13Aug Rep. Cole reports on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan Tags: Cole, Fracking, NCSL Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Michigan lawmaker provides environmental update from NCSL conferenceState Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, was recently selected by Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for the 2015-2016 biennium.Last week at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual meeting, a panel consisting of environmentalists and skeptics of the oil industry took place regarding the highly-regulated practice of Hydraulic Fracturing and called for more burdensome regulations to avoid what they describe as a “race to the bottom.”Hydraulic Fracturing, a process that has been safely in use for over 60 years in Michigan without major incident, involves an operator that pumps a mixture of water, sand and a small amount of chemicals into an oil or gas formation deep underground and applies pressure. The pressure fractures rock layers, releasing oil or gas reserves. The sand holds the fractures open to continue allowing the oil or gas to flow into the well. Innovative advancements in technology have led to the consolidation of gas wells onto one small pad site thereby drastically reducing the surface footprint, number of access roads, and pipelines needed to harness the valuable energy resource.Hydraulic fracturing is also referred to as hydrofracking, hydrofracturing, or simply “fracking”.Fracking allows residents to enjoy some of the most cost-effective energy supplies in the country while also decreasing our reliance on coal-burning power plants, many of which will soon be taken offline thanks to the same federal regulations this panel of so-called experts wants to modify.The Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has a sterling record of environmental protection against oil and gas operations, and most of the country consider Michigan’s rules and regulations to be some of the most stringent in the entire nation. “Stronger federal legislation” is simply not needed in Michigan’s case.While Michigan is blessed with vast water resources, we have a responsibility to use them wisely. Michigan’s oil and natural gas producers make conservation a priority. Almost every industry uses water and, like every other industry, our local oil and gas businesses ensure water use is proportionate to the amount readily available, so as to protect the environment and other water needs.An oil or natural gas operator intending to use a large volume of water (defined as 100,000 gallons or more per day over a 30 day period) is required to use the state’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool to assure the water withdrawal will be safe. If the tool indicates a potential adverse impact, Michigan regulatory officials conduct a site-specific investigation and can require the operator to obtain water from other sources or to move the proposed water well. Approvals are not given if a proposed withdrawal is determined to negatively affect resources.In fact, the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) of the U.S. federal government—the same federal government these folks would like to see further regulate the industry—recently came to the conclusion that after a four-year study hydraulic fracturing is being carried out safely by industry and regulated by states and isn’t having “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.”Finally, there have not ever been reported cases of illness or other such effects of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. Independent operators and the DEQ maintain the strictest personal and environmental safety on all operations and there has yet to be a report of serious illness on an individual as a result of such activities.Not only does Michigan’s oil and gas industry keep the lights and heat on in our homes and businesses and employ our residents, but in 2016 it also funded more than 50 percent of the Michigan State Parks budget. Michigan’s oil and gas industry, through both the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which has given away over $1 billion to local communities through grants aimed exclusively at parks and recreation, as well as the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund truly takes care of the amazing parks and recreation areas around our beautiful state and will continue to do so for many years.#####
A+E Networks Latin America has teamed up with Sony Pictures Television to launch the female-focused Lifetime channel in Latin America.A+E Networks Latin America, a joint venture between A+E Networks and Ole Communications, and Sony Pictures Television said they will launch Lifetime in Latin America and Brazil in July.The channel will feature scripted drama series, non-fiction series and movies.Scripted drama shows will include the premier of Witches of East End starring Julia Ormond and Mädchen Amick, the new season of Eva Longoria-produced Devious Maids and Drop Dead Diva with Brooke Elliott.Non-fiction shows will include Dance Moms, Bring It! and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, while movies on the channel will include Steel Magnolias, Liz & Dick, Drew Peterson: Untouchable and Talhotblond.“We are thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures Television for the launch of Lifetime in Latin America and Brazil,” said Sean Cohan, executive vice-president, international, A+E Networks.“Lifetime and its content have an extremely loyal fan-base around the globe, and we are confident that it will develop an equally loyal audience in the Latin American region.”
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska grew its revenue-generating unit base by 4.1% last year, ending 2014 with 1.6 million RGUs.The growth in RGUs was associated with the acquisition of Poznań-based operator Teletronika in December 2013.The operator had 820,100 unique customers at the end of the year, of which 306,900 took two services and 130,200 took three services.Average number of services per customer stood at 1.95 at the end of December, up from 1.86, with the increase largely attributed to success in selling mobile telephony services, as well as the sale of new services to former Telektronika customers. ARPU stood at PLN68.61 (€16.46), up 1.1%.Multimedia Polska posted full-year revenues of PLN705.8 million, up very slightly – 0.9% – on the 2013 figure. Adjusted EBITDA was PLN355.6 million, flat year-on-year.TV generated revenues of PLN348.5 million, up 0.5%. The company had 779,000 TV RGUs at the end of the year, including 382,000 digital customers and 98,000 premium customers.Multimedia Polska had 527,000 broadband RGUs, up 5.5% year-on-year, generating revenues of PLN220.5 million, up 3.6%.
Fans of the Channel Four soap, Hollyoaks, will also recognise Tiddy as the strong, glamorous ex-model and WAG, Heidi Costello.Also featuring is Zoie Kennedy who, despite her theatre background, is best known for her role as Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor in ITV’s nostalgic drama “The Royal,” for which she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2003 National Television Awards.Her other television appearances include Doctors, Holby City, Emmerdale and Heartbeat.Tickets are now available from the Forum Box Office, telephone 71 264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk. billboeingcopDerryforumkimmillenniumthetidytv Kim Tiddy as PC Honey Harman in The Bill.One of television’s most glamorous police women will be in Derry next week to star in a comedy drama being staged in the city’s Millennium Forum.Kim Tiddy, best known for setting hearts aflutter as PC Honey Harman in The Bill – a role she played for four years – will star in the comedy drama, “Boeing, Boeing,” which will take to the stage of the Derry theatre on Friday and Saturday, 13 and 14 June next, the only Irish dates on its current tour.Written by French playwright, “Boeing, Boeing” follows Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, who thinks he can easily cope as he juggles three flight attendant fiancées successfully convincing each that she is the only one. ShareTweet Opening night offer – All tickets £12.50.FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS: GLAMOROUS TV COP FLYING INTO DERRY TO STAR IN “BOEING BOEING” COMEDY DRAMA was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: