DMC OKs TTR’s Marine Consent to Recover and Export Iron Sands in STB

first_imgThe Decision Making Committee (DMC), appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd (TTR), has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight.The Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) DMC decision is the first approval for a mining proposal in New Zealand’s extensive offshore Exclusive Economic Zone under the EEZ Act 2012.“However, after hearing and considering all the evidence, submissions, reports and information, members of the Decision-making Committee did not agree in the final deliberations,” EPA said in its release.Committee Chairman Alick Shaw and Dr Kevin Thompson voted to grant consent. Deputy Chair, Sharon McGarry and Gerry Te Kapa Coates, voted to refuse consent, citing concerns over localized adverse environmental effects and tangata whenua existing interests.In accordance with the procedures adopted before the hearing began, the decision to grant consent, subject to conditions, was determined on the casting vote of Mr Shaw, as Chair of the DMC.The committee’s rationale for granting consent is set out in the over 300-page decision document and includes conditions and operating constraints to limit the scale, intensity and duration of the discharge effects of residual material to the seabed, known as sediment plume, as well as impacts on marine mammals.With the imposition of such conditions, TTR’s marine consent application to mine iron sands in the South Taranaki Bight is granted and will remain in place for 35 years.last_img read more

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Modified king Wolla reigns as first North Dakota IMCA national champion

first_imgJason Wolla became the first North Dakota driver to win an IMCA national championship in any division by topping the 2017 Modified point standings. He is pictured with Clay Smith of Speedway Motors at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)RAY, N.D. – His season-opening sweep of Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona got Jason Wolla thinking that the 2017 season could be special.After his runner-up finish in the Iowa Frostbuster Series, he knew it would be.“There are a lot of good cars in the Frostbuster. It helps us tune up for the point season,” said Wolla, who went on to win 23 IMCA Modified features in his home state and become the first driver from North Dakota to win a national championship in any sanctioned division. “Getting in more laps early in the year is key to winning later in the season.”“We have a lot of quality cars that race weekly in North Dakota. A lot of people don’t realize the car count averages we have,” continued Wolla, nicknamed The Big Show. “We proved this year that if you’re willing to put the miles on, you can be in the hunt. There are enough cars that bonus points definitely work in your favor.”From Ray and also the first North Dakota driver to wear IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region crown, Wolla more than doubled his career win total in the division with his 25 checkers in 2017.With new crew chief Jake Steffen on board, he won nine times at Southwest Speedway and six times at both Nodak Speedway and Dacotah Speedway, earning track titles at Williston and Minot and ending fifth in points at Mandan.“We’d drive three hours to race at Mandan on Friday, then another hour and a half to race Saturdays at Dickinson, and three to three and a half hours to race Sundays at Minot,” Wolla said. “A lot of weekends we left home on Friday and got home late Sunday night or early Monday morning.”Battling Cory Sample for the national title, Wolla won seven of nine August starts, including five in a row to end the month. Another weekend sweep, at Dacotah, Southwest and Nodak on Aug. 25-27, helped him clinch the national prize.“Things worked out good for us,” Wolla said of his banner August. “There were times in the year when we were close to a weekend sweep. Those elevate you. You work for weekends like that.”The repeat Allstar Performance State champion was also a two-time winner at McLean County Speedway. Wolla qualified all six nights of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and finished fourth in those standings.“It means a lot to me to have the title of national champion,” he said. “There were a lot of good drivers I watched growing up and I wanted to have the kind of success they did. It means a lot to me to be the first IMCA national champion from North Dakota.”That title is one of two Wolla gained this year. The other is Dad.“Winning the national championship would have to be number two on my list of highlights,” he said. “Samantha and I became parents of twins (son Odin and daughter Lily) on March 14. There are nights when you don’t get a lot of sleep racing. There are more nights when you don’t get a lot of sleep when you have twins.”Starts-62Wins-25Additional Top Fives-18HIS CREW: Jake Steffen, father Rick and Duane Knutson.HIS SPONSORS: Wolla Trucking, Wolla Oilfield Services, Fusion Fabrication and Basin Tubin’ Testin’, all of Williston; Gohrick Farms of McGregor; Dirt Defender of Red Oak, Texas; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Precision Performance of Cosgrove, Iowa; and Rage Chassis of West Union, Iowa.last_img read more

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani closes in on a complete ‘spring training’

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Neither Eppler nor Ausmus would commit to Ohtani playing on Tuesday, although so far neither has ruled it out. Detroit is the next stop in a trip that has nine games remaining, after the two in Mexico.“We hope to be able to activate on him this trip but he has to get through every step of the progression so we’re not going to say anything till he progression is finished,” Eppler said. “That’s just the mindful thing to do.”Eppler also said that Ohtani does not have any predetermined schedule for managing his workload when he returns. He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis to determine how often he can play. Ausmus has said he plans on using Ohtani essentially as the everyday DH, without regard to whether they are facing a lefty or righty.Ohtani will also wear a special brace on his surgically-repaired right elbow when he’s running the bases. He’s gotten some training on how to slide in a way that keeps “his arm a little bit out of the way,” Eppler said.As for Ohtani’s throwing program, it will continue once he returns to the lineup. Ohtani is expected to continue progressing all the way until he’s facing hitters, sometime in the fall, Eppler said. MONTERREY, Mexico — As Shohei Ohtani has blown past the 40-plate appearance mark that Manager Brad Ausmus first suggested was the goal for his rehab from Tommy John surgery, General Manager Billy Eppler said that was a soft target all along, based on a normal spring training workload.“Typically we like to get guys around 50, so if you look through what Albert or Mike or a lot of the regulars would get, it’s generally around 50,” Eppler said Sunday morning. “Justin Bour had mid-50s. Forty is a lower end of the norm for people. So 40 was not the goal. It was to get him to the level that everyone else faces in spring training.”Ohtani had 50 plate appearances after Saturday’s workout and he was scheduled for more at-bats, against a right-handed and left-handed pitcher, on Sunday. Eppler would not say the pitchers Ohtani was facing, but Andrew Heaney was also scheduled to face hitters for 30 pitches on Sunday as part of his rehab.If Ohtani did face Heaney on Sunday, it would be a convenient step in his rehab. Not only would Ohtani get to finally face a major league pitcher, but he would see a left-hander. The Detroit Tigers are starting lefties each of the first two days of the series starting Tuesday. Justin Upton (sprained toe) has been out of the walking boot for more than a week and a couple days ago reported to Eppler that “his toe felt good as it’s felt the entire time, so that was a positive.” Eppler said Upton will continue to add weight-bearing exercises. He is expected back sometime in June. …Ausmus said he’s been pleased with how Justin Bour has handled his demotion to the No. 8 spot in the lineup. “He’s been fine. His attitude is great. His work ethic is great. He’s doing everything he’s supposed to do.”Ausmus dropped Bour in the lineup because he was hitting .176 with a .571 OPS. after five games in the No. 8 spot, he’s hitting .169 with a .578 OPS. …Ausmus will be managing in Detroit for the first time since the end of his four-run tenure as manager, a run that ended with a 98-loss season in 2017. “I’m sure they’ll cheer me,” Ausmus said with a smile. “I actually enjoyed my time there. It’s a good area. People that don’t know Detroit, it kind of has a bad rap. But it’s actually a great city.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ALSOTommy La Stella was scratched from Sunday’s lineup because of back tightness. …Cody Allen (back) is expected to be activated on Tuesday, Ausmus said. Allen had lost his closer role just before going on the injured list, and Ausmus said he will continue to use Allen in the same lower-leverage role he had before he was hurt. …Related Articleslast_img read more

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