U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

first_imgU.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel:Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program.The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters from Colorado and beyond are expected to show up to speak on the industry’s behalf as it struggles locally and nationally with mine layoffs and shutdowns, bankruptcies and other setbacks.Advocates for reforming the federal coal program or even ending coal mining altogether also will be attending, although one of them, Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians, said probably not in the same numbers as the industry supporters. He’s sympathetic with their desire to rally on the industry’s behalf.“The coal industry should be proud of what it’s done for this state. Nobody’s saying that we should not acknowledge the great stuff that they’ve brought over the years, but it’s time to move on,” from coal mining, he said.Nichols plans to reiterate his group’s call to leave coal in the ground due to its air-pollution and climate-change impacts, but also for the federal government to step up efforts to help coal miners and communities shift away from coal economically.“We can get behind good policies that acknowledge the need to give communities in Delta County and Craig tools to transition,” he said.The future of Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine between Craig and Steamboat Springs is currently up in the air following Peabody’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and the failure of Bowie Resource Partners to be able to complete a deal to buy the mine.Meanwhile, in the North Fork Valley, Oxbow Mining has permanently closed its Elk Creek Mine, Bowie has idled its Bowie No. 2 Mine, and Arch Coal, which also is in bankruptcy reorganization, recently laid off 80 miners. Combined, the valley has seen the loss of many hundreds of mining jobs in recent years.Coal companies have faced slowdowns in national and international markets, in part due to increased competition from natural gas as a power-plant fuel source and also due to increased regulations aimed at reducing air pollutants and carbon emissions.Nichols said it’s also important for the Interior Department to get on board when it comes to helping coal communities transition to more diverse economies.“If they don’t, it’s just going to lead to I think more disaster for communities in the West,” Nichols said.Full article: Coal advocates look to unite at meetinglast_img read more

Xcel Gets Texas OK For 1.2 GW Of New Wind Power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Texas regulators on Friday approved Xcel Energy’s $1.6 billion, 1.2 GW wind expansion plan, about a month after New Mexico first gave its OK.Xcel will build and own two wind farms, one in each state, along with signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources for 230 MW at the Bonita project in Texas. Xcel said customers will begin seeing fuel savings once the facilities are completed in 2021. The company expects average monthly fuel savings of about $2 for a typical residential customer.As coal-fired power in Texas struggles to compete against gas-fired and renewable power, the planned addition of nearly 4,000 MW of wind capacity means it could exceed coal in Texas as soon as this year.Xcel’s Hale project in Texas and Sagamore facility in New Mexico will combine to provide 1 GW and are expected online in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Energy for the Bonita PPA with NextEra will be generated at facilities in Cochran and Crosby counties in Texas.David Hudson, president of Xcel’s New Mexico and Texas operations, said in a statement that the “new wind farms will help power a growing regional economy with clean energy while providing the lowest-cost generating resource on our system. Not only will these wind farms save customers money, but they’ll also preserve precious water resources and spur regional economic activity.”Xcel said the project will save hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs over 30 years by offsetting generation from the region’s conventional power plants. The two facilities Xcel Energy will build also qualify for 100% of the federal production tax credit; those benefits will be passed on to customers, the company said.More: Texas Regulators Approve Xcel’s $1.6 Billion Wind Expansion Xcel Gets Texas OK For 1.2 GW Of New Wind Powerlast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Eli Woodward Takes on the Adirondacks

