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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/the-ongoing-saga-7-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/the-ongoing-saga-5-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Friday, 6 December 2013

Yesterday, Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95. This is our new post. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/nelson-mandela-mining-at-robben-island-and-ubuntu/
General news is delayed in posting. Even though it looks like nothing it actually takes a good deal of time to collect and properly format even the reuters news feeds. This is why we tried it awhile before and then gave it up. And, we are still looking at Areva and need to hurry with Haiti or there will be another protest before we report the last one. One of the Haiti posts will have about 20 pictures which are rather complicated to put in proper order. We hope that everyone saw the World Bank’s criticism of the Martelly-Lamothe regime (see yesterday below). Also below we suggest that France is trying to protect its (Areva’s) uranium assets (also trying to keep them from falling into the hands of terrorists). So much bad stuff to say about Areva! If there was no uranium mining no one would have to worry would they?

Some Smithsonian Panda Cam photos
Smithsonian panda cam Bao Bao
Smithsonian adult panda resting
See live Smithsonian panda cam photos. Two channels: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-panda.cfm
For those in other time zones there is ipanda.com at the Chengdu Panda Research Base. There are many baby pandas but the images vary between adults and babies (i.e. one channel). A few minutes ago an adult panda was scratching against a post. So, there are no guarantees about what you will see. There is an ipad zoo app that has ipanda.com, as well as an adult panda in California and some other animals.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

While BP tries to wiggle out of damages and sues to get more oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins are still dying (Reblog): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/dolphins-still-dying-3-years-after-bp-oil-spill-gulf-of-mexico-usa/ Is this also the cause of the whales being washed ashore in Florida? (see news below)

Mixture of Mining, Oil and Gas and Environmental News:
(Full texts at links; sometimes our commentary included)

Some Oil Spill Damage Can’t Be Cleaned Up
by Grayson / Earth First! Newswire
A recent article in Newsweek outlines the shocking health problems, including neurological damage, that workers and residents at the 2010 BP oil spill disaster site have suffered in the three years since the incident. Considering the insane amount of oil spills that have taken place in the last couple months, it was too relevant to ignore.

The above is about humans and neurological problems from the oil spills. However, dolphins are not doing well since the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and now we have more beached whales. Humans, dolphins and whales are all mammals. One can but wonder if the whales suffered from neurological damage and disorientation? There is, of course, Fukushima poisoning the oceans. What will happen to us all?

Dozens of whales beached in Florida’s Everglades, 10 die
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:36:50 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – Ten whales have died and rescuers were trying to save dozens more that beached in Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, park and wildlife officials said on Wednesday.

They found at least some of the radioactive material, but perhaps not all. This was said to be medical waste. Do we really want this stuff out there, especially non-medical? Even medical uses of radiation are fairly debatable. See:
Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear
Posted:Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:39:48 GMT
VIENNA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a “dirty bomb,” the country’s national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RtlCiUbUe04/story01.htm

Mexico searches for stolen truck carrying radioactive material
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:35:01 GMT
VIENNA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Police scoured central Mexico on Wednesday for a truck they suspect was stolen by common thieves but carried an uncommon cargo: dangerous radioactive medical material that could provide an ingredient for a “dirty bomb.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/C_U962e1YfY/story01.htm

Canada panel urges better response plan for oil spills
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:05:39 GMT
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada must be better prepared to respond to major oil spills if more crude starts to flow in pipelines to the country’s Pacific Coast, a government panel said on Tuesday, as fears of a major marine disaster grow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iSDan6Q8D24/story01.htm

Raise water spending, get $1.0 trillion benefits: U.N
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:20:45 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Sharply higher spending on water supplies, twinned with a crackdown on corruption, would yield more than a trillion dollars a year in economic, health and environmental benefits, a U.N.-backed study said on Wednesday.

Veolia is mentioned in the above article, as is GE. GE-Hitachi is also nuclear.
Veolia, Areva and Auchan win the 2013 Pinocchio Awards!
by Les Amis de la Terre France — last modified Nov 20, 2013 11:30 AM http://www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/land-grabbing/latest-news/veolia-areva-and-auchan-win-the-2013-pinocchio-awards

According to Areva’s web site, because of the low cost of uranium since Fukushima and of insecurity, AREVA announced, in September 2012, the suspension of the uranium mining exploitation at Bakouma in the Central African Republic.

On June 25, 2012, BBC Africa noted (translation our own):
Central African Republic: Rebels attack an Areva site.
Rebels attacked and pillaged the site of the French civil nuclear company Areva near the uranium deposit of Bakouma, in the southeast of the Central African Republic. Entire article in French: http://www.bbc.co.uk/afrique/region/2012/06/120625_car_areva.shtml

So, one can suspect that France wants to go into the Central African Republic to protect its uranium mine. Of course, France has a lot of arms dealers who make money off of France going into first Mali and now Central African Republic. And, of course, uranium mines do not need to fall into the wrong hands. Yet another reason to stop all nuclear everything. Perhaps France wants to pander to the president of Niger so that Areva can get a better uranium deal in Niger. Reuters says Nigerian but they mean Niger. Apparently Nigerien is being used in English for Niger and Nigerian for Nigeria. But, better to just say “his counterpart from Niger”.

In the article below Reuters remarks: “The Paris meeting could also provide the opportunity for President Francois Hollande and his Nigerian counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou to discuss a 10-year uranium mining licence with state-owned nuclear company Areva due to expire this month. Issoufou has said he wants a better deal.

France seeks to shed policeman role at Africa meeting
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 02:41:54 -0500
PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – France will tell African leaders at a Paris summit on Friday it will no longer play policeman on the continent, even as it prepares to act in a new conflict in Central African Republic after its Mali intervention this year
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TSgsXHP4o-8/france-africa-idUSL5N0JH3LX20131204

More details about what is going on in the Central African Republic: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2013-11-26-analysis-un-intervention-in-car-is-short-on-details-and-time/#.Up_XEX-9KSO

Canada panel urges better response plan for oil spills
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:05:39 GMT
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada must be better prepared to respond to major oil spills if more crude starts to flow in pipelines to the country’s Pacific Coast, a government panel said on Tuesday, as fears of a major marine disaster grow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iSDan6Q8D24/story01.htm

EPA fracking study could hurt energy boom: U.S. business leader
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:15:41 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America’s largest business lobby group warned the Obama administration on Tuesday against snuffing out the country’s energy boom with regulations on new oil and natural gas drilling technologies.

Barrick’s shares have fared worse than many of its hard-hit peers, and are languishing near 21-year lows,….” See:
UPDATE 3-Barrick shakes up board, new chairman muses on hedging
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:06:33 -0500
Dec 4 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp, under fire for missteps in a tough market, started to address investor demands for a more independent board on Wednesday, by replacing two directors close to its departing founder with a pair of mining industry experts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CR28X__fex4/barrick-director-idUSL2N0JJ29P20131205

UPDATE 2-Barrick says Munk to step down, two other directors out
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:43:40 -0500
Dec 4 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp, under fire for a series of missteps in a tough market, confirmed on Wednesday that its 86-year-old chairman and founder will leave the board this spring, along with two other directors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ak0CpIY-QX4/barrick-director-idUSL2N0JJ29P20131204

COMMODITIES-Gold rebounds 2 percent, oil up on falling stockpiles
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:09:29 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Gold rebounded 2 percent on a surge of short-covering after hitting a five-month low while U.S. oil rose for the fourth straight session on an unexpected drop in U.S. stockpiles, lifting the benchmark commodities index to a five-week high. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kHVCuIKojko/commodities-markets-idUSL2N0JJ25A20131204

NZ awards deepwater oil exploration permits to Statoil, Woodside
Posted:Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:18:25 GMT
WELLINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – New Zealand has awarded deepwater petroleum exploration permits to Norway’s Statoil and Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd, which join other overseas companies already looking to tap the nation’s energy resources.

The following is article is not about drilling for oil in Haiti, but rather a program whereby Haiti buys oil from Venezuela and only pays 40% with the balance paid over 25 years at low interest. This opens up a whole world of possible governmental theft. Most oil would be for wealthier classes and the Haitian government seems to be selling it for full price. Haiti owes Venezuela more than one billion dollars already under this program! They do not start paying principal until 2014 due to a grace period, and are paying only 1% interest. The article mentions critiques of Martelly-Lamothe for using non-competitive contracts.

