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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/the-ongoing-saga-13-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/the-ongoing-saga-11-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Note that the most recent update is on top. This was done for the convenience of daily readers. So, this post ran from 10 Jan. 2014 to 18 Jan. 2014.

18 January 2014
We have updated Radiation and Reindeer plus sheep, part iii: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/ with an excerpt from our reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/episode-6-radioactive-reindeer/

Meanwhile we have been digging around and looking at a few of the many really bad things which Freeport McMoRan and Veolia have done, to contextualize a couple of Reuters articles. While digging around the topic of Freeport’s pollution record in Louisiana, we ended up digging half way to China and arrived at Fukushima Japan and to the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome”, about a nuclear meltdown whose name is based on the expression of digging a hole so deep that it goes to China or half-way to China. Our new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-china-syndrome-1979-fukushima/ Obviously, for those digging a hole in China, you start and finish in China, unless you are digging along a border! We have another related reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/toshiba-to-fuk-cumbria/

Friday, 17 January 2014

http://www.reuters.com/tools/rss http://in.reuters.com/tools/rss
We encourage you to go to the above reuters feeds, depending on your interests. Mining information is found at Basic Materials at the first link. The RSS feed for Energy covers oil and gas, nuclear, etc. There is an RSS feed for Environment, as well. The second link is for India and is very interesting. Both of these links allow direct access to the RSS feeds without a feeder-subscription. We are going to reduce Reuters coverage. One of the feeds is about Veolia dealing with Syria’s chemical weapons in the UK. This appears pretty scary. We are gathering info. about Veolia’s track record.

No we haven’t jumped from radioactive reindeer 3 to 6. This is a wonderful transcript-radio interview with the Finnish Nuclear Authority about reindeer in Finland, which we only just found. He himself calls them radioactive. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/episode-6-radioactive-reindeer/

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Radioactive Reindeer III has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/ Today there is information on caesium in forests and also a video on whether plants can think, which mentions radioisotopes. This is a related topic but not totally on topic.

Duvalier’s Impunity Noted by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch

Our New Post. Just as we remarked the other day, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch note the need to bring Jean-Claude Duvalier to justice. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/haiti-lack-of-political-will-allowing-ex-dictator-duvalier-to-still-escape-justice/ We have added a video and post-script to their press release.

The Still Ongoing Saga of the Collapsing Louisiana Salt Dome

We really hope that US and German decision makers are watching this and see that a salt dome is NOT a place for radioactive waste!

The Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle wonders if the strontium tested for is of the natural non-radioactive variety or man-made radioactive Strontium 90. See our reblog here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/texas-brine-contingency-plan-the-digest-version/ Radioactive NORM is documented, in a letter found on the Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle web site, as having been stored in the salt dome. However, this should not include strontium 90, from our understanding. But, if radioactive NORM was illegally placed in the salt dome (It was at the time and presumably still is illegal to place radioactive wastes in Louisiana Salt Domes), it is possible that other types of radioactive waste may be found there, as well.

Beatrix Potter-Peter Rabbit Home of the Lake District Still in Danger

See our reblogs: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/nuclear-train-crash-at-silverdale/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/did-comic-art-save-cumbria-from-the-nuclear-dump/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/hot-the-wastwater-gnomes-book-4-pages-iii-to-v/
A Reminder. Wast Water is not Waste Water, but rather: “Wast Water or Wastwater is a lake located in Wasdale, a valley in the western part of the Lake District National Park, England.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wast_Water
Wast water
Wast Water, Lake District National Park
Squirrels on Lake, Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, 1903, B. Potter, d. 1943, UK Public Domain, 1 Jan. 2014
Squirrels on Lake from the “Tale of Squirrel Nutkin”, 1903. By Beatrix Potter, Lake District Preservationist. You will see Lakeland Red Squirrels in our reblog.
The lake is almost 3 miles long (4.6 km) and more than a third of a mile (600 m) wide. It is the deepest lake in England[1] at 258 feet (79 m), and is owned by the National Trust. It is one of the finest examples of a glacially ‘over-deepened’ valley. The surface of the lake is about 200 feet above sea level, while its bottom is over 50 feet below sea level.” …
Water from the lake is pumped to the nearby Sellafield nuclear waste processing facility as a fresh water supply.[5] The NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) has taken over the licence once held by BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels plc) which allows them to extract a maximum of 18,184.4 m³ a day (over 4 million gallons) and 6,637,306 m³ a year from Wast Water to use on site for various processes including the cooling ponds and reprocessing (electricity production has ceased).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wast_Water References, pics and more info at wiki link. Much of the land of the Lake District National Park was bought and given in Trust to the UK National Trust by Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit fame. When she was barely cold in her grave they placed Sellafield on the coast nearby. How can they take water from a National Park for a nuclear reprocessing facility! British Nuclear Fuels, BNFL, is now part of “Energy Solutions”, the Utah based company responsible for the Barnwell site in S. Carolina, which recently made news because it has been leaking tritium. And, they are the ones who are still screwing around and screwing up the water filtration at Fukushima with their “ALPS” filter. We are Fuked.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

UK Nuclear Scandal
One of the biggest scandals ever! The brother of the UK Secretary of State, Ed Davey, orchestrated the purchase of British Energy in 2008 by French gov owned EDF! He’s the one pushing new nuclear on the UK and the waste dump on Cumbria! See our reblog if you haven’t: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/reclaiming-the-energy-agenda-bristol-anti-nuclear-gathering/

Does Ed Davey have Toshiba ties too as they are part of the new nuclear build?

Time to out UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey: “Davey’s brother, Henry, is a partner at Herbert Smith, a law firm that has a long-standing relationship with the nuclear giant EDF Energy…’Davey’s brother advised EDF on trading contracts relating to the company’s acquisition of British Energy in 2008. Herbert Smith has since worked with EDF to gain development consent for the construction and operation of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset… Ed Davey made a dramatic U-turn by declaring he is now pro-nuclear. The connection with his brother’s professionals interests is simply too close for comfort.http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/new-energy-secretarys-appointment-underlines-unhealthy-relationship-between-government-and Is this patronage or nepotism? Sounds like a bit of both. The brother helped majority French gov owned EDF buy British Energy. This is really major! Just go to the Herbert Smith Freehills web site and look for Henry Davey. The easiest is to do a search for Herbert Smith and Henry Davey. Very Shocking! We just KNEW there was something weird about that Ed Davey guy!

Our other reblog talks about the problems of ranchers who don’t control the mineral rights on their land in South Dakota: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/countdown-to-pierre-oil-development-and-the-landowners-who-deal-with-it/
We have added a lengthy comment there.

Toshiba is partner to Energy Solutions, for the still not up and running, and apparently defective ALPS purification system at Fukushima. Toshiba is going to be doing some of the UK’s new nuclear reactors (see Reuters below), if they are not stopped. Areva, also almost totally owned by the French government, is EDF’s partner and will be building nuclear reactors in the UK, if they are not stopped. Areva’s water purification system at Fukushima failed before Energy Solutions came to try. Energy Solutions is responsible for the Barnwell South Carolina dump site, recently reported as leaking tritium (although it’s apparently been leaking for a long time). Energy Solutions is also active in the UK. Of course, they intend to just dump the tritium, radioactive water, into the ocean at Fukushima. It’s not safe. Even with one exposure it’s not totally safe. Worse is that if it gets into all water then it will always be in your body. Only clean water can wash it out. If there is no clean water it stays there. This is criminal. In fact, it’s mad! The rulers of the nations of this world have gone stark raving mad! People are upset about the tritium leak in South Carolina. No one gives a Fuk about dumping tritium into the ocean at Fukushima.

This is the article to which we have previously referred, when we mentioned that ALPS seems to be filtering only a tiny percentage of the radionuclides. It, in turn, refers and links to a Japanese document from November 29, 2013.
Multi-Nuclide Removal System (ALPS) May Be Obsolete Even Before It Starts Full Operation” Monday, December 30, 2013
TEPCO was counting on the multi-nuclide removal system ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) to be operational in the summer of 2012, so that the only remaining radionuclide in the water going through the treatment cycle would be tritium.” Read the entire post here: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/12/fukushima-i-npp-multi-nuclide-removal.html According to the above translation of the Japanese document, ALPS barely filters anything (only a tiny percentage of what it is supposed to filter) AND makes too much sludge. Google translate isn’t very good for the Japanese document, but what IS clear from google translate is that calcium is blocking the ability of ALPS to filter out radioactive strontium. On the flip side, if it is not filtered, the strontium will enter the ocean and food chain, mimic calcium and hence get into our bones. Mind boggling is a comment on the post where there is a remark saying that containment vessels can last forever. This is the biggest malarky ever! They have yet to find resistant materials. TEPCO expects their containers to last only 20 years.

From November 2012, Absolutely evil, especially for children:
Governor Promotes Fukushima Rice at Tokyo Supermarkets“”As one city in Japan’s radiation-stricken Fukushima prefecture starts serving local rice in school lunches, the long debate over the safety of Fukushima rice seems to be as much a matter of marketing as of science.http://www.sej.org/headlines/governor-promotes-fukushima-rice-tokyo-supermarkets

If you are going to try to monitor radiation you MUST know your units and do your research, as we indicated yesterday. This is for a medical center but gives some good definitions and explanations. In fact, it’s the only one we found which explains counts per minute (cpm). It should help for those interested:
Radiation Safety Manual” (Revised March 2010) Updated December 2012 Stanford University, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Environmental Health and Safety, Stanford University, Stanford California http://www.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/researchlab/radlaser/manual/rad_safety_manual.pdf
dpm = cpm / efficiency.
Typical efficiencies are provided in Table 3.4.
” (p. 18)
cpm Counts per minute. Most radiation detectors display the number of events detected per unit of time. This can be converted to a measure of activity in dpm by dividing by the detection efficiency.” (p. 64)

We really don’t know what to tell you to do about Fukushima except to make a serious effort to try to get it handled properly, to get the leaks stopped; do your research, educate others, complain to authorities, keep calm and use your good sense. Take special care of children and pets. For the time being, what you need to do depends on your location. It is a decision that you must make yourself. Unfortunately, these are decisions, which generally must be made within financial, and other constraints. Most cannot afford to build a bio dome or a sophisticated water purification system. Over time, if Fukushima is not handled properly, it will kill the oceans and thus kill us all. A bio dome may even be insufficient. How long will that take? If anyone knows they haven’t made it publicly available. But, the oceans have their limits. Fukushima must just be properly addressed before that happens. Obviously, the powers that be were not prepared. Worse, they don’t seem to even care or everything everywhere would be canceled and all energy focused on fixing the problem of Fukushima. Bearing this in mind, we are thinking of stopping putting Reuters feeds or anything else that is not at least vaguely related to the problem of Fukushima and Japan, until we are satisfied that it is being handled properly. We put Reuters today. We will let you know. Reuters news titles are good for showing the broad strokes of how the world is run, but take up precious time and space. We have put enough already to see the broad strokes.

Someone once told me to think enough, but not too much. We can change that to worry enough to take necessary action but not too much. Extreme worry and panic can kill also.

Serenity Prayer by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other.” (1937 version) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_Prayer

Reuters News Feed Selection

  • Oz Minerals shares jump on production report

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:28:51 -0500
    SYDNEY, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Shares in Oz Minerals, Australia’s third-biggest copper producer, jumped more than 17 percent on Wednesday after it forecast higher copper and gold production and lower costs this year.
  • Australia’s Fortescue speeds up debt repayments

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:15:13 -0500
    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Fortescue Metals Group will pay off $1.64 billion on its bonds in March, up to two years ahead of maturity, slashing debt as fast as possible while iron ore prices remain strong, the world no.4 iron ore miner said on Wednesday.
  • UPDATE 1-Osisko bid comes after many spurned proposals -Goldcorp

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:28 -0500
    TORONTO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Goldcorp Inc commenced its formal bid for Osisko Mining Corp on Tuesday, saying that it chose to proceed with the unsolicited offer after a long series of frustrated attempts to engage Osisko in discussions about a possible deal.
  • UPDATE 1-Almost 40,000 cleared to start using water in West Virginia

