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Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Record weather whiplash, record heat, record flooding, record species die-off, record low polar ice, record high military budgets, record quantities of bomb manufacturing, record ammunition purchases by "Homeland Security", and even now the epidemic of public denial and apathy continues with converging catastrophes closing in from every direction. Is there any chance of
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 DU will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.74 AU / 0.00190 AU (~284 235 km / 176 616 miles) on February 25, 2018. This is the 17th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 8th this...... Read more
Mountain Valley Pipeline is Ineligible for Streamlined
Permit, Coalition Says
Press Release of Indian Creek Watershed Association, February 23, 2018
RICHMOND, VA Today, a coalition of clean water advocates asked the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to order Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to stay out of West Virginia streams until a decision is made on their appeal from last week.
See Motion for Preliminary Relief filed February 23, 2018
See the Press Release of February 23, 2018
The groups made the request today because MVP is ineligible to use the streamlined stream crossing permit offered to it by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
According to a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) condition, pipelines greater than 36 inches in diameter or that cross certain types of rivers must have an individual certification.
Since DEP previously waived its right to issue an individual certification for the MVP that project can not have such a certification and, therefore, the Army Corps of Engineers cannot allow MVP to use the streamlined Nationwide Permit 12 to trench through West Virginia streams. Without that streamlined permit, MVP must seek an individualized permit to build 591 stream crossings in West Virginia.
The coalition of clean water advocates in the case includes Sierra Club, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, the Indian Creek Watershed Association, Appalachian Voices, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. The groups are represented by lawyers at Appalachian Mountain Advocates, a non-profit environmental law firm.
For a copy of the Motion for Preliminary Relief with Exhibits (8mb file...
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Asteroid 2018 DQ flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD / 0.00067 AU (~100 230 km / 62 280 miles) on February 21, 2018. This is the 16th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 5th closest. 2018 DQ belongs to the...... Read more
Industrial fishing takes place across more than 55 percent of the worlds oceans, according to a new study published in Science. Fishing is vital for food security and livelihoods across the globe, yet the extent of industrial fishing has remained largely unknown. Now, a team of researchers has tried to solve this problem by using the Automatic Identification System (AIS), an automatic ship-tracking system that uses satellite and land-based receivers to monitor a ships location, originally designed to help prevent ship collisions. To see where and when fishing takes place, the researchers tracked 77,000 industrial ships, including more than 75 percent of large-sized commercial vessels, using 22 billion AIS positions from 2012 to 2016. It was an immense effort to organize and process the AIS data, and then build complex machine learning algorithms, said lead author David Kroodsma, the director of research and development at Global Fishing Watch, a collaborative non-profit supported by Oceana, SkyTruth and Google. Global Fishing Watch and our partners have been working on this for several years. Shrimp trawler off Galveston, Texas, August 1986. Photo by Robert K. Brigham/NOAA (via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0). The resulting global maps revealed that industrial fishing vessels operated across more than 55 percent of the ocean, or over 200 million square kilometers (77 million square miles), in 2016 alone. Thats higher than the proportion of land (34 percent) used in agriculture or grazing, the researchers write. The dataset also showed that in 2016, commercial ships spent 40 million hours fishing and covered more than 460
In his many years of rescuing wildlife, Mark Hess had never seen
an animal quite so lucky.
Last weekend, Hess, a rescuer with the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha, Wisconsin, responded to a frantic call from a driver who had unknowingly hit a red-tailed hawk with his truck while driving on the interstate.
But there was a twist: The hawk was lodged, tail-end first, in the grille of the mans truck and had been hitchhiking there for miles.
Credit: Wildlife In Need CenterThe driver was going about 70 on the interstate and remembered seeing a hawk swoop in front of the truck, Hess told The Dodo. He had no idea that he even hit him until he parked and saw the hawk stuck inside the grille with his wings sprawled out.
Credit: Wildlife In Need CenterThe hawk was definitely in shock after what happened, Hess said. It took maybe three or four minutes to cut enough of the grillwork out of the front of the vehicle.
