Platts: ‘Desperation’ in Market for Illinois Basin Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jeffrey McDonald for Platts:Term deals are hard to find in the Illinois Basin thermal coal market as producers struggle amid low prices below costs and weak domestic demand, sources said Tuesday.One ILB producer reported “a lot of desperation from folks” in the market, including some selling coal $10-$15 below costs.“We’re out there looking for opportunities,” he said. “We’d like to get a deal done with another utility that we’re not currently working with.”The source reported hearing a deal at $28-$29/st for high chlorine coal from Foresight’s Sugar Camp mine for delivery later this year.The deal could not be confirmed.While a hot summer would do much to help the industry, uncertainty remains with the outcome of the US presidential election and the Clean Power Plan still at stake, a Florida utility buyer said.Uncertainty about the CPP has prevented some utilities from locking into long-term contracts, the buyer said.“People don’t know what to do,” the buyer said. “If [the CPP] goes through, and we were out of compliance on our coal units, we would have to burn less. We would have to shut our coal unit down four months of the year.”The legality of the CPP is still under question since the Supreme Court stayed implementation of the plan, which seeks to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit said last week it will review the case in September.Buyers are also awaiting the outcome of the US presidential election, which could determine the future of coal, the buyer said.“Anybody that supports the CPP will shut down coal,” the buyer said.Illinois Basin term deals lacking amid weak domestic demand
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Wind power production in Portugal hit a peak of 101.9 GWh on January 23, surpassing the previous national record, data from the Portuguese power utility Redes Energeticas Nacionais (REN) shows.The volume exceeded the 99.6 GWh mark registered on March 11, 2018. The power produced during the day, an all-time maximum wind production, was enough to meet 61% of the daily consumption — around 167 GWh, REN said on Friday.This new record output put Portugal ahead of the rest of Europe in regards to wind production share. Around 13%, or 24 GWh, of the national production was exported, the Portuguese power utility stated.At present, Portugal’s wind power generation represents on average around 25% of national consumption, with 5,150 MW of installed capacity. In 2018, renewable production supplied 52% of domestic consumption, of which wind represented 23%.Spain also had a record day for wind production, reaching some 367.7 GWh, an increase of 0.6% over the previous high. This accounted for 43.2% of the neighbouring country’s consumption, REN noted.More: Portugal’s wind power hits 102 GWh in a day, breaks peak generation record Portugal beats wind production record
1 2 3 “Another day of paddling in West Virginia” Overnight Lodging – Cabins on the GorgeWe spent the night at one of the deluxe cabins at Cabins on the Gorge; these cabins are the perfect base camp for your adventure while in the Summersville/New River Gorge area. The cabins are located directly across from the Adventures on the Gorge compound; Also various camping options are available at Adventures on the Gorge, they also have anything you might need from your adventures, from equipment to the adventure (whitewater rafting, canopy tours, ziplines, fly fishing, mountain biking, adventures on Summersville Lake) onsite great restaurant (Smokey’s on the Gorge) and pub (Chetty’s).First stop – Summersville LakeWe headed out in a light rain to Summerville Lake, we decided to check out the whitewater launch site for the Gauley River, located just below the Summersville Dam, it was a busy day with all of the rafting companies conducting training trips for the upcoming busy Gauley season, we received some special info about our launch site last night at dinner which is located directly across from the lake office, this site is prefect for paddleboarding. We unloaded the boards and headed to the water, four mallards welcomed us as we paddled out, and they spent the rest of the morning in a nearby cove. The lake is very clear with 15+’ of visibility and the water was a warm 74 degrees. As we paddled towards to Battle Run area a light fog was coming off the water in a couple of the coves, the rain stopped and the sun came out, the day was looking up, we were on the water paddling and the sun was warning up the air temperature. Once we reached the Battle Run area, we headed across the lake to a couple of remote islands; we paddled around the islands close to shore exploring the waters edge. On our return trip to the launch site we paddled right in front of the Summersville Lake Dam. Once we returned to the launch site, Rasta and Bahama took a swim and short paddleboard ride; I really enjoyed paddling on Summersville Lake and plan to get back in a couple week to enjoy a fall foliage paddleboard session before the weather gets to cool. We loaded up and headed to Bluestone Lake our next stop on the tour. Summersville Lake is a US Army Corps of Engineers Lake.