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:42:49 -0500
    Jan 14 (Reuters) – West Virginia officials on Tuesday lifted more of a ban on drinking tap water for customers who had been affected by a chemical spill that left the state’s water supply nearly unusable for hundreds of thousands since last week.
  • COMMODITIES-Natgas leaps on U.S. cold; nickel up on Indonesia ban

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:13:32 -0500
    (New throughout, updates prices and market activity to session close) By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Natural gas led gains across U.S. commodities for a second day on Tuesday as cold weather forecasts boosted anticipated demand for heating, and nickel rallied too as investors remained spooked over an export ban by top nickel ore shipper Indonesia. Other base metals from lead to zinc and tin also rose on worries about potentially low supplies. But copper slippe
  • UPDATE 1-Toshiba boosts UK nuclear plans with NuGen deal

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:40:23 -0500
    LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Toshiba has agreed to buy 60 percent of the NuGen UK nuclear joint venture between GDF Suez and Spain’s Iberdrola for 102 million pounds, boosting Britain’s plans to replace its ageing nuclear fleet.
  • West African lion threatened with extinction: study

  • Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:15:18 GMT
    DAKAR (Reuters) – West Africa’s lions, which once prowled across the region in their tens of thousands, are close to extinction as farmland eats up their ancient habitats and human hunters kill the animals they feed on, a study has shown.
  • EIB taps green bond to record 1.5 billion euros

  • Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:35:01 GMT
    LONDON (Reuters) – The European Investment Bank (EIB) has raised a further 350 million euros ($477.9 million) on its Climate Awareness Bond (CAB), making it the largest ever “green bond” at 1.5 billion euros, the bank said on Tuesday.
  • RWE to sue after German nuclear plant shut-down ruled illegal

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:32:43 GMT
    DUESSELDORF/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s No.2 utility RWE is preparing to sue for millions of euros of damages after a federal court confirmed that a state’s decision to shut down the company’s Biblis nuclear plant for three months in 2011 was illegal.
  • Japan’s Pan Pacific: no 2014 contract with BHP for copper charges

    Posted:Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:12:57 GMT
    TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Pan Pacific Copper, Japan’s biggest smelter, said on Wednesday it would not sign a long-term contract for copper processing fees with global miner BHP Billiton in 2014, after they couldn’t agree on terms.
  • UPDATE 1-EU reaches deal on sweeping securities reform

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:35:46 GMT
    * Reform will impose position limits in commodities markets
  • UPDATE 3-Worried Fed seeks to curb Wall Street banks commodity trade

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:23:53 GMT
    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday took a first formal step toward restricting the role of Wall Street banks in trading physical commodities, citing fears that a multibillion-dollar disaster could bring down a bank and imperil the stability of the financial system.
  • RPT-Shell to sell $15 bln of assets including some N.Sea fields -report

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:10:44 GMT
    LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell could look to sell $15 billion worth of assets over the next two years including some North Sea fields, said a media report on Tuesday, expanding on its existing guidance that divestments would accelerate this year.
  • UPDATE 9-U.S. oil rises, Brent falls, spread narrows more than $1

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:51:56 GMT
    * API oil inventory data shows decline in crude oil stocks
  • COMMODITIES-Natgas leaps on U.S. cold; nickel up on Indonesia ban

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:13:32 GMT
    (New throughout, updates prices and market activity to session close) By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Natural gas led gains across U.S. commodities for a second day on Tuesday as cold weather forecasts boosted anticipated demand for heating, and nickel rallied too as investors remained spooked over an export ban by top nickel ore shipper Indonesia. Other base metals from lead to zinc and tin also rose on worries about potentially low supplies. But copper slippe
  • Franco-German energy firm seen focused on renewables -sources

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:44:13 GMT
    PARIS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A French-German joint initiative in the energy sector announced by President Francois Hollande is likely to focus on renewable energy but is not aimed at forging alliances between major utilities firms, political and industrial sources said.
  • UPDATE 1-Militiamen briefly storm Libyan parliament to demand vote

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:41:58 GMT
    TRIPOLI, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Former Libyan militia fighters stormed parliament on Tuesday and fired in the air to try to force assembly members to take a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.
  • UPDATE 4-Hollande stonewalls on private life to make reform pitch

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:27:44 GMT
    * First appearance after allegations of affair with actress
  • Yemen moves Salafi leader out of northern stronghold, bolstering truce

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:20:45 GMT
    SANAA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Yemen said it started moving a group of ultra-orthodox Sunni Muslims out of their northern stronghold on Tuesday, under a truce to end months of sectarian clashes with Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels.
  • UPDATE 2-Republican senator urges Obama to lift US crude export ban

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:13:17 GMT
    * U.S. law allows export of oil products, not crude * Senator would consider legislation if Obama stalls By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to lift a ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil, stepping up pressure on the administration to allow producers involved in the domestic energy boom to gain access to global markets. “Lifting the ban will help create jobs, boost the economy and keep our pr
  • UPDATE 3-Suspected Islamists kill 29 in Nigeria bombing -witnesses

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:29:51 GMT
    * Boko Haram is country’s biggest security threat (Updates death toll, adds witness quote)
  • UPDATE 2-Russia to increase Hungary’s nuclear power

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:15:41 GMT
    * EUR 10 bln Russian state loan to finance 80 pct of cost
  • UPDATE 2-Eni to pull out of Polish shale gas exploration-sources

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:14:22 GMT
    * Other foreign firms have already quit Polish shale (Updates with quotes from industry sources)
  • Boeing aims to seek approval for green diesel as jet fuel

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:21:03 GMT
    LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co. aims to seek approval from regulators around the world to use “green diesel” as a jet fuel, the company said, which could cut carbon emissions without boosting costs.
  • COMMODITIES-Natgas jumps on U.S. cold; nickel up on Indonesia ban

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:15:44 GMT
    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Natural gas led gains across U.S. commodities for a second day on Tuesday as cold weather forecasts boosted anticipated demand for heating, and nickel rallied too as investors remained spooked over an export ban by top nickel ore shipper Indonesia. Other base metals from lead to zinc and tin were also up, hitting their highest levels since early January, on worries about potentially low supplies. But copper slipped on caution over gro
  • Petrobras denies talks to sell Libra oil stake to ONGC Videsh

