Haynesville Shale will play a key role in satisfying new demand for natural gas

first_img Drilling activity at the Haynesville Shale formation has been increasing Haynesville Shale is expected to become the main resource contributor to liquid natural gas (LNG) operations along the US Gulf Coast as demand for exports grows, according to analysts.A recent resurgence of drilling activity in the Haynesville formation — a natural gas deposit straddling large parts of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas — is expected to continue as the region seeks to capitalise on its natural advantages of resources and location.GlobalData oil and gas analyst Andrew Folse said: “The demand of natural gas feedstock for conversion into LNG is focused on the US Gulf Coast.“This demand is expected to steadily increase over the next five years as there is approximately $18bn to be invested in planned LNG facilities in Texas and Louisiana.“An additional $7.9bn is related to announced facilities, which could further increase natural gas demand.“Given Haynesville’s proximity to the Gulf Coast, the natural gas produced in the play will have easy access to market, specifically to LNG plants, which will depend on gas produced in the region.”LNG has grown in stature in recent years as a transitional fuel between heavy carbon-emitting fossil fuels and intermittent renewables such as wind and solar for power generation. US to lead the way in LNG liquefaction capacity developmentThe development of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the US has resulted in historically low gas prices in the country, in turn driving a significant adoption of LNG resources as an alternative to coal in electricity generation.Natural gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon, producing roughly half as much carbon dioxide as coal, and creating only 10% of its pollution when used to generate electricity.The nation has also become a big LNG exporter of the fuel, with South Korea, Mexico and Japan the top destinations for the 156.7 billion cubic feet (bcf) of LNG sold abroad in July 2019.It is expected the US will contribute to almost three quarters of global new-build liquefaction capacity – facilities designed to transform natural gas into a liquid state for transportation and storage – growth by 2023, far outpacing that of any other region, as it seeks to capitalise on natural gas resources like Haynesville. According to analysts at GlobalData, natural gas production at the Haynesville Shale formation will grow to support new demand for the transitional fuelcenter_img Haynesville Shale is one of the most productive natural gas regions in the USHaynesville Shale is an informal name for the 9,000 square-mile Jurassic rock formation that lies beneath Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, named after the eponymous north-west Louisiana town where it was first discovered and around which extractive activity has developed during the past decade.It is a highly productive region for shale gas extraction, generating 11 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in August.Between Haynesville and the Appalachia Basin on the eastern seaboard, more than 50% of the US’ entire natural gas production was accounted for in the same month – around 43bcfd between them.The region has an advantageous strategic location close to some of the world’s largest petrochemical complexes and LNG export facilities – allowing quick turnaround times from extraction to sale.Top producing regions across the Haynesville Shale formation (Credit: GlobalData)Folse added: “In 2018, the most active-producing areas in the Haynesville shale were De Soto, Caddo, Red River and Bossier parishes in Louisiana, as well as San Augustine County in Texas.“Chesapeake Energy, Indigo Natural Resources, Comstock Resources, BP and Range Resources were the leading producers in the Haynesville shale play in 2018.”last_img read more

Outgoing landlord chief is named one of the UK’s top business leaders

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Outgoing landlord chief is named one of the UK’s top business leaders previous nextAssociations & BodiesOutgoing landlord chief is named one of the UK’s top business leadersJudges were particularly impressed by Dixon’s ‘strong and innovative leadership’ of the RLA ahead of its merger with the NLA.Sheila Manchester21st October 20190502 Views Andrew Dixon, the Chief Executive of the Residential Landlords Association,  has been named one of the UK’s top business leaders in the CEO UK Awards 2019.Dedicated to recognising ‘strong and innovative leadership’ amongst business leaders, the CEO Today UK Awards recognises Chief Executive who lead their respective sectors.In the 14 months since Andrew took the reins at the RLA, the association has undergone significant growth in membership, in addition to developing a range of new services and benefits for its members.The judging panel said, “The CEO Today judging panel was particularly impressed by the manner in which Andrew Dixon has consistently achieved growth and success in his tenure as CEO of the Residential Landlords Association.“In the past year, Andrew has built on the legacy of his predecessor since taking the reins at the RLA in August 2018.  He has successfully managed the merger with the NLA and has been instrumental in creating the largest landlord trade association with 80,000 members representing over 500,000 properties across the UK.“Andrew Dixon’s wealth of experience and his constant drive to improve each organisation he oversees in addition to his skill and expertise in managing and inspiring his staff, ensures the RLA remains at the forefront of the housing sector, and for that he deserves to be recognised as one of the UK’s top CEOs.”Huge honourDixon said, “It is a huge honour to receive this accolade. My team and I have worked tirelessly across the last 14 months to grow and develop the association and its services.As a result, the RLA has gone from strength to strength with membership up 17%, hitting the 40,000 members mark for the first time.“We are merging with the National Landlords Association (NLA) to create a bigger and more powerful organisation to represent landlords from across England and Wales.“I am now preparing to hand over to the new management team, as I seek to replicate this success with another organisation.”That team will be led by Ben Beadle, who has worked at both PRS property management giant Touchstone and deposit protection firm TDS and will start his job in November at the National Residential Landlords Association.NLA Residential Landlords Association National Landlords Association Andrew Dixon Ben BEadle RLA October 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Radiohead serenade Oxford