World Bank envoy criticizes lack of transparency in Haiti oil program
Posted:Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:16:53 GMT
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The World Bank’s special envoy to Haiti voiced concern on Wednesday about how the government was using public funds generated by cut-rate Venezuelan petroleum imports, saying a lack of transparency was the biggest obstacle to the country’s economic development.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ManLcf_v4rs/story01.htm

“UPDATE 1-Shell charts return to offshore Alaska drilling in July
Posted:Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:15:45 GMT
Dec 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc aims to return to Alaskan offshore drilling next July by deploying an upgraded drillship in the Chukchi Sea, while keeping a newly contracted backup drillship ready if needed, according to plans released on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nbCjyQsVxyk/story01.htm

RPT-Australia defends raids on E. Timor lawyer and whistleblower
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:09:12 GMT
(Repeats story published late Wednesday; no changes to text) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_hUptkuq7ls/story01.htm

COMMODITIES-Gold rebounds 2 percent, oil up on falling stockpiles
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:09:29 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Gold rebounded 2 percent on a surge of short-covering after hitting a five-month low while U.S. oil rose for the fourth straight session on an unexpected drop in U.S. stockpiles, lifting the benchmark commodities index to a five-week high.

UPDATE 10-U.S. crude gains $1, spread narrows as inventories drop
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:57:02 GMT
* Keystone XL pipeline may relieve Cushing bottleneck (Updates prices to settlement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/54Ik_HK5T4k/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Russia criticises “aggressive” Ukraine protests, NATO response
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:42:32 GMT
* Lavrov says Iran nuclear deal removes need for NATO missile shield


UPDATE 1-Putin could free Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot in amnesty – rights adviser
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:35:29 GMT
* Rights council head says prominent prisoners could be freed http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3U8b8ie1kKo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Firm controlled by Russia’s Khotin may bid for Exillon Energy
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:30:05 GMT
Dec 4 (Reuters) – Russian businessman Alexei Khotin could make a takeover offer for London-listed Exillon Energy Plc , a company controlled by Khotin said, setting the stage for a possible bidding war with the oil producer’s second-largest investor.

This is about Russia’s South Stream Project. It seems that EU law doesn’t allow energy suppliers to own the pipelines which they use for shipment.

New Gazprom pipeline faces long wait for EU legal clearance
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:23:40 GMT
* Commission says working constructively on legal solution

Finally, there are still antitrust laws! This was previously discussed by reuters on October 3rd but we missed it.

UPDATE 1-EU says Gazprom offers to settle antitrust dispute
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:14:18 GMT
* EU said last year Gazprom may have abused its dominant position (Adds details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2ocMArdUyI8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-UK power squeeze avoided as tougher coal rules rejected
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:54:38 GMT
* Lowering carbon output calls for phasing out older coal-fired capacity http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GYCPjxf0CBs/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Iran names 7 Western oil companies it wants to return
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:48:54 GMT
VIENNA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Iran on Wednesday named seven Western oil companies it wants back in its vast oil and gas fields if international sanctions are lifted and said it would outline investment terms in April next year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/z4Swnf16wKE/story01.htm

UPDATE 6-Egypt woos Gulf investors, promises repayments to oil firms
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:47:28 GMT
CAIRO, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Egypt promised on Wednesday to pay $1.5 billion of the $6 billion it says it owes foreign oil companies, aiming to restore investor confidence in an economy damaged by nearly three years of political turmoil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sNrQr-jeGrA/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Libya hopes to restore full oil output in two weeks
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:21:21 GMT
VIENNA/TRIPOLI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Libya hopes on Dec. 10 to reopen all its oil ports blocked by protesters over political and financial demands and resume full production about a week later, Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi said on Wednesday.

Transneft set to buy $1 bln office for Moscow HQ -sources
Posted:Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:59:52 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Russia’s Transneft is in talks to buy an office block for almost $1 billion in the Moscow City area, west of the capital’s centre, two sources close to the companies and one close to the negotations told Reuters on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

What can we say? A laundry list of mostly annoying news (to be nice about it). Only Italy trying to do a couple of positive things. This may not be recommended reading to those who have high blood pressure or a tendency to strokes. The oil companies want to keep drilling but not to be liable for messes they make. Are these adults or spoiled brats?

The southern leg of the Keystone pipeline, alleged to have defective segments is supposed to open in January.

The US Chamber of Commerce is whining because the US EPA wants to do a study on environmental impacts of fracking. This seems to indicate that the Chamber of Commerce believes that fracking is dangerous-toxic to the environment. If not, why would they oppose a study, saying it was bad for business?

BP is trying to wiggle and squiggle out of payments for their spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They and anyone else can say what they please, but how do you quantify losing your seafood industry, environment, or your tourism? The spin-off related businesses? Besides oil, gas, petrochemicals, Louisiana’s coastal economy was based on seafood and is-was based on tourism. For the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts it was seafood and beaches. For Florida it is its beaches. The amount lost is so staggering as to be almost unquantifiable. Then BP is trying to wiggle out of payments.

Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill
Three years after well blowout, declining seafood catches and deformities point to an environment in distress
.” By Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 20 Oct 2013 12:53

“Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches,…”

“We’re seeing crabs with holes in their shells, other seafood deformities. The state of Louisiana oyster season opened on October 15, and we can’t find any production out there yet. There is no life out there.” See article here: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/gulf-ecosystem-crisis-after-bp-spill-2013102065313544754.html

Meanwhile the UK government is whining that the US doesn’t want to let BP bid for new Gulf of Mexico oil drilling! Let’s see, BP makes a mess, tries to get out of damages, and then gets mad that the US gov said that they shouldn’t get any additional spots to drill and is suing! Then the UK gov adds its whine! Is BP still British Petroleum after all? And, SINCE WHEN DOES THE UK OWN THE GULF OF MEXICO? BEFORE IT BELONGED TO THE USA IT BELONGED TO SPAIN AND FRANCE! Did the US fight a bloody revolution which pitted brother against brother to free itself from the yoke of London’s imperialism to take orders today from London? Did it fight a second time in the War of 1812 to secure its freedom, only to take orders now from London? Maybe some small part of the coast belonged to the UK for a week or something during the War of 1812. Spanish Florida stretched from Florida all along the Florida, Alabama and Mississippi coast to Louisiana. Louisiana belonged to France, Spain, and France again, and belongs to the USA since it was purchased from France in 1803. Does the UK gov need a geography lesson given that BBC thought that New Orleans was on the eastern coast of the US a few years back? BBC made a similarly ridiculous geography boo boo the other day. Shouldn’t the BBC be MORE educated than the average person? Ireland fought a bloody war and then Civil War to free itself definitively from UK gov imperialism. Would Ireland take orders from the UK? Why should the US? Gee!

Keystone XL Study Warns of Defective Segments on Pipeline’s Southern Leg: Report by advocates says at least 125 sections on the southern portion of the Keystone have had to be repaired. Expert says concerns exaggerated. By John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate Newshttp://insideclimatenews.org/news/20131112/keystone-xl-study-warns-defective-segments-pipelines-southern-leg

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013: Keystone XL’s Southern Leg To Be Operational On Jan. 3
TransCanada Corp’s 700,000 barrel-per-day Cushing-to-Port Arthur, Texas, pipeline will begin service on Jan. 3, the company said in a tariff filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Monday. The pipeline has been exposed to have numerous dents, and faulty welds and was the target of a lengthy direct action campaign including numerous tree sits in Texas in the fall of 2012 and 11 lockdowns in Oklahoma between February and June 2013.

Food for thought:
BP’s Bob Dudley to return to Moscow
Medvedev nominates chief executive for state-owned Rosneft board five years after Dudley left
“. By Terry Macalister
The Guardian, Friday 1 March 2013 18.33 GMT http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/mar/01/bob-dudley-bp-rosneft

Various Mining, Energy and Environment News (Full article at links)

EPA fracking study could hurt energy boom -U.S. business leader
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:24:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – America’s largest business lobby group warned the Obama administration on Tuesday against snuffing out the country’s energy boom with regulations on new oil and natural gas drilling technologies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OtJfRCT280I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-UK, trade groups tell US court ban against BP unfair
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:22:34 GMT
HOUSTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may have been too harsh when it banned BP Plc from lucrative federal contracts as punishment for its 2010 Macondo oil spill, the UK and prominent business groups said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aUZLzrXgkeo/story01.htm

BP wins U.S. appeals court reprieve over some Gulf spill payments
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 04:40:36 GMT
(Reuters) – BP Plc won a legal reprieve in its effort to avoid payments to those whose losses were not traceable to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, potentially sparing the oil company of extra costs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/A0jsRpMMJrs/story01.htm

W&T ban from bidding for oil could last 3 years, EPA says
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:57:00 GMT
Dec 3 (Reuters) – Oil and natural gas producer W&T Offshore Inc’s ban from bidding on federal government contracts in the Gulf of Mexico could last up to three years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YU86ARMVviw/story01.htm

UPDATE 9-U.S. oil jumps more than $2 a barrel as pipeline set to start
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:02:11 GMT
* API reports surprise 12.4 mln-barrel drop in crude stocks http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sJ2q2oGuSEU/story01.htm

