31 Dec

Developers look to bury transmission line to get wind power from Iowa to Illinois

first_imgDevelopers look to bury transmission line to get wind power from Iowa to Illinois FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The company behind a proposed underground transmission line that would carry electricity generated mostly by wind turbines in Iowa to the Chicago area said Monday that the $2.5 billion project could be operational in 2024 if regulators approve it.Direct Connect Development Co. said it has lined up three major investors to back the project. It plans to bury the transmission line in land that runs along existing Canadian Pacific railroad tracks, hopefully reducing the disruption to landowners. It’s not unusual for pipelines or fiber optic lines to be buried along railroad tracks in the land the railroad controls.CEO Trey Ward said he “believes that the SOO Green project will set the standard regarding how transmission lines are developed and constructed in the U.S.”A similar proposal from a different company for an overhead transmission line was withdrawn in 2016 after landowners raised concerns. That $2 billion Rock Island Clean Line was supposed to run from northwest Iowa into Illinois.The new proposed line, which was first announced in 2017, would run from Mason City, Iowa, to Plano, Ill. The investors announced Monday were Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Jingoli Power and Siemens Financial Services.The underground line would also connect two different regional power operating grids, which would allow the transfer of renewable energy back and forth between customers and producers in the two regions.More: Proposed underground power line could bring Iowa wind turbine electricity to Chicagolast_img read more

31 Dec

U.S. coal companies White Stallion and Lighthouse Resources file for bankruptcy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Two more U.S. coal mining companies have filed for bankruptcy as producers across the country struggle to sell coal into the troubled thermal coal market.White Stallion Energy LLC and Lighthouse Resources Inc. filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, respectively. Both companies are looking to sell their assets through a bankruptcy reorganization sale process. Each reported estimated assets of between $100 million and $500 million with liabilities in the same range.Lighthouse, which is headquartered in Utah, operates the Decker mine in Montana and owns various other coal assets. Lighthouse produces low sulfur thermal coal with a focus on power generation markets in Asia. Decker produced 3.6 million tons of coal in 2019, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data.Lighthouse faced numerous legal and regulatory obstacles and public opposition in its attempt to develop the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview LLC property in Washington into a coal export facility. The effort, which has already taken over eight years, could have bolstered the company’s access to Asian coal demand as domestic appetite for the fuel has waned.White Stallion was founded in 2010 to develop and operate surface mining complexes in Indiana and Illinois. It grew by acquiring coal companies and mines in the region, eventually reaching annual coal sales of 7 million tons and generating $26 million in EBITDA in 2019.The company operates six surface mines producing thermal coal from the Illinois Basin. Its largest customer is Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary Duke Energy Indiana LLC, which accounted for 70% of the coal company’s cash receipts in the nine months leading up to the bankruptcy filing.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): 2 U.S. coal companies file for bankruptcy, plan asset sales U.S. coal companies White Stallion and Lighthouse Resources file for bankruptcylast_img read more

30 Dec

Wintergreen Lift Passes Week 2

first_imgWeek 1 is now over, which means here is week 2! For the next 8 weeks we will be giving away lift passes to Wintergreen Resort!Each week we will give away 2 weekday lift passes (valid Monday-Thursday) to one lucky individual, so 16 in total over 8 weeks.This week is now over, but week three of lift passes and free goggles  just went live!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on January 18th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Wintergreen Resort reserve  the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before March 1st, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

