Huffington Post, 29 May 2013
Mora County, a conservative ranching community in New Mexico, is the first U.S. county to ban the practice of fracking, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times. Wells are the only source of water in Mora, which is why last month officials announced a countywide ban on fracking citing water safety concerns.
Bloomberg, 28 May 2013
Oil production in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation rose more Than 77 percent in March from a year earlier, topping 500,000 barrels a day and posting a record. The nine geographic fields that make up the majority of Eagle Ford yielded 529,874 barrels of crude a day, according to preliminary data released by the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling in the state. The fields produced 298,266 barrels daily in March 2012.
Washington Post, 28 May 2013
Syria’s oil minister says the country’s production has fallen drastically over the past two years because of the crisis. Suleiman Abbas told lawmakers Wednesday that daily oil production stands at 20,000 barrels, roughly 5 percent of the 380,000 barrels produced daily before the March 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad began.
Reuters, 28 May 2013
South Korea said on Tuesday it was
suspending the operations of two nuclear power reactors and
extended a shutdown of a third to replace cables that were supplied using fake
certificates, threatening power shortages in Asia's fourth-biggest economy.
Planning is well underway for the 2013 AITPM National Conference, which will be held in Perth at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference will start with a welcoming cocktail function on the evening of 30 July, the main conference will follow on 31 July and 1 August and the workshops will be on 2 August. A conference dinner will be held on the evening of 31 July, at Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park. We are pleased to announce the conference’s main sponsor as the Western Australian Transport Portfolio, which consists of the Department of Transport, Main Roads and Public Transport Authority. http://www.aitpm.com.au/attachments/article/21/conference%20info%20flyer.pdf
The Guardian, 28 May 2013
The Skeptical Science survey finding 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming has drawn an incredible amount of media attention. Hundreds of media stories documented our survey and results. Lead author John Cook and I participated in a number of interviews to discuss the paper, including on Al Jazeera, CNN, and ABC. President Obama even Tweeted about our results to his 31 million followers.
32. Ms R. Saffioti to the Minister representing the Minister for Education:
I refer to the primary and high schools earmarked for development in the Swan Urban Growth Corridor, Sub-Regional Structure Plan and ask the following for each school site:
(a) has the State Government purchased the land for each site;
(b) if no, can the Minister detail which sites have been purchased and which sites have not been purchased;
(c) for sites that have not been purchased, has the State Government began negotiations with the current landowners to purchase the property;
(d) does the State Government have plans to build the new schools; and
(e) will the State Government fund the construction of a new primary school in the Caversham area?
8. Ms R. Saffioti to the Minister for Transport:
I refer to the Premier’s answers to questions from the media on 4 March 2013, regarding the State Government’s plan to develop a Bus Rapid Transit system to Ellenbrook, in which the Premier replied that no, we’re not going to do that, and ask:
(a) is the State Government committed to delivering the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit system;
(b) when will State Government commence building the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit system; and
(c) will the Minister be releasing the concept design work for public comment?
Upstream, May 2013
The International Energy Agency’s chief economist, Fatih Birol, believes Australia will continue to play an important role in global energy markets but noted there were three issues the country needed to pay attention to.
Early Warning, 28 June 201
This morning, I took the oil consumption page of the BP spreadsheet, and applied a mechanical test to each country: was 2010 the highest year of consumption over the range 1990-2010? If this is true, let's call the country an "advancer", and if not, let's call it a "decliner".