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
By David Smith, Jr.MEEKER, Okla. – It will be a night of firsts this Friday, July 14 for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series makes its way to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker for the makeup-running of the Freedom 40 rained out back on June 30.Contributions to the purse, to the tune of $1,500, has been added to make this the largest purse in the two-year history for the series with Friday night’s feature winner earning $1,000. Just to start the 20-car feature pays $275. A full night of heat races, last chance and the 40-lap feature finale will be on tap, the most laps ever run the series.The night’s racing action will conclude with a huge-fireworks show.Jake Martens is winless thus far this season but holds a 21-point lead over defending series champion Andy Shouse. Shouse currently has three victories on the season and four in the two-year history for the series.Chad Koch sits third in the standings while Loyd Clevenger and Joe Wood Jr. are the top five in the standings. Sixth through 10th are Chris Kelly, Tristan Oakes, Justin Fisk, Cody Whitworth and Brandon Long.Drivers also expected to compete include Shayla Waddell, Jerry Jumper, Steven Shebester, Dillon Laden, Gary Owens, Blake Scott, Justin Mowery, Chase Smith, James Fabian, Tanner Conn and Blake Daccus.Contributing to the purse for this event were Tim Young at Young Tool and Equipment; Paul Martens and Martens Machine Shop in Fairview; Bishop Racing Components; Victory Motorsports and Messmer Racing LLC.Feature purse amounts are 1-$1,000; 2-$600; 3-$500; 4-$400; 5-$375; 6-$350; 7-$345; 8-$340; 9-$335; 10-$330; 11-13, $325; 14-$315; 15-$310; 16-$305; 17-20, $275.“B” Feature: 1-4) transfer; 5-$200; 6-$125; 7) $125; 8-$125. The balance of non-qualifiers will receive $100.Gates open at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults while children 10 and under will be admitted free.
In response, the Raiders announced they would not attempt to renew their lease at the Coliseum for 2019. Feb. 3 update: The Raiders have reportedly decided to play in San Francisco in 2019.Feb. 6 update: San Francisco lawmakers have opposed the Raiders playing in the city.Here is everything you need to know about the legal battle between the Raiders and Oakland, and how it impacted the franchise’s 2019 plans.MORE: Raiders deserve criticism for mistreatment of Reggie McKenzieWhy did the Raiders want to leave Oakland?The nomadic organization, which became a cultural icon during its days in Los Angeles and has since kept a national cult following, seemingly did not have the same motivations to make things work in Oakland as many other franchises do within their home cities.Raiders owner Mark Davis, son of the late franchise principal owner Al Davis, has long expressed a desire to leave the aging confines of the Coliseum, and if Oakland was not willing to pay up for a new stadium, he had no issue taking the Raiders elsewhere.So, after years of fruitless negotiations with Oakland and threats to head to other cities, Davis finally got his wish with a move to Las Vegas.In April of 2017, the NFL released its official statement of reasons why the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. The statement of reasons clarifies the timeline of the application process that resulted in the Raiders’ move to Vegas being approved after they were denied a potential move to Los Angeles.Will the Raiders leave Oakland in 2019?After pledging not to sign a one-year lease at the Coliseum, the Raiders now seem destined to play elsewhere for a season, though they notably have not yet taken any options off the table.While Oakland hasn’t been officially eliminated as a possibility, Davis indicated he would not play in Oakland if the city sued his team and the league.Are the Raiders still going to Las Vegas?Yes, but the stadium will not be ready for the Raiders until the 2020 season.It will be a domed facility that will also house the UNLV college football team and likely other Las Vegas entertainment events.When will the Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas open?Las Vegas Stadium is scheduled to open in 2020.The team’s new home will seat about 65,000 people, with an ability to add to that total in order to host a Super Bowl. It will have 10 levels, including two concourse levels, two mezzanine levels and two suite levels. The project is expected to cost an estimated $1.9 billion. Of that total, $750 million in public funding will go toward the construction and other associated costs.Why is Oakland suing the Raiders?The lawsuit comes after years of public bickering between a Raiders team eager to move to a new city and Oakland, which did not want to publicly fund a new stadium for the franchise given much-criticized renovations to the Coliseum in the 1990s that continue to cost taxpayers about $20 million per year.The Raiders first tried to move to Los Angeles, but when that proposal was shut down by the NFL in favor of the Rams and Chargers, they opted to relocate to Las Vegas.Oakland will lose the Golden State Warriors to San Francisco in 2019, and it has thus far been unable to lock down a long-term solution to keep the Oakland A’s, though plans for a new stadium were released this past month.Politicians have acknowledged a significant cultural loss from the departure of its long-held franchises, playing a role in the decision to sue the Raiders and the NFL. How have Raiders players reacted to the situation?Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recently spoke out about the prospect of not playing in the Coliseum next year, calling the dispute “crazy” from his perspective as a player. Carr was drafted by the Raiders in 2014 and has spent his entire career with the franchise.”Just, where you are going to play your home games?” Carr said, via ESPN. “That’s just weird, and it’s nothing anyone wants to go through.”There is no book on how to do this. I’ll figure it out the best way I can, day by day.” Despite ongoing animosity with the city of Oakland, the Raiders had planned to remain at the Oakland Coliseum next season before the franchise’s move to Las Vegas in 2020.But things changed when Oakland filed a federal lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL, alleging the league’s 32 teams have formed an illegal cartel colluding to force cities to pay for new facilities with public funds or face relocation. The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation from the NFL.