first_imgA lucky Oxford audience salivated over a topless Jude Law and bartered over Jonny Depp’s pants last Sunday to raise money for terminally ill children. ‘Childish Things’, a £50-a-head star-studded event celebrating the joys of childhood, was held at the Oxford Playhouse. Hugh Laurie, Steve Coogan and Radiohead were amongst the celebrity entertainers raising money for Helen House, a hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses, which costs £1.5 million a year to run. Over 600 attended the sell-out show, including celebrities such as broadcaster Jeremy Paxman. Offerings included readings by Hugh Laurie of childhood-related Dahl and Blake poems. Rory Bremner received one of the biggest applauses for his trademark political satire, particularly on the issue the Iraq war. Jonny Depp’s pants and other auctioned film memorabilia alone raised around £10,000, the original target. A delighted audience also goggled at heart throb Jude Law’s half-naked body, after he sold the undershirt worn in blockbuster Cold Mountain for £2,500. For the grand finale, an unusual collaboration between Radiohead and Bill Nighy performed ‘Love Is Around Us’. One of the few students who could afford the fundraiser’s ticket price, Adam Smith of Magdalen said, “It was a really good cause.”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

On speaking, thinking, and the future of democracy

first_imgDear Editor:Kudos to Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, two social media bigwigs who just blew the whistle on how their industry is destroying society. They ought to be short-listed for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.So, as it turns out, it really is both unhealthy and bizarre that a large percentage of our population now drifts through the day in a computerized trance, like electronic sheep tethered to their devices—counting dopamine-inducing “likes” for a cheap high (a new kind of drug-addict)—while ignoring the awe, wonder, and beauty of actual life; which includes conversations with, um, actual people….remember them?Having taught English at both the high school and college levels since 1997, I’ve had a front row seat for the great “erosion of conversation” in America. If I had a dollar for every student I reminded to turn off their Smartphone in class, to better engage in the joy of real conversation, I’d be a rich man today, worth more than my measly teacher salary ever paid me.Not only do poor conversational skills lead to an increase in personal boredom, social isolation, and a sense of alienation or atomization that destroys community (David Brooks has been excellent on this lately), it also paves the way for tyranny. Makes sense, right? If citizens can’t discuss political problems in a calm and rational manner, and without demonizing the other as “Trumpian” or “Liberal,” how can we explore solutions to these problems?Also crucial is the fascinating link between conversation and thinking. Socrates was onto this with his “dialogic method,” but the modern field of cognitive psychology went even further. Created by scholars like Frank Smith (a fierce critic of our testing-obsessed education system) and Jerome Bruner, who discovered that human beings think best in terms of stories, the work of cognitive psychologists needs to be paid more attention to.First, though, we need to shift education away from its current, shallow marketing orientation—of producing better technocrats for the global economy—to one that nurtures more humane, thoughtful, peace-loving citizens. As a first step in this direction, the link between education and democracy (which nobody talks about these days but which seemed obvious to Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey) ought to be known more broadly by the general public.To help this process along, my wife and I created a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that cares less about pundits and celebrities than artists and thinkers whose ideas could change the world. This year we featured the anti-nuclear activist Alice Slater, who seeks to abolish all nuclear weapons, and Nel Noddings, a philosopher known for her pioneering “theory of care” in education.It might also be time to gather together, in cafes and bookstores and civic spaces, and even in our homes—shutting off our smart (dumb?) phones—to practice the sacred, ancient, democracy-saving art of conversation. Reactions to this letter are welcome at [email protected] John Bredinlast_img read more

