Montana Governor Shops for New Owners to Keep Aged Colstrip Units Open

first_imgMontana Governor Shops for New Owners to Keep Aged Colstrip Units Open FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tom Lutey for the Billings Gazette:Gov. Steve Bullock said he plans to form a working group to explore “alternative ownership” and management of Colstrip Units 1, 2 and 3. Current owners Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy face increasing pressure to shut Units 1 and 2 down. Puget also has partial ownership in Unit 3.However, state ownership of the power plants is off the table, Bullock told The Gazette.But ownership discussion is bound to change as interested parties gather to plan a way forward for Units 1 and 2, said Ann Hedges of the Montana Environmental Information Center.“They’ll all sit down at the table, but nobody wants their money thrown down the drain,” Hedges said. “They want someone else’s money thrown down the drain and that’s the problem.”Hedges said the state should be working to come up with a post-coal future for Colstrip. There’s a wind farm in the works in the same county. Solar panels might be a possibility.“There are so many things we can do and instead they’re wasting time trying to prop up a dying economic business model,” Hedges said.Full article: Montana Gov. Bullock: State must keep vulnerable Colstrip units openlast_img read more

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Undersea Rescue Command and Chilean Navy to Kick Off CHILEMAR VII

first_imgBy By Lieutenant Courtney Callaghan, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs October 24, 2017 Chilean submarine CS O’Higgins and URC practiced a rescue scenario which demonstrated URC’s submarine rescue capabilities by mobilizing and employing the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC). The SRC, a McCann rescue chamber designed prior to World War II and still used today, was used to mate with O’Higgins for a transfer of personnel from the simulated distressed submarine to the rescue vessel. The SRC can rescue up to six persons at a time and reach a bottomed submarine up to a max depth of 850 feet. The SRC is operated by two crewmembers and is lowered using a tethered cable from the ship to the submarine. Once the chamber reaches the submarine, it seals over the submarine’s hatch allowing Sailors to safely transfer to the rescue chamber. CHILEMAR VII is the seventh exercise of its kind between the U.S. and Chile. “Submarine rescue operations involve very challenging procedures, and they require consistent training to maintain proficiency,” said U.S. Navy Commander John Doney, deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 11. “Our ability to cooperate with our partner nations during such a technical evolution will ensure that, in the unlikely event of an actual submarine emergency, we will be operationally prepared.” URC is the only submarine rescue command for the U.S. Navy with the capability to provide submarine rescue within 96 hours to Time to First Rescue (TTFR). More than 40 countries are known to operate more than 440 submarines world-wide, making the confirmation of submarine rescue abilities between nations vital. These exercises foster safety and the ability to work together on a survival level, and also promote understanding and a commitment to stability through regional cooperation. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, visit www.navy.mil/local/css11/.last_img read more

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US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida: ‘There’s a lot of corruption coming from Venezuela’

first_imgBy Jaime Moreno/Voice of America (VOA) Edited by Diálogo Staff May 13, 2020 Voice of America spoke with Ariana Fajardo, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, who revealed details of the accusations against Nicolás Maduro and Venezuelan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maikel Moreno, and about Venezuela’s corruption money that enters the U.S. banking system.On March 26, Fajardo took part in what she called a “historic” press conference, where she and the U.S. Attorney General pressed charges against Maduro and other high-ranking officials from Venezuela’s illegitimate government for drug and arms trafficking and terrorism.Fajardo said that three U.S. jurisdictions are working on different cases involving Venezuela’s disputed government: the Southern District of Florida, the Southern District of New York, and the District of Columbia.Maduro, she said, was indicted for drug and arms trafficking. “Those charges are associated with his role as the head of the Cartel of the Suns and his agreement with the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia],” Fajardo said.“Maduro is accused of being the head of the Cartel of the Suns. So the people under his command are the ones who negotiate with the FARC. Those are the allegations,” the prosecutor added.She said that the charges submitted involve two specific situations, one in 2006 and another in 2013 — when Maduro served as foreign minister — that would prove his relationship with narcotrafficking.“Tons of cocaine that were shipped from Venezuela in 2006 went to Mexico, where Mexican authorities seized them, and Venezuela had to intervene in this situation,” the prosecutor said.“In 2013, Nicolás Maduro was supposed to be here in the United States, at a United Nations meeting […], and he cancelled at the last minute because, just like what had happened in 2006, this time France had seized several tons of drugs from the Cartel of the Suns,” the prosecutor says.The official adds that the accusations also include charges for allowing the FARC to enter and operate in Venezuela.“When we say FARC, we are not referring to the FARC that made peace and the FARC that is part of the Colombian government […],” she said. “We are talking about the remnants that did not want peace, who continued in the mountains.”She adds that they were not only given the space and money to smuggle drugs, but also weapons and protection.Regarding Moreno, the head of the country’s highest court, the attorney says that “on the visa application that he submitted to enter the United States, he declared that he earned $12,000 a year as a judge in Venezuela. When we started investigating the situation here, he had $3 million in deposits in his bank account […], and that’s only one account.”The prosecutor says that, in addition to these cases, in the last 18 months, since she created a special unit within the district attorney’s office, “we have indicted a dozen Venezuelans and frozen $450 million in U.S. banks.”Despite this situation, the attorney says that this “is historic, quite frankly. We’ll see what happens — you never know — but we must have hope that freedom will come for Venezuela someday.”last_img read more

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Large Kenyan delegation to attend ICC State Parties Assembly

first_imgA delegation of top Kenyan ministers will attend an International Criminal Court (ICC) meeting in The Hague on Wednesday, in the latest battle over charges against Deputy President William Ruto and Kenyan journalist Joshua Sang.The delegation will be lobbying for a full independent audit of the system used by the ICC to identify witnesses, claiming allegations of “irregular procuring and coaching” of witnesses in the case.The delegation will also try to rally support from other countries to get this audit through and to ensure that Article 68 – the use of recanted evidence – is not applied to Deputy President Ruto’s case because the law was introduced after the proceedings began.There is support for Kenya – 190 MPs have signed a petition – which officials say includes cross party support.The petition also has support of the attorneys-generals and African Union Justice ministers, which endorsed it at a meeting in Ethiopia last week.Essentially Kenya wants this case dropped as was the case with similar charges against the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.last_img read more

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