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Ikata Nuclear Power Plant
Ikata Nuclear Power Plant. Photo by Amake.

Plant nearest the offshore epicentre of the 6.3 magnitude Japanese quake.

Update 1, Friday 14 March 2014

Yes, there are several nuclear power plants near the earthquake: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/03/m63-earthquake-in-northeastern-kyushu.html The closest is Ikata.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Japanese earthquake, M6.3 – 13km N of Kunisaki-shi, Japan
2014-03-13 17:06:51 UTC http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nabv#summary
(Well south of Fukushima).

This is today’s new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/alzheimers-disease-and-ionizing-radiation/ Is this what’s wrong with world leaders? It is related to the new radioactive reindeer post which will now appear for Saturday.

The most bizarre part of the Senate Hearings on Hanford (see link yesterday, below) is that the head of URS, who is the subcontractor there, appeared unaware that Areva operates outside of France. And, yet, Areva is a URS partner at WIPP in New Mexico (remember the dump that’s caught afire and leaked-is leaking radiation) and at Sellafield! So, he doesn’t even know his partners! He’s new but not that new!

WIPP has updates but do not look useful other than if a) we overlooked something or b) you are bored and need to kill time: http://www.wipp.energy.gov http://www.wipp.energy.gov/Special_Graphics.htm It might be interesting to download and save some of these things for future reference.

It seems that BP owns the US EPA!

Reuters News Feed Selection:

UPDATE 1-U.S. lifts ban blocking BP from new government contracts
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:15:35 GMT
HOUSTON, March 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. government lifted a ban on Thursday that excluded BP from new federal contracts, after the British oil major filed a lawsuit saying it was being unfairly penalized for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/397iLKV3o00/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU, U.S. to commit to remove all duties on transatlantic trade
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:22:15 GMT
* EU-U.S. summit aims to give momentum to world’s biggest trade deal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4aFKDhWQOXM/story01.htm

Reid steps up fight with Koch ‘oil barons’ over Republican funding
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:16:15 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – Democratic senate leader Harry Reid delivered his latest attack on billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, saying they were trying to buy the American political system by funding conservative and libertarian candidates in midterm elections. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pUlx4dtNJoA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Japan’s Idemitsu shuts refinery after quake; reopening unclear
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:31:25 -0400
TOKYO, March 14 (Reuters) – Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co has shut all units at its 120,000 barrels-per-day Tokuyama refinery complex in western Japan after a strong earthquake, the company said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Il7Jq8FFXmk/refinery-operations-idemitsu-kosan-idUSL3N0MB1CQ20140314

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Mechel in talks on debt refinancing, repayment
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:08:50 -0400
* Mechel says in talks with state-owned bank in refinancing http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/aQYl07Tw5g4/russia-mechel-debt-idUSL6N0MB0NQ20140314

Russia’s Mechel in talks with Alfa Bank on early debt repayment
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:49:15 -0400
MOSCOW, March 14 (Reuters) – Russian coal miner and steelmaker Mechel is in talks with Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest private bank, on paying off a $150 million debt early, Mechel said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qegiWkMLawg/russia-mechel-debt-idUSL6N0MB0KU20140314

Russia holds war games near Ukraine; Merkel warns of catastrophe
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:00:40 GMT
BERLIN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine on Thursday, showing no sign of backing down on plans to annex its neighbor’s Crimea region despite a stronger than expected drive for sanctions from the EU and United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/18XoUqabY7M/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Carlyle, Louis Bacon to buy majority of Traxys Group
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:06:16 GMT
March 14 (Reuters) – Carlyle Group, along with other investors, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in metals trader Traxys Group, in the latest move by the U.S. private equity firm to boost its presence in commodities as big banks scale back. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CRbAp6NhaKk/story01.htm

INSIGHT-Beyond the hype, Keystone would yield few permanent jobs
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
STEELE CITY, Nebraska, March 14 (Reuters) – In the heated debate over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the energy industry and lawmakers have predicted that the project could unleash an economic bonanza in the Midwest, and provide jobs for up to a half-million people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9bZHZvDzEyU/story01.htm

Chevron Brazil oil-drilling permission depends on report delivery -regulator
Posted:Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:44:07 GMT
* Chevron hasn’t filed full report on 2nd incident in offshore field -ANP http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WBOaGhNXwOQ/story01.htm

Experts see cheaper, easier way to turn natural gas into fuels
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:00:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – U.S. scientists said on Thursday they have devised a potentially easier, cheaper and cleaner way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals – a discovery which could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products in the future
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9k9jItMsqIg/story01.htm

Thursday, 13 March 2014

US DOE, Bechtel and subcontractor URS, have been called to a hearing by the US Senate regarding Hanford. Specifically, it is about the firing of a Safety Whistleblower working for URS. URS is also present at WIPP, New Mexico, USA (along with France’s Areva), and at Sellafield, UK (along with Areva and AMEC of London, UK). Bechtel, URS, and Areva are contractors and subcontractors to the US Federal government. When a whistleblower gets fired it has a bad impact on “safety culture”. The head of Health, Safety, and Security at the US Dept. of Energy says that they are still learning! A Senator asked how many decades the DOE has been responsible for health and safety at nuclear facilities! See! As at Fukushima, there seems to be kindergarten kids dealing with nuclear power and waste! They are learning and growing at two of the most dangerous and contaminated sites in the world! If they don’t know after over 70 years it is bad! Historically, Hanford is the US equivalent to Sellafield, UK.

