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@Robert Christopher, Dec 12, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Global energy markets were already reeling from the news that the North Sea’s most important oil and gas pipeline system was being shut down after engineers discovered a widening crack.
Ineos director Tom Crotty said the pipeline would closed for “at least a couple of weeks” while repairs are made.
Express: Massive Austria gas plant blast plunges Europe into energy crisis

That Express Story

[1] But global energy markets are already reeling from the news the North Sea’s most important oil and gas pipeline system was being shut down after engineers discovered a widening crack.
[2] The shock shutdown propelled the global oil price to two year highs of over $64 a barrel over fears of a potentially major supply disruption for Britain’s remaining refineries.
[3] The 100 mile long Forties pipeline transports 450,000 barrels of oil every day, or 40pc of the North Sea’s oil, including the crude that prices the global Brent benchmark.

1. An oil and gas pipe

2. Not quite, Brent Crude price increased to the high, WTI Crude price increased a bit with the spread hitting a high.

3. Oh, where has the gas gone?

Journalism today: where illiterate, innumerate, ignorant meeja studies graduates work.

Dec 12, 2017 at 7:44 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

True and where would the oil price be if we had more fracking ?
Yet today the oil price is driving the inflation rise that libnews is complaining about

A few months ago libnews was campaigning for a rise in the "Living Wage",
did they think that was not going to feed thru into inflation ?

Dec 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

One of the ironies of this blast at the Austrian gas terminal at Baumgarten is that a few dozen miles to the west, OMV wanted to start a fracking operation that would have supplied Austria with all her gas needs for at least 30 years and have enough left over to export.
The govt refused to issue a licence.

Dec 12, 2017 at 5:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterottokring

Times page 36 has a small BS article on that polar bear
Ends " CC means that the ice is freezing later and melting earlier, so the bears fasting period is becoming prolonged"

... Yes but the bear died in July ..a long way from any new ice and seals to hunt

Dec 12, 2017 at 4:52 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

ha, ha , good one

but notice I had the low power radio on
swithced to the TV
and then switched to the laptop

Dec 12, 2017 at 4:44 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

stewgreen said:

13:10 Harra was on R4 switched off , 13:20 he was on BBC1 off again

BBC doing their bit for demand side reduction.

Dec 12, 2017 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterGareth

Tines Letters : Powerhouse Energy says their prototype system gasifies plastics so they can burn plastics safely for energy without using a smokestack.

Also a Prof Daniela Schmidt of Bristol Uni
praised Matt Ridley, but said ocean acidification WILL be a problem
It's the focus of her research

Dec 12, 2017 at 4:33 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

pg 20 Times Obscure arty advert headed In 1925
you read the end small print and it's an ad for smart meters
...You paid for it

Dec 12, 2017 at 4:11 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Times has 2 pages on ocean plastics
They start with "Ten rivers carry 90% of plastic found in Oceans"

Dec 12, 2017 at 4:09 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

I wonder if people are so busy looking at Climate Change that they miss
things like pandemics etc. ?

Dec 12, 2017 at 3:59 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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