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“Pete’s” News Corner

  Your advocate for PURE Gasoline        “Laissez les bon temps rouler”                      Contact “Pete” at:                        way2gopete@yahoo.com                  

   ALL ABOUT ETHANOL GASOLINE ISSUES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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    *     *     *     BREAKING NEWS     *     *     *

READERS – OUR DONATION SOLICITATION CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR A LITTLE OVER 3 WEEKS NOW, AND TO DATE, WE HAVE STILL RECEIVED ONLY ONE (1) DONATION……..JUST ONE?    WON’T YOU HELP…..PLEASE?  YOUR SILENCE IS DEAFENING!!

We began our annual solicitation on Friday, March 6th.  In (3) weeks Friday, we have received ONLY ONE (1) donation!  Readers, PLEASE chip in and help us to cover our operating costs to keep this site up and running.  We NEED YOUR HELP, or we’ll be left with only TWO options…….try to sell the website or just SHUT IT DOWN.  I can’t keep ‘digging into my pocket’ to cover my costs to operate this website.  I don’t have a salary in this endeavor, but hope I can get enough donations to at least cover my annual costs to keep the site up.  Last year’s donations were a mere $60.00.  Does this sound worthy of the 2-3 hours a day I spend on researching articles to post and the time to post them on the website?  I don’t think so……..

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BREAKING NEWS:  Today (3/6/2015) we begin our annual fundraiser.  I just renewed my website’s domain name and web hosting fees with GoDaddy and I was SHOCKED to learn their fees from two years ago nearly DOUBLED!  I know times are tough for many these days, but I really need your support.  PLEASE click on the envelope on the right hand side of this page under the title “We Need Your Help” to have a better understanding why we need your help.  Last year was a difficult year for the many readers who use non ethanol gasoline with Chalmette Refining discontinuing the manufacture and sale of non ethanol gas.  I spend countless hours on this issue including a petition.  I don’t get a salary for my work.  I only look for financial assistance to cover my ‘operating costs’.   Donating is easy.  Just click the “Donate” button below the envelope.  You can donate by credit card, Pay Pal (this is a secure link) or send a check to the address listed in my letter when you clicked the envelope.  The donation period will continue until April 15th.  Please be as generous as you can…….

“Do you appreciate the daily information on ethanol gas issues, fishing/hunting and sports?  There’s no better way to show it than by donating now”.

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LSU SPORTS SUMMARY:  

LSU’s baseball team LOST game 1 and WON game 2 and LOST game 3 on Sunday to unranked Kentucky team!  There goes the Tigers #1 ranking………

The LSU Lady Tiger softball team WON their Sunday game, but LOST the series to 16th ranked Kentucky.  Their lofty #1 ranking will DIVE for sure.  Here is the link to the softball schedule for dates, times and TV broadcasts:

LINK:  http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2174&SPSID=27871

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LSU SPORTS ARTICLE:  Today (3/27) I posted an article from LSU Sports.net titled “No. 1 Baseball Welcomes Kentucky for Weekend Series”.  Read the article in the LSU section below.

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 *  *  *   TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE   *  *  *

Today I posted an oil and gas related article by Fuel Fix titled “Feds to Impose Hydraulic Fracturing Mandates“.  The Obama administration’s  ‘out of control EPA’ now wants to “KILL THE GOOSE THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS“!  It’s a very interesting article, but it’s late and I won’t go into details………..I encourage you to read the article and e-mail Louisiana U.S. Senators Vitter and Cassidy to STOP this new barrage on fracking by the EPA.  

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PLEASE CALL, WRITE OR E-MAIL YOUR STATE’S U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND URGE THEM TO REPEAL THE RFS NOW – READ THE INFORMATION BELOW……

NOTE:  I will leave this up for all readers to have an opportunity to read the article and call, write or e-mail your State’s U.S. Senators and Representative to URGE them to support this bill to REPEAL the Renewal Fuel Standard!

Today (2/9) I posted an ethanol article from Todd Masson of Nola.com/The Times Picayune titledCongressional Bill Would Eliminate Corn-Ethanol Mandate“.  This bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and has both Republican and Democratic sponsors.  The bill is titledRenewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015and it wouldeliminate the corn-based ethanol requirements and cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent“.

It is URGENT that we ALL phone, write and e-mail our U.S. Representatives and URGE them to support and vote for this bill.  I encourage you to also send your e-mail to both Louisiana U.S. Senators Vitter and Cassidy.  I have e-mail both Senators and urged them to introduce a similar bill in the Senate.  We must ring their phones off the hooks and flood their e-mail boxes to get heard!  This may be our BEST CHANCE to get this terrible regulation REPEALED!  See how to contact your States U.S. Representative and Senator on the website’s “How to Contact U.S. Congressmen” above on the page bar at the top of this page.  DO YOUR PART SOONEST!  E-mail them at least weekly or more often so we are heard!  Mississippi readers and readers of our website from other States, PLEASE also respond to this call ………we need everyone’s help if we have a chance to get this regulation repealed. 

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BREAKING GUN CONTROL  NEWS:  Today (1/19/15) I posted a new and VERY IMPORTANT gun control article on the website’s “Gun Control in America” page from NRA-ILA/Town Hall.com titled “Obama Moves to Advance U.N. Gun Ban Treaty“.  When you read the article, I encourage you to join the NRA Petition (the link is in the article) to send to ALL U.S. Senators, and if you can, make a small contribution to help the NRA in this effort (it’s ONLY $20 to become an NRA Member).  

Many people suspected Obama would try to somehow get the Senate to approve this TERRIBLE Treaty which he had his surrogate Secretary of State John Kerry sign last year.  It takes a 2/3 vote of the U.S. Senate to approve this before it could take affect.  Like I’ve outlined on this page, if this should pass a Senate vote, this would in essence CANCEL THE U.S. CONSTITUTION’S 2nd AMENDMENT and eventually result in the DISARMAMENT OF AMERICA!  

Should this treaty be approved by the U.S. Senate, which we all pray it DOES NOT, there would NO DOUBT be a SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION in the Country!  Americans WILL NOT give up their guns. All dictators in history became dictators AFTER they disarmed their constituents!  Obama seems to want to be ‘King or Dictator” of America.  Our biggest ally in this fight is the NRA and NAGR!  It is crucial that we support them (see links below)!! 

I URGE all gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates to read this article and read the U.N. Treaty document (on the ‘Gun Control in America page titled “Lyons: Small-Arms Treaty, Big Second Amendment Threat” – July 16, 2014).  It is CRITICAL that we call, write and e-mail our Louisiana and Mississippi Senators at least weekly and URGE your Senator NOT TO VOTE for this U.N. Small Arms Treaty should it come up for a vote in the Senate (see how to contact them on the website’s “How to Contact US Congressmenpage).   By this article, Obama is trying to have world leaders and the U.N. put pressure on U.S. Senators to approve the treaty.  With Democrats out of leadership in the Senate, it is NOT likely that the new Republican Senate Speaker will ever bring it up for a vote.  BUT, we CAN’T ASSUME it won’t.  I encourage you to also join the petition whose link is provided in the article. 

If the Senate approves this Treaty, kiss all your weapons goodbye!  This is VERY SCARY!  Read the article in on the website’s “Gun Control in America” page.

This is yet another reason why if we value our 2nd amendment rights, it is CRITICAL that we WAKE UP and write, call and e-mail our U.S. Senators and URGE them to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.  In so doing, you should make it very clear that ANY elected official that votes FOR new gun laws will NOT get your vote EVER AGAIN.  ALSO, if you are not already a member of NRA, I urge you to join.  They are a very powerful lobby force in Washington and need our support.  See the link to join below.

IN ORDER TO PRESERVE OUR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS, YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED: 

American gun owners and defenders of the 2nd Amendment NEED HELP in fighting off the Government and State ‘gun control’ advocates!  If you are not currently a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) or the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights), you are urged to join TODAY.  

Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):

NRA:   http://home.nra.org/

NAGR:  http://www.nationalgunrights.org/ 

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 I have resumed my update of our website’s Louisiana ethanol free gas list.  As I indicted when I began this considerable effort, I will update the list on the website when I am completed.  This is a VERY time consuming effort, so bear with me.  

I finished Livingston Parish (going alphabetically), and am now working on Orleans Parish.  I had stopped working on the gas list update during the peak of football season.  I will resume working on the list later this week.

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  *   *   *  BASEBALL SEASON IS HERE  *   *   *

 

Alex Box Stadium - Skip Bertman Field

Alex Box Stadium – Skip Bertman Field

 Here is the link to the Tigers 2015 Baseball schedule:

http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2173&SPSID=27866

The Tigers are 23 – 5 (5-4 SEC) for the season! (as of Mar 29, 2015)

LSU BASEBALL RANKING – March 23, 2015

Baseball America – #1 (same)  Collegiate Baseball – #2 ( was 3)

USA Today/Coaches – #1 (was #2)      NCBWA – #1 (was #2)

      LSU Tiger Baseball Schedule and Scores

  Date        Time         Teams and Scores             H/A          TV/Radio

Fri (3/13)  7:00 pm  LSU – 6   Ole Miss – 4                   H               WIN

Sat (3/14)  7:00 pm  LSU –  3  Ole Miss – 5  (14)          H              LOSS

Sun (3/15)  3:00 pm  LSU – 18   Ole Miss – 6               H               WIN

Tue (3/17)  6:00 pm  LSU – 4   Southern – 2 (10)  Southern          WIN

Thu (3/19)  6:00 pm  LSU – 1  Arkansas – 5       Fayetteville         LOSS

Fri (3/20)   8:00 pm  LSU – 16  Arkansas – 3      Fayetteville          WIN

Sat (3/21)  2:00 pm  LSU – 7  Arkansas – 4        Fayetteville          WIN 

Tue (3/24) 6:30 pm  LSU – 13  Tulane – 7            Tulane                WIN

Fri (3/27)  7:00 pm  LSU – 4   Kentucky – 5 (12)   H                       LOSS

Sat (3/28)  6:30 pm  LSU – 7   Kentucky – 3           H                       WIN