Rising Ocean Temps Give Beachgoers Warm Feelings

first_imgOcean City lifeguards Kevin McClintock, left, and Doug Schmitt are getting ready to close out their summer season on the beach. By Tim KellyCome on in! The water’s fine!Or perhaps more accurately, we should say it’s warm.Over the last two weeks and before that since roughly mid-August, the ocean temperature in Ocean City has ranged between the mid to high 70s and actually topped 80 degrees several times just before Hurricane Florence’s effects moved into the area. The warming trend continued this week as rough surf from the storm and mild water temps helped draw surfers and swimmers into the ocean. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will have lifeguards on duty at a limited number of beaches through this weekend to close out the summer season.“We used to call September ‘Locals Summer,’” said Mark Jamieson, Beach Patrol chief. “The city does a great job putting events together for the September weekends, and the word has gotten out. Not only do you have more locals out and about, but you also see more visitors around town.”Emily and David Sadd, of Pittsburgh, are taking a September vacation at the shore for the second straight year.Emily and David Sadd, of Pittsburgh, rented a house for the week and were enjoying the beach with their five kids on Tuesday afternoon. The official water temperature was 75 degrees.“It’s so warm, you can jump in there and stay underwater all day,” David Sadd said. “It was like this last September, too.”Emily Sadd, who said the family’s tradition of coming to America’s Greatest Family Resort dates back at least four decades, is a huge fan of September at the shore.“There aren’t lines to stand in and there’s plenty of parking. And the pace is just slower,” she said. “It’s easier to relax.”Crowds of sunbathers and swimmers enjoy the beach off Brighton Place.Our unscientific survey of folks squeezing out the last bit of summer showed the Sadds are not alone.A surfer, who asked to be identified as “Weapon X,” said it was “a lot more fun” to surf “bareback (sans wetsuit) and stay out there for a long time.”“How long is this (warm ocean) going to continue?” asked a 40-something man, emerging from the surf.  “I’m supposed to be in work today. That’s not the problem. The problem is, I don’t want to go back.”Answering that question is difficult to say. But basically, it has nothing to do with global warming or climate change, and has everything to do with the summer heat, humidity and most of all, wind direction. “This is really the norm around here for this time of year,” said lifeguard Doug Schmitt, of Havertown, Pa., a 36-year veteran of the OCBP. He was on duty at Brighton Place Beach, one of the few remaining guarded beaches for the last week of the season.Lt. Ronald Kark, on ATV, talks with fellow lifeguard Doug Schmitt.When the weather gets hot and the water temperature warms to its normal August temperatures, Schmitt said the winds decide if the water will cool or stay warm. An onshore or sea breeze will retain the warm temperatures, an offshore or land breeze will cause the ocean temperature to drop. The opposite is true of the air temperature, according to Schmitt’s partner, Kevin McClintock, of Linwood, a five-year OCBP veteran. It wasn’t unusual during the recent heatwave for McClintock and Schmitt to be wearing sweats in the lifeguard chair because of the sea breeze, while just a few feet away, people were sweltering. “With an offshore wind, the water stays warm and the air is cooler,” McClintock explained. “An onshore wind, the air is warmer and the water cooler.” Lt. Ronald Kark of the OCBP said from a directional standpoint, winds from the west are the cooling ones for the ocean, and this year those were absent for almost three weeks, leading up to the first signs of Hurricane Florence.  “My theory is because there were no sustained westerly winds for such a prolonged period, some of the warmer waters of the Gulfstream found their way here,” Kark said.The surf is a little rough, but the water termperature is in the comfortable 70s.All the lifeguards agreed the waters off the Ocean City beaches do not generally cool until October, when the westerly winds typically arrive for three or four days at a time, which can drop the temperature fairly rapidly.None of the guards or bathers said they ever remembered a time when the ocean temperature topped 80 degrees. “Some of the more active swimmers and surfers like it a bit cooler. They are being active, and like the ocean to cool them off.  Some say they don’t like it this warm,” Jamieson said. Also to be considered is upwelling, the oceanic process of wind-driven churning of deeper, cooler water into the waters closer to the beach. All of these factors come into play in determining the ocean temperature at any given time or location.“It’s a huge, moving body of water,” Jamieson said. “Pinning down an exact temperature isn’t easy. You could go out there and stick a thermometer in the water and because of wind, currents, depth of the water and many other factors, you could get a completely different number than the ‘official’ one,” he said.Also, the posted Ocean City water temperature usually comes from the website data of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jamieson said, which is taken from buoys off Atlantic City, and not locally. Regardless of the scientific explanations and theories, those on the beach Wednesday were simply happy to reap the benefits of swimming in an ocean that just feels warmer than during most times of the year.Friends Karen Andronici, left, and Alyce Tyburczy, both retired educators, make it a tradition to vacation at the beach in September.Retired educators Karen Andronici and Alyce Tyburczy, from Medford Lakes and Mount Laurel, respectively, have been vacationing in September for more than 10 years.Andronici, a former school administrator, said, “The teachers have seen enough of me by the time school starts, so that was how I began taking vacation at this time of year.”Since then, the two friends have been coming to Ocean City, and that always means going into the ocean.“It’s warm. It’s walk-right-in warm,” Tyburczy said. “We’re always here in September, and we’re always in the water.”“I went in up to my waist and had my headphones on. I enjoyed the ocean and my music,” Andronici said. Sisters Susan Campbell, Kellie Davis and Jamie Davis and Kellie’s daughter, Brynn, from Wilmington, Del., and Lancaster, Pa., were visiting Ocean City for the first time. “It’s amazing here,” Campbell said. “We were in the water for three hours. I put Brynn on my back and we were double-decker diving. We were (body surfing). It was truly a day at the beach.”Jamie Davis chimed in: “I went in, too … to empty my bladder. Maybe that’s why it felt warm.”From left, Susan Campbell, Kellie Davis, Jamie Davis and Brynn Buchannon are first-time visitors to Ocean City.last_img read more

