Williams Companies shelves plan to build $1 billion gas pipeline to New York City

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NJSpotlight:New Jersey and New York once again have denied key permits for a much contested $1 billion new pipeline that would cut through the former state and under Raritan Bay to supply the latter with natural gas.This time, permit denials appear to have killed the Williams Companies’ proposed Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement project, as the company announced it would not pursue the proposal.“While we continue to believe in the fundamentals of this project, we will not refile in New Jersey or New York at this time,’’ said Laura Creekmur, spokesperson for Williams, in a statement that expressed disappointment and called the decisions unfortunate.For environmentalists and opponents, New York’s decision on Friday and New Jersey officials on Saturday marked a big victory in what has been a long-running effort to halt any new fossil-fuel projects that could increase global warming.In fact, in denying the permit sought by Williams, the Cuomo administration noted it would be incompatible with a new climate law that aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation also feared the 23-mile pipeline would impair water quality by releasing copper and mercury buried in the sediments of Raritan Bay.The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection followed with a denial of a wetlands permit, citing its neighboring state’s rejection of the water quality permit. In rejecting the permit, DEP officials cited New York’s decision as rendering the New Jersey case moot, failing to demonstrate a compelling public need for the project. The permit was dated May 15 but made public Saturday.[Tom Johnson]More: Denial of permits signals end for gas pipeline under Raritan Bay Williams Companies shelves plan to build $1 billion gas pipeline to New York Citylast_img read more

Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli shuts down Real Madrid transfer speculation

first_imgArteta has been blown away by Martinelli’s talent (Picture: Getty)Martinelli enjoyed a ‘dream’ two-week trial with Barcelona last summer but a move to the Nou Camp never materialised which led to him joining Arsenal.‘Shortly before the Sao Paulo Cup I spent a few days training in Barcelona. I spent 15 days there,’ he added.‘Barcelona invited me to train with them in La Masia, but afterwards, they didn’t want to do anything with me, they didn’t tell me anything. I went back to Ituano, I played Copinha and then I came to Arsenal.‘To see how they train, know the structure of the club, the city… it was a dream come true. I even trained with Ansu Fati and we became friends.‘He helped me a lot there and is now playing in the main team. He is a boy who deserves everything that is happening to him. He is super humble and welcomed me really well there.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMartinelli says he looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo as a role model as he admires the Juventus forward’s relentless desire to get the best out of himself.‘My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Martinelli said.‘I admire him very much for the strength of will he has, for the way he works and for everything… for the individual and collective awards he earns.‘He is a guy who does not conform, he always wants more.‘That is what I want for myself: to always be conquering things. He is a great example of that.’MORE: Takumi Minamino an ‘unbelievable addition’ to Liverpool’s squad, says Joe Gomez Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli shuts down Real Madrid transfer speculation Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Feb 2020 8:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Gabriel Martinelli has had an incredible debut season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has played down speculation that he could be set for a transfer move to Real Madrid.Martinelli, 18, has had a phenomenal start in Arsenal colours following his £6.3million move from Ituano last summer, scoring ten goals in his opening 21 appearances to cement his place in Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans.The Brazilian’s solo wonder strike against Chelsea last month will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans and will no doubt be a contender for the club’s goal of the season award.Recent reports claim that Martinelli’s outstanding form has caught Real Madrid’s attention and the Gunners are ready to treble the youngster’s wages from £10,000-a-week to around £30,000-a-week in order to keep him at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementcenter_img Martinelli is reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar (Picture: Getty)However, the teenager has brushed off the recent rumours and insists he’s fully focused on Arsenal for the time being.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether he had heard from Madrid, Martinelli told Spanish outlet Marca: ‘No, nothing has come to me.‘I am focused here doing my job at Arsenal and my head is here.’ Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Petitioners’ case is not weakened due to lack of key witnesses’ – Green & James

first_imgLocalNews ‘Petitioners’ case is not weakened due to lack of key witnesses’ – Green & James by: – September 9, 2011 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 46 Views   2 comments Tweet Honourable Ronald Green speaking to reporters outside the Court on Thursday.Political Leader of the United Workers Party, Honourable Ronald Green has refuted statements from critics who claim that the petitioners’ case has been weakened, following a decision by Judge Gertel Thom on Wednesday.The decision which came on Wednesday; after hearing two days of arguments from Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes for the Petitioners and Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan for the Defendants, ruled that both Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mr Petter Saint Jean will not be required to give evidence in the dual-citizenship matter, which is now before the Roseau High Court.Mr Green said that while the Opposition is disappointed that Mr Skerrit and Mr Saint Jean will not be taking the stand, they are confident that their case is still relevant.“I don’t think so, it would have been better if we had the opportunity to hear from our Prime Minister and our Minister of Education as to the truth of ownership of a french passport but we still have evidence as the case is compelling and the case continues”, said Green.Hon. Edison James speaking to reporters outside the Court on Thursday.President of the United Workers Party, Honourable Edison James echoed Mrs Green’s sentiments; but noted that while evidence is critical, the decision is still up to the Judge.“When we formulated that case with our lawyers we did not have Skerrit’s passport but we were satisfied that we had the basis to prove that Mr Skerrit was in breach of section 13:2 of the constitution. Had the judge agreed to or make arrangements, it would have taken us from probably a ninety percent expectation of success to a hundred percent. But she hasn’t so we are satisfied to be at the ninety percent of our anticipation of success. So while it would have been good that the judge had directed that the information be provided, we are very confident that we are on course to prove our case. Of course, in the final analysis, it is left to the judge”.Mr James who was cross-examined on Thursday by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan said that all witnesses in the case should speak the truth to protect the constitution under the rule of law.“This is a major matter for our country. I completed my evidence so let me just say this; do you know what we dealt with yesterday? A situation where Mr Skerrit never having said that he doesn’t have a French passport went in there and spent, through his lawyers, a whole lot of time fighting for him not to reveal the information which is vital for a settlement in a proper way of this constitutional matter. Mr Skerrit said, as I understand it through his lawyers ‘if I go into this box, if I reveal the information I will be incriminating myself’. What does this mean to you? Don’t answer, but let me tell you. It means that you are admitting that what is being said of you that you are in breach of the constitution and you are not qualified, what is being said of you is true. If you go on the stand you will have to do one of two things; either say it is not true I did not have a passport or you will say it is true I have a passport and present it”, James told reporters. The trial will resume on Tuesday, September 13th, when Public Relations Coordinator of the United Workers Party Mr Dave Bruney, will take the witness stand.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more