In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles (kilometers) off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank.
The massive Kitty-Hawk class carrier — more than three football fields long — came to rest in the briny depths about 300 nautical miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Norfolk, Virginia.
Target practice is now how the Navy gets rid of most of its old ships, an Associated Press review of Navy records for the past dozen years has found. And they wind up at the bottom of the ocean, bringing with them amounts of toxic waste that are only estimated.
If there’s one accomplishment President Obama can take credit for during his first term in office, it’s expanding the size and reach of the federal government. While this may be good for government bureaucrats, the policies and regulations imposed by the Obama Administration are hurting American businesses and impeding economic recovery. Instead of focusing on creating new jobs, the administration has instead allowed the federal government to insert itself in places it’s never been and doesn’t belong.
One prime example of this, which has largely flown under the radar, is the President’s new plan to zone and regulate our oceans. Done unilaterally through Executive Order, the President’s National Ocean Policy will change how all federal agencies regulate activities impacting the ocean and Great Lake ecosystems. Without clear statutory authority, it sets up a new level of top-down federal bureaucracy with authority over the way inland, ocean and coastal activities are managed.
This has the potential to inflict damage across a spectrum of sectors including agriculture, fishing, construction, manufacturing, mining, oil and natural gas, renewable energy, and marine commerce, among others. These industries currently support tens of millions of jobs and contribute trillions of dollars to the U.S. economy.
Following six months of negotiations with its suppliers, Baker Hughes says starting Wednesday it will list all of the individual chemicals it uses for fracking on the industry website FracFocus, although it won’t provide information about the proportions used in its cocktails, FuelFix reports.
Enbridge Inc. anticipates it will receive approval from the State Department in mid-2015 to push capacity on its cross-border Alberta Clipper pipeline up to 800,000 barrels a day, a top executive told investors in Toronto Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners says it’s acquiring Oiltanking Partners in a two-step, $5.8 billion dollar deal that will strengthen its midstream business, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the move will leave Enterprise well positioned if the U.S. shifts its ban on crude exports.
An unexpected report of lower crude stockpiles last week pushed oil up Wednesday, while an announcement from Saudi Arabia of a drop in its official price fuelled bearish sentiment. U.S. benchmark crude gained 43 cents to settle at $90.73 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude finished down 51 cents to $94.16, Reuters reports.
A judge’s decision that Broomfield’s fracking ban doesn’t apply to Sovereign Operating Co. because of an earlier memorandum of understanding between the company and the community is a “victory for certainty and clarity,” the Colorado Oil & Gas Association said, according to the Denver Business Journal.
Virginia will appoint an energy efficiency officer to cut power consumption in state facilities by 15 percent over the next two years, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s extensive four year plan released Wednesday, the Daily Press reports.
Mike Bloomquist, the lead counsel for the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to work for lobbying firm Kountoupes Denham, with panel chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., thanking him for his contributions, The Hill reports.
“The Polar Vortex Review,” a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., found that last winter’s extreme cold triggered multiple equipment failures at generating stations, at one point forcing the shutdown of more than 17,700 megawatts of capacity, according to E&E.
An archive search has turned up details of Mitch McConnell’s fight against siting a coal processing facility on the Louisville riverfront back when the Republican Senator was Jefferson County Judge-Executive in the mid 1980s, The Hazard-Herald reports.