Sun (3/29) 11:00 am  LSU – 10  Kentucky – 12      H                      LOSS

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GAME COMMENTS:  The Tigers lost the first series of the season to an ‘UNRANKED‘ Kentucky team on Sunday in another ‘BIZZARE‘ game with so many errors and misques that I can’t count them all.  The Tigers #1 ranking is GONE and it will be interesting to see just how far they will fall after Monday afternoon’s polls are out.  Starting freshman RHP Jake Godfrey allowed 4 runs in the 2nd inning and had to be pulled.  The Tigers hitting and defense was highly questionable in this game.  

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  Information on How to Watch Games on the SECN +

For fans who were SHOCKED to learn that you could NOT watch the LSU baseball games over the weekend on the “SEC Network”, you were NOT alone!  Note on the schedule that the games are broadcast on the SECN+ network (there will be a total of 35 games broadcast on this program this season).  This is an internet based website, like the old ESPN3 was last year.  Here is how to watch the games on this program:

- On your computer or I pad/Smart phone (or other pad), click on this link: 

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index

- The first time you go on this site, you will see a window to select your TV provider from a drop down menu.  After you select your provider and click the ‘Continue’ button, it will open a window to input your TV provider’s account username (usually your e-mail address) and password.  You will only need to do this ONCE!  It will remember this info in the future. 

- You will now see the ‘Watch ESPN‘ page which will show you a selection of ‘Live’, ‘Upcoming’ or ‘Replay’ programs.  Select the LSU baseball or other sport game that may be broadcast under the “Live” section (it will NOT come up until game time) and you will be able to view it directly on either your computer monitor or I-Pad or other device.  

- If you have a ‘Smart’ TV which has built in WIFI, and you have an in house WIFI network, you can watch the game directly on your TV by changing your TV’s ‘input’.  You can also get the game directly on your TV if you have an ‘Amazon Fire Stick‘. I finally received mine…..there was a backlog they are so popular!  Just plug it into your TV’s “HDMI” port and change your TV’s ‘input’ from your cable provider to the Fire Stick.  It will provide directions on how to proceed from there.  That is all I use now to watch the SECN+……..works GREAT!  

NOTE:  I have a laptop computer and connect to the Watch ESPN page through my in home WIFI system.  Then, I hookup my laptop computer to my big screen TV (a ‘dumb TV’) with an HDMI cable in my den, change the INPUT on my TV from my DISH provider to my laptop computer and watch the baseball game on my big screen TV…….in full HD (you will need a fairly fast computer and WIFI link to do this without periodic pause or reloads)! 

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Here’s an article from LSU Sports.net welcoming Kentucky to Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field for a weekend series.  The article provides some very interesting statistics on both teams.   

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No. 1 BASEBALL WELCOMES KENTUCKY FOR WEEKEND SERIES

By Bill Franques/Sr. Associate SID – LSU Sports.net – Mar 26, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. – Top-ranked LSU (22-3, 4-2 SEC) plays host to Kentucky (16-9, 2-4 SEC) this weekend in a three-game SEC series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The games will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, and live audio and stats may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.

All three games may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app

LSU is No. 1 in the Baseball America poll for the third straight week, and the Tigers are also No. 1 this week in the USA Today and D1 Baseball rankings. LSU has won three straight games, including a 13-7 win at Tulane on Tuesday night.

LSU is batting .440 (55-for-125) in its last three games with eight doubles, two triples and four homers, while outscoring the opposition, 36-14.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said LSU will use its customary rotation against Kentucky – sophomore left-hander Jared Poche’ (5-1) on Friday, freshman right-hander Alex Lange (5-0) on Saturday and freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey (5-0) on Sunday.

“Kentucky is always a very talented, hard-nosed ball club, and we have to play at a high level to have success against them,” Mainieri said. “We’ve been swinging the bats very well this season, but Kentucky will certainly challenge us with their arms. They also have an excellent lineup that put up some impressive numbers in their series win last weekend over Mississippi State, and they had a chance to win their series at South Carolina two weeks ago. Kentucky definitely has our attention, and we’re looking forward to a great series against them.”

Lange defeated Arkansas on Friday in his first career SEC road start. He worked seven innings, limiting the Razorbacks to one run on four hits – all singles – with two walks and six strikeouts. Lange is 5-0 this season with a 1.42 ERA, and he has 45 strikeouts in 38 innings while holding opponents to a .183 batting average. In his two SEC starts this season against Ole Miss and Arkansas, Lange has allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in 15 innings with two walks and 19 strikeouts.

Godfrey earned a win in his first career SEC road start, defeating Arkansas on Saturday. Godfrey limited the Razorbacks to one run on five hits in five innings with three walks and five strikeouts, as he improved to 5-0 on the year with a 2.25 ERA.

