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It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/the-ongoing-saga-13-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Our most recent update is on top. The earliest, January 28th is at the very bottom.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-v-of-a-series/

Please see our new post. It is an article which the researchers made available to the public. They actually had to pay to make it free for everyone. Most researchers don’t do that; little research is done on plutonium, so it is a precious thing. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/chernobyl-plutonium-pollutes-danube-river-basin-delta-and-black-sea/
Really professors should publish at the university web sites. It would save everyone a lot of money. Journals are costly for university libraries.

We have two new reblogs, with comments. Somehow wordpress has changed format so that our comment is on top, which makes it hard to see the reblog below, but they are there. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/protect-our-water-podcast-is-up-download-now/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/no-nuke-waste-in-landfill-join-us-on-saturday-in-kendal/

UPDATE 1-One missing after blast at Chevron gas well in Pennsylvania
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:42:49 GMT
PITTSBURGH, Feb 11 (Reuters) – One person was injured and another was missing after an explosion on Tuesday at a natural gas well owned by Chevron Corp in southwestern Pennsylvania, a company spokesman said.

Other news has been put aside for later.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reuters News Feed Selection:
UK lawmakers criticise management of Sellafield nuclear site
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:01:00 -0500
* Committee criticises group for costs, delays, expensive staff http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/basicmaterialsNews
From the article:
NMP, which consists of France’s Areva, U.S. firm URS and Britain’s Amec, has managed the Sellafield site since 2008 and Britain’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which owns Sellafield, extended the contract for a further five years last October.

France considers like-for-like reactor replacement -paper
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:35:25 -0500
PARIS, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The French government is considering replacing some of state-controlled utility EDF’s ageing nuclear reactors with European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) designed by French group Areva, daily newspaper Le Monde said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MYTJxTfV6iM/france-nuclear-reactors-idUSL5N0LF2L520140210

Exclusive: Duo tracks double-dipping in U.S. oil firms’ toxic tank cleanup
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:40:22 GMT
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A pioneer in cleaning up toxic messes, Thomas Schruben long suspected major oil companies of being paid twice for dealing with leaks from underground fuel storage tanks – once from government funds and again, secretly, from insurance companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qrh8ky5mqLE/story01.htm

China considers new powers for pollution watchdog as part of government shakeup
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:27:25 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China could grant its undersized environment ministry new powers over resources, possibly allowing it to veto future projects, and more muscle to punish polluters as part of a government shake-up to tackle decades of unchecked growth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-VKNN0N91Yc/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-U.S. launches new trade action against India over solar program
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:12:57 GMT
* Says Indian laws discriminate against U.S. solar producers

Monday 10 February 2014

Our post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-v-of-a-series/

Terrible News:
Pro-nuclear candidate Masuzoe ‘wins Tokyo governor vote” 9 February 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26103296
Apparently two anti-nuclear candidates split the vote. Additionally, bad weather made for low voter turnout. The man also has the reputation for being a sexist. If this is still exit polls it could change.

For those rallying around the Niger president, one can but wonder if they are either from groups which have benefited from his presidency, unlike those in the uranium mining areas, or if they were paid to rally. While we are wondering we can’t help but wonder if UK Energy Secretary, Ed Davey,’s brother’s law firm might get paid to work on the break-up of British Gas, since it-he worked on the purchase of British Energy by French gov owned EDF.

What impact, if any, will the Japanese snowfall have on Fukushima?

Selected Reuters News Feeds:

CORRECTED-Thousands rally in Niger in support of president
Posted:Sun, 09 Feb 2014 05:29:20 -0500
NIAMEY, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou rallied in the capital Niamey on Saturday in a show of force against an increasingly well-organised and vocal opposition movement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zod61k_CPmE/niger-demonstration-idUSL5N0LD0OX20140209

Gold miners, travel firms to buck trend, benefit from EM weakness
Posted:Sun, 09 Feb 2014 07:00:00 -0500
* Could ease wage pressure on South Africa-based gold miners http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/joQ18vZ28Bk/markets-europe-stocks-em-winners-idUSL5N0LA2YI20140209

UK Energy Secretary urges regulators to look at British Gas margins-FT
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:43:46 GMT
Feb 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s Energy Secretary Ed Davey has written to regulators saying profit margins of big energy companies’ gas supply units are too high, and suggesting dominant player British Gas may have to be broken up, the Financial Times reported late Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3guYNgFSf_s/story01.htm

Eleven dead in Japan after worst snowfall in decades hits capital
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:45:42 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Eleven people died, more than a thousand were injured and tens of thousands lost power when the worst snowstorm in decades hit Tokyo and areas around the Japanese capital before heading north to blanket the tsunami-hit Pacific coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/JDIBbQjXD-I/story01.htm

Scientific panel faults U.S. plan to lift nationwide wolf protections
Posted:Sat, 08 Feb 2014 05:22:28 GMT
(Reuters) – The Obama administration used flawed research in devising a plan to strip gray wolves across the continental United States of Endangered Species Act protections, and discounted evidence that failed to support it, a scientific panel said in a report released on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-r48MquPe7E/story01.htm

New Zealand protests Japanese whaler violating maritime zone
Posted:Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:57:46 GMT
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand summoned Japan’s ambassador on Monday to protest the entry of a Japanese whaling ship into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), after clashes earlier between whalers and vessels from the Sea Shepherd conservationist group.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Updated post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-v-of-a-series/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan’s nuclear re-start bogged down in safety checks and paperwork
Posted:Sun, 09 Feb 2014 04:28:54 GMT
TOKYO, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan’s nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three years ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/330uYcKdVQM/story01.htm

Utility stops leak of coal ash into North Carolina river
Posted:Sun, 09 Feb 2014 02:39:08 GMT
Feb 8 (Reuters) – Workers on Saturday plugged a broken pipe that leaked up to 82,000 tons of power plant coal ash into a North Carolina river, Duke Energy Corp said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PMs0n55Ag0k/story01.htm

U.S. urges removal of foreign fighters from South Sudan
Posted:Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:18:02 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The United States on Saturday expressed concern over reported violations of a shaky ceasefire agreement between South Sudan’s government and rebel forces and urged the removal of foreign fighters engaged in the conflict. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dfu2ai0qvsk/story01.htm

REFILE-Neighbouring farmers fight landmark Australian GMO court case
Posted:Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:01:52 -0500
SYDNEY, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Two neighbouring farmers, a field of canola and a gust of wind are at the centre of a landmark court case in Australia that could have consequences for the controversial growing of genetically modified crops in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wBRkvupcQYw/australia-gmo-testcase-idUSL3N0L52XH20140209

S.Africa mine union steward killed in police clash
Posted:Sat, 08 Feb 2014 04:46:53 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A union steward was killed in a clash with police at an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in South Africa, where workers were holding a strike to press for higher wages, the company said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vx5ewsgoTdI/safrica-mining-clash-idUSL5N0LD05120140208

Saturday, 8 February 2014

More worrisome news: Japan’s fascist PM Abe buddies up with Russia’s Putin, as Obama buddies with Haiti’s Duvalierist Martelly. Democracy and Free Speech most likely dead in France: Anti-nuclear activist Stephan Lhomme found guilty by judge of defamation due to his criticism of 90 percent French gov owned Nuclear Areva. He has appealed. This is just too strange– how can the French gov sue its own citizen? This is totalitarianism. We are working on a translation related to this case.

Totalitarianism or totalitarian state is a term used by some political scientists to describe a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarianism
Sure sounds like France now! No Free Speech allowed! Everyone must be subjugated to the Nuclear French State Areva. Beware everyone! By all appearances the French government not only puts the judiciary behind Areva but its military as well! Just look at Mali and Central African Republic! This is just so…scary. If you aren’t in France you better chase Areva away before it’s too late. The French need to demand an end to the nuclear dictatorship!

