Ballooning offers platform for space-like environment
Singapore (SPX) Jan 29, 2015
New discoveries are being made on an annual basis by researchers flying their instruments on a high-altitude balloon platform. Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large appeal for using this platform to perform novel science and to train new scientists.
This appeal is reinforced by the availability of a range of Full article
TransCanada does not “actively participate” in Ontario’s public consultations about its Energy East pipeline, a spokesperson said.
An Ottawa public meeting about the Energy East project got heated last week when 350 citizens showed up with pointed questions about how the giant oil-sands pipeline might impact their waterways. Many were flummoxed they were not getting straight answers.
That might be because TransCanada says it does not actively participate in these kinds of Ontario government public consultations about its $12-billion pipeline.
The company did not take to the mic, nor make any formal presentations. It’s not even clear if its employees attended the Jan.22 event.
That put the Ontario Energy Board, which put on the consultation, in the awkward spot of addressing the citizens’ questions on the company’s behalf.
“The pipeline runs through my farm,” Doug McKay said to the board’s official, into the mic.
“And you’re telling me that if there is a chance of a spill, TransCanada is telling you that they’re simply just going to stop the Rideau River?”
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