Month: February 2013

North Dakota Bakken Drives Push For L. Superior Oil Transport

The Bakken, a satellite view.
Flares due to burning off natural gas light the night sky in North Dakota. Six years ago this light from flaring would not have shown up in a satellite photo. North Dakota is also experiencing a huge boom in oil production. More info…

The huge boom in U.S. Oil production, specifically the “Bakken Play” in North Dakota, based on shale oil “fracking”, is driving the push for a Lake Superior oil terminal. In fact, as noted in an earlier article on Infosuperior, Calument LLC is examining the potential for an oil terminal at Superior, Wisconsin. The distance from North Dakota to Superior, Wisconsin is approximately 225 miles. This terminal would provide the ability to move oil across Lake Superior and the entire Great Lakes system. Read more from a February 24th, 2013 article in the “Superior Telegram.”

Check out an excellent article in the latest National Geographic Magazine on North Dakota Bakken Oil Shale production.

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Feb. 25th Pulp & Paper Effluent Presentation – Dr. Mark McMaster

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Audrey Ferguson of Terrace Bay, a strong supporter of Remedial Action Plan efforts for Blackbird Creek and Jackfish Bay, speaks with Dr. Mark McMaster after his presentation to the Lake Superior Binational Forum and Terrace Bay community members in May of 2009.

Lakehead University Department of Biology presents a Special Departmental Seminar with Guest Speaker Dr. Mark McMaster, Research Scientist, Environment Canada
National Water Research Institute, Burlington, Ontario. The presentation is entitled, “Progress in the Environmental Effects Monitoring Program for Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents – Applications to Thunder Bay and Area” The presentation will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2013 in room RB 2013. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

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Lake Superior Research Awards Announced by Lakehead University

Northern Lake Superior Research Awards
Lakehead University Research and Innovation Week President Stevenson and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs at the recent Intercity Mall announcement of the Northern Lake Superior Research Awards. Photo: J. Bailey

Generous donations to Lakehead University’s Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies has allowed the creation of the Northern Lake Superior Research Awards. Up to 10 undergraduate students will receive research stipends of $600 to help with costs associated with their respective honours theses. Additionally, every year up to five $12,000 awards will go to graduate students in the Faculty who are in their Masters or Doctoral programs. Learn More…

The Remedial Action Plan was there. See more photos…

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Thunder Bay PAC Meeting – Feb. 13

The Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will meet at 7 p.m. on February 13th in Room 5035 of the ATAC building at Lakehead University. The public is welcome to attend and there is no charge. Refreshments will be served. Evening parking at Lakehead University is free of charge.

Meeting Objectives:

A. Receive and Discuss Stormwater Management Plan
B. Receive and Discuss Update Re North Harbour
C. Receive and Discuss Answers to PAC Questions re North Harbour
D. Discuss PAC Future Direction.

Click here for more information about the Thunder Bay Area of Concern.

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Nipigon Bay PAC Meeting – Feb. 27

The Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan Public Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on February 27th in the Rotary Room at Nipigon Hospital. The public is welcome to attend and there is no charge. Refreshments will be served.

Meeting Objectives:

A. Receive an update on the Kama Creek Project

B. Plan the Process to address Nipigon Bay Beneficial Use Impairments, especially “Next Steps” regarding Delsiting Criteria

Go directly to the meeting agenda and complete information package.

The RAP program is focused on addressing water quality issues along the Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior. It is directed by a team of local, provincial, and federal government agencies, and is advised by a series of Public Advisory Committees (PACs); including representatives from community-based organizations, industry, municipalities and the general public. The program draws financial support from Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Click here for more information about the Nipigon Bay Area of Concern.

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PAC Outreach Committee Meeting – Feb. 26

Outreach Committee Meeting, Feb. 12th, 2013
Thunder Bay PAC Outreach Committee members at a meeting on February 12th, 2013.

The Outreach Committee of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th in the RAP Office, Room RC-3000 at Lakehead University.

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Michigan and Huron Reach All-Time Lows

Lake Michigan
A low water Lake Michign
During January 2013, water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron fell to their all-time lowest values since record keeping began in 1918, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on February 5th. Learn more from an excellent blog post by Dr. Jeff Masters on wunderground.com (weather underground). The post explains that Lake Superior is about 9″ above an all-time low but is forecast to drop a further two inches in February, 2013.

RELATED:

Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Water Levels Dashboard linked through the “Lake Data” section of infosuperior.com (scroll down, fifth heading from the top).

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