Shell Canada issues all clear after Sarnia refinery spill
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:55:55 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Shell Canada issued an all clear following a spill into the St. Clair river from its Sarnia, Ontario, manufacturing center, according a notice with Ontario’s Sarnia-Lambton Network Alert System on Tuesday
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_9psnb9pOc0/story01.htm

Illegal miners infest Venezuela’s Amazon
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:19:31 GMT
PUERTO AYACUCHO, Venezuela (Reuters) – From the air, the thick green canopy that covers the Venezuelan Amazon is pocked with ever more frequent small holes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/aThJmPrmDjI/story01.htm

Italy passes decree against illegal waste disposal
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:17:08 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced measures on Tuesday to try to combat a fresh rubbish emergency in the area around the southern city of Naples where organized crime and widespread abuse have created a chronic environmental crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/y0zc2OMTTZ4/story01.htm

Oil spill coats river, sea near ENI Nigeria facility
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:09:49 GMT
YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) – A large oil spill near Nigeria’s Brass facility, run by ENI, has spread through the sea and swamps of the oil producing Niger Delta region, local residents and the company said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/eZZlgyHur3I/story01.htm

OGX, creditors near accord to swap debt for stock – sources
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:56:11 GMT
SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA and its creditors are close to a deal to transform some of OGX’s $5.1 billion debt into stock, stripping Brazilian businessman Eike Batista of a controlling stake in the oil company, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/O_ETCnbb2oo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ineos to expand Norway petchem plant capacity, build furnace
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:03:19 GMT
* Ineos to increase number of furnaces at Rafnes to 12 from 11 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_UHiCqY_7Tw/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Erg executives in Italian tax fraud probe
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:35:58 GMT
ROME, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Two top executives at Italian energy company Erg are under investigation in a probe into suspected tax fraud at Italy’s No. 3 petrol service station operator TotalErg, Erg said on Tuesday confirming media reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ii3yHmSFHoU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-France to allow armed security guards on its ships
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:52:21 GMT
* Wants French-flagged oil tankers to secure oil supplies http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FeMpQAzYuBU/story01.htm

Russia needs Arctic presence to guard against U.S. threat-Putin
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:59:06 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia had vital defence and economic interests in the Arctic, citing a potential U.S. military threat from submarine-based missiles there. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kW_8Em5xtAU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Gabon sees faster growth, higher mining output-document
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:02:08 GMT
* Plans to choose Belinga iron ore partner in 2015 (Recasts, adds detail on mining sector, Belinga project) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mnQcA5djkHE/story01.htm

Steel lobby Eurofer urges EU to review energy, climate policy
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:44:11 GMT
* Eurofer says future of steelmaking in Europe not assured http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/f4gz49eRwlU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Iran, Iraq put OPEC on notice of big oil increases
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:38:52 GMT
* Iran says expects others to make way for production recovery http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4T0IKYlEv4c/story01.htm

Oil firms move some staff ashore from Norway’s North Sea before storm
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:03:26 GMT
OSLO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Energy companies operating in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea are moving some staff ashore because of an approaching winter storm but production is so far unaffected, they said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jDfj4EnHfJg/story01.htm

Mexican Senate committees approve electoral reform
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:33:35 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Mexican Senate committees on Tuesday passed an electoral reform demanded by the opposition, taking Congress a step closer to a bill to open up the oil and gas industry at the center of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s economic agenda. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZRq1mRKnBZQ/story01.htm

Exillon Energy’s second largest investor considers offer for co
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:29:13 GMT
Dec 3 (Reuters) – Oil producer Exillon Energy Plc’s second largest shareholder, Mikhail Gutseriev, has approached the company to discuss a possible offer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lNHXpc0hV_o/story01.htm

Ukraine Naftogaz, Gazprom agree to defer gas payments – agency
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:07:21 GMT
KIEV, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine state-run energy firm Naftogaz and Russian giant Gazprom have agreed to defer until spring Ukrainian payments for Russian gas imported from October to December, Naftogaz head Yevhen Bakulin was quoted as saying on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PNB9bS3fogg/story01.htm

Coal India to resume output at big field shut by labour protest
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:27:24 GMT
BHUBANESWAR/NEW DELHI, India, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Coal India Ltd said it would resume full production on Wednesday from a major coal field that was closed on Friday due to a labour protest, cutting off a supply of about 200,000 tonnes a day to power producers and others. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GipyAhtzU5c/story01.htm

Asia LNG buyers set to meet this week on joint procurement
Posted:Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:21:35 GMT
NEW DELHI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – An uncomfortable prospect for global exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will unfold in India this week — buyers from countries that import 70 percent of the world’s LNG will meet to discuss how to get a better deal
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RVX69ZfwZxQ/story01.htm

Tuesday, 3 December 2013, New Moon

We haven’t forgotten our other topics, but needed something cute to cheer us up. What cuter than a baby panda? Although we found that pandas can play a helpful role in biofuel production, this is not the only reason to take care of them. Most, and perhaps all, religions love animals (and plants and the earth). In those religions that put humans at the center of importance, we are to be the stewards, the caretakers of animals, of plants, and of the earth. Of course, those who worship money, material possessions, and/or the devil do not care for animals, plants or the earth, but then, they don’t care for humans either. Our new post. We hope that you love it: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/bao-bao-panda-precious-treasure-for-biofuel-endangered-from-mining/

Picture from the Smithsonian Panda Cam:
Bao Bao web cam
Watch Bao Bao live on the Panda Cam! You can see Bao Bao breathing, rolling over, etc. Best viewing is daytime US Eastern Standard Time. There are two channels. One has the baby Bao Bao and one an adult panda. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-panda.cfm

Some News Related to Mining, Energy and Environment.
Full Article at links.

If you are interested in carbon offset, etc. you need to go to reuters environment, as we are not including it here. We believe that the focus should be on protecting trees, stopping mining (especially above ground); stopping oil and gas, and on providing safe, alternative energy. We believe that if the focus becomes more globally on protection of the environment, the rest will fall into place. Focus on improving emissions standards certainly has its place, for the time being. But, the focus has been overdone. And, the end goal needs to be new alternative energies. It should go without saying that we are anti-nuclear.

Good news is that although the EDF cow shit protest didn’t stop Hinkley, perhaps the EU will.
Gold and Mining are down which is also good news

European commission inquiry into Hinkley Point deal could delay project
Brussels to look at UK state aid for nuclear power plant after government offers EDF Energy a set price for 35 years. By Sean Farrell. The Guardian, Monday 2 December 2013 20.18 GMT

See various links here: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/news/

UPDATE 1-EU state aid probe likely over British plan for EDF nuclear plant
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:17:57 GMT
BRUSSELS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – EU regulators are likely to open a formal investigation into whether Britain’s offer of state guarantees, to help finance a nuclear plant to be built by France’s EDF, conform with the bloc’s rules, its competition commissioner said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2aBcrUrYTWM/story01.htm

Operator of Japan’s Fukushima plant wins rare praise, hurdles remain
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:38:48 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant won rare praise from monitors on Monday for its efforts to decommission the site, but the specialists also said the company still faced steep challenges, particularly in managing contaminated water
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/choPEVGesBE/story01.htm

The above article mentions that: “The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. watchdog for nuclear power, is currently undertaking an inspection of the Fukushima site after issuing rare criticism of Tepco during a visit earlier in the year.”

Australia shares slip on Fed tapering worries, miners hit; RBA eyed
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:31:27 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent to six-week lows on Tuesday morning, led by selling in miners after metals prices declined on renewed fears the U.S. Federal Reserve may soon start reducing its stimulus. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/G3_QidFqhMQ/markets-australia-stocks-idUSL4N0JH4B020131203

UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto says to halve capital spending by 2015 in fragile market
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:03:09 -0500
* Plans to cut capital spending 20 pct a year to $8 bln in 2015 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AQKECInSzz0/riotinto-outlook-idUSL4N0JI08120131203

Rio to slash capital spending to $11 bln in 2014
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:38:08 -0500
MELBOURNE, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto aims to cut capital spending by a fifth in each of the next two years as it focuses on paying down debt and boosting returns to shareholders, the global miner said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_RQBJzEDCMU/riotinto-outlook-idUSL4N0JH3WN20131202

UPDATE 3-Vale pares investment budget for third straight year
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:03:23 -0500
SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Vale SA lowered its investment budget for a third straight year as the world’s No. 2 mining company bolstered efforts to focus expansion on its main iron ore business.