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Japan’s Abe backs Putin with visit, in contrast to China, Korea ties
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:50:20 GMT
* Sochi visit gives Putin high-profile support amid snubs http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/46Sz6FY1c-w/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU to rule on controversial British nuclear deal this year
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:07:33 -0500
LONDON/PARIS, Feb 7 (Reuters) – European Union antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said on Friday Britain must clarify why state aid is needed to build a 19 billion euro ($26 billion) nuclear plant with French state-controlled utility EDF. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/c1ElLy8Vr0Q/eu-hinkley-idUSL5N0LC28L20140207

Decision time looms for Finland’s Fennovoima reactor
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:50:13 GMT
HELSINKI, Feb 7 (Reuters) – A plan to build Finland’s sixth nuclear reactor hangs in the balance as investors reassess its viability against a weaker economy and lower energy prices and a deadline for final commitments looms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EDasKqcm2J8/story01.htm

Chinese villagers mob police in environmental spat -Xinhua
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:02:41 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Around 100 villagers attacked a police station in southwestern China on Friday as part of an environmental protest, state media said in a rare report about what are increasingly common demonstrations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Dw3vLFi8fV8/china-environment-attack-idUSL3N0LC4KH20140207

UPDATE 1-Uranium producer Cameco scraps production target
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:49:07 -0500
Feb 7 (Reuters) – Cameco Corp, the world’s third-largest uranium producer, on Friday scrapped its lofty production target for the radioactive metal due to excess global supply in an uncertain market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uiiAYzxvW9k/cameco-results-idUSL2N0LD02K20140208

UPDATE 1-U.S. officials shared information with miners in federal coal sales -probe
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:36:00 GMT
* Officials wrongly cleared coal sales in side deals -study http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gsCFEgtsYBs/story01.htm

U.S. officials shared information with miners in federal coal sales -probe
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:56:22 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – U.S. officials wrongly advised coal companies when they leased federal land in a flawed program costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to an independent review of the U.S. Interior Department. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2soQZD6LfxU/story01.htm

University studies if quakes in North Texas linked to fracking
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:46:55 GMT
DALLAS, Feb 7 (Reuters) – A team of scientists has launched a study of seismic activity in North Texas to determine if fracking may be the cause of a series of earthquakes that have rattled two towns in the region since November. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tXGflJW5z3Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-South Africa’s Harmony Gold stops operations after mine accident
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:47:04 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 7 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Harmony Gold stopped all its operations on Friday to focus on safety procedures for 24 hours after nine workers were killed in a rock-fall and fire, the worst accident in South Africa’s mines in nearly five years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1gzXPWXe3yg/safrica-harmony-idUSL5N0LC0MJ20140207

Total renews oil licence in disputed Western Sahara
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:31:55 GMT
LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Total has renewed its licence to explore off the coast of disputed Western Sahara, where its oil hunt has angered independence activists and pushed a Norwegian investor to withdraw its money from the French energy company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UJr5XwMYB8U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Gazprom agrees to adopt EU market rules in Lithuania -PM
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:17:18 GMT
* Long-term Russia gas supply contract expires in 2015 (Adds government comment, background, changes dateline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4A9XiY_WfO8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU says Gazprom yet to satisfy its concerns over prices
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:56:24 GMT
* Price disputes with Ukraine led to 2009 Europe shortages http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pCWEhce69GU/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Israel takes step towards becoming a gas exporter
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:21:56 GMT
* Woodside is an LNG expert, but pipeline exports also an option http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qkUAbBs8fpw/story01.htm

Birds’ V-formation mystery solved
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:01:00 -0500
Jan. 29 – Bird species that fly in a V-formation do so to conserve energy, according to scientists in the UK. In experiments with free-flying birds, researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in London answered a centuries-old question by demonstrating that birds like the Northern Ibis create a slipstream for their flock-mates to follow, thereby making flight more efficient. Jim Drury has more. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/OS5ExuVDT2k/birds-v-formation-mystery-solved

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Woodside pays up for smaller stake in Israel’s Leviathan gas field
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:05:46 GMT
* Partners aim to finalise long-delayed deal by end March http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qkUAbBs8fpw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Tests to show water safety after coal ash spill in North Carolina
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:49:24 GMT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Feb 6 (Reuters) – As many as 82,000 tons of ash have spilled into a river after a pipe break at a retired coal plant in North Carolina, and environmental officials said on Thursday that preliminary water quality tests showed no violations of state standards. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gSsc9N8eEXw/story01.htm

Green groups step up opposition to eastward Canada pipeline
Posted:Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:05:13 GMT
VANCOUVER, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Environmental groups are stepping up efforts to convince Canadian authorities to reject a major new pipeline to the east coast, with one think tank saying on Thursday that filling the new line would generate up to 45 percent more carbon emissions than the controversial Keystone XL. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0V5Rz3qCYRU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Tesoro replacing older crude railcars in its fleet -CEO
Posted:Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:52 GMT
HOUSTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Independent refiner Tesoro Corp is replacing older railcars in its crude-by-rail fleet with ones that have the latest safety designs, Chief Executive Officer Greg Goff told analysts on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/x3d_G0p9tCQ/story01.htm

Coal technology not ready for wider adoption, EPA panel told
Posted:Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:33:58 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Proposed pollution standards for new U.S. power plants, a central part of the Obama administration’s climate change plan, should not rely on a soon-to-be completed project in Mississippi as an example of how to capture emissions from coal-fired power plants, the plant’s owner said on Thursday.

Friday, 7 February 2014

We have updated our post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-v-of-a-series/
This is a video and video excerpt telling of the Duvalier years as seen in 1984: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/28-years-ago-today-dictator-jean-claude-duvalier-fled-haiti-hes-still-not-been-punished-for-human-rights-abuses-although-he-returned-to-haiti-3-years-ago/
Obama should have met with Martelly early own. Instead he snubbed Martelly until Martelly proved himself a true Duvalierist- Let’s not forget Judge Joseph’s death. Then Obama welcomes openly Duvalierist Martelly with open arms on the anniversary of when Duvalier was chased away. What are we to make of this? Obama is old enough to know better. Meanwhile, Obama had the gall to criticize other countries! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/obama-drags-us-to-new-lows-invites-pro-duvalier-vulgar-singer-president-martelly-to-prayer-breakfast-on-the-eve-of-anniversary-of-dictator-duvalier-being-chased-from-haiti/

The world needs to look forward with new innovation and not backwards with deadly failed nuclear technology!

Reuters News Feed Selections, Showing the Power of Innovation

Entrepreneurs turn pollution into plastic
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:43:00 -0500
Feb. 5 – After more than a decade of research, a pair of young entrepreneurs in Costa Mesa, California, say they have found a way to turn air pollution into a usable form of plastic. Rob Muir reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/6234f9Us9iY/entrepreneurs-turn-pollution-into-plasti

UK firm aims to spur marine energy with tidal lagoon project
Posted:Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:01:00 GMT
LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – A British company has applied to build the world’s first plant that generates power from the ebb and flow of tides in a lagoon, potentially helping accelerate the country’s ambitions to harness marine energy by 2020. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/norH37RFVk4/story01.htm

UK drone offered for Fukushima clean-up
Posted:Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:49:00 -0500
Jan. 28 – A three-man team from the University of Bristol have devised a semi-autonomous drone to help monitor radiation levels after nuclear accidents. Alarmed at the use of manned helicopters immediately after the Fukushima disaster three years ago, the researchers say their drone is a safer and less expensive alternative. Jim Drury went to see it in action.

We will save the negative titles for later.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Former Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier fled Haiti on Friday, 7 Feb. 1986. This was SO long ago that tomorrow is also Friday, 7 Feb.! Duvalier returned 3 years ago. Unpunished, he continues to trot around and be treated as royalty and might even run for President! New post for the anniversary. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/duvalier-must-still-be-brought-to-justice-28-yrs-after-being-chased-from-haiti/ He must be punished, as must be everyone involved in nuclear crimes, starting with Chernobyl and Fukushima. Below you will see a couple of slaps on the wrist by the US gov for the oil and gas industry. At least they are getting some punishment. But, where is the punishment for nuclear crimes, whether leaks or explosions?

