December 1, 2020

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Seattle’s most well-known pink elephant has officially left its longtime spot on Denny Way in South Lake Union.

The Elephant Car Wash’s cheerful neon sign, which had been perched at the corner of Battery Street and Denny Way since 1956, was deconstructed and lifted from its site Tuesday afternoon. The move comes after landowner Clise Properties requested a demolition permit for the car wash in early October, sparking concern over the future of the beloved sign.

The 5,000-pound sign will first go to Western Neon in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood for conservation work, before heading to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in South Lake Union. There, the museum will restore the sign’s neon lights, repair damaged and rusted elements, and take over long-term maintenance, according to a statement from MOHAI.

“MOHAI is pleased that Seattle’s beloved Elephant Car Wash sign is beginning its journey towards full restoration,” the statement said. “The Elephant Car Wash sign is one of Seattle’s signature icons and a cherished symbol of Seattle history.”

It’s still unclear where MOHAI will display the sign, but the museum said it will be “ideally publicly accessible.” Anyone hoping to contribute to the restoration efforts can donate to the project at MOHAI.org/elephant.

The move, however, was disappointing to some Seattleites, including those with Friends of Historic Belltown, a neighborhood conservationist group that had protested plans to donate the sign to MOHAI, instead pushing for it to stay in its current spot.

“I’m disappointed,” said Steve Hall, a land-use planning specialist at Friends of Historic Belltown. “It’s a classic private-versus-public rights and values. It is private property and a private object, but it has public value because it’s been there for so long — and the city has an ordinance to protect those public values.”

After the group asked the city to designate the elephant sign as a landmark, submitted public comments and continued to follow up, Hall said they never even heard back.

“It’s not only about the sign, it’s about respect for the citizens,” he said. “Seattle is changing, and that’s fine. … But there are certain anchors we need to keep in place to (remind us) who we are. This is an example of that type of anchor.”

The car wash closed temporarily in March to comply with coronavirus protocols, then announced last month that its Denny Triangle branch would shutter permanently. Its 14 other locations remain open.

Clise Properties is demolishing the car wash because it’s a health hazard, and the company currently does not have plans to develop or sell the property, CEO Al Clise told The Seattle Times last month.

Seattle Times staff reporter Katherine Khashimova Long contributed to this article.

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Tanker loaded with 33,000 litre of petrol intercepted around border to Niger RepublicTanker loaded with 33,000 litre of petrol intercepted around border to Niger Republic
White tanker truck on the highway.

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Niger for the transportation and storage of petroleum products

Alhaji Garba Deen Muhammad, Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the MoU was reached following bilateral agreements between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.

Muhammad, stated that the MoU was signed by the Group Managing Director of  the  Nigerian  National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, and the Director General of SONIDEP, Mr Alio Toune.

He noted that MOU was signed under the supervision of the two countries’ Ministers of State for Petroleum, Çhief Timipre Sylva and Mr Foumakoye Gado, respectively, with the Secretary General of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO), Dr Omar Farouk Ibrahim, in attendance.

He said talks had been ongoing between the two countries for over four months – through the NNPC and Niger Republic’s National Oil Company, Societe Nigerienne De Petrole (SONIDEP) – on petroleum products transportation and storage.

He explained that Niger Republic’s Soraz Refinery in Zinder, some 260 kilometers from the Nigerian border, has an installed refining capacity of 20,000 barrels per day.

According to him, the country’s total domestic requirement is about 5,000 barrels per day(BPD), thus leaving a huge surplus of about 15,000 bpd, mostly for export.

Speaking shortly after the MoU signing, Sylva expressed delight over the development, describing it as another huge step in developing trade relations between both countries.

“This is a major step forward. Niger Republic has some excess products which needs to be evacuated.

“Nigeria has the market for these products. Therefore, this is going to be a win-win relation for both countries.

“My hope is that this is going to be the beginning of deepening trade relations between Niger Republic and Nigeria.” he said.

Also commenting on the development, APPO Secretary General, Ibrahim, said he could not be happier with what he witnessed in terms of co-operation and collaboration between the two APPO member countries in the area of hydrocarbons.

“I want to commend the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Niger and their leadership for this milestone,” he said

Also, Kyari said the two countries have had long engagements in the last four to five months with a view to restoring the importation of petroleum products (excess production) from Niger into Nigeria.

“With this development, we hope to have a long-lasting and sustainable commercial framework to having a pipeline from the Soraz Refinery in Zinder (Niger) into the most proximate Nigerian city so that we can develop a depot.

“We are happy that we have reached that conclusion and our two ministers have endorsed this framework. We are also working on detailed MoU between our two companies so that we can continue the execution process immediately.”

The NNPC helmsman further noted that being the most experienced of the two oil companies, the NNPC

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