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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Drug Tests for Welfare/ Yellowstone River Oil Spill/ TSA Whistleblower/ No Child Left Behind Fix

Missoulian: Glendive tries to fix water system tainted by oil spill
Incident Overview
“On Saturday morning, January 17, 2015 at approximately 10:30, the Poplar Pipeline controller in the control room at the Casper, Wyoming offices of Bridger Pipeline noticed abnormal pressure readings at a site near Glendive, Montana. …
The Poplar Pipeline is 12 inches in diameter and one-half-inch thick in the area where it crosses under the Yellowstone River just upstream from Glendive. A breach in the line has occurred between two block valves approximately 6,800 feet apart where the line crosses the river. The exact point of release has not yet been determined; however, the release is specifically within this 6,800-foot section and product has reached the Yellowstone River.”

Missoulian: Supreme Court rules in favor of fired whistleblower
Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean
“Thus, the question here is whether a disclosure that is specifically prohibited by regulation is also “specifically prohibited by law” under Section 2302(b)(8)(A). (Emphasis added.)
The answer is no. Throughout Section 2302, Congress repeatedly used the phrase “law, rule, or regulation.” For example, Section 2302(b)(1)(E) prohibits a federal agency from discriminating against an employee “on the basis of marital status or political affiliation, as prohibited under any law, rule, or regulation.””

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

High School Expansion/ Welfare/ Cancer Causing Agent From Oil Spill

Missoulian: Officials from Missoula, other cities testify on high school expansion

SB 107:  Revise K-12 school district expansion laws

Missoulian: Welfare workers criticize verification system at Montana Legislature
House Human Services video and audio files

Missoulian: Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill
Bridger Pipeline Oil Spill
"Results from the first water sample taken from the Glendive Municipal Water Treatment Plant has come back and the sample showed an elevated level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), predominantly benzene. The presence of benzene would account for reports of adverse odor in the local water supply. This test result confirms findings from field samples taken Monday at several locations in the city."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.

"The 20th century's most influential civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. King entered the civil rights movement in 1955. That same year, he led a bus boycott that was initiated by Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Ala., where blacks were made to sit at the back and give up their seats to whites. In 1963, King participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech to a crowd of 250,000."- LOC
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 1964.
National day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Virtual Tour - Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Methane Limits/ Banking Rules

Missoulian: Obama moves to create first methane limits for gas drilling
FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions"Methane emissions accounted for nearly 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, of which nearly 30 percent came from the production transmission and distribution of oil and natural gas. Emissions from the oil and gas sector are down 16 percent since 1990 and current data show significant reductions from certain parts of the sector, notably well completions. Nevertheless, emissions from the oil and gas sector are projected to rise more than 25 percent by 2025 without additional steps to lower them. For these reasons, a strategy for cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is an important component of efforts to address climate change."