Trump Team Removes Florida From Oil/Gas Leasing Plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.The about-face came just five days after the Interior Department said it was considering selling oil and gas leases in more than 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters, including on all sides of Florida—the straits in the south, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The eastern Gulf of Mexico was believed to be the most tempting new prospect for oil companies in the expansive Trump administration draft, because it is close to existing pipelines and processing facilities — not to mention the refineries in Texas and Louisiana.There’s also little mystery about whether those eastern Gulf waters contain oil and gas. Energy companies already discovered a jackpot of natural gas roughly 30 years ago—at least 700 billion cubic feet and as much as 3 trillion cubic feet—in the Destin Dome, located about 25 miles south of Pensacola, Florida. And the same geological trends that have yielded major oil discoveries in other parts of the Gulf could be replicated in its easternmost reaches.But opposition from Florida politicians concerned about oil spills fouling beaches as well as crippling the state’s tourism economy helped put that area off limits long ago, and a federal law now blocks new leasing through 2022.More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/trump-yanks-florida-from-offshore-drilling-plan-after-objections
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has voted to review Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC’s terms for the two-turbine research and development floating wind project off of Monhegan Island, Maine.During the deliberation, the Maine PUC identified additional questions they would like answered before they move forward with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) decision, the University of Maine (UMaine), the leading developer behind the 12MW floating wind project, said.‘‘UMaine is extremely committed to this project, and we are confident that we can answer the PUC’s questions to establish a PPA that allows the project to move forward as soon as possible. The PUC will issue an order in the next several weeks that includes specific requests for additional information,” UMaine said.In January 2018, the Maine PUC delayed its decision on a power purchase contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Company to allow more time for public comment on the agreement.The Maine Aqua Ventus project, also known as New England Aqua Ventus I, will deploy two 6MW turbines on VolturnUS, the floating concrete semi-submersible hull designed by UMaine, south of Monhegan Island. Once installed in 2020, the turbines are expected to produce energy for the duration of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).The objective of the pilot is to demonstrate the technology at full scale, allowing floating farms to be built out-of-sight across the US and the world in the 2020s.”It’s clear that the US offshore wind industry is very real, but fixed foundation turbines are limited to shallow water depth. Most of Maine’s offshore wind resource, and nearly 60% of the U.S. offshore wind resource is located in deepwater where only floating turbines can be used. It’s clear that floating offshore wind is the next frontier, and Maine’s floating turbine technology can still put our state in the driver’s seat,” UMaine said.Apart from UMaine, the Maine Aqua Ventus consortium includes Cianbro Corporation and DCNS.
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@inTIMidation1 I can take a left hand from the entire nation of Ireland— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 15, 2015 Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Standard BJJ Gi MEDIA STEW Morning Report: Couture talks possible Fedor fight Ronda Rousey accepting her ‘Best Fighter’ ESPY. More: WOW!!! Congrats Ronda with 2 ESPY’s!!!! pic.twitter.com/RcZa7OrXNK— Dana White (@danawhite) July 16, 2015 Booked.Looks like I get my title at #ufc191 it’s been a while but now I can prove to the world that I’m the best— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) July 16, 2015 Big win.Thank you everyone who voted for me to get Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter of the year for the… https://t.co/ypuMtK1c78— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) July 16, 2015 Long watches.Fight Night San Diego: Post-fight Press Conference…UFC Care/Don’t Care Preview: Mir vs Duffee, Bisping vs Leites Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series TTTHS. TWEETSSee how the pros reacted to UFC Fight Night: Duffee vs. Mir.The Answer.Hey guys I have a couple of minutes. Let’s talk about some @ufc #notakedowndefense @arielhelwani— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 15, 2015 Gordon Ryan Competition Kit King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Dana White recaps UFC Fight Night: San Diego and hopes Scotland becomes another Ireland. Gloves Still got it.Frank Mir s “Dad Bod” is on point. Boom! #ItsABoy #UFCSanDiego pic.twitter.com/N5wqVts7S3— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) July 16, 2015 5 MUST-READ STORIES Accessories Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Standard Ranked Rashguard O just hanging out with my belt, on the cover of @ufc magazine. Grab a copy guys. Thx for the love always DC pic.twitter.com/tLkV2DeH3P— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 15, 2015 ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Comedian Bill Burr proves not everyone love Conor McGregor. Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Michael Bisping says Jose Aldo made the right call to withdraw from UFC 189. Morning Report: UFC and MMA News, Multimedia and Hot Clicks @RustamTheTiger @ufc @arielhelwani the question is when is Conor willing to fight me. I’m ready to go tomorrow— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 15, 2015 Sale FANPOST OF THE DAY In this Storystream Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ ProMax 440 BJJ GI MMA Fighting Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Esther Lin, MMA Fighting View all 1880 stories Morning Report: Weidman and Rockhold beefing hard As you may have heard, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has stated an interest in returning to fighting.Emelianenko retired in 2012 following a knockout of Pedro Rizzo under the Russian M-1 Global banner, but chatter of a return has popped up periodically ever since.Emelianenko had been linked to a doomed superfight with Brock Lesnar for years, but said in March that he wouldn’t return to face the former UFC heavyweight champion for as much as $10,000,000.Well, it must have been a cold winter in Mother Russia because MMA’s GOAT is looking for dance partners and taking offers.While a Lesnar fight would have been fun, the real dream matchup has always been between Emelianenko and Randy Couture.In 2008, the former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion tried to break his contract with Zuffa to face Emelianenko in the short-lived Affliction promotion. That matter ended up in court and Couture returned to the promotion over a year later, losing his heavyweight title to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91.Now retired, Couture admits he’d be intrigued over finally getting his shot at the legend.”Obviously I think it’s a fight that in our heyday would have been an amazing fight and a crossover fight for that time,” Couture told SI Now. “Whether or not I’d be willing to step out there now at 52 years old and come back out of retirement after four years of working on all the other stuff in my life, I don’t know.”It would be something I’d really have to think hard about.”In 2013, Couture spurned the UFC again by leaving his UFC on FOX commentating duties to sign on to co-star in Spike TV’s Fight Master reality series with Viacom-backed Bellator.”Can you ever say no?” Couture asked. “Absolutely not. I don’t think there’s anything that’s absolute in the world.”Sitting alongside Couture, Bellator CEO Scott Coker admitted they hadn’t discussed the matchup with Emelianenko, but that they would have ‘a serious conversation’ if the former champ wanted to get back inside the cage.”I think anytime you sit cageside and watch fights you can’t help but get antsy,” said Couture. “You want to train or do something, but I’m pretty comfortable with the decision I made four years ago. I think I got out at the right time. Right time for me. I’ve been very happy and very busy.” Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via theTruthProphet.WRESTLING Rope-a-Dope : Really, Conor McGregor?!Increasingly, post UFC 189, we’ve been hearing fans claim that the glaring lack of hip-escapes, scrambles and submission attempts from the bottom by Conor McGregor was a part of his game plan, to conserve energy and to drag his opponent into the later rounds. A wrestling equivalent of the old Rope-a-Dope?The other side of the argument is that Conor McGregor was helpless on the bottom because he was being dominated by an NCAA Division I wrestler at the prime of his MMA carrier in Chad Mendes….Check out the rest of the post here. Dang.The bonus would’ve changed a lot of lives @danawhite @ufc. Gotta say I’m a little disappointed but you’ll see me— Kevin Lee (@MoTownPhenom) July 16, 2015 Found something you’d like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we’ll include it in tomorrow’s column. Latest From MMA Warehouse Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in @DeathSquadBOS @ufc @arielhelwani they have to milk the cow as much as possible before bringing it to me for slaughter— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 15, 2015 Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTSAnnounced yesterday (July 15 2015)Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson at UFC 191Jan Blachowicz vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC 191John Lineker vs. Francisco Rivera at UFC 191Brandon Girtz vs. Melvin Guillard at Bellator 141: Dynamite Nope.My good friend @SHAQ wants a UFC contract!! Make it happen @danawhite @ufc #SuperHeavyweight #UFC pic.twitter.com/WJThr8p14u— Yoel Romero (@YoelRomeroMMA) July 15, 2015 Drop the mic. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey takes home two ESPY’s and then takes a major dig at Floyd Mayweather. ‘I’d like to see him pretend to not know who I am now.’Go Horse. Fabricio Werdum talks about life as UFC heavyweight champion, filming ‘Kickboxer 2’ in Thailand, what’s next for him, how many times he’s watched his win over Cain Velasquez, his issue with Luke Rockhold and much more.Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas recaps UFC 189, previews UFC Fight Night 71, Bellator 140 and more in this week’s live chat.Taxes and dog food. Ronda Rousey says if MMA was about money to her, ‘I could probably retire right now.’Back. Frank Mir says he strongly considered retirement after his loss to Alistair Overeem. ‘I kept asking myself, why do I keep putting my family through this?’ Lockdown duffle bag Simply the Best! Congrats @rondarousey ‼️ @rondarousey with @repostapp. ・・・ Thank you ev… http://t.co/TZEf0HmWPA pic.twitter.com/fhB8lGKpw4— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) July 16, 2015 Apparel Latest From Our Partners Frank Mir brutally KO’s Todd Duffee. More From Cool story.When @spideranderson had to make his #ufc debut he was in my dressing room. I warmed up feverishly… https://t.co/KAFcEeNxMU— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) July 15, 2015 Congrats.Thank you for all the support! If you thought that was a BONUS winning fight, please let @ufc @danawhite know!! pic.twitter.com/fRjPLSluRf— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 16, 2015 Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Good Night Tee Just out shot @PaigeVanzantUFC pic.twitter.com/WOXYcTwq9C— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) July 16, 2015 @GaynorBrian @ufc @TheNotoriousMMA I’ll fight him on the moon if they want if they ever stop protecting him— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 15, 2015 Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career @KeelSutherlaand when I beat Conor the ufc will lose a lot of money— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 15, 2015