Credit: Wildlife In Need CenterOnce he calmed down a bit, he was sitting upright using his legs just fine, Hess said. He looked to be in really good shape considering what he had been through especially gettin...
On Sunday, Brooke Rapozo was painting the walls of her workplace
when she got a phone call. A woman had caught a
stray pit bull wandering along the road near Lemoore,
California, whod been seen in the area for the last three days. It
looked like the dog was nursing, but there didnt
seem to be any puppies, the woman told Rapozo.
Rapozo, who is the vice president at Kings SPCA Halfway Home, didnt waste a minute she put down her paintbrush and jumped into her car. The woman, Kelly Tarlton, gave Rapozo the address of her mothers home, where Tarlton was staying at the time.
Credit: Kings SPCA Halfway HomeWhen Rapozo arrived, she found Tarlton with a 1-year-old pit bull lazing in her lap, getting rubs and scratches from Tarlton.
Credit: Kings SPCA Halfway HomeThey walked on for a bit until Darla led them to a pile of trees and bushes on the side of the road. [It] was a burn pile, Rapozo said. Farmers and ranchers will pile up cut-down trees and brush to burn.
When rescuers at Animal Haven first pulled
Tugboat from a city shelter, they werent at all sure what to
expect. The 10-year-old pug mix was overweight, partially deaf, had
a tumor removed from her leg, and appeared to be completely blind
all factors that might make it harder to get her adopted. But as
soon as they got to know her a little, they began to realize just
how unique she really is.
Credit: Sophie GamandTugboat got her name because of her size, of course, and because she sometimes needs a little help getting around. Shes not a huge fan of stairs and insists on being carried up and down them, but only if shes being held upright otherwise, she strongly objects.
Credit: Shannon McLaughlin Kirkmanand her rescuers are absolutely loving getting to know her as her personality comes out more and more each day.
Credit: Shannon McLaughlin KirkmanShe is hilarious, Tiffany Lacey of Animal Haven told The Dodo. Very loving but just sort of hangs out. Loves food! Shelter life doesnt seem to faze her at all. She gets a lot of attention.
Credit: Sophie GamandHer rescuers are still trying to determine if Tugboat is completely blind or just mostly b...
While some dogs may be satisfied with any old squeaky toy, Jaxon
has more discerning taste.
Credit: Twitter/Kelli BrownThe 12-year-old Chihuahua particularly favors one very specific plush green alligator. His mom, Kelli Brown, doesnt know what it is about the Top Paw chew toy, named "Greenie," but it is the only thing the senior dog will play with a fact that ended up going viral on Twitter.
Credit: Twitter/Kelli BrownJaxons much-beloved toy can get dragged around quite a bit, and as with all playthings, it occasionally needs to be replaced (Jaxon usually goes through two toys a year).
Credit: Kelli BrownFor Jaxon, it appeared the worst had happened: His favorite toy had been discontinued.
Pacing around and nuzzling her mothers body, the baby rhino
couldnt stop crying.
Her mom wasnt moving and she had no idea why.
Credit: Facebook/Rhino 911As the baby tried to nurse, her mothers body just lay limp in the dirt. She had been shot and her horns were stolen by poachers, leaving the 1-month-old baby with no one else to turn to.
Credit: Facebook/The Rhino OrphanageShe did well through the night, rescuers said in an update the morning after. We are grateful for the team who found her and the rescue team who responded so swiftly.
Cloudy was just a puppy when he ended up at a big shelter in
Alabama, likely after being picked up as a stray. He was taken in
by Double Dog Rescue,
where staffers assumed the sweet dog would be adopted out pretty
quickly. The super friendly Lab mix had so much energy and just
wanted to play and be pet what was there not to love about
Credit: Stacey LambertNot long after arriving at the rescue, Cloudy was indeed adopted, and it seemed as if hed found his happily ever after, but sadly, he was returned. Another family was soon interested in him again, and once again he was adopted out. Staffers were hopeful that the second family would stick but unfortunately, poor Cloudy was returned for a second time.
