Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In the news 5/6/15

Given the importance of coal shipments to Ohio River transportation, this article might be interesting to river fans. It talks about mergers in the coal industry. Specifically to the river, it has a map and chart of coal deliveries to power plants in the Ohio Valley.


A study says proposed cuts in carbon dioxide emissions could save more than 3,000 lives per year. I admit that back in my editing days when a reporter would write a story saying this or that form of pollution killed so many people last year, my first response was, what were their names? Yes, I know that they were doing statistical analysis on the likelihood that so many people died prematurely, but ...


It's been a decade since I set foot in the part of Northern Kentucky across the river from Cincinnati, so I can't say much about it, but this does sound good.


Scott Wartman of the Cincinnati Enquirer used to be one of my coworkers at the Huntington newspaper. I told people I taught him everything he knows. Not everything I know, but everything he knows. He's grown past that point since then, though.

Anyway, here he has a story on how Cincinnati is joining the game of claiming many, many miles of riverbank as a "port" for statistical purposes.

M/V Connie K

The Connie K of Campbell Transportation passed Huntington yesterday around noon. These were taken from the riverbank in a residential area of Huntington. That's the community of Bradrick, which lies between the metropolises of Proctorville and Chesapeake, Ohio, in the background.

The Connie K looks like an old boat, mainly because it is. It was built in 1951 by Dravo, and as with any older boat it has had almost as many name changes than a character on a soap opera.