LSU is hitting a nation’s-best .332 as a team with 20 homers and 39 steals in 53 attempts. The Tigers have struck out just 108 times, the best mark in the SEC. The Tigers’ pitching staff has the third-best ERA in the SEC at 2.62.

Senior catcher Kade Scivicque is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .423 (30-for-71) with seven doubles, three homers and 16 RBI. Junior centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is batting .407 (35-for-86) with two doubles, five triples and 10 RBI, while junior rightfielder Mark Laird is hitting .392 (38-for-97) with four doubles, one triple, one homer and 10 RBI.

Kentucky is hitting .299 as a team – fifth in the SEC – with 10 homers and 30 steals in 38 attempts. Kentucky is 13th in the league in team ERA (4.29).

The Wildcats are led at the plate by junior outfielder/second baseman Ka’ai Tom, who is hitting .402 with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and 25 RBI. Junior outfielder Kyle Barrett is batting .391 with five doubles, one homer and 13 RBI, and sophomore infielder/outfielder JaVon Shelby is hitting .322 with four doubles, one triple, two homers and 19 RBI.

LSU leads the all-time series with Kentucky, 46-25-1, and the Tigers have won 11 of their last 15 SEC series with the Wildcats, including a three-game sweep of UK in 2013 in Baton Rouge. LSU has won seven straight games over UK in Alex Box Stadium; the Wildcats’ last win in Baton Rouge came on March 15, 2009, a 5-2 victory in Game 2 of the series. LSU won Game 3 in ’09 and posted three-games sweeps over Kentucky in 2011 and 2013.

Kentucky Wildcats (16-9, 2-4 SEC) at #1 LSU Fighting Tigers (22-3, 4-2 SEC)

DATES/TIMES
Friday, March 27– 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
Saturday, March 28 – 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
Sunday, March 29 – 11 a.m. CT (SEC Network +)

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field (10,326) in Baton Rouge, La.

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 1 by Baseball America; No. 1 by USA Today; No. 1 by D1 Baseball; No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball
UK- unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge 
LSUsports.net – live audio and live stats

ONLINE VIEWING
All three games may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app

SERIES RECORD 
LSU leads the all-time series with Kentucky, 46-25-1, and the Tigers have won 11 of their last 15 SEC series with the Wildcats, including a three-game sweep of UK in 2013 in Baton Rouge. LSU has won seven straight games over UK in Alex Box Stadium; the Wildcats’ last win in Baton Rouge came on March 15, 2009, a 5-2 victory in Game 2 of the series. LSU won Game 3 in ’09 and posted three-games sweeps over Kentucky in 2011 and 2013.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU – So. LHP Jared Poche’ (5-1, 3.37 ERA, 34.2 IP, 13 BB, 23 SO)
UK – So. RHP Zack Brown (2-2, 2.43 ERA, 33.1 IP, 15 BB, 31 SO)

Game 2
LSU – Fr. RHP Alex Lange (5-0, 1.42 ERA, 38 IP, 10 BB, 45 SO)
UK – Jr. RHP Dustin Beggs (3-2, 3.44 ERA, 36.2 IP, 10 BB, 28 SO)

Game 3
LSU – Fr. RHP Jake Godfrey (5-0, 2.25 ERA, 32 IP, 18 BB, 18 SO)
UK – Jr. RHP Kyle Cody (2-2, 4.88 ERA, 31.1 IP, 7 BB, 30 SO)

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* NEW CHANGES TO ETHANOL FREE GAS LIST *

We removed FIVE ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Sullivan’s Store, 11769 LA Hwy 155, Castor, Bienville Parish – Switched to E10.

Cash-N-Carry, 12590 River Road, Destrehan, St Charles Parish – Store Stopped selling gas!

Conn’s Store, 3119 LA Hwy 146, Chatham, Jackson Parish – Store Closed (Thanks to Woody for the info)

Jim’s Convenience Store, 2801 LA Hwy 306, Des Allemands, St. Charles Parish – Store CLOSED (Thanks to Mike for the info)

We added ONE new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Paradis Time Saver (Texaco), 14851 Hwy 90, Paradis, St Charles Parish

NOTEIf any reader locates a store that is selling ethanol FREE gas but is not on our list, PLEASE send me the information asked for on the “Ethanol Facts” page so we can add it to the list!

We encourage all readers to patronize retailers who sell ethanol FREE gas.  If they are not profitable selling EO, they may convert to sell ethanol gas and stores with EO will become harder and harder to find.                                             ——————————————————————————————————- 

Have a GREAT week readers!  

“Pete”        

FEDS TO IMPOSE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING MANDATES

FEDS TO IMPOSE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING MANDATES

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy – Fuel Fix – Mar 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is set to issue the first major federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing on Friday, with new mandates targeting oil and gas wells on public land.

The Interior Department rule reflects years of work by regulators seeking to balance environmental interests and economic imperatives in setting baseline standards for the way wells are constructed and stimulated for oil and gas production.