Friday is the ruling by the French court regarding French gov owned AREVA nuclear suing Stéphane Lhomme, director of l’Observatoire du nucléaire, for defamation. He reported allegations that AREVA bought an airplane for the President of Niger, where they have a huge uranium mine. The President used to be a manager at Areva. Instead of proving no corruption, AREVA sues! How can a state-owned company sue its own citizen and a small NGO? It’s “only” for 25,000 euros, but that’s a lot when you work at minimum wage, as the defendant does. Nasty, nasty AREVA. Here’s a real test of the French judicial system’s independence. Web site, in French, here: http://observ.nucleaire.free.fr

In this context, this Reuters News, Special Report, is pretty good timing:
SPECIAL REPORT-Areva and Niger’s uranium fight
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:59:27 -0500
* Documents seen by Reuters reveal tax concessions for French group

Other Selected Reuters News Feeds:

South Korean nuclear watchdog approves restart of reactor
Posted:Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:27:59 GMT
SEOUL, Feb 6 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said on Thursday it has approved the restart of a reactor that was shut by a technical glitch on Jan. 29, leaving three of South Korea’s 23 nuclear plants offline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nriOaLCmOAQ/story01.htm

Hungary, Russia agree on financing deal for nuclear plant
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:12:23 GMT
BUDAPEST, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Hungary has agreed with Russia on the terms of a 10 billion euro ($13.5 billion)loan to finance the construction of two new reactors at Hungary’s nuclear plant and the financing deal could be signed within days, its Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UkALqtuQOXo/story01.htm

Citgo ordered to pay $2 mln for environmental violations in Texas
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:16:43 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Citgo Petroleum Corp to pay more than $2 million for violations of U.S. environmental laws over toxic emissions at the company’s refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1994 to 2003. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/58fzDHp9GLg/citgo-environment-idUSL2N0LB01E20140206

UPDATE 1-U.S. fines three oil companies in first move since derailments
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:11:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Three oil companies operating in North Dakota were fined $93,000 on Tuesday for wrongly classifying fuel shipments in the first sanctions since a series of fiery derailments put the energy industry under a spotlight. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3p8-xPg6fTo/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-U.S. has warned France about doing business with Iran -Kerry
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:44:29 GMT
* Kerry told Fabius trade delegation “not helpful,” official says http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2f3lbZCIoZQ/story01.htm

Australia’s Super Pit gold mine gets 8-year lifeline
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:35:35 -0500
SYDNEY, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Australia’s giant Super Pit gold mine was given an eight-year extension by its operator on Wednesday, delaying its closure until 2029 and allaying concerns weakening bullion prices would lead to an early shutdown. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/I_zJou0mDvs/australia-barrick-mine-idUSL3N0LA14K20140205

U.S. to launch ‘climate hubs’ to help farmers face climate change
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration will announce on Wednesday the formation of seven “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change, a White House official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xrQ21pqaRVo/usa-climate-hubs-idUSL2N0LA04N20140205

CITIC Pacific slams tycoon Palmer over Australia iron ore dispute
Posted:Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:01:13 -0500
MELBOURNE, Feb 6 (Reuters) – China’s CITIC Pacific Ltd took a public swipe at Australian billionaire Clive Palmer on Thursday over his attempts to halt its long delayed and massively over-budget $8 billion iron ore project in Australia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8DlArvABMws/australia-citicpacific-ironore-idUSL3N0LB00H20140206

Flint Hills North Pole refinery to stop processing crude – report
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:48:02 GMT
Feb 4 (Reuters) – Flint Hills Resources LP’s North Pole, Alaska, refinery will stop processing crude oil in the next few months, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported on its website on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gJJ6EKUzbWw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Eight bodies recovered at S.Africa mine, one miner still missing
Posted:Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:22:17 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 6 (Reuters) – South African rescuers have recovered eight bodies after a fire and rock fall at Harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine near Johannesburg and one other miner remained missing, the government said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Se4SVfsf6Xo/safrica-miners-idUSL5N0LB06Y20140206

Greek DEPA chief resigns as Gazprom price cut talks near end
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:46:04 GMT
* Says resignation does not upset Gazprom price cut talks http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1YloulfPF50/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Kremlin says no need to review Ukraine gas deals – if Kiev pays
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:11:52 GMT
MOSCOW, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Russia signalled on Wednesday that it could toughen demands for gas payments from Ukraine if Kiev fails to fulfil existing agreements, increasing pressure on an ex-Soviet neighbour gripped by an economic and political crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1YloulfPF50/story01.htm

Russia may move company head offices east in Asia pivot
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:54:47 GMT
MOSCOW, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday ordered officials to draft plans to move the head offices of some state-owned companies to far eastern Russia as part of an effort to develop the region, a senior official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JGikfzM8ip4/story01.htm

Poland may draw gas from Germany at border point from April
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:45:04 GMT
FRANKFURT, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Poland’s first gas link from the west, aimed at loosening its dependence on Russia, will move a step closer with the opening of eastwards flows from a transfer station on its German border. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cZMfGioPbtU/story01.htm

REFILE-Global transport sector looks to ride natural gas boom
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:40:20 GMT
* U.S. road and rail sectors also start using LNG as fuel http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2OjFsEu2rW8/story01.htm

TIMELINE-Drexel to Enron, MG to RBS: A genealogy of JPMorgan’s commodity arm
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:31:22 GMT
Feb 5 (Reuters) – The physical commodity trading business that JPMorgan Chase & Co is in exclusive talks to sell to Swiss-based trader Mercuria is a vast global enterprise, parts of which have been bought and sold many times over several decades. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iy60eEfaHa4/story01.htm

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

We have a brand new continuing post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-v-of-a-series/ The other one had too many words for scrolling. We have an excellent reblog. The link to it is in the new post.

Recommended by Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle. Just the images are worth it:
Location, salvation, damnation
29 January 2014 Last updated at 04:35 GMT
By Ed Lowther
Political reporter, BBC News
If you strike oil in your back garden don’t give up the day job – because it belongs to the Queen. How did that happen?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25742871 Surprisingly the mineral rights did not always belong to the Queen!

Six More Weeks of Winter?

Not sure if his predictions count around the world or only for Pennsylvania:
On Sunday, the famed groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil” emerged from his burrow in the small Pennsylvania town, saw his shadow and – as the legend goes – predicted six more weeks of winter.” (Reuters)
Snow storm slams Plains, at least two dead
Posted:Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:32:04 GMT
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – An unusually heavy winter storm slammed into the nation’s mid-section Tuesday, heading east and threatening roughly two-thirds of the country with what forecasters said could be up to a foot of snow
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jho7o4FLfic/story01.htm

According to wiki the ground hog has only been accurate 39% of the time since 1887. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day

Groundhog photo by Marumari via Wikimedia

The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry,[8] dated February 4, 1841, of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris:
Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans,[9] the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.

In Scotland, the poem:
If Candle-mas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.

An English poem:
If Candle mas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

Slovenia paralyzed by thick ice, more snow forecast
Posted:Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:13:50 GMT
POSTOJNA, Slovenia (Reuters) – Snow and ice has paralyzed Slovenia, bringing down trees and electricity pylons, cutting power from 50,000 homes and causing millions of euros of damage.

Is Drinking Water Safe?

West Virginia wants action on chemical spill
Posted:Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:32:41 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated West Virginians demanded information about the safety of their drinking water in the wake of a chemical spill in January that left 300,000 of them without safe tap water for more than a week, even as U.S. lawmakers pressed for action to prevent similar accidents in the future.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

More information here: http://www.corecumbria.co.uk

Reuters News Selection
REFILE-GE misstated chemical injury to NY’s Hudson River -federal trustees
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:36:44 -0500
Feb 3 (Reuters) – General Electric Co has understated or misstated the environmental harm of its chemical dumping into New York’s Hudson River, federal officials alleged on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Rx6LsT752sc/generalelectric-hudsonriver-idUSL2N0L81QE20140204

CORRECTED-Vestas sees 2014 sales of more than 6 billion euros
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:29:39 GMT
(Corrects forecasts in 2nd paragraph, removes “better-than-expected” from headline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/niF0IJUSKII/story01.htm

Billions needed to fund deforestation prevention plan -report
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:10:04 -0500
SAO PAULO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next few years to ensure that nations undergoing deforestation will have incentives to halt the practice, a report released on Monday said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-8cKIAqF6gM/carbon-intervention-report-idUSL2N0L81VC20140204

Australian mining minnows head for the clouds
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:27:22 -0500
* ASX reverse listings transform miners into cloud companies http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vzeS4LNY2Cc/australia-cloud-miners-idUSL3N0L41AO20140203