The video for the hearings is here:
Whistleblowers and Hanford Nuclear Site, Witnesses
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight held a hearing assessing the safety concerns and recent reports of whistleblower retaliation at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state.“, March 11, 2014 http://www.c-span.org/video/?318226-2/hanford-nuclear-site-safety-hearing
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

Hanford Whistleblowers in the Spotlight: Daily Whistleblower News“, by Dylan Blaylock on March 12, 2014 http://www.whistleblower.org/blog/48-2014/3253-hanford-whistleblowers-in-the-spotlight-daily-whistleblower-news

Reuters News Feed Selection

Anti-fracking activist barred from 40 percent of Pennsylvania county
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:33:00 GMT
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A court injunction obtained by Texas-based Cabot Oil & Gas is preventing Pennsylvania resident Vera Scroggins from going to her local grocery store, her friends’ homes, schools, or even the hospital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/9A25aW3qXB0/story01.htm

WRAPUP 2-E.ON, Enel to shut more plants as European power crisis bites
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:11:23 GMT
* Both firms look to emerging markets for growth (Adds details on asset sales, dividends, analysts’ comment, shares)” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1lXtYboIWkA/story01.htm

From the article:
Utilities across Europe have been taken by surprise by a surge in output from renewable energy sources, mainly solar and wind, making many fossil-fuelled thermal plants redundant and leading to a collapse in wholesale power prices

Indonesia’s next leader unlikely to ease tough mineral export rules
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:29:38 -0400
JAKARTA, March 12 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s next president is unlikely to make major changes to the country’s controversial mining rules, after major political parties backed an export ban that has led miners to halt $6 billion in annual mineral exports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ITYl3mZmZq8/indonesia-minerals-elections-idUSL3N0M81A520140312

UPDATE 2-Freeport Indonesia cuts output by 60 pct -union official
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:44:45 -0400
* Grasberg output cut 60 pct but no layoffs -union official http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/p2PL_Efgnw4/indonesia-freeport-exports-idUSL3N0M81GK20140311

UPDATE 2-New York’s Albany County seeks to limit crude oil processing
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:08:02 GMT
NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) – New York’s Albany County on Wednesday issued a moratorium on the expansion of crude oil processing in the Port of Albany, pending a public health investigation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Hx-BFHh6WIo/story01.htm

Small, high-cost iron ore miners face year of reckoning
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:00:30 -0400
SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, March 12 (Reuters) – Small iron ore miners from Australia to Canada and China face a potential shakeout, as a steep fall in prices makes it harder to raise funds for planned growth and boosts the prospect of a round of mine closures. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/M2Fi5vD5lPU/ironore-highcost-idUSL3N0M00Z920140311

UPDATE 3-Chinese bond default shakes global copper market
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:20:44 -0400
* Up to 80 pct of copper imports could be for financing demand http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rP3–5fQpjY/china-copper-financing-idUSL2N0M81PB20140311

UPDATE 1-Russia pushes on with gas pipeline despite EU delaying talks
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:14:10 GMT
* Gazprom says deals on South Stream link to be signed this month http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wfIozUfOUBI/story01.htm

Kremlin Corp debt weighs in West’s standoff with Russia
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:06:43 GMT
* Russian companies’ and banks’ external debt tops $650 billion
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Goo2sc6j7ps/story01.htm
From the article:
Russian state oil company Rosneft is working to obtain up to $5 billion from oil major BP, which owns a fifth of Rosneft, in exchange for oil supplies over five years, three banking and trading sources familiar with the details said“.

Asia-Pacific failing to save forests, grassland loss
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:38:26 GMT
ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/znpYK8DdFRs/story01.htm

Pacific island states pushed aside in race for UN funds: Kiribati
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:15:54 GMT
ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – Tiny Pacific island nations, among those hardest hit by climate change, are being outmuscled by larger states in the race to get U.N. funds earmarked for climate change adaptation, Kiribati’s agriculture minister said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/G6wT5TatAS8/story01.htm

Chinese premier says fight against pollution will be waged long-term
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:14:28 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s war on pollution will be waged long-term, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, amid concerns about widespread air and water pollution which have fuelled public discontent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qsMpiccTTL8/story01.htm

Preservationists fight to save rare albino redwood tree in California
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:35:24 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Northern California preservationists are fighting to keep a rare albino redwood, one of just 10 trees of its kind known to exist, from being chopped down to make way for a new commuter rail system, arborists and city officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Q1X5cOvuxzE/story01.htm

U.S. House panel investigates EPA’s power plant rule setting
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:02:56 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee said on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision-making process involving emissions standards for new power plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gs3nzicFbjY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-SunCoke Energy plans to sell coal mining business
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:51:50 GMT
March 11 (Reuters) – SunCoke Energy Inc, which produces coke used in steelmaking, said it plans to sell its coal mines and transfer its domestic coke business to its master limited partnership. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8AdQBSgkliI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Nigeria’s Seplat plans IPO to pay for more oil assets
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:53:33 GMT
LONDON/ABUJA, March 11 (Reuters) – Nigerian oil company Seplat plans to raise at least $500 million by selling shares on the London and Lagos stock exchanges to pay down debt and snap up assets being sold by energy majors in Africa’s largest oil producing nation, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mj2ewqo5eh4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Fenner says delayed polymer sales hit first-half results
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:28:37 GMT
March 11 (Reuters) – Fenner Plc said its half-yearly results were hit by a delay in sales of advanced polymeric materials, compounding the effects of subdued demand for industrial conveyor belts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VGcuxee9Rag/story01.htm

WRAPUP 1-Ukraine crisis spurs EU to cut reliance on Russian gas
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:21:54 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) – Russia’s seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater access to abundant U.S. resources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uEylzIDNbNk/story01.htm