But the final version, set to be unveiled Friday by Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, according to stakeholders familiar with the timeline, is unlikely to appease environmentalists who have argued for strong protections or oil industry leaders who insist well-tailored state rules are better than one-size-fits-all federal mandates.

“The rule will include measures to protect our nation’s groundwater — requiring operators to construct sound wells, to disclose the chemicals they use and to safely recover and handle fluids in the process,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a speech Tuesday. “Some have already labeled these baseline, proven standards as overly burdensome to industry. I think most Americans would call them common sense.”

Read moreNew fracking rules coming

When first devised, the measure’s focus was on hydraulic fracturing, a well stimulation process that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to open the pores of oil-and-gas bearing rock so those hydrocarbons can flow out. It has been broadened with time to include mandates on the construction and cementing of wells and the ways waste water flowing out of a well should be managed and stored.

Although the final details are still under wraps, Jewell has already signaled the rule will hew closely to a May 2013 draft proposal.

It is expected to yield to the demands of oil companies by allowing them to disclose the chemicals they pump underground through an industry-backed database known as FracFocus, even though the move will at least temporarily violate an executive order on government transparency.

That directive, issued by President Barack Obama in May 2013, explicitly says government data should be machine-readable — not embedded in PDFs that must be downloaded individually, as is currently the case with reports on FracFocus. Machine-readable data can be more easily aggregated and analyzed.

The Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission announced plans in February to improve the registry, including allowing data to be publicly extracted in a machine-readable format. Other features the groups announced for 2015 were expanding record searches and “reducing the number of human errors in disclosures.”

Interior Department officials previously signaled they would seek such improvements if FracFocus were made the registry of choice for the Bureau of Land Management — joining a growing group of states that are requiring companies to file chemical reports with the service. The move also responds to a Department of Energy advisory board’s conclusions last year about shortcomings with the site.

Related storyReport finds problems in FracFocus

But John Amos, president of the advocacy group SkyTruth, said he fears federal regulators are pinning their hopes — and new regulations — on unenforceable promises from a non-government entity.

“I’m concerned the government would have little to no leverage over the implementation details and the effectiveness of those upgrades,” Amos said. Even if the promised improvements are made, Amos said, there are concerns about the registry’s capacity, longevity and archiving of old, uncorrected reports.

“Aside from all the substantive failings that we’ve repeatedly documented, you’ve got this small non-profit entity in charge of curating, managing and publishing this contentious, nationally significant data set,” Amos said. “It’s not that a small non-profit can’t do a good job, but what are the accountability mechanisms and what happens if that non-profit entity goes away? Where did the data go? Who owns it?”

Environmentalists also have raised concerns with the number of trade secrets claims used to shield chemical information in the reports filed with FracFocus. Companies make the claims, and under current practice, FracFocus does not arbitrate them.

Beyond chemical disclosure, the final rule is set to lay out requirements for managing waste water at wells, including fracturing fluids that return to the surface and produced water that springs from the formation itself.

Waste water plans

Amy Mall, a senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said companies should be barred from storing fracturing waste water in open-air pits, which can leak and overflow, said

But industry representatives have argued against requirements for storage tanks, which could increase their footprint at the site as well as their costs.

Stakeholders also are eager for details about a proposed variance that would allow state regulations to take precedence if they match or exceed what Interior requires.

While environmentalists warn that a liberal waiver would be a wide loophole, industry officials fear that the provision could create a new opening for litigation instead of a valuable exemption for Wyoming and other states that have tough drilling regulations in place.

Industry representatives have sought changes to a proposal in the 2013 draft that would force them to repair or pump more cement into wells based on subjective indicators from cement evaluation logs conducted at the sites.

That could cause more harm than good, possibly “compromising the integrity of the well,” said Dan Naatz, vice president of federal resources for the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Fundamentally, oil industry officials say BLM’s expected requirements are unnecessary — and would only hike costs of wells on public lands (possibly $97,000 more per well, according to one Western Energy Alliance analysis) without any clear environmental benefit.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of repetitive paperwork, with very little benefit for the environment,” IPAA’s Naatz said. “It’s going to make it harder to operate on federal lands, it’s going to slow it down and it’s just going to provide additional litigation pathways to make it harder to operate on federal lands.”

Copycats

Although the measure will affect only wells on federal and Indian lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Jewell said Tuesday that it could provide a regulatory model for states that aren’t accustomed to drilling.

“The reality is some states are likely to have more stringent policies in place in some aspects,” Jewell said. “Other states don’t have robust policies because this is new to them.”

“If you’re in states where they have not had other oil and gas development, they may not have regulations at all,” Jewell added. “They are probably going to start with ours and then talk with other states.”

WELCH BILL WOULD END CORN ETHANOL MANDATE

WELCH BILL WOULD END CORN ETHANOL MANDATE

By Paris Achen – Burlington Free Press – Mar 23, 2015

ESSEX JUNCTION – U.S. Rep. Peter Welch visited a family owned motorcycle shop in Essex Junction on Monday and announced he has reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would abolish a federal mandate to add biofuels, such as corn ethanol, to gasoline.