Equatorial Guinea puts up $1 bln for diversification drive
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:27:59 -0500
* Foreign investors sought for farming, petrochemicals, mining http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/w7F-llgjNRM/equatorial-guinea-investment-idUSL2N0L81O520140203

UPDATE 1-Without Keystone, oil trains may cause 6 deaths per year -US State Dept report
Posted:Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:28:20 GMT
Feb 3 (Reuters) – Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/O0_hiVx9oyw/story01.htm

Turkey expels gas-hunting Total ship licenced by Cyprus
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:11:57 GMT
NICOSIA, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Cyprus will complain to the United Nations, it said on Monday, after the Turkish navy expelled a ship looking for gas in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rHh8hcWnBDU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Obama says Kerry to ‘give me a recommendation’ on Keystone project
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:21:50 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made clear he would make the ultimate call on whether to approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada, and played down the number of jobs the project could create in a Fox News interview to air on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TRbi-mc5aOg/story01.htm

South Korea completing sea cleanup 164,000 liters oil leak: Coast Guard
Posted:Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:25:27 GMT
SEOUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Teams of workers, aided by ships and aircraft, will complete on Monday the sea cleanup of 164,000 liters of oil that leaked off South Korea’s southern coast, the coast guard said, after a pipeline run by GS Caltex Corp cracked at the weekend. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qRthDiv6H7k/story01.htm

Canadian miner Teck reports spill at Columbia River smelter
Posted:Sun, 02 Feb 2014 15:17:19 -0500
Feb 2 (Reuters) – Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd is investigating another spill at its Trail smelting complex in British Columbia, but said on Sunday it does not expect the incident to have a long-term impact on fish or the environment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gm-zvU6cd6g/teck-spill-idUSL2N0L70FS20140202

White House: Obama awaits more Keystone reviews; timing unclear
Posted:Sun, 02 Feb 2014 18:14:17 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama still wants to hear from other federal agencies before deciding whether to accept the State Department’s finding that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no major impact on climate change, his top aide said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ObD8Ypwnh9M/story01.htm

German industry says energy reform plans threaten jobs
Posted:Sun, 02 Feb 2014 15:58:47 GMT
BERLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) – German industry has warned that the government’s new energy plans jeopardise jobs in Europe’s biggest economy, in particular a proposal to make firms that generate their own electricity pay charges to support renewable sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LkPfXJtmrC0/story01.htm

Scotland’s pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote
Posted:Sun, 02 Feb 2014 13:13:00 GMT
LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of people in Scotland who want their small country to become independent of the United Kingdom in a referendum later this year has risen slightly, a poll showed on Sunday, but those opposed to a breakaway still enjoy a commanding lead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7wZb8TcGOvo/story01.htm

Corporates cheer as India’s oil minister takes charge of green clearances
Posted:Sun, 02 Feb 2014 02:24:42 GMT
NEW DELHI, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Veerappa Moily has two seemingly incompatible jobs.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Our post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-iv-of-a-series/

Meanwhile, we feel obliged to apologize to pigs and pig lovers around the world for insulting them by comparing them to greedy Australian mining billionaire Gina Rinehart and other greedy people. Pigs are actually very nice, supposed to be smarter than dogs and not greedy. They appear to enjoy the basics of life. However, anyone who has seen a picture of Gina Rinehart, who is very pink in skin-tone, AND who has seen prize pink pigs at state or county fairs, can recognize the temptation to give in to stereotypes about the much defamed pig (the animal not Gina).

Although, given her apparent financial greed, we believe that Gina’s obesity is a reflection of her wanting to greedily eat the world — whether mining or food, for far too many, obesity is a reflection of endocrine problems. There are those, as well, who eat just a little too much each day, and like financial debt, it adds up over time. Thyroid damage, which can be caused by radioactive iodine, if left untreated, can lead to obesity, and other health problems. Thyroid medication is notoriously difficult to get just right, as well. The British did nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and 60s. Australia probably got fallout from other Pacific above ground tests, as well. So, Gina could be obese due to thyroid problems from fallout. However, due to what is known about her, we think the chances are slim. More likely it is greed.

If radio-iodine can cause thyroid problems and obesity, who is at risk?

By now we know that Chernobyl and Fukushima have taken big thyroid health hits due to radio-iodine, but is that stuff found anywhere else? Frighteningly the answer is yes:

How do iodine-129 and iodine-131 get into the environment?

Iodine-129 and iodine-131 are gaseous fission products that form within fuel rods as they fission. Unless reactor chemistry is carefully controlled, they can build up too fast, increasing pressure and causing corrosion in the rods. As the rods age, cracks or wholes may breach the rods.

Cracked rods can release radioactive iodine into the water that surrounds and cools the fuel rods. There, it circulates with the cooling water throughout the system, ending up in the airborne, liquid, and solid wastes from the reactor. From time to time, reactor gas capture systems release gases, including iodine, to the environment under applicable regulations.

Anywhere spent nuclear fuel is handled, there is a chance that iodine-129 and iodine-131 will escape into the environment. Nuclear fuel reprocessing plants dissolve the spent fuel rods in strong acids to recover plutonium and other valuable materials. In the process, they also release iodine-129 and -131 into the airborne, liquid, and solid waste processing systems. In the U.S., spent nuclear fuel is no longer reprocessed, because of concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.

Currently, spent nuclear fuel remains in temporary storage at nuclear power plants around the country. If the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain opens, it will provide permanent disposal for spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive wastes. Wherever spent nuclear fuel is stored, the short-lived iodine-131 it contains will decay away quickly and completely. However, the long-lived iodine-129 will remain for millions of years. Keeping it from leaking into the environment, requires carefully designed, long-term safeguards.

The detonation of nuclear weapons also releases iodine-129 into the environment. Atmospheric testing in the 1950’s and 60’s released radioactive iodine to the atmosphere which has disseminated around the world, and is now found at very low levels in the environment. Most I-129 in the environment came from weapons testing.” http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/iodine.html (bold added)


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Endangered by Stupidity and Greed

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SOOEY!(Photo VaStateParkStaff via wikimedia)

In particular the greed of billionaire Gina Rinehart:

Reuters News Feed:
Australia permits dredge dumping near Great Barrier Reef for major coal port
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:11:27 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef watchdog gave the green light on Friday for millions of cubic meters of dredged mud to be dumped near the fragile reef to create the world’s biggest coal port and possibly unlock $28 billion in coal projects
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_w3qaupl9BY/story01.htm

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system[1][2] composed of over 2,900 individual reefs[3] and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).[4][5] The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef supports a diversity of life, including many vulnerable or endangered species, some of which may be endemic to the reef system.[31][32]
” Selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barrier_Reef

Coral Outcrop Flynn Reef
Coral Outcrop Flynn Reef, Great Barrier Reef. Photo by Toby Hudson via wikimedia

Exceptionally we put the rest of Reuters News Feeds below yesterday’s post to make certain everyone gets a chance to see the Sellafield info. Please scroll down.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Our Radioactive Reindeer post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-iv-of-a-series/

We hope that you saw our reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/japan-look-at-belarus-the-change-in-irradiated-soils/ It is reported that Belarus is trying to pretend that still contaminated land is now clean. They can’t clean the land so they just cleaned the map! This is worrisome and mind-boggling.

There is other news that we need to add soon, but none urgent. For us, Sellafield nuclear facility shutting for two days is the only really important news. The rest can wait.

A few years ago:
Sellafield cautioned over radioactive leak”
15 February 2011

“The firm said the drip was quickly contained after it was discovered

Sellafield managers have been issued with a formal caution over a leak of radioactive liquid which went unnoticed for 14 months.

The Environment Agency said the leak, which was reported in January 2009, caused no impact to the environment.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-12462744 That was convenient wasn’t it? It leaked for two years and “caused no impact”.