Credit: Stacey LambertWhatever happened to Cloudy before he ended up at the shelter has given him some serious anxieties about meeting strangers, and his first two families just werent able to cope with them. Once Cloudy is comfortable with someone, though, theyre his person for life he just needs a little time and patience to get to that point.
Diamond is 9 and a half years old, and shes been stuck
in a city shelter for nearly two years.
In April 2016, Diamond arrived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Long Island, New York, after her former owners could no longer care for her. Diamond had lived with them since she was a puppy.
Credit: Town of Hempstead Animal ShelterThe people who had her was an older couple, and they basically told us that they couldnt take care of her anymore, Melissa Fogarty, kennel supervisor at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, told The Dodo. The woman was about 85. I know she was upset because she was trying to convince her two sons to take the dog, and they said they didnt want her.
Credit: Town of Hempstead Animal ShelterWhen she first came in, she was very nervous, and she didnt warm up to anyone very quickly, Fogarty said. She had a hard time in the kennel. She was barking a lot and jumping around her cage.
Credit: Town of Hempstead Animal ShelterShes very sweet, Fogarty said. Shell run up to you when you come into the room. Shes a very friendly dog. She knows all of her commands...
To get crowds of stray dogs off the streets before the 2014
Winter Olympics, the Russian government deployed teams of
exterminators across Sochi
to poison them.
Locals and tourists witnessed dogs vomiting and barking in pain on the streets from the poison; when they died, their bodies remained in plain sight. People sprung into action then to protect as many strays as possible and now, four years later, theyre fighting to avoid another painful repeat of the debacle.
The FIFA World Cup will be hosted across Russia this June, and there are an estimated 2 million strays throughout the cities where games will be played.
Credit: PxHereCanadian photographer Robin Macdonald was one of the many rescuers during Sochi and still remembers what he saw. He had counted over 80 dogs along the streets during just one short bus ride into the city and, just like other visitors, he and his then-partner, U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, fell in love with the dogs.
Credit: Robin MacdonaldMacdonald scooped up one of the smallest puppies and brought her to his hotel room and when officials learned of his intentions to save the rest, they demanded custody of them all.
Two Chinese-owned companies have been awarded 6,500 square kilometers of logging concessions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an apparent violation of a logging moratorium put in place in 2002. Earlier this month, the two companies, Forestire pour le Dveloppement du Congo (FODECO) and Socit la Millnaire Forestire (SOMIFOR), were awarded three logging concessions that had been cancelled in August 2016 by then-Environment Minister Robert Bopolo. The current Congolese Minister of Environment, Amy Ambatobe, granted the concessions. According to Global Witness, Ambatobes decision violates a 2002 moratorium on any new industrial logging concession. Two of the three concessions are located in forests that grow on top of peatlands, which are believed to store a massive 30 billion tons of carbon. In January 2017, researchers revealed that the 145,000 square kilometer tropical peatland complex located in central Congo Basin is the largest in the world. Disruption to the area from logging and development could release massive amounts of greenhouse gases into earths atmosphere, say scientists. The issuing of new logging concessions sends a clear signalthat the DRC government is abandoning any pretense at reducing emissions from deforestation, said Simon Counsell, Executive Director of Rainforest Foundation UK, in an interview with Reuters. According to Reuters, DRCs Ministry of Environment is crying foul at the objections to the concessions, saying the area doesnt violate the moratorium because the concessions have already been exploited. Banner image: Lu Guang/Greenpeace
Kavous Seyed Emami, a professor of sociology and a director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, died in Tehrans Evin Prison earlier this month. Iranian authorities said he committed suicide after confessing to crimes, an assertion his sons say they doubt. Seyed Emami was arrested on January 24 and accused of spying for the U.S. and Israel, having installed cameras in the countrys strategic locations to monitor Irans missile activities, sending information to foreigners, the Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, said, according to a detailed report today in the New York Times. Its just all so ridiculous, we dont even know where to start, Seyed Emamis son Ramin Emami told the paper. Those cameras, for instance, are for shooting wildlife, their range doesnt go beyond 25 meters. They are cheap and can be bought anywhere. Even if they wanted which they didnt how could they spy on the missile program with those? Kavous Seyed Emami. Photo courtesy of Center for Human Rights in Iran. Authorities have prohibited the family from securing an independent autopsy, seized the deed to the familys house, and warned family members not to speak out about the case, according to the paper. Seyed Emamis arrest and suspicious death appear to be part of a wider crack down on environmentalists, and come at a time of deepening social and political tension in Iran. Authorities arrested at least six other conservationists around the same time, many of them also affiliated with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, according to
Curiosity didnt kill this cat but it surely gave his family the
scare of their lives last weekend.
