U.S. coal production falls for third straight quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Total U.S. coal production fell for the third quarter in a row, according to an analysis of the most recent federal data.Coal producers reported output of 180.8 million tons in the second quarter of 2018, down 3.7% from 187.6 million tons in the first quarter and 187.1 million tons in the year-ago quarter, an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows.“Deliveries to domestic coal plants continue to fall, and although the rate of coal power plant retirements is slowing, the culling continues,” wrote Matthew Hong, director of power and gas research at Morningstar Inc., in a Sept. 19 note.Running 12-month coal production totals for the period ending in the second quarter were lower in three of the four largest coal-producing regions in the country. Some of the country’s largest mines, including those owned by Arch Coal Inc., Cloud Peak Energy Inc. and Blackjewel LLC, reported declines in production in that period.More ($): US coal production declines for third straight quarter U.S. coal production falls for third straight quarterlast_img read more

Generation data show renewables supplied 77% of Germany’s electricity on Easter Monday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Renewable energy sources generated 77 percent of Germany’s net public power supply on 22 April, thanks to strong winds and abundant sunshine, according to Fraunhofer ISE. Wind power provided 40 percent of total net power, solar 20 percent, and biomass 10 percent.The institute’s Energy Charts project does not include data on the amount of power the generating facilities consume themselves to operate, or the power German industry produces and consumes without it being fed into the public grid. Fraunhofer ISE says their data represents the power mix that actually supplies German homes.At around midday on Easter Monday, renewables covered almost all of Germany’s power needs, according to preliminary data from think tank Agora Energiewende. Data by energy company E.ON even suggests that renewables covered more than the country’s needs, as does data provided by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on the SMARD online platform.Previous record renewables shares were reached on 8 December 2018 (75 percent) and 24 December 2017 (74 percent), Burger told Clean Energy Wire.Germany aims to cover 65 percent of its power demand by 2030 (37.8 percent in 2018). The exact share of renewables on any given day remains uncertain for some time – and may never be entirely confirmed – because precise data on power generation and consumption is published with several months’ delay.More: Renewables hit record 77 percent of German power on Easter Monday Generation data show renewables supplied 77% of Germany’s electricity on Easter Mondaylast_img read more

Opponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgOpponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vancouver Sun:Opponents of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion projects want the Trudeau government to provide an updated construction-cost estimate. The estimated cost has already risen significantly, to $9.3 billion from $5.4 billion.The latest cost figure is from 2018, contained in documents filed by Houston, Texas-based Kinder Morgan with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The financial documents were filed for Kinder Morgan’s prospective sale of the expansion project and the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.West Coast Environmental Law Association lawyer Eugene Kung said Tuesday that the federal government should provide an updated construction cost figure because the information is needed to have a fulsome discussion on the project and judge its viability. “Financial information is being hidden,” Kung said at a Vancouver news conference to highlight their demand.The project — now expected to be completed by 2022 — has been delayed several times and continues to face court challenges from First Nations. Other First Nations support the project and are eyeing an ownership stake, which the Trudeau government has said is a possibility.In a written response to Postmedia, federal finance department officials said the Trans Mountain Corp. will update the cost once it has secured additional regulatory permits that will result in a better understanding of scheduling. In its response, officials also asserted the project remains commercially viable. The Trudeau government approved the project a second time in the summer.Canada purchased the Trans Mountain expansion project and the existing pipeline in the spring of 2018 after Kinder Morgan signaled it was going to pull the plug because of uncertainty and opposition to the project, in particular from the B.C. NDP government. [Gordon Hoekstra]More: Trans Mountain pipeline expansion opponents demand updated project costlast_img read more

ExxonMobil warns of possible 20% writedown in oil and gas assets

first_imgExxonMobil warns of possible 20% writedown in oil and gas assets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Exxon Mobil Corp. warned that low energy prices may wipe as much as one-fifth of its oil and natural gas reserves off the books.If depressed prices persist for the rest of the year, “certain quantities of crude oil, bitumen and natural gas will not qualify as proved reserves at year-end 2020,” the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. A 20% hit would impact the equivalent of almost 4.5 billion barrels of crude, or enough to supply every refinery on the U.S. Gulf Coast for 18 months.The company’s massive Kearl oil-sands mine in Alberta was the only specific asset singled as a potential victim of any year-end revision. Imperial Oil Ltd., which is about 70% owned by Exxon and run as a subsidiary, said in a separate filing that an undetermined portion of Kearl’s reserves may be imperiled.Exxon isn’t waiting until the traditional end-of-year period to reassess reserves. After slashing its drilling budget by $10 billion to cope with the virus-driven market collapse, the company on Wednesday said it removed about 1 billion barrels from its books. Most of that involved shale fields, according to the filing.Exxon’s last significant reserves revision was in 2016, when it removed some of its oil-sands assets in Canada from its books, though it later added some of these back.[Kevin Crowley and Joe Carroll]More: Exxon says 20% of oil, gas reserves threatened by low priceslast_img read more

Canoe-Uber Will Revolutionize Modern Transportation

first_imgI admit there are some logistics to work out. Namely, rivers only flow in one direction. So, you can really only order a Canoe-Uber upstream and travel downstream. If you need to go the other direction, you’ll need to just get a regular Uber. We can’t help you. We discovered this ourselves at about midnight on Wednesday night when we reached our terminus and our shuttle truck was locked behind a gate. All we could do was ditch the boats until the morning, scale the fence and order a bunch of Ubers to take us home.Is Canoe-Uber a perfect concept? No. But the principle is strong. I even have a slogan:“Canoe-Uber: Paddling you where you want to go, as long as you want to go downstream.” I spend a lot of time riding my bike, because A) it’s fun and B) it’s a great way to get around town. I’m convinced that Asheville has some of the best urban riding in the country. You want some singletrack? We got that in town. Gravel grind? Yep, that’s right here in town too. Heart-pounding, 1,000-foot climbs, brewery stops, mind-blowing graffiti…you can see it all from the saddle of your bike and never leave the city limits. You can also see the best of town from a canoe. The French Broad River runs along the western edge of downtown, connecting container bars and fried chicken joints with breweries and dive bars. I guess there are some parks and cultural landmarks along the way too, but I’m mostly concerned with the bars here. It’s a stellar two to three-mile paddle, so this past Whiskey Wednesday we decided to trade our bikes for boats and reimagine our typical pub crawl as a boat cruise.The beauty of powering a pub crawl with canoes is that you can carry beer with you in the boat. And drink between bars. Perhaps, because of this logistical nuance, the shenanigans escalated rather quickly during our weekly meeting of middle aged dads. Within a few minutes my canoe was flipped and sunk to the bottom of the river because of the actions of an aggressive Canadian. We played some ping pong, saw some amazing graffiti, over-stayed our welcome at several bars and ended up paddling a mile of the river in the dark. We also saw a submerged Jaguar (the car, not the animal) that had been stolen and driven into the river, and witnessed one of the most spectacular firefly shows I’ve ever seen in my life. At some point, one of the Whiskey Wednesday crew disappeared. He just vanished from the bank of the river, leaving his canoe-mate to navigate his ship solo.The whole thing made me revisit what might be my most lucrative half-brained idea yet: Canoe-Uber. Imagine the convenience of Uber, but instead of cars, you use canoes. Wait, hear me out. Most major cities in the US were built around navigable rivers. Let’s put that built in infrastructure to work with canoes for hire. Staff the canoes with professional boaters, build an app around the service and release the boats.last_img read more

Welcome to Summer Time in Knoxville, TN

first_imgBe prepared for some sort of festival or free music on Market Square while you’re in town and if you’re around on a Saturday, don’t miss the Market Square Farmer’s Market. If you leftyour boat at home, head to Billy LushBoards and Brews for a paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or hydro-bike rental. River Sport Outfitters has all the gearyou may need while in Knoxville. Float down the river in one of their boats or ridea bike along the more than 85 miles of greenway in town. Look out forglimpses of blue heron and otters at Holston River Park as you paddle the Holston River, the longest tailwater inthe Tennessee Valley. Get onto the historic French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world, at SevenIslands State Birding Park. Explore natural trails and inspiring views of theSmoky Mountains. Launch yourboat from downtown at Ned McWherter Parkor Bicentennial Park and paddledown the Tennessee River.Get off the river at various pointsalong the way to enjoy the greenways, trails, and playgrounds in the heart ofthe city. Spend the whole day at ConcordPark. Less than half an hour from the city, you’ll feel worlds away. Paddleon Fort Loudoun Lake, swim off the beaches, and enjoy local music during theSummer Concert in the Park series.   Stay on the south side of the river for great food and brews or scootback across the Gay Street bridge for an extensive offering of restaurants,breweries, roof top patios, and music venues located throughout Market Squareand the Old City. Plan ahead for a Full Moon Paddle on the Tennessee River withBilly Lush Boards and Brews or take aride with Knox Brew Tours to tap into Knoxville’s beerculture. Stop at the Ijams Nature Center for a hike aroundthe old Meads and Ross Marble Quarries, nature programs, rock climbing, andNavitat’s tree-based adventure park. Far out adventure in the heart of a thriving city. That’s what you’ll find in Knoxville. Located at the head of the Tennessee River, surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, and quarries, this city offers authentic outdoor adventure just minutes from a vibrant downtown.   StayAwhile Knoxville is making quite a name for itself as a culinary and craft beertown. For a truly one of a kind experience, plan a trip to Pretentious Glass & Beer Co., a studio/brewery where you canenjoy hand-crafted beer in a hand-crafted glass and watch both created on-site. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is aspectacular thousand-acre outdoor adventure area where you can hike, bike,climb, paddle, or just wander in the woods – within the heart of the city. Over50 miles of trails and greenways connect you to a beautiful nature center,pristine lakes, historic sites, dramatic quarries, adventure playgrounds, fivecity parks, and a 500-acre wildlife area. There’s an adventure foreveryone!  Ready? Go explore. Get away. It’s closer than you think. Choose your own adventure… in Knoxville. last_img read more