Phil Lesh To Lead Back Porch Happy Hour, Electric Set, Campfire Encore Today At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgPhil Lesh is certainly enjoying the summer weather, and is taking the opportunity to host a very special Back Porch happy hour with Stu Allen and Scott Guberman this afternoon in his very own Terrapin Crossroads at promptly 4:20PM. The trio will continue the music later this evening, at 7:30PM, with guitarist Dave Zirbel for an electric set that’s sure to keep the vibe alive. After that, they’ll head on over to the campfire for an acoustic singalong encore, all as the sun sets in the west.The three-course show is free admission and welcomes all ages to attend. You can even make special requests for the campfire set in the Facebook thread below![H/T Jambands]last_img

Margo Price Joins Lukas Nelson For “Find Yourself” At Woolsey Fire Benefit Concert [Watch]

first_imgOn Monday night, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Butch Walker, Madisen Ward, and Desure were among the artists performing at a benefit concert in support of first responders and low-income families affected by the November Woolsey Fire in California.The benefit, which was held at Agoura Hills, CA’s Canyon Club was highlighted by a headlining set from Nelson, who welcomed Price midway through his set for a performance of his own tune “Find Yourself.” Nelson’s “Find Yourself” appears on his 2017 self-titled LP and features Lady Gaga on backing vocals. Last night’s rendition of the soulful song turned into a nine-minute jam, with Price adding her touch on vocals and tambourine. Nelson let it all hang out on guitar, as he impressively worked through multiple quick-witted solos, rocking the Southern California venue.Watch video of Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with Margo Price below:Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with Margo Price – “Find Yourself”[Video: DJRokyManson]In other news, Margo Price is set to sing the national anthem at this Sunday’s Tennessee Titan’s game at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.Head here for a full list of Margo Price’s upcoming tour dates, and here for Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real’s.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Students participate in the Bald and the Beautiful