COMMODITIES-Gold, silver tumble on fund sales; crude oil rises
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:31:57 -0500
* Funds initiate short position in gold, piling on losses * Bullion prices fall to lowest since early July * Crude future up on better economic outlook, supply worries NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Gold and silver prices fell sharply on Monday as better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data prompted funds to boost their bearish bets, while crude oil futures climbed more than 1 percent on economic hopes. The precious metals’ drop marked a sharp contrast to the rest of the commodity http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/d15U2ZO0-A0/commodities-markets-idUSL2N0JH1RA20131202

US STOCKS-Wall St ends lower as mining companies slump
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:21:39 -0500
* Data on manufacturing and construction spending point to growth http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_WCXjVpt3vM/markets-usa-stocks-idUSL2N0JH1R120131202

UPDATE 2-Barrick set to unveil board changes, name new COO -sources
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:13:08 -0500
TORONTO/BEIJING Dec 2 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp , the world’s largest gold producer, is poised to announce a board shuffle and name a new chief operating officer, according to several sources familiar with the situation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qB1qt6icY8w/barrick-board-idUSL2N0JH0UN20131202

COMMODITIES-Gold, silver tumble on fund sales; crude oil rises
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:31:57 -0500
* Funds initiate short position in gold, piling on losses * Bullion prices fall to lowest since early July * Crude future up on better economic outlook, supply worries NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Gold and silver prices fell sharply on Monday as better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data prompted funds to boost their bearish bets, while crude oil futures climbed more than 1 percent on economic hopes. The precious metals’ drop marked a sharp contrast to the rest of the commodity http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/d15U2ZO0-A0/commodities-markets-idUSL2N0JH1RA20131202

US STOCKS-Wall St ends lower as mining companies slump
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:21:39 -0500
* Data on manufacturing and construction spending point to growth http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_WCXjVpt3vM/markets-usa-stocks-idUSL2N0JH1R120131202

UPDATE 2-Barrick set to unveil board changes, name new COO -sources
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:13:08 -0500
TORONTO/BEIJING Dec 2 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp , the world’s largest gold producer, is poised to announce a board shuffle and name a new chief operating officer, according to several sources familiar with the situation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qB1qt6icY8w/barrick-board-idUSL2N0JH0UN20131202

Australia Port Hedland iron ore exports to China up 38 pct on year
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:11:04 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Iron ore exports to China from Australia’s Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the global seaborne market, rose 38 percent in November from the same month last year in another sign of solid demand from the Asian giant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XEhAJt6vpEo/australia-hedland-ironore-idUSL4N0JH3VF20131202

UPDATE 3-Thyssen asks for cash after costly foray into Americas
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:03:07 -0500
* Investors disappointed Steel Americas losses not resolved http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/I4wpMgXgr7g/thyssenkrupp-ussteel-idUSL5N0JH1M420131202

Ivanhoe plans to pay much higher wages to South African miners
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:23:14 -0500
LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Canada-listed Ivanhoe Mines plans to pay much higher wages to South African miners in its platinum, gold and copper project than prevailing levels, which company founder Robert Friedland said are unsustainably low. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/U_3nd1yns_s/ivanhoe-friedland-wages-idUSL5N0JH3NK20131202

UPDATE 10-Oil hits 10-week high; China and U.S. data strong
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:30:42 GMT
* Hedge funds raise bets on Brent (Rewrites throughout) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/StxtWeg8j64/story01.htm

U.S. justices challenge Argentina in gas company arbitration case
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:15:41 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday weighed British company BG Group Plc’s bid to reinstate a $185.3 million arbitration award against Argentina that an appeals court threw out. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/43LVWkDnOmA/story01.htm

Empty crude oil cars derail in North Dakota-operator
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:50:17 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Several empty crude oil train cars derailed in North Dakota on Sunday, rail company BNSF Railway said on Monday, the latest in a string of ‘crude-by-rail’ accidents that have prompted calls for stricter safety regulations in North America. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WQ0qMcHW4ac/story01.htm

Oil spill coats river, sea near ENI Nigeria facility
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:40:42 GMT
YENAGOA, Nigeria, Dec 2 (Reuters) – A large oil spill near Nigeria’s Brass facility, run by ENI, has spread through the sea and swamps of the oil producing Niger Delta region, local residents and the company said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/j1hQ-8-9XqY/story01.htm

Bahrain PM’s role in disputed aluminium deals probed at UK trial
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:40:59 GMT
LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – A British court saw documents on Monday purporting to show that Bahrain’s prime minister had direct influence over the affairs of aluminium smelter Alba when it was making deals now at the heart of a major corruption case. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iko9RAd9vbI/story01.htm

Shell, Bosnia region to soon start talks on oil exploration
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:46:40 GMT
SARAJEVO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat Federation expects to start talks in late February with a unit of oil major Royal Dutch Shell on a concession for oil exploration, a minister said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/f_z4qepUuqI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine protests increase risks of currency crisis
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:39:23 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Massive protests against Viktor Yanukovich hammered Ukraine’s financial markets on Monday, increasing the risk of a currency crisis as the president tries to hold on until an election in early 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BMFUpkvyVhw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Petrobras shares plunge after fuel price rise disappoints
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:16:16 GMT
SAO PAULO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA posted their biggest one-day loss in nearly 1-1/2 years on Monday after Brazil’s state-run oil company announced a smaller-than-expected increase in fuel prices and withheld details of a new pricing policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4OPeasEmGCQ/story01.htm

OPEC’s own outages delay day of reckoning on new supply curbs
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:23:37 GMT
VIENNA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – OPEC is perhaps fortunate that the misfortune of some of its own members should make a production policy meeting this week look set to be a straightforward affair
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YFkyC-6c37Q/story01.htm

Monday, 2 December 2013 update 2

We forgot to say that Majescor’s stock dilution appears to be starting. They had done the reverse stock split where 10 stocks at half a cent became one stock at 5 cents. This made the stock appear better by decreasing the number of stocks outstanding. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/beware-majescor-reverse-stock-split-again-second-time-within-5-years-10-shares-become-one-makes-it-appear-like-stock-value-increase/ After the reverse split it increased in value for awhile, showing just how silly people can be. Now, they are starting to give out more stock which is like printing money:
November 28, 2013 16:35 ET
Majescor Announces Shares for Debt Settlement with Service Provider and Grant of Stock Options
MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Nov. 28, 2013) –
Majescor Resources Inc. (“Majescor” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:MJX) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to settle an aggregate of $25,000 of indebtedness owed to an arm’s length service provider through the issuance of 416,666 common shares of the Company at a deemed issuance price of $0.06 per common share (the “Services Settlement”). The aggregate debt represents outstanding amounts for services provided to the Company by the service provider. Majescor chose to settle this outstanding indebtedness with shares as part of its plans to move the Company forward and in order to preserve its potential funds for operations.
The debt shares, if issued, will be issued in reliance on certain prospectus and registration exemptions available under applicable securities legislation and will be subject to a hold period of four months and one day in accordance with applicable securities legislation and TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) requirements.
The shares issued in the Service Settlement will be in accordance with applicable securities law and will be subject to the prior approval of the TSX-V.
Upon completion of the transaction, Majescor will have 9,621,107 common shares issued and outstanding
Grant of stock options
Majescor announces that on November 28, 2013, in accordance with the Company’s compensation policy and stock option plan and subject to the approval of TSX-V, the Board of Directors granted an aggregate of 300,000 incentive stock options (“Options”) to directors, officers, employees and a consultant of the Corporation. Each option, vesting immediately upon grant, entitles the holder thereof to purchase one common share in the capital of the Corporation at a price of $0.075 per share until November 28, 2015. The Options and any common shares issued upon exercise thereof will be subject to a four month resale restriction from the date of grant.
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/majescor-announces-shares-debt-settlement-with-service-provider-grant-stock-options-tsx-venture-mjx-1857386.htm (bold added for emphasis)

Monday, 2 December 2013

We are working on some things about Haiti, as well as on France’s Areva and many other things.

First Nations appear to have stopped a nuclear waste dump in Saskatchewan (reblog): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/northwest-saskatchewan-freed-from-threat-of-nuclear-waste-storage/ Note that we know nothing about the geology of this proposed dump. Unlike many, we believe that there should be a search for a nuclear waste depository similar to the one in Finland, but one which will stay open and monitored and one which, unlike the Finnish one, is not on the water-front or near aquifers. Search for a dump should start with solid geology, an arid or desert climate, and away from water and aquifers. Currently search for a dump seems to be based on it being near current waste storage sites (usually on water) and/or rural, often poor, communities. This frequently, but not always, falls upon indigenous people. We worry about current locations of tanks on waterways, where they may be leaking into the ground, groundwater and eventually into waterways, as is the case of Hanford in Washington. The waste must remain accessible for repackaging and to check for leaks.

