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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/the-ongoing-saga-16-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/the-ongoing-saga-14-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Earliest update was February 13 and most recent was February 24, 2014

Daily readers please see update-clarification on the Sunday post regarding CBI-Obama.

Monday, 24 February 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/ News will update later. Probably we will open a new Ongoing because this one is full and overflowing.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Please see our reblogs regarding attempts to dump nuclear waste at up to 400,000 Bq/Kg in a municipal landfill, near a school in Cumbria, UK. Bill Gates has some invested now in FCC and so is guilty in this matter, as well as promoting new nuclear reactors. Time to Boycott Microsoft! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/urgent-lock-the-gate-on-nuclear-waste-lillyhall-landfill/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/lillyhall-radioactive-waste-dump-will-not-affect-member-states-phew-thats-ok-then/


February 18, 2014 Flyover of the Collapsing-Imploding US Salt Dome Storage Facility aka Louisiana Sinkhole. Does this look like a good place to store anything? Salt domes in neighboring states are still listed as nuclear waste storage options. This collapsing one has NORM. The WIPP salt bed is a larger cousin to the salt dome. Actually some consider the salt beds the mothers of the salt domes. Although, the risks are lower in a dryer climate, like New Mexico, the risks are still there, especially with injection wells and other oil and gas activity, which could cause water leakage into the salt, leading to explosion and/or collapse. If close enough it could even lead to direct collapse.

For those who missed it, we have information and discussion of the New Mexico WIPP plutonium leak further down, in several places. Perhaps do a page search for WIPP.

For just a moment we were happy that Warren Buffett’s BNSF has decided to upgrade the safety on its 5,000 rail cars, UNTIL we learned, online, that he recently invested in Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI). CBI is not only working on the US New Nuclear Vogtle Reactors in Georgia, but has been criticized by the US NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) for things like poor safety culture, etc, in this context. The criticisms look pretty serious. Since the NRC is the US nuclear cheerleader it looks even worse. Some of the criticisms relate to Shaw, which CBI just bought, in 2013, but others seem to go back further, to 2011. We are always too slow to put our information up online and so we mention this for those who want to research this topic, in the interim.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have higher than required standards for the nuclear industry instead of them always wrangling with their regulators, who are often nuclear cheerleaders, like has been the case in the US, France and Finland? Who then accept patchwork solutions? In our opinion, if you have a faulty concrete foundation, as has been the case for all three, there is no room for patchwork repair, if it’s a nuclear plant. Why are the regulators not watching the building of the new nukes like a hawk? Not only does AREVA appear to have a “n’importe quoi” attitude for its new nuclear reactor, but Toshiba-Westinghouse and subcontractors like Shaw-CBI appear to share the same “just whatever” attitude. N’importe quoi-Just Whatever, Just Won’t Do for something as dangerous as Nuclear!

And WHY is Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI) building a nuclear power plant instead of bridges when so many US bridges are in a dangerously sorry state? Does anyone else recall where the US President has his political roots? Anyone heard of Chicago Machine Politics? Anyone notice the guaranteed loan largesse of over 6 billion USD, shown by the Obama administration, to this new nuclear project which appears riddled with potentially dangerous problems and cost overruns? This still doesn’t explain why they don’t build bridges instead! [Update-clarification note:  Although CBI is currently headquartered in Texas and the Netherlands, it maintains four offices in Illinois and was still headquartered in Chicago when Obama got his political start.  Also, any Obama connection is currently hypothetical.  The big player in CBI’s interests seems to be Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is on the Senate Appropriations Committee and now chair of the Senate Energy Committee and has, within the last year, received contributions from CBI.  She was received lots of other contributions from the nuclear industry, which we will elaborate.  Her oil and gas conflicts no mystery, since she represents Louisiana.  We also believe that all politicians are machine politicians, in a broad sense, though some machines are more notorious than others] See Mary Landrieu Campaign donations from CBI and others here: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/pacs.php?cycle=2014&cid=N00005395&sector=E&seclong=Energy+%26+Natural+Resources&cat=E07&induslong=Misc+Energy&newMem=N http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=Career&cid=n00005395&type=I

The company responsible for the project at the top is Japan’s Toshiba, which owns Westinghouse nuclear. We continue to suspect that the US government largesse, also has to do with Japan floating an increasing amount of the US Debt. Japan has the US by the scalp (or, if you prefer, the other end). China, on the other hand, while maintaining a large part of US debt, has reduced its holdings. Perhaps this is at the root of the US taking Japan’s side lately against China? Do they want China to float more debt? We aren’t saying this is so, but just throwing these thoughts out there as hypotheses to be investigated.

American Crocodile, US Fish and Wildlife Service
American Crocodile photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service

For the Reuters News Feeds we added the one about crocodiles just as a reminder for everyone to be alert to their surroundings. You might be surprised what could be up in a tree, and where you least expect it! As humans cut more trees and encroach onto natural lands the chances increase. Crocodiles, bears, panthers, snakes, for a start.

Unfortunately the radiation danger is invisible. If you look up or down or all around, you can see that crocodile, but not the ionizing radiation of radionuclides, like plutonium, etc.

Selected Reuters News Feeds
(The WIPP one seems a re-post by Reuters of an earlier one)

Elevated radiation found in air near New Mexico waste site
Posted:Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:28:04 GMT
(Reuters) – Testing of surface air near an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico’s desert showed elevated levels of radiation but did not pose a threat to humans or the environment, a U.S. Department of Energy official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4st-Rn1PtKY/story01.htm

California’s fracking opponents introduce new moratorium bill
Posted:Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:52:50 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 21 (Reuters) – California lawmakers have unveiled a new bill that would halt fracking and other controversial oil extraction practices in the state until a comprehensive review of their impact is complete, reigniting a legislative debate that fracking opponents lost last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JdH6t74wYgE/story01.htm

U.S. rail industry adopts new safety measures for oil shipments
Posted:Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:08:03 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. rail industry on Friday committed to slow down the speed of trains transporting oil through urban areas and adopt new braking systems on some flammable fuel cargoes, among other safety measures meant to prevent fiery derailments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4F5O4K7vj8c/story01.htm

S.Sudan government orders embattled oil state to keep crude flowing
Posted:Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:13:14 GMT
* Local authorities had planned to partially halt oil output http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hNJAkz79rxE/story01.htm

