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Policy and solutions / Re: Better Tomorrows
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:41:55 PM »
Babcock Ranch aims to be America's greenest city — and an inspiration
Housing development near Fort Myers, Florida is being built for sustainability from the ground up.
On a 17,000-acre patch of land about 15 miles northeast of Fort Myers, Florida, a community that aspires to be the nation’s greenest is on the rise.

With more than 340,000 solar panels in place, Babcock Ranch aims to be the first town in the U.S. powered solely by solar energy. Residents will live in energy-efficient homes and use self-driving electric shuttles to get around. To avoid wasting water, the community is emphasizing less thirsty native vegetation over grass. And all irrigation uses “gray water” reclaimed from the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

First panels, then batteries

Kitson partnered with local electricity provider Florida Power and Light to build the 440-acre field of solar panels, which was finished last year before the first residents moved in. The panels power the town and provide power to surrounding communities, Kitson says.

At the moment, the town taps energy from the grid when there’s not enough sunlight. But Kitson says battery storage facilities are in development to bridge these gaps. “This is something we are proving that can happen and once we’re able to continue building our storage capability here — gosh, that’s the holy grail of renewable energy,” he says. ...

Hyundai unveiled its new Kona electric compact SUV with a range of up to 292 miles last week.  The vehicle is set to enter production in the coming months.

Now billboards for the vehicle with the mention ‘Your turn, Elon’ have been showing up in Europe.

;D  Bring on the competition!  Elon would like nothing better.  And “soft EV sales” will only be a memory once people can choose an EV with the features they want at a good price.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:48:45 PM »
Reality sets in for the coal industry: Trump is powerless to save it
Coal plants now shutting down faster under Trump than Obama.
President Trump campaigned on a pledge to end the supposed “war on coal” that he claimed President Obama had been waging. But the reality is that more coal capacity was retired in the first 45 days of 2018 than in each of the first three years of the Obama administration.

In fact, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported last week in its 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook that by the end of last year, coal plant owners “had announced 12.5GW of planned retirements for 2018, foreshadowing the largest year for coal decommissioning since the 15GW of retirements in 2015.” ...


“Thousands of dead starfish have washed up on a beach in the United Kingdom”
Brief video at the link.

“Parts of northern Alaska were 43°F warmer than normal yesterday.
This isn’t even that unusual anymore.
Without sea ice to insulate the Arctic, a state-change is underway. The Arctic is a fundamentally different place now.”

“Monday, northern and western #Alaska were much warmer (relative to normal) than Southcentral and Southeast. That's an (estimated) departure of +43F at Umiat to -12F at Gulkana. This pattern has been common this winter (and last). #akwx #Arctic @Climatologist49 @DaveSnider”
Image below.

Germany is getting 12,000 new electric car charging stations by converting distribution boxes
Telekom, a large European telecommunications company headquartered in Germany, confirmed that they are putting in place a massive plan to more than double the current electric car charging infrastructure by converting their distribution boxes.

The company is in the process of updating 12,000 distribution boxes in their network in Germany.  A spokesperson told the German business newspaper Automobilwoche that they plan to build charging stations out of those distribution boxes – including 500 100-kW fast-charging stations.  The rest will be level 2 charge points capable of a charge rate up to 22 kW.

With around 10,800 public charge points in Germany at the moment, the plan alone would double the current charging infrastructure in the country.

Telekom reportedly already has two working prototypes of the new distribution boxes with charge points and plans to start deploying them this summer. The 12,000 stations could be in operation by 2020. ...

Policy and solutions / Re: Ships and boats
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:03:56 PM »
A new fleet of all-electric ferries with massive battery packs is going into production
Several recent projects seem to indicate that maritime transport is well on its way to go electric and ferries are at the forefront.

The Havyard shipyard announced that it received a contract to build seven battery-powered ferries for Fjord1, Norwegian transport conglomerate.