“Current law requires that corn-based ethanol be a part of all of our fuel,” Welch said. “The corn-based ethanol has been a well-intentioned flop. It just has not achieved the goals it was set out to do.”

The destructive effects of ethanol has boosted business at Frank’s Motorcycle Sales and Service but hurt his customers, owner Lester Pelkey said.

Consumers might notice a sticker on gas pumps that says “contains 10 percent ethanol.” Originally required as a step toward cleaner energy, ethanol causes corrosion and other damage to small engines, such as older-model motorcycles, Pelkey said.

The 8-year-old mandate has fueled demand for corn and prompted farmers to plow under conservation lands, calling into question ethanol’s environmental benefits, Welch said.

Pelkey, a Republican, played host to Monday’s news conference on the bill by Welch, a Democrat. Pelkey said he was willing to put aside political differences in order to show support for the legislation, which also is co-sponsored by U.S. Rep Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia.

“I’m not in the Welch camp; I’m very Republican-oriented,” Pelkey said. “But Peter has been very understanding toward the plight of people affected by ethanol. It’s hard when you have something that is just causing hundreds of dollars in expense to each customer.”

The bill — known as the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act (H.R. 704) — would cap the amount of ethanol mixed into gasoline at 10 percent, end the mandate for corn ethanol and encourage the use of other biofuels.

Shane Prisby of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers said that ethanol also has had a negative impact on snowmobile engines, and he supports the bill.

The mandate drives up the price of corn used in some types of feed and increases overhead costs to dairy and cattle farmers, said Welch, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

 

Lester Pelkey, owner of Frank’s Motorcycles Sales & Services in Essex Junction, holds up two piston heads. The piston head on the right shows the effects of using gasoline blended with corn ethanol, Pelkey said.

Lester Pelkey, owner of Frank’s Motorcycles Sales & Services in Essex Junction, holds up two piston heads. The piston head on the right shows the effects of using gasoline blended with corn ethanol, Pelkey said.

The National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association dispute that claim.

Beth Elliott, director of public policy with the National Corn Growers Association, said ethanol remains the “most environmentally sound and cost-efficient” way to achieve a high octane for engine performance and minimal emissions.

Elliott said ethanol is cheaper than gasoline, which results in savings to drivers on every gallon.

Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association said in a statement last month that the mandate is responsible for the creation of an industry with 400,000 jobs and a $44 billion contribution to the gross domestic product.

Despite the opposition, the bill has bipartisan support in Congress, Welch said. Speaker John Boehner will have the final say on whether the legislation receives a vote. Welch introduced the legislation last year but encountered strong resistance to the proposal from members of Congress from corn-growing states, said Ryan Nickel, a spokesman in Welch’s office. Boehner refused to bring it to the floor, Nickel said.

The bill’s other co-sponsors are Reps. Jim Costa, D-Calif., and Steve Womack, R-Arkansas.

EPA’s BIOFUEL DATA COLLECTION MAY DELAY RFS AGAIN

EPA’s BIOFUEL DATA COLLECTION MAY DELAY RFS AGAIN

By Mario Parker – Hydrocarbon Processing/Bloomberg – Mar 25, 2015

EPA’s request for the new biofuel data comes as it’s more than a 15 months behind a statutory deadline to issue requirements under the Renewal Fuel Standard for how much biofuel refineries should have used in 2014, and four months late in releasing targets for this year.

The Obama administration’s plan to collect information on biofuel production may herald further delays in setting targets for how much renewable fuel US refiners should be consuming.

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to gather output data from cellulosic ethanol producers to help it determine the consumption targets. That form of the biofuel is produced from non-edible sources, compared with first-generation grain-based ethanol.

EPA’s request for the data comes as it’s more than 15 months behind a statutory deadline to issue requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard for how much biofuels refiners should have used in 2014, and four months late in releasing targets for this year.

“At a minimum, that could portend delays to the finalization of cellulosic targets,” Timothy Cheung, vice president and research analyst a ClearView Energy Partners, a Washington-based policy analytical firm, wrote in a note Tuesday.

Biofuel and petroleum interests have battled on whether the 2007 energy law is tenable.

Last November, EPA decided to put off setting 2014 quotas, saying it would issue rules for last year, 2015 and 2016, this year.

In February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rules would be issued “very soon.”

Public Comments

Today’s notice asks for public comments on the possible request to collect information from the cellulosic producers. The responses are due by May 26, leaving a scarce amount of time for the agency to meet its “self-imposed June 20 deadline to propose the multiyear RFS package,” Cheung wrote.

“This does not impact the volume rule in terms of timing, numbers or policy,” EPA said in an e-mailed statement. “It is simply a step to stay in compliance with the paperwork reduction act.”

Compliance with the standard is tracked by Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, certificates attached to each gallon of biofuel. Once a refiner blends biofuel into petroleum, they can keep the RINs or trade them to another party.