first_imgIt was a crisp, beautiful morning in Rochester, New York. My cousins and I were wide eyed and bushy tailed. Before making the two hour trek to the Adirondacks, we went riding at a local bike park. We unloaded our bikes, and I headed for the trails. I was in my zone. I felt unstoppable…for about 15 minutes. I always start out too hard, but soon I found my groove. It was one of those normal rides where nothing really happens. All I remember was washing out on a slick corner and being ticked off the rest of the ride because I didn’t have my GoPro on.As I came out of the woods an hour later, I saw my little cousins shredding the slalom run. I decided to hit it myself. The slalom was sandy, and I almost slid out on all of the berms. Going towards the bottom and seeing the jump in sight, I thought to myself, “Let’s air it out big time.”Well I did. But it got a little sketchy. My right foot unclipped in mid-air, and somehow, I clipped back in before I landed. My little cousin Elias said, “You meant to do that, right? Because it looked pretty awesome.” I laughed to myself and said,”Yeah, I sure did. On the ride home, we were all stoked and ready to go to the Adirondacks.We got to my grandmas house, and I was told that I couldn’t take my bike. I wasn’t happy but thought it might be nice to take a break from bikes and do some other stuff like hiking and kayaking. I immediately regretted my decision when we got to the campsite and I saw a sign that said Chair Lift.Once we got settled, we went for a short hike. We encountered some great vistas and walked through what could have passed for an enchanted forest. But after one of the steepest climbs, it became less enchanting when, despite the bug spray we’d all slathered on, each of us were eaten alive. I started thinking to myself, “I need a bike so I can get out of this place faster.” An hour later, I came across a sign that told us the exit was 3 miles away.“So much for a few miles,” my mom said.My cousin, Brooks, and I went ahead and after about 40 minutes we came across a road that took us back to our cabin. My Aunt Jan made a hot dog dinner. I’m not a fan of hot dogs, but that night I had four and immediately passed out.Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.21.44 PMThe next day, we  set out on an awesome kayaking adventure. Being on the water that early in the morning was incredibly peaceful, and swimming in the lake afterwards wasn’t bad either. After doing too many front flips off the diving board, my cousins and I went up to the game room to play ping-pong, which quickly turned into ping-pong dodge ball. Let’s just say we had red marks all over our bodies after that. Once we got back to our cabin, we were toast. So I took one of my signature 2 hour naps.When I woke up, my grandma and I decided to embark on a canoe ride. Her plan was to put me up front while she steered from the back. Halfway through, I thought to myself, “I‘m so out of shape. I don’t remember canoeing being this hard.” Then I looked back to see my grandma laying back and relaxing.I thought she was sleeping, so I yelled, “Grandma, It’s a lot easier when you contribute!” She told me to keep on rowing, and she would help when she felt up to it. When we got back to the dock I was spent. My grandma said, “Great job Eli. You take after your parents.” Both my parents were rowers at Purdue University. We went back to our cabin, ate a great dinner with some new friends, and drifted off to sleep.last_img read more

Alabama Pipeline Explodes

first_imgShelby County, Ala.—One worker was killed and several more were injured when an Alabama pipeline ruptured sometime during the evening of Monday, October 31.According to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, the failing pipeline caused an explosion that sent flames high above the surrounding tree line.One eye witness, who said he helped an injured worker remove gas from himself before calling an ambulance, said the central Alabama explosion resembled an airplane crash and resulted in towering flames that extended some 300 feet into the air.screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-6-52-38-amThe epicenter was approximately one mile west of a leak that occurred back in September, releasing thousands of gallons of gasoline and causing shortages and price hikes throughout the entire Southeast.The failed pipeline belongs to the same company behind the previous leak—the Colonial Pipeline Company of Alpharetta, Georgia—and marks the sixth leak its operations have endured this year in Alabama alone.Officials are not certain wether the explosion emanated from the same pipeline that failed in September, and workers have not yet been able to get close enough to the accident site to determine if the initial explosion has damaged any other nearby pipelines.screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-6-56-52-am“Three miles around the area of the fire has been evacuated,” Bentley said in a video which his office posted to Vimeo and later tweeted out through his official Twitter account. “We have state resources in place through our forestry association, and we have people there to contain the fire.”The state of Alabama has been suffering from a severe drought. According to the governor, there have been over one thousand fires recorded since the beginning of October.“Our resources have been stretched thin,” Bentley said. “But we will have enough resources in place, we will put enough resources in place, to protect the people in that area.”Coleen Vansant with the Alabama Forestry Commission says that the explosion has sparked several wildfires, one around 10 acres in size and another near 7 acres.According to a brief statement issued by the Colonial Pipeline Company, the main pipeline in the area has been shut down for the time being. The explosion occurred near the Cahaba River, the longest free-flowing river in Alabama known for its scenic value and biological diversity.It comes at a time when pipelines all over the country are being hotly contested by environmentalists. A major protest is taking place near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation because of a proposed pipeline that the Dakota Sioux say is threatening the quality of drinking water drawn from the Missouri River and decimating many of their important cultural heritage sites.The Dakota Access Pipeline is being maintained and constructed by a company called Energy Transfer which, according to its website, operates three major crude oil pipelines, including approximately 500 miles of pipeline that run through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.Energy Transfer claims that the $3.7 billion project will lessen U.S. dependance on foreign oil and create thousands of jobs.Stayed tuned to BlueRidgeOutdoors.com for pipeline updates and learn more about the Shelby County, Alabama pipeline explosion here.last_img read more

