National Climate Change Committee hosts first workshop

first_imgThe recently re-established National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) earlier today hosted its first capacity building workshop in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).Among the agenda items were the genesis of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and climate change; structure and organisation of the UNFCCC; understanding the negotiation process; thematic areas of importance for SIDS [Small Island Developing States] and LDCs [Least DevelopedHead of the OCC, Janelle ChristianCountries] with special focus on Guyana; establishing National priorities and National Determine Contributions (NDC).In brief remarks, representative of the FAO, Reuben Robertson said as a specialised agency of the UN, the NCCC is committed to assisting countries in the development and implementation of climate change and disaster risk management responses at the policy, institution, sector and community levels all aimed at building resilience eradicating poverty and zeroing hunger.“FAO has been working with countries to better understand climate change and its impacts; and moreover, to assist in the realisation of the objectives explicitly expressed in the nationally determined contributions. FAOs work through partnership for achieving the goals is very significant because FAO recognises that zeroing hunger, eradicating poverty requires smart and effective partnership and therefore Sustainable Development Goals numbers one and two – eradicating poverty zeroing hunger really require all-hands-on-deck be it the Private Sector, Public Sector, civil society the community and gender with the whole focus on women and youth,” Robertson is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.According to the FAO representative, the organisation is aware of the impact of climate change and, therefore, has focused on sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and building resilience through strategic objectives, regional initiatives and country priority frameworks.As it relates to Guyana, Robertson said the organisation currently has two projects ongoing, estimated at about US$300,000 where they are mainstreaming disaster risk management in the agri-sector. “We are happy to say that we are in about seven to eight communities throughout Guyana where we are building resilience among farmers and the communities through best practices,” Robertson explained.He added that a number of local communities are directly impacted by the collaborative work between the FAO and local stakeholders.According to the Head of the Office of Climate Change (OCC), Janelle Christian, climate change is not just an environmental management issue. Christian said it is an economic and development issue also and requires action across all sectors. “… it involves and needs the voice of women so we can address the issues of gender, it needs the representation of youths, it needs the representation and voice of those who operate within the social sector,” she said.The Office of Climate Change (OCC) is the governmental agency responsible for leading the development and implementation of national policies and actions for ‘climate change mainstreaming’ and the coordination of efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Originally conceived primarily to support the preparation and implementation of the Low Carbon Development Strategy in 2009 the office is expanding its role to lead Guyana’s national climate change efforts.The OCC is the national focal point for climate change and to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and therefore has a core responsibility to coordinate Guyana’s international engagements with the UNFCCC and other climate change processes.The NCC existed before the Office of Climate Change which was established around 2009 and served the Unit responsible for climate change with the Agriculture Ministry. It constituted several stakeholders and sectors which shaped decisions relating to climate change in Guyana.last_img read more