Advanced biofuel RINs for 2015 jumped 2% to 75.5 cents, while 2015 corn-based ethanol RINs increased 1.1% to 67.25 cents, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

In deciding the consumption mandates, EPA is likely to align 2014’s requirement with how much biofuel refiners used and base 2015 and 2016 on gasoline consumption and biofuel production, Aakash Doshi, an analyst at Citigroup in New York, said in a report earlier this month.

 

ETHANOL IN MARINE FUELS: WHY IT MAKES BOAT OWNERS SO ANGRY

ETHANOL IN MARINE FUELS: WHY IT MAKES BOAT OWNERS SO ANGRY

By John Voelcker – Green Car Reports – Mar 13, 2015

 

Non ethanol gas pump

Non ethanol gas pump

Few topics get our commenters more riled up than ethanol.

Both sides weigh in with fervor and passion, debating energy security versus agricultural policies and costs, comparing studies on wells-to-wheels carbon dioxide profile versus the impact on older engines, and more.

But marine users in particular seem to view ethanol as a hot button.

The issue in boat engines turns out to be twofold.

First, older marine engines are not designed to handle the increased corrosion and solvent effects from even the small percentages of ethanol (up to 10 percent) now found in much pump gasoline.

In that respect, they join small utility engines in chainsaws, lawn mowers, and other power equipment, many of them far older than a huge proportion of cars on the road today.

Second, the water-absorbing properties of ethanol pose a particular challenge to boats that sit stationary in storage for many months each winter.

Adding water to any fuel vastly changes its characteristics.

At a certain saturation, the water and ethanol may mix together, separate, and sink to the bottom of the tank, leaving the layer of gasoline floating on top.

The simpler (and less expensive) carburetors or fuel-injection systems on many such engines can’t adjust for that as more sophisticated modern automotive systems may.

Most marine and small-equipment engines are far more primitive than car engines, and have little or no modern emission-control equipment.

It was largely the rise of emission limits for passenger vehicles that led to increasingly precise fuel metering and delivery, along with ever more complex combustion-control software.

If you look at your gasoline lawn mower, or perhaps your boat engine, you’ll see a carburetor of the sort that vanished from passenger cars by the early 1990s.

But between the two challenges, boat owners have found that ethanol can do serious damage to a boat stored over a long snowy winter.

Fiberglass gas tanks can start to disintegrate; one experienced boat owner says, “It can be fatal, in as little as three to four years, for gasoline boats with fiberglass tanks.”

“There was a flutter in the marina workshops several years ago to replace fiberglass tanks with aluminum or stainless-steel tanks,” he continues, “but that’s harder than it might sound; fiberglass tanks are built early in hull construction, and are regarded as structural members as well as tanks.”

Also, accumulated debris in the tank or fuel lines can be loosened, letting it reach the engine. Rubber seals in older engines weren’t designed to resist ethanol either.

Then there’s the potential for separation of ethanol and water mixed together in gas tanks or fuel lines, potentially damaging engines that can’t run smoothly on the watery fuel.

One solution to these problems, highly recommended by marine experts, is to add a fuel stabilizer and conditioner to the boat before storage.

It’s important to run the engine long enough to ensure it is circulated through the entire fuel system.

A better solution, and the one forcefully advocated by many commenters, is to avoid gasoline that contains any ethanol at all.

So-called G100 is still offered at some marinas (and the occasional gas station), though for road use, it’s far rarer than it was 10 or 15 years ago.

(It too should still have a fuel stabilizer added, according to our local shade-tree mechanic colleague.)

For more on winterizing boats, see Ethanol and Winter Storage, from the marine website Soundings.

GARTMAN: CRUDE COULD HIT $15. HERE’S WHY

GARTMAN: CRUDE COULD HIT $15.  HERE’S WHY

By Amanda Diaz Yahoo Finance/CNBC – Mar 21, 2015

Dennis Gartman has bad news for oil (Intercontinental Exchange Europe: @WTCL20J-GB): It’s going to go “stunningly” lower.

In an interview Thursday with CNBC.com’s  Futures Now,” the Commodities King said that a combination of a rapidly rising inventories and a strong dollar could lead to $15 oil by the end of the year.

“For months I’ve said that crude oil is heading from the upper left to the lower right of the chart,” said the CNBC contributor and editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter. “I wouldn’t be surprised if oil went down to about $15 a barrel.”

Crude oil prices have been in a steep and steady decline over the past six months, down more than 50 percent trading just above $40 a barrel. Traders had hoped an improving economic picture in both the U.S. and Europe could give crude a lift.

 At the start of February, crude staged a sharp and violent rally off its lows. But according to Gartman, there simply is too much supply to contend with. As such, he expects future crude rallies to be met with a similar fate.

“That is not how a bull market is supposed to act,” he said. “That is how a bear market acts.”

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Gartman said he’s looking to the crude futures market for clues on when the selling may abate. Currently forward prices for crude contracts are higher than near-term or spot prices, a dynamic referred to as contango. Futures traders say this is typically a bearish sign as it reflects an excess near-term supply. As inventories build, storage could soon become a serious issue.

