Outdoor Updates: Man accused of threatening hikers along the Appalachian Trail

Man accused of threatening hikers along the Appalachian Trail

A man accused of threatening hikers along the Appalachian Trail has been arrested. Thirty-year-old James Jordan of Massachusetts, who goes by the name of “Sovereign,” was arrested in Unicoi County, Tennessee. He was carrying a large knife and is charged with possession of schedule six drugs, drug paraphernalia, and criminal impersonation. Jordan allegedly threatened hikers at a shelter along the Appalachian Trail and chased people with a shovel. He is also suspected in an assault on a juvenile along the Appalachian Trail. Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley told WJHK News Channel 11 that Jordan was causing problems in Greene County and Madison County as well as in Unicoi County. Jordan is currently being held on $25,000 bond at the Unicoi County jail.

West Virginia environmental regulators cancel public pipeline permit hearing over “security concerns,” then quietly issue the permit

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) scheduled a public hearing for a pipeline permit in Jefferson County but canceled the meeting a week before it was scheduled to take place on February 21, citing security concerns. Residents had called for a public meeting to express their questions and concerns over a 4.85-mile natural gas pipeline, which would deliver gas to Rockwool, a coal and gas manufacturing plant currently under construction in the city of Ranson. Residents asked for the meeting to be rescheduled but on March 29 the WVDEP issued the permit without holding the meeting. In an email to the West Virginia Gazette Mail the WVDEP said that public hearings are not required under the State General Water Pollution Control Permit.

The NHL will offset the airline emissions generated by players during the Stanley Cup

Is the National Hockey League going green? The NHL recently announced that they would purchase carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gases produced by flying NHL hockey teams to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, currently underway. The NHL says that they will purchase credits to offset more than 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent to taking 99 cars off of the road for one year. The NHL also publishes an annual Sustainability Report. Last year the report found that, due to climate change, the average length of the skating season may be shortened by one third in eastern Canada and by 20 percent in western Canada in the coming years.

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