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:04:01 GMT
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, on Tuesday “emphatically denied” that it is in talks with India’s ONGC Videsh to sell part of its stake in the giant Libra offshore prospect in Brazil.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Radioactive Reindeer III has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/

Achtung! Attention! KNOW YOUR UNITS OF MEASUREMENT!
One man on youtube was in a panic because he was confusing counts per minute (cpm) with curies. He wondered why a particular site said the level was safe, but the numbers were so high. One thing to think about is that if he did not trust the site why was he looking? Numbers can easily be manipulated anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counts_per_minute If you are looking at radiation or any other units make sure you know what they mean. There are plenty of tools on internet to help. Looking at a simple, non-radioactive example: 38 degrees sounds hot to someone used to the celsius-centigrade system. It sounds cold to someone working in the fahrenheit system. 38 C and 38 F are not the same! Unlike this example, the units used for radiation are very complicated. There is actually no easy conversion for cpm (counts per minute). You also have to learn your prefixes and not mix micro-sieverts with millisieverts, for instance. If you read about Pacific water pollution from Fukushima you will have to deal with things like GigaBecquerels (GBq) etc. At least there is a good wikipedia article on Becquerels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Becquerel

Please do everything you can think of for Fukushima, whether it is educating others, petitioning your government or religious institution, innovating a solution — whatever it is, you can do something to stop it, before it is too late. It is important to keep a clear head and to avoid panic. This allows for better choices and decision making. Fear weakens your immune system too. At this point, your immune system remains your best defense against radiation and the flu.

Radiation Free Lakeland put an important link on our Haiti post. Here is an excerpt from the link:
Between 1988 and 1994, Greenpeace revealed 94 attempted or actual cases of hazardous waste exports to Africa, involving over 10 million tonnes of residues.

Some schemes included the building of local waste management facilities, incinerators and landfills.

Others concerned radioactive waste — such as the infamous ODM project that targeted at least 16 different African countries.

Many schemes, however, were simple dumping operations.

Waste containers were shipped following the path of least resistance and weakest governance, ending up in remote areas of countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Lebanon, Somalia and the Congo.

Toxic waste was also dumped on Nigerian and Haitian beaches.” http://www.afroarticles.com/article-dashboard/Article/EU–US-Dumping-Toxic-Waste-in-Africa–Radioactive-Materials-Dumped-on-Somalia-Coast–Nigerian-and-Haitian-Beaches/210994

Lots of diverse topics, it seems, at Reuters News Feeds. We also put in their environmental news. Reuters updates environmental news infrequently, and often there is overlap with energy and basic materials.

South Korea is thinking again of reducing dependence on nuclear energy. Trouble is countries now talk about percentage dependence. So, sometimes countries increase reactor numbers, while reducing percentage dependence, because nation-wide energy use will increase over time.

For those interested in mining, the current titles dealing with Freeport and Indonesia are really important. Really there is too much important news today.

As the toxic spill still contaminates the water, restaurants are opening in the area of South Carolina with only bottled water? Do you really want to eat there?

We must stop and examine the feed, toward the bottom, where Italians are protesting the arrival of Syria’s chemical weapons in Italy. The weapons are supposed to be destroyed by a US ship offshore. Of course, there is “effluent” waste. And, the question becomes: what will they do with the “effluent waste”? Germany says they will take it. Italians obviously fear that either weapons or effluent could be dumped accidentally or on purpose or accidentally on purpose into their waters and destroy their fishing and beaches. Toward the end of last year, old testimony from a Camorra mafia informant was made public. In it, he says that toxic waste, not only from northern Italy, but even nuclear sludge from Germany was dumped illegally in southern Italy. Some was over aquifers. Obviously, there are additional dangers or there would not be: “Several criteria are being considered in selecting the port, the government source said, including “its distance from densely populated centres.” From:
ITALY TO HOST SYRIAN WEAPONS TRANSFER DESPITE LOCAL OPPOSITION
POSTED:SUN, 12 JAN 2014 10:03:24 -0500
* Chemical agents must be transferred from Danish to American ship
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tt42RRiBY0U/syria-weapons-italy-idUSL6N0KM0DT20140112

They need to be urgently taking Fukushima-Japan strongly in hand. Instead the UN and govs of the world continue to focus on anything and everything else. Instead of worrying about the failures of French government owned Areva’s water purification system at Fukushima, the French are worried about their president running around visiting a movie star on a scooter in the middle of the night. And, debating a play which apparently makes fun of the holocaust. None of this will matter if Fukushima leaks are not stopped!

Here is an ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS official press release about the weapons destruction:
Germany to Destroy Effluent from Syrian Chemicals
Thursday, 09 January 2014
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has confirmed to the OPCW that it will dispose of 370 metric tonnes of effluent to be generated by the hydrolysis of Syria’s stock of mustard gas aboard the U.S. vessel MV Cape Ray.
It was stated that the effluent will be incinerated at a specialised German government facility while adhering to the highest safety and environmental standards.
The Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, welcomed the offer as an important contribution to the international task of eliminating Syria’s entire chemical weapons programme.
“I wish to thank the Federal Republic of Germany for this contribution, which will further strengthen the impressive collective efforts by our States Parties to remove and destroy Syrian chemical weapons,” the Director-General stated
“. http://www.opcw.org/news/article/germany-to-destroy-effluent-from-syrian-chemicals/

Reuters News Feeds Selection from Basic Materials, Energy and Environment

  • SE Asia Stocks-Most weak; Thai shares up amid political protests

    Posted:Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:12:30 -0500
    BANGKOK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Thai shares eked out slim gains on Tuesday, helped by selective buying in a reporting season, while most others in Southeast Asia were weaker to flat as Asian markets came under pressure amid concerns about the U.S. growth outlook. The Thai SET index was up 0.3 percent after a rally of more than 2 percent on Monday. Trading volume remained thin with about 1.5 million shares changing hands, 0.3 times the full-day average over the past 30 sessions. Investors, in
  • China crude steel output growth to slow to 3.1 pct in 2014 -CISA

