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“This would not be something that would be a significant concern to us,” responded Jim Karas, a senior officer at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), when asked by a CBS reporter why his agency issued an under-the-table permit allowing oil trains to roll into a Kinder Morgan railyard in Richmond, CA. . The Kinder Morgan facility receives volatile, dangerous Bakken crude oil on 100-car long trains, offloads that oil onto tanker trucks, and ships the oil to local refineries. Neither BAAQMD nor Kinder Morgan notified any stakeholders or community groups, including the BAAQMD’s board of elected officials - of the permit.

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Could internet regulations suppress our voices? Or undermine our ability to read articles like this? First… what is net neutrality? It’s the idea that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination in providing their content to people like you. It also means that you should have equal access to see (or hear) any legal internet content you choose.

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Fact: Peatlands (collections of peat growing together) provide a very critical service for you and me. They occur in 175 countries and for a long time were not well understood. Thus, they were widely and extensively damaged by drainage for agriculture and industrial development. But now we understand just how important peatlands are to a clean air and water.

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