Opponents to New York natural gas pipeline push energy efficiency, renewable options FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s New York Business:New York is a city of canyons. But for Ashley Fallon, a child of Breezy Point who now lives in Rockaway Beach, her portion of Queens can seem closer to California than Manhattan. The view from her surfboard might include any of three species of whales, two kinds of dolphins and baby seals. Walking on the beach, she sometimes spots the rare snowy owl.Fallon knows the beach was not always this clean or the water this full of life. That is one reason she has joined a coalition of local civic and environmental groups fighting the proposed Williams Transco natural gas pipeline. The groups, including Surfriders Foundation, 350.org and the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, insist the pipeline could inflict lasting environmental damage on the area.The 24-mile expansion of existing pipeline infrastructure would run 17 miles underwater, from New Jersey’s Raritan Bay across lower New York Bay to a Transco pipeline already in place three miles offshore from the Rockaway Peninsula. The projects supporters are no less passionate than Fallon. They say the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, or NESE, will address a looming natural gas shortage in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island that could inflict lasting damage on the region’s economy.The battle is playing out amid another gas shortage that has raised alarms across the region’s business community: Con Edison has declared a moratorium on natural-gas hookups in southern Westchester. As of March 15, the utility said, it will not be able to guarantee service for new projects, effectively stifling developments. National Grid, Williams’ partner in the NESE project, is warning of a similar moratorium in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island should New York not approve the billion-dollar pipeline by May 15. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is weighing public comments, could block the pipeline if it found the project does not comply with the state’s water quality standards.But the project’s critics maintain the energy sector is at a tipping point, with new technology making strides in efficiency, and renewables having more potential. They cite gains from new boilers, building retrofits, eco-friendly building codes and more efficient electric heating and cooling systems.“You have to consider the alternatives now more than ever,” said Tom Sanzillo, a former New York state deputy comptroller who is director of finance for the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “And the reason you have to do that is because conditions in the industry are changing so fast and there are more and more alternatives and innovations.”More: Business groups say natural-gas delivery has reached a crisis point. Environmentalists agree
Walter Bryant Jr., 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.He was born October 30, 1939 in Dearborn County, Indiana , son of the late Walter Bryant Sr.and Dorothy Eloise Bryant.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.He was a member of the Aurora Moose, Chapter #71 Vietnam Veterans, and the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4. Walt was a 20 year career military man. He served during Vietnam, receiving the CIB, Purple Heart with 1 OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/V device and 2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/V device & 1 OLC, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star, and the Parachutist Badge as well as several other Medals. Walt received the “Excellence in Competition Badge for Rifle” as a member of the All Army Shooting Team. He served on the local Color Guards for KWVA and Rising Sun several years. Walt was instrumental in his help with the Wreaths Across America, he would help every year. Walt, along with his late wife Betty, loved to sing karaoke and in their younger days they both loved to dance.Surviving are siblings, Don (Debbie) Bryant, James Bryant, Hope (Gary) Denison and Deborah (Michael) Abbott; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 56 years Betty L. Bryant and their daughter, Faith Craig; siblings, Leymen Bryant, Joe Bryant, Sandra Smith, Susan Duckworth, and Della Lozier.Friends will be received Friday, January 26, 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church on Saturday at 2:00 pm with Pastor Rick Johnson and Pastor Mary Jane Johnson officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Welcome Home Warriors or Home for Our Troops . If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
After a resounding 11-5 win over No. 6 UC Irvine to cap off the regular season on Saturday at Anteater Pool in Irvine, Calif., the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team will travel north to begin an even more imposing challenge.Following a regular season in which the Trojans (23-2, 6-2) stumbled just twice, the youthful bunch will face No. 7 seed UC Santa Barbara Friday in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.Initially, USC will face a familiar Gaucho team, one that it has been able to dispose of on two separate occasions in 2010.In early October, the Trojans faced Santa Barbara in the semifinals of the SoCal Tournament. After a strong opening frame, USC ballooned its lead to a 4-0 margin before watching it nearly collapse after five unanswered goals from the Gauchos. Eventually the Trojans secured a 7-6 win, but strong play from Santa Barbara certainly left a visible impression.“They played well,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said at the time. “They have quite a few experienced foreign players and are really tough.”The Gauchos later traveled to McDonald’s Swim Stadium on Oct. 24 for a conference matchup, and the result was a 13-9 victory in favor of the host Trojans.But despite a level of comfort with a seventh-seeded UCSB opponent, the Trojans aren’t looking ahead to a possible matchup with crosstown rival No. 3 seed UCLA in the semi-finals.Instead, they claim to be focused on notching yet another victory over their neighbors to the north.“Santa Barbara, in my opinion, is one of the best teams in the country,” Vavic said. “They’re strong and have very good kids. They are right behind us in terms of team defense this year.”But offense, however, might be Santa Barbara’s strong suit in the end. The Gauchos feature a senior utility in Milos Golic, who currently has amassed 53 goals on the season — second highest in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation — and collectively, they are coming off an 11-goal effort in their season finale against Pepperdine.Golic, though, will be forced to contend with an equally skilled MPSF leader in USC’s Joel Dennerley, a junior goalie ranked first in the conference in goals allowed per game with 5.2.Vavic continues to call Dennerley the best goalie he has ever coached during his 17-year stint at USC.If successful against Golic and the Gauchos, Dennerley and company will move within two games of an MPSF Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 4 in Berkeley, Calif.