UPDATE 6-British nuclear plant says radiation alert caused by natural radon gas
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:38:53 -0500
* Later says natural radon gas caused alert, no operating problem

Sellafield partly closed after ‘above normal’ radiation
31 January 2014 Last updated at 14:32 GMT
A perimeter alarm detected “elevated” radioactivity
From the story: “David Moore, chairman of the West Cumbria Cumbria Stakeholders’ Group, an independent watchdog funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said the company’s actions did not imply “anything has gone wrong on the site
“. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-25975785

Possible explanation-
Comment from Cumbria Trust (Reblog):
The Chairman, David Moore and Vice Chair Elaine Woodburn, are paid an annual allowance to cover duties carried out for NDA funded WCSSG. The chairman receives £5,000 per annum and the Vice Chair £2,500 per annum (according to the albeit out of date WCSSG website).

So, when reading the statement (BBC Look North website) from David Moore regarding yesterday’s partial shutdown at Sellafield, one could be forgiven for bringing to mind the old adage about not biting the feeding hand. To put it mildly this does not appear to be the healthiest of alliances. Draw your own conclusions.” (bold added) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/an-independent-watchdog-funded-by-the-nuclear-decommissioning-authority/

If everything is ok, then why did Sellafield tell non-essential workers to stay home a second day? Unlike the average pro-nuclear people might, they did not declare a banana stuck on the fence as the cause of the radiation. The new pro-nuclear mantra seems to be that it was “only natural radon”. Somehow this idea flies better for explaining radiation on California’s beaches than at one of the world’s most notorious nuclear facilities. We are to believe that it is only natural radon from a weather front setting off the alarm when this area is one of the rainiest in the world, with constant fronts coming through. They should be able to easily recognize the impacts of any fronts, from experience, shouldn’t they?

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 2-US agency faults Tesoro in 2010 blast, cites ‘complacency
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:45:02 GMT
* U.S. watchdog says Tesoro 2010 explosion was preventable
From the article:
…the company had failed to identify the damage hydrogen was causing to steel components…The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) also faulted industry practices recommended by the American Petroleum Institute, saying that they do not require refiners to take necessary steps to prevent high-temperature hydrogen attack that allows minute cracks to form in carbon steel like that on the heat exchanger which ruptured at the Anacortes refinery on April 2, 2010.” (bold added)

[Our comment: what if those minute cracks had been in a nuclear reactor? Another example of the importance of material resistance and science]

UPDATE 1-Train carrying fuel oil derails, spills in Mississippi
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:12:09 GMT
JACKSON, Miss., Jan 31 (Reuters) – A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.

UPDATE 2-As U.S. states scramble for propane, exports remain high
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:45:34 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – U.S Northern and Midwestern states called on Thursday for new ways to ease a supply crunch of the heating fuel propane during the second week of a bitter freeze, in a sign the shortages are expected to continue into next month.

S.Korea’s GS Caltex says oil leaked into sea, no production impact
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:46:15 GMT
SEOUL, Jan 31 (Reuters) – A small amount of crude oil leaked into the sea off the southern coast of South Korea on Friday after a pipeline operated by GS Caltex Corp was cracked, but the spillage had no impact on refinery production, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rSY8la8t6P0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-White House releases plan to make Arctic shipping safer
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:05:09 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – As Arctic ice melts away, opening the way for greater oil development and mining, the White House outlined a plan on Thursday to promote safety and security in the region by building ports, improving forecasts of sea ice, and developing shipping rules. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/H9DCcRYtH-U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Newmont says might cut Indonesia activity due to tax dispute
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:30:27 -0500
(Recasts with comments on Indonesia and dividend policy from conference call) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ccJYQ-cRSwo/newmont-shares-idUSL2N0L510P20140131

REFILE-INSIGHT-Surge in cocaine trade undermines Conde’s bid to revive Guinea
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:21:23 -0500
* West Africa a major transit point for cocaine into Europe http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yuaa2IU2SV4/guinea-drugs-idUSL5N0KX2F720140131

Chile’s rescued miners to surface again in Hollywood movie ‘The 33’
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:58:22 -0500
SANTIAGO, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Chile’s rescued miners enjoyed the spotlight once again on Friday when they met Antonio Banderas and the other actors who will portray them in the Hollywood film “The 33.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2wVyJSYY1ek/chile-miners-film-idUSL2N0L51ER20140131

UPDATE 5-Keystone report raises pressure on Obama to approve pipeline
Posted:Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:50:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline increased after a State Department report played down the impact it would have on climate change, irking environmentalists and delighting the project’s proponents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NSb3-7w8tIU/story01.htm

White House says Keystone decision to come only after careful review
Posted:Sat, 01 Feb 2014 02:48:17 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The White House said late on Friday that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline will come only after a careful review of a new environmental impact study from the State Department as well as other comments and information. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/I5jUFfFhQt4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-TransCanada lauds U.S. review of Keystone XL project
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:51:12 GMT
CALGARY/VANCOUVER Jan 31 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp’s chief executive welcomed a favorable U.S. environmental review of the company’s Keystone XL project on Friday, calling the report an important milestone for the final approval of the controversial pipeline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jjT58VKEWDQ/story01.htm

EPA scrutiny could be lynchpin to Keystone review process
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:16:44 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s critical assessment of the proposed northern leg of the Keystone pipeline could have outsized influence on the final decision of whether to approve the project, experts familiar with the process said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JP3NyORIVoI/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Keystone report raises pressure on Obama to approve pipeline
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:07:13 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline increased on Friday after a State Department report played down the impact it would have on climate change, irking environmentalists and delighting proponents of the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6TUWEmt8fqw/story01.htm

QUOTEBOX-Reactions to Keystone pipeline impact report
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:03:51 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Thursday issued its long awaited final environmental impact statement on the proposed Keystone pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada’s tar sands region to refiners in the Gulf of Mexico. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Dr-9I5vbtT8/story01.htm

Keystone pipeline will not affect Canada oil sands growth -U.S. report
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:00:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline is unlikely to increase the pace of Canadian oil sands development, a U.S. State Department study said on Friday, raising pressure on President Barack Obama to approve a project environmentalists see as a major climate change problem. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SXGyzq0r_z8/story01.htm

TransCanada expecting favorable review of Keystone XL project
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:51:29 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 31 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp is anticipating a favorable review of the Keystone XL pipeline when the U.S. State Department issues its final environmental impact statement on the controversial project, a move expected as soon as Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7W7HRgbcVvY/story01.htm

Exclusive: TransCanada toughens pipeline pressure limits for gassy crude
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:29:12 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp reduced the limits for vapor pressures on its main U.S. oil export pipeline this month, regulatory documents show, one of the clearest signs yet of growing concern over gas-infused crude. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Df2nEcIzMGo/story01.htm

Indonesia’s export ban to curb China aluminium expansion
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:49:32 -0500
* Indonesia supplies about 60 percent of China’s bauxite imports http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3TpvfXz5iWs/indonesia-china-aluminium-idUSL6N0KO0D020140131

Israel’s back-up gas supply floats far offshore
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:00:00 GMT
HADERA, Israel, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Permanently anchored in the choppy waters of the eastern Mediterranean, the gas tanker Excellence is in a constant state of alert, waiting for the phone call that Israel needs fuel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mhT1Wt4Roks/story01.htm

U.S. to release Keystone pipeline review soon- State Dept official
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:42:50 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – An environmental impact review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with Canada is close to being completed and will be released soon, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2YlSTP8sqDk/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Statoil raises exposure to Canadian oil sands with Thai deal
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:40:41 GMT
(Corrects price of deal in second bullet point and first paragraph to about $200 mln from $235 mln) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0CpsxgIni_I/story01.htm

Key U.S. senator says consumer impact crucial in oil export debate
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:52:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The decision whether to eliminate a 40-year-old ban on most U.S. crude oil exports should hinge on whether it would lead to higher domestic retail gasoline prices, Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ak8nrDTTff8/story01.htm

Canada regulator approves Enbridge’s Alberta oil pipeline plan
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:25:50 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The National Energy Board, the regulator for Canada’s major pipeline projects, on Thursday recommended the federal government approve Enbridge Inc’s C$1.8 billion (US$1.61 billion) plan to build an oil pipeline linking Edmonton, Alberta, to the province’s largest storage hub at Hardisty. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PxpC9rBWenM/story01.htm

Koch abandons Bakken oil pipeline
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:52:50 GMT
HOUSTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Koch Pipeline Co LP has abandoned plans to build a 250,000 barrels-per-day pipeline to move North Dakota Bakken crude to Illinois, a spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

Update 1, Friday, 31 January 2014

The dangers of drilling for oil and gas:
Gas flowing from rig off La. coast; crew evacuated
“, Thu, 30 Jan 2014 http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/8245966-171/gas-flowing-from-rig-off

From Reuters News Feeds:
UPDATE 2-As U.S. states scramble for propane, exports remain high
Posted:Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:45:34 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – U.S Northern and Midwestern states called on Thursday for new ways to ease a supply crunch of the heating fuel propane during the second week of a bitter freeze, in a sign the shortages are expected to continue into next month.