Great day of hucking meat for musky on the Upper James River with Matt Miles (mattmilesflyfishing.com). Collectively, we had about four follows, one of which we ‘estimated’ to be in the high 40-inch range. I also missed a smaller sized one that came out of nowhere and t-boned my fly. The power of this fish will scare the pants off you. One flick of the tail and their 25 yards down river.Check out the full article on fly fishing for musky here and watch the video below.Muskie Fishing from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for July 15, the day Col. Zebulon Pike set out with his men on the Pike Expedition in 1806 to explore the southern Louisiana Territory and find the headwaters of the Red and Arkansas rivers. All they found was a big mountain, and future ultra-dangerous race track, which he named after himself:Kayaker Shannon Christy Dies on PotomacWhat was supposed to be a celebration of the Potomac River turned tragic over the weekend when one of the kayakers scheduled to participate died at Great Falls. Shannon Christy, 23, of Greenville, S.C. was warming up for the Potomac River Festival’s annual Great Falls Race on Thursday when she became pinned and drowned below “Subway,” one of the most dangerous sections of the falls. The race was cancelled and instead, kayakers and paddlers gathered for a memorial service at Great Falls Park before paddling out below the Class V+ falls to spread flowers on the water and reflect. Christy was a graduate of Western Carolina University, rafting guide, an experienced kayaker – she had even run that same falls earlier in the week – and worked for kayak and canoe manufacturer Confluence Watersports in Greenville, where she was also honored by kayaking colleagues.Stranded Cyclist Turns Out to Be FamousLet this be a lesson to you: next time you see a cyclist on the side of the road, you may want to pull over and lend them a hand because they could end up being a famous person. This is what happened to Emily Kraus over the weekend. On her way to a Dave Mathews Band show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Kraus and her boyfriend pulled over to assist a biker who was stranded on the side of the road with a bike malfunction and no cell phone. That guy was Dave Mathews himself, out for a pre-show ride when disaster struck in the form of a popped tire. Kraus loaded up the bike on her car, and loaded Mathews in the back, and took both to the show. She was rewarded with backstage passes, front row seats, a mid-set shout out from the man himself, and dinner.New Tennessee State Park at Rocky ForkThe history of Tennessee’s Rock Fork tract has been, well, rocky. The 10,000 acre section of land abuts both Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina and was long held under private ownership, much to the chagrin of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts. The tract is like a mini Great Smoky Mountains National Park with rivers running cold and filled with native brook trout, endangered animals like salamanders (more species than in GSMNP), the Appalachian Trail and bold mountains with killer views around every corner. The land was acquired in 2009 by a group lead by the Conservation Fund in one of the largest and most significant land grabs in the Southeast, and now a portion of the site has been tapped to be Tennessee’s 55th State Park. At the beginning of July the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officially acquired over 2,000 acres in the middle of Rocky Fork and plan to turn it into a low-impact facility with development limited to access roads, welcome center, picnic area, campground and trails. Oh, my, the trails. The A.T. will be rerouted, and the area will be developed for mixed use (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian). Tennessee State Parks see 31 million visits a year, and produce $725 million a year in revenues related to services.
The pogo stick, first popularized around 1920, has been a staple in the growing-up lives of kids across the world. While most opt to pogo recreationally, a recent resurgence in the sport has combined the old-days bouncing technique with some serious acrobatics.Trauma Tuesday: Pogo Wipeouts features a few clips of when pogo-ers rise…and when they fall.Asphalt daydream.Five minutes of pogo disasters.Show and tell?And in case you weren’t convinced that pogo is still popular.
