Equinor considers offshore wind to power oil rigs

first_imgEquinor considers offshore wind to power oil rigs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norway’s Equinor said on Tuesday it is considering whether to build a pioneering offshore wind farm with floating turbines to supply electricity to two North Sea oilfields as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The project at the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields would cost around 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($592 million) and could reduce Norway’s emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, Equinor said.“This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms,” state-controlled Equinor said in a statement. The two fields currently are powered by generators running on natural gas at the platforms.Formerly known as Statoil, Equinor earlier this year changed its name to underscore a push into renewable energy under Chief Executive Eldar Saetre, although oil and gas will remain the company’s dominant business.The company’s first floating offshore wind farm began operating off Scotland last year, supplying electricity to the onshore market. Equinor has also announced plans for bottom-fixed offshore wind projects in the United States, Poland and Britain.A final investment decision on the plan for Snorre and Gullfaks, known as the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm, will be made in 2019, Equinor said. The company will seek to reduce the cost from the preliminary estimate.More: Equinor explores floating wind turbines to power North Sea oilfieldslast_img read more

Washington state wins another round in battle to stop Millennium coal export terminal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Washington state and environmental groups scored a win in their fight against a West Coast coal export terminal April 1 when a federal district judge dismissed a foreign affairs doctrine claim brought by BNSF Railway Co.Lighthouse Resources Inc. subsidiary Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview LLC was denied a water quality certificate from the state of Washington in September 2017 based on environmental concerns and other potential impacts of the project. BNSF planned to provide rail service to the proposed terminal and maintained that Washington’s denial of the state’s water quality certificate is preempted by the foreign affairs doctrine. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan dismissed those claims in an April 1 order in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, granting summary judgment to Washington and environmental groups including the Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club.BNSF’s claim was denied, the judge explained, because the railroad company failed to point to an express executive policy which is in conflict with the state’s denial of the permit. A National Security Strategy Report, an executive order and the general remarks of the president and the administration in favor of the coal, the judge wrote, do not suffice as evidence for the foreign affairs doctrine claim.Bryan dismissed other claims brought by backers of the project in late 2018.Lighthouse originally appealed the state’s denial to Washington’s Pollution Control Hearings Board, but the decision was upheld in August 2018. The board’s decision was appealed and is currently pending in the Cowlitz County Superior Court.The Millennium project was being built primarily to move Powder River Basin and Uinta Basin coal to Asian markets. The proposed terminal was expected to have a capacity for exporting 44 million tonnes per year.More ($): Federal judge dismisses coal export backers’ claim against Washington state Washington state wins another round in battle to stop Millennium coal export terminallast_img read more

Decline in Asian coal prices a big threat for U.S. exporters, analysts say

first_imgDecline in Asian coal prices a big threat for U.S. exporters, analysts say FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The price on thermal coal sold into Pacific markets recently dropped below $75/t, signifying headwinds in a region home to several of the recent top growth markets for U.S. coal producers.While pricing on steam coal sold into Europe declined in the first quarter and has remained low, Asian thermal coal prices have started to drop as well due to high inventories, weaker Chinese demand for coal imports and lower natural gas prices, analysts told S&P Global Market Intelligence. Should Asian steam coal prices remain low, it could affect U.S. miners’ ability to sell into the Pacific market as contracts roll off.Gregory Marmon, a Wood Mackenzie senior research analyst, said the Newcastle prompt month pricing, which tracks the price on thermal coal sold from Australia’s Port of Newcastle, is at its lowest level since June 2017. He projects pricing will remain low for about the next six months, which means U.S. producers will struggle to compete in the Asian markets until winter demand heats up.U.S. coal exports to Europe have been “out of the money for some time,” Marmon said, and low Asian pricing will affect Powder River Basin shipments out of the West Coast and any Gulf Coast exports that move through the Panama Canal. Lower-cost miners in Indonesia, Colombia and South Africa, though still affected by the drop in pricing, will out-compete the U.S.“So, this is going to further limit U.S. exports,” he said.Domestic miners’ contracts in the region will be rolling off this month and next, resulting in “significant drops in exports,” Marmon said. Wood Mackenzie expects U.S. coal exporters to average about 1.2 million tonnes less per month in the second half of the year from the first six months.More ($): Pacific thermal coal prices drop to 2-year low, limiting export options to Asialast_img read more

