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From Charlottesville Tomorrow:
Almost two years after the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation completed public planning efforts for Biscuit Run State Park in Albemarle, there is no approved master plan or funding to open the park.
Department of Conservation spokesman Gary Waugh said a deadline for one of the state agency’s major documents is the cause of the delay.
“This is the year we’re issuing the Virginia Outdoors Plan,” he said. “It’s a huge undertaking that takes our entire staff, so the (Biscuit Run) master plan was set aside while they worked on that.”
Waugh said that the Department of Conservation is hoping to ship the outdoors plan to its advisory board later this year.
The 1,200-acre park site is located south of Charlottesville between Route 20 and Old Lynchburg Road.
From The City Wire, Fort Smith:
Several conservation and citizen action groups announced Monday they will file a lawsuit in an effort to halt construction of a hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed.
The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), The Ozark Society and Earthjustice claim that loan approval made to C&H Hog Farms to operate a 6,500-pig operation were not “properly examined” and may violate the Endangered Species Act.
The hog farm is producing pigs for Cargill.
According to a press release from the four groups, the estimated 2 million gallons of waste produced by the hog farm will be spread on 630 acres, with some of the land adjacent to Big Creek, a large tributary of the Buffalo National River.
Designated in 1972 by President Richard Nixon as America's first national river, the Buffalo National River travels freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.
From the Lake County News:
A bill to provide $2 billion in new revenues for public education and state parks passed through its first policy committee Monday with unanimous Democratic member support.
The bill, SB 241, would impose a 9.5% industry severance tax on large oil companies for the extraction of oil from California’s jurisdiction.
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed the bill out with a 5-2 vote and it was supported by student, education, tax and environmental groups, as well as economists. The bill next goes to Appropriations.
“It’s time for California to profit from its limited natural resources and reinvest in our core services,” said the bill’s author Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa. “We’ve cut to the bone to balance the budget for the last several years; meanwhile oil companies reap billions of dollars in profits every year. Big Oil’s free ride needs to end and the industry must pay its fair share for the resources that belong to every Californian.”
California is the fourth largest oil producing state in the nation and the only top ten producer that does not impose an oil severance tax. In Alaska, the tax ranges from 25% to 50%, in Texas it’s 4.75% and in Kansas, 8%.
From the Tulsa World:
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is probing an officer-involved shooting at a state park in Atoka County on Saturday.
“An Oklahoma Department of Parks and Recreation park ranger shot and killed a man when the man attempted to run over the ranger,” the OSBI said in a news release.
Campers told the ranger that David Adam Patrick Maher, 30, had been acting strangely and causing a disturbance at McGree State Park.
When the ranger approached Maher, he ran to his vehicle and attempted to hit the ranger, the agency said.
Maher’s last known residence was in New York.