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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover spied inside and out

By Jonathon Ramsey

Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover spy shots

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When the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class entered production last summer, we were told in the accompanying press release that its platform would support the B-Class and “a further three sporty and emotive vehicles, including a coupé and an SUV.” The hidden cameras at KGP have captured the SUV part of that equation, the GLA small crossover, in the Rocky Mountains.

As best we can make out, the contours under its swirly vinyl are those of a burlier copy of the handsome A-Class, only raised off the ground. Inside is the same minimal yet well done interior we’ve seen in the A and the CLA, sales numbers having proved so far that the cabin is a hit with buyers around the world.

Speculation is that GLA powertrains will match those of its platform siblings, the base motor said to be the 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower four-cylinder and chassis options being front- and all-wheel drive. The Frankfurt Motor Show should be when the public gets the first naked look at it. The high-res gallery of spy shots above should suffice in the meantime.

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HollyFrontier and Holly Energy Partners Announce New Mexico Crude Oil Rail Project

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HollyFrontier and Holly Energy Partners Announce New Mexico Crude Oil Rail Project

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HollyFrontier Corporation (NYS: HFC) and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYS: HEP) announced today that the companies are collaborating to construct a rail facility that will enable crude oil loading and unloading near HollyFrontier’s Artesia and/or Lovington, New Mexico refining facilities. The rail project, which will be connected to Holly Energy‘s crude oil pipeline transportation system in southeastern New Mexico, will have an initial capacity of up to 70,000 barrels per day and will enable access to a variety of crude oil types including West Texas Intermediate (WTI), West Texas Sour (WTS) and Western Canadian Select (WCS). The project will provide both additional crude oil takeaway options for producers as crude production in the region continues to grow, and an expanded set of crude oil sourcing options for HollyFrontier. Project completion is expected by early 2014.

About HollyFrontier Corporation:

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels per stream day (“bpsd”) refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, a 125,000 bpsd refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. A subsidiary of HollyFrontier also owns a 39% interest (including the 2% general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

About Holly Energy Partners, L.P.:

Holly Energy Partners, L.P., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides petroleum product and crude oil transportation, tankage and terminal services to the petroleum industry, including HollyFrontier Corporation, which currently owns a 44% interest (including a 2% general partner interest) in Holly Energy. Holly Energy owns and operates petroleum product and crude pipelines, tankage, terminals and loading facilities located in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Kansas and Wyoming. In addition, Holly Energy owns a 75% interest in UNEV Pipeline, LLC, the owner of a Holly Energy operated refined products pipeline running from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada, and related product terminals and a 25% interest in SLC Pipeline LLC, a 95-mile intrastate pipeline system serving refineries in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/hollyfrontier-and-holly-energy-partners-announce-n/

Atmos Energy Corporation to Host Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

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Atmos Energy Corporation to Host Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Atmos Energy Corporation (NYS: ATO) will host a conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern to review the company’s fiscal 2013 second quarter financial results. Atmos Energy will release these results on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, following the market close.

To listen to the conference call, dial 877-485-3107. You may also listen to the call on the Atmos Energy website at www.atmosenergy.com. The Internet broadcast will be archived for 30 days.

Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

May 2, 2013

9:00 a.m. Eastern / 8:00 a.m. Central

Toll-free: 877-485-3107

International: 201-689-8427

(No passcode)

Internet Webcast: www.atmosenergy.com

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural gas-only distributors, serving about three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com.

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Atmos Energy Announces Retirement of Robert W. Best

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Atmos Energy Announces Retirement of Robert W. Best

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Atmos Energy Corporation (NYS: ATO) today announced that Robert W. Best, who was serving as executive chairman, has retired from the company, effective April 1, 2013. Subsequent to his retirement, the company’s Board of Directors appointed Best as chairman of the board. Best joined Atmos Energy Corporation in March 1997 and served as chairman, president and chief executive officer until October 2008 and chairman and chief executive officer from October 2008 to October 2010, when he was appointed executive chairman.

