BLM seeks public comment on EA for Ragged Ridge oil well

first_img BLM seeks public comment on EA for new oil well. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tonopah Field Office, Battle Mountain District, is asking the public to review and provide input on an Environmental Assessment that analyzes an application by Kebo Oil and Gas Inc. to drill an exploratory oil well, Ragged Ridge Federal No.1. The proposed drill site is approximately seven miles south of Currant in Railroad Valley, Nevada.This announcement begins a 30-day comment period ending July 25, 2020. The proposal includes an on-lease access road, well pad and reserve pit construction. The maximum area of surface disturbance on the lease would be 3.7 acres.“We encourage every community member to take some time to read and comment on this EA,” said Perry Wickham, Tonopah Field Office Manager. “Every public comment will be addressed and helps make sure we’re looking at this from every angle.” Source: Company Press Release The maximum area of surface disturbance on the lease would be 3.7 acreslast_img read more

Santos takes FID on $3.6bn Barossa offshore gas project in Australia

first_imgFirst gas from the project is expected to be drawn in the first half of 2025 The Barossa project is located in the Timor Sea, offshore Australia. (Credit: michaelmep from Pixabay) Australian oil and gas company Santos has taken a final investment decision (FID) on the $3.6bn Barossa project, located offshore Australia’s Northern Territory.The Barossa project will see the development of the Barossa gas and condensate field in the Timor Sea, 300km north of Darwin. The works under the project include mooring of a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel, drilling of subsea production wells along with the installation of associated subsea infrastructure and a new gas export pipeline.The pipeline will connect to the existing Bayu-Undan to Darwin LNG pipeline.Santos expects to draw the first gas from the Barossa project in the first half of 2025.Last week, Santos awarded a $4.6bn contract to BW Offshore for construction, connection, and operation of the FPSO.According to the Australian oil and gas company, the FID on the LNG supply project also enables the launch of a $600m investment in the Darwin LNG life extension and pipeline tie-in projects.The projects are expected to extend the life of the company’s operated Darwin LNG plant for nearly 20 years.Santos managing director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said: “Our strategy to grow around our five core asset hubs has not changed since 2016. As we enter this next growth phase, we will remain disciplined in managing our major project costs, consistent with our low-cost operating model.“As the economy re-emerges from the COVID-19 lockdowns, these job-creating and sustaining projects are critical for Australia, also unlocking new business opportunities and export income for the nation.“The Barossa and Darwin life extension projects are good for the economy and good for local jobs and business opportunities in the Northern Territory.”Gallagher added that the Barossa and the Darwin LNG life extension projects will generate 600 jobs during the construction stage. Besides, the projects will secure 350 roles for the next 20 years of production at the Darwin LNG plant.The FID taken on the Barossa project paves the way for the closing of the previously announced 25% stake sale by Santos in the Darwin LNG plant and Bayu-Undan gas field to SK E&S for $390m. The South Korea-based SK E&S is partnering Santos in the Barossa gas and condensate with a 37.5% stake.Japan-based JERA is set to join the duo in the project having signed a deal in April 2020 to acquire 12.5% stake from Santos.last_img read more

One week to go!

first_imgThere is only one week left to enter your recipes into the National Cupcake Championships. Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to become the 2013 National Cupcake Champion. Past winners have seen their business boosted significantly and have received publicity in the local press and major national websites, including MSN Food and BBC Good Food.If you’re sitting there thinking, “My cupcakes aren’t good enough to win”, or “It is only home-based businesses that win”, then think again!All bakery businesses are eligible to enter, whether big or small. All you need to do pick your category – you can enter one cupcake per category – submit the recipe with a few good-quality images, and a short paragraph about your business, and you’re done.There are four categories you can enter: Classic, Free-from, Themed, and Made With Alcohol.Apply online at www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk. Get in touch with Rebecca George on 01293 610422 or email [email protected] deadline: Friday, 19 July 2013last_img read more