Two-year-old Sam the cat loves sitting on the kitchen sink to watch the water flow, so on Saturday he decided to check out where the water ends up: right down the drain.
Credit: Lynn NaimoliBut there were a few problems with his plan. His head got stuck, and the sink doubled as the garbage disposal.
Credit: Lynn NaimoliAt that point we had destroyed the garbage disposal so Sams head was exposed, Lynn Naimoli, Sams mom, told The Dodo. I called the police because I hoped that animal control would be available.
Credit: Lynn NaimoliHughes worked to disassemble the final part of the drain, which was still stuck around the cats neck. After an hour of additional tinkering, Sam was finally freed.
Deforestation in the tropics is caused by many different human activities that vary in intensity depending on location. In South America, industrial agriculture is the big driver of deforestation while smallholder farming is pockmarking Congo rainforest and logging for high-value timber species is having devastating effects on the forests of mainland Southeast Asia. Yet, despite the diversity of these activities, a new study published this week in Nature shows they have had a surprisingly similar overall impact on the worlds tropical forests an impact that appears to be reaching a critical point past which the consequences may be catastrophic. The issue here is fragmentation. As humans move in and cut down trees, remaining forest is fragmented into smaller and smaller chunks that are increasingly farther away from each other. In addition to having severe repercussions for animals like jaguars and tigers that require vast tracts of connected habitat, forest fragmentation has a big carbon footprint. In order to find enough food, tigers need huge areas of habitat. Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) like the one pictured are critically endangered due primarily to forest fragmentation. Research published in 2017 revealed that the worlds tropical forests are currently cut up into around 50 million fragments, and their edges add up to about 50 million kilometers which put together would make it about a third of the way from Earth to the sun. The study found trees at these fragment edges are much more likely to die than those in the
In mid-2017, Ed Warner visited Zimbabwe, which has the worlds largest black rhino population after South Africa, Namibia and Kenya, to volunteer for the International Rhino Foundation (IRF)s Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program. Warner has volunteered for them doing rhino ops as he calls it several times, and chronicled it in a 2016 book Running with Rhinos. He has also since become a donor to the program. Traveling with IRFs Raoul du Toit (a 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize winner) and a number of others, Warner was part of a team working to track, study, and protect the rhinos living within conserved lands, by cataloguing calves (via ear notching and taking DNA and blood samples), RFID implanting, and de-horning (horns removed from rhinos by this team to reduce poaching risk are delivered to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for safe storage). Mongabay presents here his diary from those six days for the interest of readers who may be curious to know what this experience is like. The Editors Only about 5,000 black rhinos survive in the wild today. Photo by Lucas Alexander, Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Rhino Ops with the Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program Raoul played his usual trick of working like someone possessed until the last moment of time. When we finally got to Charles Prince Airport he had made up his mind to fill up the Cessna 206 owned by the Lowveld Rhino Trust because it was going to be used, while we were gone, by our
As Wells Fargo Continues to Fund Oil and Gas Pipelines Indigenous, Environmental, and Climate Justice Groups Urge the Bank to Divest from Pipeline Companies In December, 2017, Wells Fargo announced a $50 million grant to Native Americans for renewable energy & clean water programs, cultural awareness and language preservation projects, among other things. At around the same time, Wells Fargo agreed to extend two credit facilities totaling $1.5 billion for Canadian oil corporation, TransCanada, to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Many Native American communities have been directly impacted by fossil fuel development, extraction, and transportation.
