What an embarrassment. What an utter disgrace. Continue reading
Former News Journal editor and reporter Shaun Mullen reports in his blog that Dorothy Miller has recently died. I don’t seen an obit in the News Journal. Not surprising, I suppose. At some time in the past one would have seen a “news obit” of a significant figure, which Dot Miller was. But those days are gone and perhaps the “Stooge” Journal no longer publishes any sort of obit without being paid to do so.
In any case, Miller was a leading figure in the preservation of the White Clay Creek valley from being flooded as a reservoir. I barely knew Miller–and don’t think she liked me–but have spent a lot of time walking, biking, and just hanging out along White Clay Creek. The preservation of the area, some in Delaware and some in Pennsylvania, is quite a monument to any person. I’ll let Mullen tell the story:
Minnesota state Representative Phyllis Kahn has authored this article which appears in Governing (Magazine):
There are real health and environmental concerns, and labeling is a reasonable response to them.
SB 40 Peterson Defeated
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEATH PENALTY.
Date: 01/28/2016 06:41 PM Defeated
Vote Type:SM Yes: 16 No: 23 Not Voting: 0 Absent: 2
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I’ve written about the Delaware City Refinery so many times, over so many years, that it’s hard to believe more is needed. It’s tiresome to think about. It never ends. Yet here we go again. (pic: The Delaware City Refinery in action, Delaware City Environmental Coalition; via Amy Roe)
The Refinery has operated under a number of owners beginning with Tidewater Oil. It started up in 1956 or 1957, before the time of meaningful environmental regulation and took out a national ad in Readers Digest promising “Country sweet air for our neighbors.” Continue reading
Please call Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper ASAP.
The issue here is that the oil industry wants to abolish the longstanding ban on US crude oil exports, in order to increase production and increase prices, including the prices WE pay for fuels. Continue reading
This information comes mainly from the EPA Airnow website:
December 2014 16 days Code Yellow, 1 day Code Orange
January 2015 16 days Code Yellow, 1 day Code Orange
February 2015 19 days Code Yellow
March 2015 12 days Code Yellow, 1 day Code Orange (up to March15th)
The forecast for March 17, 2015, is Code Yellow. As of now, the forecast for the 18th and 19th are Code Green. Continue reading
Delaware’s a mess. The water is rising. We are a major destination for bomb trains. One of the most leaky and dangerous nuke power complexes threatens and pollutes the state and is trying to expand with new reactors. The air and water are polluted. The economy is stagnant and the political system corrupt. The public schools are under attack. The court system is openly dedicated to protecting corporate crime. A tale of woe, to be sure. Continue reading
As a follow up to the bridge story, see this piece from Reuters. For the most part, of course, the oil train traffic in Delaware results from the reopening of the Delaware City Refinery. (There might be some through traffic regardless.) Norfolk Southern, major rail presence in Delaware, sued the State of Maryland to prevent release of oil train information. Delaware, in any case, is one of a few states refusing to provide information to the public.
Can anyone think that, when the refinery-reopening scam went down with zero public participation, the full range of harmful effects were considered? Obviously not….