4 lanes being considered for Ogle-Diamond bypass

first_imgA preliminary design report on the much-anticipated bypass road linking the East Bank to the East Coast of Demerara has found that a four-lane design is the most feasible option for the project. Public Infrastructure Ministry Technical Services Manager Nigel Erskine explained to Guyana Times that having received the preliminary report from the consultancy firm, India-based Rites Limited, they now have an idea of what the final design would be.Public Infrastructure Ministry Technical Services Manager Nigel Erskine“Based on their [preliminary] traffic analysis and studies, and their projection into the future, they’re saying that it is feasible to go with the four-lane road now for the main alignment. So more than likely, the final report will be four lane for the main alignment with a 40 metres reserve [in the middle],” Erskine noted.According to the Technical Services Manager, the Ministry is looking to use the reserve in the middle, sometime in the future, for a rapid rail that would run from the Timehri Airport to Ogle.However, Erskine posited that while they now had an idea of what the design would be like, there was more work still remaining before the design was finalised. The preliminary report has pegged the project cost at US$104 million.This Diamond-Ogle Bypass project will see some 26 kilometres of roadway constructed linking two of the country’s main thoroughfares – the East Bank Highway and East Coast highway. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These include Diamond, Mocha, Eccles – all on the East Bank – and South Ruimveldt (via Aubrey Barker Road) in Georgetown.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of a 20-kilometre road from Ogle on the East Coast of Demerara, to Diamond.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, the 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to RITES Limited.Erskine pointed out that so far the India-based company has met all of its deadlines. Having submitted the preliminary design report, which has been approved, the consultancy firm will now have to work on a draft final report to submit at the end of January 2019. Following that, the final report is expected in April 2019.“So, by the end of April, we should be ready to proceed with the bidding process to get a contractor and that’s going to take about four to six months. So, definitely, we should have a contractor ready to mobilise and start works in the last quarter of next year,” the Technical Services Manager posited. However, during an interview earlier this year, Minister Jordan had told Guyana Times that he did not foresee this project being fully completed before 2020.“I don’t see the road becoming a reality before 2020, if I were to hazard a guess. I would love it to be there before, but based on how things go and based on the difficulties of communication and tendering and so on, because everything has to come from India – the consultants and contractors… so they have to do tendering there and tendering here, so it will take some time (before it’s completed),” the Finance Minister opined.In an effort to reduce traffic congestion for commuters on the East Bank of Demerara, which leads to the country’s main point of entry – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime was working on constructing an ‘East Coast to East Bank’ bypass road and sought funding from the Indian Government in 2015.Meanwhile, the current coalition Administration is looking to extend the bypass road all the way to Soesdyke on the East Bank of Demerara.This aspect will fall under a second phase of the project. Erskine noted that next year, the Public Infrastructure Ministry is hoping to move ahead with the design consultancy process.last_img read more

Police destroys ganja farm, camp on Essequibo Coast

first_imgPolice on the Essequibo Coast have destroyed a marijuana farm along with a makeshift camp found at the Onderneeming backlands, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). According to reports, acting on information received, a party of Policemen went to the Onderneeming Sandpit Backlands at about 11:00h on Friday.Upon arrival at the location, the ranks discovered about half an acre of marijuana plants.The farm had approximately 600 cannabis plants measuring from five inches to five feet in height with an estimated weight of 25 kilogram, along with a quantity of dry cannabis, amounting to some 2 kilograms.In addition to the plants, there was a makeshift camp with three hammocks, kitchen utensils, clothing, groceries and farming tools.The plants, dry cannabis and camp were destroyed by fire and the area was marked for further investigation. No arrest was made at the farm.last_img read more

De Gea produces masterclass as Man United beat Tottenham

first_img0Shares0000David de Gea made 11 saves, all in the second half, as United held on to beat Spurs © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 13 – David de Gea produced a goalkeeping masterclass on Sunday as Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 to prove their recovery under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no flash in the pan.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal in the 44th minute of an open, exciting match at Wembley but the performance of the Spanish goalkeeper will live long in the memory. He made 11 saves — the most saves he has made in a top-flight league match without conceding a goal — leaving Spurs players holding their heads in disbelief on multiple occasions.United were eight points behind Arsenal when Solskjaer became their caretaker manager on December 19 but are now level on points with the fifth-placed Gunners as they hunt down a Champions League qualification spot.But the result is a devastating blow for Mauricio Pochettino’s title-chasing Tottenham, who again came up short when the pressure was on and remain nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool.“We won the game against a top team, we controlled the first half but in the second half they had chances,” De Gea told Sky Sports. “I was feeling very well with the first two saves, it was a great game.“I don’t even remember some of the saves so I can’t pick a best. The manager brought some happiness, the players are playing well and the team is very strong now.“This is the real Manchester United.”Earlier, Tottenham settled quickly into their fluid passing game at Wembley, enjoying the bulk of possession and went close to opening the scoring through Harry Winks before Jesse Lingard fired over from close range for the visitors.United, with Lingard, Anthony Martial and Rashford racing forward at every opportunity, looked dangerous on the break and Martial forced Lloris into a smart low save with his legs.The game lost a little of its frantic intensity midway through the first half.Kane poked the ball into the net after being set up by Dele Alli but it was ruled out for offside.Moussa Sissoko pulled up sharply with an apparent hamstring injury and although he returned to the pitch he was unable to continue, being replaced by Erik Lamela.The decisive moment in the match came shortly before half-time.– Rashford strikes –Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford celebrates his goal against Tottenham at Wembley © AFP / Adrian DENNISLingard cut out a careless cross-field ball from Kieran Trippier and nudged the ball to Pogba, who had time to look up and measure a raking cross-field pass to Rashford, sprinting down the right.Rashford still had plenty to do but kept his nerve to fire right-footed past Lloris and into the far corner — Lloris got fingertips to the ball but was unable to keep it out.Pogba, whose relationship with Mourinho had deteriorated sharply, looks rejuvenated under Solskjaer — he has been involved in eight goals under the interim boss, with four goals and four assists.Tottenham came out of the blocks smartly after the restart and Kane looked certain to level from close range but De Gea saved brilliantly with his left foot before pulling off a fine save to deny an Alli headed effort.Ashley Young sent over an inviting cross that Pogba headed straight at Lloris and the Spurs goalkeeper had to be alert to tip over another Pogba effort that came at the end of a long spell of United possession.Spurs, roared on by a passionate home crowd, were building up a head of steam and Alli had another a golden chance to equalise but De Gea was again equal to the task, saving with his legs.The Spaniard produced yet another stunning save to keep out Toby Alderweireld before flying to his right to cling on to a Kane free-kick.Spurs had further chances in a frenetic ending but could find no way past the inspired De Gea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wenger blasts decision to take Leicester-supporting referee off Spurs game