The news comes after the operators of the first all-electric ferry in Norway, the ‘Ampere’, reported some impressive statistics after operating the ship for over 2 years.

They claim that the all-electric ferry cuts emissions by 95% and costs by 80%.

Unsurprisingly, the potential cost savings are attracting a lot of orders for new electric ferries and for the conversion of existing diesel-powered ferries.

Now Fjord1, a major Norwegian transport conglomerate which operates 75 ships, placed an important order with the Havyard Group to build a fleet of battery-electric ferries – rendered [below].

Unlike most current electric ferries on the water, like the two massive ferries that became the biggest all-electric ships in the world last year, the fleet will not be electric conversions of current ships, but they will instead be designed from the ground up to be electric. ...

McKinsey & Company “Global Infrastructure Initiative” write-up on “Navigating big disruptions in transportation.”

Topics include: “Thinking bigger than cars,” Sweden’s Electric Road System, Hyperloop, ticket technology, autonomous vehicles, and more.

Overview, and link to PDF here:


Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:36:04 PM »
The Brusaw’s Solar Roadways team and one of their manufacturing partners were invited to speak in the UAE recently.

Solar Roadways was honored to accept a very exciting speaking engagement invitation in the UAE! Scott, one of our team members and an interested manufacturing partner have just returned from a wonderful trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In addition to the speaking engagement, they had many meetings with interested customers and distributors in government and the private sector. Happy to have so much interest from this beautiful country! ... From the level of interest there, it sounds like there will be more opportunities in the near future.

The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:24:16 PM »
Employing the hashtag #LoseYourJobIn5Words,  the U.S. National Weather Service tweeted:

"Hey, let's switch to Celsius!"

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:35:03 PM »
More people these days are discovering that the Green choice is simply the better deal.

My Life In the Elusive Green Economy

Two Aerial Photos of Coastal Flooding in Scituate, Mass as provided by N1YHS-Ralph Karl Swenson. Photos taken on the Sunday 3/4/18 midday high tide. #mawx
Photo below; another at the link.

The ocean swell event has been so impactful in the Caribbean that even within San Juan Bay the rising water and wave action caused damage along the outside of ancient wall surrounds Old San Juan.
Photos at the link.

Massive waves from weekend nor'easter cause damage in Caribbean, reach South America

Policy and solutions / Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:34:23 PM »
The $13 billion Gateway rail tunnel project under New York City’s Hudson River was rated #1 in importance — until politics got in the way.

Trump Said to Tell Republicans Not to Approve Hudson Rail Tunnel Funds

Trump disputes funding for $13B Hudson River tunnel project

Selling hats and flamethrowers to help fund a smaller/faster/cheaper tunnel transportation option looks more attractive every day. ;)  Although the Gateway tunnel serves many local passengers, it is also an Amtrak line.  So, as long as the Boring Company is (potentially) digging tunnels in New York anyway....

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:04:56 PM »
As Trump pushes 19th-century energy, China counters with the 21st

China's Energy Weapon Comes in One Color: Green
Investing in renewables helps blunt U.S. influence.
China, having little to show for a $160 billion splurge of acquisitions, loans and investments aimed partly at securing foreign supplies of fossil fuels, is pivoting instead toward a greener form of energy geopolitics.

People Are Buying Electric Cars in Bulk to Get Cheaper Prices
‘Electronauts’ are laying the groundwork for EV adoption.

A fleet of all-electric Chevy Bolt EVs for car-sharing is coming to Austin, Texas

Electric vehicle range is now well above 100 miles around the world and rising fast
Last year was a record year for electric vehicle (EV) sales, with 1.2 million plug-in vehicles sold globally, 58 % higher than 2016. But “range anxiety” remains among buyers’ biggest concerns about going electric. Although a single charge in most models now covers several times the average US commute, carmakers are cramming more battery capacity than ever into their vehicles.