The Goods: Fly Fishing Gear

first_imgThe best fall fly fishing gear for 2013:1. Sage Bass II Smallmouth Fly RodWarm water abounds in the Southeast and when you are targeting bucketmouths, bronzebacks, toothies, or old pajamas, you need to wield a big stick with a stiff backbone to show them who’s boss. These rods are engineered specifically for different types of bass, from bluegill to peacock, and they have the power to huck big streamers and poppers all day while still being accurate enough to cast into deep cover.  If you are into bass fishing, the Sage Bass II is a must-have for your quiver.$550; sageflyfish.com 2. Cheeky Ambush 375 ReelThe latest, and definitely boldest, entry into the high-end reel market is Cheeky Reels. Founded by four anglers who quit their lucrative day jobs to pursue their obsession for fly fishing, that passion is reflected in their products: the flashy colors belie the top-notch quality of these reels. The Ambush 375 ranges from 5-7 weight, making it the perfect reel for everything from Blue Ridge trout streams to big water bass fishing. The sealed disk drag will stop any fish in its tracks and the MAX arbor will bring them to net faster. Don’t let the price scare you off, this reel will last a lifetime.$360; cheekyflyfishing.com3. Costa Prop ShadesCosta makes sunglasses for fishing, it’s their specialty and they are very good at it. New for 2013 is the Prop, an homage to the 1950s with retro styling in a medium fit. These shades are lightweight so you can wear them all day, and feature a no-slip nose pad to keep them on your face as you cast. Cut even more weight with the 580p scratch- and impact-resistant plastic lenses.$150; costadelmar.com4. Simms Down Under Zip TopDuring the fall, temps can drop in a hurry at the golden hour, that time right before sunset when fish go into a feeding frenzy. Then you still have to hike back to the car. Carry the Down Under mid-layer for extra warmth; the wool will still keep you toasty even when wet and provides an outstanding weight to warmth ratio. Plus, it fights off body stench so you can fish in it all day, then rock it to the bar. Only your fish stories will turn people off.$99; simmsfishing.com5. Umpqua Ledges 650 Waist PackUmpqua Feather Merchants jumped into the pack market with both feet in 2013, producing a product line that garnered rave reviews, and the Ledges 650 may be the cream of the crop. This hip pack has enough room to store any fly you will ever need, and is packed with innovative features like a high wear tool sheath and weather proof pocket to hold your camera for that “grip and grin” shot. This pack also features a suspended back panel to keep you comfortably fishing all day.$129; umpqua.com6. Patagonia Ultra light Wade BootsOne of the most challenging aspects of fishing in the Blue Ridge is getting to that secret spot. Whether you are trekking high into the mountains for brook trout or walking down the tracks to your favorite smallmouth shoal, doing it in waders can be a bear. At just over two pounds, these wade boots are lighter than anything on the market and are comfortable enough for the long slog up the trail, because you know what they say: less people, more fish.$179; patagonia.com7. E-Case Protective CaseThese days, it’s almost impossible to leave the cell phone in the car. A smartphone is now a fish finder, camera, life line, and map all in one, but can cost a pretty penny if you drop it in the drink trying to get the hero shot. E-Case allows you to store your phone or tablet in a waterproof sleeve, while also allowing you to swipe, talk, and take photos without exposing your device to the elements.$25; e-case.com8. Loon Streamside KitWhether you are just starting out or looking to upgrade your gear, having the right tool for the job is essential, especially on the river. Loon provides you with everything you need in their Streamside Kit. Whether you are trying to keep a fly afloat, make it sink, see it better, cut it off, or keep it close, this kit has you covered. It even includes UV wader repair in case something comes out of the water to burst your waterproof bubble.$70; loonoutdoors.comlast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Hickory Nut Falls Trail Finally Open; Blue Ridge Parkway Section Back Open; Bell Helmets Funds Bike Trails; and More!

