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ConocoPhillips Alaska Head Killed in Avalanche

Posted by feww on February 15, 2010

Since nature protects Earth against external threats, does it follow that it’s also on-guard for threats from within?

The president of ConocoPhillips Alaska, Jim Bowles, was killed in an avalanche near Spencer Glacier.

Jim Bowles, president of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., who was killed in an avalanche on Saturday, seen taking to reporters at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday Dec. 3, 2008 where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced an agreement between the state of Alaska and the oil industry to extend the federal export license for the LNG plant on the Kenai Peninsula. Steven Hinchmann, senior VP of worldwide production for Marathon Oil Corp. , back, left, Tom Irwin Department of Natural Resources commissioner, and Gov. Sarah Palin, right, listen in the back. On the campaign trail, Palin says repeatedly that America must tap its own natural gas and oil reserves to become energy independent. But she has pushed the federal government to allow a liquefied natural gas plant to continue exporting to Asia, the only such plant in the United States that sends the product overseas. AP Photo/Al Grillo. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

Another employee of the company who was part of the snowmobiling party was missing and presumed dead, Alaska State Troopers said, Reuters reported.

Mr Bowles’s body  was recovered on Saturday, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters was reported as saying.

“Bowles was pulled from the avalanche debris and CPR was given for about 30 minutes before they stopped the effort,” Peters said.

Mr Bowles, 57, is believed to have been with “a group of about a dozen snowmobilers when the avalanche hit the Grandview wilderness area on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.”

The missing man was identified as Alan Gage, “presumed buried, presumed dead,” Peters said. “Gage was a member of ConocoPhillips’ capital projects team.”

Bowles became the president of ConocoPhillips Alaska in 2004.  “ConocoPhillips is Alaska’s largest oil producer and one of the two major oil-field operators on the North Slope.” Reuters reported.

An Oil Rig in Alaska. Source. Mineral Management Services.

On Friday (Feb 12), Fire-Earth warned “the ongoing seismicity and the prospect of enhanced volcanic activity in Alaska bode ill for the oil companies that are operating in the face of the fragile ecosystems in the region.”

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Cyclone RENE (TC 15P) Update 5 (15 Feb)

Posted by feww on February 15, 2010

Cyclone RENE Continues to Pummel Tonga Islands

Having killed at least one person, leaving behind a trail of destruction in the American Samoa (despite false media reports to the contrary), Cyclone RENE  continues to lash the island groups of Tonga with wind gusts of 200 km/hr and heavy rain.

According to two different reports, the roofs are being torn off building, trees ripped out of the ground, with power and communication lines cut off on the Vava’u and Ha’apai island groups.

RENE is now headed toward the Tongan capital of  Nuku’Alofa on the main island of Tongatapu.

Tropical Cyclone RENE – IR-WV Difference Satellite Image – Source: UW-CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Map of Tonga Island Groups. Source: USGovt. Click image to enlarge.


Tropical Cyclone RENE (TC 15P) Details

  • Date/Time: 15 February 2010 –  00:01 UTC
  • Position:  Near 19.6ºS, 174.4ºW
  • Sustained Movement: 245  degrees
  • Forward speed: 19 km/hr (~ 10 kt)
  • Tropical Cyclone RENE has been tracking  SOUTHWEST over the past 6 hours.

Current Wind Distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: ~ 165km (~ 90 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  ~ 205 km/hr (~ 110 kt)
  • RENE is now a Cat 2B Hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale.
  • The cyclone is expected to begin losing its intensity sharply within the next 24 hours due to cooler sea surface temperatures and high vertical wind shear.

Wave Height and Location:

  • Maximum significant wave height: ~ 9m (27 ft)
  • Location: TC RENE was located about 880 km (~ 475 NM) Southeast of  NADI, FIJI.
  • Sources: CIMSS, JTWC and Others

Additional Satellite Imagery

NOAA East Pacific Floater 1 GOES Satellite ImageryCyclone FIFTEEN (TC 15P)

See also: UW- CIMSS Cyclone Portal

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Cyclone RENE (TC 15P) Update 4 (14 Feb)

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