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More on tonight's Memorial Service for the 500,000 dead.

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Here we go again...
Tiger Woods was in a single-vehicle rollover accident early this morning. He is in surgery now (reported leg injuries).
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MJ I had put these in "Sports Random, Random" but you're right they belong here

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Sorry- I don’t always check the non-tennis sports threads. I see your posts now. Feel free to remove my posts if you want to avoid duplicate threads.
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MJ2004 wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:07 pm Sorry- I don’t always check the non-tennis sports threads. I see your posts now.
NP. We can post updates here. :)
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Very nice from Brett Haber

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California OnlyFans mom Crystal Jackson says her kids were expelled from school
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It's a Catholic school. They have every right to expel her kids.

Second, OMG, her sons must be mortified.

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Why? Does she go there? WTF does this have to do with her kids and their education?

Do people in the adult film industry automatically forfeit their kids’ education choices, too?

I’ll bet a whole lotta men, who film and produce actual porn...don’t have this issue. Face with rolling eyes
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ti-amie wrote: Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:21 pm California OnlyFans mom Crystal Jackson says her kids were expelled from school
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It's a Catholic school. They have every right to expel her kids.

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Why? Does she go there? WTF does this have to do with her kids and their education?

Do people in the adult film industry automatically forfeit their kids’ education choices, too?

I’ll bet a whole lotta men, who film and produce actual porn...don’t have this issue. Face with rolling eyes
Film, produce, star in, sell, advertise, or WATCH!!!! I would say that porn keeps the confessionals full, except that I doubt people even confess that anymore. It's ubiquitous, commonplace, and has become totally normalized. And the Catholic church claiming any moral ground (see continuing cases of abuse, and abuse cover up, all throughout the world, see homophobia, see extreme misogyny) is just about the most ludicrous stance possible to take. Maybe if they were actually against porn because it exploits women (and men), they could be taken seriously, but then they'd have to redo the whole Mary is either a prostitute or a virgin thing, and start allowing women to be equal to men in the Church, and that is not happening any time soon. Total utter garbage.

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Amid lawsuits, Delaware River Basin Commission makes fracking ban permanent

The formal ban came a month after a federal judge set an October trial date to hear a challenge to the drilling moratorium.



by Andrew Maykuth

The Delaware River Basin Commission on Thursday approved a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells along the river, doubling down in the face of new legal challenges.

The DRBC’s vote maintains the status quo — it formally affirms a drilling moratorium imposed in 2010 by the commission, the interstate agency that manages water use in the vast Delaware watershed. But environmentalists hailed the frack ban as historic.

The commission said it had the authority to ban fracking in order to control future pollution, protect the public health, and preserve the waters in the Delaware River Basin. For more than debate, environmental activists have rallied substantial public opposition in the basin to pressure the commission to enact the ban.

The formal ban came a month after a federal judge set an October trial date to hear a challenge from landowners to the drilling moratorium, which is now a permanent ban. Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers, along with Damascus Township in Wayne County, also filed a separate federal legal action last month alleging that the moratorium illegally usurps state legislators’ authority to govern natural resources.

Representatives of the governors of four states that are drained by the river — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, all governed by Democrats — voted in favor of the ban. The fifth commission member, a federal government representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, abstained because he said the corps needed additional time to “coordinate” with the new Biden administration.

The new DRBC rules prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing for fossil fuels within the 13,539-square-mile basin. The commission put off a decision on whether to allow the treatment of wastewater from fracking outside the basin. It also postponed a decision on whether to allow water from the Delaware basin to be used in fracking outside the basin.

Fracking involves the injection of water and chemicals under high pressure deep underground to unlock natural gas trapped in tight geologic formations, such as shale. The process has unleashed a fossil fuel boon of cheap energy, but it has attracted a backlash from environmentalists because of associated health and environmental harms.

