Currently in Melbourne — September 8th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 8th, 2022

The weather, currently.

After Wednesday afternoon’s warmth and a comparatively balmy overnight low of 12°C, the electric blanket took a break at my place for the first time in what felt like a very long time. Today comes with a high chance of showers though (which your garden will love after all that sun), arriving mostly in the afternoon and evening. Light north-easterly morning winds of 25-35 km/h will ease up in the evening, tending northerly. There’s a wind warning on the bays, with stronger gusts expected in Port Phillip, and on the West and Central Coasts, and Central and East Gippsland Coasts. Remember, we’re heading for showery weekend, so enjoy any breaks in the rain when they come along.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Anti-pipeline activists will converge in Washington D.C. this Thursday in an effort to convince lawmakers to halt the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a pet project of Senator Joe Manchin, that was revived as part of the deal brokered to pass the Inflation Reduction Act.

The methane pipeline would cross 303 miles of mountainous, landslide-prone terrain and pass through several areas where a potential accident could severely affect residents’ drinking water. Landslides are a relatively common cause of pipeline explosions in Appalachia and building regulations are lax.

"No one is really saying, ‘We’ve looked at this and this line is safe,’" Rick Kuprewicz, a chemical engineer who worked on pipelines before going into safety consulting, told E&E News in 2019. "The system favors rushing."

Click here to tell your representatives to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline

What you can do, currently.

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