first_img Referee Kevin Friend Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the Premier League’s decision to remove referee Kevin Friend from taking charge of Tottenham’s game with Stoke on Monday.Friend, who is a Leicester fan, was down to officiate Tottenham’s visit to the Britannia but has now been replaced by Neil Swarbrick due to the nature of the title race, with Spurs currently seven points behind Claudio Ranieri’s side.And Wenger, whose side are 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester, believes Friend’s integrity has now been put in doubt.“I am surprised and disappointed,” said Wenger.“It questions the integrity of the referee and sets a dangerous precedent. The solution is you don’t look where they come from and who they support, you just pick the best referees.“I am not a specialist of judging referees – we have to accept they make more mistakes and give them more support with more technology and treat them as professionals who make decisions which are not based on their emotions.” 1last_img read more

DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN OLD SCHOOL REUNION COUNTDOWN ON

first_imgDrumkeen Old School ReunionTickets still available for our dinner dance in Jackson’s hotel this Sun 04th Aug. Entry to the dance is by ticket only so please don’t be left disappointed and purchase your ticket from any committee member. Contact Maeve on 086 3940761 or Andrena on 087 1369788 for details. Charity SkydivePauric Duffy will be doing a charity skydive on the August bank holiday weekend in aid of four charity’s. SNAP- Special Needs Accessible Park. MS Donegal. Little Angels School, Letterkenny & Temple Street Children’s Hospital. All donations greatly appreciated. Pauric can be contacted on 0877702622Coffee Morning A coffee morning in memory of Lulu Pringle will be held on Fri 09th Aug in the St. John Bosco centre Donegal town from 10 am-4 pm. All proceeds going towards the North West Hospice and The Solace Care Centre Donegal Town. Contact Jude on 086 3945008 for more info.Irish Wheelchair AssociationWe would like to thank everyone who donated to the recent Irish Wheelchair Association Church gate collection. A grand total of €112 was raised, many thanks.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandPractice every Tuesday in the hall @ 7.00pm. All new members welcome. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!!Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 24th July 04, 07, 09, 18. No jackpot, 1 win €100. Ekkie Volkmer, Mountcharles. Next weeks jackpot €1,325 Go raibh maith agat. St. Mary’s GAABingo Continues in hall on Tues at 8.30Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608 Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadline.DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN OLD SCHOOL REUNION COUNTDOWN ON was last modified: July 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

