way of storing electricity. When the sun goes down and the solar power disappears, operators would open a valve and the force of 8 million tons of water, falling back through those same pipes, would drive turbines capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity for up to at eight o’clock. That’s enough to power 130,000 typical homes.

Neena Kuzmich, deputy director of engineering for the San Diego County Water Authority, worked on plans for storing energy pumped from the San Vicente Reservoir.Dan Charles / NRP

“It’s a water battery!” says Neena Kuzmich, deputy director of engineering for the water authority. She says energy storage facilities like these will be increasingly vital as California begins to rely more on wind and solar power, which generate electricity on their own schedules, without being disturbed by consumer demands.

Californians learned about it during a Heat wave last summer. “I believe everyone in the state of California got a text at 5:30 p.m. to turn off their devices,” Kuzmich says. The sun was setting, solar generation was disappearing, and the remaining power plants, many of which were burning gas, could not keep up with demand. The alert worked; People stopped using so much energy and the network survived.

Yet earlier that same day, there was so much solar power available that the grid couldn’t absorb it all. Grid operators have “cut back” or withheld more than 2,000 megawatt hours of electricity that solar generators could have provided, enough to power a small town. This electricity was wasted and there was no way to store it for later when grid operators desperately needed it.

“We have a problem if we’re going to have these continuous heat waves,” Kuzmich says. “We need a facility to store energy so we don’t have to turn off our devices.”

Pumped hydropower has a story

The technology offered by San Diego, called pumped hydropower storage, is already in service at more than 40 sites in the United States. Some of the largest, which can generate more than 1,000 MW for up to eight hours, were built in the 1970s and 1980s to store the electricity that nuclear power plants produced overnight. But few new factories have been built in the last 30 years in the United States. China has continued to build such plants.

One of the reservoirs of the Huanggou pumped storage hydroelectric power station in Hailin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, June 29, 2022. The power station has a generating capacity of 1,200 megawatts.Wang Jianwei/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Ima

Today, the need to store energy from renewable sources is rekindling interest in this ancient technology in the United States.

“In the past few years alone, 92 new projects have entered the development pipeline,” said Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO of National Hydropower Association. Most projects, however, are in the planning stage and still need regulatory approval and funding.

Thanks to the climate bill that President Biden signed into law in August, these projects qualify now for the same 30% tax credit enjoyed by solar and wind projects. “It’s a complete game-changer,” says Woolf. “A number of these projects that have been in the pipeline for a number of years are suddenly much more bankable.”

Water batteries have many competitors when it comes to storing energy. Some companies, including auto company GM, are exploring ways for the power grid to draw backup power from the batteries of millions of private electric cars. Others are working on ways to store electricity in air compression Where make hydrogen. Still others focus on ways to manage electricity demand rather than supply. Electric water heaters, for example, could be remotely controlled to operate when electricity is plentiful and shut down when it is scarce.

However, pumping water has some advantages. It is a proven way to store huge amounts of energy. The San Vicente project would store about as much electricity as the batteries of 50,000 long-range Tesla cars. Water batteries also don’t require hard-to-find battery materials like cobalt and lithium, and plants can keep running for over a century.

The sign at the Upper Reservoir construction area gives details of the Public Service Company’s Cabin Creek Pumped Storage Project, a hydroelectric facility at elevations above 10,000 feet near Georgetown, Colorado on April 22 1965.Denver Ticket/Getty Images

The biggest problem with them, at least according to some, is that it’s hard to find places to build them. They need large amounts of water, topography that allows construction of a lower and upper reservoir, and regulatory permission to disturb the landscape.

Woolf, however, says that the perception of the limited prospects of pumped hydro “is a myth that I strive to disabuse people of.” Pumped hydroelectric installations, he says, need not be as massive as those of the last century, and they need not disturb free-flowing streams and rivers. Many proposals are for “closed-loop” systems that use the same water over and over again, moving it back and forth between two large ponds, one higher than the other, like sand in an hourglass.

Three of the projects proposed in the United States that seem the closest to being launched, in Montana, Oregon, and Southern California, everything would operate in a closed loop.

Kelly Catlett, director of hydropower reform at American Rivers, an environmental advocacy organization that has highlighted the environmental damage caused by dams, says that “there are good pumped storage projects, and there are less good pumped storage projects”.

His group will not support plans to build new dams on streams and rivers, disrupting sensitive aquatic ecosystems. But San Diego’s plan, she says, “looks like something we could potentially support” because it uses an existing reservoir and doesn’t disturb any waterways. Also, she says, “I don’t know of any opposition from the indigenous nations, which is another really important factor, because they have borne much of the impacts of hydropower development over the decades.

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors and the San Diego City Council are expected to vote soon on whether to proceed with a detailed engineering design for pumped hydroelectric storage at the San Vicente Reservoir. The State of California is injecting $18 million. The design work, followed by regulatory approvals, financing and actual construction, will likely take a decade or more.

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