South Africa’s Eskom lifts power emergency, system still tight
Posted:Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:04:41 GMT
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 22 (Reuters) – South Africa’s power utility Eskom said on Saturday it had lifted an electricity emergency declared on Friday but warned the grid would remain tight in the forseeable future. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6fO8E8RT45g/story01.htm

EU, Georgia launch talks on energy ties
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:50:47 GMT
BRUSSELS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The European Commission launched negotiations on Thursday to strengthen energy links with Georgia as part of efforts to bind the former Soviet state closer to the European Union and weaken its bonds with Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vft5_wdds3A/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Suez Environnement eyes investments in growth markets
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:15:12 GMT
* Dividend unchanged at 0.65 euros; shares up 6 pct (Adds CEO quotes, forecasts, price move) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PyDsDXonzwA/story01.htm

Health experts warn of water contamination from California drought
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:50:01 GMT
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California’s drought has put 10 communities at acute risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days, and worsened numerous other health and safety problems, public health officials in the most populous U.S. state said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ReifQqEfq40/story01.htm

EXCLUSIVE-BNSF to take bids to buy up to 5,000 safer oil railcars
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:12pm IST
By Kristen Hays and Cezary Podkul
Feb 20 (Reuters) – BNSF Railway Co plans to buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest industry standards, the unit of investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Thursday. http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/02/20/bnsf-crude-rail-idINL2N0LP1CZ20140220

UPDATE 1-U.S. to finalize loan guarantee for Southern Co nuclear plant
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:05:37 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will finalize about $6.5 billion in loan guarantees this week for the nation’s first two new nuclear reactors in three decades, ending years of delay. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/g9tAntrq4ks/story01.htm

Crocodiles can climb trees: researchers
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:39:45 GMT
ORLANDO (Reuters) – Most people entering crocodile territory keep a wary eye out on water and land, but research suggests they need to look up. http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews

Japan may take Indonesia to WTO over mineral export ban-media
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:09:43 -0500
TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Japan is preparing to take Indonesia to the World Trade Organisation over a ban on exports of mineral ores that has curtailed supplies for industry, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rVxBQpxeTFQ/indonesia-minerals-japan-idUSL3N0LP0A520140220

U.N. to send more peacekeepers to Congo mining province
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:29:08 -0500
KINSHASA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo will deploy more troops to copper-rich Katanga province to help fight worsening militia violence there, the U.N. force commander said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/l-Yw1H682Dc/congo-democratic-un-idUSL6N0LO43220140219

UPDATE 2-U.S. oil pipe tariff ruling hits western steel manufacturers
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:30:09 -0500
* Shares fall in Vallourec, Tenaris, U.S. Steel and others http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MAlcGZdthGU/tubes-dumping-idUSL6N0LO27J20140219

UPDATE 1-Obama says climate weighs on Keystone and other decisions
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:53:08 GMT
TOLUCA, Mexico, Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday his administration needed to follow its established process to decide whether to allow the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to go ahead, stressing that concerns about climate change needed to be at the forefront of government decisions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8u5PDEZufl0/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Keystone pipeline approval in limbo after Nebraska ruling
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:08:16 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A Nebraska court on Wednesday voided the governor’s decision to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the Midwestern state, creating another snag for the controversial project to link Canada’s oil sands with refineries in Texas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RDb2E4DCknQ/story01.htm

British Gas targets winning back customers from rivals – Sky News
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:13:55 GMT
Feb 19 (Reuters) – Centrica-owned British Gas is looking at ways to win back customers amid ongoing political debate on excessive profit margins by top six gas suppliers, Sky News reported on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/N-D664VJKfk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-North Carolina defends coal ash oversight after second leak
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:44:41 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb 19 (Reuters) – North Carolina state officials defended their oversight of coal ash ponds on Wednesday, a day after a second leak was found to be threatening a river already tainted by toxic sludge from a spill earlier this month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5xsX4JCPMzI/story01.htm

Saturday, 22 February 2014

We finally opened part vi of our series. We left the same two pictures on top, so it looks the same but is not. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/

WIPP Update from US gov, DOE:

Radiological Monitoring Continues at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M., February 19, 2014 – Radiological control personnel continue to collect surface and underground monitoring samples at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) after an underground air monitor detected airborne radiation around 11:30 p.m. (MT) on
February 14.

Recent laboratory analyses by Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) found some trace amounts of americium and plutonium from a sampling station located on the WIPP access road. This is consistent with the fact that HEPA filters remove at least 99.97% of contaminants from the air, meaning a minute amount still can pass through the filters. As noted by the CEMRC, an independent environmental monitoring organization, the levels found from the sample are below the levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure public health is protected.” We added bold for emphasis. Doesn’t everyone feel safe now!? They expect to release some plutonium and americium into the environment!

There is really little interesting Reuters news though we have accumulated some titles which we will post on here later. The most interesting article is this one:
China to go after political backers of former mining magnate
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:16:53 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities will hunt down the officials who gave protection to a “mafia-style” gang run by a former mining magnate charged with crimes ranging from murder to gun-running, a top newspaper said on Friday
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cSmjDgcVliQ/china-crime-idUSL3N0LQ13720140221

Friday, 21 February 2014

While US Dept. of Energy Gave Subsidy to Japanese Nuclear Westinghouse (Toshiba) on Thursday, the WIPP nuclear waste dump leaks Plutonium:

The New Nuclear Plants in the State of Georgia, USA, are getting loans underwritten by the US taxpayer, i.e. “guaranteed loans”, but the major beneficiary is the Japanese Nuclear Industry, specifically Toshiba-owned Westinghouse, building the reactors. Toshiba has business ties with Exelon, which is closely tied to Obama. They are partners building a reactor in Saudi Arabia!!!!! However, it may be in exchange for Japan continuing to float the US debt…Perhaps the debt is why the US fails to notice that there is a problem at Fukushima? We first realized that there was trouble afoot when the US DOE head, Ernest Moniz, was idiotic enough to brazenly say FROM FUKUSHIMA, that nuclear would be part of the US Energy mix! We knew at the moment that Moniz was a mad man on the lose! (We remind everyone that Europe will get more impact from a serious US east coast nuclear accident than much of the USA will, though the US taxpayer bears the cost).

And, so the apparently mad nuclear scientist head of the Dept. of Energy went to promote nuclear while he should have been examining this New Mexico plutonium leak (or perhaps examining Fukushima?). Come to think of it, is WIPP spewing plutonium or is it Fukushima MOX? We think it is most likely really WIPP because this leakage appears inevitable to us.

