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A8 | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. BUSINESS ENERGY Pipeline company’s permits halted Pennsylvania says Energy Transfer LP flouted its laws. East 1 pipeline shut down following a sinkhole that developed in suburban Philadelphia’s Chester County. Nearby residentsworried over sinkholes along the Mariner East pipelines sued Energy Transfer last summer in federal court. Chester County’s district attorney, Tom Hogan, is demanding documents from the company as part of a criminal investigation he opened. Energy Transfer has said it is confident that it hasn’t violated criminal laws. Wolf called on the Public Utility Commission to require an independent study to determine howlong the Mariner East 1 pipeline can continue operating and asked lawmakers to give the state the power to regulate pipelines. of its in-service pipelines or any areas of constructionwhere permits have already been issued. Energy Transfer’s pipelines in Pennsylvania include the Mariner East 1, 2 and 2X natural gas liquids pipelines across southern Pennsylvania. ADEPspokesman, Neil Shader, said permits for the 16-inch Mariner East 2X — which has yet to start operating— are nowonhold. Construction on those three pipelines has drawn blame for causing sinkholes and polluting drinking water and waterways across the state. That has resulted inmore than $13 million in fines and several temporary shutdownorders from state agencies, including one last month by the Public Utility Commission that has kept the Mariner Protection said Energy Transfer hasn’t stabilized the soil and erosion around its Revolution pipeline in western Pennsylvania, as it was ordered to do in October. As a result, it is halting construction permits on the company’s pipelines in the state, it said. “This hold will continue until the operator corrects their violations to our satisfaction,” Environmental Protection Secretary PatrickMcDonnell said in a statement. Energy Transfer said it told state officials that it is committed to bringing the Revolution pipeline “into full compliance with all environmental permits and applicable regulations.” In a statement, it said the action did not affect the operation of any State agencies already have imposed millions of dollars in fines and several temporary shutdown orders on Energy Transfer projects, while a county prosecutor is demanding documents from the company. The methane gas explosion destroyed one home in Beaver County last September along the Beaver-to-ButlerCounty pipeline. The Dallas-basedfirmblamed the blast on “earth movement in the vicinity of the pipeline.” “There has been a failure by Energy Transfer and its subsidiaries to respect our laws and our communities,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “This is not how we strive to do business in Pennsylvania, and it will not be tolerated.” The Department of Environmental ByMarcLevy AssociatedPress Pennsylvania is halting construction permits for natural gas pipelines operated by a company whose pipeline exploded last year, as the governor said that Energy Transfer LP has failed to respect the state’s laws andcommunities. The state Department of Environmental Protection said the Texas-based company is not fixing problems related to the explosion, and piled yet another penalty onto a company project in the state. HARRISBURG, PA. — CYBER SECURITY What Bezos’message breach teaches us about digital security Low-tech approach to privacy invasion remains the simplest. cited anonymous sources to suggest that the communications were simply leaked by friends of Lauren Sanchez. The debacle has raised a more pressing question even for people who aren’t tech executives with professional security teams at their disposal: If Bezos can’t keep his texts and photos private, what chance do we have? A determined assailant could take a number of higher- tech routes to extract private information from a phone. But the low-tech approach to invading someone’s privacy remains the simplest. “I suspect that the most common way this happens is people send nude pictures or embarrassing text messages to other people, and those people save the pictures and send them to yet other people,” said Cooper Quintin, a senior staff technologist at the privacy nonprofit the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Nomatter the method, though, there are some easy countermeasures people can take to ensure their personal communications remain personal. One set of hacking tactics relies on accessing the device itself and installing snooping software that provides away to remotely track what happens on the phone. Quintin said the most common threat in this realm comes from “stalkerware” or “spouseware,” which is often marketed to suspicious spouses or concerned parents as away to monitor a partner’s or child’s activity. These programs can take and send screenshots to snoopers, track and record calls and even turn on the camera and microphone to record what’s happening nearby (and are illegal in most circumstances in the U.S.). Installing these programs requires physical access, and once they’redownloaded, they’re intentionally difficult to detect. The best defense is keeping phonesnearbyandpassword-protected. BySamDean LosAngelesTimes Last month, the National Enquirer shared the intimate texts that Jeff Bezos — Amazon founder, Washington Post owner and richest man in the world — had sent to Lauren Sanchez, a former television host, over the course of their monthslong extramarital affair. “I love you, alive girl,” the tabloid claims Bezos texted. “I will show you withmy body, andmy lips and my eyes, very soon.” This week, Bezos published a stunning accusation against the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., saying it threatened to publish compromising photographs, including a naked bathroom selfie, in order to coerce the billionaire into calling off an investigation into how the tabloid acquired his private communications in the first place. Theories abound. Gavin de Becker, who is leading Bezos’ investigation into the leaks, has said