Poland will depend less on Russian gas thanks to new links -PM
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:33:55 GMT
WARSAW, March 11 (Reuters) – Poland will be less dependent on gas deliveries from Russia next winter thanks to new gas links and a liquefied natural gas terminal that is scheduled to start importing gas next January, its prime minister said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rYd8SyU17KE/story01.htm

BP denies inappropriate currency trading by its dealers
Posted:Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:58:03 GMT
LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – British oil company BP said none of its currency traders had engaged in inappropriate trading activity, after a media report alleged one of them had received information from a dealer at Lloyds Banking Group. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rYd8SyU17KE/story01.htm

World Bank panel rejects Venezuela’s appeal over Conoco
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:08:34 GMT
CARACAS, March 12 (Reuters) – A World Bank panel has rejected Venezuela’s request for a new hearing to contest a 2013 partial ruling that it failed to act in good faith regarding negotiations to compensate U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips for expropriations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WGXTtLGVAyI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Australia’s Origin halts coal seam gas drilling on asbestos fears
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:48:44 GMT
* Origin has lined up alternative product for drilling (Adds Origin, Imdex comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/79-zKCG1jCQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Nigerian president orders state energy firm audit after graft allegation
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:40:11 GMT
ABUJA, March 12 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s president has authorised a forensic audit of the national energy company, the presidency said on Wednesday, after weeks of public uproar over an alleged $20 billion in missing state revenues. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Y0IeL07J_jo/story01.htm

White House says oil reserve sale separate from Russia dispute
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:12:19 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – The White House said the Department of Energy’s sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve announced on Wednesday was an operational test and was not related to the dispute with Russia over Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NSXAXf9svTQ/story01.htm

Norway could provide little help if Russia cuts flows to Ukraine
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:13:20 GMT
* Gas already flowing to Central Europe to prepare for cuts http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RHH7PVa0tHc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. surprises oil market with sale from strategic reserve
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:04:23 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – The United States will hold the first test sale of crude from its emergency oil stockpile since 1990, offering a modest 5 million barrels in what some observers saw as a subtle message to Russia from the Obama administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SLeE514Utxw/story01.htm

SAFT ON WEALTH-What’s good for Yale isn’t good for you
Posted:Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:30:02 GMT
March 12 (Reuters) – The Yale Endowment’s heavy emphasis on illiquid and alternative investments like hedge funds and private equity in its endowment is working like a charm
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4IN7kuOdu9E/story01.htm
From the article:
Called the Yale Model, the endowment’s philosophy has been to be long on private equity, real estate, natural resources and hedge funds employing absolute return strategies.

WRAPUP 3-EU moves toward sanctions on Russians; Obama meets Ukraine PM
Posted:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:26:31 GMT
(Adds more Yatseniuk, Obama quotes, paragraphs 5-7, 29-30)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Tt2KHg2vAMs/story01.htm

Update 1, Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Toshiba, which is supposed to be responsible for the water filtration at Fukushima, is part of the Mitsui group. See some information on related companies here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsui Energy Solutions appears a subcontractor.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/fukushima-we-must-not-forget/

Anyone else notice that every few months TEPCO declares that it needs to dump radioactive water into the Pacific near Fukushima and either accidentally, or accidentally on purpose, does so? Here we go again!

We are giving you RT News below, because the Guardian article appears revoltingly and disgustingly pro-nuclear. Actually, we put the revolting Guardian article below, too. It’s hard to determine which is worse. God help us all! They both quote this former US NRC “expert” Dale Klein who appears to want to kill us all! He’s against the ice wall, which is to keep the water out of the ocean. Instead he wants to dilute and dump radioactive water. This isn’t even a pro-nuclear stance per se. It’s an idiotic stance. It’s a murderous stance, for no one knows the limits of what the Pacific and ultimately the world can withstand!

Tritium has a half-life of 12 years. It has been associated with prostate cancer in UK nuclear workers. It is bound with water as tritiated water. Any drinkers? Some assure us that it’s ok because it disperses radiation evenly in our bodies! Do you feel better? We don’t! Even wikipedia, which is increasingly contaminated by the pro-nuclear lobby still notes that: “Tritium is potentially dangerous if inhaled or ingested. It can combine with oxygen to form tritiated water molecules, and those can be absorbed through pores in the skin.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium The articles mention filtering cesium and strontium, but what about the other radionuclides like plutonium?

They have had 3 years to figure out how to filter this radioactive water! First Areva-Veolia failed, and then Toshiba-Energy Solutions, with their “ALPS”, was failing at the end of last year. It’s hard to know the current status, other than the “some progress” mentioned in the article. WTF? How much are they getting paid?

This isn’t kindergarten where little Johnny is making progress! These are major corporations active in the nuclear industry around the world. These aren’t child’s games, but life and death matters! Areva is, for instance, involved at New Mexico’s WIPP facility which has recently had “problems” with escaping plutonium. Areva-Veolia already failed with the water purification at Fukushima. Meanwhile, Areva made a profit after this failure. They brag on their web site about their work at Fukushima. Didn’t TEPCO turn a profit too?

Areva-Veolia, Energy Solutions, Dale Klein, the heads of TEPCO, and others, need to find a warm spot to sit on the Fukushima corium! Actually, that is a nice thought, but they need to get seriously to work at the site, there is a labour shortage. And, we mean the real work that the homeless are doing at Fukushima! Not playing at work.

They should be willing and able to filter tritium! But, since they can’t even get the basic filtration going, even though ALPS has existed since the 1970s, it’s no wonder they can’t do something long feasible but more complex. The tech has been there for at least 2 decades. They just want to kill us all, it seems.