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:45:25 -0500
    BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – China’s annual steel output growth is expected to slow in 2014 to around 3 percent and reach 810 million tonnes as a result of changes in its economic strategy, the head of the country’s steel association said in comments published late on Monday.
  • UPDATE 3-Tap water use ban lifted in parts of West Virginia after spill

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:35:24 -0500
    Jan 13 (Reuters) – West Virginia officials on Monday lifted a ban on drinking or bathing with tap water in some areas of the state hit by a chemical spill that affected hundreds of thousands of people for five days, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said.
  • Australia shares tumble to three week lows on Wall Street losses

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:19:47 -0500
    SYDNEY, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Australian shares lost 1.1 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one day loss in six weeks, after Wall Street tumbled overnight as investors exercise caution ahead of the corporate reporting season and iron ore prices fell to near-record lows.
  • Wave of lawsuits follows West Virginia chemical spill

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:45:43 -0500
    NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) – People whose drinking water was contaminated in West Virginia have filed at least 18 lawsuits in state court against two companies after a chemical spill affected 300,000 residents and shut down businesses and schools.
  • UPDATE 5-Goldcorp offers C$2.6 billion to acquire Osisko Mining

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:13:43 -0500
    * C$5.95/shr cash-and-stock offer represents 15 pct premium
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. challenges China over duties on high-tech steel

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:06:33 -0500
    WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The United States increased pressure on China on Monday in a dispute over U.S. high-tech steel exports, accusing Beijing of not complying with a World Trade Organization directive to drop duties.
  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Tap water use OK’d in some West Virginia areas after spill

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:52:23 -0500
    (Corrects chemical abbreviation in paragraph 16, MCHM instead of MHCM)
  • China’s water squeeze worsens as wetlands shrink 9 pct

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:31:32 GMT
    BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s wetlands have shrunk nearly 9 percent since 2003, forestry officials said on Monday, aggravating water scarcity in a country where food production, energy output and industrial activity are already under pressure from water shortages.
  • Aid agencies head to Tonga amid reports of extensive damage

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:23:04 GMT
    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Relief agencies were sending aid to Tonga on Monday amid reports of extensive damage to low-lying islands in the South Pacific archipelago after they were battered by a strong cyclone at the weekend.
  • Restaurants reopen with bottled water after West Virginia spill

    Posted:Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:07:42 GMT
    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Reuters) – Restaurants and shops began reopening on Sunday in parts of West Virginia where the water supply was poisoned by a chemical spill, although up to 300,000 people spent a fourth day unable to use tap water for anything besides flushing toilets..
  • Permit to hunt endangered rhino sells for $350,000 despite protests

    Posted:Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:55:48 GMT
    (Reuters) – A permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia sold for $350,000 at an auction in Dallas on Saturday with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals despite protests from animal rights groups that saw the sale as immoral conservation..
  • Chilean court rules for fishermen in Endesa coal plant case

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:12:26 GMT
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s supreme court has ruled in favor of local fishermen who say Endesa Chile’s Bocamina coal-fired facility kills marine life and pollutes ocean water, but it said halting its operations was a decision for environmental authorities.
  • MidAmerican’s giant California Solar Star power plant enters service

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:49:08 GMT
    (Reuters) – Renewable power companies MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp said they have connected the first 57 megawatts to the power grid from California’s 579-MW Solar Star solar power plant, one of the biggest in the United States.
  • Rift over new EU energy, climate policy deepens

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:36:43 GMT
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Commissioners clashed on Friday over what the European Union’s climate and energy policy goals for 2030 should be, with time for agreement running short ahead of their planned publication this month, EU sources said.
  • China mulls national pollution permit trading system

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:17:06 GMT
    BEIJING (Reuters) – China will look into establishing a nation-wide trading system for pollution permits as part of efforts to use market mechanisms to help clean up its environment, the country’s top environment official said.
  • Environment nod to lift cost of POSCO’s India plant to $12.6 billion

    Posted:Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:54:52 GMT
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s environment ministry has given its go-ahead to POSCO’s planned steel plant in the country, but has asked it to spend on “social commitments”, a company spokesman said, raising the project’s cost by $600 million to $12.6 billion.
  • Czech, German grids reach accord on renewable wind power flows

    Posted:Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:18:45 GMT
    PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech and German grid operators have agreed on a plan to build transformers to guard against excess flows of wind-produced electricity that can knock out transmission systems, the Czech grid operator said on Thursday.
  • China sets targets for curbing air pollution

    Posted:Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:54:24 GMT
    BEIJING (Reuters) – China has set new targets for its provinces to reduce air pollution by 5 to 25 percent, state media said late on Tuesday, underscoring the government’s concern about a source of public anger.
  • China energy safety probe exposes 20,000 potential risks

    Posted:Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:24:05 GMT
    BEIJING (Reuters) – China has uncovered nearly 20,000 disaster risks in its oil and gas sector during a nationwide safety probe following a pipeline blast that killed 62 people last year, the country’s safety watchdog said on Thursday.
  • China pledges further support for solar industry

    Posted:Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:17:48 GMT
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China pledged further support support for its ailing solar power industry on Saturday as the government seeks to revive a sector struggling with overcapacity and falling prices.
  • Belgian waste company mulls destroying Syrian chemical weapons

    Posted:Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:35:06 GMT
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian waste management group Indaver is considering bidding in a tender to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and has formally expressed interest with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Monday, 13 January 2014

For the 4 year anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, 12 January 2014, we decided to make a post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/haiti-four-years-after-the-quake-2/
Note: We have no idea why there is a 2 on the end of the link. There is only one.

News feeds will post later.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A Mitsubishi, non-nuclear, plant was recently involved in an explosion, which resulted in deaths. There is more, which still needs to be said, about this incident, but it made us examine Mitsubishi’s involvement at Fukushima. It also makes us call into question Mitsubishi’s safety culture.

We concluded that if Areva is at the heart of Fukushima, then Mitsubishi also appears to be at the heart of Fukushima, since Areva and Mitsubishi are joint partners in a Nuclear Fuels company with Mitsubishi holding 70% and Areva 30%, since December 2008. The last MOX was delivered to Fukushima, Unit 3 in August 2010. See articles below, along with: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/areva-at-the-heart-of-fukushimas-explosive-reactor-expose/ That being said, according to Areva’s web site, the fabrication of the MOX fuel assemblies takes place in Areva’s MELOX plant in France, using plutonium from La Hague. Areva sent MOX to Japan in 1999, 2001, 2009 and 2010. The fifth shipment arrived in Japan on the 27th of June 2013.