The Department of Energy reports that the median EV range in the US has risen from 73 miles to 114 miles since 2011 (with a top range now exceeding 330 miles). That will be in the rearview mirror soon. Samsung announced last year its new battery pack would be able to power cars for 372 to 435 miles.
To see which countries are getting the most electrified miles per car, Quartz analyzed the EV index released this month by global business advisory firm AlixPartners. For now, countries with relatively low EV sales, and higher per capital incomes, tended to have the longest range per vehicle. ...

Snowmobiles, designed from scratch to be electric. (Many snowmobiles sold today have two-stroke engines and no pollution controls.)

As for the range, the TS2 can travel 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge. Charging can be done in about 2 hours through level 2 charging with an onboard charger and the company says that it will also offer a DC fast-charging option for 80% charge in 20 minutes.

While the range might not seem like much, it’s actually quite impressive when you consider that Taiga claims the vehicle will maintain this range even at -30 Celsius.

The company also says that they will offer different versions of the vehicle optimized for different uses: Utility, Touring, Crossover, and Mountain.

Taiga is currently aiming to bring the TS2 to market next year at a starting price of $15,000. They are currently taking reservations with a $500 refundable deposit for people who want to be among the first to go electric for their winter powersports and in order to gauge demand for the vehicle ahead of the start of production. ...

U.S. Northeast still facing flooding, outages after killer storm
Some 1.8 million customers remained without power throughout the eastern United States on Saturday, and communities on the New England coast faced more flooding a day after a powerful storm snapped trees, downed wires and killed at least seven people.

The remnants of the storm, known as a nor'easter, continued to buffet the northeastern United States with wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) even as it moved hundreds of miles out to sea, hampering efforts to restore power.

“The power of water.  93% of Scituate [Massachusetts] still w/o power.  Race against time before the next storm [Wednesday].  #peggottybeach ”
Images below.


Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:55:05 PM »
Oil and coal drove Trump’s call to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, according to insider emails released by court order
Oil and gas resources played a bigger role in the controversial boundary changes ordered by President Donald Trump that removed 2 million acres from southern Utah’s two large national monuments than previously disclosed, according to Interior Department communications obtained by The New York Times.


They currently have 400K on order. Not sure what the profit margin is on each car but it would need to be fairly high to significantly reduce the negative cash flow.

The relevant financial analyst conference call notes I can find at the moment:
- At a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 a week, the margin will be 25%. [Expecting that rate in 3Q18.]
- Further ramp to 10,000/week will require essentially no additional capex.

Edit: also found this:  “During the press events ahead of the official Gigafactory grand opening celebration, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told reports that the Model 3 could generate upwards of $20 billion in annual revenue with a gross profit of approximately $5 billion.”


I have not been following the Tesla story to closely and admire his energy and vision but if his sales efforts are more focused on selling the idea as opposed to selling cars, it is very revealing about how Elon Musk feels about the future of the company.

The “idea” has already been well-sold:  Tesla has over a year of reservations for cars, solar roofs, and batteries!   That’s known future income, so investing in infrastructure, and growing now, makes perfect sense.  The company has deals with top-tier suppliers that give 30 or 60 or more days before payment is due — meaning Tesla is paid for the car before it needs to pay its suppliers....

Seeking Alpha is a site geared toward people shorting Tesla stock, so it’s a constant source of negative spin on the company.  Meanwhile, the Tesla Chief Financial Officer affirms in the latest investor letter (under the purview of the SEC, so perhaps a tad more reliable than S.A.) that “our quarterly operating income should turn sustainably positive at some point in 2018.”

We’ll see!

Northeast U.S.

This week’s storm is larger in size than Hurricane Sandy, with winds just as strong.

Nor’easters are now just as dangerous as hurricanes
On Friday and Saturday, the winter storm now moving up the East Coast will unleash hurricane-force winds on Washington, blizzard conditions across parts of New York and New England, and inflict the worst coastal flood in Boston’s history.