Now deadly plutonium in the “surface air” outside of WIPP is not a threat to the public health? We personally feel guilty for not having finished our WIPP post a week after the fire to warn people that the fire could have been related to leaking waste. We did issue a warning a few days ago (see below), like that helps anyone down-wind anyway! No guilt or concern from the nuclear culprits themselves! Nope! Pure denial! May God help us all!

Elevated radiation found in air near New Mexico waste site
Posted:Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:25:14 GMT
Feb 20 (Reuters) – Testing of surface air near an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico’s desert showed elevated levels of radiation but did not pose a threat to humans or the environment, a U.S. Department of Energy official said on Thursday
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8iuJtV5yQOk/story01.htm

From the above article:
Trace amounts of man-made radioactive elements such as plutonium were found at an air-monitoring site half a mile from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and are tied to a radiation leak in the underground salt formation where waste from defense research and nuclear weapons production is stored, said Joe Franco, manager of an Energy Department field office that oversees the plant.” (Bold Added for Emphasis)

Plutonium builds up in the system and stay for decades! It’s NOT OK even in “trace amounts”!

If that’s not enough incompetence and stupidities:
New highly radioactive leak at Japan’s Fukushima plant
Posted:Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:40:25 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday that 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water had leaked out of a tank, the worst incident since last August, when a series of radioactive water leaks sparked international alarm.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kMvsxwYuKfU/story01.htm

The thing didn’t leak from what we read in this article or elsewhere! They failed to shut off a valve! That’s not a leak.

From the WIPP Facility Web Site, regarding contents:
WIPP Quick Facts
(As of 1-29-14)
11,872
Shipments received since opening
(11,153 CH and 719 RH)
90,807
Cubic meters of waste disposed
(container volume)
(90,451 CH and 356 RH)
170,946
Containers disposed in the underground
(170,219 CH and 727 RH)
*CH – Contact-handled transuranic waste
RH – Remote-handled transuranic waste

WE PUT A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE WIPP PROBLEM A FEW DAYS AGO. IT CAN BE FOUND FURTHER DOWN ON THE PAGE FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT!
Hopefully we will perk up enough soon to finish our WIPP post and other things.

However,
The Stupidity of All of This, Just Tires Us Out! Tired of Patrolling the Fence Line Against these Crazies! Has the World Gone Mad?
Greater Swiss Mt. Dog Puppy Sleeping
PS: We have put some other Reuters News to the side from the last couple of days. But, none is urgent except the above.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Georgia on my mind…
Our new posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/us-taxpayer-nuclear-fleece-8-3-billion-for-new-nuclear-billions-needed-for-bridge-repair-11-us-bridges-structurally-deficient-more-bridges-functionally-obsolete/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/obamas-new-nuclear-8-3-billion-a-bad-day-for-america-a-bad-day-for-the-earth/

Mad Nuclear Scientist will be in the US State of Georgia this afternoon, EST, to sign away billions of taxpayer “loan guarantees” for the first new nuclear builds licensed in the US in decades
Moniz official portrait standing
US Secretary of Energy Moniz…Unfortunately “Mad Scientist” isn’t just a “look” for him — he’s trying to impose more nuclear destruction on earth. It’s just a matter of time, a matter of statistics…The US taxpayer will foot the bill on both loan defaults and major nuclear accidents…How much more will they be able to fleece?

The new nuclear builds are by Westinghouse, controlled by Toshiba: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westinghouse_Electric_Company

More information at our new posts above.

Other News Updates will occur later….

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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

This is our new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/ionizing-radiation-is-bad-for-you-and-all-life-experts-agree/

Isn’t this $6.5 billion “loan” for new US nuclear power plants an illegal “subsidy” under some of the international trade laws? Any more news like this and we may have to either retire this blog or turn it into a blog oriented to preparing us all for death and dying. Fukushima may still kill us all and then they are going to add more nuclear power plants! The two being built by Areva in France and Finland have been both over-priced and well-documented half-assed in construction. What that $6.5 billion could do for renewables or many things! Corporations involved in renewables and universities should complain! This is obscene. They are jerking subsidies from solar and giving it to nuclear! Nuclear has always lost economically due largely to high construction costs, so it appears that the loan will become a grant-subsidy. Did Obama finish going mad? He is the right age to know better! He would have been around 18 years old at the time of Three Mile Island. and in his 20s for Chernobyl. Was his head too deep in a book to notice? This is utterly revolting.

Why does Japan have so much plutonium? But, why does anyone?

What a group those folks born in the 1910s and 1920s have been! Look at Pete Seeger, b. 1919, and this 84 year old nun (b. ca 1929). Wonder if the new Sellafield Security Fence is as flimsy as the US one at Oak Ridge which the nun broke into…? It’s surprising that the Oak Ridge one apparently wasn’t electric! That would have been a shocking experience and likely killed those involved.

Life Inside of the Song of History with Pete Seeger
Posted by Al Giordano – February 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm, By Al Giordano
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/5008/life-inside-song-history-pete-seeger Quote from the article:
I saw our fledgling movement against nuclear plants grow nationally and internationally, stop a new generation of atomic plants in the US, and even win the shut down of the particular nuke I had most organized against. That’s the song, baby, the one that never ends. And we keep working on the next verse of the story.” (Article recommended by Cuttlefish-Picayune)

Reuters News Selection

Elderly nun sentenced to nearly 3 yrs for Tennessee nuclear break-in
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:27:11 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sentenced an 84-year-old nun, Sister Megan Rice, on Tuesday to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee military facility used to store enriched uranium for nuclear bombs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/vML7virxUjI/story01.htm

U.S. to announce $6.5 billion loan deal for Southern Co nuclear plant
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:36:43 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will announce that it has finalized $6.5 billion in loan aid to build the country’s first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years, sources said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/UxXgAX1liYk/story01.htm

China concerned at Japan holding weapons-grade plutonium
BEIJING Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:11am EST
Feb 17 (Reuters) – China said on Monday it was “extremely concerned” by a report that Japan has resisted returning to the United States more than 300 kg (660 lb) of mostly weapons-grade plutonium, the latest dispute between the two Asian neighbours. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/17/china-japan-idUSL3N0LM2GO20140217

India takes back coal blocks from private firms over delays
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:08:04 -0500
* Tata group , Jindal Steel, Adani Power among those whose coal blocks reclaimed http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GpRjAvc3plI/india-coal-litigation-idUSL4N0JI2AY20140219