Third reactor in Japan to use MOX fuel
By Pavel Podvig on August 23, 2010
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. began loading MOX fuel into Unit 3 reactor of its Fukushima-Daiichi power plant. The reactor will be the third unit in Japan to use MOX fuel. The reactor is expected to be back online on September 23, 2010.

The first two units, Genkai-3 and Ikata-3, began operations with MOX fuel in November 2009 and March 2010 respectively. Use of MOX fuel in light-water power reactors is part of Japan’s “pluthermal” program, which plans to have 16-18 reactors using MOX fuel by 2015.” (bold added for emphasis) http://fissilematerials.org/blog/2010/08/third_reactor_in_japan_to.html

In March 2011:
At 12:33 JST on 13 March, the chief spokesman of the Japanese government, Yukio Edano said hydrogen gas was building up inside the outer building of Unit 3 just as had occurred in Unit 1, threatening the same kind of explosion. At 11:15 JST on 14 March, the envisaged explosion of the building surrounding Reactor 3 of Fukushima 1 occurred, owing to the ignition of built up hydrogen gas.” Bold added for emphasis. References and addition information at link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster_(Unit_3_Reactor)

In December 2008:
Areva and Mitsubishi Form New Nuclear Fuel Company
On December 22, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Mitsubishi Corp. and Areva announced that they would establish a new nuclear fuel company. The company will integrate design, development, fabrication and sales of nuclear fuel. It will succeed Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel Co. Ltd. (Tokai Village), which is jointly owned by MHI and Mitsubishi Materials. MHI will hold 35% of the shares in the new company, while Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Areva and Mitsubishi Corp. will hold 30%, 30% and 5% respectively. Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel has hitherto fabricated PWR fuel for use in Japanese reactors. The new company intends to produce uranium fuel and MOX fuel for PWRs and BWRs, as well as fuel for high-temperature gas reactors for Japanese customers and to produce PWR fuel for reactors in countries other than Japan. The partners also announced their intention to invest in a new plant to produce PWR fuel for the US market.
The strengthening of links between MHI and Areva could be seen as accelerating the shift away from the situation where Japanese nuclear plant makers were located within the framework of ‘national policy
“. (bold added for emphasis) http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit128/nit128articles/nw128.html#mhi

We also wondered about Lisa Murkowski, Republican Senator from (resource rich) Alaska, who wants the US to export unrefined crude oil. Who funds her?

US Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican, Alaska Funding from opensecrets.org From: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=n00026050

We also wonder what the 300,000 people in the area of Charleston, West Virginia, supposed to do for water? You can die without water and the stores appear to have sold out of bottled water on the first day of the accident. And, what are the people of Fukushima supposed to do if their water is poisoned for perpetuity?

 Reuters News Feed Selection from Basic Materials and Energy

  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-West Virginia chemical spill triggers tap water ban

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:14:11 -0500
    (Corrects to remove stock symbol, FPET.OB, to make clear Freedom Petroleum Inc is unrelated to Freedom Industries.)
  • As automakers use more aluminum, can providers expand fast enough?

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:09:16 -0500
    DETROIT, Jan 10 (Reuters) – With automakers’ demand for aluminum growing explosively as they seek to improve fuel efficiency, aluminum providers are selling out their automotive capacity almost as fast as they can build new plants, raising the question of whether some car makers could be caught short in the future.
  • COMMODITIES-Most commods jump as dollar falls on weak U.S. jobs data; wheat drops

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:07:05 -0500
    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Commodities surged on Friday, reversing the previous session’s losses as weaker-than-expected U.S. job data for December stirred speculation the Federal Reserve might not hike rates or roll back stimulus money as quickly as previously thought. Gold, silver, copper, nickel, natural gas and crude oil rallied between 1 and nearly 4 percent, rebounding from Thursday’s market liquidation sparked by concerns the U.S. economy might growing too fir
  • Top voluntary carbon market program to ban HFC-23 projects

    Posted:Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:34:09 -0500
    SAO PAULO, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Verified Carbon Standards (VCS), the world’s leading voluntary program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said its rules for carbon offset projects will no longer allow projects that destroy potent greenhouse gas HFC-23 to earn carbon credits, betting that international efforts to regulate the gases will be successful.

Update 1, 11 January 2014

Yesterday, with all of the accidents, we failed to mention the most weird accident of all:
SOUTH KOREA EXTENDS REACTOR SHUTDOWN AFTER 2 WORKERS DROWN
POSTED:THU, 09 JAN 2014 02:39:04 GMT
SEOUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) – South Korea’s nuclear operator said on Thursday it had been told to extend the shutdown of a nuclear reactor to improve safety after two workers drowned this week when the water level in a drain rose
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QM_-8iROxpM/story01.htm They DROWNED at a nuclear reactor?!

Saturday 11 January 2014

We will post the Reuters News Feeds later. Of particular interest is that it took until Friday afternoon to put out the rail cars which were on fire in New Brunswick Canada. Reuters says they burned for four days (we haven’t counted). In the area of Charleston, West Virginia, USA, around 300,000 people still cannot use their water to drink, cook or bathe, because a company leaked chemicals into their water supply. (Yes, there is a Charleston West Virginia and not just Charleston, South Carolina).

