May 25th, 2015
The miracle was he was brought to the hospital, treated, and released. WHEW!
From Scripps Channel 5 News
Skydiver Treated, Released From Hospital After Hitting Powerlines
And another version:
And in the Winchester Herald Chronicle:
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 9:27 am
STAFF WRITER courtney stachel
A skydiver drifting into a power line from a wind gust Saturday at the Red, White and You Memorial Day event in Winchester was followed by a happy ending when word was given that he had been treated and released from the hospital.
More than 400 spectators witnessed the incident when skydiver John Pitts, of the Fly It Like You Stole It skydiving team, was the first of three divers to exit an airplane and came down toward the ground gracefully while the National Anthem was being played.
A wind gust hit Pitts, causing him to drift into the electrical lines where he was left hanging for less than a minute. He dropped from the lines and fell onto a rocky area next to Tims Ford Lake.
Zachary Colescott, Winchester Municipal Airport manager, said right after the fall that Pitts was conscious and being airlifted.
Colescott said the team was concerned about the wind flow the day of the event.
“That was one thing we were worried about was the wind — being so close to the water and the power lines,” he said. “I’m really glad he is okay.”
Despite the scary interruption to the show, acclaimed country singer Lee Greenwood went on to perform as scheduled.
The event lasted all day and held plenty of entertainment for spectators, including the traveling Vietnam memorial wall, musical entertainment and a boat parade.
Jayson Davis, Moore-Cortner Funeral Home family services counselor, said the outcome at the event was surprising.
“There were a lot more people who came out than we expected,” he said. “I’m proud that so many people came out to enjoy the day with us.”
Greenwood was the main attraction. He spoke from the heart in a talking to the Herald Chronicle about small town U.S.A. and how he was looking forward to coming to Winchester and preforming.
“I love the small town flavor as it reminds me how I grew up in California,” he said. “Little towns are becoming big towns, and big towns are becoming big cities. Somewhere in the transition, we are losing the face of America. Winchester, Tennessee, is a reminder of all that is good with the United States.”
For Greenwood, Memorial Day provided the perfect opportunity to spread his message of patriotism.
“Memorial Day is not just about the good food, drinks and fireworks, which thrills the crowds — it’s about remembering those who have sacrificed through the years to give us that chance,” he said. “There are memorials all across the nation that bear witness to the struggle America has had in gaining and maintain our independence. It’s that thought I reflect on when I sing and when we observe this holiday.”
Great decision this week from the Kentucky Court of Appeals:
Here are some choice snippets:
In granting summary judgment, the trial court believed that KRS 278.502 only granted condemnation powers to entities providing public utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission. It also believed that since the pipeline was only going to be utilized to move NGLs to the Gulf of Mexico, the pipelines would not be “in public service.” We agree.
And another logical finding:
If these NGLs are not reaching Kentucky consumers, then Bluegrass and its pipeline cannot be said to be in the public service of Kentucky. We therefore affirm the circuit court’s judgment that Bluegrass does not possess the ability to condemn property through eminent domain.
May 6th, 2015
This photo was taken by neighbor Jennifer Willi, who lives about 1/2 mile from the scene of the derailment, near Heimdal, North Dakota. At least 10 cars exploded and are burning. They should publish the destination of the cars so people will know the reach of these trains! They line up outside the Delaware City refinery; blew up in Lac Megantic, Ontario; Lynchburg, VA. We are all at risk!
Some coverage, with a snippet from each:
“It’s all over the place,” Wells County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Janelle Pepple told the Daily News. “Thick, billowing black smoke; flames shooting 100 feet in the air. It’s a pretty spectacular-looking fire.”
Roehrich said she couldn’t get close enough to the train to see whether it was exploding or just burning. “It looks a lot like Casselton,” she said, referring to the fiery train wreck of oil tankers near Casselton in late 2013.
(with the admission that new cars don’t really matter)
BNSF said the tank cars that derailed were constructed under a 2011 voluntary rail industry standard intended to make them tougher than older cars that were long known to pose a safety risk. But the new cars have proved equally dangerous. The five major oil train accidents so far this year in the U.S. and Canada all involved the newer cars, each of which can hold about 30,000 gallons of fuel.
This video was up on KMSP’s site, then disappeared, maybe it will come back:
May 5th, 2015
UPDATE: It’s over… the Senate Rules committee let it go to the floor…
So this morning, SF 1735 was up before the Senate Rules committee. It was “late” and so Sen. John Marty brought it to Rules with a Motion to suspend the rules and let it go to the floor, late as it was. And that passed, and so now it is going on to the Senate floor.
Unbelievable… SHAME on Sen. John Marty and the Senate Energy Committee for ramming this through despite all those testifying against it. SHAME on the Rules committee for letting this bill go through. SHAME on all those funded “environmental” groups who sat through watching this happen, sat there silently. SHAME on Bill Grant, now Deputy Commissioner of Commerce, f/k/a Ass. Director of Izaak Walton League, for shepherding this through.
Again, this may be the last meaningful opportunity to influence S.F. 1735. Suggestions:
Senate Rules and Administration Committee emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (Committee page for links to those who use “contact” forms, CLICK HERE). Chair, Tom Bakk, 651-296-8881
Call/Email Sen. John Marty asking him to WITHDRAW S.F 1735, the Xcel deregulation bill, but act to defend the Community Solar Garden law: (651) 296-5645, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 27th, 2015
The long awaited moment has arrived — the substantive review by DOE of the Plains & Eastern UnClean Line is now public. Remember, there are NO RULES, this is uncharted territory, they’ve not done anything like this before!
There’s a lot of stuff here — this is cut and pasted from the DOE SITE, and downloading will take a while:
Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Line – Part 2 Application