Indonesia’s trade ministry looks at closing tin export loophole
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:14:56 -0500
JAKARTA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Indonesian trade ministry officials are in talks with the country’s tin industry on making tin solder exports subject to a six-month old domestic trading rule, officials said, closing a loophole that has boosted solder shipments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PuL0GrUEJYg/indonesia-tin-solder-idUSL3N0LO0XZ20140219

Second coal ash dump leak sends toxins into North Carolina river
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:47:50 GMT
Feb 19 (Reuters) – North Carolina on Tuesday ordered Duke Energy Corp to plug a leak of contaminated wastewater from a decommissioned power plant, which authorities in the state said might be leaking into a river that supplies drinking water. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EizUG1MfQqY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Outokumpu increases stake in Fennovoima reactor project
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:46:15 GMT
HELSINKI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Finnish stainless steelmaker Outokumpu has raised its stake in the planned Fennovoima nuclear reactor to 12.5 percent from an original goal of 10 percent and confirmed its commitment to a project whose viability has been questioned by some analysts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sSWQXsp3NqA/story01.htm

TIMELINE-Major events in China’s latest IPO reforms and setbacks
Posted:Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:19:54 GMT
SHANGHAI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – China resumed initial public offerings (IPOs) in January after a 14-month suspension, with 45 firms floating shares and raising a combined 32.1 billion yuan ($5.3 billion) in the month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OAhPpP5q0XM/story01.htm

Tanker involved in S. Korea oil spill offloads oil
Posted:Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:40:13 GMT
SEOUL, Feb 17 (Reuters) – A tanker run by Singapore’s Ocean Tankers completed the offloading of 278,000 tonnes of oil in the sea off South Korea over 15 days after the vessel had collided with a pipeline as it prepared to berth, causing an oil spill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RL764-m3oOA/story01.htm

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

We have an excellent reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/free-the-sellafield-deer-demo/ It mentions Studsvik at Lillyhall.

We found the following:
Studsvik RACE Here in Memphis, Studsvik-RACE processes large contaminated components from nuclear power and weapons facilities and super-compacts paper, plastic, wood, cardboard, rubber, metal (pipes, valves, motors, conduit, wire, etc.) asbestos, soils and debris in addition to many other activities. Studsvik, at its Erwin, TN site, “thermally processes” radioactive resins –some of the hottest so-called “low-level” radioactive waste from nuclear power reactors. Community concerns stopped the company here in Memphis and later in Erwin from opening a new nuclear incinerator, but they still perform other nuclear processes in both locations. (Their current website indicates incineration intent.) In Sweden, their origin, they “recycle” radioactive metal from closed European nuclear reactors into the everyday metal recycling market to make anything made of metal. They have gotten contracts to “process” closed nuclear complexes in the UK including the infamous Sellafield reprocessing site, attributed with radioactively contaminating the Irish Sea.http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/outofcontrol/memphisfocus.pdf

Ikea sells-has sold radioactive wood. Wonder if they sell radioactive pots from the above recycled metal?
THOMAS KOSTIGEN’S ETHICS MONITOR Archives
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:54 p.m. EDT
Your furniture could be radioactive
Commentary: Chernobyl-tainted wood works its way to market
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-furniture-could-be-radioactive

Trouble with some of this is that it could be close enough to background, such that it is difficult to tell if it is normal variations or radioactive. Perhaps it is best to take a sample of your furniture and send it to a lab? This is worrisome.

Monday, 17 February 2014

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

Possible Radiation Leak at the WIPP nuclear waste facility, New Mexico, USA:

We had started a, still not complete, post on the WIPP facility shortly after the fire there, about 2 weeks ago. After a few hours research it became clear that the fire could have been a salt truck like they said, but could also have been caused by a flammable-explosive leak from the now sealed, unvented, “panels”, where they keep the waste. No one can know for certain. During the fire, two weeks ago, smoke was on the north, because that’s where the ventilation vent is. The fire could have been anywhere. What can be known for certain is that this waste should be vented for perpetuity, unless and until new adequately resistant materials are made. Although a salt bed should be better than a salt dome, in theory, in reality salt is just about the worst choice for storage of anything. Whether or not there was a disaster or simply a problem with one of the accessible and still vented containers, which would be the case if it is really Panel 7, there is a disaster waiting to happen at WIPP. How and why? There have been injection wells, hydro-fracking in the environs of the WIPP facility. This could lead to cracks in the salt bed and water leaching (slow or fast) into the sealed parts of the facility, which would cause rusting of containers; creation of flammable-explosive gases; and/or collapse of the facility. Additionally, some think that there is karst too close to the WIPP facility. Considering the proximity to Carlsbad Caverns and nearby sinkholes, that could also be true, and would open up the probably of water entering the facility, and possibility of facility collapse. The only thing completely clear is that injection wells, hydro-fracking and oil and gas drilling need to be illegal in the vicinity of the salt formation housing the WIPP facility. All of the suppositions for WIPP are based on no water entering the facility. So, fracking must be stopped in the area and fingers crossed that it’s not too late. Salt is a lousy, lousy way to store anything. It’s soluble and causes corrosion of metal. They also EXPECT the salt to gradually enclose upon the waste, the pressure of which would increase the risk of explosion-eventually crush the containers. They hope that it will create countervailing forces to keep small amounts of water out of the facility, but this just looks very iffy. This was a terrible gamble to make. For this sort of facility it MUST be a hard-rock one of the sort proposed for Yucca Mountain. The main complaint about Yucca appears to have been potential high humidity upon closure, which would cause corrosion and leakage. However, the facilities simply cannot be sealed and closed! They cannot be! If Yucca is not sealed then humidity won’t be a problem in the dry climate. The containers and facilities must be vented to prevent explosion! Now we are not saying that Yucca is the right place either. We don’t know. However, it’s the best that’s been proposed, in that it is hard-rock and a dry climate. Some have said it is earth-quake prone – though it’s not clear if that’s really an issue or not. Where-ever the waste is put, however, the geological structure must be resistant like at Yucca; the containers must be resistant and vented; the facility cannot be sealed and must be closely monitored. It really should be an arid climate to minimize water entering the facility and causing corrosion and leakage. There needs to be an independent review of the status of the salt bed at the WIPP facility. It has been active since 1999 and is almost full. There are 6 sealed rooms full of nuclear-rad waste – who knows what is going on with it after 15 years? The less well sealed are supposedly monitored but the well-sealed are not. Word to the wise- stay clear of the WIPP facility, just in case.