Cumberland River Challenge September 23rd, 2017

first_imgThe Cumberland River Challenge Canoe & Kayak Race is an annual event, hosted by Union College, U- Canoe and Barbourville Tourism. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. The race starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson RV Park. Annual “bragging rights” and awards are presented at the end of the race.In March of 2017, we joined with The Explorer Kentucky Initiative to add The Cumberland River Challenge to The Kentucky Waterman Series as a points race for it’s competitors. The inaugural season will consist of 12 races on Kentucky waterways from all across the state. Participation is required in 4 races in order to receive a ranking in the series. It will be a great way to introduce our competitors to other paddlers from around the state and share the beauty of our area to individuals who have never viewed the Cumberland.After paddling or spectating along the Cumberland River take time to enjoy Barbourville.Barbourville is a town rich in history with many firsts: 1750 Visit Dr. Thomas Walker State Park and see a replica of the first cabin in Kentucky 1775 First Trails and Roads—The Wilderness Road, Warriors Path and the Daniel Boone Trail known as the Boone Trace all cross in Knox County. 1800 Barbourville is the oldest town and was the largest and most progressive city south of Richmond 1861 Barbourville is the site of the first battle of the Civil War with casualties 1879 Union College, the first college in the mountainsPlease make plans to attend a festival or event, visit the Civil War Interpretative Park, Knox Historical Museum, Thompson RV Park, eat some great grub at our own KCBS BBQ Competition, Barbourville Water Park, fish along the Cumberland River or canoe, Hike ‘n Bike at Sandy Bottoms or at Union College’s Turner Outdoor Center, or cruise the night away with our newest event Knox Street Thunder.last_img read more

A Scavenger Hunt to Explore the Copper Mountain Music Festival 2018

first_imgFind your next adventure on a Nat Geo map! With so many exciting new maps being released for the summer, there were plenty of adventures to be found. The Road Atlas‘s were especially popular– lets all road trip north to escape the heat. Check out the lightness and ease of setting up and breaking down a pair of LEKI Poles! It only took us a few minutes to master the ‘LEKI pull.’ If you hold them in two specific spots and hold, it literally builds itself in less than a second. We had a great time showing scavenger hunt participants the fastest way to equip themselves with poles. Take a crazy photo in a Crazy Creek chair! We had Crazy Creek chairs stationed all around the festival. You had your pick of the original chair or Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair or Crazy Legs Leisure Chair. How crazy was your crazy photo? Experience the future, with a UCO headlamp! Before trying a UCO headlamp, I had no idea there could be so many improvements to the classic model you find at your local sporting goods store. Copper Mountain attendees got to see for themselves why this headlamp is brighter than the rest (literally). We attended our second year of Copper Mountain Music Festival, and enjoyed the second year of dipping and ducking around Center Village ticking off activities in a mountain-wide scavenger hunt. Follow along in our own virtual scavenger hunt as we explore Copper and the companies that helped made Copper Mountain Music Festival awesome for the second year in a row.Pack a Sea To Summit Ultra Light Hammock. These hammocks are ultra light, and ultra easy to pack. Coming in at the super skinny 5.4 ounces, they’re breathable but able to support you in all your relaxing needs. If you need reassurance, take a look at the video we did last year. Check out the Wenzel Tent! What better way to get away from the energy of the festival than to peak into a Wenzel tent and have some time to yourself. We set up the tent in the grass and let participants have some time out of the sun. Copper Mountain is a resort built on family and community. We felt right at home when we pulled into the festival for the second time. Everyone who participated in the scavenger hunt was happy, excited, and ready to try new things. If that’s not a good basis for a community, we don’t know what is.We have plenty of community events coming up and we would love to see you at all of them! Next Saturday, July 14th, we are working with Salida Mountain Trails to build more trails in the area. On July 21st we are hosting our second annual Elevation Outdoors group campout. Hope to see you there! Guess the weight of the Lowe Alpine pack! Can you virtually guess it through the screen? We even let participants hold the pack to get a better guess. This Aeon weighs in at a mere 33 ounces and functions as both a daypack or one-night backpacking backpack. Tour the Live Outside and Play Van.We had our home on display for everyone to peek into. This year, Timbr Basecamps helped with our build, and then we finished it off. Plenty of questions, plenty of answers, and plenty of interest in the #vanlife. Take a photo of your best “air row” in an Old Town kayak! You don’t need water to experience how comfortable these kayaks are. Even on land you can explore the storage possibilities and recline in the fully adjustable seat. We had many a kid and adult alike take em out for an “air spin” Learn how to expand and break down a Hydrapak! When you can hold a packed up HydraPak in your hands, you can truly see how convenient they are. This water bottle got popped in and out all day long and still held strong by the end of the day. Challenge a Nite Ize gear tie by hanging as much gear as possible! This one was tough to do because we were worried the tent was going to break before the gear tie did. These tiny guys are mighty, reusable, and super duper strong. Taste some Mountain House freeze-dried food. Slingin’ samples all day! We had the two burner going from morning to evening making Mountain House samples. With a variety of flavors to try, we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered.last_img read more