In 1996, according to the US Los Alamos Lab:
The Tritium Systems Test Assembly group at Los Alamos has developed a Palladium Membrane Reactor/Isotope Separation System (PMR/ISS) to treat tritiated water. A waste-free effluent is produced composed of CO and CO2 which can be directly stacked to the environment. It is simple to operate and reliable using well-established technologies (palladium permeator and catalytic reactor, and cryogenic distillation). Tritium is recovered for storage and recycle with a recovery efficiency of 99.999999%.http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/lanl/lib-www/la-pubs/00326809.pdf

There are tritium processing plants, which allow the recovery of Helium 3, which is worth between $100 and 2,000$ per liter. They can’t take care of it with that price?
Helium-3 Recovery – Tritium radioactively decays to helium-3, which has become a precious commodity. One reason for the tremendous growth in demand for helium-3 is its use in neutron detection equipment that is being installed all over the world to protect our nation and its allies from terrorism. SRTE recovers, purifies, and bottles this valuable byproduct of tritium, and is the sole source of helium-3 gas in the United States.http://www.srs.gov/general/news/factsheets/tritium_esrs.pdf
Current US industrial consumption of helium-3 is approximately 60,000 liters (approximately 8 kg) per year;[27] cost at auction has typically been approximately $100/liter although increasing demand has raised prices to as much as $2,000/liter in recent years.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3

For the Guardian what kind of malarky is this: they “may have to dump”? How is that? Areva-Veolia were supposed to filter it and still brag on their web site about that. Areva is making big profits. But, their filter failed. Enter the ALPS system by Energy Solutions. According to RT they or someone has “made progress”. The apparently pro-nuclear Guardian quotes Dale Klein as saying “TEPCO is making progress on water management but I’m not satisfied yet“. That appears honest, but then there is the malarky about it being safer to dilute and release! Safer for who? And it’s not a policy issue, as he alleges, it is a public health issue!

RT News: “3 years on: Contaminated Fukushima water may be dumped as problems mount” Published time: March 11, 2014
From the RT article:
TEPCO has made progress with water treatment units to filter out strontium and cesium from the water and make it safer for storage….Three years since the worst atomic incident after Chernobyl (1986), children are growing up with half their normal strength, dulled senses, weakened immune systems, and sometimes, even blindness, according to officials and educators…http://rt.com/news/fukushima-contaminated-water-cleanup-066/

The Guardian: “Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific As Japan marks the third anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Tepco is struggling to find a solution for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water
Justin McCurry in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, theguardian.com, Monday 10 March 2014 16.56 GMT
Storing massive amounts of water on-site is not sustainable. A controlled release is much safer than keeping the water on-site…Tepco is making progress on water management but I’m not satisfied yet. It’s frustrating that the company takes four or five steps forward, then two back. And every time you have a leakage it contributes to a lack of trust. There’s room for improvement on all fronts.’… Klein, however, said tritium does not pose the same threat to heath as bone-settling strontium and caesium, and can be diluted to safe levels before it is released into the seahttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/10/fukushima-operator-dump-contaminated-water-pacific Does anyone really believe that Justin McCurry was “IN” the power plant? Not, that it matters. If Japan doesn’t have any heath it won’t cause a problem there but it certainly causes problems to HEALTH! THE LEAKS CONTRIBUTE TO LACK OF TRUST! HOW ABOUT THAT THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE RADIATION LEVEL IN THE OCEAN!

Here’s majority French-state-owned Areva, making a killing:
Areva Profit More Than Doubles as Fukushima Prompted Cost Cuts” By Francois de Beaupuy Feb 28, 2013 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-28/areva-profit-more-than-doubles-as-fukushima-prompted-cost-cuts.html

Tuesday 11 March 2014, Third Anniversary of TEPCO’s Ongoing Nuclear Disaster
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/fukushima-anniversary-events-worldwide-tues-11-march/
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This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/

A few comments regarding the news feeds: Does anyone really believe that Arysta LifeScience may leave Japan for tax reasons, as opposed to the TEPCO nuclear disaster? The killers who need to be brought to account in the Central African Republic are called the French government, who has been tampering in that poor country from their first attempts at independence from France! France-AREVA has interests in their uranium. We hope that by now it is clear to everyone that it is Japan’s Fascist Prime Minister Abe and not China who should be feared! Remember that Fascist Japan occupied parts of China! PM Abe’s grandfather played an important role in this!

Reuters News Feed Selections:

UPDATE 2-Man pleads guilty in U.S. in connection with Guinea mine scandal
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:07:28 -0400
* Case relates to one of world’s largest untapped iron ore deposits http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Y45LVt_JbTA/usa-guinea-mining-guilty-idUSL2N0M71IV20140310

UPDATE 2-Barrick to sell part of its stake in African Barrick
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:51:10 -0400
TORONTO, March 10 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp said on Monday it plans to sell about 13.5 percent of its holdings in its majority-owned subsidiary African Barrick Gold http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fcm_pMqD4UE/barrickgold-african-idUSL2N0M71DQ20140310

Permira looking to float Japanese agri company Arysta on NYSE- FT
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:11:08 -0400
March 10 (Reuters) – Private equity group Permira is looking to float Japanese agricultural chemicals company Arysta LifeScience on the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Times reported quoting people familiar with the situation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EQ8w9YhPGQU/permira-ipo-idUSL3N0M74B12014031

U.N. aims to bring killers to account in Central African Republic
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:01:48 GMT
GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of a United Nations inquiry said on Monday it was seeking to establish who should face prosecution for killings and other crimes in Central African Republic in order to halt for good bloodshed that has raised fears of genocide. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/c-QCke6oMI0/story01.htm

Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on ‘grey zone’ military threats
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:11:26 GMT
TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry that their ally is reluctant to send China a strong message of deterrence. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/QRCiEYmTI9w/story01.htm

California electric grid sets solar generation record
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:15:27 GMT
March 10 (Reuters) – California set back-to-back solar power records last week, the state grid operator said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vPqNr5kl1oU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU deals blow to two big Russian gas pipeline projects
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:58:18 GMT
* Permission to feed more Nord Stream gas into EU also delayed http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gVYM2l_FOO4/story01.htm

Bulgarian energy minister says South Stream should be built
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:18:21 GMT
SOFIA, March 10 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s energy ministry said on Monday the South Stream gas pipeline should be built as the Russian project was of significant importance for the security of supplies to the Balkan country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qn-A8716ZIo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Greece to commission feasibility study for Mediterranean gas pipeline
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:41:30 GMT
ATHENS, March 10 (Reuters) – Greece launched an international tender on Monday for a study on the feasibility of a proposed pipeline to carry gas from Israel and Cyprus in an effort to reduce dependence on Russian supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/L2oNWQd6lf8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Sasol keen for piece of S.Africa shale gas action
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:44:52 GMT
JOHANNESBURG, March 10 (Reuters) – South African petrochemicals group Sasol Ltd is keen to invest in a domestic shale industry once it gets off the ground, its chief executive said, in a potential challenge to oil major Royal Dutch Shell. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Hg6LxnFZllM/story01.htm

Germany’s dependence on Russian gas poses risks for Europe – Polish PM
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:35:52 GMT
* Dependence on Russian gas cannot paralyse Europe – Tusk http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5Bqved_fB-A/story01.htm

INSIGHT-Equatorial Guinea seeks to shake off “oil curse” image
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:57:37 GMT
* Government touts for new investments outside oil and gas
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EP9riMsGEds/story01.htm

Monday, 10 March 2014

We have two new posts.
Everyone must start speaking of ethics again: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/nuclear-lies-the-tepco-nuclear-disaster-and-ethics/
For those who would like to participate, this is a list of activities on Tuesday. You can also still make your own: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/fukushima-anniversary-events-worldwide-tues-11-march/
Our reblog speaks of the dangers of waterfront nuclear reactors in the face of rising sea levels: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/heysham-fukushima-vigil/

Bloody Nuclear Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, USA:
She is a leader on energy issues in the Senate. As our country searches for a stronger, more secure energy policy, Senator Landrieu led a resurgence of nuclear power in the country, expansion of domestic refining capacity and promotion of new fuels for the future, which will significantly reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources and create jobs right here at home.http://louisianademocrats. org/elected-officials/federal-officials/sen-mary-landrieu/
With Democrats like that, who needs Republicans? Yep, jobs in Louisiana for the now Federally and Georgia Funded Vogtle reactors. Nuclear pork. Jobs at Shaw, which is now CBI, both of whom have generously donated to her campaigns: 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

If it looks like a nuclear pig in a barrel… it must be nuclear pork:
Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise received a first-hand look at the work being performed at Shaw Modular Solutions (SMS) in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in support of Georgia Power Nuclear Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. Commissioner Wise took a tour of the facility as part of a fact-finding mission to understand the scope of work, documentation trail and quality control procedures performed at SMS.

The SMS facility fabricates and assembles structural, piping and equipment modules for new nuclear power plants, including two new AP1000 units under construction at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga.http://www.psc.state.ga.us/GetNewsRecordAttachment.aspx?ID=191

Ecclesiastes 10:8: “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it;….” We are still waiting. Is this why no high level people, like Obama or Moniz, will go near WIPP or the Bayou Corne Louisiana sinkhole? Has the new head of the Senate Energy committee, Mary Landrieu, been near the hole, in her own state?

Reuters News Selection:

The children of Japan’s Fukushima battle an invisible enemy
Posted:Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:00:00 GMT
KORIYAMA, Japan, March 10 (Reuters) – Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it’s like to play outside — fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aWX783vjPaA/story01.htm
From the article: “There are children who are very fearful. They ask before they eat anything, ‘does this have radiation in it?’ and we have to tell them it’s okay to eat,” said Mitsuhiro Hiraguri, director of the Emporium Kindergarten in Koriyama, some 55 km (35 miles) west of the Fukushima nuclear plant.” (emphasis added)

Japanese film “Homeland” tiptoes into Fukushima nuclear debate
Posted:Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:16:47 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese farming family is forced from their home by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, living in cramped temporary housing under stress as they wait for permission to return to land worked by their ancestors for generations
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/entertainment/~3/fn5UjjI6D1Q/story01.htm
From the article:
Prime Minister Abe is plugging nuclear power as though nothing happened in Fukushima,’ said Takashi Nakamura, 68. ‘The movie made me feel there’s something wrong with that.”