Fishing for new medications

first_imgA robust new technique for screening drugs’ effects on zebrafish behavior is pointing Harvard scientists toward unexpected compounds and pathways that may govern sleep and wakefulness in humans.Among their more intriguing findings, described this week in the journal Science: Various anti-inflammatory agents in the immune system, long known to induce sleep during infection, may also shape normal sleep/wake cycles.The new research identifies several compounds with surprising effects on sleep and wakefulness in zebrafish. But it also suggests that despite the evolutionary gap between them, zebrafish and mammals may be strikingly similar in the neurochemistry underlying their rest/wake cycles, meaning these same compounds may prove effective in people.“Many current drug discovery efforts rely on screening conducted outside the body,” says Alexander F. Schier, professor of molecular and cellular biology. “Although such screens can be successful, they cannot recreate the complex neuroscience of entire organisms. These limitations are particularly acute for behavior-altering drugs because brain activity cannot be modeled in a Petri dish or test tube.”Together with postdoctoral fellows Jason Rihel and David Prober, Schier and other collaborators used their automated screening technique to monitor zebrafish sleep and wakefulness for two days following administration of some 5,600 compounds, creating more than 60,000 distinct behavioral profiles. By applying clustering algorithms to organize these molecules, the researchers identified 463 drug candidates that significantly altered rest and wakefulness, many of which had not previously been known to have such effects.“For instance, we found that a diverse set of anti-inflammatory compounds increased wakefulness during the day, with much less effect at night,” Schier says. “Although these compounds have long been known to promote sleep during infection, this is an indication that the molecules that regulate the immune system may also play a role in setting normal daytime activity levels.”Anti-inflammatory agents found to affect sleep/wake cycles included cytokines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and the immunosuppressant cyclosporine. Schier and colleagues also found calcium channel inhibitors that increased rest with minimal effects on waking behavior and a class of potassium channel blockers found in a wide variety of drugs — including antimalarials, antipsychotics, and antihistamines — that selectively increased wakefulness at night without affecting total rest.“Behavioral profiling reveals nuanced relationships between drugs and their targets,” Schier says. “It can characterize large classes of compounds and reveal differences in effectiveness, potential side effects, and combinatorial properties that might not otherwise be detected.”Schier and his colleagues plan to expand their zebrafish screening to include many more uncharacterized compounds and to assay behaviors that, in humans, are associated with psychiatric disorders.Schier’s additional co-authors on the are Anthony Arvanites, Kelvin Lam, Steven Zimmerman, Sumin Jang, and Lee L. Rubin, all at Harvard; Stephen J. Haggerty of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital; David Kokel of Massachusetts General Hospital; and Randall T. Peterson of the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.The work was funded by the Life Sciences Research Foundation, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Stanley Medical Research Institute, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.last_img read more