New space projects lined up

first_img “The Boeing 747 is heavily modified. That’s why the flight testing is so important,” Hubbard said. “This is the heaviest modification that has ever taken place with a 747.” Edwards and the Mojave Airport will be used in an effort to develop a new satellite launch system that calls for dropping a booster rocket out the rear cargo door of a C-17 transport jet. AirLaunch LLC, a Kirkland, Wash., company, wants to create a system capable of launching a 1,000-pound satellite into space within 24 hours of getting an order, and doing it for a cost under $5 million. The company has already done some test work in the Antelope Valley and plans additional testing under a $17.8 million contract awarded last month. AirLaunch plans to conduct engine testing at a test stand in Mojave and will conduct flight tests with the assistance of the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards, said company president Debra Facktor Lepore. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Petersen made the comments during a panel discussion at “Transforming Space – Innovation, Infrastructure and Intellectual Capital,” a conference hosted last week in Los Angeles by the California Space Authority and the California Space Education and Workforce Institute. Expected and potential work on the CEV at Dryden includes dropping scale models of the vehicle from an airplane for testing approach and landing technologies, qualification testing of the parachutes and other technologies that would be used for landings, component experiments, and thermal protection system testing. NASA is also planning to have the spacecraft land at Edwards, agency officials said. Dryden is slated to conduct flight testing for a flying telescope called the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. The project involves installing a 48,000-pound telescope into a Boeing 747, making it the world’s largest portable telescope. Flight testing is expected to occur next year, said Scott Hubbard, director of NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California. LOS ANGELES – America’s next manned spacecraft, a flying space telescope, and a new satellite launch system are among the new space projects in which the Antelope Valley is expected to have a role to play. NASA and private industry plan to use the services and facilities of Edwards Air Force Base and the Mojave Airport to support the development of new technologies, primarily through flight-test and engine-testing activities. At Edwards, the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center will support the development of the crew exploration vehicle, or CEV, which will replace the space shuttle for carrying Americans into space and will later be part of a system to return man to the moon. “We will support the launch abort system testing,” said Dryden Director Kevin Petersen. “We also expect to be heavy into the re-entry and landing (testing) aspects.” last_img read more

Live postgame video: Warriors beat Rockets in Game 5

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the live reactions from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni as well as the players following Wednesday night’s thrilling Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs.The Warriors grabbed a 3-2 series advantage with the 104-99 win at Oracle but also suffered a loss. Golden State was dealt a rough blow when Kevin Durant left the game with a strained right calf in the second half. His status for …last_img read more

