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Frontier oilsands mine panel ordered to consider impact on world heritage site

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CALGARY — The federal-provincial panel conducting an environmental review of the proposed Frontier oilsands mine project in northern Alberta has been ordered to consider its impact on Wood Buffalo National Park as requested by the UN’s World Heritage Committee.In a report in March based on a visit to the 45,000-square-kilometre park, a world heritage site since 1983, the UN agency warned of risk from industrial development and said the park could be designated “in danger” if Canada didn’t implement 17 recommendations.It set a deadline of February 2018 for Canada to show its plan to meet those recommendations and another deadline of December 2018 to show progress.According to the report, the Frontier project would move oilsands development closer to the southern boundary of the park, increasing the risk that it and its herd of wood bison might be affected by leaks and spills from tailings ponds and other water and air pollution.The panel is to consider potential environmental effects of the project on the value of the world heritage site, including the Peace-Athabasca Delta, and address it in a separate chapter of its report.Project proponent Teck Resources (TSX:TECK) has said oil production at the 260,000-barrel-per-day Frontier won’t take place until 2026 at the earliest. read more

Football Mike Weber named to Doak Walker Award watch list

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OSU redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) throws the ball out of the endzone during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAs watch list season continued to roll on, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber was placed on the Doak Walker Award watch list. The award is given to the running back who is recognized as the best at his position.In his first season of action for the Buckeyes, Weber led the team with 1,096 rushing yards after taking over the role as the primary running back. He was also tied with redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett for the team lead with nine rushing touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 212-pound bruising back was the third freshman to tally more than 1,000 yards on the ground in Ohio State history.Weber was the leading freshman in the Big Ten conference in yards per game with an average of 84.3. After a standout freshman season, he was recognized with the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. He was also named to the freshman All-American team.The Doak Walker Award has been in place since 1989. Only one former Buckeye — Eddie George, during his Heisman-winning 1995 campaign — has won the award. read more