We note below, as well, the mining company suing the union about the strike! Things are out of control when no one can stand up for their rights without risk of counter-suit by deep-pocket corporations! Ridiculous. These are troubling times.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Excessive radiation levels detected at New Mexico waste site
Posted:Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:50:56 GMT
(Reuters) – Underground sensors have detected excessive radiation levels inside a nuclear waste storage site deep below New Mexico’s desert, but no workers have been exposed and there was no risk to public health, U.S. Department of Energy officials said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YJt5NloH3ZY/story01.htm

Possible radiation leak at New Mexico military nuclear waste site
Posted:Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:34:11 GMT
(Reuters) – Unusually high levels of radioactive particles were found at an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico on Saturday in what a spokesman said looked like the first real alarm since the plant opened in 1999. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LqvVtNpqNjU/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Twelve illegal miners rescued in S.Africa, others stay underground
Posted:Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:03:17 -0500
* Chinese-owned Gold One has prospecting rights over shaft http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gvKOTcNhrQc/safrica-miners-idUSL6N0LL0D220140216

S. African rescuers trying to reach over 200 trapped illegal miners
Posted:Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:15:15 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Rescue services in South Africa are trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg, an emergency services spokesman said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/Pyk5ujEUnaE/story01.htm

Amplats sues S. Africa’s AMCU union for platinum strike damages
Posted:Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:35:30 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum said on Sunday it was suing South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) for 591 million rand ($54 million) in damages it said resulted from ongoing strike action by AMCU members. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2reGr8kd-QI/safrica-strikes-lawsuit-idUSL6N0LL02V20140216

Australia to review renewable energy target
Posted:Mon, 17 Feb 2014 05:53:25 GMT
Feb 17 (Reuters) – Australia will review its mandatory renewable energy target (RET), the government said Monday, sparking concerns among green groups that a weaker target could pave the way for new coal plants and increased pollution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wFk5YSYoU5Y/story01.htm

Yemen gas price pressure mounts on France’s Total
Posted:Sun, 16 Feb 2014 06:33:19 GMT
DUBAI, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Pressure on French energy giant Total to pay more for liquefied natural gas that it ships from Yemen has intensified, with the state news agency reporting that the long-term deal is being probed by public prosecutors”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Fd4k6wcld5g/story01.htm

Sunday, 16 February 2014

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Heavy snow kills 12 in Japan, disrupts power and flights
Posted:Sun, 16 Feb 2014 06:12:25 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Heavy snow hit Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan over the weekend, leaving 12 people dead, hundreds of thousands of households without electricity, and causing major disruptions to air and ground traffic
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MFUKr4XkiG0/story01.htm

Saturday, 15 February 2014

We have four related new posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/3272-abandoned-open-pit-uranium-mines-prospects-in-the-northern-great-plains-black-hills-usa/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/clean-up-abandoned-uranium-mines-urgent-message-from-lakota-sioux-and-navajo/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/radioactive-hot-water/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/isl-uranium-mining-clean-water-mining-law-land-water-reclamation/

This weekend there are two UK anti-nuclear protests: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/no-nuke-waste-in-landfill-join-us-on-saturday-in-kendal/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/free-the-sellafield-deer-rally-this-sunday-at-sellafield/

Best, Cheapest, Safest Fusion Energy is Solar from the Sun!
Why try to re-invent the sun?

The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory - 20100819
The Sun. Image by NASA
With a Sun like that, who needs to invest in fusion research? Or in dangerous nuclear fission?

U.S. scientists achieve ‘turning point’ in fusion energy quest
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:06:52 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. scientists announced on Wednesday an important milestone in the costly, decades-old quest to develop fusion energy, which, if harnessed successfully, promises a nearly inexhaustible energy source for future generations.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1PWzYTUN2f4/story01.htm

Our comment:
The Holy Grail of fusion is really a sham waste of money for energy. Not only is it still decades away, after over 70 years of research, and huge amounts of money invested, the containment will still be radioactive for “only” about 100 years. However, we have not even been in the nuclear fission age for 100 years and don’t know what to do with the stuff.

Fusion appears better than fission, but why pull back from the proven and safe solar, which depends on the sun’s fusion, as the US gov is doing? Why try to re-invent the sun? Doesn’t it make more sense to leave the fusion up there in the sun and use the sun’s fusion energy safely down here? Decentralized wind, hydro and solar seem the way to go with some larger hydro and solar installations, where appropriate. Also, biogas from food waste. And, algae for fuel.

The sun can even provide direct light and some heating, in various ways, without solar panels. We don’t need nuclear fusion or nuclear fission!

See fusion research timeline here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_nuclear_fusion As much of the research would have been classified military, we don’t think anyone knows how much was invested in this do nothing but make a thermonuclear “H bomb” weapon, entertain scientists, and suck up money, technology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermonuclear_weapon

In the words of Sting (1987), adapting Shakespeare:
there is “Nothing Like the Sun! Nada Como El Sol!”

No use to re-invent the wheel, why try to re-invent the sun?

Additional Reuters News Feed Selection:

California solar plant greeted with fanfare, doubts about future
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:25:39 GMT
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One of the world’s largest solar projects, which uses heat from the sun to generate power in California, opened on Thursday but may be the last of its kind in The Golden State. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QYd1zZcy7RU/story01.htm

Partisan politics put UK climate change policy at risk: minister
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:25:17 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s efforts to combat climate change are in danger of disarray because “partisan politics” may scare off investors, Energy Minister Ed Davey said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jDEg-MajtO4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-BP must face shareholder suit over 2006 Alaska oil spill
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:58:49 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC over statements the company made in the wake of a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hV6bzGc8f14/story01.htm

U.S. prosecutors open criminal probe of Duke Energy coal ash spill
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:28:01 GMT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Feb 13 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are investigating whether a crime was committed when thousands of tons of coal ash sludge spilled from a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina in early February into a river that supplies drinking water for nearby towns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QOwnsz3qzNs/story01.htm

Nigerian senate orders audit of oil billions unaccounted for
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:41:46 GMT
* Central bank head says $20 bln oil revenue unaccounted for http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ksj9ysKDbhM/story01.htm

