Michigan’s Presque Isle Coal Plant to Close in 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Mining Journal:The Presque Isle Power Plant is on track to close in 2020, officials say. The closing date of the coal-fired plant was confirmed at the Upper Peninsula Energy Summit Wednesday at Northern Michigan University.The facility will be replaced by two new natural gas-fueled power plants in Marquette and Baraga counties to be owned and operated by Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. The plants were approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission in October. The $275 million project will be capable of generating a combined 183 megawatts of power and both plants are expected to be completed by the middle of 2019.MPSC Chairwoman Sally Talberg said three new natural gas pipelines were also approved in the Upper Peninsula. Two of the pipelines will feed the new UMERC generation facilities, Talberg said, with a third project consisting of a 43-mile natural gas pipeline, to be operated by Semco Energy Gas Company, between Wells Township and Marquette, which was approved by the MPSC in August.She said the pipelines, because they would be looped — which means two or more pipelines running parallel to each other — would also address vulnerabilities in natural gas service in the U.P. and could also encourage economic development.More: Energy Summit: Officials Talk Plans and Improvements Michigan’s Presque Isle Coal Plant to Close in 2020last_img read more

BSO deputy suspended in connection to leak of FLL shooting video

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been suspended with pay in connection to the investigation of the leaked surveillance video showing the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left five people dead.Shortly after the deadly airport shooting, surveillance video from inside the airport was released. Now a BSO deputy is being investigated for allegedly being behind the release of the footage.TMZ was the first news outlet to share the footage of what shows the shooter firing upon unsuspecting passengers at Terminal 2 of FLL. TMZ is known for paying thousands of dollars to its sources when it comes to exclusive footage.Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said that they identified the person by his reflection on the screen. “This individual really had no gauge whatsoever in terms of sensitivity and in trust,” Sharief said.The deputy has been identified as Michael Dingman, a deputy assigned to the airport district. Last month, Dingman was a featured source in a 7News report on illegal parking at FLL.Related: BSO cracking down on illegal parking at FLLBroward Sheriff Scott Israel released this statement regarding the leak: “Our investigation is moving forward. We are making progress and aggressively pursuing this case. Today, I suspended a deputy with pay in connection with this active investigation.”“I feel like he shouldn’t be paid at all,” Sharief said. “This is a heinous, heinous act. It is despicable, and it’s discouraging to have someone do this, and it is a crime.” Israel later spoke to 7News regarding the mayor’s comment and said, “Broward County Mayor is not the litmus test for what I do as sheriff.”The video is a crucial piece of evidence in the federal investigation of the shooting. Israel did not say whether the investigation had been compromised. “I’m not saying he did anything. He didn’t do anything. We’re not discussing any of the behavior exhibited by the deputy,” he said.However, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association president, Jeff Bell, phoned in to remind 7News readers and viewers that Dingman is innocent until proven guilty. “If anybody in law enforcement was proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have had involvement in releasing information like this, then obviously, you would condemn an action like that.”The union said if Dingman is under investigation for the video, Sharief should be looked at for releasing information the day of the shooting.“If they’re looking at someone for releasing a video, I would also ask them to seriously look at Mayor Barbara Sharief for her conduct and her revealing of information that is specifically tied to the investigation,” Bell said.In the meantime, the suspect accused of the shooting, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago is in federal custody. Three of the victims from Friday’s shooting remain in the hospital.Among the actions listed on the suspension memo are disclosure or use of confidential information. last_img read more