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US Steel idles Indiana mill due to lack of ore (& climate change)
MSN ^ | 4/05/14

Posted on 04/05/2014 6:27:14 PM PDT by Libloather

GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off its access to vital iron ore and other raw materials.

The company said in a letter to its customers that it has idled the Gary Works complex's blast furnaces and steelmaking operations "due to unforeseen and unprecedented ice conditions on the Great Lakes" after the Midwest's frigid winter, The Times of Munster reported (http://bit.ly/QMW0D4 ).

"These severe ice conditions have not occurred on the Great Lakes for more than three decades," the letter states.

Treacherous ice covering much of Lake Superior has prevented freighter ships from hauling iron ore — an essential ingredient in steelmaking — from Minnesota's Iron Range to northwestern Indiana steel mills.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalcooling; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; indiana; steel
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Global cooling sucks.
1 posted on 04/05/2014 6:27:14 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Is this just happening today? Is the ice still that heavy on the Great Lakes, today, April 5th? It’s not melting? Stunning.

Hard to believe, as spring is here, and that ice is going to start melting in a big way very soon.


2 posted on 04/05/2014 6:32:30 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (as)
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To: Libloather

3 posted on 04/05/2014 6:34:14 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Libloather

Hire Warren Buffett’s Trainz.


4 posted on 04/05/2014 6:34:16 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Libloather
More than 5,800 employees who work at the mill continue reporting to work despite the temporary suspension of steelmaking operations.

Hmm. That's the United Steelworkers Union for you. Punch in, punch out, spend 8 hours playing cards and having lunch.

I wonder how they'll heat the place? Maybe they'll keep a few of the blast furnaces going just to keep the workers comfortable.

5 posted on 04/05/2014 6:34:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Libloather

When all that ice melts, won’t it flood Chicago? /s


6 posted on 04/05/2014 6:36:29 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Libloather

These are all lies, told by climate change deniers who should be thrown in prison.


7 posted on 04/05/2014 6:36:38 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Libloather
I see one open lock at the Soo but it looks like there is still plenty of ice beyond.

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8 posted on 04/05/2014 6:39:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Libloather

Maybe Gordon Lightfoot can write a song about it.


9 posted on 04/05/2014 6:39:06 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Ice is a serious chiller.

One can stockpile raw materials (navigation on the Great Lakes is always halted for some period of time in the Winter).

Poor planning can result in exhaustion of the inventory before resupply starts.

Lake Michigan was iced up REAL good this winter.


10 posted on 04/05/2014 6:41:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Libloather

Soo locks webcams. Its a USACE website so you’ll be warned.

https://webcam.crrel.usace.army.mil/soo/


11 posted on 04/05/2014 6:41:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
that ice is going to start melting in a big way very soon.

Is it going to...uh...cause the sea levels to rise?

12 posted on 04/05/2014 6:43:38 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Paladin2

Superior is still 88% ice covered today.


13 posted on 04/05/2014 6:45:10 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Things don't look so good on Superior and Northern Lake Michigan today for transport:

Don't know if the Soo Locks are open.

14 posted on 04/05/2014 6:45:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Dilbert San Diego

http://iceweb1.cis.ec.gc.ca/Prod20/page2.xhtml?CanID=11080&lang=en

Site shows current great lakes ice conditions


15 posted on 04/05/2014 6:46:09 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: Paladin2

The locks officially opened on the 25th of March but not a single ship passed through because of the ice on lake superior.


16 posted on 04/05/2014 6:48:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"Welcome back the Soo Locks are open for the 2014-2015 shipping season (3/25/14)!"

Good luck on making it from Silver Bay, Two Harbors and the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, to the Chicago area any tiem soon.

17 posted on 04/05/2014 6:49:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Quiet Opening Day at the Soo Locks in 2014 March 26, 2014

Although the Soo Locks opened yesterday, UpNorthLive reports that for the first time in 20 years no ships passed through. Click through for a video story that includes footage from the Locks and an interview with Soo Locks Lock Master Tom Soeltner.
18 posted on 04/05/2014 6:50:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I haven’t heard any projections of flooding in the US, but a lot of areas got heavy snow and prolonged ice. I would think some places downstream will be underwater before long.


19 posted on 04/05/2014 6:51:08 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Cicero

What the heck? You mean that the steelworkers union had negotiated that their workers get paid for not working? Yes, I understand they are clocking in and all that, but, they are going to have nothing to do?????