Dear Mountain Mama,I devoured the last book you suggested – Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island. I’m leaving on my last beach trip of the summer and I was hoping you could recommend a good read.Thanks, BookwormDear Bookworm,Anywhere you go will be better with a copy of Brian Benson’s travel memoir, Going Somewhere, in your backpack. He writes about what happens when he and Rachel, a love-struck couple in their twenties, head off on a bike trip from Wisconsin to Oregon. From their first night ride to the mountain climbs, his ability to describe his experience in the saddle made the journey so real, I found myself vicariously sore and indulging in my own candy eating sprees. Brian writes about nature so well that the lakes shimmered on the page. As eager as I was to find out what happened next, I was equally reluctant to let go of the landscapes his words created in my mind.Going Somewhere transcends the tale of an epic bike ride – it’s also a love story. Brian’s tells about the ups and downs of relating to the opposite sex from behind handlebars. His introspective and self-deprecating voice strikes the perfect chord, of being deep, relatable, and laugh-out-loud funny. So many times I folded the corner of a page thinking, yes, I’ve felt this exactly.The most inspiring part of Going Somewhere was the reminder of the kindness of strangers that awaits us when we travel, and the uncanny way that someone appears just at the right moment to offer assistance. Most of the time we’re too busy muttering under our breath about how screwed we are to look up and take notice, but when we do, we find that everything we need is right in front of us. Perhaps there’s no better encouragement for tackling our biggest dreams than realizing that for every difficulty we encounter, we’ll meet people able to help.If you’ve ever dreamed of a bike journey, Going Somewhere will leave you considering panniers and jerseys. But even if you’ve never owned a bicycle, the travel anecdotes and bigger love story make this book one you’ll hate to put down.And if you want more about Brian Benson, he’s currently blogging about his bike and book touring from Northern Wisconsin to Chicago at brianbensonwrites.com.Safe Travels & Happy Reading,Mountain Mama
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Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association Continue Funding Weekend Visitor Center Openings Through President’s DayKODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies announced Thursday that the organization will continue funding to temporarily reopen Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C. on weekends through President’s Day, Monday, February 18, if needed due to a continuation of the partial government shutdown.Both visitor centers will be open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following days:Friday – Sunday, January 25-27Friday – Sunday, February 1-3Friday – Sunday, February 8-10Thursday – Monday, February 14-18“We recognize the need to provide information and basic visitor services in order to help protect park resources and we are committed to bridging those gaps with additional funding where necessary while the shutdown continues,” Friends of the Smokies Executive Director Tim Chandler said.“The partnership between Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, and the National Park Service means that visitors can receive information that better prepares them for visiting and caring for this special place.”Friends of the Smokies will provide funds to reopen and maintain the visitor centers and restroom facilities. Funding for these temporary openings will be provided in addition to the $2.7 million the organization has committed for park projects in 2019. Park rangers will be present to provide information services to park visitors. Great Smoky Mountains Association will staff park stores at both locations. All GSMA sales support Great Smoky Mountains National Park.“Friends of the Smokies are true friends indeed,” said Laurel Rematore, Chief Executive Officer of Great Smoky Mountains Association. “We are so grateful for Friends’ continued funding. GSMA staff members and the National Park Service rangers look forward to greeting visitors in the coming weekends and equipping them with the information and materials they need to enjoy the park. Ours is truly a remarkable partnership.”In addition to operating visitor center bookstores inside the park boundary, GSMA operates similar facilities in Townsend and Gatlinburg, both in TN, and in downtown Bryson City, N.C. Each of these facilities continues to maintain regular business hours and have not been impacted by the shutdown.At the direction of the National Park Service, federal funds generated by recreation fees continue to be used to clean and maintain restrooms at Newfound Gap, Cable Mill in Cades Cove, Smokemont Campground and Deep Creek Picnic Area. This federal funding also allowed the reopening of Cades Cove Campground and Picnic Area, including restrooms, and maintenance of Little River Road between Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area and the Townsend Wye and Foothills Parkway East. The visitor center at Cable Mill in Cades Cove is currently open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. using this federal funding with staffing provided by GSMA.Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised $62 million to support critical park programs in North Carolina and Tennessee. Discover and donate at FriendsOfTheSmokies.org.Since its inception in 1953, Great Smoky Mountains Association has supported the preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research. A non-profit organization, GSMA has provided more than $42 million to the park during its 65-year history. For more information, visit SmokiesInformation.org.
In total, 35 birds have been found dead on the eastern shore by suspected carbofuran poisoning. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking for help with the case. It is suspected that someone is baiting fox with carbofuran, killing bald eagles, great horned owls, foxes and raccoons in the process. The USFWS is offering a $10,000 reward for information that furthers the investigation. In February 2016, 13 bald eagles died in Federalsburg, MD. Necropsy reports show the cause of death of the birds was carbofuran poisoning. The Eagles had been poisoned after eating a raccoon that had ingested the banned pesticide. A year later, a resident of Easton, MD discovered a field filled with five dead and dying bald eagles and the poisoned fox they had dined on. Again necropsy reports showed the animals had been killed with carbofuran. In April 2018 another three birds were found in distress near the carcass of a red fox. Two of the three birds survived and the veterinarian who treated them believed the birds had been poisoned by carbofuran. In 2019, seven bald eagles have turned up dead.