By Duane Nichols, Retired Chemical Engineer, Stewartstown, WV
This is the Second Day of work stoppage protest by the WV educators. This is important because we ALL benefit from a strong and comprehensive system of education. Education in West Virginia is under funded. There are over 700 openings in the 55 counties, because the salaries and benefits are too low.
The teachers held an incredible rally at the State Capitol in Charleston yesterday, very well attended and very active! The State Legislature, bent on tax cuts year after year, has a responsibility to fully fund education. Its even specified in our States Constitution.
There is money in our natural resources, coal, oil, natural gas, timber, wind, and solar. These sources need to be tapped as necessary to achieve a strong and vibrant state government. We are overdue for an increase in the gasoline tax.
We are overdue for a new tax called a carbon fee. Such a carbon tax can supplement education and be used for infrastructure in our state. Its primary purpose is to reduce the impacts of climate change. Lord knows it is time to start a real response to the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The main effect is called global warming that influences our earth in many and various ways.
My education started in 1940, in a one room school for eight grades. Change is inevitable. Later, I was in a three room school until the eighth grade. My high school building had over 12 rooms, but the wood inner structure burned a few years after. The community had such pride in the schools that new and better facilities were constructed. West Virginians have very great pride in our educational system and our educators. Community spirit is high across the State.
We have always had a plentiful supply of coal and natural gas in West Virginia. These can and should be taxed. The coal and gas industries use our land and water (public water), and they dispose of their wastes on the land and in the air and water. These industries should pay for education!
Our teachers are becoming active and they are to be admired for that, as they care deeply! Information picketing has been underway statewide. I saw t...
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At least three people have died in widespread floods across central and southern United States over the past couple of days. Friday, February 23 will be another day with heavy rain which will further increase the risk of flash flooding and long-term flooding in the...... Read more
St. Paul, MN -- Today, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that they have rejected a motion that would have allowed them to ensure that Tribal concerns were being adequately considered in their review of the controversial proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Rafts of research in the past few decades have convinced scientists that theres less that separates humans from other animals than wed originally thought. Take the concept of culture, for example. Once thought to be the province of our species and ours alone, it has turned up on some surprising branches of the tree of life. In a recent documentary, Person of the Forest, researchers set out to record evidence of culture in one of our closest relatives, the orangutan. Different orangutan groups have unique ways of communicating, eating and even protecting themselves from the rain. And the teams work uncovers clues about how these behaviors develop, evolve and creep into the habits of other orangutans. A Bornean orangutan, pictured here in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. At the same time, scientists studying orangutans know theyre in a race against time as habitat loss, hunting and the pet trade drive them toward extinction. The fact that unique cultures exist means that if we lose one group of orangutans to poaching or a new oil palm plantation, all of that knowledge will be lost with it, even if other groups are kept safe. The film features biological anthropologist Cheryl Knott of Boston University and field biologist Robert Rodriguez Suro, who is based in Puerto Rico. Person of the Forest is a finalist at the New York WILD Film Festival, which kicked off at the Explorers Club in Manhattan on Feb. 22. Mongabay caught up with Knott and Suro to
Tropical forests DRC reissues logging concession licenses, violating its own moratorium (Mareeg). NGOs charge that reinstated logging rights in DRC are on peatlands (Nasdaq/Reuters). No-deforestation pineapples available from Costa Rica (UNDP Green Commodities Programme/PR Newswire). The Amazon rainforest is nearing a tipping point, scientists argue (Science Advances). We have the tools to stop global deforestation, UN official says (UN News). Assessing the state of the Amazon (Ensia). How tropical trees withstand droughts in the Amazon (UCR Today). Drilling down into satellite data to understand seasonal changes in the tropics (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org). Illegal avocado plantations discovered in Mexican butterfly refuge (Los Angeles Times). DJ races to record forest sounds before theyre gone in Indonesia (VICE News). Has forest certification failed to protect forests? (Yale e360). Brazil nears a decision on drilling by French oil company Total in the Amazon River basin (Reuter). Other news Investment firm BlackRock to demand contributions to society from supported companies (The New York Times). Scientists claim to have found the worlds ugliest animal in the deep ocean (The Straits Times). Vegetarian and vegan diets could help cut climate-warming emissions by 70 percent (AccuWeather). A profile of modern climate-change activists (The New York Times Magazine). Animals increasingly hemmed in (The New York Times). Pangolins saved in a vehicle crash in Thailand (The Nation). Satellite data reveals the state of Antarcticas ice flow (NASA/Phys.Org). Extinction cascades possible with increasing biodiversity loss, new study finds (University of Exeter/Phys.Org). New research reveals decades of warming in the Pacific near