first_imgHickory Nut Falls Trail Now Open at Chimney Rock State ParkAfter being closed more than a year due to a massive rockslide, Hickory Nut Falls trail at Chimney Rock State Park, N.C., has reopened. State contractors and N.C. State Parks with the support of Chimney Rock Management cleared 300 metric tons of rock and other materials that crashed down and demolished a wooden walking bridge and covered part of the trail. The observation area at the base of the falls remains closed for repairs but guests are able to hike to the end of the trail to view the 404-foot falls (one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River).The Hickory Nut Falls Trail began as a Jeep trail, installed in 1963 to access the 404-foot waterfall at its end. Today, the ¾-mile trail boasts hardwood forests of oak, hickory, maple, beech, poplar, locust and basswood that harbor abundant plant life, which includes rare and endangered wildflowers as well as old favorites like Jack-in-the-pulpit and Solomon’s-seal. The 404-foot waterfall feeds from Fall Creek, which winds through the Hickory Nut Gorge. The trail and its falls were prominently featured in the 1992 blockbuster hit, The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe, and have long been a favorite visiting spot for Park guests.Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road Open North of Asheville From Milepost 376 to Milepost 355Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods announced that a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355 (near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park) is open for travel.   The popular stretch of motor road was closed for stabilization work on a failed slope north of Tanbark Ridge Tunnel at Milepost 374, the site of last summer’s well-known “crack.”The Craggy Gardens Picnic Area and Visitor Center, at Milepost 364, which had been closed during this repair project, will open May 9, 2014, along with the majority of other Parkway facilities reopening for the season on that date.  The full schedule of 2014 seasonal openings and visitor services along the Blue Ridge Parkway is available at www.nps.gov/blri.The Blue Ridge Parkway, linking the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, is dedicated to enhancing the scenic and recreational qualities of the corridor — conserving its significant natural and cultural resources and promoting public enjoyment and appreciation of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Learn more about the Parkway at www.nps.gov/blri.Oskar Blues Adds Farm to Brevard HoldingsOskar Blues Brewery recently purchased a 145-acre farm about eight miles from its Brevard brewery — a location that will be part farm, part event space and part haven for mountain bikers. Colorado-based Oskar Blues opened its Brevard brewery two years ago as its East Coast beer-making operation.Oskar-Blues-Brewing-Logo-e1352728344722-300x197The farm, formerly known as Shoal Falls Farm, has been dubbed the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch, a reference to REEB Bicycles, the company’s line of hand-made mountain bikes (“reeb” is beer spelled backwards). It will likely be home to a bike park, as well as to Bike Farm, a mountain biking concierge service owned by Cashion Smith and Eva Surls. The two offers tours of local biking trails — recognized recently as some of the best mountain biking trails in the U.S.The farm may also be home to cattle that are fed spent grain from Oskar Blues’ brewing operation. The company has a similar operation in Colorado, called the Hops and Heifers Farm. Cows and pigs populate the farm, which also has acreage devoted to growing fresh hops.Bell Helmets Donating $100,000 to Build Bike TrailsEast Coast voting is live for the Bell Helmets $100,000  giveaway to build three Dream Trail Projects, chosen by popular vote from its website.Blue Ridge bikers will want to vote for Tennessee, Virginia or Georgia to beat out western New York! Visit the site to explore the projects and vote for your area.Sherpa Adventure Gear to Fund Children of Sherpas Killed in AvalancheSherpa Adventure Gear—through its Paldorje Education Fund—is directing donations to the education of children of the16 Sherpa guides killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest. All donations received by May 31, 2014 will be dedicated to the schooling of the ‘children of Everest.’ Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:Paldorje Education Fund – Children of Everest, c/o Sherpa Adventure Gear, 7857 South 180th Street, Kent, Washington 98032 USASherpa Adventure Gear CEO Tashi Sherpa was in Nepal at the time of the avalanche.In addition to donations, Sherpa Adventure Gear is setting aside 10 percent of May sales at its Kathmandu retail store toward this cause.  Sales in May from Sherpa Adventure Gear’s products at Alpine Ascents International’s gear shop in Seattle will also benefit the program.World Cycling Alliance a Reality?Representatives of the European Cyclists’ Federation are now supporting an initiative to create a World Cycling Alliance (WCA) — a worldwide network of non-governmental organizations that will advocate for cycling before international institutions such as the United Nations, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank.WCA will promote and support the worldwide exchange of knowledge, expertise and co-operation of cycling associations and organizations. “The World Cycling Alliance fills a gap in the promotion of cycling at the highest institutional level,” said ECF President Manfred Neun.ECF has been participating in top international forums such as the UN’s Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Program, UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum events and the International Transport Forum, linked to the OECD.All ECF members, which include organizations from India, Russia, Taiwan, Canada, Thailand and Australia, will be founding members of the Alliance. WCA will be governed by a Steering Board, which in its final form will comprise the elected president of the ECF and members from different continents. The first Steering Board will be presented in Velo-city Global 2014 in Adelaide, Australia, where the WCA network will be officially launched on May 30.Blue Ridge Outdoors Launches Top Adventure Schools BracketClick here to cast your vote for your favorite outdoor-adventure school in the region.last_img read more