OECD offers to mediate on oil exploration in Congo gorilla park
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:04:20 GMT
DAKAR, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The OECD has offered to mediate between British oil company Soco International and conservation group WWF to determine whether exploration in the last refuge of Congo’s mountain gorillas violates the organisation’s ethical standards. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Jazc-S-r8JE/story01.htm

Whiting well in North Dakota loses control, spewing oil
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:09:11 GMT
Feb 14 (Reuters) – A Whiting Petroleum Corp well in North Dakota lost control on Thursday evening and was leaking 200 barrels a day, the state’s regulator said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C2G-nQDfhJY/story01.htm

Local British authority puts shale gas exploration on hold
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:31:30 GMT
LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Plans to explore for shale gas on a site in a national park located southwest of London have been temporarily put on hold by the local authority after the application received an unprecedented number of responses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/I2aqlEZXdMU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Labrador Iron says needs new funding to continue mining
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:39:28 -0500
(Adds background on markets, CEO comment, share price move) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FIHo6bYuUoo/labradorironmines-funding-idUSL2N0LJ0R920140214

Tracks at site of Pennsylvania oil train derailment cleared -operator
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:39:07 GMT
NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Norfolk Southern on Friday cleared the tracks of tank cars carrying Canadian crude oil that derailed in Pennsylvania and said the spill that resulted from the accident was slightly larger than it first estimated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kTyCM4or_Tw/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Enbridge pipeline joins Keystone XL in wait for U.S. permit
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:15:10 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A second Canadian pipeline project to the United States is now facing delays as operator Enbridge Inc awaits a U.S. presidential permit, a development that may strain prices for Alberta oil sands crude and relations between the two countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oD02c8UiQ-E/story01.htm

Subsidy cuts force Spain’s Acciona into third party energy deals
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:30:15 GMT
* Draft energy rules force energy downsizing, focus on water http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SQsa654Eb5Y/story01.htm

India’s SAIL-led group doing due diligence on coal mines abroad
Posted:Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:11:47 GMT
NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Steel Authority of India Ltd , India’s second-biggest steelmaker, said its coal joint venture with four other Indian firms was in advance stages of due diligence on purchases of mines abroad, with no limit set on its investment.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YBDCS0lolgs/story01.htm

Friday, 14 February 2014

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AGAIN! Oil Derailment; Pipeline Blast

UPDATE 4-Train carrying Canadian oil derails, leaks in Pennsylvania
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:17:22 GMT
NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/f6NAIKE2Kdc/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Blast rocks Kentucky natural gas pipeline amid storm
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:12:03 GMT
By Scott DiSavino Feb 13 (Reuters) – An explosion on a major natural gas pipeline in southern Kentucky led to a forced evacuation of residents and injured at least one person early on Thursday. The explosion and fire in Knifley, Kentucky, about 90 miles (145 km) south of Louisville, could be seen “just as plain as day” from Columbia, about 12 miles from the blaze, a local police officer said. Part of the Columbia Gulf Transmission pipeline, that transports fuel from the Gulf Coast http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_wZLK6vlgrM/story01.htm

We are tired and so will see you tomorrow!
Have a Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Wikipedians cat

Tepco took months to release record strontium readings at Fukushima
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:00:50 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant knew about record high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country’s nuclear watchdog, a regulatory official told Reuters
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/adk7LW2N36s/story01.htm

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Japan’s nuclear regulator raps Fukushima operator over radiation readings Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:20:41 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear regulator has criticized the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zvuARhizQqA/story01.htm
From the Reuters article: “Tepco said last week that groundwater drawn from a monitoring well last July contained a record 5 million becquerels per liter of dangerous radioactive strontium-90“…The legal limit for releasing strontium 90, which has a half life of around 29 years, into the sea is 30 becquerels per liter.

Compare to US standard for drinking water:
The average annual concentration of 90Sr in water supplies should not exceed 8 pCi/L (0.3 Bq/L) http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=654&tid=120 That is 0.3 Becquerels per liter…it’s not 3 and it’s certainly not 30! It is 0.3 Bq per liter.

IF IT’S 1,000 TIMES OVER THE US DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR STRONTIUM 90 HOW CAN IT BE OK FOR THE PACIFIC?
Greetings from Sellafield - Save the Sellafield Deer, Radiation Free Lakeland
This wonderful picture is from our reblog here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/free-the-sellafield-deer-rally-this-sunday-at-sellafield/ As observed, the deer are a metaphor for Cumbria and for the entire world.

We are among those who believe that Sellafield wants to kill the deer in order to see how contaminated they are and the impact on the unborn baby deer. They shouldn’t have left them inside the fence. All it takes is a sound like a gun or firecracker to have sent them all running away, before the fence was built.

UK Nuclear Conflict of Interest

Until the cause is taken up by others, we must continue to point to the fact that the brother of the UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has severe conflicts of interest in relation to EDF, which is proposing new nuclear for the UK:
EDF Energy’s official and unofficial influence within government is extremely worrying…‘Davey’s brother advised EDF on trading contracts relating to the company’s acquisition of British Energy in 2008. Herbert Smith” [law firm for which Davey’s brother works] 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

Cumbria, which at one point was part of Scotland and has cross-border ties, should consider exiting the UK with Scotland. Maybe they should leave Sellafield to England, however. The UK Central government (London) has ignored and run rough-shod over democracy in Cumbria, by ignoring the Cumbrian County Council’s no to the nuclear waste depository vote. This was apparently spear-headed by Ed Davey.

We hope that anti-nuclear Scotland does leave the UK, especially considering the dirty tricks that the UK government is playing with its imposition of nuclear. If you believe “How the Scots Invented the Modern World”, 2001, by Arthur Herman, the way Scotland joined with the UK involved sneakiness by Scottish and English leaders. The same was true in the days of Braveheart-William Wallace. Probably the protesters of union have long since been deported, as so many Scots were, in the aftermath of the last union of Scotland and England. If Scotland doesn’t leave it is only because so many Scots were deported for speaking their language, wearing their traditional clothes (after the mid-1700s Jacobite risings), being poor mountain people (Highland Clearances) or protesting low wages (e.g. 1820 Rising). If it were to leave, Scotland doesn’t need the bloody English pound, mentioned in a Reuters news title (below). It would probably go with the Euro anyway. It can use its Scottish pound, as well. London fears losing Scotland’s petroleum. Petroleum belongs to the Crown. London surely eyes the Scottish Highlands for mining and for storing nuclear waste, as well. That’s even farther away from them than long-abused Cumbria. Most of the energy from Scotland’s old nuclear power plants went to England and Scotland also exported hydro to England.

