Coal train and windmill
essential non-gas-wasting field trip
Saturday February 11, 2012

First posted
Sunday February 12, 2012 15:05
Saturday March 3, 2012 07:17

If you want to know about coal, then Ms Gretchen Hoffman is the correct contact.

EPA over pollution controls at its San Juan plant. “The EPA’s mandate … will increase electric prices beyond the point of affordability for many New Mexicans,” according to Prosperity Works which said it favors a less costly state pollution solution. The group said the EPA order will hurt the poorest ratepayers the most, prevent PNM from spending more to develop alternative sources and ensure a longer life for the power plant.

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Large-scale wind and solar generation of electricity may be a scam in the sense that cost of equipment, installation and maintenance is greater than revenue received from electricity sold. Also EROEI may be < 1.

Schott solar still has not responded to our EROEI question.

STAY DENIED IN EPA RULE FIGHT - Public Service Company of New Mexico said Thursday a federal court has denied its request for a stay in the case of EPA ordering new pollution control equipment for the San Juan power plant. The utility said that likely means it will have to spend in the $200 million range for engineering and other advance work even though the court might eventually strike down the EPA rule.

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Cramer Mad Money March 1,2012. Joy Global Sutherlin on coal. China and India are adding coal generation of electricity.

Saturday February 18, 2012 08:09

Officials in key parts of the Obama administration are increasingly convinced that sanctions will not deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear programme, and believe that the US will be left with no option but to launch an attack on Iran or watch Israel do so.

Peoplenomics link

Suspicion is that Mr Rudisill is reading.

Others may be reading too?


Pretend this didn't happen and it will go away?

Liberal arts 'thinking'?

It happened and may not go away and will not until properly settled, imo.

Let's all try of think of a response.

We were dragged into this because of Sandia Labs projects.

We were doing more constructive projects. Google 'embedded controller forth for the 8051 family'.

Devon Energy John Richels Mad Money Wednesday February 15, 2012 lecture on fracking.

Thomas W. Engler, Ph.D.

Video for Ron Broadhead.

Attended PRC natural gas efficiency rate hearing in Santa Fe at the PRC on Monday February 13, 2012.

Two annual production of natural gas [BCF] figures show that production is has been declining since about 2002.



New Mexico has produced s x 109 billion bbls of crude oil and t x 1012 ft3 trillion cubic ft3 of natural gas since production of these resources began in the 1920’s. During 2011, u x 106 million bbls oil and v x 1012 ft3 gas were produced in New Mexico. Available estimates of undiscovered resources indicate a minimum of w x 109 bbls oil and between y and z x 1012 ft3 gas remain to be produced in the state.


What are the values of s, t, u, v, w, y and z?

As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent nationwide boom in drilling is slowing. Drillers don't make money if prices go too low — and drilling wells isn't cheap.

Sunday February 12, 2012 15:31

Energy viz switch from Iran viz was started in 2006 with a trip through the Powder River Basic on way to 50th high school reunion.

Coal main page.

Energy and Iran viz converge in 2012 because of possibility that Iran's nuclear generation of electricity facilities may be bombed.

Iran: Only Half the Story

Natural gas and the liberal art 'educated' are on our agenda perhaps as early as Monday February 13, 2012 in Santa Fe.

Yergin fracking page.


By Ronald Broadhead.

New Mexico has produced 5.2 billion bbls of crude oil and 56 trillion cubic ft3 of natural gas since production of these resources began in the 1920’s. During 2002, 67 million bbls oil and 1.6 trillion ft3 gas were produced in New Mexico. Available estimates of undiscovered resources indicate a minimum of 1.48 billion bbls oil and between 68 and 89 trillion ft3 gas remain to be produced in the state.

Thursday February 9, 2012 14:07

Hello Mr Broadhead,

Post of above article not found by Google as of Sunday February 12, 2012.

Figures in above article.

Eastward out of Belen heading toward Mountainair on Saturday February 11, 2012.

Stopped at rail crossing at Madrone.

Rancher in white diesel truck stopped to ask if bill was having vehicle problems.

Windmills became a topic of interest since we were only several hundred yards from

Note trash at foot of broken windmill.

New Mexico desert near towns are littered with trash.

Rancher told me that during last storm maximum wind speed at his ranch measured 75 mph.

If the windmill does not shut down properly in high wind, then they are destroyed rancher said.

Pipes of working windmills are frequently, but not always, insullated. Rancher reported that gears are destroyed if pipes freeze.

Replacement gears for old Aermotor windmills are getting hard to find, rancher reported.

No coal trains seen recently seen, rancher said.

Shortly after rancher departed.

stopped. Looking east toward Mountainair, NM.

Tracks crossed we drove length of train.



Coal train stopped over slightly over one hour.

Tracfone LG430G cell phone menus experimented with to kill time. One phone call made to Austin.

Looking west at another stopped train.

Crossover switches are heated with propane during cold temperatures.

Two trains passed before train seen above departed.

Coal train departing start.

Coal train departing end.

118 coal cars counted.

Drove back to Belen, NM and found coal train waiting.

See and hear entire coal train going into Belen yard.

Canon Vixia HF R100 about $250 HD sdhc camera recording. Fast motion causes problems for all solid state camera, as can be seen

These aluminum coal cars are rotated to dump their contents.

Belen, NM is a fuel stop for trains.

The late Joe Rizzo reported that the yard consumes about 180,000 gallon of diesel each day.

Tanks on the diesel locomotives contain about 5,000 gallons of diesel we read.

Trinity page contains information on BTUs contained in each coal car.

Energy problems loom, we speculate.

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