30 Dec

Gear Review: Dakine Zone Jacket

first_imgGet in the Zone…jacket.Dakine has made a name for itself over the years for its ski and snowboard accessories, flirting on the edge with the big boys in the industry. Their products are legendary, especially their packs, for clean lines with flashes of bold color; uber functional with just enough pizzaz to satisfy the young. Personally, I used two sizes of Dakine packs out West – the Heli and Heli-Pro – for backcountry skiing and currently use the Session for mountain biking. They are bomb-proof, fit great, and have all the little, specific pockets I love in my gear. So when it was announced that the company would follow up their successful venture into the glove market with a full line of outerwear for the 2012/13 winter season, we were stoked to take a look at what they would offer.We were not disappointed.DaKine Men’s Zone Jacket Review from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.We plucked the Zone Jacket from their full catalog that includes socks, base layers, mid layers, jackets, and pants. The Zone falls in the mid-price level of their jacket fleet and is a fairly basic 2-layer 15K shell; not too heavy for East Coast riding, not too light for that occasional deep cold snap. This jacket has all the technical outerwear features that are more or less standard these days in the price range such as fully taped seams, water resistant zippers, closed cell mesh, DWR finish, etc. It also has the key features I love like pit zips, hand gaiters, drop hood, and that fine fleece around the collar that keeps my beard cozy. The inner media pocket is closed with Velcro instead of a zipper, which at first turned me off. I lost an iPod years ago from an interior Velcro pocket, so I’m very biased about this, admittedly, very particular feature. Upon further inspection, however, it takes two hands a quite a bit of elbow grease to open, so I’m satisfied that my media will stay in one place. We wore the Zone on cold bluebird days and during heavy, almost freezing snowstorms and it repelled the wetness and expelled the body heat like a champ.In typical Dakine fashion, what sets this jacket apart is not in the technical department, but in the fit and style department. Slipping into the Zone is like unexpectedly running into an old friend at a bar: you’re surprised how comfortable you feel sliding back into your old routine. The fit is baggy, but not too baggy; toeing the line between geezers trying too hard and young bucks acting a fool. The sleeves are the perfect length; sleeves’ being overly long is a common problem I’ve found in today’s market – I used to be a solid large, now I often swim in a medium. The styling incorporates the bold colors and straight lines Dakine is known for and the two-tone works on the slopes, but is simple enough for just wearing around town.Dakine built its brand by producing superior ski and snowboard accessories at a good price point and with a classic, instantly recognizable style. It may take a few seasons to catch on, but their new outerwear collection certainly inherits the same qualities.$300; dakine.comlast_img read more

30 Dec

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for June 6, 2013

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for June 6, D-Day in 1944 – that is all.Park Plan for Healthy FoodFor all the beauty, the food options in our National Park System can leave a little to be desired. Well, that appears to be about to change. In a National Park Service press release, the park service announced that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is teaming up with National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and others to make sure visitors will have “additional choices for purchasing healthy, nutritious food at national parks across the country.” Staples like hot dogs and snacks will remain said Jewell, but there will be a joint effort by the government and the concessioners to provide additional, healthier choices like fish tacos and yogurt for the 23 million people who visit national parks each year. With the country’s most visited national park – Great Smoky Mountains National Park by a landslide – and Shenandoah National Park, among others in the region, this is great news for the Southeast, and the country in general, who will no longer have to find sustenance in the form of a vending machine candy bar, greasy burger, or sloppy plate of fries.Plates for the ParkwaySpeaking of food: Do you love the Blue Ridge Parkway? Do you love to eat? Then, boy do we have something for you! The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is teaming up with area restaurants for the second annual Plates for the Parkway benefit. From June 10-13, participating restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of proceeds from meals to benefit the foundation, who protect the parkway. Locations in Asheville, Blowing Rock, Floyd, Waynesboro, and anywhere else the Blue Ridge Parkway is important to the community are all participating, so you should too.For a full list of participating restaurants and more information on the program, click here.REI Ends Best Policy Ever…Sort OfUltimate outdoor retailer REI has announced that it has overhauled its return policy, moving away from it’s previous “no questions asked” policy, to “you can’t return this” policy. That’s not exactly true, REI will move toward a more traditional return policy, in which you can’t use it, abuse it, and return it. Recreational Equipement, Inc. (REI – sometimes known as Return Everything, Inc.) had a less than stellar economic year in which sales went up, but profits dropped. Basically, they had to stop the policy because too many people were taking advantage of it, which is not surprising because a) this is America, and b) this is America. I’m surprised that they held on this long to be honest.Read more from Transworld Business here.last_img read more

30 Dec

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway Giveaway

first_imgThis giveaway is OVER! Thanks to all who entered and good luck.The stunning fall colors of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are calling. Come experience the breathtaking beauty of the Roanoke Valley by signing up to win a fall escape!One lucky winner will receive:– Two nights lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn at Valley View including accommodations for two nights for up to four guests; complimentary deluxe breakfast buffet, indoor swimming pool, free WiFi and more!– Four tickets to the Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant for a tour and tasting at the winery. Plus $120 gift certificate.– Gear from the Roanoke Go Outside Festival: Win a bike jersey, water bottle, coozie, Croakie sunglasses straps, and Headsweats performance hat.– Four VIP Passes for admission and discounts to many popular regional attractions, including wineries, museums, ballet, and more!DON’T FORGET TO ENTER ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on September 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Best Western Plus Inn at Valley View, Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant, Roanoke Go Outside Festival and the Roanoke Valley CVB reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before September 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