Friday, 31 January 2014, Year of the Wooden Horse

Since we brought it up yesterday, we went back through to try to verify who really “invented” gunboat diplomacy. Yes, this has to do with mining because it takes mining to make weapons, and then weapons enable control of natural resources including mines and petroleum. Who invented it depends on the definition. In some way the Chinese invented it because they invented gunpowder along with fireworks, which need to be banned due to air pollution. While China has figured this out, according to Reuters; others still allow widespread pollution with fireworks, along with the frightened animals and people who think a war has broken out. On the other hand, even before gunpowder or guns, some vikings required pay-offs in gold and silver, in exchange for not destroying monasteries and towns. That wasn’t gunboat diplomacy, in that it did not involve guns, but was certainly threatening others to get one’s financial way. All they had to do was show up with their warships. Given that the Vikings, with roots in Scandinavia, set up feudal regimes in the UK, Ireland, France, Russia, Southern Italy(mafia parts), and probably a few places we have forgotten, one can’t help but wonder if their way of doing business is not at the root of the world’s woes. Early on, when a priest made the sign of peace, vikings cut off his hand, and then stole all of the gold and silver items. Later vikings got savvy and simply threatened coastal settlements and monasteries, and got paid by doing nothing. There were, of course, viking farmer-settlers and surely those exiled from Scandinavia because they sought justice at home, but we are talking of the out-law variety of Vikings that terrorized Europe.

According to this article, the Mongols were the first to employ early cannons upon their ships:
The Yuan Emperor Kublai Khan attempted to invade Japan twice with enormous fleets (of both Mongols and Chinese), in 1274 and again in 1281, both attempts being unsuccessful (see Mongol invasions of Japan). Building upon the technological achievements of the earlier Chinese Song Dynasty, the Mongols also employed early cannons upon the decks of their ships.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_warfare (bold added)

This article says that the Ottoman Turks were the first, at the Battle of Zonchio, which “was the first navel battle in history with cannons used on ships, and took place on four separate days: on August 12, 20, 22 and 25, 1499.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman-Venetian_Wars_(1499-1503) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Zonchio

Furthermore the cannons were used to bombard land, which is the sort of threat associated with gunboat diplomacy:
In December 1499, the Venetians attacked Lepanto with the hope of regaining their lost territories in the Ionian Sea. Kemal Reis set sail from Cefalonia and re-took Lepanto from the Venetians. He stayed in Lepanto between April and May 1500, where his ships were repaired by an army of 15,000 Ottoman craftsmen brought from the area. From there, Kemal Reis set sail and bombarded the Venetian ports on the island of Corfu, and in August 1500 he once again defeated the Venetian fleet at the Battle of Modon (also known as the Second Battle of Lepanto). Kemal Reis bombarded the fortress of Modon from the sea and captured the town. He later engaged with the Venetian fleet off the coast of Coron and captured the town along with a Venetian brigantine. From there Kemal Reis sailed towards the Island of Sapientza (Sapienza) and sank the Venetian galley Lezza. In September 1500, Kemal Reis assaulted Voiussa and in October he appeared at Cape Santa Maria on the Island of Lefkada, before ending the campaign and returning to Constantinople in November. With the Battle of Modon, the Turkish fleet and army quickly overwhelmed most of the Venetian possessions in Greece. Modon and Coron, the “two eyes of the Republic”, were lost. Doge Agostino Barbarigo asked the Pope and the Catholic Monarchs for help, and on 24 December a Spanish–Venetian army commanded by Gonzalo de Córdoba took Cephalonia, temporarily stopping the Ottoman offensive on eastern Venetian territories.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman-Venetian_Wars_(1499-1503)
Konrad von Gr\'fcnenberg - Beschreibung der Reise von Konstanz nach Jerusalem - Blatt 17v-18r
Modon as painted by a Bodensee (Lake Constance) area artist in 1487 in “Description of a trip from Constance to Jerusalem”.

Methoni Castle Mesenia Greece
Modon (Methoni) Castle. Photo by Maju603 via Wikimedia

So, the Swedes did not invent this type of warfare. However, they perfected it with high quality iron from their mines and lightly built cannon (see Cowen below). During the Thirty Years War, in April 1632, the Swedes (and allies) arrived at the shores of Lake Constance and attacked the imperial fortifications. The Swedes seized commercial vessels, armed them and build their own warships. Wikipedia “The Naval Battle on Lake Constance, 1632-1648” http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seekrieg_auf_dem_Bodensee_1632–1648 (Orig. in German: to translate article cut and past link into google and press translate)

An excellent book chapter, with information on Swedish cannon making (along with British):
CHAPTER TEN: IRON AND AN EARLY MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX” by Dr. Cowen, excerpt: “The iron industry began to change in the 17th century. The Swedes in particular were mining very high-quality iron ore, had vast forests, and cheap labor…They designed new, lightly built cannon for use by field armies, and the astounding successes of Swedish armies in the 1620s and 1630s led other nations to buy or imitate their weaponshttp://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/cowen/~gel115/115CH10.html
Note that this work is a book and under copyright by Dr. Cowen: http://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/cowen/~gel115/index.html
Some additional information on the topic of cannons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cannon http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/tech/cannon.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_artillery

However, here is a less “glorious” moment of Swedish history, which resembles the problems associated with Swedish govt. owned Vattenfall nuclear power plants: the sinking of the Vasa, which sounds like a lot of modern-day nuclear failures everywhere:
The Vasa from the Bow
Vasa ship. Photo by Javier Kohen via Wikimedia
Vasa (or Wasa)[1] is a Swedish warship built 1626-1628. The ship foundered and sank after sailing about 1,300 meters (1,400 yd) into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. She fell into obscurity after most of her valuable bronze cannons were salvaged in the 17th century…Vasa was built top-heavy and had insufficient ballast. Despite an obvious lack of stability in port, she was allowed to set sail and foundered only a few minutes after she first encountered a wind stronger than a breeze. The impulsive move to set sail was the result of a combination of factors: Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, who was leading the army on the continent on the date of her maiden voyage, was impatient to see her join the Baltic fleet in the Thirty Years’ War; at the same time, the king’s subordinates lacked the political courage to discuss the ship’s structural problems frankly or to have the maiden voyage postponed. An inquiry was organized by the Swedish privy council to find personal responsibility for the disaster, but in the end no one was punished for the fiasco.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasa_(ship) (bold added)

Vatenfall is suing Germany for shutting down nuclear plants and yet:
Vattenfall sacks German nuclear head on multiple plant problems” EBR Staff Writer, 17 July 2007 http://www.energy-business-review.com/news/vattenfall_sacks_german_nuclear_head_on_multiple_plant_problems
See also: http://www.banktrack.org/manage/ajax/ems_companyprofiles/createPDF/vattenfall

The Vatenfall two nuclear plants, in Germany, have long had problems and were shut down for safety reasons years prior to Germany’s 2011 choice to leave nuclear. Brunsbüttel has its first problem when it was only 2 years old! Multiple problems occurred during the 2000s leading to its shutdown in 2007. It is considered to have a dangerously thin containment. Its license expired in 2010 and it is too old to renew. Yet, Vattenfall (Swedish govt.) is suing Germany over this shut-down! http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernkraftwerk_Brunsbüttel (original German; to translate, put link in google search engine and press translate or copy and paste into google-translate). There is a lot of info at the link.

