PAMPLICO, S.C. (AP) — The land agent who arrived at Reatha Jefferson’s door in May, unannounced and unmasked in the middle of the pandemic, told her he was giving her one more chance.

The agent was there on behalf of Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy. He wanted to see if Jefferson would let Dominion run a new natural gas pipeline through the land her great-grandfather, a rural Black farmer, had bought more than a century ago in Pamplico, South Carolina.

Jefferson sent the agent away and in July, the utility served her with court papers in an attempt to use eminent domain to build the pipeline.

The proposed 14.5-mile-long (23-kilometer-long) gas line is small in contrast to projects like the recently canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline, or even a 55-mile-long (88.5-kilometer-long) pipeline Dominion built recently in the state. But for Jefferson, it threatens to stain the land where her relatives once grew tobacco, corn and wheat, and the river where her father used to catch catfish for dinner.

“This property’s been in my family for 100 years. How do they think they can tell me what they’re going to run through my property?” she said.

The company cites new energy demand spurred by economic growth in eastern South Carolina as the impetus for the project. Dominion declined to make anyone available for an interview but said in a statement that the project could help attract and grow businesses, adding jobs and possibly lowering energy costs for residents.

The gas main, designed to supply customers directly with natural gas, would run 14.5 miles from a valve station to a regulating station along the Great Pee Dee River, according to permitting paperwork Dominion submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers. It would traverse 65 pieces of private property along the way.

Some environmental

Facing a fellow 0-3 team in the Denver Broncos, the Jets had their chances to come out of Thursday’s game with their first win of the season, but costly penalties seemed to get in their way at every turn in the 37-28 loss.

As a team, the Jets had 11 penalties for 118 yards, including six personal fouls. Perhaps none of them were more costly than Quinnen Williams’ facemask penalty against Brett Rypien, which negated a third-down sack that would have forced the Broncos to punt from deep in their own territory.

The Jets had just taken a 28-27 lead, but the penalty allowed the Broncos’ drive to continue. Denver would capitalize on the second life with afield goal to go up 30-28, before later icing the game with along Melvin Gordon touchdown.

“We had multiple chances to get off the field. We hurt ourselves,” Adam Gase said after the game. “Penalties were just brutal. Made them punt one time and just couldn’t do the right stuff. When we did hit [Rypien], we were hitting him late and were getting personal fouls. It’s ridiculous.

“When you look at it and there are 11 penalties for 118 yards, I mean we hurt ourselves. We need to get this corrected and we need to figure out like what guys are going to do things right, what guys are going to do the right things at the right time. This is not the way that we’re gonna play.”

In fact, the Jets’ final personal foul of the night came just before the final whistle, when Steve McLendon was charged with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Rypien on a fourth-down play.

The Broncos’ sideline seemed to be clearly upset at how physically the Jets were playing, and as a result, Broncos head coach Vic

By Anjishnu Mondal and Eileen Soreng

(Reuters) – Oil prices will stay near current levels this year as rising novel coronavirus cases threaten to slow the pace of demand recovery and counter output curbs by top producers, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

The survey of 40 analysts and economists forecast benchmark Brent crude

averaging $42.48 a barrel in 2020. That compares with an average of $42.54 this year and last month’s forecast of $42.75.

Brent is projected to average $50.41 in 2021.

The 2020 U.S. crude

price outlook was at $38.70 per barrel versus $38.82 predicted in August. It has averaged $38.20 this year.

“As long as there is no working vaccine available, the main risk for oil prices is lower-than-expected demand,” Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at ABN Amro said.

(Graphic: Oil demand and COVID-19 cases – https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/jznvnlqwzvl/Oil%20demand%20plunges%20as%20virus%20cases%20spike.PNG)

    Global demand was seen contracting by 8 million-9.8 million bpd (barrels per day) this year, slightly less bleak than the 8 million-10 million bpd consensus last month.

“Demand recovery should still continue in our view, although at a slower pace with the easiest demand gains behind us,” said UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo.

The recovery “will remain uneven”, he added.

Brent prices are on track for their first monthly decline in six as rising coronavirus infections across many regions, including Europe and the United States brought new restrictions, while global cases surpassed 33 million. [nL8N2C60GZ]

The International Energy Agency this month cut its 2020 demand forecast by 200,000 bpd to 91.7 million bpd. [nL8N2GC1RP]

But production cuts led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies will offer some support to prices, analysts said, with the group curbing output by 7.7 million bpd. [nL5N2EM3Z3]

“We suspect compliance with the OPEC+ deal will remain patchy but doubt that

Could you get a second stimulus check before the election on Nov. 3 if you qualify, and how much could you get? 



text: We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives. Angela Lang/CNET


© Provided by CNET
We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives. Angela Lang/CNET

Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have restarted negotiations to pass another coronavirus rescue package, there’s still a chance of another round of payments. House Democrats have a new relief proposal worth $2.2 trillion that includes a check as well as other items like $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits — it may be voted on as soon as this week. If it actually passes the House, the Senate could vote on it or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may choose to let it languish like the original Heroes Act from May instead of taking it to the upper chamber.



a close up of a book: Washington is already talking about a second round of stimulus payments for US taxpayers.


© Angela Lang/CNET

Washington is already talking about a second round of stimulus payments for US taxpayers.


The first stimulus check sent as much as $1,200 per adult, but a second stimulus check could be a bigger or smaller amount, particularly if the qualifications for dependents are broadened or if your financial circumstances have changed since the first round in March (try CNET’s stimulus calculator for an estimate of how much you might get). These new qualifications (among others) will shape the size of a potential payment.

Loading...

Load Error

Make sure you are aware of the key facts to know about stimulus checks, and keep reading for possible scenarios that may occur. Check back here for new updates.

You could get less than $1,200 — or possibly more

If another stimulus bill passes and you get an extra stimulus check, it’s likely that $1,200

Is there a possibility that you could receive a second stimulus check before the Nov. 3 election, and if so, how much could you receive if you are eligible? 



text: We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives. Angela Lang/CNET


© Provided by CNET
We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives. Angela Lang/CNET

A ray of hope emerged with the news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have restarted negotiations to pass another coronavirus rescue package. House Democrats have a new relief proposal worth $2.2 trillion that may be voted on as soon as Oct. 2. It includes a check as well as other items like $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits. If it actually passes the House, the Senate could choose to pick it up for a vote, or, as was the case with the Heroes Act that passed the House in May, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not take it up at all.



a close up of a book


© Angela Lang/CNET


The first stimulus check maxed out at $1,200 per adult, but a second stimulus check might be more or less, especially if the eligibility rules for dependents are expanded or if your financial circumstances have changed since the first round (try CNET’s stimulus calculator for an estimate of how much you might get). These new eligibility rules (among others) will shape the size of a potential payment.

Loading...

Load Error

Check out the key facts to know about stimulus checks, and read on for potential scenarios that could happen. We recently updated this story.

You could get less than $1,200 — or possibly more

If another stimulus bill passes and you get an extra stimulus check, it’s likely that $1,200 will remain the maximum for individuals — that was in the last