first_imgNotre Dame’s campus hosts an abundance of fundraisers over the course of the academic year — the Bald and the Beautiful may be one of the most well-known of these fundraisers. This annual, three-day event involves participants shaving their heads in solidarity with cancer patients, donating hair or getting colorful hair extensions in support of those with cancer.Participants decide to donate or shave off their hair for various reasons — some have family members affected by cancer, have been donating hair all of their lives or simply feel compelled to support the cause.Sophomore Sara Berumen said she decided to donate hair because her mother had breast cancer while she was in high school.“I had always wanted to donate, but there was never a well-trusted organization in my city,” Berumen, who donated a foot of hair, said.Sophomore Veronica Perez donated two feet of hair last year and additionally shaved her head for the fundraiser. She was inspired by other women on her Ultimate Frisbee team, who had done the same the year before.“I had donated my hair several times before — to make wigs for cancer patients — but never shaved my head entirely,” Perez said.However, many women that decide to shave their heads are not met with full support in their communities or families, and Perez faced similar pushback when she made the decision to shave her head.“In Guam, women really value their hair — it’s a huge part of beauty in Asian and Pacific Island culture,” she said. “My parents kept saying, ‘Your hair is so beautiful’ and ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ up until the day I shaved my head. But I didn’t feel an attachment to my hair like they did.”Despite some adversity, Perez said she does not regret her decision — and while many people consider shaving her head to be a bold move, she said she disagrees.“I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. My hair can be used for better things,” Perez said. “And I can grow it back, no problem.”Perez raised around $1600 for the fundraiser last year. Money raised by the event are split between St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which is a national organization that funds pediatric cancer research, and the Pediatric Cancer wing of Beacon Children’s Hospital in South Bend. The event raised over $20,000 last year, and is hoping to reach $25,000 in donations this year, Perez said.“Personally, I don’t think donating my hair made a huge impact on the cancer fight — one foot of hair isn’t going to change the world,” Berumen said. “But on the whole, the event really does make a change because it raises awareness, and money — not just hair — is donated as a result.”Perez said participating in the event is well-worth it.“Some people definitely look at you strangely when you have a shaved head, but I didn’t really care,” Perez said. “The people who shave their heads don’t care about other people’s opinions. Their whole mindset is into it.”And now that she has short hair, Perez intends to keep it.“The only reason I would ever grow my hair out again is because I’m too lazy to get haircuts every month,” Perez said. “Having short hair is really pretty convenient.”Tags: Bald and the Beautiful, Beacon Children’s Hospital, Notre Dame the bald and the beautiful, st. baldrick’s foundation, St. Baldricks, the bald and the beautifullast_img read more

Clips of the Week: A Bold Plan, A Way of Life, and A Crash Reel

first_imgOur favorite outdoor web videos from the week that was:1. WVU’s Bold PlanThis is a short doc (or long web clip) of West Virginia University’s efforts, working with the WV Department of Natural Resources, to restore native brook trout to the Shavers Fork. 2. TGR’s The Way of LifeThis is the trailer for Teton Gravity Research’s upcoming release The Way of Life. You can catch the premier in Charlottesville on October 18th, or at Snowshoe Mountain Resort tonight (Sept. 27). There are other Blue Ridge towns on the film tour. To see the full slate, click here. Sickgnar. 3. Crash ReelThe Red Bull Rampage features the best riders in the world doing un-imaginable stuff on mountain bikes. Mostly they stomp, but sometimes they crash…hard. 4. Marshal Miller, Full OnSpeaking of unimaginable stuff. Here is some wingsuit/BASE/Paragliding action. I’m going to go change my shorts. Marshall Miller Go Pro Bombsquad from KAVU on Vimeo.5. The Perfect DriftA little early hatch dry fly action from Pennsylvania. The Perfect Drift: Signs Of Fall from Jake Patton on Vimeo.last_img read more

How the Maduro Regime Hurts Venezuelan Women

first_imgBy U.S. Department of State / ShareAmerica October 11, 2019 The regime has targeted women engaged in political activism with threats and exclusion from social programs, according to a July 5 United Nations (U.N.) human rights report. Women and girls held in detention by the regime have been subjected to torture and sexual violence.The dire health situation in Venezuela, including medicine shortages and electricity blackouts, is driving thousands of pregnant Venezuelans to go abroad to give birth. According to news reports, 25,000 Venezuelan babies have been born in Colombia since 2015.Migration is dangerous and difficult, and it puts unborn children at risk of being born pre-term or with a low birth weight. For expectant mothers and their unborn children who remain in Venezuela, however, the odds of dying are even higher. According to statistics from the Venezuelan government and cited by the U.N. Refugee Agency, maternal mortality in Venezuela increased 65 percent from 2015 to 2016. In that same period, child mortality in the six days after birth rose 53 percent.Once their babies are born, Venezuelan mothers struggle to secure medical care, infant formula, and diapers.Venezuela’s economic and security conditions also expose women and girls to sexual violence, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation both at home and in other countries. Human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in Venezuela, as well as Venezuelan victims abroad, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons report. Venezuelan refugees and other displaced persons are forced to navigate health care, education, and other public services as they struggle to care for their families.In response, the U.S. has provided more than $376 million in funding for the Venezuelan regional crisis response, including nearly $334 million in humanitarian aid and $43 million in economic and development assistance since the start of fiscal year 2017.last_img read more