This is an article which was written on by Arjun Makhijani of the IEER (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research). It discusses some of the financial costs of dealing with nuclear waste, mentioning in passing the health risks associated with strontium: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/some-reflections-on-nuclear-costs/

Facebook page related to yesterday’s news item about post Fukushima antinuclear art: https://www.facebook.com/281antinuke

Various News Related to Mining and Energy,
Full articles at links.

According to “China space: ‘Jade Rabbit’ lunar mission blasts off
By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website
the mission, aimed at exploring the Moon’s surface and looking for natural resources such as rare metals“. Read article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25178299

Would mining in outer space save the earth or destroy space too?

More mineral exploration:
UPDATE 1-India’s Mars mission enters second stage; outpaces space rival China
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 14:24:58 -0500
NEW DELHI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – India’s first mission to Mars left Earth’s orbit early on Sunday, clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet and overtaking the efforts in space of rival Asian giant China. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tBkEPPYSqak/india-mars-idUSL2N0JG0IM20131201

Chinese firms want to buy coal assets overseas, but on the cheap
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 15:59:49 -0500
* Beijing’s new environmental policies to boost demand for high-grade coal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gIDBuWO_xZM/china-coal-idUSL4N0JC47J20131201

REFILE-ArcelorMittal says U.S. buy won’t impact $15 bln debt target
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 09:36:16 -0500
BRUSSELS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal’s acquisition of a U.S. plant jointly with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp will not affect the world No. 1 steelmaker’s debt targets, ArcelorMittal’s chief executive said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XFm2Fa2pXm8/arcelormittal-nipponsteel-thyssenkrupp-idUSL5N0JG07X20131201

IC Power wins $1 bln power plant deal in Peru
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 07:40:11 -0500
JERUSALEM, Dec 1 (Reuters) – IC Power has won a government tender worth $1 billion over 20 years to build a power plant in Peru that will provide reserves for the national power grid, IC Power’s parent company Israel Corp said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/z77sZlZ5oZU/icpower-peru-idUSL5N0JG0AB20131201

Brent climbs above $110 on China data, supply concerns
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:12:44 GMT
SINGAPORE, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Brent crude edged above $110 a barrel on Monday after Chinese industrial activity clung to an 18-month high last month and amid continued supply disruptions in Libya. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tOWvuzTALgM/story01.htm

Japan finds methane hydrate in Sea of Japan
Posted:Mon, 02 Dec 2013 02:35:06 GMT
TOKYO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Japan has discovered methane hydrate lying over a large area in the Sea of Japan in northwestern Japan, in addition to previously discovered areas in the Pacific Ocean, the trade ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yzKHl4v6QxQ/story01.htm

Chinese firms want to buy coal assets overseas, but on the cheap
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:59:49 GMT
* Beijing’s new environmental policies to boost demand for high-grade coal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KB-1nRq9Vi0/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Turkey to seek Baghdad’s consent for Iraqi Kurdish oil
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:51:53 GMT
* Baghdad says deals between Turkey and Iraqi Kurds illegal (Recasts with joint news conference) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yMTl3quBFYU/story01.htm

Turkey agrees Iraqi oil exports need Baghdad’s approval
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:18:40 GMT
BAGHDAD, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Baghdad and Ankara have agreed that oil exports from anywhere in Iraq need the central government’s approval, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy said, after a bi-lateral meeting aimed at diffusing a row over Kurdish energy resources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7hFgPYBwI68/story01.htm

Petrofac not interested in acquiring Foster Wheeler -source
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 14:06:21 GMT
LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – British oil services group Petrofac is not interested in acquiring Swiss-based engineering company Foster Wheeler, a source familiar with the UK company said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qhM5BEaeNqQ/story01.htm

Iran says seeks better cooperation with Saudi Arabia
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:22:41 GMT
KUWAIT, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday it wanted stronger cooperation with U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, as it seeks to ease concerns among Gulf Arab neighbours about a potential resurgence in its influence following a nuclear deal with world powers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sneCltth-1g/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Britain’s PM hits back at opposition with energy bill promise
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:15:14 GMT
* Osborne: Job not done on finances, alert to housing boom risk http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JAGjwtNKjCM/story01.htm

Iraqi and Turkish energy officials to meet amid oil row
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 09:54:11 GMT
BAGHDAD, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Iraqi and Turkish energy officials will meet in Baghdad on Sunday after Ankara agreed a package of energy deals with Iraq’s autonomous northern region that the central government says are illegal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VsMnyJASRH4/story01.htm

Libya’s army tells militias, protesters to free up oil ports
Posted:Sun, 01 Dec 2013 09:14:40 GMT
TRIPOLI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Libya’s army told former militia fighters and protesters to end their occupations of oilfields and ports and allow crude exports to restart, saying the OPEC country risked sliding into lawlessness.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

A reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/fukushima-residents-furious-at-secrecy-bill/

News Related to Environment, Energy, Environment (full article at links)

It is pretty clear that this is mostly about France-Areva defending its uranium mines in Niger and possibly additional interests in Mali. Note that it comes from “basic materials”:
UPDATE 2-Malian separatist rebels end ceasefire after clashes
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:16:32 -0500
* Mali in process of restoring peace after uprising, coup (Adds quote from U.N. mission, context, background)

If the world keeps on its current course, especially with nuclear energy, but also other pollution and overpopulation, humans and other species will meet this fate:
Frog named after Darwin croaks its last
Posted:Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:16:25 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A frog named after Charles Darwin has gone extinct because of a deadly amphibian skin disease, scientists believe
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/KrKQE0-GzJE/story01.htm

PetroChina, Longyuan strike first Chinese carbon offset deal
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:13:05 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – State-owned PetroChina bought 10,000 Chinese carbon offsets from wind power producer Longyuan on Friday for 16 yuan ($2.62) each, six times higher than international prices, in the first publicly known trade in the country’s fledgling carbon market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LER2a01GQ4Q/story01.htm

Tepco to divert $7.2 billion from 10-year capex budget to Fukushima: sources
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:39:12 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant plans to rechannel 740 billion yen ($7.24 billion) from its 10-year capital investment budget to address problems at the crippled facility such as a buildup of contaminated water, people involved in the matter said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4dNl8LH60_w/story01.htm

Masked artist makes sticky issue out of radiation in Japan
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:00:30 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – With his face hidden behind sunglasses and a white surgical mask, the artist is almost as invisible as the radioactive contamination he is protesting against – yet his stickers are graphic reminders of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NcDZ1B3S9Xo/story01.htm

Spain passes law that may open the door to fracking
Posted:Thu, 28 Nov 2013 20:53:44 GMT
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s parliament passed an environmental impact law on Thursday that could open the door to hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a controversial method of extracting shale gas that has not been used up to now in the country
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dGNE0DcDpTw/story01.htm

South Korea nuclear reactor hit by auto shutdown; six units now off
Posted:Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:36:32 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – A ‘safety-related action’ automatically shut down one of South Korea’s 23 nuclear reactors on Thursday, the country’s nuclear operator said, bringing the tally of those closed to six and hiking the chances of power blackouts this winter
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/DC0ELCSbfDU/story01.htm

Japan mulls more than $100 million new spending on Fukushima water-crisis: sources
Posted:Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:03:06 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is considering more than $100 million in extra government spending to handle contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, boosting the budget allocation by at least a fifth, government officials familiar with the matter said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tLCTg4_YNxM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukrainian opposition accuses Yanukovich of stealing EU dream
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:43:51 GMT
KIEV, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s political opposition said on Friday that President Viktor Yanukovich had ‘stolen the dream’ of closer integration with Europe as his supporters hailed his decision to spurn a European Union free trade deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Qyajey4HPf0/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes EU push to save trade deal
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:42:04 GMT
* EU and Russia in tug of war over Ukraine and ex-Soviet republics http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5BeRvpICOUQ/story01.htm

Tribesmen blow up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:11:25 GMT
SANAA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Tribesmen blew up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Friday, officials and tribal sources said, in the latest attack on one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lF6PX682CqY/story01.htm

Irving Oil CEO says eastern Canada has export edge over Gulf Coast
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:51:24 GMT
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Many refineries in Europe, India and South America are easier to reach from Canaport, New Brunswick, in eastern Canada, than from the U.S. Gulf Coast, the chief executive of Irving Oil said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0JjK9skINLw/story01.htm

Korean consortium wins BHP Billiton Chile gas plant contract
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:55:54 GMT
SANTIAGO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – A Korea Southern Power Co Ltd (KOSPO) and Samsung C&T Corp consortium has been awarded a contract to develop a $600 million BHP Billiton natural gas plant in Chile, the global miner said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YHi4q19gvgc/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Iran sees nuclear deal implementation starting by early Jan
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:57:06 GMT
* Iran to halt sensitive nuclear work under deal with powers http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/X-DfM6_-9kc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Norway’s oil minister meets aggrieved Gassled partners
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:51:19 GMT
OSLO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The new Norwegian oil and energy minister has met with aggrieved investors who want Oslo to repeal a controversial decision to cut gas pipeline tariffs, a ministry spokesman said, in their first known official contact http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hwBbADVS-NA/story01.htm