As for Vattenfall’s other plant, Krümmel, since commissioning there were a total of 313 reportable events and thus about 12.5 events per year (as of 31 December 2008). http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernkraftwerk_Krümmel (in German, follow translation advice above; English versions of wikipedia do not give details). We read somewhere, that one of these two is said to have had some repair work since its last shut-down in 2007. Germany should not have allowed this. Despite previous repairs there were always new problems. This stuff is too dangerous to just play around with.

It is hard to figure out which is worse — AREVA (France)-VATTENFALL(Sweden)-ROSATOM (Russia) which are all three state-owned (or majority state-owned) nuclear companies who appear to love lawsuits to bully other countries and/or individuals. Or, large non-state corporations who have larger budgets than many countries? Neither type has to be bad, but these state-owned companies and many non-state corporations certainly are worse than bad, they are evil. They are gigantic bullies and need to be broken up and stopped. Vattenfall also does lignite in Germany– the most polluting sort of coal. We continue to find it peculiar, however, that in a supposedly capitalist world, state-owned companies are acting as bullies under the protection of free-trade! Normally state-owned companies and protection go together and free-trade is associated with non-state corporations. The voters of these countries need to work hard to stop these nuclear and other bullies. If not, everyone will pay the price.

On Rosatom suing Bulgaria: http://www.nuclear-heritage.net/index.php/Finland:_Rosatom-_Fennovoima_deal_to_continue_Pyhäjoki_NPP_project

AREVA is so litigious it is hard to keep up.

The following is about evil companies in the US who think that they have the right to pollute air, despite the availability of technology to clean the air. This technology can create jobs, too.

From Reuters News Feeds
Industry groups plan ‘unified strategy’ against EPA carbon pollution rules
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:09:39 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Forty industry groups launched a new partnership on Thursday to form a “unified strategy” to respond to forthcoming federal regulations targeting carbon emissions from the country’s fleet of power plants and other carbon-intensive facilities.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iG0EDQ-WNNg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Lithuanian utility to seek arbitration against Gazprom
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:22:49 GMT
VILNIUS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Shareholders of Lithuanian utility Lietuvos Dujos voted on Thursday to seek arbitration over a gas price dispute with sole supplier Gazprom , as it aims to pull down some of the highest prices in Europe.

Update 1, Thursday, 30 January 2014

From the Sierra Club: “Trading Away Our Climate?
How Investment Rules Threaten the Environment and Climate Protection

nuclear Energy in Germany: Following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, the German Parliament made a decision to phase out its nuclear power program and shift toward cleaner renewable energy sources. In response, Vattenfall, a Swedish energy firm with investments in German nuclear energy, used investment provisions in the EU Energy Charter Treaty, an EU trade and investment agreement, to sue Germany for future losses that it may sustain during the nuclear phase-out. Vattenfall is now seeking U.S. $4.6 billion in damages from the German people.http://www.sierraclub.org/trade/resources/Investor-State-Climate-TPP-6-4.pdf See: “Vattenfall seeks recompense for German nuclear phase-out.” DW, December, 2012. Accessible at: http:/ /www.dw.de/vattenfall-seeks-recompense-for-german-nuclear-phaseout/a-16473507
Note that Vattenfall is totally owned by the government of Sweden. Vattenfall Germany may have some private investment. It is unclear. Additionally, from our understanding, the nuclear power plants which are being sued over were taken out of operation because of age and/or many problems.

So, essentially Sweden is suing Germany, trying to force nuclear back upon them. It is Sweden, along with Switzerland who did the most to illegally arm Hitler up until and during World War II, under the cloak of “neutrality”. Swiss companies continued to work with the Nazis even when it was clear that they were losing the war, whereas Sweden stopped when they saw it was the losing side. Sweden appears to have contributed to the perfection of gunboat diplomacy, bombarding with its superior iron cannons, during the 30 yrs war (1600s). Think, for instance, of the Naval Battle of Lake Constance-siege of Konstanz Germany. Iron mines were important in Sweden and from them, and good design, grew its cannons and a military-industrial complex. Perhaps from that grew a nuclear-industrial complex?

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Our new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/fukushima-fallout-and-glaciochemistry-in-arctic-snow-pits-nasa/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-South Korea approves $7 bln reactor plans in boost for nuclear power
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:13:49 GMT
* First nod since Fukushima disaster and policy shift to cut nuclear reliance http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Tz8fezwaZhA/story01.htm

Peru sets aside tribal concerns, OKs drilling in natgas block
Posted:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:44:49 GMT
LIMA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Argentine energy company Pluspetrol won a key approval for new drilling in Peru’s biggest natural gas concession after the project was blocked for a year on worries it would hurt isolated indigenous tribes, officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4WyqnFZqWFY/story01.htm

Greece to show latest oil and gas seismic data to investors in Feb
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:40:36 GMT
ATHENS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Greece will soon invite international investors to look for oil and natural gas in its western and southern waters, following the completion of seismic tests that have proved interesting, it said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lX_olQB3D_M/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Marathon Petroleum Q4 profit lower, but tops Street
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:39:27 GMT
Jan 29 (Reuters) – Marathon Petroleum Corp, the third-largest stand-alone U.S. refining company, on Wednesday posted a quarterly profit that topped estimates as refining margins were better than expected. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/It0ft1cqn98/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Obama touts ‘responsible’ energy development measures, climate goals
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:23:57 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told lawmakers on Tuesday his energy strategy had boosted the economy and reduced carbon emissions, but he did not address the question of whether he will approve the politically charged Keystone XL oil pipeline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yWhHpnr8GvE/story01.htm

COLUMN-Gold rallies won’t sustain without more China, India buying: Clyde Russell
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:08:07 -0500
(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6CmT1CfQDfU/column-russell-gold-asia-idUSL3N0L31J820140129

China smog fears spur call for ban on New Year fireworks
Posted:Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:53:20 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Warnings of heavy smog over central and eastern China this week have prompted the country’s weather forecaster to call for a ban on the fireworks traditionally let off at Lunar New Year, state media said on Wednesday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hpFWM-4tAdQ/story01.htm

UK biodiesel plant to re-open in next few months
Posted:Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:34:32 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A biodiesel plant run by major UK independent oil firm Greenergy is set to re-open in the next few months once repairs are completed after damage caused by the worst tidal flooding seen on the east coast of England for 60 years, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vrVod0zKpI0/story01.htm

EU green energy law is flawed- adviser to EU top court
Posted:Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:30:00 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Part of a law to promote green energy violates the treaties underpinning the European Union, an adviser to the highest EU court found on Tuesday, stoking political debate about subsidies for renewable power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XWLz0Hola00/story01.htm

Road access to Alaskan port of Valdez cut off by avalanches
Posted:Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:51:46 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Road traffic to Valdez, Alaska, was cut off from the rest of the state after a series of avalanches over the weekend blocked the only road into the coastal community, officials said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/we9EJaD7Tt8/story01.htm

Republicans, Democrats unite in bid to save California beach bonfires
Posted:Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:27:02 GMT
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – It may be January, but Southern California beach-goers could be forgiven for breaking out the marshmallows early, as lawmakers moved to protect a classic rite of summer – the seaside bonfire. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/eVqteBNaaic/story01.htm

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, new post, continues Radioactive Reindeer Series: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-iv-of-a-series/ We take a look at the real impacts of Chernobyl on humans and some other things before returning to our promised topics.

No urgent Reuters News in Basic Materials, Energy or Environment, so it will come later.

On Monday, 27 January 2014 we updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/

We noticed this interesting topic:
Japan agrees to return 300 kg of plutonium to US
English.news.cn 2014-01-28 09:35:27 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2014-01/28/c_133079584.htm

US presses Japan to hand back exported plutonium” Xinhua, January 27, 2014 http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-01/27/content_31315528.htm

New reblog is here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/letter-from-sellafield-worker-exposes-nuclear-corruption/

We have posted the Democracy Now report about the US Military Base in Okinawa and the protest against it. The residents of Fukushima need to be relocated to Okinawa, rather than a new US base being built there. Shocking that the Japanese tax-payer actually pays for these bases, although perhaps it was originally framed as their paying for World War II. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/japan-okinawas-revolt-decades-of-rape-environmental-harm-by-u-s-military-spur-residents-to-rise-up

Reading or watching this report about the geo-strategy of US bases in Japan, it is easy to deduce that Haiti’s geo-strategic location on the Windward Passage and opposite Cuba is why the USA, as well as France and Canada, are so interested in Haiti and why Haiti is under UN occupation (Or, at least a primary reason.)