We have a new post which is Part III about Reindeer and Radiation with some information on UK sheep too. This one is more or less keeping on topic for now: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/

Friday, 10 January 2014

Please take a look at our three wonderful reblogs, if you have not! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/please-look-after-this-bears-home/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/the-iaea-is-japans-2nd-fukushima-summary/
In this post, Cumbria Trust introduces us, in the context of the siting of the UK’s nuclear waste dump, to the concept of “agnotology”, which appears a fancy way of saying “confuse and deceive”: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/paul-hallows-so-the-voluntarism-process-is-sort-of-a-smokescreen-to-get-the-nuclear-industry-what-it-has-already-decided-that-it-wants/

The nuclear industry, whether mining, power plants or dumps, appears particular adept at this game of obfuscation, since the dangers of ionizing radiation have been known much longer than that of cigarettes and the particular dangers of the nuclear industry were already well-known and documented by the US gov, at the time that the dangers of cigarettes were only beginning to come to light (1940s). The highly tax-payer and rate-payer subsidized nuclear industry can afford research hacks and media (including paying for a higher internet search rank), whereas the general public has to struggle to find and promote knowledge. Areva, an almost totally French government owned uranium mining and nuclear power company, has gone as far as to take a French citizen blogger-activist, Stephane Lhomme, to court for bringing up allegations that Areva gave money for the president of Niger to buy an airplane! Areva mines uranium in Niger and the current president used to be a manager at that mine. If a citizen can no longer question the actions of his or her government without being dragged to court, we are living in sad days. Can anyone wonder why notifications of strikes in France are given out like weather reports? Like Haitians, what other choices does the French citizen have but protest, in such a context?

Wikipedia’s definition:
Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data. The neologism was coined by Robert N. Proctor,[1][2] a Stanford University professor specializing in the history of science and technology.[3] Its name derives from the Neoclassical Greek word ἄγνωσις, agnōsis, “not knowing” (confer Attic Greek ἄγνωτος “unknown”[4]), and -λογία, -logia.[5] More generally, the term also highlights the increasingly common condition where more knowledge of a subject leaves one more uncertain than before.
A prime example of the deliberate production of ignorance cited by Proctor is the tobacco industry’s conspiracy to manufacture doubt about the cancer risks of tobacco use. Under the banner of science, the industry produced research about everything except tobacco hazards to exploit public uncertainty.[5][6] Some of the root causes for culturally induced ignorance are media neglect, corporate or governmental secrecy and suppression, document destruction, and myriad forms of inherent or avoidable culturopolitical selectivity, inattention, and forgetfulness.[7]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnotology (bold added)

SO many disasters! We don’t even know where to start! The last two major North American train derailments probably find their origins in materials which were not resistant enough in general, and in particular not resistant enough for extremely cold weather. In places like North Dakota and Canada they should know better! In Canada minus 40 C (where the F and C scales meet) is extremely common, and so the railroads should be prepared. More unusual cold would be minus 50s C (For the southern rim; Yukon extreme is minus 63 C). The average (mean) for North Dakota in January is minus 4 F and minus 20 C. Minus 60 F (minus 51 C) is not unknown there. If the trains and railways can’t be resistant to those temperatures then they would need to not run. But, of course, the oil must go, never mind if people die in explosions. For more on weather and material resistance see: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/the-sinking-of-the-ss-daniel-j-morrell-on-lake-huron-november-29-1966/ The whole idea of winter-time holidays lies in the fact that the harvest is in and the weather is inclement and so you are supposed to stay inside with your family! Now that families are spread out due to work, most people travel to see them, no matter how bad the weather. Many travel because they are expected to by relatives. So, the oil and gas must also go, in order to both heat homes and run automobiles and airplanes. Actually, many families have long been spread out in North America. They just usually lacked the means to travel back home and knew to stay indoors in cold weather! The point of these holidays was rest and relaxation. And, speaking of which, the only good news in the news feeds is that all of the wind, rain, and mild weather in Europe was good for alternative energy. This was all the more true since many companies shut down from Christmas to New Years.

The following suggest poor material resistance in the context of the cold weather:
Broken Axle Found At Scene Of Oil Train Derailment In North Dakota” By BLAKE NICHOLSON 01/01/14 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/broken-axle-train-derail_n_4530639.html

WHEEL AND AXLE FAILURE SUSPECTED CAUSE OF DERAILMENT – CN RAIL
POSTED:THU, 09 JAN 2014 14:25:42 GMT
TORONTO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – A wheel and axle failure is the suspected cause of Tuesday’s train derailment in New Brunswick, a Canadian National Railway spokesman said on Thursday, based on a preliminary investigation of the accident.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/j5Q9m_LtuPA/story01.htm

Cold snap caught Pearson airport’s ground operations off guard
By Kazi Stastna, CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2014 11:38 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 09, 2014 7:21 AM ET http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/cold-snap-caught-pearson-airport-s-ground-operations-off-guard-1.2489337

How to explain that within a day there was an explosion of chemicals in a lab in San Francisco, explosion of chemicals in a Mitsubishi chemical plant in Japan, fire and explosion in a Shell oil refinery near Cologne (Koeln) Germany, and a state of emergency in West Virginia because of chemicals related to coal mining leaking from a tank into the water supply for multiple counties? The leak in West Virginia could be a materials issue, as there have been very hard freezes there in the days running up to the leak. However, Germany has been unseasonably balmy. It does not appear that the Mitsubishi Japan accident is weather related either.

Shell Fire-Explosion near Cologne (Koeln) Germany

Although we had intended to discuss Mitsubishi first, we will start with Shell, the largest company in the world by income and a company that is very easy to hate! We will have to come back to Mitsubishi. Shell has been popping up funding, in part, various environment oriented web sites like Bellona and National Geographic – a worrying trend.

There had just been an accident at the same Shell refinery in November, according to Reuters (below).

Royal Dutch Shell has long been known for its anti-social behavior. As the richest company in the world, they could afford to do things right! For their value see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dutch_Shell

Last March (2013):
Shell accused of benefiting from South African apartheid-era land law: Campaigners say oil company is paying just 192 rand (£13.75) annual rent for two filling stations in impoverished KwaZulu-Natal David Smith in Johannesburg theguardian.com, Thursday 21 March 2013 16.21 GMThttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/21/shell-south-africa-apartheid-land

From “BOYCOTT SHELL CAMPAIGN c/o United Mine Workers of America” ca 1986:

Royal Dutch/Shell (Shell Oil’s parent company) is a particularly appropriate target because Royal Dutch/Shell supplies fuel to the South African military and police and to the apartheid economy. South Africa does not have its own oil supplies. Without companies like Royal Dutch/ Shell, apartheid could not survive. In addition, Royal Dutch/Shell co-owns the Rietspruit coal mine where striking South African miners have been forced to work at gunpoint and union supporters have been fired. In response to requests from the National Union of Mineworkers (the largest black union in South Africa), Royal Dutch/Shell and its subsidiaries have been targeted by the World Council of Churches, Free South Africa Movement, AFL-CIO, United Mine Workers, NAACP, National Organization for Women, Interna-tional Confederation of Free Trade Unions, and many other groups” (bold added) http://kora.matrix.msu.edu/files/50/304/32-130-649-84-32-130-649-84-african_activist_archive-a0b4i3-a_12419.pdf