Norway’s Statoil ready to discuss gas contract terms
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:50:23 GMT
* Statoil, ENI arbitration is one of biggest ever gas arbitrations http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/e9dFJSD8Yug/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Suncor CFO resigns, to join Canadian Pacific
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:40:34 GMT
(Corrects name of outgoing Suncor CFO to Bart Demosky from Brian Demosky in paragraph 2) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Df2liscEheY/story01.htm

Jeers and cheers in Kiev’s streets as Yanukovich spurns EU deal
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:17:36 GMT
KIEV, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to walk away from a deal that would have aligned his former Soviet republic more closely with the European Union sparked both anger and applause on the streets of Kiev on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gVRFvECwVFM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Gas pipeline explodes in Missouri, no injuries reported
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:41:40 GMT
Nov 29 (Reuters) – A 30-inch (75-cm) natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded in Missouri just before midnight on Thursday, with no injuries or fatalities reported and no impact to customers shipping gas on the line, a spokeswoman for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lKYhAgl6zgU/story01.htm

Coal India says jobs protest losing it 200,000 T of output a day
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:01:13 GMT
BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Workers angered at losing their jobs shut a major coal field of Coal India Ltd on Friday, leading to the loss of 200,000 tonnes per day of output and causing alarm among power producers already facing tight supply, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/McnYZ-dkFU8/story01.htm

Repsol compensation talks with Argentina to start next week
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:01:05 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Negotiations between Argentina and Repsol over compensation for the seizure of the Spanish oil major’s controlling stake in energy company YPF will begin next week, the Argentine government said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Vcsq6-YPzGE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Lukoil considers return to post-sanctions Iran – Ifax
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:52:23 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Lukoil, Russia’s No.2 oil producer, is ready to resume cooperation with Iran when international sanctions are lifted, Chief Executive Vagit Alekperov was quoted as saying on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IxGbET15e5Q/story01.htm

Ukraine holds key to Putin’s dream of a new union
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:44:50 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s refusal to sign a trade pact drawing it into Europe’s orbit marked a victory for Vladimir Putin, winning him time to lure Kiev into a project for a trade and political bloc stretching from the frontiers of China to the edge of the EU. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1mJPV6DOnAE/story01.htm

Batista’s iron ore miner MMX reports a Q3 loss of 1.21 bln reais
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:31:03 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – MMX Mineração e Metálicos SA, the Brazilian iron ore miner controlled by tycoon Eike Batista, said on Friday that it recorded a third-quarter net loss of 1.21 bln reais. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/2VzCXOc36qw/story01.htm

ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel to buy Thyssen U.S. plant for $1.55 bln
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:11:09 GMT
FRANKFURT, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Arcelormittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp agreed to buy ThyssenKrupp’s steel plant in the United States for $1.55 billion, ArcelorMittal said late on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/YsMdUSeykX8/story01.htm

Irving Oil CEO says eastern Canada has export edge over Gulf Coast
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:51:24 GMT
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Many refineries in Europe, India and South America are easier to reach from Canaport, New Brunswick, in eastern Canada, than from the U.S. Gulf Coast, the chief executive of Irving Oil said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/In6Ingj0ngU/story01.htm

CNOOC applies to Canada regulators for LNG export license
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:28:47 GMT
VANCOUVER, Nov 29 (Reuters) – CNOOC Ltd, China’s top offshore oil explorer, applied to Canadian energy regulators on Friday for permission to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed terminal along Canada’s West Coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/sZy6vE8GVcI/story01.htm

CANADA STOCKS-GDP data, gold stocks take TSX higher
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:27:07 GMT
* TSX rises 24.57 points, or 0.18 percent, to 13,395.40 * Index up 0.3 percent this month * Seven of 10 main index sectors advance * Atrium Innovations jumps on takeover deal By John Tilak TORONTO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index advanced on Friday in low-volume trading, boosted by a pick-up in the rate of economic activity and a jump in gold-mining shares after the price of bullion rose. Data showed Canada’s economy recording third-quarter growth at its fastest pace in two years… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/VInJVs5gM1g/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-TransCanada says Keystone XL shippers committed despite delays
Posted:Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:43:23 GMT
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 29 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp has had to renegotiate expiration dates for shipping contracts on its Keystone XL crude oil pipeline at least three times due to delays getting approval to build the pipeline, Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Our New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/strontium-90-from-nuclear-fallout-power-plants-waste-low-birthweight-babies-cancer-and-leukemia/ A reminder of the dangers of strontium 90. A US EPA document indicates that it is found in nuclear waste, power plants, and fallout: “People who live near or work in nuclear facilities may have increased exposure to Sr-90. The greatest concern would be the exposures from an accident at a nuclear reactor, or an accident involving high-level wastes.”

Haiti Updates

The Port-au-Prince Public Prosecutor, Francisco Rene, departed less than one week after something terribly smelly was left outside his office door (see last Sunday’s post and video below). If it was shit, as believed, then based on the video, the person who left it had cholera. Unfortunately, the French-English who work for EDF are not as sensitive to the smell of cow manure as the Haitian elites are. Hinkley Nuclear Power Plant has not been canceled despite dumping cow manure outside one of their offices. In the case of Haiti, we believe that it was left by someone whose loved one was stuck in prison while the lawyers were on strike against the Public Prosecutor. It worked. The Public Prosecutor is gone and the lawyers strike is over.

It seems that the Chamber of Deputies were working this week. Reportedly an election law was passed.

On Friday, the opposition marched to the US Embassy and asked that they remove Martelly. Tear gas was used but no fatalities have been reported as of now.

Friday, 29 November 2013

This is our new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/the-sinking-of-the-ss-daniel-j-morrell-on-lake-huron-november-29-1966/ It is to start understanding how errors in material composition can matter. This is particularly true for nuclear power plants. We need to worry about Areva’s construction errors. Ironically, there is a proposed new nuclear dump near Lake Huron. This area appears to be limestone which would seem to make it a horrible idea — you know the stuff becoming sinkholes in Florida, aka karst! Also the stuff of Parisian sinkholes. The sinking of the Daniel Morrell is also interesting because Bethlehem Steel wanted their iron ore — never mind the weather. The iron ore they were picking up is particularly low grade. And, the slow reaction time of the governments in rectifying problems in ship safety on the Great Lakes is also seen here.

Some good news:
Australian Arctic 30 activist Colin Russell bailed after 71 days detention
Press release – November 28, 2013
Amsterdam, 28 November 2013 – Australian activist Colin Russell has been granted bail today by a St. Petersburg court, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be ordered released on bail after a peaceful Arctic oil drilling protest. He has spent 71 days in detention.
Like those of the Arctic 30 who were granted bail before him, Colin is to be released upon posting of a 2 million ruble bail ($60,000). Greenpeace International expects to pay the bail today, aiming to have the legal paperwork finalised to allow Colin’s release from prison before the weekend.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Our new post is here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/france-pressures-areva-on-post-fukushima-profits/ People need to take a look at the construction of at least 2 (Finland, France) of Areva’s new nuclear power plants and if the construction problems have been properly rectified. It might be a good idea to check on Areva’s work in China, as well. From our understanding, thus far, the problems were caught early on, but it is not clear that everything was redone. Is anyone really adequately watching this stuff? It impacts us all. Even Tepco is focusing on its profits instead of Fukushima!

Some Environmental News (full articles at links)

Japan mulls more than $100 million new spending on Fukushima water-crisis: sources
Posted:Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:03:06 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is considering more than $100 million in extra government spending to handle contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, boosting the budget allocation by at least a fifth, government officials familiar with the matter said.

Reuters notes that dealing with contaminated water is only part of the clean-up which includes decommissioning the ruined reactors, and which “will take decades and rely on unproven technology.