In our new war against ocean plastics - we have international law on our side
Ecologists and agriculturalists find common ground in the future of farming post Brexit
What if we had a public library for scientific data? The proliferation of sensors monitoring the Earthfrom space to planes, drones, vehicles, park rangers, camera traps, and even animal tracking collarshas generated so much information that researchers now need new technology to access and manage it. Scientists are increasingly uploading data to online platforms for storing and sharing genetic, taxonomic, and spatial datasuch as Movebank, GenBank, Barcode Of Life Data systems (BOLD), Wildbook, CollectEarth, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and Map4Environment. Forest along the Kinabatagan River in Sabah, Malaysia. Scientists increasingly rely on shared data sets to study complex systems and ecological processes. Photo credit: George Powell As part of U.S. President Obamas Big Data Initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported the formation of the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). This network of data repositories came together in 2012 to address the growing need to manage vast amounts of diverse scientific data and make them available for science. And like a library system, DataONE formalizes collaboration among these data centers to help scientists with three main big data challenges: Preserving and storing their data securely over time; Finding reliable data sets to help address large-scale and long-term research questions; and Visualizing and analyzing large amounts of data. These issues are especially important now as we deal with challenges that are long-term in nature, things like climate change, major movements of populations into new areas, and long-lasting droughts, said William Michener, DataONE principal investigator from the University of New
How wildfire prevention in California is threatening local bird populations - and increasing risk of fire
First press release from Bure (Via: Stevenalan Mitchell) This morning at 6:15am the eviction of the Lejuc wood (Bois Lejuc) started with 500 riot cops, reinforced/orchestrated by a communication campaign from the home secretary (ministre de linterieur), the news channels diffusing shock images of military vehicles gathered next to the 
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"Lovejoy's Nuclear War" is well worth the view to understand how the antinuclear movement took off in the United States by the nonviolent action of a single man who toppled the Montague Tower on February 22, 1974.
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Nuclear power has been stagnant for the past 20 years. Although power reactors account for an overwhelming majority of uranium demand, uranium production and prices have been up and down and all over the place.
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An interview with Justus Lavi Mwololo, National General Secretary of Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum (KESSFF).
An operation dubbed as Ops Libas conducted by the General Operations Force (GOF) Battalion 12 led to the biggest seizure of the year, netting about RM2.5 million worth of logs suspected to be illegally extracted in Lawas district.
The team seized 1,100 logs believed to have been extracted from the forests between Beriwan and Ba Kelalan, three bulldozers, one excavator and three Nissan haulier lorries at the scene yesterday at about 10.10pm.
Commanding officer of GOF Battalion 12, Supt Tan Hiap Seng who confirmed the seizure, said a 45 year-old Chinese suspect was also detained to facilitate investigation.
Tan said he personally went to the scene which was accessible only by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles, about 45 minutes from Lawas Town.
Tan said the suspected illegal logging activity was sniffed out by the intelligence gathering officers from the Miri-based battalion and Limbang-based Company C led by ASP Azhar Mohammad.
Piles of logs in three different locations and the heavy machinery were detected in the area before the enforcement officers swooped down on the scene.
A Chinese man who identified himself as a surveyor could not produce any relevant documents related to permitted logging and was subsequently detained to facilitate investigation, he said.
The seized logs and keys of the heavy machinery were later handed over to the Forest Department for further action to be taken, he added.
In noting that the seizure is the biggest this year, Tan said his men will not compromise but continue to mount similar operations against illegal logging.
He said the GOF Battalion 12 will continuously carry out intelligence gathering prior to carrying out Ops Libas operations to stamp out illegal logging activities in the areas of operation.
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