Judge throws out request to halt Dakota Access Pipeline construction

February 14, 2017 by  
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a The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux just suffered a major defeat at the hands of a federal judge — the tribes’ request to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was rejected Monday afternoon. The tribe’s lawyers filed the motion arguing that Lake Oahe, which the pipeline would cross, contains sacred water which would be desecrated by the pipeline. This argument was dismissed by Energy Transfer Partners , saying that the company had “the utmost respect for the religious beliefs and traditions” of the tribe and that their efforts did not threaten the traditions of the community. The protesters, who fear the consequences of an oil spill near their main source of water, say they aren’t surprised by the ruling. In a report from the Guardian , many reaffirmed their commitment to the cause, with some stating they would continue to occupy the protest camps near the pipeline’s construction sites. Related: Army approves Dakota Access Pipeline route – and construction could begin immediately Religious beliefs and traditions weren’t only issues at stake in this ruling. The pipeline, which was originally halted by the Obama administration in December, was supposed to undergo a lengthy environmental review process before permits would be issued for the company to begin drilling. Instead, Donald Trump used his first weeks in office to throw out the review and simply push the approval process through. Though many indigenous protesters dispersed during the winter to avoid brutal storms, they are beginning to return as the weather improves. They are vowing to continue to fight the pipeline, both on the ground and in court. Via The Guardian Images via Tony Webster and Lars Plougmann

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Protestors arrested as Dakota Access Pipeline company pledges to continue construction

September 13, 2016 by  
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The company behind the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline , which would extend across 1,168 miles and four US states, has stated it plans to  move forward with the project . This announcement comes on the heels of worldwide protests and after the US government stepped in to temporarily block construction on federal land. Some protestors, who locked themselves to construction machinery, were arrested on Tuesday after causing construction to grind to a halt. Last Friday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders to halt the pipeline ’s construction, only to have the US government block the undertaking moments later. This has not shaken Energy Transfer , the company behind the pipeline, whose chief executive Kelcy Warren told The Guardian , “We intend to meet with officials in Washington to understand their position and reiterate our commitment to bring the Dakota Access Pipeline into operation.” Related: Oil company sics attack dogs on Native American protestors in North Dakota The claims that “tremendous safety factors” are in place to prevent any potential leaks and damage to the environment or local water supplies are not swaying protesters, who have assembled in the US, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand in opposition of the project. According to Red Warrior Camp , while construction has been halted in the 40 miles surrounding Lake Oahe, it continues unimpeded elsewhere along the pipeline pathway. On Tuesday, protestors locked themselves to construction equipment, resulting in law enforcement arriving with rifles and riot gear and 20 “water protectors” being arrested. “It is unfortunate that the corporate world chooses to ignore the millions of people and hundreds of tribal nations who stand in opposition to the destruction of our lands, resources , waters, and sacred sites,” expressed Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. “Our fight isn’t over until there is permanent protection of our people and resources from the pipeline.” Via The Guardian  and Red Warrior Camp Images via Red Warrior Camp  and Sacred Stone Camp

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Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

May 9, 2013 by  
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Yale researchers have discovered that they can boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. Polymer solar cells are popular for their low cost, low weight, large area and mechanical flexibility, according to Physorg , but they only convert roughly 50 percent of the solar energy absorbed into usable electricity. The organic squaraine dye improves light absorption and recycles electrons, thereby hastening the light to energy conversion process. Read the rest of Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , alternative energy , cleantech , Förster resonance energy transfer , renewable energy , solar cell efficiency , Solar cells , solar research and development , Squaraine dye , Yale University solar research        

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

May 9, 2013 by  
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