Lawmaker begins work on bills to address safety concernsState Rep. Lee Chatfield is leading an effort to increase transparency between Enbridge and the state of Michigan by drafting legislation to require state review and approval of future pipeline changes.The legislation follows today’s release of a Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force report that calls for a ban on heavy crude oil transportation through the 5B Pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, along with other recommendations for the 5B and other petroleum and gas pipelines across Michigan.“When it comes to our Great Lakes and inland waterways, we must remember that this is not just a part of who we are in Northern Michigan, it is the lifeblood that drives our tourism and economic development,” Rep. Chatfield said. “Preserving our water is critical for the future of Northern Michigan’s success, and it’s imperative that we take the simple, necessary steps laid out in this report to ensure its safety.”The task force report recommendations for the 5B Pipeline include mandatory full insurance coverage, examining future options, disclosure of Enbridge safety inspections and creation of a public advisory committee.“Enbridge has recently taken many important steps to ensure that the pipeline remains safe, fully operable and properly inspected,” Rep. Chatfield said. “However, increasing reporting requirements for this critical industry improves much-needed transparency with the public and the Legislature.“I share the concerns voiced by this report for preserving the quality of the Straits of Mackinac, and I am encouraging that action be taken immediately.” Categories: Chatfield News 14Jul Rep. Chatfield applauds pipeline report
Lithuanian service provider Teo is today taking part in a day-and-date video-on-demand release experiment initiated by European film-makers to promote new distribution models.The documentary film Viramundo will be released in Lithuanian cinemas and on the Gala TV VOD service simultaneously. Viramundo is a documentary about the journey of Gilberto Gil, a music legend and a political activist, who was Brazil’s first black Minister of Culture, through Brazil, Australia, South Africa.The trial is designed to determine whether day-and-date releases are beneficial for non-commercial and low-budget movie makers. Data on the number of views of the film Viramundo on VOD and in cinema theatres, the number of sessions, and the revenue from the film will be compared with the attendance of all films and, separately, with that of documentaries in Lithuanian cinema theatres.Poland, the UK, Portugal, France and Luxembourg are also participating.The European Union’s Media Programme announced in May it would provide €3.5 million for new initiatives to support the development of digital distribution, with various consortia of producers, sales agents, distributors and VOD platforms being invited to apply for funding to test the simultaneous or quasi-simultaneous release of European films in different EU Member States and on several distribution platforms. The TIDE project was one of the three beneficiaries, with Viramundo its first project. The documentary, directed by Pierre-Yves Bourgeaud, was aired on the Orange, iTunes and Vidéo en Poche platforms as well as in cinemas the Utopia cinema chain and the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris.The results of the trial will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.