Federal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.The ruling deals a major setback for TransCanada and could possibly delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,180 mile (1,900 km) pipeline.The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska, from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta.U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris’ ruling late on Thursday came in a lawsuit that several environmental groups filed against the U.S. government in 2017, soon after President Donald Trump announced a presidential permit for the project. Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis “fell short of a ‘hard look”‘ at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline’s viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures. In Thursday’s ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.More: US judge halts construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline
Activities marking European Mobility Week in Bosnia and Herzegovina started with an EU team participating in this year’s Sarajevo Half-Marathon and the organisation of the Tuzla Cycling Promenade. Sarajevo Half-Marathon brought together some 3,000 participants from 45 countries. The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Khaldoun Sinno, together with representatives of EU embassies in BiH and recreational runners formed the EU team, which raised awareness of sustainable urban mobility. By promoting sustainable ways of transport, the European Union is sharing a common goal and a common identity with other towns and cities throughout the world.While Sarajevo celebrated running, 4,000 cyclists took part in the largest recreational cycling event in Bosnia and Herzegovina – the 7th Tuzla Cycling Promenade. “Today’s event helps us to contribute to draw attention to highly important issues such as environment protection and negative health consequences due to overuse of cars, which contributes to increased air pollution and traffic accidents. Let’s bear in mind that these problems could be reduced by switching to other transport modes,” said Gianluca Vannini, Acting Head of Operation Sections for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Cooperation of the EU Delegation to BiH who presented awards to the luckiest participants of the cycling promenade.European Mobility Week takes place every year from 16 to 22 September, with more than 2,000 cities and over 40 countries participating. Since its launch in 2002, the campaign has steadily grown and in 2017 the campaign broke its own record with 2,526 town and cities from 50 countries taking part in the activities. The aim of EMW is to encourage European cities to introduce and promote sustainable transport means and to invite people to try out alternatives to car use.This year, the theme of European Mobility Week is Multimodality – promoting the use of different modes of transport within one or several journeys, with the slogan, Mix and move! This year’s European Mobility Week encourages the use of different modes of urban transport. Accepting the concept of multimodality enables a different perspective on urban transportation and the readiness to use new forms of mobility, which creates a positive effect on the environment.During European Mobility Week, the EU Info Centre will also support the organisation of the Banja Luka cycling tour, in cooperation with European Mobility Week National coordinator for BiH, in order to mark the end of European Mobility Week and Car Free Day on 22 September.The news portal “Sarajevo Times” was launched in November 2012, and is the product of determined and ambitious young people.”Sarajevo Times” is currently the only Bosnian portal that reports positive news from Bosnia and Herzegovina in English, at the same time respecting European standards of professional and objective journalism. Our goal is to promote positive values, people, activities and events from BiH, in order to contribute to a better image of our country.Support ST on Patreon > https://www.patreon.com/sarajevotimes
Florio says the contract numbers for the free agent quarterback “suggest that Bridgewater would be installed as the No. 1 option in Chicago.”UPDATE: NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports it’s unlikely Bridgewater lands with the Bears.Not expecting Teddy Bridgewater to land with the #Bears. Other QB options in play there.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2020Bridgewater has had an interesting career; a first-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2014, he suffered a devastating knee injury during a team practice in 2016. Bridgewater sat out that season, and played sparingly in 2017. The Vikings declined the fifth-year option on Bridgewater’s contract, making him a free agent in 2017.MORE: Tracking 2020 NFL free agency moves, rumorsBridegwater signed with the Jets, but was traded to the Saints before the start of the regular season, where he played sparingly in 2018. He stayed in New Orleans, signing a 1-year deal to play in 2019, and he ended up starting a stretch of games while Drew Brees sat out with injury. Bridgewater started five games, going 5-0 in that stretch.According to Spotrac, Bridgewater’s market value is $21.5 million, which would rank 16th among all quarterbacks. In other words, that’s starter money. If the Bears ended up signing Bridgewater, it’d be ridiculous to pay him that kind of money without making him the starter.There’s also the fact Ryan Pace, GM of the Bears, used to work in the Saints front office for 14 years.Teddy Bridgewater has many allies in Saints football ops, including head coach Sean Payton. Have to think Bears GM Ryan Pace somehow tapped into those resources with his former team.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) March 16, 2020Bears running back Tarik Cohen was live streaming on Twitch when he saw the news. He responded at first saying, “I don’t know why y’all think the Bears are going to sign Teddy Bridgewater.” He later responded by calling Trubisky his “dog.”Interest in Nick FolesFormer NFL GM Michael Lombardi reports the Bears have interest in Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles.Hearing from a source Bears trying to get involved with trading for Nick Foles. Bears are all over this QB market.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) March 16, 2020Not only does this report add a new name in the quarterback mix, but it doubles down on the fact Chicago is indeed looking at other quarterback options. Whether it’s Bridgewater, Foles or someone else, expect some sort of new face to arrive in Chicago to give Trubisky some competition. In 2017 the Bears traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Mitch Trubisky second overall, ahead of Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Just three seasons later, Chicago may be giving up on their first-round quarterback.According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, “talks are underway” between free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Bears. Florio adds that this likely won’t be a situation similar to last year for Bridgewater where he was signed to be a backup option. Interest in Andy DaltonSource: #Bears are focused on acquiring Andy Dalton or Nick Foles – both veteran quarterbacks who have played for either Matt Nagy or members of coaching staff. There’s a sense in the organization that Mitchell Trubisky should be forced to compete for the starting position.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 16, 2020What’s next for Mitch Trubisky?It’s likely the Bears would just keep Trubisky for this season if they do move forward with Bridgewater. He’d be a reliable backup at an affordable price ($9,327,591 cap hit). He’s only under contract through the 2020 season. Chicago has a fifth-year option for 2021 if it wants to exercise it, but that’d be a surprising move if the decided to give Bridgewater starting QB money.Trubisky has been disappointing since taking over as the Bears starter in 2017. After starting in 15 games in 2019, Trubisky only finished five games with more than one touchdown pass, finishing with 17 total on the season. He had more games (7) with no touchdown passes at all.He’d likely land somewhere as a backup quarterback option as a 2021 free agent, but unless he shows something else, a signing of Bridgewater could signal the end of Trubisky’s starting career.