Prior to joining Atmos Energy, Best served in a variety of leadership roles for companies in the energy industry from 1974 to 1997, including Consolidated Natural Gas Company, Transco Energy Company, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation and Texas Gas Transmission Corporation. A native of Nappanee, Indiana, Best received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in 1968 and his law degree from the University of Indiana in 1974.

Best has long been active in national and local civic, charitable and industry organizations, having formerly served as chairman of the American Gas Association, American Gas Foundation, Southern Gas Association and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving about three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com.

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Williams CEO to Present at Upcoming MLP Conference

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Williams CEO to Present at Upcoming MLP Conference

TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Williams (NYS: WMB) President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Armstrong, who is also the chief executive officer of Williams Partners L.P.’s (NYS: WPZ) general partner, is scheduled to present Thursday, March 28 at the Pinnacle Investment Advisors 2013 Tulsa Master Limited Partnership Investor Conference.

Armstrong is speaking at 2:30 p.m. CDT. Armstrong’s presentation will be available at www.williams.com and www.williamslp.com on the morning of March 28. The event will not be webcast.

About Williams (NYSE: WMB)

Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than 10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company’s facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day. Williams owns approximately 68 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYS: WPZ) , one of the largest diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns most of Williams’ interstate gas pipeline and domestic midstream assets. The company’s headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. For more information, visit www.williams.com, where the company routinely posts important information.

About Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ)

Williams Partners L.P. is a leading diversified master limited partnership focused on natural gas transportation; gathering, treating, and processing; storage; natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil transportation. The partnership owns interests in three major interstate natural gas pipelines that, combined, deliver 14 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. The partnership’s gathering and processing assets include large-scale operations in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and both onshore and offshore along the Gulf of Mexico. Williams (NYS: WMB) owns approximately 68 percent of Williams Partners, including the general-partner interest. More information is available at www.williamslp.com, where the partnership routinely posts important information.

Portions of this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by federal law. Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes …read more
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A closer look at LDCM's first scene

Turning on new satellite instruments is like opening new eyes. This week, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) released its first images of Earth, collected at 1:40 p.m. EDT on March 18. The first image shows the meeting of the Great Plains with the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. The natural-color image shows the green coniferous forest of the mountains coming down to the dormant brown plains. The cities of Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder and Denver string out from north to south. Popcorn clouds dot the plains while more complete cloud cover obscures the mountains. …read more
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U.S. Gas Prices Dip

By Dan Dzombak, The Motley Fool

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Gasoline prices were down slightly versus the previous week in every section of the U.S. except the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Nationally, the price of a gallon of gas was down nearly 0.4% in the past week and is down 1.4% in the past month, that’s below the 3.1% drop in the price of WTI Crude, and the 7.3% drop in Brent Crude.

 

Regular

WTI Crude

Brent Crude

3/18/2013

$3.696

$93.71

$108.55

Week Ago

$3.71

$92.07

$108.64

Month Ago

$3.747

$96.69

$117.04

Year Ago

$3.867

$108.09

$125.76

Source: U.S. EIA.

We’ll have to wait and see if gasoline prices prematurely peaked this year or if they have more room to run. The past two years, the national price of gasoline peaked sometime in April to early May.

Source: U.S. EIA.

Regionally, gas prices vary quite a bit, with the West Coast having the highest prices. On a weekly basis, gasoline prices were down in all areas except the Midwest, where they increased, and the Rocky Mountains, where they stayed the same.

Source: U.S. EIA.

The price of oil is far below its price last year when the oil markets were worried about Iran. With the price of oil down so much since then the obvious question is: Why is the price of gas so high now?

Refinery outages play a role. Many refineries do necessary maintenance in the winter months as demand is the lowest. We need to wait till tomorrow for last week’s refinery utilization data. For the previous week, ending March 8, the EIA data showed refineries are utilizing slightly less capacity than last year across the U.S at 81%. That is the lowest utilization rate so far this year.

According to a roundup from Dow Jones Newsires, there are many planned and unplanned production outages at U.S. refineries currently:

Among the unplanned outages, notable ones include Chevron , which has a crude distillation unit offline at its refinery in Richmond, Calif. The company reportedly said yesterday it expects to have the unit back online by the end of March.