An Angler’s Guide to Bristol, VA/TN

first_imgPhoto by Jimmy Cheers/Mountain Sports Ltd. You’ll find great fishing all year long on the large tailwater of the South Holston River, home to nearly ten thousand wild brown trout a mile. While you’re in the area, you can also find rainbow and brook trout, striped, smallmouth, and largemouth bass, muskie, pike, walleye, and carp.  “It is a true world class fishery that offers shots at the fish of a lifetime,” Cheers said. All photos courtesy Discover Bristol Head over to Mountain Sports Ltd. for all of your outdoor needs while you are in town. Featuring fly tying classes on Thursday nights and a wealth of local knowledge, these outdoor enthusiasts carry a wide range of brands and products to keep you safe and prepared for any fishing outing. The South Holston River Fly Shop is stocked with any gear you might have forgotten, and provides float and wade trips on the river. Let the Good Times Roll Discover an angler’s paradise in Bristol, Va./Tenn. Cheers has been fishing the South Holston River for as long as he can remember. “One of my earliest memories is standing waist deep with my dad on a foggy morning learning to fly fish,” he said. “Bristol is a fishing Mecca. We have it all close by.” Photo by Jimmy Cheers/Mountain Sports Ltd. For the best fishing, the upper portion of the river features a higher fish concentration and more public access. Below the Weir Dam and Emmet Bridge is a popular spot with hiking trails that lead downstream to allow easier access. Riverbend Road is another great area that offers almost a mile of remote river and several different types of water. “This section of river is regarded as one of the best dry fly areas due to the incredible Mayfly hatches in the warmer months,” Cheers said. If you’re planning to fish in the area, Cheers recommends a long leader (12+ feet) and light tippet (6X). For flies, midges and mayfly nymphs are the ticket. Standard pheasant tails (#18-16) and zebra midges (#20-22) will always be breadwinners. “I always recommend stopping by a local fly shop on the way to the river,” Cheers said. “The shop will know what’s hot and where to go that day.” A Local’s Take photo by Delta Blues BBQcenter_img You could spend days fly fishing the South Holston River and nearby streams for native brook, brown, and rainbow trout while the South Holston Lake is an excellent spot for catching smallmouth bass. Cherokee National Forest borders much of the river and lake shoreline, providing a scenic spot for anglers, boaters, and hikers alike. For an all-inclusive fly fishing trip, the South Holston River Lodge provides a top notch experience in a pristine destination. Located right on the bank of the South Holston River, you’ll have access to professional guides, riverside accommodations, delicious meals, and complimentary drinks all weekend or week long at this Orvis-endorsed lodge. At Mountain Sports Ltd., a family business, Jimmy Cheers serves as head guide and leads the fly shop, helping people get on the water more than 200 days a year. “I’m proud to be the third generation to carry on the tradition,” he said. “We have always had a passion for getting people outside, and my personal calling has been to get them on the river.”  After a day on the water, there’s nothing better than a hearty meal, cold drink, and good night of rest before doing it all over again. Sit down at the Burger Bar, a local staple since 1942, for that classic diner feel, complete with mouthwatering burgers, chili cheese fries, and milkshakes. If you’re in the mood for beef brisket, pulled pork, and other southern staples, Delta Blues BBQ will hit the spot. Or head to 620 State where you will find a menu full of everything from stir-fry and sushi to burgers and wings. Stay in Downtown Bristol for access to the best restaurants and amenities the area has to offer.  The Bristol Hotel, named a Top Ten City Hotel by Travel + Leisure, features cozy rooms and sweeping views of the Appalachian Mountains. Since opening in the summer of 2020, The Sessions Hotel has quickly become a top destination for the country music lover with onsite music venues and a day spa. Both hotels feature a rooftop bar with delicious cocktails, local brews, and epic views of the city. On the Virginia and Tennessee border, uncover the sights and delights of Bristol for a relaxing getaway in a world class fishing destination. Finish off the night with a drink at one of the area’s top establishments. Lost State Distilling, voted the 2020 Best New Craft Distillery by USA Today, is the hottest new spot to find a locally-made gin, rum, or Tennessee whiskey to enjoy. Try The Cascade Draft House for a rotating list of over 40 brews, ciders, sours, and seltzers that are sure to hit the spot. For drinks under the stars, the Lumac Rooftop Bar is the place to be with 360-degree views and refreshing drinks on tap.  last_img read more

