October 5, 2011
Nebraska Sandhills

Nebraska Sandhills     Photo: Walt Hubis

State Department Sued Over Pipeline

Company already at work on Keystone project

Three environmental groups have filed suit in federal court against the U.S. Department of State, alleging that government officials failed to prevent oil company TransCanada from beginning work on the KeystoneXL pipeline in Nebraska. The plaintiffs say the the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife services, a branch of the state department, allowed TransCanada to clear a 100-mile section along the pipeline's proposed route in the Nebraska Sandhills. The company has not yet been granted permission to begin work on pipeline, which would run 1,700 miles from Canada to the Gulf coast and is widely opposed by environmentalists.

Read more at The Associated Press

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Naked hiker

Naked hiker     Photo: Genista?Flickr

Naked Man On The Loose in Utah Canyon

Fifth woman encounters flasher

Police in Salt Lake City, Utah are looking for for a naked man who flashed a runner in Millcreek Canyon earlier this week, the fifth flashing incident in the canyon already this year. The man has been described as roughly six feet tall, white, overweight, and completely without clothing. "He hasn’t assaulted anybody yet...He just stands there naked," said police spokesman Justin Hoyle. Reports of naked hikers in the southwest are surprisingly common.

Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune

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Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

Cadel Evans to Skip Tour Down Under

Aussie will focus on Tdf, Olympics

Cadel Evans, the first Australian to win the Tour de France, announced that he will not compete in Australia’s Tour Down Under early next year. Evans said that the race, which runs from January 15 to 22, is “not a good fit.” He will open his 2012 season later and focus on three bigger races: the Tour de France, the world championships, and the London Olympics.

Read more at Sky News.

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Ski Resort

Ski Resort     Photo: Morrow Long/Flickr

Ski-Area Legislation Passes House

Bill opens door for off-season activities

The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Monday that gives skis areas operating on Forest Service land the right to expand off-season activities such as hiking and mountain biking. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act amends the 1986 National Forest Ski Area Permit Act, which made such expansions difficult, and now awaits approval in the Senate.

Read more at Adventure Journal

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Jay Peak, Vermont

Jay Peak, Vermont     Photo: shino/flickr

Jay Peak Fined For Filling Wetlands

Ski resort must pay EPA $80,000

Vermont ski resort Jay Peak will pay $80,000 to settle claims that it violated the federal Clean Water Act when it filled two acres of wetlands with debris from the construction of a golf course. In light of Vermont's recent flooding, New England EPA official Curt Spalding emphasized the importance of enforcing wetlands protections. "Wetlands ... act like sponges and can reduce the effects that heavy rain storms have on the surrounding communities,”  he said.

Read more at Adventure Journal

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