The DRBC imposed a fracking moratorium in 2010 but never finalized drilling regulations. In 2017, the commission changed direction and moved to draft regulations to formally ban fracking in the basin. After a series of public hearings in 2018, the commission delayed a decision until Thursday.

The ban effectively impacts activity only in Pennsylvania, because New Jersey and Delaware have no natural gas that can be developed and New York, whose southern tier adjoins some of Pennsylvania’s richest shale fields, has banned fracking statewide. In Pennsylvania, hydraulic fracturing is conducted extensively and legally across a broad swath of the state underlain by Marcellus and Utica shale formations, and has transformed the state into the nation’s second-largest gas producer.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, in a statement read by a deputy, said Thursday that fracking poses significant risks to the water resources of the Delaware River Basin, and prohibiting the activity “is vital to preserving our region’s recreational and natural resources and ecology.”

Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania’s secretary of environmental protection, read a statement from Gov. Tom Wolf that said he cast the state’s vote in favor of the ban “after careful analysis and consideration of the unique geographic, geologic and hydrologic characteristics” of the river basin. He also noted that the ban fulfilled a Wolf 2014 campaign pledge.

McDonnell said the commission was acting under authority of the Delaware River Basin Compact, the 1961 interstate agreement to manage water resources in the Delaware basin. That’s an important distinction because the lawsuits challenging the DRBC’s actions allege that the commission is acting beyond its legal authority by banning a practice that is governed exclusively by Pennsylvania law.

In the lawsuit last month, State Sens. Gene Yaw (R., Lycoming) and Lisa Baker (R., Luzerne) and the Pennsylvania Republican Caucus alleged that the moratorium — now a ban — undermines the General Assembly’s prerogative to make laws managing the state’s resources. They also said that the DRBC’s action amounts to an illegal taking of property from Pennsylvania owners of mineral rights and from taxing authorities.

Matthew H. Haverstick, a Philadelphia lawyer who filed the suit on behalf of the Republican caucus, said the DRBC’s action Thursday does not alter the underlying argument in the lawsuit.

“It’s still a taking that was never authorized by Pennsylvania under the compact,” said Haverstick, a partner with the Kleinbard LLC law firm. “So the core issues from my standpoint remain.”

In a separate suit heading to trial in October in U.S. District Court in Scranton, a Wayne County landowner group alleges that the DRBC doesn’t have jurisdiction over gas drilling. The suit alleges that the DRBC regulates no other land use or industry like gas drilling, and points to the experience in the neighboring Susquehanna River basin, where it said a decade of drilling has not caused “discernible impacts” on water quality.

Business and the gas industry advocates denounced the DRBC’s ban as an overreach. The American Petroleum Institute Pennsylvania said the commission’s decision “ignores a robust regulatory system and strict industry standards that ensure the environment, public health and local communities are protected.”

Environmentalists, citing the dangers of drilling and the climate impacts of more fossil fuel production, lauded the commission’s actions and dismissed the lawsuits from “extremist” opponents as frivolous.

“We have been calling for a decision for years now and been making the point that really the time is now,” said Maya van Rossum, the head of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, an advocacy group that has intervened in the lawsuits.

National Parks Conservation Association that the fracking ban would spare the Delaware Water Gap and the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River areas, saying the parks attracted three million visitors in 2019 and generated nearly $130 million in economic activity.

“It is imperative that we protect our parks, our resources, and the people who love and depend on them from the devastating environmental impacts of fracking,” said Halle Van der Gaag, the association’s senior manager for Pennsylvania and Delaware programs.

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Fracking permanently banned in Delaware River Basin


By Michael Sol Warren

Fracking is permanently banned in the Delaware River region.

At a special meeting Thursday morning, the Delaware River Basin Commission approved new regulations prohibiting the use of the controversial drilling technique in its jurisdiction.

The agency also passed a resolution to develop new rules regarding the importation of fracking wastewater into the Delaware River watershed from other regions, and the exportation of the region’s water for fracking elsewhere. The draft versions of those regulations are to be drawn up and published by the end of September.