“We’re going to have an abundance of crude. Storage is going to be topped out very soon and the front month spread is going to continue to deteriorate,” he said.

Gartman says until nearer-dated crude contracts become more valuable than longer-dated ones, oil will continue to slide.

“No if, and, or but about it,” said Gartman. “As [the contango] widens, your propensity, your urge, your intense and any [other] desire to be a buyer of crude will be deferred.”

KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER RECALL COULD AFFECT BOATERS

KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER RECALL COULD AFFECT BOATERS

From News Reports – Mar 19, 2015

Faulty valve might cause extinguishers not to fully discharge, BoatUS says

As boaters begin going through their spring checklists to make sure boats are ready for the spring, Boat Owners Association of the United States is urging everyone to pay special attention to their onboard fire extinguishers.

Certain models of Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled because of a faulty valve component that could malfunction and prevent the extinguisher from fully discharging.

Certain models of Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled because of a faulty valve component that could malfunction and prevent the extinguisher from fully discharging.

Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a voluntary recall on certain extinguisher units. According to a press release, a faulty valve component can cause the disposable extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency.

About 4.6 million extinguishers sold nationwide between August 2013 and November 2014 are affected by the recall.

Thirty-one models of extinguisher are affected, and they are red, white or silver with black plastic valves and ABC or BC rated, and manufactured in Mexico from July 2013 to October 2014.

Some affected extinguishers were specifically designed for the boating market and have a nameplate on the front with Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5 and Mariner 5G.

To see if you have an affected fire extinguisher and to arrange for its replacement, click here.

OPEC EXPECTS TO RUN US SHALE OUT OF THE MARKET BY THE END OF THE YEAR

OPEC EXPECTS TO RUN US SHALE OUT OF THE MARKET BY THE END OF THE YEAR

By Steve LeVine Quartz – Mar 17, 2015

As weak prices make oil production an increasingly less attractive business, OPEC seems confident that its battle plan against US shale producers—to simply outlast them—will force a surrender by the end of the year.

But the numbers so far indicate that the brinksmanship will last much longer than that.

In a new report (pdf), OPEC cites a plunge in the number of rigs drilling in the US shale patch as evidence that American oil production will fall “possibly by late 2015.” It notes that the US rig count has fallen for 13 straight weeks (p. 53), to the lowest number since December 2009. However, recent figures from the US Energy Information Administration indicate that US oil production has actually risen this month despite the lower rig count. Look at this chart.

Fracking Oil Production graph - 2007 - 2015

Fracking Oil Production in U.S.

The Saudis may ultimately be right about US production levels. But there is reason to question their logic. As the Financial Times reports, US shale gas production has continued to rise despite a plummet in the number of rigs drilling for it (268, down from 1,606 in 2008). The precise same method is used to drill for shale oil as for shale gas, so why shouldn’t oil production stay similarly buoyant?

Saudi Arabia has been successful so far in persuading its OPEC partners to maintain the flow of crude into a glutted market in order to squeeze out higher-cost producers, especially US shale. That glut has sent oil prices lower since last June, including a further plunge today.

The Saudis have calculated that the financial pain will be worth it—that they can run much of the US shale industry out of the market—if they can only hold out until the end of the year. In other words, a single year of financial suffering, followed by a return to OPEC’s accustomed perch as oil king.

Production levels, however, suggest that OPEC’s misery won’t end so quickly.

SHOULD GUESTS CONTRIBUTE TO EXPENSES WHEN THEY FISH ON YOUR BOAT?

SHOULD GUESTS CONTRIBUTE TO EXPENSES WHEN THEY FISH ON YOUR BOAT?

By Todd Masson – NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – Mar 4, 2015

 

Slidell angler Barry Dennis almost always knows where the speckled trout are hiding in eastern Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, so friends love to fish with him. Not all of them, however, feel they should contribute to the day's expenses.

Slidell angler Barry Dennis almost always knows where the speckled trout are hiding in eastern Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, so friends love to fish with him. Not all of them, however, feel they should contribute to the day’s expenses.

For most South Louisiana anglers, spending a successful day on the water laughing and joking with good friends is among life’s simplest, purest, most awesome pleasures. It rejuvenates the soul and melts away the stresses of life.

But for boat owners, cruel reality can set in when the trip is over, and the boat needs to be washed and filled with fuel, and that buddy who had such a good time is on his way home to take a nap.

It’s a frustration every boat owner has had to deal with at one time or another. Some enterprising soul even tried to capitalize on it by printing T-shirts reading, “My boat doesn’t run on ‘Thanks!'”

Slidell angler Barry Dennis remembers a time it happened to him.

“I once had a friend and his brother come with me,” he said. “I paid for gas, live bait, ice and drinks. We ran all around Lake Borgne, and caught a three-man limit of trout. We got back to my house to clean the fish and the boat, but they both had things to do and had to leave.

Read full article here:  http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/03/should_guests_contribute_to_ex.html