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Re: “Settlement announced in state lawsuit over Exxon pipeline spill

Thank you, Max Brantley, for all you do for the community.

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Posted by Luis Contreras on 06/16/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Coalition's fight against Diamond Pipeline routing gets health department backing

Thank you for this report.

Now we know Diamond ignored the request to move the pipeline away from the Clarksville water intake. To get APSC approval, Diamond paid CWL $6.6 Million. CWL will "move" the water intake.

There are some open questions.

1. Did Diamond change the route to protect other water districts?

2. Why did USACE ignore the ADH request to protect Arkansas water?

3. How much did Diamond pay USACE for the permit?


Posted by Luis Contreras on 05/20/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Tom Cotton's voting record: Extreme even for a Republican

Who pays his salary?

Posted by Luis Contreras on 02/17/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “A Q&A with chemist and MacArthur 'Genius Grant' recipient Wilma Subra, on the Mayflower oil spill

Great report on the chemical and health issues of oil spills

The Diamond Pipeline is nothing but chemical warfare ... we will stop it

Posted by Luis Contreras on 02/11/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Deputies arrest two for attempting to stop pipeline work in St. Francis County

The two Arkansas Water Protectors, Frank and Amber, went to court Wednesday

They had to pay $500 each, and are done with St Francis court, free as birds

Where is this story?

Posted by Luis Contreras on 02/11/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Welspun putting workers at risk, OSHA says

To get quick approval, Diamond Pipeline gave $46 Million to Welspun L.R. - no one knows if they are using their old inventory or making new pipes. Welded pipes are guaranteed to leak!

Here is an update on 11/20/2016 on a Temporary worker losing a leg without worker's compensation insurance: Nothing has changed, no safety, no quality pipes!…

Posted by Luis Contreras on 12/23/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Sierra Club, Audubon settle with SWEPCO on Turk power plant

Great to know The Nature Conservancy got $8 million from AEP/SWEPCO

Well, not really:

1. AEP is a founding member of The Nature Conservancy's International Leadership Council.

2. The $8 million paid to TNC will not compensate the social cost of the coal-fired Turk power plant for Arkansans.

3. The Sierra Club and Audubon are funded by TNC

4. With $7 Billion in assets, TNC makes the rules.

5. Arkansans, once again, was deceived by sheep and wolves working together.

Shame on all the parties involved.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nature Conservancy, the
largest private conservation organization in the world, honored Dale
Heydlauff, vice president of Environmental Affairs for American Electric Power
(NYSE: AEP), with its President's Conservation Achievement Award. The award is one of two highest honors bestowed by the organization for excellence and accomplishment in conservation.

According to the Conservancy, the award "recognizes exceptional support by
individuals, governmental or non-governmental entities...corporations,
foundations or other non-profit organizations that have worked in partnership
with (The Nature Conservancy) to advance biodiversity protection."

In presenting the award last night at the organization's annual meeting,
John Sawhill, president and chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy,
said, "As the driving force behind the Conservancy's most ambitious carbon
mitigation project in Latin America, Dale urged the energy and utility
industry to meet the challenges of tropical conservation."

Heydlauff led AEP's partnership with the Conservancy and the non-profit
organization Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) in the Noel Kempff
Mercado National Park in Bolivia. The partnership has conserved more than two million acres of endangered tropical rain forest -- an area the size of
Yellowstone National Park -- and will prevent more than 14 million metric tons
of carbon from entering the atmosphere over 30 years. In addition, the effort
includes a sustainable development component to provide jobs and income for
local residents.

"Clearly, our project with AEP represents a promising model for how we can
conserve large areas of intact habitat in the tropics, which is home to so
much of the world's biological diversity," Sawhill said.

"I am deeply honored," said Heydlauff upon accepting the award. "This
entire venture has been a labor of love from the outset, and I've had
tremendous support from Gary Kaster in our land management department and Dan Kemp, our environmental counsel. This project has been important to AEP from the standpoint that it has provided us with a cost-effective means to address global climate change concerns while preserving an enormous valuable ecosystem for use and enjoyment by future generations."

Linn Draper Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer of
AEP, said, "We believe that this award demonstrates that AEP has a serious
concern not only for the state of the global environment, but for local
economies as well. "Dale personifies the character, commitment and leadership we encourage throughout our organization. I am proud of Dale and his accomplishments, and pledge AEP's continued support of his work with The Nature Conservancy."

AEP was a founding member of The Nature Conservancy's corporate
International Leadership Council, which has 40 members with operations
worldwide. Council members work independently with the Conservancy on
projects spanning Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Posted by Luis Contreras on 07/04/2016 at 9:07 PM

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