20 posted on 04/05/2014 6:53:16 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (as)
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To: Paladin2

Yeah but Lake Ontario and southern Lake Michigan.....Surfs up baby!


21 posted on 04/05/2014 6:53:24 PM PDT by xp38
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To: cripplecreek
"The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw steers the cutter through the fog as it passed through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., March 21, 2014. The Mackinaw along with the Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay passed through the locks together en route to breaking ice in the St. Marys River and Lake Superior in preparation of the scheduled opening of the Locks, March 25. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read."

Some ships have a higher priority than others.

22 posted on 04/05/2014 6:54:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Libloather
i had a dusting of snow here on the hill this morning... the yearly globull warming is running late this year
23 posted on 04/05/2014 6:56:05 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Authorities find bodies of mother, son in flood waters

http://www.wthr.com/story/25170616/2014/04/05/conservation-officers-searching-for-two-people-in-flood-waters

GOSPORT -
Indiana Conservation Officers confirmed Saturday afternoon they had found a mother and son who disappeared beneath the flood waters of White River near Moon Road earlier that day.

The body of 5-year-old Bronson Liggett was found still in the flood waters around 4:20 p.m. His mother, 24-year-old Jana Payton, was found about 20 minutes later.

.............

Investigators said a friend of Payton’s was driving at the time. They believe she was unfamiliar with the gravel road next to the White River. The car became submerged in flood waters.

All three got on top of the car to try to escape the flood. The friend went up a nearby hill to look for help but by the time she got back, was never able to find Payton or Liggett again.


24 posted on 04/05/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT by digger48
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To: xp38
I've observed that retail outlets in Western SF have a MUCH better selection of Wet Suits than any other place I've been.

Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo (NY) are lame in comparison.

Our local kayak cascades have had the ice clocking the chutes melted off in the last few weeks and I've seen one set of kayakers go through.

Since I tend to use a tube with a kayak paddle, it's still way too cold for me to do any navigation (I never bought the well fitting wet suit when I had the chance).

25 posted on 04/05/2014 7:00:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: xp38
I've observed that retail outlets in Western SF have a MUCH better selection of Wet Suits than any other place I've been.

Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo (NY) are lame in comparison.

Our local kayak cascades have had the ice clogging the chutes melted off in the last few weeks and I've seen one set of kayakers go through.

Since I tend to use a tube with a kayak paddle, it's still way to cold for me to do any navigation (I never bought the well fitting wet suit when I had the chance).

26 posted on 04/05/2014 7:04:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Chode
The last of the ice disappeared of my lake about the day before yesterday.

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27 posted on 04/05/2014 7:04:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Well, I just happened to read that one sentence in the article. Apparently, yes, they will report to work and get paid, but not have anything to do. Maybe do a bit of sweeping and tidying up, if their contracts permit it.

I put in a summer working at Youngstown Sheet & Tube in East Chicago back in the 1950s not far from there (but long since shut down). This doesn’t really surprise me. The company has less trouble and expense with the union, paying them for a few days or weeks for doing nothing, than it would have negotiating a formal shutdown, I would guess.


28 posted on 04/05/2014 7:12:05 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Paladin2

That’s because there is no surf in Cleveland, USA...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4diS3khW-5k


29 posted on 04/05/2014 7:14:01 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: cripplecreek

No more ice? Head for the hills! It’s global warming!


30 posted on 04/05/2014 7:14:56 PM PDT by xp38
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To: cripplecreek
shoreline lake is is gone but as of yesterday some ponds are still frozen
31 posted on 04/05/2014 7:22:06 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Cicero
I worked one week in the Summer in a Wire Mill during Plant Shutdown.

We put on Space Like Suits and went into the salt baths and other (plating) tanks to scrape out the accumulated crud along with doing general cleanup of all sorts of other Plant nooks and crannies.

32 posted on 04/05/2014 7:30:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

bring back the real Mackinaw. Problem solved.


33 posted on 04/05/2014 7:55:46 PM PDT by technically right
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To: cripplecreek

The guys tell me that they have cleared the Locks, but, its the ice built up (pressure ridges) that are the problem. Some ice is piled up really thick. The CG is afraid that the breakers might be stretched so far to the limit that they might fracture hulls.


34 posted on 04/05/2014 7:58:32 PM PDT by crz
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To: cripplecreek

On another note, the guys at the Tilden and Empire Mines say that they thought the docks at Escanaba are operating. But, that is Cliffs Natural (Formerly Cleveland Cliffs) turf and I wonder if they will divert any to US Steel since they are contracted with other steel companies.


