Archive for July 2010

Pipeline Leaks Over 800,000 Gallons of Oil in Michigan

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Environmental experts say it’s too soon to know the full extent of the damage caused by this week’s spill of an estimated 819,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed in Calhoun County. However, one thing is clear: The area’s environment will feel the effects of the spill for years to come. via

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UN Declares Water, Sanitation as Human Rights

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Maude Barlow, who previously served as a senior adviser to the United Nations General Assembly on the water issue, said Wednesday that the “historic” passing of a Bolivia-led resolution, on which Canada abstained from voting, has no physical impact on Canadian water supplies. “What it does do is it requires each country’s government to start

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Terra-Gen Power Breaks Ground on World’s Largest Wind Project

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

US-Based Renewable Energy Company’s Latest Project Set to Produce 1,550 mw of Clean, Renewable Wind Energy Terra-Gen Power has announced that it has closed a $1.2 billion financing for four wind power projects with a total of 570 megawatts of capacity at its Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County, California. The four projects, known

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Stripped down energy bill leaves out ‘cap and trade’

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Senate majority leader Harry Reid on Tuesday unveiled a vastly narrower energy bill, minus controversial climate provisions that would have capped carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The bill focuses instead on addressing the Gulf oil spill, home efficiency, land and water conservation, and natural gas powered vehicles. via Stripped down energy bill leaves

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Fuel Cell Power Plant Installed at South Windsor Frozen Food Plant

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy Inc., which employs about 225 people at a manufacturing facility in Torrington, said Tuesday it has sold a 300-kilowatt fuel cell power plant to power Carla’s Pasta Inc.’s frozen-food processing facility in South Windsor. Read the story in the Waterbury Republican-American. Environmental Leader also ran a story about this Connecticut company reporting

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State Slips To 13th Place In Water Quality According To Annual Report

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Nationally, Connecticut slipped from 12th place to 13th for percentage of water quality tests that exceeded national standards, according to the National Resources Defense Council’s 20th annual water quality report, The Hartford Courant reported. Factoring out a wildlife anomaly in 2008, Connecticut beaches have been closed or carried posted advisories for 108 days for the

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TVA’s Air Pollution Isn’t an Interstate Nuisane, 4th Circuit Rules

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

A federal appeals court has reversed a ruling that would have forced the Tennessee Valley Authority to spend $1 billion on pollution controls at coal-fired power plants in Tennessee and Alabama. via TVA’s Air Pollution Isn’t an Interstate Nuisance, 4th Circuit Rules – NYTimes.com.



M.T.A. Moves Ahead With Plan to Raise Fares and Tolls – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

The $104 monthly MetroCard moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to start the process of implementing a sprawling set of fare increases on the region’s buses, trains and bridges. via M.T.A. Moves Ahead With Plan to Raise Fares and Tolls – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.



Westbrook fire fouls up water supply

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Westbrook, Conn. (WTNH) – Some residents in Westbrook are being told not to drink the water after firefighters had to use water from the Long Island Sound to fight a fire. via Westbrook fire fouls up water supply | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Report ranks a few LI beaches among worst

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

An environmental group’s report regarding water quality gave most Long Island beaches a clean bill of health, but a few ranked among the worst in New York State. The report ranked beaches in New York 21st in the nation in terms of water quality and gave most Long Island beaches good marks in terms of

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Environmentalists keeping close eye on eelgrass growth in Sound

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Some motor boat operators and anglers may think of eelgrass only as the slender green blades that get tangled around propellers and fishing lines. But what some consider a nuisance is really a vital part of the Long Island Sound estuary, one environmental managers are working to see someday restored to a greater swath of

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The right move on lobstering

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Congratulations to the lobster fishing advocates who successfully repulsed a proposal to ban lobster fishing for five years in Long Island Sound.The proposal actually would have affected a vast stretch of the East Coast, banning the taking of lobsters from just south of Cape Cod, Mass., to North Carolina. via The right move on lobstering

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Milford Girl Scouts Earn Awards for ‘Earth Day, Every Day’ Project

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Orange, Conn. – Four members of Girl Scout Troop #39373 of Milford were recently awarded Silver Awards during a ceremony at the SmartLiving Center. The Silver Award was for a two-year project entitled, “Earth Day, Every Day,” which focused on energy efficiency, recycle/reuse, global warming, carbon footprint, and organic produce and cleaners. The troop members

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Is This Tomato “Sustainable”?

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

According to the label, this tomato traveled all the way from Canada to a New Haven “sustainable” farmers market. It was for sale inside a box that read, “Native Hot House Tomatoes / 3 for $2.00 / Each for $0.75.” Same goes for the cherries on sale at Beinecke Plaza on the Yale campus last

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Governor Rell Announces $260 Million in Bonding for New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Line

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that $260 million in state funding for a dramatic upgrade of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor is expected to gain approval when the state Bond Commission meets Aug. 11 in Hartford. The ultimate goal is high-speed intercity rail service on the 62-mile line within five years. The $260

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Sun Electric Completes the Installation of More Than Five Megawatts of Solar Power Throughout the Northeast

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

New Fairfield, Connecticut-based Sun Electric has announced that, with the recent completion of two Stop & Shop solar systems totaling more than 426 kilowatts in Franklin Park and Somerset, NJ, the company has reached the significant milestone of the installation of total of more than five megawatts of residential and commercial solar panel systems. As

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Town may form Agricultural Commission to boost farms

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Town residents may be asked to vote on creating an Easton Agricultural Commission in the future. The Board of Selectmen discussed the concept last week, and is working to draft an ordinance to accomplish the idea. via Town may form Agricultural Commission to boost farms | Easton Courier.



Bethel cycle shop to move to old train station

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

BETHEL — The sign hanging from the town’s old train station soon will say Bethel Cycle as the thriving 40-year-old business moves down Greenwood Avenue after the early 1900s train station is renovated. The goal is to expand the cycling culture Bethel Cycle owners Beth and Greg Pelican have nurtured during their 11 years as

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Sawyer Seeks DEP Help On Bolton Lake

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

State Representative Pam Sawyer-R, Bolton yesterday sought DEP’s help in battling a huge infestation of the fast growing aquatic weed taking over large areas of Bolton lake particularly in the northern end. The plant growth has been identified by the Department of Environmental Protection as “slender water nymph” which is now causing problems for boaters,

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Wild, wacky weather and global warming

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Tornadic events are the most dramatic exhibits for what has been an unusually warm, oppressive and stormy summer. Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, sprinkled occasionally with tornado watches, have become regular occurrences. But no matter how frequently the storms strike, they have only applied temporary relief, if any, from the high temperatures and humidity. It

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