EU criticizes UK for state aid to new Hinkley C nuclear reactors” Blogpost by Greenpeace UK – February 3, 2014 “The European Commission (EC) has delivered what can only be called a scathing initial verdict on the UK Government’s deal with French state owned EDF to build the first new nuclear reactors in the UK for a generation. It concludes the measures are definitely state aid and therefore illegal under EU law“. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/eu-criticizes-uk-for-state-aid-to-new-hinkley/blog/48085/

UK’s Dungeness B-21 nuclear reactor taken offline – EDF Energy
Reuters UK ‎LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s 550-megawatt (MW) Dungeness B-21 nuclear reactor was taken offline at 1721 GMT on Wednesday, operator …
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/12/uk-nl5n0lh4eh-idUKBREA1B1UV20140212?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Some Preliminary Comments on Reuters News Feed Selection(below):

Unlike the Sandinistas in Nicaragua who have been pro-mining, pro-oil and gas, and disrespectful to indigenous peoples, El Salvador’s FMLN has proved environmentally friendly. Weird they are still called rebel leaders by Reuters when they entered into a peace process 22 years ago and electoral process as a legal party 20 years ago. We had started a post on the topic of mining in the two countries, which unfortunately fell to the side due to our concerns about the dangers of the nuclear industry and Fukushima.

We would like to know the names of the companies involved in the illegal mining and export of gold in Peru. The reuters link has already gone dead, but the article may still be found through this site: http://humanitariannews.org/20140212/peru-says-crackdown-illegally-mined-gold-may-cut-exports-25-pct

Cars fall in sinkhole in Bowling Green Kentucky. Obvious what happened there…karst, karst, karst. Was the factory nearby pumping water? That would cause sinkholes. See: http://underbgky.org Is there fracking nearby?

Workers hurt Wednesday at Tesoro Refinery. Tesoro seems to have a poor safety track record. They recently had a leaking pipeline, didn’t they?
North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take At Least 2 More Years” 02/12/2014
“The Tesoro Corp. pipeline rupture discovered in September sent more than 20,000 barrels of crude spewing across a North Dakota wheat field. The spill fouled an area about the size of seven football fields and is one of the largest onshore spills in U.S. history
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/12/north-dakota-oil-spill-cleanup-pipeline_n_4774001.html

But, wait, look what else:
Seven lives were tragically lost at the Tesoro refinery in 2010,’ said Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, CSB chairperson. ‘I believe the draft report does an outstanding job of tracing this complex accident to its roots: a deficient refinery safety culture, weak industry standards for safeguarding equipment, and a regulatory system that too often emphasizes activities rather than outcomes. The report is a clarion call for refinery safety reform.http://www.csb.gov/csb-investigation-finds-2010-tesoro-refinery-fatal-explosion-resulted-from-high-temperature-hydrogen-attack-damage-to-heat-exchanger/ What do you know! They had to do a study to figure out that there was a deficient safety culture, weak standards and poor regulation! Now what?

Economic boom and housing crunches:

Our lives would be incomplete if we didn’t comment on the nutty Swiss minister. Is he feeling guilty over something, perhaps? He obviously lives in a parallel world, apart from the Swiss people. Switzerland is a tiny mountainous country and has a strong economy and cannot afford to be further besieged by either those seeking employment nor by asylum seekers. The world has a carrying capacity, which is being largely ignored. And, so do countries. There are limits of who it can take without destroying its agriculture and environment. Already old homes must be destroyed to build apartments. Protective hills and mountains must be destroyed to make concrete for these same apartments. Additionally, immigration is making Switzerland unaffordable for many Swiss. At least some of the immigrants are also extremely unhappy. They pack their suitcases from within the EU and assume that they will find jobs and housing and it’s not necessarily the case. Even for the well-paid migrant housing is a challenge. Most industry is around the border so that workers can just drive in from Germany, France, Italy and back out. So, why do they need immigration anyway?

The dynamic in Switzerland is somewhat similar to that described below of a man who left Florida for the oil boom in North Dakota, and only found work as a cow hand (those jobs more prevalent pre-boom) and unable to afford housing. North Dakota is a cold place to be homeless. The difference is that North Dakota still has a small population, unlike Switzerland. But, its land is being spoiled with fracking.

Most of the Reuters News Feeds Selected speak for themselves:

UPDATE 2-Workers hurt, unit shut at Tesoro California refinery -sources
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:21:31 GMT
Feb 12 (Reuters) – Two workers were injured and a unit involved in gasoline production was shut at Tesoro Corp’s 166,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Martinez, California on Wednesday after a sulfuric acid release, sources familiar with the accident said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/90SCxdXbLY8/story01.htm

Canadian National raises rates for using older oil tank cars
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:28:20 GMT
CALGARY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Canadian National Railway is charging shippers more to transport crude oil in older tank cars, one of the first signs that rail operators are actively discouraging use of the type of cars involved in several dramatic explosions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/K3msq8_kqxo/story01.htm

Peru says crackdown on illegally mined gold may cut exports 25 pct
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:27:00 -0500
LIMA, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A crackdown on illegally mined gold in Peru has nearly frozen shipments from shell companies and will likely cut overall exports of the precious metal by 25 percent this year, officials said on Tuesday”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/dWrYWRn2YtQ/peru-gold-crackdown-idUSL2N0LG1S020140212
Small excerpt from the article:
About a quarter of the estimated $8 billion in gold shipped from the Andean country last year was likely exported by companies that acquire ore from illegal sources and evade taxes…They said stricter export rules, confiscations and criminal investigations would keep that amount of gold from legally leaving Peru this year.

Peru has largely failed to rein in an illegal mining boom that employs an estimated half million people and has destroyed large swaths of the Amazon rainforest, where some of the purest deposits are mined from rivers.

Most of the gold was confiscated from four companies, including C.G. Koening, a supplier of Canadian miner Dynacor , said the customs source…Two investment funds in the United States and a third based in Aruba helped finance some of the thwarted gold exports, the customs source said, declining to name the companies.”

