“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach….”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, over 1.5 centuries ago, wrote how I feel about you, today. While she spoke of romantic love and mine rises from respect and fraternal friendship, the intensity is similar.
I awaken every day first for a prayer that His will be done.
Then as I exercise and prepare for the work day, my thoughts usually move to you. What useful thing today can my reader find in these humble words? Did I find for him a new thing? Did I discover for her a new way to look at an old thing? Did my words yesterday and the ideas flowing forth today merit your critical thinking? Is there news to post today for the archives, or do the muses bring forth editorial ideas, or is there an event to cover?
And how can I maintain health, mental focus and physical strength to do these things, as I enter the fourth era of life.
Meanwhile, I have other lives: family, a few close friends, healthy food, magazine and newspaper writing assignments throughout the U.S. and Canada, photo assignments and endless photo editing, places to go, speeches to give, videos to produce, things to document, experiences to fulfill me then funnel to you in some meaningful way. Then, there is the steady stream of phone calls, emails, queries … all adding luster to life.
And, there are those of you using our search engine and archives: editors and journalists, academics, government regulators, company external affairs executives, politicians and citizens searching for history and maybe truths hid behind energy issue rhetoric.
I believe sharing with dear ones is a way of demonstrating affection, appreciation and dedication.
So, today I share this serious, little, sentimental post with you. It tries to say, “Thank you for being my reader. Thank you for your telephone calls, letters and comments at the bottom of various posts. Thanks to some of the thousands of you for being with me for over 15 years. Thanks for the friendships over time and distance.”
Thanks for the memories from, “…the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach….”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting and advanced five nominees to the Senate floor; they included:
- Mr. Joseph Balash to be Assistant Secretary at Interior for Land and Minerals Management;
- Mr. Richard Glick to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;
- Mr. David Jonas to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy;
- Mr. Kevin McIntyre to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and
- Mr. Ryan Nelson to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
“We continue to move expeditiously on these nominees so that Secretary Zinke and Secretary Perry can have their teams in place, and so FERC no longer has a mere quorum, but instead a full complement of five commissioners,” Senator Lisa Murkowski said.
“I am particularly pleased to be able to advance Alaskan Joe Balash to this important position within Interior….”
Mr. Joseph Balash
Nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management
At least 13 refineries from Louisiana to Montana are delaying seasonal maintenance for weeks or months either to capitalize on the strong margin environment or because they lack personnel as most workers are busy helping restart Texas facilities hit by Hurricane Harvey. “If you’re a refiner in the Midwest and you are unaffected, you’re probably going to want to keep churning out product to take advantage of the high margins,” Confluence Investment Management Chief Market Strategist Bill O’Grady said.
Colonial Pipeline announced Monday that refiners in Port Arthur, Texas, could resume fuel flows into Colonial’s lines using their own pumps since the Port Arthur injection point will likely undergo repairs until the end of the month. Colonial Pipeline’s system has sustained damage due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and is operating at reduced flow rates.Texas fuel storage facilities get relief from some EPA rules
The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended several rules for gasoline storage facilities and bulk fuel terminals, including tank tightness and registration standards under the Clean Air Act and rules on gasoline storage tank emissions. “Under EPA’s no action assurance letters, the facilities must continue to exercise good air pollution control practices and comply with all other federal, state and local environmental laws,” the agency saidS&P Global Platts (9/18)