By all accounts, this storm is a monster. It’s also the latest sign that New England’s long-feared coastal flooding problem is already here — and it’s time to admit climate change is its primary cause. ...

Unless, of course, my ever-present fear plays out and Tesla goes bankrupt while waiting for the ramp-up.

Not very likely.  They have (as of end of 2017) over $3 billion cash on hand, and over a year’s worth of Model 3 production already reserved.  Although Model 3 production will not be profitable until it ramps further, Tesla is selling only high-end, most profitable versions first; the cheaper base versions will not be offered until later this year.  As car guy Alex Roy noted, as long as the Model 3 doesn’t explode when the doors are opened, it is going to be a huge success.  (Panel gaps?  Really?!)  Tesla just updated their website to indicate people ordering a Model S or X today will not get their cars for 4 to 5 months, due to high demand....  And Tesla battery and solar roof products are poised to take off strongly in 2018.

Also, if Tesla does need money, there are plenty of people more than willing to loan it to them, even now.  The last unofficial Tesla bond offering announcement a month or two ago was oversubscribed by 14 times:)

So, basically, 2500 model 3s built in January. Well over 500/week for US deliveries.

How many are shipping internationally?
Was  only California sales until recently and now still limited to the US only.

The February number is less than anticipated, so keep in mind:
- It is completed sales, not production.
- Within the past few weeks, deliveries began to the U.S. east coast; display models are arriving in Canada.  Due to logistics, (some owners are hours away from a delivery center, so they need to schedule time off to take delivery, etc.), these will take longer to be recorded as sales than prior production limited to the Fremont area.
- Production ramp over the last couple weeks thus can’t really be determined.
- The new Grohman battery assembly line was to be transported from Germany (where it worked great!) to the Gigafactory and reassembled during February.  Musk said the ramp for Q1 was not dependent on that, but....  ;)

Consequences / Re: California weather extremes and climate
« on: March 02, 2018, 09:43:00 PM »
“California's Tahoe snowpack has never clawed back to normal by season end after being this low on March 1. The worst year that did, '85, had more than twice as much March 1 snow.  h/t @NRCS_Nevada ”
Image below.

Dulles Airport, Pilot Report:

Official NOAA aircraft report amid high winds: "PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE ON THE PLANE THREW UP"
Image below.

Eastern U.S.:

“Contributing to the 900,000 customers without power in 17 states! #WinterStormRiley #Windmageddon #noreaster”

Watertown, Massachusetts:
“Please avoid Arsenal St until further notice.”
Image below.

Washington, D.C.

“There is a temporary ground stop at @Dulles_Airport while the @FAANews implements their contingency plan. The FAA Tower was evacuated due to high winds and FAA controllers are currently transitioning to the airport ramp tower. Normal operations expected to resume shortly.”

NWS Boston:
“[COASTAL FLOODING - 7a] Even at low tide, #Boston observing a 1 foot storm surge at this time; pressures rapidly falling down to 1000 mb; the central pressure southeast and offshore falling towards 970 mb ”

30,000 Ordered to Evacuate as Southern California Storm Brings Threat of Mudslides
The county is following a rigorous new system of alerts that emphasizes evacuations well in advance of storms rather than suggesting residents can use their discretion.

“We want everyone to be out of the area, and out of harm’s way, by nightfall,” Brown said, adding that evacuations in areas stripped bare by wildfires will be part of “the new normal” following the devastation in Montecito.

First look at February EV sales in the U.S.  When all the numbers are in, will certainly smash Jan-Feb 2017 total, which was 23,379.

Nissan LEAF sales were 150 in Jan, 895 in Feb! (New model....)

Policy and solutions / Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:20:13 PM »
Building mass transit for the 21st century is challenging, and requires entirely new approaches....