Voodoo Funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat

first_img“I will not be mad when the supply of records runs dry and I’ll have to find different things to do. I’m only mad when someone else finds something before me.” (Image: Frank Gossner)• Frank GossnerDJVoodoo Funk • The joy of music reigns in Kinshasa’s veins • Celebrating ubuntu at New York’s Carnegie Hall • Blues guitar god Dan Patlansky to share stage with Springsteen • Uplifting township kids with music • African art scene blooms in South AfricaSulaiman PhilipFrank Gossner could see for miles. The sky was clear, the road in northern Benin stretched out straight as an arrow and the blacktop was fresh and smooth. The German DJ and his friend Landry were, to quote Elwood Blues, on a mission from God.Travelling through central Africa, Gossner was on the hunt for rare African blues, disco, Afrobeat and funk records from the sixties and seventies: vinyl that had been dumped in mouldy warehouses to rot, grooves to make a continent dance that had been forgotten by the fans, and in some cases even the musicians who created them.The journey along the new highway came to an abrupt and scary halt as a front tyre blew. The car swerved into oncoming traffic with a truck bearing down on them. But somehow Landry brought the car under control and eased it to a stop at the side of the road. The disintegrated tyre replaced and the fender reattached with wire, the clapped out Citroën crawled to Parakou. The first stop was a mechanic, and then Landry and Gossner visited the local Voudon priest. Voudon is the original animist religion of coastal Benin, Togo and parts of Ghana and Nigeria. Assured their trip was not cursed, but urging the pair to sacrifice a cow for the poor, he blessed their journey.Gossner grew up listening to his father’s classic rock collection before he discovered punk, which grew into an interest in American funk. His love of African funk and blues was born when he stumbled across a recording by Ghanaian Pax Nicholas in a crate of old vinyl from the Nigerian Tabansi record label in a Philadelphia record store in 2000.“Blues, funk even disco is African music brought back to Africa in the form of American funk, jazz and soul records. The music I collect and play in clubs is not rehashed American music, it is the triumphant homecoming of a music to its roots. West African musicians embraced this music, re-infused it with their own specific local African styles,” he says.“I don’t want to talk in stereotypes but to me the hardship experienced in everyday life in Africa often translates into a musicians’ ability to create music that feels just a little more vibrant and powerful than music recorded anywhere else. When I spoke to African musicians it was either that they came out of a long lineage of musicians with their entire family’s history and expectations firmly resting on their shoulders, or they came out of a family of non-musicians which made things even harder. In order to earn money with their musical abilities they had to work harder and push themselves even further.”Blown tyres and bumpy bus ridesGossner’s hardships, blown tyres, bumpy bus rides, armed militia curious about his presence, and insects crawling over him in warehouses where temperatures reached into the fifties are all documented in his blog, Voodoo Funk. It is also where you can find the hour-long mixes that he puts together from his latest discoveries.The often astonishing journey takes the listener into eccentric corners of music that once had the villages, cities and countries of Africa dancing. A recent mix – Life is a Game – includes Oya ka Jojo by the Beninese band Les Volcans. There is almost nothing to it. A simple snare drum builds into a heavy Afrobeat rhythm, a yelp and the music shifts into a volcanic Afro-Latin beat driven by trumpets. It’s a song that has to be listened to from beginning to end. For Gossner, the DJ, it is important that his audience hears a song from beginning to end, especially if it music they have never heard or danced to before. He believes that the rare and original African jams he plays creates a special vibe. He does not mix or match beats; all he does is play the music.“I have played West African records in clubs in North America, Europe, Thailand and Vietnam and the response is always without fail overwhelming. West African funk and Afrobeat records prove to be even more infectious on any dance floor than American records from the same period,” he adds.“I’m well aware that all that I am doing is simply playing other people’s music. I don’t add anything to it, but I do the best that I can to present it in the most joyous way possible to as many people as I can,” Gossner explains. It is his way of challenging as false claims that have been made that he is guilty of cultural imperialism. “Playing these records in clubs is my way of sharing my own personal enjoyment of this music. To see other people dance is the ultimate satisfaction for me.”A Coke with Mr MafaGossner lived in Conakry, Guinea, between 2005 and 2008, collecting, cataloguing and re-issuing African music. It was also the city where he found his first, and favourite, African record store. Mr Mafa’s shop was not really a shop; it was shipping container dumped on the banks of the Marché Niger that housed his record collection. You couldn’t buy records, but he would compile mixed tapes for his clients. “We would sit on his little wooden bench, drinking Coke and chatting about West African music. Bands like Poly Rythmo from Benin were real superstars in the seventies, touring from Senegal to Cameroon. Sadly it’s not there anymore; the city condemned it and Mr Mafa never got to re-open his store.”Buying music in parts of Africa can become an education in regional styles and taste. The dwindling number of record shops, like Mr Mafa’s, are usually just someone’s record collection. Gossner’s search has found him rummaging in basements in Sierra Leone, warehouses in Ghana, and record cabinets in Guinea. But no matter where it is, that moment before he opens the door or sits down in someone’s living room is the most intense feeling Gossner can imagine: “It’s a moment where just about anything is possible. You might only be seconds away from finding a record that you and perhaps nobody else from outside of the country or city has ever heard.”“It actually pretty much happened overnight in Africa that LPs got replaced by music cassettes.” (Image: Frank Gossner)The DJ is an atheist but he believes that fate has led him to some of his most interesting finds. Orlando Julius, one of the biggest names in Nigerian music, has been creating Afrofunk since the sixties and in his 50-odd years has recorded for local and international labels. In the 1970s he recorded an album for Phillips just as the company was leaving Africa. “They did a lousy job of distributing that record, but it is Orlando’s finest recording from the 1970s. If fate had not directed me to a certain place at a certain time, it might have remained forgotten forever.”Soldiers are like zombiesAs he does for some of his favourites, Gossner wanted to re-issue the Julius recording. He contacted the musician and found that he could not even remember recording it. He has also re-issued music by Ghanaian band Psychedelic Aliens as well as the record that began his African quest. “I found Pax Nicholas in Berlin. Talking to him about African music was amazing. He told me about Fela Kuti and being there when Nigerian soldiers stormed Fela’s compound in retaliation for him saying soldiers were like zombies,” he recalls.“One of my favourite projects was re-releasing the Psychedelic Aliens disc. The band had recorded just eight tracks in their entire career and they are among the rarest Ghanaian records. I also got to re-release the Freedom Family album with the help of band leader Albert Jones, who had the most vivid memory of any musician from this era I have ever met.”Beyond the warmth of the sound produced by vinyl, the cover art is just as important to record buyers. African labels, no matter their size, went to as much trouble as their Western counterparts in creating memorable sleeves. “There was a strong post-colonial sense of cultural identity in the music and the art work. The sleeves were influenced by the bold shapes and bright colours of Africa and are incredibly powerful and edgy. Then in many cases the covers were printed by hand in the silk screening process which often added a whole special aesthetic. I’ve been planning on doing a coffee table book on West African record cover art for many years but since I’m still adding to my collection to this very day, I will probably wait a little longer to be able to include as many covers as possible.”Gossner lives in Costa Rica these days, but still travels the world introducing his African discoveries to appreciative and growing audiences. His collection is often refreshed by contacts he made while in Africa, who dig through crates and warehouses for a diminishing trove of African classics.“You can’t even begin to salvage everything. What I have is only just a small piece of a big, lost puzzle.” (Image: Frank Gossner)Forest of perfectionTraditional Manding music from Guinea and Mali, especially the musicians who paired their traditional instruments with electric guitars and tube amplifiers; and blues of Nigeria, especially the music of St Augustine and Mochico Bay, is music he collects to listen to at home. He says that he can hear the influence African music still has on popular formats around the world. Everything from the blues and jazz to hip hop and salsa have been influenced by African rhythms.“In a way you could say that African music is being celebrated all over the world, every hour of every day. It’s sad though that many Africans are so unaware of the continent’s contribution to the cultural evolution of mankind.” But it is not just the music that has him coming back at least once a year on record finding expeditions. The sights and sounds and people of Africa are also a large part of the attraction. And there is the chance of finding a record that no-one has heard outside the village he is in, of course.“It was early in the morning, a friend had taken me to N’Zerekore [the forest region of Guinea] and we were going to the last row of houses before the forest began. Children were bringing out stacks and stacks of records. It was misty and I could hear all these birds and forest creatures. It was one of those moments of perfection that you get to enjoy once in a lifetime.” “You still find stuff that was unknown. It is weird to see such a vibrant scene completely cease to exist.” (Image: Frank Gossner)last_img read more

