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3:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett

Deepwater Wind had been planning to run a cable connecting its Block Island offshore wind farm to Narragansett's Town Beach.
Credit file / RIPR

Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.

Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.

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Environment
10:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Conservation Law Foundation Plans to Sue RI Landfill

The Conservation Law Foundation said it plans to file a lawsuit against the operators of the Central Landfill and the companies involved in converting methane gas from the landfill into power. Director of the Conservation Law Foundation in Rhode Island, Tricia Jedele, said the landfill has been running without a required federal permit for 16 years.

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Environment
7:09 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Westerly and Copar Quarries Head Into Mediation

The Town of Westerly and Copar Quarries head into mediation Wednesday to see if they can settle a dispute that will please both the quarry and residents.

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Environment
2:41 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Odor Prompts Johnston to Shut Down Energy Company at Central Landfill

Johnston's mayor has ordered Broadrock Renewables to be shut down due to return of the "rotten egg" odor.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The town of Johnston has taken the unusual step of shutting down the company charged with drawing off gases from the state’s Central Landfill.  The reason is that persistent rotten egg smell that’s dogged the town for years.

Broadrock Renewables is supposed to siphon off gas from the landfill and turn it into energy. But lately the company has been allowing it to spew from pipes into the atmosphere, according to Johnston town officials.  Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena has issued a cease and desist order, requiring the company to suspend operations until the problem is fixed.

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Environment
8:43 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Investigating Rhode Island's Tsunami

Chuck Ebersole is the Steward at Wickford Yacht Club.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

Scientists are still trying to understand what caused ocean levels across the state to fluctuate last month without warning. The event remains a relative mystery, but a group from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography believes it may have been a tsunami. 

The author H.P. Lovecraft wrote: "But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of the ocean." Such is the case in this story. It starts on June 13th, when Chuck Ebersole had a really unusual day. He's a Steward at the Wickford Yacht Club.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Scientists Keep an Eye on Seaweed Invading RI Waters

URI scientists are keeping track of the types of seaweed washing up on the state's shores.
Credit URI

A biology professor at the University of Rhode Island is conducting an inventory of the types of seaweeds that grow in Rhode Island ocean waters. 

Seaweed may be an annoyance, but it offers vital clues into the health of an ocean.  That’s why University of Rhode Island biology professor Christopher Lane has embarked on a study of the slimy stuff with an eye towards learning how many species of seaweed exist in Rhode Island, and which are the most invasive.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

DEM: Mosquitoes Are Out in Full Force This Weekend

If you’re going outdoors this weekend, as many of us will, you’ll want to protect yourself against mosquito bites. The state Department of Environmental Management is reporting the largest crop of mosquitos in at least 21 years. 

The reason: heavy rains last month.  The warm, dry air mass that’s with us now is slowly killing the mosquito population, but the DEM’s Alan Gettman said they’ll be bad this weekend, particularly at fireworks shows.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Invasive Beetle and Borer: "We're Pretty Much Surrounded"

A male Asian longhorned beetle
Credit UVM / USDA

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is once again urging summer campers not to move firewood from outside the state. That’s to keep from spreading a couple of tree-killing invasive insects, which, so far, haven’t shown up in Rhode Island. But this year, they’re closer than ever.

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Environment
7:25 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Narragansett Town Council Meets With Deepwater Wind

Patience Peck thinks Deepwater Wind can find a better landing spot for the transmission line.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

In Narragansett, residents filled the Town Hall Wednesday to hear a question and answer session between the Town Council and the CEO of Deepwater Wind.  The meeting focused on a proposal to run a transmission line, or power cable, underneath Town Beach.

Narragansett’s Town Hall was once again the hottest place in town Wednesday night. Both in terms of the passion of the subject matter being discussed, and the actual heat: there’s no air conditioning inside the hall.

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Environment
9:12 am
Thu June 20, 2013

URI Trip to Antarctica Yields Microscopic Finds

Several different species of phytoplankton being studied the the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.
Credit Caitlyn Lawrence / URI GSO

A professor at the University of Rhode Island just flew back from Antarctica with scientific cargo. Phytoplankton, will be used to study the plant’s resiliency to climate change.

Phytoplankton is microscopic plants that float in water near the surface of the Ocean. And a URI professor just hand-delivered fresh samples of the phytoplankton taken from the Southern Ocean to URI. Associate Professor of Oceanography, Tatiana Rynearson, said the samples will help scientists understand the different types of phytoplankton in the ocean.

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