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NB: Usually updated daily. Our latest updates will be on top, so that daily readers will not have to scroll-down. Time is UTC-GMT. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/the-ongoing-saga-18-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Tuesday 1 April, 2014 UTC-GMT

Note the dates on this are 31 March 2014 and 12 February 2013. This is no Aprils’ Fools, though it is foolish people who came up with the idea of using salt for storage of radioactive wastes! Using salt caverns for the storage of other things may not be too bright either.
March 31, 2014
4:00 p.m. Slough In Today
Earlier this afternoon, a slough in occurred at the sinkhole near Pad 3. The link below is video footage of the after effects of the event.

March 31, 2014 video of slowly imploding Louisiana Salt Dome, speeds up a bit midway. Can you even believe that someone stood right there taking the picture? Is that brave or stupid? The photographer is lucky!

Here is an image of a 12th February 2013 collapse:
Louisiana Salt Dome-Sinkhole February 2013
February 12, 2013
12:35 p.m. Slough In Reported
Earlier today, there was a slough in at the sinkhole. An estimated 50 x 100 foot section sloughed in on the southwest side of the sinkhole. The slough in does not affect Hwy 70 as the event occurred on the opposite side of the sinkhole.

Second Update of 31 March, 2014 UTC-GMT (Beware April Fools’)

As it is still just barely March 31, UTC-GMT, we are quickly posting this to replace April 1st news. April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many places around the world and mainstream media has even played tricks on this day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools’_Day Since, some recent news looks like a prank anyway and to be certain, we are avoiding this most obnoxious day. Any news dated by media as April 1st will not be posted until at least April 3rd UTC. By then it will hopefully be clear if something is a prank.

News items which look like April Fools’ but are not, as seen by the date, include concerns that Putin may be eyeing occupation of other countries, which used to be part of the Soviet or Russian Empires.
Putin also wants to regain Finland
March 29, 2014 at 06:54, Updated: March 31, 2014 at 09:03
The outside world does not understand Putin’s worldview. If Putin is not stopped in Ukraine, he will restore Russia’s historical boundaries and incorporate also the Baltic countries and Finland. The sharp warning was given by Andrej Illiaronov who for six years was one of Putin’s closest advisers.” Original Swedish here: http://www.svd.se/nyheter/utrikes/putin-vill-aven-aterta-finland_3413872.svd

Is there any historical, cultural or linguistic basis for Putin taking Crimea or Finland? No! We find no legitimate basis for Putin taking Crimea. If the population is now slightly majority Russian and majority Russian speaking, this is a historically new thing and rather suggests that any Crimeans who feel Russian should return to their Russian motherland, for they are late historical arrivals. If Putin is concerned for their cultural well-being then he needs to welcome them back to their indigenous Russian homeland and leave Crimea and indigenous Crimeans alone! “Crimea and adjacent territories were united in the Crimean Khanate during the 15th to 18th century before falling to the Russian Empire and being organised as its Taurida Oblast in 1783. In 1954, the Soviet Crimean Oblast was transferred from Russia to Ukraine; it eventually became the Autonomous Republic of Crimea within newly independent Ukraine in 1991. The status of Sevastopol, a strategically important port and the peninsula’s largest city, was disputed by the Russian Federation, and only after a lengthy process was it declared a “city with special status” within Ukraine in 1997… Ethnic composition of Crimea’s population has changed dramatically since the early 20th century. The 1879 Russian Empire Census for the Taurida Governorate reported: 194,294 (35.55%) Crimean Tatars, 180,963 (33.11%) Russians and 64,703 (11.84%) Ukrainians…. Crimean Tatars, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority who in 2001 made up 12.1% of the population,[31] formed in Crimea in the late Middle Ages, after the Crimean Khanate had come into existence. The Crimean Tatars were forcibly expelled to Central Asia by Joseph Stalin’s government. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Crimean Tatars began to return to the region.[32] According to the 2001 Ukrainian population census 58% of the population of Crimea are ethnic Russians and 24% are ethnic Ukrainians.[31].http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimea (Emphasis Added) Putin’s taking of Crimea is strictly illegitimate geo-strategy.
Map of Finland by Nuclear Vacuum via Wikimedia (The name is not a joke!)

What claim could Russia have to Finland? Much less! In Finland the official languages are Finnish (90.0%),Swedish (5.4%), and the Sami language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland
As speakers of Finno-Uralic languages, Finland may have rights to parts of Russia, but Russia has no legitimate rights to Finland! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uralic_languages
From the 12th until the early 19th century, Finland was part of Sweden, a legacy reflected in the prevalence of the Swedish language and its official status. It then became an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire until the Russian Revolution, which prompted the Finnish Declaration of Independence.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland Finland was autonomous within the Russian Empire, but for only a little over 100 years, which is historically nothing in the vast expanse of historyAutonomy within Russia, 29 March 1809 -Independence from Soviet Russia, 6 December 1917http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland (Emphasis added)

Most worrisome, however, is this Russian controlled enclave within the EU. Historically, there is no justification in Russia controlling it as a Russia exclave, and yet Russia does.
Kaliningrad in Russia
Map of Kaliningrad via Wikimedia Commons

