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Lanes of M6 motorway closed in both directions in Cumbria


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The overturned lorry CUMBRIA ROADS POLICE

The overturned lorry CUMBRIA ROADS POLICE

By Amy Fenton

16 August 2017 8:06AM

POLICE have closed one lane on both carriageways of the M6 near Shap because of an overturned lorry.

The incident happened at around 2am this morning and has left one lane in each direction closed until the vehicle can be recovered from the scene.

The collision has caused extensive damage to the barrier between junctions 39 and 40 and police have warned motorists to expect delays throughout the morning.

We are currently dealing with an overturned HGV M6 @ Shap. Full closure but 2 lanes in each direction open soon[1]

— Cumbria Roads Police (@CumbriaRoadsPol) August 16, 2017[2]

1 lane closed, both ways #M6 btwn J39 + J40 (nr, #Penrith) for ongoing HGV recovery. Extensive barrier damage following this collision.[3][4][5]

— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) August 16, 2017[6]

16 August 2017 8:06AM


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The quest for Wally World inside the world of crude oil refining

It’s with the threat of a tsunami of frustration, impending doom, and boredom that I will attempt to lighten this discussion by using personification to capture your interest, thus preventing terminal glassy-eyed (or should I say gassy-eyed) syndrome, which accompanies any talk of the Keystone XL pipeline.

It’s been 10 pre-iPad years now, and the process is as pathetically comical as the never-ending summer vacation trip in search of the mythical Wally World.

Proponents of the pipeline thought they were in the driver’s seat, but the E-Wacks in the backseat still don’t believe it when they are told, “We’ll get there when we get there so stop asking!” The trip has been so long that the front to back seat conversations have been diluted to unprintable mutterings, and the latter no longer listens to the timetable excuses – no matter how logical they may be. By the end of this week, yet another but reportedly last fielding of arguments pro and con will be heard by a Nebraska commission of four Republicans and one Democrat, with not a president or secretary of state in sight.

The last gasp comments by those opposed opine that the pipeline has a “limited market need.”

Oh really?

Does this mean that the U.S. doesn’t import independent crude oil anymore? If so, why is it that the U.S. is still importing crude at the rate of 8 million bpd?

Ahhh! Maybe they mean the demand for crude oil and its refined derivatives is dropping like a stone. They should check their own government’s stats that show refinery runs are at 96% capacity nationally, with the Midwest at 99% and the Gulf hub running at 96%.

Although the media look at gasoline demand as exciting and glamorous to the excitable consumer, it’s distillates that grab my attention and that of the importers of crude, especially refiners. Distillates are the true economic scribes because they include diesel, jet fuels, and heating oils – the industrial lifeblood of the economy.

While U.S. gasoline demand has been flat to negative since the beginning of the year, distillate demand has been in double figures, which is the reason crude inventories are falling as refiners must keep pace with distillate demand.

The more demand for refined products the more the need for crude, especially heavy crude from the likes of Alberta’s Western Canadian Select, and the heavy sours from Venezuela. With the Venezuelans now under sanctions by the Trump administration, the refiners on the Gulf and in the Midwest will have increased need for the heavy crude they have been designed to process, as opposed to the light sweet variety used by eastern U.S. refiners. And, the source of this heavy crude is their politically stable and largest trading partner to the north!

But getting crude to our U.S. customers, the Refining World has become more difficult and certainly less amusing than the quest for Wally World.

The quest for KXL has become a comedy of sorts, but one of political errors that we will all pay dearly for.


Lorry driver injured after vehicle overturns on A50 near Bet365 stadium

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A lorry driver has been cut free from his vehicle after it overturned on the A50.

The accident happened just before 11am – and the road is now closed.

The air ambulance is at the scene after landing on the car park of the Bet365 stadium.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said the man had suffered a shoulder injury.

He said: “We have an air ambulance with a doctor on board, another doctor and an ambulance at the scene.

“We were called to reports of a lorry on its side with fuel leaking and the engine still running.

“The driver was having difficulty breathing with a shoulder injury. The patient is conscious.”

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed two fire engines from Longton and a third from Hanley were at the scene of the accident.

Read more: Emergency services dealing with incident at canal on Lime Kiln bank in Hanley[2]

She said: “We were called just before 10.55am. The accident is on the Eastbound carriageway opposite the Bet365 stadium.

“The accident involves a large lorry. The casualty was trapped by their injuries.

“Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to release them.”

A spokesman for the Midlands Air Ambulance said: “Request from West Midlands Ambulance Service for critical care team to attend lorry RTC in Stoke.

“Huge thanks to Stoke City security for their assistance.”

It is unclear when the road will reopen fully after the accident.


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