Editorial: To address San Francisco Bay Area traffic, build the BART tube, skip the bridge

Elon Musk went on a Twitter rant about America's failing infrastructure — and it made his Hyperloop idea sound less crazy

Chinese workers build railway station in just nine hours
Seven trains and 23 diggers were used alongside 1,500 people, to complete the huge construction project

Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:12:30 PM »
“shows that the Dubai pod has a capacity of 5 'gold' seats and 14 'silver' seats. That's 19 passengers per pod. The same video also claims that the capacity of the system is 5,000 passengers per hour each direction.

That suggests they need to launch a pod in each tube every 14 sec.”

But there are three stations (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah).  So that means “only” ;) two launches per minute, per station, per direction, which is in line with expectations mentioned in one of the older Hyperloop One videos of launches every 30 seconds.

Edit: Also, each pod is individually computer-controlled — and speed will vary in different sections of the tube — allowing for safe distances between pods to be maintained.

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:02:28 PM »
”Well, that’s disappointing.”

Bosch decides against massive battery cell production plan for electric cars, even sells solid-state battery start-up

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:59:04 PM »
Tesla Powerpacks could start saving water ratepayers money in Southern California
Tesla’s energy storage products, Powerwalls and Powerpacks, are starting to be used in such a variety of different applications that you might start seeing some impact without even knowing about it.

For example, you might if you are a water ratepayer in Southern California.

Back in 2016, Tesla Energy was contracted to supply Powerpacks through Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) for a major new project: a 7 MW / 34 MWh network of battery systems to support water treatment facilities of Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD).

Energy is often the most important cost related to treating and moving water. When they submitted the project, IRWD said that they expect to see cost savings of more than $500,000 per year on its energy bill with the new project, which could benefit its ratepayers.

“We started working on this back in 2015 – what’s out there and who has the expertise and what are the missing pieces. Batteries are batteries. But the missing piece that we could tell was the software that goes along with the batteries. It’s the software that can actually learn how your system is working. Our first priority is always to make sure we can pump water, treat sewage and do all these things we have to do. And I don’t want to put another layer of responsibility on the operators I have, who already have enough on their plates.

So that whole problem was solved by a private company called Advanced Microgrid Solutions.”

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) acts as an energy storage management firm between electric utilities, energy markets and the regulatory world. ...

Policy and solutions / Re: Carbon Fee & Dividend Plan
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:49:19 PM »

They're Here to Fix Climate Change! They’re College Republicans.
"A lot of young conservatives are frustrated by the false choice between no climate action and a big government regulatory scheme."
Specifically, they’ve endorsed the Baker-Shultz plan, a proposal to impose an expensive new tax on carbon pollution while slashing Environmental Protection Agency regulations. That plan gets its name from the two GOP graybeards—James Baker III and George Shultz, both former secretaries of state—who first advanced it last February.

It marks the first time that a coalition of College Republican groups has publicly backed a climate-change policy. ...

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:24:08 PM »
3.5 min video in the article.

Waymo releases great comprehensive video showing what their self-driving van sees in real-time

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:52:10 PM »
"The sunset on Mars appears blue..."

Yes; Mars is “backwards”:  daylight is red, sunset and sunrise are blue!

Consequences / Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:32:19 PM »
“The signature of the #beastfromtheast is clearly visible on this map of temperature departures from average today in Europe. Colder than avg. across nearly all of Europe. ”

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:04:13 PM »
If you are interested in the “nuts and bolts” of the Model 3 EV, this article has a (dizzying at times) video tour of the underside of the car.  Note that even though this is the rear-wheel drive version, the car is built with room in the front for a second drive motor — simplifying production.  Yes, that is a filter on the motor; it is apparently ~ permanent/diagnostic, as I have yet to see a maintenance schedule that replaces it.  Orange wires = high voltage!

Tesla motor designer explains Model 3’s transition to permanent magnet motor

Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: February 28, 2018, 02:45:32 PM »
- When Boeing or Airbus shows off their new plane designs, they feature first class and business class, not economy class.  Have to imagine higher-capacity hyperloop pods will also be available, for those who need a cheaper fare.

