Latest forecast raises estimate of recoverable U.S. natural gas reserves by 20%

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S.’s recoverable natural gas resource base is 20% greater than what an evaluation just two years ago showed, the Potential Gas Committee reported Sept. 11.The nation has about 3,374 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable gas as of year-end 2018, according to the committee. The 557 Tcf jump from two years prior marked the largest increase between the group’s biennial evaluations in its history and was driven primarily by new onshore drilling and production results, along with technology gains allowing for better understanding of the basins, the committee said.“More well drilling and continuous improvements in completion and simulation technologies led to better delineation and characterization of U.S. gas resources, especially in shale and tight reserves,” according to Alexei Milkov of the Colorado School of Mines and director of the Potential Gas Agency, which works closely with the Potential Gas Committee. The committee comprises volunteer geoscientists and engineers.The 3,374 Tcf total represented a mean value computed by statistical aggregation of the minimum, most likely and maximum value distributions.Among reservoir types, shale gas dominated, representing 62% of all U.S. gas resources.When the assessment of technically recoverable resources was combined with the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest estimate of proved reserves, the evaluation put the future U.S. supply of gas at 3,838 Tcf, up 22% from two years earlier, also breaking prior records.More ($): Technically recoverable U.S. gas reserves 20% higher than 2 years prior Latest forecast raises estimate of recoverable U.S. natural gas reserves by 20%last_img read more

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Tournament or bust for UW softball

first_imgWisconsin head coach Yvette Healy (center) will have every starter from her 2012 team for the 2013 campaign. Among those returnees are pitchers Meghan McIntosh (left) and Cassandra Darrah (right). Darrah, just a junior, earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore after posting a 2.27 ERA. The fireball-throwing McIntosh, UW’s No. 2 on the mound, threw a no-hitter this fall.[/media-credit]The time is now for Wisconsin softball.With the weather Tuesday afternoon feeling more like spring than the middle of January, it seems fitting the beginning of the season for the Badgers is just around the corner.Already practicing in preparation for their opening tournament, the University of North Carolina Tournament, Feb. 8 in Charlotte, N.C., expectations surrounding the program have never been higher.“We expect ourselves to do even better than last year,” senior captain and third baseman Shannel Blackshear said. “Every year we’ve raised the bar a little bit.”And there’s no reason Blackshear should believe anything different. The Badgers are returning every starter from last year’s record-setting team in 2012, giving the group high hopes this is the year they reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.Building on a strong frameWhen Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy took over the program in 2011, she inherited one of the youngest teams in all of college softball.But Healy and her staff mentored the team to success, as UW won 30 games for the first time since 2005 in her inaugural season at the helm.Yet there were brighter days down the road for Wisconsin just a year later, as the team posted the best record (34-19) in program history in 2012 while also shattering program records for team batting average, runs and RBIs.But the wins were all for naught, as Wisconsin lost their last two games of the conference schedule, sliding them from a potential second place finish to a tie for sixth in the conference, as the NCAA tournament selection committee chose just two teams from the Big Ten for postseason play.Highlighting the returning players, UW brings back two 2012 first team All-Big Ten performers in senior utility player Whitney Massey and senior outfielder Kendall Grimm. Massey shattered the Wisconsin single-season doubles record last year with 22 and Grimm clobbered the Big Ten with a .407 batting average in league play, good for fourth best in the conference.Rounding out the returning award winners for Wisconsin is junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah. Named second team All-Big Ten in 2012, Darrah posted a 22-13 record and 2.27 ERA (the fifth best in the Big Ten) as just a sophomore. Healy will hope Darrah and No. 2 pitcher senior Meghan McIntosh will not only show the dominance they showcased in the fall – Darrah threw a perfect game and McIntosh threw a no-hitter – but that they take on a new leadership role.“The team did voting for captains and they wanted to see the pitchers in that role,” Healy said. “They’re just two of the nicest kids. We’re getting on them to be a little meaner.”Healthy Spence ready for 2013Wisconsin will add another lethal bat to its lineup in 2013, as senior Molly Spence is once again set to return from injury.Spence, who missed all of the 2011 season and was limited to just 28 games last year due to injury, still provided a bang with 23 RBIs and a Wisconsin single season high of seven home runs.Spence, who was the Offensive MVP for the Badgers in 2010 as a freshman, could be the catalyst that sends an already deep offensive Wisconsin team to postseason play.“I’m very excited to finally be back and practicing and playing with the team to my full ability,” Spence said. “It’s a breath of fresh air.”Spence, who said her biggest individual goal remains to just stay healthy for an entire season, should take solace in knowing that her teammates are more than capable of picking up the slack if she does miss any games this season.“She’ll give us a burst of power, which is exciting,” Healy said. “It’s a bonus when [the injury] gets better. That’s the way we’re looking at it, we’re hoping to get her in the lineup but we have a solid core around her. We’re a balanced team.”New depth initiates competitionWith just her second recruiting class ever as the head coach, Healy has sprinkled seven freshmen among the ranks of the Badgers’ roster.And with at least one of those new faces poised to contribute in a big way for Wisconsin, Healy’s team has depth throughout the roster that was severely lacking in her previous two years.In Healy’s mind, the added competition breeds excellence.“I don’t think we’ve had this kind of depth before where truly you have people at multiple positions that could vie for the starting spot,” Healy said. “And that’s a whole different feel for the program. This group has never felt what it was like to say ‘get it done or someone’s behind you and they’re right on your heels.’”Healy will get plenty of chances to see what she has for talent in her new players and to find her starting lineup before the beginning of conference play, thanks to the team’s toughest nonconference slate in recent memory.The Badgers’ schedule includes No. 26 Notre Dame, No. 21 Stanford, No. 3 California, No. 22 North Carolina and No. 18 Louisville before finally starting Big Ten play at Illinois Mar. 23.With such a tough road in front of them, Healy and her players know it’s a matter of taking it one game at a time. But, for a program that has never finished higher than fourth in the conference standings, there are a few players who are looking at the big picture.“I think we have a great shot to win the Big Ten,” Blackshear said. “We have a great schedule and lineup, it’s being put in our hands and it’s up to us to finish it.”last_img read more