Mississippi River reopens after fuel spill, cleanup continues
Posted:Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:40:17 GMT
(Reuters) – The upper Mississippi River reopened to vessel traffic near Le Claire, Iowa, late on Tuesday following a day-long closure triggered by a fuel leak from a tow boat that struck an underwater object and sank, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XICifhNzkcg/story01.htm

U.S. trial ends over Ecuador pollution judgment against Chevron
Posted:Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:44:38 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An attorney for Chevron Corp on Tuesday accused U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger of orchestrating an international criminal conspiracy by using bribery and fraud in Ecuador to secure a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment against the oil company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dlYjXG-OHTE/story01.htm

EDF sells its 4 percent stake in Veolia Environnement
Posted:Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:52:58 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French state-controlled utility EDF said on Tuesday it planned to sell its 4.01 percent stake in water and waste group Veolia Environnement to institutional investors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fJfNp_Yga2k/story01.htm

Poland’s Krakow bans coal burning to heat homes
Posted:Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:22:15 GMT
WARSAW (Reuters) – Local authorities in Poland’s southern city of Krakow banned its citizens from heating their homes with coal and wood after a report showed the historical town’s atmosphere is among the worst polluted in Europe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3zerLRlDNF0/story01.htm

China destroys 500 barbecues to tame Beijing pollution – media
Posted:Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:44:44 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – More than 500 illegal outdoor barbecues, which Chinese state media say cause “serious air pollution”, have been destroyed in Beijing as part of an emergency program to alleviate the city’s often hazardous pollution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UXOJK800tIs/story01.htm

German draft coalition deal drops idea of nuclear shutdown fund
Posted:Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:17:24 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – The latest version of a German coalition deal between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) has dropped any mention of a fund aimed at making utilities bear more of the costs of a nuclear shutdown. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/pVkaUfPlAfg/story01.htm

U.S. EPA names scientific ombudsman to fight secrecy claims
Posted:Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:55:28 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named a scientific ombudsman on Monday to fight back against accusations by Republican lawmakers of being opaque in its scientific findings and not allowing outside parties to review them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zoJqFIfDp3k/story01.htm

Medium earthquake hits central Peru, no damage reported
Posted:Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:12:40 GMT
LIMA (Reuters) – A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Peru on Monday, shaking buildings in Lima, the capital, but there was no immediate damage or casualties reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qfQpUFUoABQ/story01.htm

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

We have wondered why Areva, which is about 87% French government owned causes so much grief the world over. Is there some evil group running the French gov? That might be easier to deal with. It seems rather that it is because they have a huge debt. But, why this debt? Perhaps the cost of dealing with nuclear? Or other reasons? Meanwhile we found this article about the role of Areva’s MOX in Fukushima, the dangers of MOX, etc.: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/areva-at-the-heart-of-fukushimas-explosive-reactor-expose/

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Finally our new post. Really very shocking that there are so few air radiation monitors (125 fixed and 40 mobile) in the USA, and the EPA Office of Air and Radiation has no intent of keeping them all functional, despite being repeatedly reprimanded by the EPA Office of Inspector General. This is more shocking still in comparison to the 4612 radiation monitoring sites in Europe. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/us-radiation-network-failures-ongoing-before-during-after-fukushima/ Sorry that our title seems to imply that Fukushima is over. Clearly it is not. We mean pre and post March 11, 2011.

The Cumbrian County Council are concerned that they are, indeed, being excluded from the decision-making process for the nuclear waste dump and worry that the UK govt. is trying to force the nuclear waste dump upon them (despite their extra wet climate and extra fragile and extra leaky geology). See: http://cumbriatrust.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/nuclear-waste-repository-cumbria-attacks-government-move/#like-2415

Greenpeace Radio Operator Colin Russell of Tasmania:

He will reportedly have a new hearing on Thursday. Hopefully whatever confusion probably happened during translation of his last hearing will be sorted out and he will be freed on Thursday or Friday. He is 59 years old but is clearly mentally strong and resilient. Nonetheless, his family misses him and he is most unjustly imprisoned, having simply been on the boat operating the radio.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Our new post is delayed. There is much to read below and at the reblog however. The reblog has links to some important documents to read, which would be useful even outside of the UK.

Please see our reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/the-gift-that-no-one-wants/ If you live in the UK please consider sending your name and address to be added to a letter:
Hundreds of Letters (below) will be be delivered to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 3rd Dec by Radiation Free Lakeland …
email your name and address to : rafl@mariannebirkby.plus.com with DUMP ED DAVEY in the subject line to add your name

To the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Dear Ed Davey,
Cumbrians have said No repeatedly to a geological dump anywhere under this land from Morecambe Bay to the Solway. The new consultation announced by DECC is a narrowly focused set of questions with the aim of achieving a Yes response to a repository as quickly as possible by scrapping the rights of host communities to say NO. The consultation aims to give the few people on the Allerdale and Copeland Borough Council Executive the sole right to make the decision. Cumbrians have already said no repeatedly to becoming the nuclear dumping ground for existing and future radioactive wastes taken out of reactor cores and buried under Cumbria’s leaky geology.

Cumbria is not a willing volunteer for the geological dumping of nuclear wastes and the representative County council has already said NO. I say NO to geological dumping of nuclear waste under Cumbria.

Yours sincerely,

59 Year Old Tasmanian Greenpeace Radio Operator Still Held Hostage By Russia

Greenpeace ‘Arctic 30’ detention: Tasmanian Colin Russell remains in custody as Russia grants bail to 29 activists
Updated Sun 24 Nov 2013, 11:28am AEDT
Russia has now granted bail to all of the Greenpeace activists known as the Arctic 30, except for Tasmanian man Colin Russell
. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-23/un-court-orders-russia-to-release-greenpeace-ship2c-crew/5112638 It is believed to be an administrative error. We hope that since he spoke at length that there was not a translation problem. Where a translator is involved there is more likely misunderstanding and it is better to speak as little as possible. This is not meant as criticism but rather a reminder to us all. We would not be surprised if governments which are highly dependent upon mining and oil paid the Russian government to keep the activists. However, that does not explain the lack of bail for Colin Russell.

China: Video of Oil Pipeline Explosion (Appears from Chinese TV)

More info is in links below (yesterday)

November 24, 2013

A response to the proposed new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant (end of October).
EDF ‘nuclear bullshit’ protest
People protesting about public subsidies for a new Hinkley Point nuclear power station today dumped a pile of animal manure at an EDF shop in Bridgwater in Somerset. A banner was hung above the shop which read ‘No More Bullsxxt – EDF take our £££ and dump waste on us!’
The protest action, by South West Against Nuclear (SWAN), came on the day that David Cameron and Ed Davey announced a deal with EDF and Chinese Nuclear which would fix the price paid by UK consumers for new nuclear electricity – at double the current rate.
A man in a cow costume addressed shoppers as passers-by emptied shopping bags of manure onto a plastic sheet, blocking the entrance. A placard written in Chinese was stuck into the pile. Protestors cleaned the floor around the pile and then removed the manure pile for organic recycling.
Police later confiscated the manure and placed it in their van, saying that they believed it might be used to commit criminal damage.

Notice that they used a plastic sheet so as to make their point without dirtying the premises. The Chinese are financing it (the nuclear power plant, that is, although the Chinese are using cow manure to make energy in China; that would be a good idea for the UK, rather than nuclear). EDF is Electricity of France.

The Port-au-Prince Courthouse was not so lucky on Friday. The lawyers have been on strike for about one month, asking for Francisco René, the Prosecutor of Port-au-Prince, to be removed. Their sit-in on Friday was greeted by a terrible odor and something spilled in front of the Public Prosecutor’s door. It does not appear to be cow manure and is believed to be rather from a human. Whatever it was smelled so terrible that they were forced to leave. By the looks it was either cold cafe au lait or from someone with cholera.

Alterpresse reported it on Friday under the title of “Haiti: Surprise during a sit-in by the lawyers of the Parquet of Port-au-Prince against Public Prosecutor Francisco René.” (our translation of the title) Article in French here: http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article15522#.UpFq0n-9KSM

To better contextualize this strike we cite from a letter which Haitian Senator Steven Benoit presented to the US Congressional Black Caucus in September:
If all of these illegal and unconstitutional decisions could take place, it is because President Martelly had also previously violated other articles of the constition when he was making the nominations of the Judges of the Cour de Cassation (equivalent of the US Supreme Court). He managed to select at least three Judges (disregarding all protests by the Senate) who did not meet the requirements and to have one of them (whom he has known since his childhood) become Chief Justice and President of the Higher Council on Justice.
Through a number of nominations of District Attorneys, Prosecutors, Judges and Justices of the Peace (by Chief Justice Anel Joseph his childhood friend), etc., President Martelly and his Minister of Justice have been able to turn the Haitian justice system into a political arm at the service of the executive branch (or the Martelly crew : he used to call himself and his close friends ‘legal bandits’ and has a song written on the topic). A very dangerous and scary development.
” (He also mentions the suspicious death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph just before this.) http://omegaworldnews.com/?p=5474

We have looked through Haitian news and found that indeed the Chamber of Deputies was supposed to have discussed the electoral law on Friday – that was the point of the special session of the Chamber of Deputies, but we find no evidence that they did. From our understanding the bill, which they had already passed in haste, was modified by the Senate, and there needed to be debate on how to make the two agree.