Canadian wolves airdropped into US to combat moose problem

first_imgFour Canadian wolves were recently transported by helicopter from Ontario to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. The wolves were relocated to help deal with the moose population on the island, and to restore the dwindling number of wolves that currently live on the island. In the past, ice bridges have connected Isle Royale to the mainland, allowing wolves to migrate. Over the last twenty years, however, these ice bridges have become inconsistent, stranding wolves on the island and preventing any newcomers. The four new wolves will join two that were relocated to the island in 2018. Over the next five years the National Park Service hopes to introduce 20 to 30 wolves to the park.last_img

Outdoor Updates: Global Climate Strike Happening TODAY

first_imgA yak named Meteor escaped its owner on the way to the butcher this week and is on the loose somewhere in central Virginia. Meteor’s owner told Nelson County animal control that the yak had kicked off the back door of a livestock trailer about 10 a.m. Tuesday at a stop sign in Lovingston, Va., about 40 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Some of the readings show that the dragonflies are around 10,000ft in the air. Sally Entrekin, an aquatic entomologist at Virginia Tech said that they are migrating when they are up that high. While it’s impossible to say if the dragonflies picked up on local radar are indeed local or just passing through, they’re all heading south ahead of winter, taking advantage of lofty winds that have recently shifted to blow that way. Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike Find a march near you HERE: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ A yak named Meteor escaped on the way to the butcher in Virginia “This is how we make our living,” he said. “Unfortunately, for me, it’s not the cute animal story everyone thinks.” Join in the global climate strike movement on Friday, September 20 at noon on the Downtown Mall. Charlottesville area youth and their allies will be speaking out and marching to demand a local response to the global climate emergency. The Charlottesville march is being led by 11-year-old Gudrun Campbell. Join Campbell on today’s march for the environment and sign up with the link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/charlottesville-youth-climate-strike-2 Lovely weather we’re having- blue skies, crisp air, and massive clusters of dragonflies! So much so that experts believe they are to blame for strange radar readings at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. Have you noticed a lot of dragonflies this week? There are marches happening across the globe from September 20th-27th. Find one near you and join the fight! “If they’re up that high, they’re on the move,” Entrekin said, searching for warmer places to lay eggs. Nelson County Animal Control Officer Kevin Wright said Friday that the search for Meteor continues. The animal initially retreated to the mountains but has since been seen on both sides of Route 29 near Lovingston. Meteor’s owner Robert Cissell said yaks are able to survive for long periods without human supervision and that Meteor is worth more than $1,000 at the market. As Wakefield meteorologist Mike Montefusco explained to The Virginian Pilot: “Obviously we’re not bug experts on our end, but there was a case like this in the Cleveland office last week where they did determine it was dragonflies. So that’s our running theory at this point.”last_img read more

I’m Lucky To Be Alive, Says Massa

first_imgBy Dialogo August 03, 2009 Ferrari ace Felipe Massa admitted on Sunday he was lucky to be alive after surviving a 275kph horror crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Brazilian was struck by a suspension spring which had worked its way off Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP, resulting in Massa crashing his Ferrari into a tyre barrier in qualifying in Budapest. Massa needed emergency surgery on his fractured skull and spent two days in a medically-induced coma. “I know I’m lucky to be alive,” Massa told the News of the World. “I don’t remember anything about the accident but I will race again.” He explained: “When I woke up I didn’t know why I was in hospital, so I was asking ‘why am I here?’ “I was pulling all the tubes and Eduardo, my brother, tried to stop me – so we had a fight.”The accident was so unlucky but I know I’m lucky to be alive. I don’t remember anything of what happened. “It was my race, so when I awoke from the coma I couldn’t believe it when they told me Lewis (Hamilton) had won and Kimi (Raikkonen) was second.” Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will take over from Massa behind the wheel of the Ferrari at the next race in Valencia on August 23.last_img read more

Venezuela Sends In 15,000 Troops To Colombian Border

first_img Venezuela will send 15,000 troops to its border with Colombia to fight drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion, a military official said on 2 November. “To bolster the fight against drug trafficking … 15,000 military troops will be deployed to the Colombian-Venezuelan border,” the official said quoted on the state news agency AVN. “There will be additional constant patrolling of all border security bases to control violence and effectively combat groups engaging in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and other crimes,” the agency said, quoting General Henry Rangel, head of the Operational Strategic Command which handles border security. The announcement came as leftist President Hugo Chavez welcomed his conservative Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos for talks in Caracas. The neighboring countries resumed bilateral ties in August. Santos’s predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, enraged Chavez by saying leftist Colombian rebels were present inside Venezuelan territory. By Dialogo November 04, 2010 I keep the hope alive that we have lasting peace in our AMERICA – I will say one thing– I have deep concern for the arms race that exists in VENEZUELA – as well COLOMBIA – two countries united in a common dream – – economic and social development. MAY THE PURPOSE OF SIMON BOLIVAR BE GLORIFIED. last_img read more