- By definition, emergency braking in any vehicle is more forceful than normal braking.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: February 28, 2018, 02:36:46 PM »
Yet another analysis of the Tesla semi which explains why the specifications are probably realistic.

Great reference, good stuff.  Thanks!

“Not surprising, given the fact that we, adults, are the ones responsible for the #climatechange mess. Time for the youth to act and claim what is rightfully theirs - a stable climate and livable planet. #youthvgov ”
    Article at link below.

“I’d say I do about three hours of conference calls every single day,” says the lead organizer of the march, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old high school sophomore in Seattle. “I’m not new to the climate activism world.”

Meet the teens schooling us on climate

Policy and solutions / Re: Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:41:16 PM »

The Pope does not agree with EPA chief Pruitt’s fringe version of Christian environmentalism.

While Pruitt’s conflation of “dominion” and “domination” may not be theologically correct, Bookless said, his interpretation is certainly politically savvy. “It will appeal to people who have lost their jobs in industry and want them back,” he said. “The narrative will play to Trump’s supporters, but it’s not a view that’s mainstream Christian theology at all.”

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:34:25 PM »
All the new driving ban news got me thinking about Los Angeles, California, which used to have very bad smog back in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, but cleaned up its act rather well, despite the years of reluctance to blame visible smog on “invisible” car exhaust.

Here’s an article on how it happened, from 2014:

LA Smog: the battle against air pollution

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:05:35 PM »
Energy Minister calls for banning diesel, gas-based cars in Israel by 2030
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called on Monday for Israel to cease using fossils fuels by 2030 in powering vehicles and generating electricity, a move that could jump-start Israeli green technology.

Addressing the Israel Energy and Environment Institute’s National Energy Conference in Tel Aviv, Steinitz said that the Israeli government would ban the import of gas and diesel-based cars in twelve years’ time.

“We intend to reach a situation in which Israel’s industry will be [using] natural gas, and most importantly, transportation in Israel will be based on natural gas or electricity,” Steinitz said. “From 2030 onward, the State of Israel will create alternatives and will no longer allow the import of gasoline and diesel-based cars.”

German cities are now allowed to enforce driving bans on diesel cars
Now the environmental and consumer watchdog Environmental Action Germany (DUH) has taken both cities to court in order to force them to act and protect public health.

Today, we learned that Germany’s top administrative court has ruled that it is legal for cities to ban diesel cars. A local paper reported:

“The court in Stuttgart said driving bans were the “most effective” means to improve air quality and safeguard health in urban areas, while the Düsseldorf court found the bans had to be “seriously examined.”

Due to the ruling, bans could be in place as soon as September 2018.

Consequences / Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:35:31 PM »
“The previous record for the longest total time above freezing during January-April in far northern Greenland was 16 hours in 2011.
In 2018, there's already been 61 hours in less than half that time.”
Image below from a thread at the link.

Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:30:55 PM »
Hyperloop One has released some new photos and a better video about the display pod in City Walk Dubai.

Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:07:12 PM »
That’s the last from me.

Edit:  Well, the last personal comment. ;)

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:00:51 PM »
Judge agrees to halt construction of Louisiana oil pipeline
A federal judge agreed Friday to suspend construction of a crude oil pipeline through a swamp in Louisiana’s Cajun country, a victory for environmental groups opposed to the project.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick granted the groups’ request for a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts pipeline construction in the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin until their lawsuit over the project is resolved.

The judge’s two-page order bars the company that is building the Bayou Bridge pipeline “from taking any further action on the project” pending a trial on the merits of the case. It wasn’t immediately clear if the order is limited to work in the basin or applies to the entire length of the 162-mile-long (261-kilometer) pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James Parish.

No matter the scope, Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman said the ruling is a “very significant victory for the people who rely on and care about the Atchafalaya Basin.”

“For too long, the oil industry has treated this place as garbage dump,” he said. “Finally, it is getting the kind of protection that it deserves.” ...

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