35 posted on 04/05/2014 8:06:02 PM PDT by crz
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To: Libloather

Wow,!
I dd not know that climate change would effect the growing and harvesting of iron ore.


36 posted on 04/05/2014 8:15:52 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Libloather

The Escanaba dock is operating..

http://www.boatnerd.com/news/news14.htm

BTW, on the Great Lakes they are called boats and not ships.


37 posted on 04/05/2014 8:22:38 PM PDT by crz
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" 62-year career"

That ain't bad. Similar to the B-52's.

Maybe we could buy a nuclear powered Russian Arctic Breaker to get the Yeoman's work done.

38 posted on 04/05/2014 8:23:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: crz

I think if they have multiple boats stowed aboard, they should be called Ships.


39 posted on 04/05/2014 8:24:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Season opens with Top Hat ceremony as Port Colborne welcomes CSL Laurentien 4/5 - Port Colborne, Ont. – She plowed through at least a metre of Lake Erie's ice, guided by the ice breaker, CCGC Samuel Risley, to arrive in Port Colborne early Friday morning, just after midnight.

Canadian Steamship Lines' CSL Laurentien docked at Lock 8 about 12:45 a.m. with Captain Jim Perkins and Chief Marcel Garant welcomed by Mayor Vance Badawey, who officiated an early morning Top Hat Ceremony postponed for a week due to the harshness of our 2013 to 2014 winter season and the tremendous ice build up on the Great Lakes.

40 posted on 04/05/2014 8:27:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Nope. Boats. On the oceans they are called ships.

And what EVER you do, dont call them ships to any sailer that sails on the Great Lakes.


41 posted on 04/05/2014 8:31:14 PM PDT by crz
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To: Cicero

I doubt they can shut the blast furnaces down- I think they are coke fired.


42 posted on 04/05/2014 8:32:17 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Paladin2

I see the A Anderson is still going. Remember that boat?


43 posted on 04/05/2014 8:32:39 PM PDT by crz
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To: crz

Well the Saint Laurence Seaway was opened in 1959 and since then newer vessels that seem to be only operated in the Great Lake have begun to resemble their Ocean sailing brethren, at least the newer ships that could more readily sail on the open seas should be called ships.


44 posted on 04/05/2014 8:40:18 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Dilbert San Diego

They just got 2 feet of snow in Houghton yesterday...


45 posted on 04/05/2014 8:45:24 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: crz
As a kid, I saw all sorts of foreign vessels going through the Welland Canal (one could quite easily approach the edge of the lock).

People were trading stuff with the crew sometimes.

Many of the Ocean Goers were smaller than the Lake Freighters.

Heck, many of the US Navy ships on the Great Lakes were smaller than the Lake Freighters.

"In January 1813, William Jones (who had replaced Hamilton as the United States Secretary of the Navy) ordered the construction of two brig-rigged corvettes at Presque Isle, and transferred shipwright Noah Brown there from Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario to take charge of construction. Other than their rig and crude construction (such as using wooden pegs instead of nails because of shortages of the latter), the two brigs were close copies of the contemporary USS Hornet. The heaviest armament for the ships came from foundries on Chesapeake Bay, and were moved to Presque Isle only with great difficulty."

Ships, they said ships!

46 posted on 04/05/2014 8:50:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: crz
What about this puppy?

I have no idea about the list of the multitudinous "ships" I saw going through the Welland Canal as a kid. There may be a few (Brownie) photos in some bin somewhere.

I also saw a few running the rapids both ways under the Blue Water Bridge (and some in the Soo Locks, in the Maumee River, in the Ontario to St. Lawrence locks, in Superior, Duluth, Thunder Bay and other places around the ponds).

47 posted on 04/05/2014 8:59:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Cicero

If they shut the blast furnaces down, this would be an excellent opportunity to reline them. I used to know some guys that did that for a living. Good pay but very hard, hot, dirty job.


48 posted on 04/05/2014 9:10:25 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: cripplecreek

Nice pic; evocative and atmospheric. Like it.


49 posted on 04/05/2014 9:51:34 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: Libloather

Crap. I have to order anout 1000 lbs of chromoly steel bars and that’s where my supplies come from. Blast this global warming!!!


50 posted on 04/06/2014 2:31:34 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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