Sinkhole gobbles up eight vintage Corvettes at Kentucky museum
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:40:27 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday and swallowed eight collector cars, including the historic one millionth Corvette built in 1992. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Jzt5o5xjowA/story01.htm

Louisiana’s Landrieu set to take over Senate energy panel chair
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:36:13 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Poised to take the reins of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and backer of the oil and gas industry, said on Tuesday the United States is “on the brink of something extraordinary” in energy development. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZxYUW3O5968/story01.htm

U.S. Republicans seek Keystone approval; foes vow to risk arrest
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:32:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Dozens of Republican senators on Tuesday called on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as foes vowed to risk arrest at protests against the controversial project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IQzQNGheka0/story01.htm

Solar demand revival draws panel makers out of debt shadow
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:00:29 GMT
HONG KONG, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Solar panel makers are tapping capital markets for the first time in more than two years, shoring up battered balance sheets and improving their ability to pay off billions of dollars of debt as demand for the green energy recovers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/krdcb_oI2lo/story01.htm

FEATURE-Hot economy, cold comfort: North Dakota’s homeless problem
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:40:52 GMT
Feb 11 (Reuters) – Lured by the promise of jobs created by the oil and gas boom, Mario Solano left his home in Miami to travel to a new life in the center of it all – North Dakota. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YJjJvlCUJT8/story01.htm

Yellowstone Park eyes possible slaughter of hundreds of bison
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:03:46 GMT
(Reuters) – Yellowstone National Park managers are considering a plan that would ship hundreds of bison to slaughter if large numbers of the nation’s last purebred herd migrate out of parkland and into Montana state lands in search of food. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gkhJA7pmRlk/story01.htm

China says gets tough on polluters, nixes projects worth $19.5 billion
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:21:13 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s environmental watchdog vetoed as many as 32 projects with a total investment of 118.4 billion yuan ($19.5 billion) last year as it stepped up efforts to get tough on industrial polluters, a senior official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/VHHX2Pe05cM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-African Barrick fights gold price drop with higher output, lower costs
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:13:39 -0500
LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – African Barrick Gold will overcome last year’s 28 percent fall in the gold price with a big increase in output and stringent cost cutting, its chief executive said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QCupdxOnI3M/african-barrick-idUSL5N0LH0W420140212

Ex-rebel leads in El Salvador presidential run-off – poll
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:10:41 GMT
SAN SALVADOR, Feb 12 (Reuters) – An ex-Marxist guerrilla pledging to expand social programs is set to win El Salvador’s presidency in a March vote by 10 percent over a right-wing challenger who promised a crackdown on crime, a CID-Gallup poll said Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LAdW9P8qapA/story01.htm

Green energy firms clash with big utilities on EU policy
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:59:45 GMT
BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Leaders of six green energy firms challenged big utilities on Wednesday by advocating a tougher EU renewable goal to save billions in fossil fuel imports and create hundreds of thousands of jobs”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/at6-h8dbNmo/story01.htm
From the story: “The green energy firms say the Commission’s own figures show their 30 percent green energy goal would create 570,000 extra jobs and save 260 billion euros ($356 billion) in fossil fuel imports, compared with a single carbon-cutting target.”

“Executives from utilities including Germany’s E.ON , RWE and GDF Suez, formed what became known as the Magritte Group last year to lobby for an end to subsidies for wind and solar.”

UPDATE 3-Tullow shares fall as Mauritania exploration well disappoints
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:42:34 GMT
* Fregate-1 well in Mauritania is not a commercial oil find http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TJwyOdSJaLI/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 2-Panama says reaches initial deal to resume canal widening
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:57:22 GMT
* Deal reached on lock gate delivery, time of tests -source http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sCL7tUhsfnA/story01.htm

With Khodorkovsky out, Yukos investors fight on
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:56:35 GMT
* Two big cases against Russia could be resolved this year http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5zTQUNi2_W8/story01.htm

Britain warns Scotland: Forget the pound if you break away
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:01 GMT
EDINBURGH, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Britain will warn Scotland on Thursday it can’t keep the pound if it votes for independence, its boldest attempt yet to scuttle a nationalist bid to break the 307-year-old union with England. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/financialsNews/~3/pGlbFm-0riA/story01.htm

California fracking foes see drought as new weapon in heated battle
Posted:Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:38:25 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California fracking opponents aiming to stop development of massive state oil reserves are focusing their drive this year around the state’s record-breaking drought, arguing oil production would suck sorely needed water from farms and homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/o_whayqbp2c/story01.htm

Adrift at sea: Fire-hit tanker in North Asia shows flaws in safe-haven rules
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:06:28 GMT
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A fire-ravaged ship loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it refuge even though they risk a wider environmental disaster if it sinks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/EkQqZus0rLE/story01.htm

Austria burdened by Germany’s shift to green power
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:42:57 GMT
ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) – Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/QezmBX19-Jg/story01.htm

China to set up $1.6 billion fund to help fight smog
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:53:04 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday it would set up a 10 billion yuan ($1.65 billion) fund to fight air pollution, offering rewards for companies that clean up operations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wakdDTi82cw/story01.htm

Paris restaurants turn food scraps into biogas
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:22:24 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – A group of Paris restaurants is turning food scraps into biogas and compost ahead of a new law that will force thousands of French food outlets to recycle their organic waste. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YJPqo60VUVA/story01.htm

Exclusive: California mulls easing environmental rule for gas-fired power plants
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:45:34 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California, grappling with how to keep the lights on and meet environmental goals after closing a major nuclear power plant, is considering allowing owners to delay retiring some older gas-fired generators. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XYT3s2KTKz4/story01.htm

China smog makes capital ‘barely suitable’ for life: report
Posted:Thu, 13 Feb 2014 02:30:47 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital “barely suitable” for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world’s second-largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BuK821X9NgY/story01.htm

Swiss immigration vote shows loss of trust in business elite: minister
Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:48:24 GMT
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A loss of trust in Switzerland’s business and political elite may be one of the reasons the alpine nation voted in favor of putting strict limits on immigration, Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said on Wednesday”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-T4O67m_Sdw/story01.htm
And, so we end with the Swiss Minister who is in la-la land and out of touch with Swiss reality. Does he know something about the business elite that no one else does? And, why they should not be trusted? Lucky for the Swiss that they are highly decentralized, given their out of touch leaders. Lucky that they have popular referendums too. The older parts of Switzerland had democracy in 1291. Most European countries are huge with lots of space. They need to build up their own economies. It’s best for all concerned. Besides, the Swiss are not stopping immigration as they really need to do for their environment and quality of life, but limiting it so it’s not a free for all. It’s insufficient and too late, but like plugging Fukushima, better late than never.