San Onofre: Why it happened & What MUST not happen now

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Take a very close look at the diagram above. Notice the words “Tube Burst,” “Tube Burst Criterion” and “Tube fails 95% Burst probability 1.35 year.” These are calculations as to how long the tubes in unit #2, at San Onofre Nuclear facility, would remain intact if the generator went online now. Generators are supposed to last supposed to last 30 to 40 years, not 1.35 years. This is not a normal situation, in which there is “no significant hazard.” Yet, 14 months after having to shut down because of the unprecedented wear in their generator tubes, Southern California Edison (SCE) is claiming they should be allowed to start the facility up again.

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Heartwood productions: Logging in the Discovery Islands

Originally published in Heartwood, Field Notes

In July, I had the honour of taking a ride through the Discovery Islands with sailor and tour guide Moore on his converted fishing boat, Misty Isles.

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Despite lack of wind, Phase two of construction begins at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

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In his March 5 video log, Jim Pelley recorded the arrival some of of the last 18 wind turbines at Ocotillo. Phase one of the project has now been online four months, during which he has recorded very little wind.

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Cortes Island Ancient Forest #4: Whaletown Commons

Originally Published on Heartwood, Field Notes

Purchase is fundamentally the only legitimate solution that currently exists within the framework of our society to shift private lands back to public lands.

Once we accept that fact, the next logical step is to determine what the price is going to be. But it is at this point that Cortesians have hit a huge stumbling block. In order for the price of any given piece of forestland to be determined, there are two factors that must be considered: the first being the actual value of the property, and the other being the value of the timber on the land, based on market prices.

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Cortes Island Ancient Forest #3: Delight Lake Watershed

Originally published on Heartwood, Field Notes

One of the big challenges that communities such as Cortes Island face when negotiating with logging companies on behalf of the forests is that they are often not even speaking the same language.

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