30 Dec

Pave Paradise? Subdivision Proposed for Cumberland Island National Seashore

first_img“A 10-lot development in the heart of the visitor experience will detract from the beauty and serenity that visitors seek when planning trips to Cumberland,” says a spokesperson for the group Wild Cumberland. “Cumberland Island’s founding legislation mandated that the island gradually evolve into a wilder, less developed national seashore as retained rights expire. Allowing a 10-lot subdivision would be a violation of Congressional will and the public trust.” Leave a ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. An island family is proposing to build a new 10-lot subdivision less than a quarter-mile from Sea Camp on Cumberland Island, a national park and wilderness along the Georgia coast.The land is owned by heirs who did not sell their property to the National Park Service when the park was created 45 years ago. As a result, they own the land outright as a private inholding within Cumberland Island National Seashore.However, the developers still have one logistical hurdle to clear. County regulations require that all subdivisions be fronted by a paved road. The Main Road on Cumberland is unpaved. The developers are requesting a special exemption from this requirement so that their 10-lot subdivision can proceed.You can comment on the special exemption variance by contacting Camden County’s Director of Planning and Development Eric Landon at elandon@co.camden.ga.us This is the only opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed subdivision. Comments must be received by December 7.An excerpt of the letter announcing the subdivision developer’s proposal and request for a special exemption variance appears below:RE: Special Exception Variance #ZV2016-07To Whom It May Concern:Glenn Warren requests a Hardship Variance from the requirements of the Camden County Unified Development Code (UDC) Sec. 501(b)(3), to allow a 10 lot split with unpaved road frontage. The request is to allow subdivision of the property into 10 lots fronting on Main Road, an unpaved road, since there are no paved streets on Cumberland Island. The Camden County Tax Map shows the property as Tax Parcel 181 006 and located in the C-P, Conservation Preservation Zoning District with access via Main Road. Lumar, LLC is shown as the owner.A hearing on the special exemption variance is scheduled for December 7 in Kingsland, Ga. at 6 p.m. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to comment, or have any questions, contact Camden County Planning and Development Director Eric Landon at (912)729-5603 / elandon@co.camden.ga.usAccording to environmental groups, the proposed 10-lot subdivision is completely inappropriate for the sandy, rutted Main Road and the property’s location, less than a quarter-mile from the Cumberland Island Visitor Center and main dock. Construction of a subdivision so close to the headquarters of Cumberland Island National Seashore and its 50,000 annual visitors will be detrimental to visitation, tourism, viewsheds, watersheds, and the sensitive ecology of Cumberland Island. Rare and endangered species could also be affected.last_img read more

30 Dec

U.S. biathlete makes history

first_imgLowell Bailey of Lake Placid, New York became the first ever American, male or female, to win gold at the International Biathlon Union World Championship. The biathlon is the only winter sport the U.S. had failed to win gold for in the Olympics or World Championships until now. Bailey finished the 20-kilometer race in 48 minutes 7.4 seconds just 3.3 seconds faster than second place and 21 seconds faster than the 11-time world champion Martin Fourcade. The New Yorker hit all 20 targets only three other competitors managed the same.At 35, Bailey is one of the oldest athletes competing at the top level. Although this win was the highlight of his championships, he also finished fourth in the sprint, and sixth the pursuit. The three-time Olympian, soon to be four time, trains at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent, Maine.last_img read more

