It may be day 5 of The Trump presidency, but it’s day 2 of The Nightly Surge. “King Kong” Kuegler’s takes care of the morning, I’m on the night shift. I don’t think there’s been this devastating of a 1-2 combination since George Foreman’s right uppercut and left hook decked Joe Frazier in Jamaica 1973. “Down goes Frazier!”… and here goes The Nightly Surge.
Trump Administration Orders Media Blackout At EPA
Well, at least their electric bill will be lower??
The Associated Press reports that the Trump administration has also ordered a “temporary suspension” of all new business activities at the department, including; imparting grants, giving task orders and work assignments to EPA contractors or awarding any new contracts in general. The orders should have a “huge” and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.
Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump took office on Friday have demanded specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts.
The AP says that the EPA did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting comment Monday or Tuesday. Not sure what kind of response the AP was expecting from the EPA, considering said EPA is under a media blackout. However, this lack of communication does seem to play quite well to the optics of compliance by the EPA for the media blackout.
Trump Backs Keystone XL & Dakota Access Pipelines
Whether you want him on Mt. Rushmore, or want him rushed out the door, we can all agree that our Emperor isn’t shy about being bold.
According to BBC.COM, Trump is behind the XL and Dakota Access projects, but only if American steel is used to build the pipelines.
This backing is in direct contradiction to the Obama administration halting of the project back in late 2015.
While most in the oil industry applaud this move, environmental groups reacted with outrage. This week on “No Sh#t!”
Sierra Club director Michael Brune said:
“Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate we feared he would be…”
I hope President Trump will have a wider appeal, and a greater appreciation for our democracy by the time he’s well into his 3rd term in office.
On an even more serious note, up until a few months ago, I thought the Keystone Pipeline had to do with a beer bootlegging operation run by people who fell in love with the “bottled taste in a can” mantra of Keystone beer back in the ‘90’s. #IamNotSmart.
BP To Sell Stake In UKCS Magnus Field, Sullom Voe Terminal
What? You wanted more about Trump? Neither did I.
The team at Rigzone.com are reporting that BP has agreed to sell part of its interests in the Magnus oil field in addition to some associated pipeline infrastructure; the UK northern North Sea; and in the Sullom Voe Terminal (SVT), in Shetland, to EnQuest. Yes, I almost fell asleep during that sentence too. #YouAreNotAlone… but it’s nice to see BP doing something other than leaking a million gallons of oil an hour into the ocean for once. Sorry, BP… I wasn’t writing for The Surge back in your “hay day” of controversy, so I wanted to get a quick jab in.
Included in the agreement is 25% of BP’s 100% stake in Magnus, 25% of BP’s interests in a number of associated pipelines and a 3% interest in the Sullom Voe Terminal from BP Exploration Operating Company Limited’s current total 12% stake.
Under the terms of the agreement, EnQuest has a time sensitive option to purchase BP’s remaining 75% interest in Magnus, a further 9% interest in SVT and the remainder of BP’s interests in the associated pipelines for a consideration of $300 million. Under this option, BP would also retain 50% of net cash flows from these assets, up to a limit of $1 billion.
I believe there is only a 40% chance of any of this actually happening, but there’s only a 22% chance of that being accurate… minus 4% for unknown variables of varying percentages.
On that confusing note, I leave you… but fret not, I’ll be here tomorrow evening filling you in on all you need to know… and much of what you could probably do without. ‘Night Night.