Opponents to New York natural gas pipeline push energy efficiency, renewable options

first_imgOpponents 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 agreelast_img read more

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Bacolod closely watches 1 suspected COVID-19 case

first_imgThese symptoms are usually mild andbegin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms anddon’t feel unwell. WHO said the most common symptoms ofCOVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Familiaran said a swab sample wasalready taken from her for confirmatory test at the Department of Health’sResearch Institute for Tropical Medicine. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The vice mayor also said that aresident of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental, who was on Tuesday tagged as aPUI, was downgraded to PUM after his confirmatory result for COVID-19 yieldednegative results. According to the World HealthOrganization (WHO), people can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus.The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from thenose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, head ofthe City Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19, said the new PUI is a femalewho has a travel history from Singapore. She arrived on Feb. 26 and showedto have shown flu-like symptoms on March 6. Familiaran disclosed there 19 personsunder monitoring (PUMs) in the city as of March 11. These include the 15 out ofthe initial 23, eight of whom have been cleared, and four new ones. BACOLOD City – Health officials hereare closely monitoring an individual considered as “person under investigation”(PUIs) for possible infection of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People can also catch COVID-19 if theybreathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhalesdroplets. This is why it is important to stay more than one meter (three feet)away from a person who is sick. Most people (about 80 percent) recoverfrom the disease without needing special treatment. Some patients may have aches andpains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Around one out of every 6 people whogets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those withunderlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems ordiabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough anddifficulty breathing should seek medical attention./PNlast_img read more

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Lawson warns investors about developing trends

first_imgConnie LawsonIndianapolis, In. — Secretary of State Connie Lawson is warning Hoosier investors to exercise caution when approaching two financial investment trends that are spreading across the county: cross-selling and robo-advisers. Both are legal practices that can quickly backfire for investors if precautions are not taken.Cross-selling by banks and investment firms is a growing concern for securities regulators. At its best, this is a way for banks or investment firms to inform clients about the range of financial products and services available. At its worst, this common sales technique can take advantage of loyal clients, misleading them into acting against their best interests.Additionally, investors are increasingly turning to robo-advisers to help them manage their portfolios. Easy-to-use smartphone apps and online portals make setting up an account with a robo-adviser convenient and quick, which is contributing to their increasing popularity. However, using robo-advisers may yield unexpected and undesired results. They are relatively new to the investing landscape and securities regulators are still working to understand the full implications of this technology.No investments are risk-free, no matter the technology used or the sales pitch made. Before making any financial decisions, do your homework and call the Secretary of State’s office at 317-232-6681, or visitwww.in.gov/sos/indianamoneywise.The full investor advisories are available at www.nasaa.org.last_img read more

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