Snow Making Underway at Canaan Valley Resort State Park

first_imgWith more snow on the way this week, skiing and tubing slopes got their first help from man on Nov. 13 as resort employees began the layering process of building the snow base at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.The anticipated opening date for downhill skiing at Canaan is Nov. 29. “We’re getting a jump on winter so folks can take advantage of great skiing,” said Cary Sponaugle, director of sales and marketing at this Tucker County destination.US Hotel and Resort manages the state park operations and plans new amenities and outdoor recreation options in addition to introducing visitors to the new 160-room lodge, food services, new beginners slope and “magic carpet” at the Tubing Park and ski slopes.Canaan Valley features 43 slopes and trails with a summit elevation of 4,280 feet and a vertical drop of 850 feet. There are five lifts, a free-style Terrain Park, 8-lane Tube Park, and a covered outdoor ice skating rink. The resort has snow making capabilities on 75 percent of the trails and can produce up to 500 tons of snow a day.“Early snow making, combined with naturally colder temperatures in the area, allow the mountain crew to create and maintain a good snow depth for great winter recreation at Canaan Valley Resort State Park,” said Mike Chaney, Mountain Manager. “It’s the snow that makes Canaan Valley Resort a top winter destination. When the rest of the East is hindered with icy slope conditions, Canaan Valley consistently offers some of the best powder in the Mid-Atlantic region due to high valley altitude, natural mountain range protection and lake-effect snow storms.”The resort will be featuring new menus and après-ski opportunities at the various lounges this winter. Shuttle service from Canaan Valley Lodge to the slopes has improved and new events with NASTAR and the newly dedicated Terrain Park add to the winter extreme experience.The state park website www.canaanresort.com includes a webcam, operational hours, accommodations, events and dining information. Information is available at 304-866-4121.NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. Participants compete within their age and gender groups to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze pins. The Canaan Valley course is located on Upper Valley Vista and continues onto Ramble. Each run is a chance to win as racers test their speed against Olympic Gold Medalist and local pace setter Ted Ligety. Races are held every Saturday and Sunday and registration is taken at the starting gate on Upper Valley Vista. The resort will post race information at www.CanaanResort.com.NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The NASTAR handicap system is a standardized scoring program that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The NASTAR program has a successful partnership with the U.S. Ski Team as its premier youth racing feeder program.The Terrain Park at Canaan Valley Resort State Park has a new, permanent home on Lower Prosperity and is easily accessible from the Schuss Triple chairlift and Upper Prosperity. Expanded features include rails, boxes, a wall and plenty of sculpted jumps throughout the mountain.The Terrain Park staff will maintain the features throughout the day and under the lights on Fridays and Saturdays during Night Skiing. The 2014-15 4-session EPIC Rail Jam Series starts Jan. 24, 2015, continuing Feb. 14 and 28 with finals held on Wild Thing Weekend, March 14. Additional information resides on the resort website at www.canaanresort.com or call 304-866-4121.Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a four-season mountain destination and the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. Nestled among 6,000+ acres on a plateau overlooking the valley, the resort offers sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. The newly renovated Main Lodge boasts 160 new guestrooms and has recently been awarded a three-star rating by AAA.In addition to the lodge rooms, the resort offers 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites, and over 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall, and an outdoor pavilion. Visit the resort website at canaanresort.com or for further information, call 800-622-4121.last_img read more

