4.2 Earthquake in Oklahoma

5 Mar 2018

Damage reported after earthquakes in Oklahoma – Fox News, 2018/03/05

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quakes hit Sunday evening near the town of Breckenridge, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City.

Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg says bricks were split or pulled from walls of homes and buildings, while cracks were reported in walls and ceilings. Smaller quakes were reported in the same area early Monday.

No injuries were reported.


Sewage Leaks From Mexico Sickening California Beachgoers

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/06 – US ‘doesn’t give a crap’ about Mexico sewage spills sickening Calif. beachgoers, critics say – Fox News

Up to 200 days a year, this otherwise pristine beach in Southern California is closed because of raw sewage and industrial waste from Mexico, a treaty violation for which Washington has shown little interest in enforcing.

“Unfortunately, the U.S. government seems to be in the mode that everything’s fine and don’t worry about it,” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, who got sick last week after surfing in the contaminated water. “That doesn’t fly anymore.”

Besides a slow federal response, Harris blames the state of California, which is tough with corporate and individual polluters, but takes a velvet glove-approach with Mexico, despite emissions of toxic chemicals and metals like chromium, cadmium and lead that has burned the soles and laces of border agent boots.

California seems to prefer the cafeteria approach to when they want to apply federal and state government standards.

Iceland Slowly Pulling Itself Apart

26 May 2017

2017/05/26 – Why the constant earthquakes? Iceland is slowly being torn apart – Iceland Magazine

In an average week Iceland’s national monitoring seismic network detects around 500 earthquakes.

The reason for this seismic activity is the location of Iceland on top the Atlantic ridge, the divergent boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates: As the two plates drift in opposite directions Iceland is in effect slowly being split apart.


Interior Dept. Issues Stream Protection Rule

19 Dec 2016

Obama issues mining rule despite Trump’s threat to repeal it

The Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule aims to prevent or mitigate harm to streams and other waterways from mountaintop removal mining, among other mining practices.

“The responsible rule released today represents a modern and balanced approach to meeting the nation’s energy needs,” outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement.

“Regulations need to keep pace with modern mining practices, so we worked closely with many stakeholders to craft a plan that protects water quality, supports economic opportunities, safeguards our environment and makes coalfield communities more resilient for a diversified economic future.”

Trump called the rule “excessive” in a September speech on his energy agenda and pledged that it would be repealed under his presidency. Last week he announced that Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke (R), a critic of the mining rule, would be his nominee for Interior secretary.

Trump would have to undertake an extensive rulemaking process to formally undo the regulation.

Many last minute regulations taking place. Environmentalists like this. Coal companies do not. Typical…


Chemical Leaks Into Corpus Christi Water Supply

15 Dec 2016

Chemical leak makes water “undrinkable” in Corpus Christi

A chemical used in making asphalt leaked into the water supply. Resident are being warned to not drink the tap water.


Rooftop Solar Panels An Added Risk If There Is A Fire

7 May 2016

Firefighters: Solar panels are risky during fires

The weight of residential solar panels is equivalent to an extra layer of shingles. That may not sound like much, but firefighters say the extra weight could make your roof collapse much faster in a fire.

Firefighters say solar panels limit access to do vertical ventilation, which could impact the time it would take to put out a fire.

“If we were to throw a ladder to the roof and the ladder would puncture the solar panels,” said McAllister, “that could cause an electrocution to the members who were putting the ladders on the roof.”

Seems to be an unintended consequence of the solar panels.


EPA Loses Case with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

23 Mar 2012

EPA Gets Epic Smackdown from Supreme Court [Fiscal Times]

When Mike and Chantell Sackett bought land in Idaho zoned for residential construction and acquired the necessary permits for building a home, they believed their dream of owning a custom-made house would become a reality. Instead, the EPA sent the Sacketts into a five-year nightmare of regulatory war over the supposed status of their lot as a wetland, and demanded that the Sacketts entirely undo their work on the land to comply with the Clean Water Act.

The Sacketts tried to appeal but were threatened with fines of up to $37,500 per day, and when they tried to go to court to appeal that, they discovered that the EPA had to allow them to go to court. The Sacketts sued in federal court, and yesterday finally prevailed in a unanimous Supreme Court decision that has far-reaching implications for the EPA and overreaching government intrusion.

Anytime you get a unanimous decision from the high court against a government agency, there is some devious regulating occurring.