U.S. judge allows 3 aluminum price-fixing lawsuits to go forward
Posted:Sun, 09 Mar 2014 17:57:36 -0400
March 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge overseeing litigation accusing Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co , their warehousing businesses and the London Metal Exchange of conspiring to reduce the supply and increase the price of aluminum will allow for now three groups of plaintiffs to pursue separate lawsuits. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3pw5tYIUf_Q/aluminum-lawsuits-idUSL2N0M60LB20140309

Panel proposes Japan offshore wind tariff lift, solar cut
Posted:Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:32:59 GMT
TOKYO, March 10 (Reuters) – A government panel has recommended Japan lift the amount utilities must pay for electricity from offshore wind farms while cutting prices for power fed in from solar projects, as the country looks to diversify its use of renewable energy. Japan, hoping to boost alternative energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, introduced a feed-in tariff scheme in 2012, under which utilities must buy all power generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar or http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XyoLwP6MvTE/story01.htm

United Rentals to buy National Pump for $780 million
Posted:Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:35:27 GMT
March 9 (Reuters) – United Rentals Inc, the world’s largest equipment rental company, said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire privately held National Pump, the second-largest specialty pump rental company in North America, for $780 million.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AuRou1Qb9mw/story01.htm

Sunday, 9 March 2014

We have updated this post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vi-of-a-series/

We have a reblog about the attempts by the good people of South Dakota to protect their water, especially to protect it from uranium mining: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/it-is-official-protecting-our-ground-water-is-up-to-us/

From “Let the Budget Play Begin
Posted by Jessie Calkins, March 5, 2014, WAND
Despite what you may have heard in the news, this year’s Pentagon spending is still sky-high and simply an unsustainable part of our nation’s budget. While we are still sifting through more details and analysis, we know that Pentagon spending including nuclear weapons and war spending will be over half a trillion dollars. This means that once again this spending will eat up the overwhelming percentage of the $1.19 trillion discretionary budget – the part of the budget that Congress appropriates each year. This leaves smaller slivers of the budget pie to everything else from education, energy and environment, science, transportation and infrastructure, international aid, etc”. Entire article is here: http://www.wand.org/2014/03/05/let-the-budget-play-begin/

Reuters News Selections:

Russia says restarts nuclear fuel transit to Europe via Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:12:05 GMT
MOSCOW, March 8 (Reuters) – Rosatom, Russia’s state energy corporation, said on Saturday it would resume nuclear fuel shipments to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev lifted a ban imposed during anti-government protests earlier this year on transporting the hazardous material. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/668AFyi2jzE/story01.htm

China tests anti-smog drone aircraft
Posted:Sun, 09 Mar 2014 02:56:25 GMT
SHANGHAI, March 9 (Reuters) – China tested a domestically-produced drone aircraft designed to disperse smog on Saturday, official media reported, in an important step for the country’s domestic aviation industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ePbk8TyRFW8/story01.htm

Russia won’t switch off gas supply to Europe-Oettinger in magazine
Posted:Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:35:33 GMT
BERLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger does not expect Russia to switch off gas supplies to Europe over the Ukraine crisis, he told German magazine Wirtschaftswoche in an interview published on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/StyRMbqeNeQ/story01.htm

RPT-Chevron’s U.S. win in Ecuador case looms over cases elsewhere
Posted:Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT
NEW YORK, March 7 (Reuters) – Ecuadorean villagers who are trying to get billions of dollars from Chevron Corp for pollution in the Amazon jungle are ready to refocus their fight on pending suits in other countries after a setback in the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tf_tNXIIy9Y/story01.htm

China to toughen environment law, hold polluters accountable
Posted:Sun, 09 Mar 2014 05:56:19 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will toughen its environmental protection laws to target polluters, according to a high-level policy report released on Sunday, paving the way for possibly unlimited penalties for polluting and the suspension or shutdown of polluters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6rUDzwtm9LU/story01.htm

Over 95 percent of Chinese cities failed to meet environmental standards: minister
Posted:Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09:34:29 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Almost all Chinese cities monitored for pollution last year failed to meet state standards, the vice-minister of environmental protection said on Saturday as he outlined the country’s plans to redress the environmental consequences of rapid industrialization
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KTF9pbbyHio/story01.htm

Saturday, 8 March 2014

We have a two new reblogs: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/criminal-activity-of-landfill-operators-at-lillyhall/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/the-decc-consultation-responses/ Cumbria Trust calls for “a proper near surface store for high level waste at Sellafield to facilitate decommissioning where waste can be monitored in the short to medium term and retrieved for ultimate disposal.

Here are two interesting and revealing viewpoints on WIPP:
WIPP release story doesn’t add up
Guest Columns Opinion, Albuquerque Journal
By David Mitchell, Thursday, March 6, 2014
See article here: http://www.no2wipp.org/?p=923
or original here: http://www.abqjournal.com/363325

In this article, David Mitchell says that he supported “a more simple, less expensive monitored-retrievable shallow civil-engineered non-collapsing concrete tunnel system,” He also recalls someone who described “a long scenario with specific chemicals leeching together, fire and the resulting black smoke belching from the horizon.” Most worrying is that both David Mitchell, above, and Arnie Gundersen in the video, below, mention that upon closure that the nuclear waste storage rooms at WIPP undergo a “controlled collapse.

Arnie Gundersen regarding WIPP: http://youtu.be/qErf4Yf2BA4

Although some have suggested that Arnie Gundersen is playing both sides, this video appears generally sound, except for the fact that he seems to imply that all underground repositories are equal, whereas such is not the case. An underground repository in salt, such as at WIPP, is clearly one of the worst options. Climate makes a difference with drier climate being preferable. Most important, however, is that all parts of the facility must be kept open and monitored for forever. About 6 compartments within WIPP have been filled and removed from the ventilation system, backfilled-sealed, some with special walls, others not. If a “controlled collapse” has been done then these canisters are all burst open and gaseous pressure is building up with risk of explosion and fire. While it appears possible that a collapse could have burst canisters within a new section,7, problems coming from the other sections seems more likely, if they are already burst! Even without controlled collapse if nearby injection wells caused horizontal leakage across the salt bed, the direction it has been shown to leach, then some water will enter the facility which could cause rusting of containment, gas leaks and explosions. Worst case scenario is if some combination of melted salt and/or karst makes WIPP into a giant radioactive sinkhole. Our minds are boggled if they are really doing “controlled collapse”! It is worth recalling that the German salt domes storing radioactive waste “forever” leaked and/or threatened collapse in the 9 or 10 to 20 year period. WIPP has been open since 1999. We must additionally remark that Sandia lab also has a facility in Albuquerque New Mexico which does plutonium experiments.