he is looking into Sanchez’s brother Michael as a possible source of the “politically motivated” leak. Michael Sanchez — who has personal and professional relationships with Roger Stone and Carter Page, associates of President Donald Trump — has fired back with a theory that de Becker himself worked to leak the information in an attempt to end the affair. De Becker later told the Post that Bezos was not hacked, but that a “government entitymight have gotten hold of his textmessages.” Bezos’ online post Thursday stopped short of alleging outright government involvement in the leaks, but it frequentlymentioned AmericanMedia’s links to the Saudi government and the White House. The Hollywood Reporter and gossip site Page Six, meanwhile, RonWyden (with fellowOregon DemocraticU.S. Sen. PattyMurray) has proposed legislation thatwould allowstates to establish legal marijuana marketswithout the fear of federal criminal intervention. “The federal prohibition ofmarijuana is wrong, plain and simple,” he said Friday. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / AP 2018 MARIJUANALEGALIZATION Senate bill would get feds off states’ backs over marijuana Proposalwould end federal pot penalties, increase banking access. campaign. The proposalwould take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list and remove federal criminal penalties for individuals and businesses acting in compliance with state marijuana laws. It would also reduce barriers for legal marijuana businesses to get access to banking. The bill is part of a three-bill package: Asecondwould impose a tax on marijuana products similar to federal excise taxes on alcohol, while a third would allow state-legal marijuanabusinesses to claim tax deductions and credits. Justin Strekal, political director of the pro-legalization group NORML, said in a statement that the proposal is another sign of the “growing public support for ending our failed war on cannabis consumers.” Former House Speaker John Boehner, who sits on the board of cannabis companyAcreageHoldings, on Friday announced the formation of an industry-backed lobbying group that would push for national marijuana reforms. the Republican- controlled Senate. TheDemocratic majority in the House appearsmore open to considering proposals to ease federal restrictions on marijuana. The chamber has set a hearing next week on a bill intended to make banking services more widely available for pot companies. A proposal similar toWyden’s previously languished in the Senate and House. However, Rep. EarlBlumenauer, an OregonDemocrat carrying the current bill in the House, said voters have “elected the most pro-cannabis Congress in American history.” “It’s tough to see how things will shake out, but there is a very serious chance cannabis policy reform will move in the Senate,” said Morgan Fox of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Most Americans live in states where pot can be legally purchased for medical or recreational use, and the move to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana came as the issue has played into the emerging 2020 presidential AssociatedPress Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden proposed legislation Friday that would give states a free hand to allowlegal cannabismarkets without the threat of federal criminal intervention, the latest push in Congress to bolster the nation’s burgeoning pot industry. The proposal, identical to a bill in the House, aims to ease the longstanding conflict between states where cannabis is legal in some form and the U.S. government, which categorizes marijuana as a dangerous illegal drug, similar to LSD or heroin. “The federal prohibition of marijuana is wrong, plain and simple,” Wyden, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Too many lives have been wasted, and too many economic opportunities have been missed.” It remains unclear if Wyden’s billwould have a chance of clearing COMPLETECOVERAGE Polaris powers into vacation rentalswith fleet of ‘adventure’ vehicles is now “in about 75 locations in 30 states,” said BobMack, senior vice president of corporate development and strategies. “We have done over 25,000 rides.” Polaris CEO Scott Wine sees the venture as a smart marketing tool — and one more way to diversify. In recentyears, theMedina-based company has expanded its riding-accessories line, bought stores that customize trucks and acquired two big boat manufacturers. “PolarisAdventures arose from our passion tointroduce people to power sports and the realization that we could extend our reach by introducing a new, premium opportunity for off- and on-road day trips,” Wine said. vehicles, sign waivers and buy a day’s worth of insurance using a simple computer tablet. “Today, we are in about 75 locations in 30 states. We have done over25,000rides,” saidBobMack, senior vice president of corporate development and strategies. “It’s exciting.” The new unit partners with local outfitters and leases a fleet of GPS-equipped vehicles from Polaris, whose main business is actually to manufacture the vehicles — to the tune of $5.5 billion in annual sales. Polaris created Polaris Adventures to both market and diversify its fleet of power-sports vehicles. By partnering with several vacation vehicle renters throughout the United States, the company ByDeeDepass StarrTribune (Minneapolis) Three years ago, a couple of Polaris employees had a hunch. If vacationers could rent the latestmodelsofPolarissnowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or Slingshot three-wheelers, they would gain “an experience” and become fast fans of one of America’s top power-sports vehicle makers. With the blessing of their boss— and a budget— Jan Rintamaki and PaulVitrano spent 2016 researching their concept of vacation vehicle rentals in Colorado. They then tested the business model with equipment outfitters at resorts in NewHampshire and Californiaanddeveloped a system that allows vacationers to rent the The Polaris Slingshot SLR. CONTRIBUTED BY POLARIS PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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