More Recently Royal Dutch Shell and
Environmental pollution
The presence of companies like Shell in the Niger-Delta has led to extreme environmental issues in the Niger Delta. Many pipelines in the Niger-Delta owned by Shell are old and corroded. This has resulted in many oil spills in this area that have degraded the environment, killing off vegetation and fish. Shell has acknowledged its responsibility for keeping the pipelines new but has also denied responsibility for environmental causes.[64] This has led to mass protests from the Niger-Delta inhabitants and Amnesty International against Shell and Friends of the Earth Netherlands. It has also led to action plans to boycott Shell by environmental groups, and human rights groups.[65]
In January 2013, a Dutch court rejected four out of five allegations brought against the firm over oil pollution in the Niger Delta but found a subsidiary guilty of one case of pollution, ordering compensation to be paid to a Nigerian farmer.[66]
In Magdelena, Argentina: Shell was responsible for the largest oil spill that has ever occurred in freshwater in the world. On 15 January 1999, a Shell tank ship in Magdalena, Argentina collided with another tanker, emptying its contents into the lake, polluting the environment, drinkable water, plants and animals.[67]

Health and safety
A number of incidents over the years led to criticism of Shell’s health and safety record, including repeated warnings by the UK Health and Safety Executive about the poor state of the company’s North Sea platforms.[68]
” (bold added for emphasis) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Transport_and_Trading_company (references at link)

The Behavior of Shell Oil in Louisiana Helped Define the Concept of Environmental Racism
From Wikipedia:
In 1973 and 1988 there were major Shell Plant Explosions. Note that the 1988 one was caused due to pipeline corrosion. It rattled windows in New Orleans – approximately 25 miles away. The Shell Plant Explosion in Diamond, Louisiana refers to two explosions that occurred in the community in 1973 and 1988. The incident in 1973 occurred when a sixteen-year-old, Leroy Jones, was cutting grass for Helen Washington, who was taking a nap on her porch in the Diamond community. The plant released a plume of gas. A spark from the lawnmower ignited the plume of gas and the flames that resulted engulfed Leroy Jones and Helen Washington. The second explosion occurred in 1988. An early morning explosion from the plant killed seven Shell workers, destroyed homes in the Diamond community, and released 159 million pounds of chemical waste into the atmosphere. Residents still suffer from early illnesses and deaths as a result of the toxic fumes. Citizens have fought Shell Oil since the 1973 explosion. On June 11, 2002, the Concerned Citizens of Norco finished open discussions and negotiations with Shell Oil. The settlement created two programs, the Property Purchase Program and the Home Improvement Program. These programs allow the citizens to either sell their property to Shell at fair price or benefit from programs aimed at improving the Diamond community.
…..
The explosion of 1988 is also referred to as the “big bang”. This occurred at 3:40 A.M. on May 5, 1988. The explosion was caused by a catalytic cracking unit that blew up at the Shell refinery. A pipeline, which was eight inches in diameter, was corroded. This caused 20,000 pounds of C-3 hydrocarbons to escape. A vapor formed and ignited causing a major explosion. Damage from the explosion radiated one mile from the center of the explosion and debris could be found as far as five miles from the center of the explosion. The blast could be heard approximately 25 miles away in New Orleans. There were reports that the blast set off burglar alarms in New Orleans. The explosion caused a fire to burn for eight hours at the oil refinery before it was brought under control. Chemicals that escaped during the explosion resulted in cars and homes being covered by a black film. The governor declared a state of emergency in Norco and St. Charles Parish. Seven shell workers were killed during the explosion and 48 residents and Shell workers were injured in the explosion. The explosion released 159 million toxic chemicals into the air, which led to widespread damage and the evacuating on 4,500 people.[4]
” (bold added for emphasis) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_plant_explosion_in_Diamond,_Louisiana

Interesting is that Shell actually has its roots in a Far East Trading Enterprise and so has roots in Japan going back to 1876!
Showa Shell was founded as a merger between Showa Oil Company Ltd and Shell Sekiyu KK. Showa Oil Company had been founded during the Second World War on August 1, 1942, as a merger of Hayama Oil, Asahi Oil and Niitsu Oil. Shell Sekiyu KK was founded in Yokohama around 1876 during the Meiji era. It was founded as M. Samuel & Co, the predecessor of Shell. The petroleum business section was spun out and became the Rising Sun Petroleum Company on April 11, 1900. The companies had worked together closely even before the 1985 mergerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showa_Shell_Sekiyu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Samuel,_1st_Viscount_Bearsted

TEPCO and Shell?
TEPCO is an electric company and not just about nuclear. Its business partners probably do not want it going belly up due to Fukushima. In Dec 2006 TEPCO subsidiaries (LNG Marine Transport Ltd, Pacific LNG Yuso Ltd, Transocean LNG Yuso Ltd). made joint LNG transportation agreements with Tokyo Gas subsidiary (Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd). Ohgishima Power Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. completed construction of the Ohgishima Power Station Unit 2, which runs off of natural gas, in 2010. Since Shell oil has been in Japan since 1876, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg for connections between Showa Shell and other companies, such as TEPCO. When you see authors commenting on Fukushima who are funded by Shell, it is something to think about. Flying Cuttlefish has pointed out a relationship between Shell oil and an author who appears to want to downplay the Fukushima disaster: http://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/who-is-shill/ This made us wonder if there could be a relationship between TEPCO and Shell. We tend to assume that the oil and gas industry would be competitors with the nuclear industry, but it seems like it ain’t necessarily so!

These links may be of additional interest regarding Shell: http://royaldutchshellplc.com http://www.multinationalmonitor.org/hyper/issues/1986/0415/walker.html`

There is lots of Reuters News from Basic Materials and Energy, including the article about the Shell Explosion in Germany, below.

Selection of Reuters News Feeds