30 Dec

Wisp Resort: Connect with Adventure

first_imgTucked away in the mountainous corner of Western Maryland, lies Wisp Resort.  With 34 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, all levels of skiers and snowboarders will find something to challenge them.  The Learning Center at Sundown Village caters to first-time and beginner skiers and snowboarders by making the process as easy and hassle-free as possible with everything located in one place.  It’s also a unique place, made up of 8 50’ yurts, with 3 yurts dedicated to the adult learning center and 2 for the Wisp Kids learning program and Nordic Center for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.A snow tubing park at Wisp is a must-try with 2 conveyor carpets that do all work to get you up the hill while you can focus on the fun of going down.  The Mid-Atlantic’s only Mountain Coaster is next to the snow tubing park and operates year-round.  Be sure to bundle up as the Mountain Coaster can reach speeds up to 29 mph but don’t worry, riders can control the level of fun with hand brakes on the side of each coaster cart.Located just 14 miles off of I-68, Wisp is highly accessible to the Baltimore and DC Metro areas but the climate is worlds away from those cities.  Garrett County receives an average of 100” of snow annually and, during a typical winter, neighboring Deep Creek Lake is frozen solid enough to welcome ice fisherman and snowmobilers.A bustling base area at Wisp offers the McHenry Lodge with various restaurants and bars, shopping outlets and a day skier area with 30’ high windows looking up at the slopes.  Connected to the main building is The Lodge at Wisp, a ski-in/ski-out hotel that just got better – $3.7 million better!  A 3-year renovation project saw all 169 rooms redone, a new entrance with porté cochere, waterfall, landscaping, firepits, new lobby and front desk, renovated meeting and function space with new audio visual equipment and a new fitness center.  (check out their lodging packages for great deals and the convenience of activities included) Last year the Wisp Escape Games were added and feature two distinctly different escape rooms.  A great family and team building activity to try after hitting the slopes all day.last_img read more

30 Dec

Southerners Love Wilderness

first_imgIn 2019, the Forest Service will decide how much new wilderness to recommend in the 1.1-million acre Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. The UGA study demonstrates strong public support across party lines and backgrounds for more wilderness in the Pisgah-Nantahala and other national forests in our region.   In addition, the study asked Southerners why they valued wilderness areas. Protecting water and air quality, safeguarding wildlife and rare species habitat, providing scenic beauty, and preserving areas for future generations were the most important benefits of wilderness. Hiking was the most common use of wilderness areas (84%), followed by photography, swimming, and camping.  Wilderness designation is a tool for permanent protection of the South’s wildest places, but how do Southerners feel about wilderness areas? With population swelling in the South, should wilderness areas be opened to resource extraction, or are wilderness areas more vital than ever?    Of the participants who had actually visited wilderness areas, an overwhelming majority wanted more areas to be protected (88.4%) and wanted areas that were closer to them (83.4%).  #1. Southern Nantahala  #3. Linville Gorge The findings were surprisingly clear: 89 percent supported the preservation of wilderness areas in their natural condition. Study Highlights #10. Ellicott Rock #8. Blood Mountain Support for wilderness was just about equal across the political spectrum. Conservatives supported the preservation of wilderness about as strongly as liberals and independents, which “demonstrates bipartisan support for the future of wilderness,” the study’s authors concluded. “Across racial groups, political persuasion, and state of residence, it was apparent that individuals were supportive of wilderness and…the need for expansion and creation of new wildernesses. These findings are a reminder of the high value that visitors to the Southern Appalachian mountains place on wilderness, especially when land managers are consdering whether to recommend permanent protection of deserving areas.”  #6. Brasstown #4. Big Laurel Branch UGA study reveals that 89 percent of visitors to public land support Wilderness The top-ten most visited wilderness areas in the Southern Appalachians #2. Shining Rock #5. Bald River Gorge A new study from the University of Georgia aimed to answer these questions. Southern Appalachia is home to nearly 50 wilderness areas—all within a few hours of many major cities. The University of Georgia study analyzed responses from 1,250 residents across the region who have visited public lands in the past five years. Over half of survey participants (52%) considered themselves conservative; 28 percent described themselves as liberal, and 21 percent were neither. Over one-third of participants were non-white.   61% of participants even said they’d write a letter to their local member of Congress to support the protection of wilderness.  The most constraining barriers to wilderness were “not enough time” and “outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks.” Motorized traffic and mechanical timber operations were cited as the least compatible activities with the wilderness experience they were seeking.  89% of participants support the preservation of wilderness areas so they will always exist in their natural condition. #9. Big Frog The study also found that, among those who had visited wilderness, 88 percent supported more wilderness areas; and 81 percent supported protected areas where natural systems can function unimpaired.  Nearly 90% of participants said it was important just knowing that wilderness and primitive areas exist  and “that future generations will have wilderness areas.” #7. Cohutta  The biggest motivator for visiting wilderness was to experience nature (92.8%). last_img read more