Donation launches Ohio State study of natural gas pipelines’ impact on farm soil

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A study of how natural gas pipeline installations affect Ohio cropland productivity will begin this fall, funded by a $200,000 gift from Kinder Morgan, Inc. to The Ohio State University.The study, to be overseen by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, focuses on soil disturbance caused by statewide pipeline installations.Kinder Morgan’s gift allows the college to begin identifying and sampling soil from farmer fields this fall, said Steve Culman, soil fertility specialist with Ohio State University Extension and project leader.Over the course of three years, the college will survey and take samples from 50 fields statewide, predominantly in rural areas. Samples will be taken before and after pipeline installation.“Now we can move forward,” Culman said. “We’re very appreciative of the leadership that Kinder Morgan is providing here. This operation will affect a lot of acres, nationally and locally within the state of Ohio. A lot of landowners are being affected by this. They are genuinely interested in understanding it.”This study is of particular interest to Kinder Morgan, the Houston-based corporation which owns or operates 84,000 pipelines and is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America.“Kinder Morgan takes great pride in restoring agriculture properties to their full production yields following the construction of a pipeline,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s vice president of public affairs. “We have a long history operating in Ohio and we continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to working collaboratively with landowners.“This study will examine the effectiveness of our best practices to determine what restoration alternatives, if any, our company and industry should follow.”In addition, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has offered to provide assistance to the project, Executive Vice President Jack Fisher said.“The study is important to Ohio farmers because of its review of the effects of pipeline construction on Ohio farmland productivity,” Fisher said.The donation counts toward the $2.5-billion But for Ohio State campaign, of which CFAES has a $150 million goal. One important portion of that campaign is a $38 million objective to Embolden the Research Agenda. The college has eclipsed that $38 million goal, having raised $64 million towards it.More information about this gift and others to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences can be found at cfaes.osu.edu/development.Information about the pipeline and soils research can be found at go.osu.edu/pipelineresearch.last_img read more