In Gloucester, England, home of the best-preserved 19th-century docks, a historic canal barge is getting refurbished into an attraction. These long English and European barges were self-propelled boats, really, with living quarters aboard for the family (almost always a family) that owned them.
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) released an April 28 statement on the April 24 explosions that engulfed two barges in flames in Mobile, Ala.:
“Our sincerest sympathies go out to the victims who were critically injured during the tragic barge explosions in Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday evening.
“At the same time, CLNG would like to clarify that the incident was associated with natural gasoline, which is a naturally-occurring liquid often found in association with natural gas that is used as a petrochemical feedstock and in the refining business. Natural gasoline is not liquefied natural gas (LNG) as some news stories have inaccurately reported.” [Note: The Waterways Journal accurately reported the barges as carrying natural gasoline.]
“The properties of natural gasoline are very different from those of LNG. Although substantial energy is stored in LNG, it cannot be released rapidly enough to cause the overpressures associated with an explosion in an unconfined space. LNG has been safely handled for many years and the industry remains committed to maintaining the safety and security of this essential fuel.”
NPR’s Kai Ryssdal with an interview with Austin Golding on the recent high water.
Egypt has been the world’s largest importer of wheat (including from the U.S.), because Mubarak’s program of subsidizing bread for the poor, continued by the Morsi government, drove most domestic wheat farmers out of business years ago. Now The Financial Times reports Egypt’s wheat imports may shrink dramatically this year, because the country is essentially broke.
The American Waterways Operators says it is puzzled by President Obama’s proposed budget.
Forbes on six reasons why the U.S. is likely to retain its lead in hydraulic fracturing for the foreseeable future. One key reason: American private property and mineral rights, not matched in any other country, where underground resources often automatically belong to the government.
Money quote: ” ‘We are now, or we will be shortly I would like to say, the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and oil byproducts,’ said William Von Hoene, who oversees corporate strategy for Exelon.”
Brazil carried 81 million tons of cargo on its inland waterways in 2012, only a 1.4 increase over 2011, but is forecasted to have its inland cargo increase by 36 percent.