Phillips 66 had its refinery in Sweeny, Texas, stop production after it lost power from a third-party source on March 10. Power was fully restored the next day and it was expected that production would fully resume by March 14-16.

Valero Energy has a hydrocracking unit currently out of service at its Port Arthur, Texas, facility for a compressor repair. There is no estimate on when the unit will be restarted. Valero also had a hydrocracking unit shut down in Benicia, Calif., on March 10, a restart date has not yet been set, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Among planned outages, ExxonMobil has a coker unit undergoing planned maintenance at its Baytown, Texas, refinery. Meanwhile Alon’s …read more
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Williams, Williams Partners to Report First-Quarter Financial Results on May 7

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Williams, Williams Partners to Report First-Quarter Financial Results on May 7

TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Williams (NYS: WMB) and Williams Partners L.P. (NYS: WPZ) plan to announce their first-quarter 2013 financial results after the market closes on Tuesday, May 7.

The company and the partnership will host a joint Q&A live webcast on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m. EDT. A limited number of phone lines will be available at (800) 390-5705. International callers should dial (719) 325-2461. A link to the webcast, as well as replays of the webcast in both streaming and downloadable podcast formats, will be available for two weeks following the event at www.williams.com and www.williamslp.com.

About Williams (NYSE: WMB)

Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than 10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company’s facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day. Williams owns approximately 68 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYS: WPZ) , one of the largest diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns most of Williams’ interstate gas pipeline and domestic midstream assets. The company’s headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. For more information, visit www.williams.com, where the company routinely posts important information.

About Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ)

Williams Partners L.P. is a leading diversified master limited partnership focused on natural gas transportation; gathering, treating, and processing; storage; natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil transportation. The partnership owns interests in three major interstate natural gas pipelines that, combined, deliver 14 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. The partnership’s gathering and processing assets include large-scale operations in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and both onshore and offshore along the Gulf of Mexico. Williams (NYS: WMB) owns approximately 68 percent of Williams Partners, including the general-partner interest. More information is available at www.williamslp.com, where the partnership routinely posts important information.

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The Mad Billionaire Behind GoPro: The World's Hottest Camera Company

By Ryan Mac, Forbes Staff

Nick Woodman is 37 years old. His constantly tousled sepia hair and permanent, mischievous half-grin make him look 27. And he acts 17, as I learn 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains, after Woodman packed me, his wife, Jill, and a dozen of his favorite colleagues and buds into a chartered Gulfstream III en route to Montana’s Yellowstone Club, the most exclusive ski hill in the U.S. …read more
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Climate Change, Labor Capacity Losses Examined By Government Scientists

By The Huffington Post News Editors

By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Earth’s increasingly hot, wet climate has cut the amount of work people can do in the worst heat by about 10 percent in the past six decades, and that loss in labor capacity could double by mid-century, U.S. government scientists reported on Sunday.
Because warmer air can hold more moisture than cooler air, there’s more absolute humidity in the atmosphere now than there used to be. And as anyone who has sweltered through a hot, muggy summer knows, it’s more stressful to work through hot months when the humidity is high.
To figure out the stress of working in hotter, wetter conditions, experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looked at military and industrial guidelines already in place for heat stress, and set those guidelines against climate projections for how hot and humid it’s likely to get over the next century.
Their findings were stark: “We project that heat stress-related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate,” said lead author John Dunne of NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton.
Work capability is already down to 90 percent during the most hot and humid periods, Dunne and his co-authors wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. Using a middle-of-the-road projection of future temperature and humidity, they estimate that could drop to 80 percent by 2050.
A more extreme scenario of future global warming, which estimated a temperature rise of 10.8 degrees F (6 degrees C), would make it difficult to work in the hottest months in many parts of the world, Dunne said at a telephone briefing.
Labor capacity would be all but eliminated in the lower Mississippi Valley and most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains would be exposed to heat stress “beyond anything experienced in the world today,” he said.

BAHRAIN-ON-THE-HUDSON?
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