Kids are what they eat

first_imgThis is the last installment of a three-part Harvard Medical School series on childhood obesity.Some risk factors for obesity are specific to infants, such as being breastfed less often. But other factors are present throughout children’s lives.Sugary cereals, oversized soft drinks, and quarter-pound cheeseburgers are among the unhealthy food choices kids face daily. There’s no question that junk food, most of it highly processed, and sugar-sweetened beverages are major contributors to the obesity epidemic.“In this case,” said Walter Willett, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and chair of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, “the 800-gallon can of Coke in the room really is the 800-gallon can of Coke in the room.”There’s no lack of convincing research — much of it conducted at HMS and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) — demonstrating the solid relationship between such fare and a greater risk of obesity. A well-publicized 2001 study by David Ludwig and colleagues found that for each additional serving of sugar-sweetened beverage that a child drinks, his or her risk of obesity increases by 1.6 times. More recently, Ludwig’s research has shown that overweight teens tend to eat more fast food than their leaner peers, putting them at higher risk for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes down the road.As founder and director of the Children’s Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children who are overweight and obese, Ludwig is applying his research findings to the real world.One key factor in the rise of childhood obesity involves advertising, primarily via television commercials.“These companies are investing billions of dollars into marketing campaigns designed to get kids to eat the poorest food imaginable,” said Ludwig. “It’s clear that children are their main targets. Just look at the ads during Saturday morning cartoons.” And that campaign is succeeding. Ludwig and his HSPH colleagues have shown that every hour of television that a child watches is associated with the consumption of 167 more calories, particularly from fast food, salty snacks, and sugar-sweetened beverages.“There’s no real mystery here,” said Willett. “In some ways, the obesity epidemic is the inevitable consequence of our capitalistic food supply. Food and beverage companies are competing with each other to get people to buy their products, and they work hard to make those unhealthy products even more seductive to kids.”Television can have additional, less obvious effects on a child’s weight, too, said Matthew Gillman, an HMS professor and director of the Obesity Prevention Program. “We’re finding that TV watching doesn’t just replace physical activity,” he said. “Screen time is also displacing sleep, starting early in life, and this is certainly a problem for today’s older kids and adolescents.” Studies suggest that children who have televisions in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight and obese. Factor in the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and you’ve got a potent recipe for obesity.Looking for solutionsIt’s impossible to visit schools, or even day care centers, and not see that the United States is in the middle of a childhood obesity crisis. Yet even if parents, pediatricians, and other authorities are working to keep kids healthy, they’re faced with a seemingly impossible battle against so-called Big Food.“But we have a real opportunity here,” said Ludwig, who likens childhood obesity to the fight against tobacco companies. “There were years of debate about the role personal responsibility plays in tobacco-related illness, but that argument couldn’t apply to people who breathe secondhand smoke because they never agreed to accept that risk.” Likewise, adults may choose to eat unhealthy food, but children cannot. “Kids lack the cognitive ability to defend themselves against manipulation by food and beverage marketers. Once we recognize that, we’ll shift the debate and better be able to fight marketers of junk food the same way we did with tobacco.”Many researchers believe a true prescription for obesity should cover all aspects of a child’s life. They suggest:Society. Schools should receive better funding for physical education classes and recess, while city planning boards should address the lack of outdoor activity space.Government. Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Trade Commission should collaborate on ways to regulate food marketing aimed at children, and the government should better align public spending with public health by revamping the Farm Bill, which fails to subsidize healthy food choices, such as fruits and vegetables.Physicians. Doctors should recognize that childhood obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases and make treating it a bigger part of primary care. Physicians can band together with public health advocates, legal and business experts, researchers, and parents to fight childhood obesity.Such changes can make a big difference for kids, even if they’re already overweight or obese, said Ludwig. This hopeful attitude is at the core of Harvard researchers’ efforts to wipe out the disease — and is the driving force behind reform efforts by the Harvard Catalyst, an initiative that enables collaboration by providing tools, training, and technologies to clinical and translational investigators.“Our community is filled with people who walk the talk when it comes to wanting to eliminate childhood obesity,” said Lee Nadler, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Medicine at HMS, dean for clinical and translational research, and director of the Harvard Catalyst. “I really believe that we can make this happen.”last_img read more

Jamestown Man Charged With Murder To Appear In Court Next Month

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man charged in connection with a Sherman murder will appear in court for a conference on Apr. 13, according to the Chautauqua County Court.A court clerk told WNYNewsNow that Julio E. Montanez, 25, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder. Montanez was previously charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, who say Montanez allegedly shot and killed Justin M. Gibbons, 29, of Mayville, following a dispute in an alleyway near 114 W. Main St. just after 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.Gibbons was shot multiple times while he was attempting to flee the area in a vehicle, investigators said.He was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson previously confirmed to WNYNewsNow that Montanez appeared in Town of Sherman Court for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Douglas Neal. Swanson said Montanez was held over for grand jury action, but couldn’t discuss specifics of the case.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Chautauqua County District Attorney, the Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team, the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, New York State Police and the Chautauqua County Coroners Office.According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office inmate list, Montanez is currently in county jail on $250,000.last_img read more

Chautauqua County COVID-19 Cluster Concerns Jamestown’s Mayor

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — The rise in positive COVID-19 cases, including several at a north county business, has Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist voicing concerns because many of the employees live in Jamestown.Sundquist issued a letter urging the public to cooperate with contact tracers investigating the outbreak.Chautauqua County officials announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, with more than half related to Fieldbrook Farms on Monday.The number of cases were reported throughout the weekend. They include a male and female young adult, a male and female in their 20s, two males and three females in their 30s, a male and two females in their 40s, a male and female in their 50s, and a male in his 70s. Officials said there are 31 active cases, with 21 of the active cases are related to Fieldbrook Farms.“My office has been in communication with the Chautauqua County in regards to the latest numbers of new coronavirus cases in Chautauqua County following this weekend,” Sundquist reported. “A high number of the positive cases at a Dunkirk-area manufacturer are workers who live in the Jamestown area. This is a serious matter and we urge anyone who is contacted for tracing to fully cooperate with the County Health Department so that we can isolate these cases and prevent the spread to more people.”Sundquist said the current situation is a crossroads in that it is crucial to follow guidelines.“We’re at a crucial juncture with COVID-19 and we need each and every citizen to remain diligent in following health directives, including wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing. The City remains committed to updating all residents on any new information we receive. Please stay positive, stay healthy, and do your part to help reduce the spread,” Sundquist said.Fieldbrook says four percent of employees at the Dunkirk plant have tested positive, a total of 30. Twenty-four of those cases were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers.Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says she has the ability to file cease and desist orders for businesses and citizens who are violating the various executive orders issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.Schuyler says, on August 16, her department became aware of the first positive case at Fieldbrook Farms. Her department continued to “increase its response” throughout the process, but Schuyler says the origin of the infection at the business isn’t known.She says “it’s safe to say” they’ll see more cases, she’s just not sure how many. Schuyler adds that the department will be hosting a clinic to provide testing for employees.Matt Hummel contributed to this story.last_img read more

VEDA committed $21.7 million in loans to Vermont businesses and farms in 2009

first_imgWith the help of federal stimulus funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has committed $21.7 million in specially interest rate-subsidized loans to Vermont businesses and farms for the period ending December 31, 2009. On the commercial side, the stimulus financing leveraged an additional $41.3 million in private financing to support projects totaling $55.8 million.“In the eight months since ARRA funds were allocated to VEDA by the General Assembly during the 2009 Legislative Session, Vermont businesses and farms stepped up to the plate during a particularly difficult economy and took advantage of unprecedented low interest rates to make business investments,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “These investments are vital to the protection and creation of Vermont jobs and the strengthening of Vermont’s economy overall.”During the 2009 session, the Vermont General Assembly allocated funds from the ARRA and authorized VEDA to initiate two emergency response programs – the Emergency Recovery and Opportunity program, which offered a limited amount of commercial financing at Prime minus three percent (with a floor of two percent); and the Farm Operating Loan Program, offering low-interest loans to assist Vermont family farmers with spring operating needs.  Response to both programs has been overwhelming. “Since the Administration and Vermont General Assembly acted to direct federal stimulus funding to the Vermont business community through VEDA’s financing channels, we have seen a strong response on the commercial side from Vermont companies looking to grow,” said Bradley. “This is especially heartening during a difficult economy. At VEDA, we will continue to do our utmost to help Vermont businesses and farms counteract the negative economic pressures that have been the signature of this deep recession.”Of the $14.5 million in subsidized commercial financing allocated to 32 projects through the end of 2009, 49% of the funds were loaned to Manufacturing businesses; 29% went to Travel and Tourism businesses; 15% supported projects involving non-residential property; 3% went to personal and business service projects; 2% supported health care projects; and the remaining 2% supported projects involving energy generation and distribution.On the agricultural side, 137 Vermont farms received $7.2 million in emergency financing through the end of 2009 to help refinance debt and provide working capital. VEDA’s agricultural finance program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), originated the loans.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception 35 years ago, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.Source: VEDA. 1.27.2010last_img read more