“Relief for Haiti is Happening Right Now”, Says USSOUTHCOM Commander, General Fraser

first_imgBy Dialogo January 15, 2010 “Relief for Haiti is happening right now”, USSOUTHCOM Commander, General Douglas Fraser, told reporters Friday, January 15, at a news conference held at SOUTHCOM headquarters. “We are asking the citizens of Haiti to remain calm; help is on the way”, General Fraser added, noting the swift deployment of U.S. humanitarian assistance to the country that was ravaged by a massive earthquake on Tuesday. “The U.S. military continues to provide support to all relief efforts, and has 4,200 personnel on the ground at the moment”, said General Fraser. “That number will increase by 1,000 on Saturday, when additional personnel from the 82nd Airborne arrive. By Monday, 4,300 more troops will arrive via three amphibious ships”, indicated General Fraser. The Southcom Commander also spoke of the successful efforts to restore the capabilities of the damaged international airport in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince, where 90 flights a day are now being able to land with urgently needed supplies. Restoring the airport supply route and sending aid by helicopters from ships offshore, now enables Haitian authorities to tell their citizens where to go for medicine, food and water. General Fraser underlined the importance of the international relief effort, noting the United States is working “in unison with 18 nations” including “expanding efforts to work with the Dominican Republic to transfer supplies overland” in order to get aid as swiftly as possible to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians in desperate need of assistance.last_img read more

Track and Field at the Military World Games

first_img On its roster of sports, the 5th Military World Games will include track and field, the most noble and ancient sport in the competition. In all, twenty-one events will be held at the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, known as the “Engenhão.” The marathon’s forty-two kilometers will be run between Recreio dos Bandeirantes and Aterro do Flamengo. The competition organizers used the recent IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) standards and the CISM Track and Field Regulations to design the program of events. Men and women will compete. Each country was allowed to register two athletes per individual competition, one team per relay competition, and three names for the marathon. The events in the competition are: Track: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 100m women’s hurdles, 110 m men’s hurdles, 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, 4×100m relay, 4×400m relay, and marathon. Jump: High jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault. Field: Discus throw, hammer throw, javelin throw, and shot put. By Dialogo July 13, 2011 THIS IS NOT THE INFORMATION THAT I WANT. IT DOES NOT EXPLAIN ANYTHING… ADDITIONALLY, MY GYM TEACHER MAKES ME WRITE THESE STUPID NOTES… I HATE HERlast_img read more

Italy Donates Four Boats to Panama to Combat Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo June 04, 2012 Italy has donated four patrol boats to Panama to combat drug-trafficking activities, with which the government hopes to improve the fight and win the battle, President Ricardo Martinelli announced. “Now Panama is really going to be able to be a much more effective combatant against the plague of drugs and drug trafficking,” Martinelli said after receiving the boats at the former U.S. base at Rodman, on the Pacific coast. The boats, with a capacity for 15 people and provided with night-vision equipment and infrared and thermal cameras, will serve to guard territorial waters and the border against drug traffickers who use Panama to transport illegal substances from South America to the United States. “We’re soon going to be sovereign in the entire national territory, having pushed those narco-guerrilla forces that are trafficking drugs out of the entire national territory in the next few months,” said Martinelli, who blamed his predecessors for the fact that these groups were “swallowing up a large part of Panamanian territory.” Estimates show that 80 percent of the drugs that enter the United States from South America pass through Central America. In the first four months of 2012, the Panamanian authorities seized over 7 tons of drugs, half of the figure for all of 2011. According to official figures, 17 percent of homicides in the country so far this year have links to organized crime. Congratulations on the Italy gifts, I hope these will save many lives.last_img read more