It is worth noting that the NWP-WIPP web site mentions that the President and Project Manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) which manages WIPP, Farok Sharif, helped WIPP ramp up speed from 1 or 2 waste shipments per week to more than 30. www. nwp-wipp. com/bio.html Farok’s studies are in operations research and business (MBA). He seems to have no scientific background. Speedups at a food or other merchandise store carry much less risk than speedups when moving nuclear waste. And, this certainly sounds like a speedup, if they went from processing 1 or 2 shipments to more than 30! Haste makes waste! And, it could make for burst radioactive waste!

As for the monitored, retrievable, non-collapsing tunnel idea, proposed by Mitchell, and which we support, it is worth noting that some places have pre-existing underground nuclear bunkers. Some countries have vast networks of underground bunkers. In particular, we find that the underground nuclear bunkers, for government officials, would be the ideal place to store radioactive waste. No joke! If the nuclear waste were near, or under, Parliaments-Congress and Presidents-PMs, then there would be no cost-cutting when it comes to securing this waste. It would be carefully monitored and done right. But, no, government officials dump it off on others, often the poor and helpless.

The Black Sea is one of the most polluted in the world: Who wants it?

See our post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/chernobyl-plutonium-pollutes-danube-river-basin-delta-and-black-sea/

Apparently Putin wants it. Why? To go swimming in radioactive water? Well most surely to have access to the Mediterranean. It makes shipping oil and gas and anything else cheaper and is generally good geo strategy.
Istambul and Bosporus big
The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles strait to the southwest together form the Turkish Straits. The world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosphorus connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea)“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosphorus

There is also the South Stream Gas Pipeline Project, which we have discussed elsewhere:
South Stream map
Map by “Conscious” via Wikimedia

Furthermore, Ukraine is trying to exploit a natural gas field in the Black Sea. Additionally, the Russian government-owned oil and gas industry benefits from the increase in oil and gas prices, which comes with the potential Crimea Conflict. Private oil and gas companies in the US and elsewhere also benefit. So, if Putin rattles sabers, he and other petroleum companies benefit! It’s an all around win for him! Since the US is a major oil and gas producer it’s not so shabby for US oil companies either. It is those who must pay higher oil and gas prices who suffer. Also, the saber rattling is a boom for arms dealers and manufacturers and could act as an excuse to inflate the US military budget. Most certainly vodka and champagne have been brought out in the halls of power, by the rich and some government officials (sometimes the same), over the Crimean Crisis – only the poor suffer, as always.

The Odessa gas field natural gas field located on the continental shelf of the Black Sea. It was discovered in 2009 and developed by China National Offshore Oil Corporation. It will begin production in 2015 and will produce natural gas and condensates. The total proven reserves of the Odessa gas field are around 746 billion cubic feet (21×109m³), and production is slated to be around 35 million cubic feet/day (1×106m³) in 2015.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odessa_gas_field (references at link; info almost one year old) According to Reuters: “Ukraine’s Black Sea push has attracted energy majors as investors, including Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, ENI and OMV. Promising developments include the Odessa gas field.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LttN3xtrjjI/story01.htm

Selected Reuters News Feeds:

UPDATE 9-U.S. oil rises $1/bbl on jobs growth, West-Russia tensions
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:48:54 GMT
* U.S. Feb nonfarm payrolls rise 175,000, beating forecast http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yivSNfdJ3EM/story01.htm

Ukraine’s Black Sea gas ambitions seen at risk over Crimea
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:10:03 GMT
LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) – Ukrainian plans for expanding Black Sea natural gas output have been thrown into doubt by Russia’s seizure of Crimea, a region linked to most of Ukraine’s offshore developments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LttN3xtrjjI/story01.htm

Chevron’s U.S. win in Ecuador case looms over cases elsewhere
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:22:43 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ecuadorean villagers who are trying to get billions of dollars from Chevron Corp for pollution in the Amazon jungle are ready to refocus their fight on pending suits in other countries after a setback in the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NgE1jgdfpnQ/story01.htm

China draws red line’ on North Korea, says won’t allow war on peninsula
Posted:Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:17:58 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China declared a “red line” on North Korea on Saturday, saying that China will not permit chaos or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through denuclearization. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/akcSD6czeFU/story01.htm

China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
Posted:Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:25:02 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that there was no room for compromise with Japan on questions of history and territory. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/ET5sO6J-HlU/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Canadian regulators approve Enbridge’s Line 9
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:21:54 GMT
(Corrects first paragraph to show that National Energy Board approval is final, removes third paragraph which said Canadian government would make final decision.) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/3Fa2ZrthA38/story01.htm

UPDATE 2–U.S. tweaks oil-by-rail test requirements
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:42:54 GMT
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday modified rules governing the testing of crude transported by rail following concerns that an emergency order one week ago could stymie deliveries from North Dakota’s Bakken shale to U.S. refiners. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GMS1qMuXt5Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-CERAWEEK-EPA chief says new U.S. energy rules won’t hobble business
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:35:19 -0500
HOUSTON, March 6 (Reuters) – Carbon regulations can be crafted to help offset climate change without “shutting down business in its tracks,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said at a major energy conference on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BCd3uDU5DgI/ceraweek-mccarthy-idUSL1N0M324D20140306