WATCH: Record Breaking Cliff Jump

first_imgGo ahead and put Laso Schaller’s name down in the record books. For much of the week, a Red Bull video has been making the rounds on the internet showing a point-of-view perspective of the Brazilian-born thrill seeker plummeting from a platform perched atop a 192-foot waterfall in Switzerland known as Cascata del Salto.laso-goes-from-top-to-bottom-in-24-framesBy the end of his free fall—from a  height roughly equivalent to the Leaning Tower of Pisa—Schaller’s body had reached a speeds of 123 km or 74 miles per hour. According to Red Bull, Schallar is an experienced canyoneering expert with multiple 100 plus foot cliff jumps under his belt.“Once you get above 25m, everything starts to look and feel the same,” he says. “The only difference is the airtime.” Watch this epic cliff jump for yourself below!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5uXL4w90yU♦♦♦last_img read more

BRO Athletes | Shiver in the River with Brian Vincent

first_imgOn January 30th, I rolled out of bed in Farmville, Va. and thought to myself, “Are you ready to spend all day in RVA?”A smile leapt to my lips. This was going to be a fun day in Richmond, Va.First up was the 2nd Annual Shiver In The River from 10am-3pm. It’s touted as RVA’s Coolest Winter Festival and raises funds for Keep Virginia Beautiful, which does great work through organized clean ups of our great state, along with other outreach programs. The festival features a Clean Up campaign, a 5K race, and then culminates with a chilly Jump in the James River. Participates who wanted to Shiver In The River have to fund raise at least $75 for the honor. I’d pieced together $155 and was ready to go!Second up was the Coastals : Boats and Brews Film Fest, at 5:30pm, organized by Coastal Canoeists to raise funds for the James River Park System. The film fest is held at Hardywood Park Brewery and brings together Richmond’s paddling community for a fun night of beverages, food, and good films.That morning I lit out of Farmville later than I wanted and got into Richmond about 11:15 am. I walked down to Tredgar’s Iron Works and picked up my race packet and fundraising goodies, then hustled to get ready for the 5K race. I’ve been training for the Holiday Lake 50K, in February, for about 6 weeks. So I’d been running, but speed has not been a top priority. I was a little apprehensive. Plus, I hadn’t toed the line at a race in years. The last time I’d run in a crowd was April 2015, when I ran 50 miles, off the couch, in a 24 hour Cancer Run. It took my legs 7 months to recover from that. I spent the rest of 2015 focused on kayak fishing. But I determined that 2016 would be different. This year I would run more.Three hundred Shiver In The River runners and walkers lined up at 12 pm, ready for a 5K. The course looped through Brown’s Island, across the pedestrian bridge, across Belle Isle and then back across the bridge to the start. The race organizers warned us that mile 2, around Belle Isle was full of ice. The word “treacherous” got thrown around several times. I slid into the middle of the pack, knowing I was still out of shape. When the race began I instantly regretted my choice. I began weaving, trying to gain open ground, in as gracious a manner as I could. I crashed into a camera man tucked into the crowd within that first .5 miles. When we hit Brown’s Island it opened up and I was able to accelerate. But after crossing the pedestrian bridge, any speed was quickly shut down by the ice. Most of mile 2 was indeed a bit treacherous. But it was my second pass on the bridge that surprised me. When I hit it on the way back, I felt this queasy sensation. My head got extremely dizzy and I almost fell out. I thought something was wrong with me before realizing that the weight of all the runners and walkers crossing the bridge was causing it to sway. None of this seemed to bother the 18 year old kid who clocked 17:31 on his way to victory. Ultimately I finished 32nd overall, and 3rd in my age group. No blistering pace. No award worthy place. But I had a lot of fun, and it felt good to run.BV1Following the 5K, people started to show up, ready to spectate the jump in the James River. I ran into Ryan Corrigan from James River Association, and his wife