For those seriously interested in Haiti, who read some French, we remind you of this link. It is summaries of the Moniteur. To be legal things must be published in it (e.g. mining convention; new companies). But, the web site seems to delete the summaries at the end of the year. So, if you want the 2013 info you need to look now. http://www.pressesnationales.ht/moniteur/sommaires.php

Some News Headlines Related to Energy and the Environment (Full articles at links)

Tepco, Mitsubishi plan coal-fired power plants at Fukushima: source
Posted:Sat, 23 Nov 2013 03:39:15 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked nuclear plant and three Mitsubishi group firms plan to build a new type of energy-efficient coal-fired power plants in Fukushima, a source said on Saturday.

U.N. climate talks blocked over aid, steps to 2015 deal
Posted:Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:08:21 GMT
WARSAW (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations were deadlocked on Saturday over how to step up aid to ease the impact of global warming on developing nations as part of the foundations of an elusive U.N. climate accord due in 2015.

Bulgaria to decide on third nuclear reactor by end of year
Posted:Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:39:16 GMT
SOFIA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The Bulgarian government will take a decision on the construction of a third reactor at its sole nuclear power plant Kozloduy, using U.S. technology, by the end of the year, its energy minister said on Saturday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KdvbFGKIRZI/story01.htm Proposal being prepared by Westinghouse, owned by Toshiba:
Fukushima Daiichi 3
Ohkuma, Fukushima, Japan
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)
Net Output: 760 MWe
Operable. Initial criticality: 09/1974. Commercial start: 03/1976.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Reactor Supplier:
Steam Generator Supplier:
Fukushima Daiichi 5
Ohkuma, Fukushima, Japan
Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)
Net Output: 760 MWe
Operable. Initial criticality: 08/1977. Commercial start: 04/1978.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Reactor Supplier:
Steam Generator Supplier:

Five workers injured in explosion at Wyoming gas field
Posted:Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:46:56 GMT
Nov 23 (Reuters) – Five workers were injured after a fire and tank explosion at an Encana Corp natural gas field in western Wyoming on Friday, officials said.

Islamist rebels say seize biggest Syrian oilfield from Assad forces
Posted:Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:19:08 GMT
BEIRUT, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Islamist rebel battalions led by al Qaeda-linked fighters seized the largest oil field in eastern Syria on Saturday, activists said, cutting off President Bashar al-Assad’s access to almost all local crude reserves.

Qingdao oil flow halted as explosion toll hits 47Posted:Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:08:26 GMT
SHANGHAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Crude pipelines have been shut-off in the eastern Chinese oil hub of Qingdao pending safety checks a day after a leak triggered a huge explosion that killed 47 people, a refinery official and state media said on Saturday.

OK, are they now finally going to stop the World Bank from investing in Strip-surface mining, which causes deforestation? Or, will they continue to plant trees with one hand and cut them with the other?
U.N. agrees multi-billion dollar framework to tackle deforestation
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:30:39 GMT WARSAW (Reuters) – U.N. negotiators on Friday agreed rules on financing forest projects in developing nations, paving the way for multi-billion dollar investments from governments, funding agencies and private firms in schemes to halt deforestation.

Norway, UK, U.S. allocate $280 million to stop deforestation
Posted:Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:25:15 GMT
WARSAW (Reuters) – The governments of Norway, Britain and the United States on Wednesday said they will allocate $280 million of their multi-billion dollar climate change finances to a new initiative aimed at halting deforestation.

So, will they cancel their MOX nuclear fuel plant now?
South Carolina embraces wind energy with turbine research center
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 01:07:44 GMT
NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina’s Clemson University on Thursday cut the ribbon on a $108 million wind-turbine research facility that experts say could spur more U.S. wind power development in the southeastern United States.

National standards urged for U.S. tornado protection
Posted:Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:35:33 GMT
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – National standards should be set for building construction, storm shelters and emergency communications to reduce death and damage from tornados, a federal agency that studied the deadly 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, recommended on Thursday.
We agree this is a good idea but: THEY HAD TO HAVE A STUDY TO FIGURE THIS OUT! THEY HAD ONLY TO LOOK AT THE WIZARD OF OZ AND LOGIC! Meanwhile, the US gov has not updated their nuclear waste disposal research and still has on the list a particularly fragile salt dome in Mississippi, recently rejected for oil and gas storage, and beside a National Park with protected gopher turtles, and 30 minutes from a major town and university. Interim storage in Mississippi is not more brilliant as this area is where many hurricanes come ashore AND one of the top states for tornadoes. It is an exceptionally warm and wet climate too. Then the US gov has to do research to figure out that homes should be reenforced and that storm shelters could save lives! Duh. Gee, I knew this as a child! We need to make a post on this soon!

Three Russians jailed in Greenpeace protest freed on bail
Posted:Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:47:31 GMT
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Three of the 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest walked free on bail on Thursday, defiant that the action against Arctic oil drilling was justified and that the response by the authorities was not.

In start of long operation, Fukushima removes first fuel rods
Posted: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:47:19 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant completed on Thursday the removal of the first fuel rods from a cooling pool high up in a badly damaged reactor building, a rare success in the often fraught battle to control the site.

Fracking without freshwater at a west Texas oilfield
Posted:Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:50:09 GMT
MERTZON, Texas (Reuters) – At a dusty Texas oilfield, Apache Corp has eliminated its reliance on what arguably could be the biggest long-term constraint for fracking wells in the arid western United States: scarce freshwater.

Apache Corp says it is recycling all of its water, once again proving that necessity is the mother of invention,
…it is expensive and energy intensive to make the slightly salty water usable for each drilling site. More scrutiny is also needed to understand how escalating withdrawals of brackish waters may compromise freshwater aquifers. Growing interest by water-starved cities and towns to desalinate brackish water is another complicating factor.http://ecowatch.com/2013/06/17/fracking-industry-reacts-water-scarcity/

UPDATE 1-Chevron throws doubt on Rosebank North Sea development
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:12:12 GMT
LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – U.S. oil company Chevron said on Friday the development of its North Sea Rosebank project was not currently economically attractive, raising doubts about a resurgence of the North Sea oil industry as fears rise over costs.

As Arctic ice melts, U.S. military adapting strategy forces ,
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:21:53 GMT
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Friday the Pentagon’s first Arctic strategy to guide changes in military planning as rapidly thawing ice reshapes global commerce and energy exploration, possibly raising tensions along the way.

Some Ukrainians protest Ukraine snuggling up to Russia:
UPDATE 3-Tymoshenko urges Ukrainians to rally over U-turn on EU
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:20:27 GMT
* PM says U-turn on EU deal was for economic reasons (Adds Azarov paragraphs 11 and 12)

EXCLUSIVE-Tanzania LNG project set for step forward -sources
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:42:06 GMT

UPDATE 4-Sinopec oil pipeline blast kills 35 in eastern China
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:03:45 GMT
* Crude oil flows into China may be disrupted (Adds Sinopec suspends oil purchases)

Among other things, Gazprom agreed to give the Ukraine more time to pay its debt, and Ukraine hopes for a drop in gas price. The result:
Russia steals ‘Ukrainian bride’ at the altar
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:50:45 GMT
MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s abrupt decision to return to Mother Russia’s bear hug after a flirtation with western Europe can be traced back to a secretive meeting of their two presidents two weeks ago.

Sinopec halts crude, oil product buying after China pipeline blast – traders
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:29:41 GMT LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Sinopec Corp has halted crude and oil product buying following a deadly explosion at a pipeline in eastern China, European traders said on Friday.

CORRECTED-Goldman Sachs puts uranium trading desk up for sale
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:59:41 GMT (Corrects lead to say it is selling, not shutting, the desk)

The Russian government just really always has to say something contrary doesn’t it?! Did this spoil its idea of appearing “nice” by freely liberating the Greenpeace hostages? Or, is it why they were liberated on bail?
Russia says sea tribunal has no authority in Greenpeace case
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:32:45 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday said an international maritime tribunal that ruled against it in a case brought by the Netherlands had no jurisdiction over its criminal prosecution of 30 people arrested for a Greenpeace protest over Arctic oil drilling.

UPDATE 1-Russian lawmakers agree to let Gazprom’s rivals export LNG
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:23:28 GMT
* Law easing Gazprom export monopoly to take effect in 2014

UPDATE 1-EU loses out on Ukraine, but may have dodged a bullet
Posted:Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:38:40 GMT
* Ukraine economy in trouble, investors on edge (Adds quotes from European Commission, paragraphs 10-12)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/22/us-eu-russia-ukraine-idUSBRE9AL0ER20131122 http://ukraine.rsspump.com/?key=2013112211072c.eu-loses-ukraine-may-dodged-bullet