S.Africa’s AMCU union marches, no end to platinum strike
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:17:21 -0500
PRETORIA, March 6 (Reuters) – Thousands of South African platinum miners from the AMCU union marched through Pretoria on Thursday to protest what it says are state and company efforts to break its six-week old wage strike against the world’s three top producers of the precious metal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fP-ggzC3RQo/safrica-strikes-idUSL6N0M326F20140306

Africa’s push to add value to minerals now a riskier gamble
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500
* Top miners’ capex to fall by 65 pct in three years to 2015 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/phEXMJiM6vU/mining-beneficiation-africa-idUSL6N0LV3N220140306

RPT-INSIGHT-Third time unlucky: why Gazprom wants no new gas war
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:00:01 GMT
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – As bankers, traders and investors gathered at Gazprom’s London offices for its annual champagne reception, the message from the world’s most powerful gas trader was clear: the Russians don’t want another gas war with Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gwe-omHnGHM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Canadian Natural Resources profit rises on higher output
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:16:46 GMT
March 6 (Reuters) – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Canada’s No. 2 oil and gas company, said on Thursday it has a solution for the problems that led to a months-long spill of tar-like bitumen at a northern Alberta oil sands property. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Fz1N9LG6K9o/story01.htm

Faroe Petroleum finds oil and gas in Norwegian Sea
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:56:50 GMT
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – London-listed oil company Faroe Petroleum said on Thursday it had discovered oil and gas on the Pil exploration well it has drilled in the Norwegian Sea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/N6Xq4J-fGcg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-State-backed Indian firms hope to buy foreign coal mines soon
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:46:28 -0500
Panaji, India, March 6 (Reuters) – A consortium led by Steel Authority of India Ltd, the country’s second-biggest steelmaker, hopes to buy coal mines overseas in the next few months when it has completed due diligence on facilities in Indonesia, Mozambique and the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kb5f_H840yE/india-sail-poland-idUSL3N0M32AU20140306

UPDATE 2-Europe’s gas supply at risk as Gazprom warns Ukraine over unpaid bills
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:56:46 GMT
* Gazprom hints gas flows cuts to Ukraine and Europe may be repeated http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Hbai2A82vPk/story01.htm

INSIGHT-Troubled past haunts Mexico oil company at center of Citi scandal
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:47:24 GMT
NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY, March 7 (Reuters) – The company at the center of an alleged fraud that forced Citigroup Inc to cut its 2013 profit won billions of dollars in contracts from Mexico’s state oil monopoly over the past decade, even after Mexican officials and private lawsuits raised red flags about the contractor’s activities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EWdb-Wm6zy4/story01.htm

Russian fleet at heart of Ukraine crisis is central to Putin
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:32:39 GMT
* Ships used in Ukraine crisis, against Georgia, off Syria http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EW71DhvQES8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Rosneft challenges Gazprom monopoly to export Russian pipeline gas
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:35:27 GMT
MOSCOW, March 7 (Reuters) – Russia’s top crude oil producer Rosneft wants to break the monopoly of another state-owned energy champion, Gazprom, to export gas via pipelines, sources said on Friday, signalling a flare-up between powerful clans. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MXZxKoJvhPQ/story01.htm

Engineer IMI’s profit rises on strong orders from petchem market
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:23:54 -0500
March 6 (Reuters) – British engineer IMI Plc said adjusted pretax profit for the full year rose 8 percent boosted by a surge in orders in its severe service division, which caters mainly to the energy market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/7ZnCDaaml60/imi-results-idUSL3N0M322120140306

China steel output near peak, say executives, in bad news for miners
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:22:50 -0500
* Govt capacity controls, market forces forcing steel restructuring http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tjHJod4xicw/china-parliament-steel-idUSL3N0LT13W20140306

UPDATE 1-Iron ore miner London Mining agrees offtake with Cargill
Posted:Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:09:23 -0500
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Sierra Leone-focused London Mining said on Thursday it has signed an offtake agreement with commodity trading giant Cargill, as it posted core profit below analysts’ expectations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IAH38VLGAtQ/london-mining-earnings-idUSL6N0M310Q20140306

UPDATE 1-CERAWEEK-U.S. Energy Secy to oil industry: make the case on oil exports
Posted:Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:58:36 GMT
* More questions need to be answered about oil exports -Moniz http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P4fr5cbCjNE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Miner Alpha settles with U.S. over coal pollution violations
Posted:Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:41:35 GMT
(Adds detail of complaint, DOJ comment, company response, background on recent spills, share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kGtBGYs9mmI/story01.htm

Toll from barracks gunfight in South Sudan’s capital rises to 35
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:01:44 GMT
JUBA, March 7 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s military said 35 people were killed in fighting at its main barracks this week over delayed salaries, raising the toll from five, and sporadic shooting was heard in the capital Juba on Thursday night. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3sQupNWfvOk/story01.htm

Revamped study finds unlimited LNG exports benefit U.S.
Posted:Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:04:05 -0500
WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – An update of a pivotal report on U.S. liquefied natural gas exports released on Friday found that allowing unlimited shipments of gas abroad would benefit the U.S. economy, mirroring the findings of the initial study
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gz-WA2hbP7s/usa-lng-study-idUSL1N0M422V20140307

This last proves that the “energy independence” argument for polluting the country with fracking, etc. is a calculated LIE from the oil and gas industry and its minions!