The DRBC is a regional agency tasked with protecting the water quality of the Delaware River and its tributaries, which provide water for more than 13 million people. The DRBC is made up of the governors of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representing the federal government.

All of the states voted in favor of the permanent fracking ban. The Army Corps abstained, with Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner explaining that the agency needed more time to coordinate with the newly empowered Biden administration.

“Fracking poses significant risks to the water resources of the Delaware River Basin, and prohibiting high volume hydraulic fracturing in the basin is vital to preserving our region’s recreational and natural resources and ecology,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “Since the beginning of my administration, New Jersey has been a leader in environmental protection and justice, climate action and clean energy.

“More than 13 million people rely on the waters of a clean Delaware River Basin that is free of the chemicals used in fracking. Our actions, including the further rulemaking outlined today to address fracking wastewater, will protect public health and preserve our water resources for future generations.”

Shawn LaTourette, the acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, cast the state’s votes in place of Murphy.

“The waters of the Delaware River Basin are a resource that belongs to the people, and we are duty-bound to ensure its care,” LaTourette said in a statement. “In this case, that means taking measures to avoiding the risk that the negative effects of high-volume hydraulic fracturing could threaten the people’s right to clean, drinkable, fishable waters.”

Thursday’s decision is the most significant action taken on fracking in the region since 2010, when the DRBC instituted a temporary moratorium on the practice in the Delaware River watershed. The DRBC began working toward a permanent ban in 2017. That push got a boost in 2018, when Murphy was joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Delaware Gov. John Carney in signing a letter calling for a permanent fracking ban in the watershed.

Earlier this month, Republican state lawmakers and industry groups in Pennsylvania sued the DRBC in federal court over its fracking regulations. They argue the agency is overstepping its bounds by creating such rules.

There is no fracking in New Jersey, though the practice was banned here between 2012 and 2013, and the state contains no geologic formations that lend themselves to fracking.

But the technique has unleashed a boom of natural gas production in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region.

Environmental activists have spent years pushing for a permanent fracking ban, citing direct environmental harm caused by the practice in Pennsylvania, the indirect effects of dumping fracking waste in New Jersey and elsewhere, and the global consequences of burning fossil fuels. Former Gov. Chris Christie vetoed multiple efforts to ban fracking waste disposal in the Garden State.

Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, hailed the action as a massive victory for its cause. She noted the original ban proposal would have allowed fracking waste to be imported, and getting that language removed from the final rule was a critical win.

“To all the people who said we should accept the regulatory proposal that banned fracking but still sacrifice our watershed to the toxic frack wastewater and water exports I say never underestimate the power of the people,” van Rossum said in a statement.

“Looking at also banning dumping of waste and water withdrawals is critical to stop fracking,” said Jeff Tittel the director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “By not allowing waste to come here, fracking companies will have less places to take their waste so less fracking will happen across the country.”

Environmental groups framed the DRBC action as a potential stepping stone toward a ban on fracking nationally. Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch, said it was disappointing to see the federal government abstain from the vote.

Hauter expressed disappointment that Biden, who refused to endorse a fracking ban during his presidential campaign, didn’t direct the Army Corps to vote yes.

“The White House chose political expediency today over protecting the drinking water of 15 million people,” Hauter said. “Biden should listen to communities and science and support a ban on fracking everywhere.”

But the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group that advocates for fracking development in the region, framed the vote as a broken promise by both Biden and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to the Keystone State’s residents.

“We were hopeful that President Biden would keep his vague commitment to not ban fracking, as he told Pennsylvania voters over and over. The Biden administration’s lack of action today, along with the president’s economically devastating anti-energy executive orders — which have already put tens of thousands of skilled union laborers out of work — does absolutely nothing to help America,” David Callahan, the coalition’s president, said in a statement.

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