Mackenzie, down at the ramp and playfully said that I was no longer as excited to jump in. But I was. So was everyone else. Shiver In The River was on!As the countdown to splash down wound down, I heard Mike Baum, of Keep America Beautiful, come over the megaphone, “Please don’t die.”And with that we all plunged in. The shock was real. The water temp was 36 degrees. It was cold. But I couldn’t shake the silly grin from my face as I Ric Flair’ed my way deeper into the water. Wooooo!unnamedBy all accounts, the Shiver In The River was a huge success in it’s second year. 400+ signed up for the Clean Up at 10am, , 300+ signed up to race the 5K at 12pm, and 200+ made the pledge to jump in the river at 1:30pm.Afterwards the crowd hung out at Tredgar’s and enjoyed music, beverages and food trucks into the afternoon. At this time Shiver In The River looks to have raised over $55,000 for Keep Virginia Beautiful, and while that money will go a long way, it was the smiles in the crowd that seemed to win the day. Good show RVA, I’ll be back to Shiver In The River for sure!In between events, I hit Alamo BBQ and Blue Bee Cidery. These are two of my favorite places in RVA, and must stops anytime I’m in town. The ‘que and the cider are exceptional. Next stop was Hardywood Brewery for Coastal Canoeists Boats and Brews Film Fest. The proceeds from this event go to the local James River Park System, which provides many with an outstanding recreational sanctuary on the doorstep of Richmond’s urban awesomeness. Inside the tasting room, RVA paddlers gathered. The atmosphere was warm with psyche and good vibes. A couple of vendors were on site including our friends from ACA Virginia.unnamed (1)There was a small screen in the side room with some tables, and a large screening area back with the beer barrels. Cooper Sallade, local Dagger Kayak Pro, and Ben Moore, local BIC SUP Pro, co-emceed the event and kept everyone engaged between film showings. A crowd favorite, and what I thought was the best film, came from Richmond’s own Tijo Media. It featured the hometown James River in all of it’s seasons, and showed what a glorious resource it is for recreation and meditation. The James River is the vein that pumps life’s blood into Richmond.Once again, I enjoyed hanging with the RVA paddling community. It is a spirited family, intent on celebrating and protecting the resources that feed their passion. Many of the films focused on that idea. It led me to ruminate on why paddlers, hikers, climbers, etc seem so keen to grab the podium and preach about the places we love.While scientists will give you detailed explanations about the consequences of our actions in relation to our environment, it is the outdoor enthusiast who often times fervently preaches the gospel of keeping that environment clean and all with their dogmatic believe in the therapeutic benefits of recreating in a clean and beautiful outdoor playground. It is that simple idea of play that drives it. We love to play. We love to play outside in beautiful places.These two events, Shiver In The River and Boats & Brews Film Fest, exemplify that passion.I often come to Virginia’s capital for a dose of city culture and to scratch my foodie itch, but this time, I took part in celebrating the abundant outdoor opportunity in Richmond. All day in RVA is darn good either way. Plus I got to race again. See ya out there![divider]related content[/divider]last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: A 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been contained

first_imgGovernment officials have installed a new underwater system for capturing oil 11 miles off of the coast of Louisiana where a leak has caused crude oil to spill into the ocean for the last 14 years. Taylor Energy Co. owns the site and is responsible for ending the leak, caused when one of its oil platforms fell during a hurricane in 2004. An estimated 10,500 to 29,400 gallons of oil is leaking from the site daily. The Coast Guard has been monitoring efforts to clean up the site and recently reported that the new system is meeting federal containment standards, noting that the once large sheen of oil on the surface of the ocean is now “barely visible.” A 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been containedlast_img