Japan’s geo-strategic position would seem to be why the Allied occupation, led by the US, let most of the fascists stay in power in Japan, much as they have supported fascist regimes in Haiti. Still it is mind-boggling why the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, the Dutch, the USSR, and others fought this very bloody war in the Pacific Theater, and the US nuclear bombed Hiroshima and Nagosaki, Japan, only to leave the people they were fighting in power. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_Japan

We believe that this impunity, letting the Japanese fascists, not only run free, but also run the post-war governments, up until today, is at the root of the Fukushima disaster. The impunity of Duvalier and minions is what is ailing Haiti, as well. How can there be democracy when military might props up bloody, fascist, authoritarian regimes?

Pacific Area - The Imperial Powers 1939 - Map
The Imperial Powers, 1939, Map by Emok via wikimedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_War

Windwardpassagemap http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windward_Passage

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters“, by Kate Brown, looks worthwhile, although we have yet to read it:
In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia-the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias–communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society, while nearby, migrants, prisoners, and soldiers were banned from plutopia–they lived in temporary “staging grounds” and often performed the most dangerous work at the plant. Brown shows that the plants’ segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. In four decades, the Hanford plant near Richland and the Maiak plant near Ozersk each issued at least 200 million curies of radioactive isotopes into the surrounding environment–equaling four Chernobyls–laying waste to hundreds of square miles and contaminating rivers, fields, forests, and food supplies. Because of the decades of secrecy, downwind and downriver neighbors of the plutonium plants had difficulty proving what they suspected, that the rash of illnesses, cancers, and birth defects in their communities were caused by the plants’ radioactive emissions. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/plutopia-kate-brown/1113303419?ean=9780199855766 (bold added) It is available on Nook and ibooks, as well. Some have recommended boycotting Amazon because of allegations of worker abuse (timed speed-ups), so we linked you to Barnes and Noble, although we cannot guarantee their work conditions. At least Barnes and Noble is a real bookstore.

The above information about migrant workers, presumably unmonitored over time, doing the dirty work at these facilities, recalls the way the Japanese nuclear industry has operated and is still operating at Fukushima, where migrant workers, often Burakumin “Untouchables”, have migrated around Japan doing the dirtiest work at the nuclear facilities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burakumin Now, it is the homeless at Fukushima, but it is most probable that the homeless are more likely to be Burakumin, as well.

Also of interest: “Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats” by Kristen Iversen: “Full Body Burden is Kristen Iversen’s story of growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant. It’s also a book about the destructive power of secrets—both family secrets and government secrets. Her father’s hidden liquor bottles, the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood, the truth about what they made at Rocky Flats—best not to inquire too deeply into any of it. But as Iversen grew older, she began to ask questions and discovered some disturbing realities.

As this memoir unfolds, it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism—a shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in court. Based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class-action testimony, this taut, beautifully written book promises to have a very long half-life.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/full-body-burden-kristen-iversen/1110872520?ean=9780307955654 (Bold added) It is available on Nook and ibooks, as well. Shouldn’t a good book have a short half-life—you read it quickly?

Reuters News Feed Selection:

UPDATE 1-South Africa platinum talks remain deadlocked
Posted:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:28:01 -0500
PRETORIA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Government-brokered talks between South Africa’s AMCU union and the world’s top three platinum producers ended on Monday with no breakthrough in efforts to end a strike that has hit half of global output of the precious metal
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZI4uMLAfdO4/safrica-strikes-idUSL5N0L12XY20140127

Thousands shiver in Manitoba as pipeline blast cuts gas supply
Posted:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:28:49 GMT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Thousands of Manitoba residents were without natural gas to heat their homes and businesses for a third frigid day on Monday, following a weekend explosion along a TransCanada Corp pipeline in the Western Canadian province. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3HNbzqLDivw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-TransCanada gas pipeline explodes in Manitoba, none hurt
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:34:05 GMT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A natural gas pipeline operated by TransCanada Corp exploded and caught fire in a rural area of the western Canadian province of Manitoba early on Saturday, but there were no injuries, a federal regulator said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hE9ZKf_TFnY/story01.htm

Pirates kidnap two near Nigerian facility run by Eni-sources
Posted:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:11:26 GMT
YENAGOA, Nigeria, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Pirates attacked a tugboat near the Brass River crude oil export terminal in Nigeria, kidnapping the ship’s captain and an engineer, two security sources said. The Italian oil company Eni operates the terminal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/owypTIYixX8/story01.htm

Chemical tanks ordered removed in West Virginia after spill
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:59:29 GMT
(Reuters) – The company whose storage tank spilled a chemical that tainted the water supply of 300,000 people in West Virginia must begin removing its above-ground storage tanks by March 15, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/JPgrL4M1qHk/story01.htm

Biologists investigate deaths of 25 whales off Florida’s coast
Posted:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:53:18 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – Biologists on Friday examined the carcasses of 25 dead pilot whales found off the coast of southwest Florida, collecting samples from the animals to try to determine the cause of a recent spike in whale deaths. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/pojLjUpQoXk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-India to review gold restrictions by end-March -finance ministry
Posted:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:47:49 -0500
* Current account deficit expected sharply lower in 2013/14 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LwoAA92yRfg/india-economy-gold-idUSL3N0L11QA20140127

UPDATE 2-Japan’s 2013 LNG imports hit record high on nuclear woes
Posted:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:35:45 -0500
* 2013 LNG imports at 87.49 mln T, up 0.2 pct yr/yr * 2013 crude imports fall 0.6 pct to 2-year low * Dec LNG imports rise 4.9 pct to 8.09 mln T (Adds thermal coal imports hit record in 2013) TOKYO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Japan’s imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) rose to another record in 2013 as the country’s second complete shutdown of its nuclear stations since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 forced utilities to burn more fossil fuels to generate power. The soaring cost of fuel http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XuV-2dunDko/energy-japan-mof-idUSL3N0L103N20140127

As smelters weigh cost, Indonesia’s ore export ban may backfire
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:05:27 -0500
JAKARTA/SYDNEY, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s ban on exports of key mineral ores – unless they are processed in the country – risks backfiring as weaker commodity prices mean it is not cost-effective to invest in expensive smelters and refineries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EZN8uyuE8GI/indonesia-minerals-smelters-idUSL3N0KY20P20140127

Smog-hit China’s switch to high-grade raw materials to boost big miners
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:00:05 -0500
SHANGHAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Chinese steelmakers and power plants are being forced to shop around for higher-quality raw materials to meet tougher air pollution standards, a move that will be a boon for global mining giants that produce premium-grade iron ore and coal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZzhY2ZuSp28/china-steel-pollution-idUSL3N0KJ2C920140126

Hungary soon to clinch Russian loan for nuclear plant project
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:30:31 GMT
* Hungary will more than double capacity at Paks nuke plant http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pgIFD9bwAC4/story01.htm

China says U.S. should stop new dumping probe on solar products
Posted:Sun, 26 Jan 2014 07:49:59 GMT
BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) – China’s commerce ministry called on the United States on Sunday to stop anti-dumping investigations into imports of solar power products from China, expressing “serious concern” and vowing to defend its producers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fH6SjcWqCmU/story01.htm

Ukrainian protesters blockade energy ministry after overnight violence
Posted:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:06:32 GMT
* Protesters allow only ‘essential staff’ into energy ministry http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PC_Bdhf-tLU/story01.htm

Sudan’s president to announce government, constitution shake-up
Posted:Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:14:16 GMT
* Bashir wrestling with drop in oil funds, rising inflation http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Nc6W-UXxZ6Y/story01.htm

South Sudan government, rebels say each other violating ceasefire
Posted:Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:41:38 GMT
JUBA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The government and rebels in South Sudan traded accusations on Saturday of breaking a ceasefire deal supposed to calm violence that has driven half a million people from their homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3A2naM6If7A/story01.htm

Related Post for those who missed it: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/south-sudan-reaches-ceasefire-but-will-nascent-state-survive-oil-fueled-neocolonialism/