Environment

Environment
2:57 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Will Narragansett allow a Transmission Line on Town Beach?

The concerns over wind energy heads to Narragansett.
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Narragansett Town Council is holding a public meeting tonight that could be critical to the plans for an offshore wind project off the coast of Block Island.

The Block Island Wind farm would place five wind turbines off the southeast coast of Block Island. The company in charge of it is Deepwater Wind. It plans to connect the wind turbines and the Island to the power grid on the mainland with a 21 mile underwater cable. Deepwater Wind wants that cable to come ashore in Narragansett.

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Environment
5:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

RISD Students Occupy President's Office

RISD students protest outside the admin building.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Eleven students at the Rhode Island School of Design are occupying the office of President John Maeda. The students are asking him to support a divestment of all RISD’s investments in fossil fuels.

While the students camped out inside the president’s office …

… Almost one hundred other RISD students took a break from their year-end projects to protest the design school’s investments in fossil fuels.  The protesters gathered at RISD Beach and marched down College Hill to protest in front of RISD’s administration building.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Huge Basking Shark that Washed Up at Misquamicut was a Mature Male

Scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center said they hope to get some answers from a necropsy being done on a huge basking shark that washed ashore at Misquamicut Beach over the weekend.

Nancy Kohler, a scientist at the center, said the 28.5-foot long shark was a mature male, in good condition, and it’s unclear why it washed up dead. Her research team is doing a necropsy on the shark, on the beach, and she said that’s drawing a lot of attention.

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Environment
6:56 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Beavers Gnawing on Trees at Diamond Hill Park

Beaver damage at Diamond Hill Park
Credit Michelle Plant

In Cumberland, a colony of beavers is bringing down trees at Diamond Hill Park. The town is busy deciding how to stop the animals.

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Environment
9:34 am
Sun April 14, 2013

The Copar Quarry Saga Explained

Westerly Sun Staff Writer Dale Faulkner

Copar Quarry in Westerly has been the focus of controversy and complaints for more than a year. Some residents say the quarry is a threat to their health. The Westerly Sun reports the quarry has been the focus of two cease and desist orders, two appeals, and even two lawsuits. To make sense of it all RIPR sat down with the Westerly Sun's Dale Faulkner. He's been covering the story every step of the way.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Reed's Bill Puts RI on Fishery Board Managing Squid

Credit Senator Jack Reed's Office

Senator Jack Reed is trying to get Rhode Island a seat on the management board that oversees squid and other species caught by Rhode Island fishermen.

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Environment
8:36 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Fishermen Look Ahead to Changing Climate

Steve Medeiros, President of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, says his organization is planning for climate change.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Recreational fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in southern New England.  But fishermen are keeping an eye on how climate change will alter their industry.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Did Copar Quarries Expand Beyond its Means?

In Westerly, the Zoning Board is holding a special meeting this evening about a controversial quarry. The board is hearing an appeal about an expansion at the quarry.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Groundwater at Davis Superfund Site will take decades to repair

The DEM says the settlement puts polluters on notice.

The Department of Environmental management has reached a settlement in a case over pollution at the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Smithfield. The settlement was a long time coming, and the clean-up will take even longer.

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Environment
6:23 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Bench Decision Could Halt Operation at Copar Quarry in Westerly

A Superior Court Judge is expected rule on a lawsuit that could temporarily shut down a quarry in Westerly. Residents are complaining that Copar Quarry is a threat to their health. Copar disagrees.

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