Trail Mix – Rod Picott

first_imgRP – It’s a song that came right out of a health scare I had last winter. In some ways, it’s a song about self-loathing, which is of course not exactly a fun place to put yourself as a writer, but it’s an accounting of my life in a philosophical sense. I was asking myself tough questions, not necessarily finding any answers, but asking important questions and facing the facts with a killer’s dead eye. It was cathartic and a bit scary, but I needed to look at the math of myself at that moment, so I got out the calculator and started adding. I was lucky enough to catch up to Rod to chat about politics (almost), swinging a hammer, and the brand new record. BRO – We are featuring “Ghost” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song? Armed with his voice, a guitar, and a harmonica, Picott stripped these songs to the bone, adopting a warts-and-all approach to the recording that makes the songs nearly visceral for the listener. RP – Ha! Fitting in many ways, isn’t it? Where has the truth gone? I believe it’s been on vacation a bit too long. I think it’s on an extended golf trip. Sometimes you have to feel the music to really hear it. RP – Indeed I did. Right out of high school, I went into construction. I sanded drywall that first day of work. At the end of the day, my fingertips were literally bleeding. Not red and sore. Bleeding. I remember saying to myself, “I am not doing this.” Then, of course, I spent the next twenty years as a drywall finisher and hanger. I took pride in my work and was very good at a very tough job. I did take some satisfaction in doing a good job, but there’s no question that writing a good song is far more satisfying. There is a moment when you write something that really works and you feel almost blessed. After all these years, I still can’t quite explain how it works. It’s still magical when a song comes together. It’s creation, something that exists that didn’t exist when you woke up that morning. That’s some kind of magic. There’s a power in these songs, and Picott’s raw performance, that makes this a stand out record for 2019. Rod will continue singing his truths and shaming those devils along the road throughout the end of July and August. You can hear him on WFMU in Nashville this Saturday and then around the Southeast until mid-August, when he’ll be heading north to Canada for a run of gigs. BRO – Your voice, a guitar, and a harmonica. Any trepidation at stripping these songs down so deeply as you went into the studio?center_img RP – We have slightly different skills. Slaid is profoundly talented with melody and structure. He’s always challenged me to keep digging for small musical details that make a song sing and phrase gracefully. I’ve challenged him with a sense of the cinematic and I’m vigilant about who a character is, where they are from, and how they would speak. We are very hard on each other and pull no punches, but it’s all for the sake of the song. We always put the song first. Every details is about making a better song. He’s my favorite co-writer and one of the smartest people in my orbit. He once changed an entire engine in his van the day before he left for a tour. He built his own A/C unit. Slaid is an anomaly and an outlier. That was the approach singer/songwriter Rod Picott took as he headed into the studio to lay down the tracks for his latest record, Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil, which dropped earlier this month. BRO – I have been a fan of Slaid Cleaves for years. How does writing with him affect you as a songwriter? And be sure to take a listen to “Ghost,” along with new tunes from Hackensaw Boys, Grant Farm, and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters on this month’s Trail Mix. BRO – I read that you used to work in construction. More satisfaction in finishing a building or crafting a song? RP – Absolutely. It was a real challenge, but it was one I embraced. I wanted to try to make an album that sounded exactly like the live show, but I was also challenging myself to be as brutally honest and raw as possible. I did have some trepidation. The critics have been kind to me over the years, and Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil is a different beast. It’s more confessional, more personal, and less narrative than my past work. I wanted the listener to feel that they were with me in the very moment of the recording. That’s why we didn’t wipe the recording clean. We left all the dirt on there. Slaid Cleaves and I always give each other short reviews of each other’s work. “Well, I don’t know how you did it, but you did.” That was his review of the new album. High praise from a man of few words. For more information on Rod Picott, his new record, or when he hits a stage near you, please check out his website. BRO – Man. I want to ask a political question based on the new record’s title. Should I?last_img read more