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The Spill: Leaking Secrets

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By:  |  November 9, 2019  |    400 Words

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Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

Whistleblowers: Revealing Secret Information

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about President Donald Trump, Ukraine, and an unidentified whistleblower. A whistleblower is someone who “blows the whistle” or tells on someone for doing something wrong. An anonymous male CIA official reportedly has some information about a phone call between President Trump and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Reports suggest the whistleblower believes Trump illegally pressured the other leader to provide information, by threatening the U.S. would withhold favors if the demands were not met. This claim by the secret source has led to the current impeachment process.

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North Dakota Pipeline Spill: Not a Public Health Threat

Last week, the Keystone Pipeline ruptured in Edinburg, North Dakota. About 9,120 barrels – 380,000 gallons – of crude oil is said to be affecting a wetland area covering about 2,500 square yards of land: To put into perspective, less than the size of football field.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum assures residents of the state that no drinking water has been affected by the spill and that he has “Urged the company to review its pipeline inspection and monitoring programs to ensure pipeline integrity. The health and safety of our citizens will remain our top priority throughout this process.”

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California Wildfires: What Is Causing the Fires?

As Smokey the Bear used to say, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires,” and the evidence can be seen in the recent onslaught of fires burning their way through California. There are several theories, which we’ll explore, but first let’s take a look at the current forest fires and their statuses.

Kincade fire – Northern California: At least 352 structures were destroyed and another 55 damaged. Four civilians and firefighters have been injured and many people were evacuated. Acreage lost is about 77,758. The local utility company, PG&E, is the suspected culprit.

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Impeaching Trump: A Partisan Issue?

The House of Representatives voted for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct in relation to Ukraine. Democrats in Congress were already investigating him, but this vote makes it official and lays out the boundaries of the probe.

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5 FACTS – Impeachment Fact and Fiction

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