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NHL free agency rumors 2019: Canucks sign Micheal Ferland to four-year deal

first_imgThe 27-year-old center, who had 89 points in 250 games with the Calgary Flames prior to the 2018-19 campaign, joined the Hurricanes as a UFA last season. Ferland agreed to 4 yr contract with the Vancouver Canucks. $3.5 million aav.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 10, 2019In 71 games with Carolina in 2018-19, Ferland finished with 17 goals and 40 points, one point shy from matching his career high that he set just one year prior. He also added one assist in seven postseason games with the Hurricanes during their run to the Eastern Conference Final. Almost all of the pearl clutching as it related to Micheal Ferland was relative to the contract figures grossly exceeding his value as a player. At the right price, Ferland can add a lot of value to the Canucks’ lineup.— J.D. Burke (@JDylanBurke) July 10, 2019Ferland will look to aid the Canucks in reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2015 and complement Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson while he is still on his entry-level contract. He’ll also look to maintain his consistency after recording back-to-back 40-point campaigns over the last two years. NHL free agency tracker: Complete list of signings, best players available Micheal Ferland is headed back above the border.The Vancouver Canucks signed Ferland to a four-year, $14 million contract hat carries an AAV of $3.5 million, the team announced Wednesday. The deal was originally reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.last_img read more

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Ellen Departs for Johannesburg to Attend Mandela Funeral Services

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson SirelafPresident Ellen Johnson has departed the country for South Africa’s commercial capital, Johannesburg, to attend the state Memorial Service of the first black President of South Africa and global icon, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5th, in his 95th year.The Liberian leader is expected to join over 60 other heads of state and government and millions of sympathizers for the State Memorial Service of the late Apartheid icon, which will be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.President Mandela, who led the struggle against South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime, was jailed for 27 years, and emerged from prison to become South Africa’s first democratically elected President in 1994, stepping down after serving a single term.                                                                                           On Wednesday, December 11, there will be the Lying-in-State for the official viewing of the mortal remains of the late Madiba, at the Union Buildings, in the capital, Pretoria.The State Funeral will take place on Sunday, December 15, at Madiba’s ancestral village of Qunu, Eastern Cape, a 14-hour drive from Pretoria, to which the 80 to 100 heads of State expected are not obliged to attend as the village does not have the necessary facilities to accommodate everyone and their entourage.Because of their many years of promoting human rights and democracy, both Dr. Amos Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission, and Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, a prominent Liberian politician, have been invited to play roles in commemorating the home-going of the former South African President.Dr. Sawyer accompanied the President to South Africa, while Dr. Tipoteh will work, on the ground, with South Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Masilo Esau Mabeta, to organize activities commemorating Mandela’s life.Dr. Tipoteh had accompanied the President to South Africa for Madiba’s 90th birthday celebration. Also on hand will be Liberia’s Ambassador to South Africa, Cllr. Lois Brutus.President Sirleaf returns home on Friday, December 13. While she is away, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara Konneh, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Meanwhile, a memorial service in honor of the late South African head of state will be held today at the Centennial pavilion in Monrovia.The South African Embassy near Monrovia released the official state memorial protocol for the  fallen icon and hero on Sunday December 8, 2013.Mr. Mandela, the founding President of South Africans’ inclusive democratic nation, departed the world at around 20:50 GMT on the 5th of December. He was 95.The South African Embassy said a memorial service will be held in honor of Mr. Mandela, at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Broad Street on Tuesday, December 10, beginning at some point between 1:00 p.m. and 2: 00.p.m.The South Africans further announced that, at their Embassy opposite Sophie’s in Congo Town, the Book of Condolence has also been opened for Mr. Mandela, who President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described as a “towering and inspiring world leader whose moral authority was unsurpassed.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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