Kaliningrad Oblast, now Russia:
The oblast’s largest city and administrative center is Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg), which has historical significance as both a major city of the historical state of Prussia and the capital of the former German province of East Prussia. After World War II, East Prussia was divided between the USSR and Poland, and Königsberg was renamed after the Soviet head of state Mikhail Kalinin… Kaliningrad is the only Russian Baltic Sea port that is ice-free all year round and hence plays an important role in maintenance of the Baltic Fleet. In July 2007, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov declared that if US-controlled missile defense systems were deployed in Poland, then nuclear weapons might be deployed in Kaliningrad
The Kaliningrad Oblast is an exclave, geographically separated from the rest of Russia. This isolation was enhanced by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 when Lithuania became an independent country and even more when both Poland and Lithuania became members of NATO and subsequently the European Union in 2004. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the independence of the Baltic states, Kaliningrad Oblast has been separated from the rest of Russia by other countries instead of by other Soviet republics. Neighboring nations imposed strict border controls when they joined the European Union. All military and civilian land links between the region and the rest of Russia have to pass through members of NATO and the EU. Russian proposals for visa-free travel between the EU and Kaliningrad have so far been rejected by the EU. Travel arrangements, based on the Facilitated Transit Document (FTD) and Facilitated Rail Transit Document (FRTD).[17][18] have been made
“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaliningrad_Oblast (References and additional info at link; emphasis added)

Another news item which appears an April Fools joke, but is not, is Japan sending residents back to the radiation zone. Shocking that Reuters buys into the malarkey comparing the radiation to natural background. As the radionuclides may be inhaled or ingested, it is not strictly an issue of external doses. And, there is nothing natural about it! Also is “Japan allows people…” the right title? Probably not. All of these items are dated 31 March 2014 and, as such, should be no joke. Certainly they are no joking matters.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster ‘hot zone’
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:35:44 GMT
TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) – For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/RC9CWUJxslg/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-UK picks Babcock and Fluor for 7 bln stg nuclear decommissioning
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:31:48 -0400
* One of largest UK public contracts ever put out to tender http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jVt_3zFruzw/britain-nuclear-contract-idUSL5N0MS27L20140331

UPDATE 2-Rusal could get on board with LME warehouse rules with more work
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:44:12 -0400
* Wants new LME consultation to review different solutions (Adds more details, quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/X6qscnUVhzs/metals-warehouse-rusal-idUSL5N0MS2WI20140331

Hundreds protest chemical plant in southern China
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:25:10 -0400
BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters in southern China marched against a chemical plant and environmental degradation on Sunday in a demonstration that the Maoming city government called a “grave violation” by criminals causing chaos. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1twUgstxVdE/china-protests-petrochemicals-idUSL4N0MS2DI20140331

China says Manila provoking trouble in seas ahead of legal case
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:14:46 GMT
BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – China accused the Philippines on Monday of deliberately provoking trouble in the South China Sea by delivering supplies to a contested military outpost at the same time as seeking international arbitration in the dispute. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2WbyYUtDCWU/story01.htm

Libya’s oil output above 160,000 bpd, gas flowing normally to Italy -NOC
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:04:58 GMT
TRIPOLI, March 31 (Reuters) – Libya is producing more than 160,000 barrels of oil a day and gas exports to Italy are flowing normally but a condensates pipeline from the Wafa field is closed, a spokesman for state-run National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PO0gvYmCroA/story01.htm

Libya burns cash, halts projects to battle budget crisis
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:56:22 GMT
TRIPOLI, March 31 (Reuters) – Libya is burning through central bank reserves and scrapping infrastructure projects to overcome its worst budget crisis in decades after the seizure of oil installations by armed groups has reduced the government’s income almost to zero. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4Ze5h68Lvn4/story01.htm

UK seen saving 1 bln pounds/year if imports more European power
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:51:39 GMT
* Importing more could save 3 mln pounds/day -National Grid http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/z8Iw2ZVAbR0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Snam, Fluxys to pool assets in European gas pipeline drive
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:05:26 GMT
* EU seeking to diversify gas sources after Ukraine (Recasts lead, adds comment from analysts, executives) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y0L5u5N11dc/story01.htm

Mining giant Chile prepping carbon tax to curb CO2 emissions
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:10:04 GMT
SANTIAGO, March 31 (Reuters) – Chile’s new center-left government said it is poised to unveil a tax on carbon emissions to boost the use of less polluting energy sources and fight climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VzAVHukha-I/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Russian prime minister angers Ukraine by visiting Crimea
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:22:31 GMT
* Putin tells Merkel of partial troop drawdown at Ukrainian border http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zhKOJKq_swM/story01.htm

Ukraine wants to regain control of Odessa refinery – minister
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:34:44 GMT
KIEV, March 31 (Reuters) – The Kiev government wants control of the Odessa oil refinery to return to Ukrainian hands, interior minister Arsen Avakov said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sp-mtu0Zi7w/story01.htm

British Columbia premier uncertain about pipeline, LNG projects
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:06:59 GMT
OTTAWA, March 31 (Reuters) – It is impossible to say whether the Northern Gateway oil pipeline or liquefied natural gas projects will go ahead in the near future, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WGI7FbL9vX4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-China summons Manila envoy over South China Sea legal case
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:02:42 GMT
BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – China summoned the Philippines ambassador on Monday to lodge a strong complaint over Manila’s seeking of international arbitration in a festering territorial dispute over the South China Sea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hSW8PoszF1o/story01.htm

U.S. allows partial restart of Exxon pipeline a year after spill
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:17:21 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. regulator on Monday allowed Exxon Mobil Corp to restart operations on the Texas leg of its Pegasus pipeline, which spilled thousands of barrels of oil into a residential area in Arkansas last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UlralN6IFGs/story01.htm

Emergency crews face toxic challenge in Washington state mudslide
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:54:50 GMT
DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Recovery teams struggling through thick mud up to their armpits and heavy downpours at the site of a devastating landslide in Washington state are facing yet another challenge – an unseen and potentially more dangerous stew of toxic contaminants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jv0xgrgjqMY/story01.htm

Swiss, UK watchdogs step up scrutiny on forex traders
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:39:54 GMT
ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss and British regulators stepped up their scrutiny of alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets on Monday, as watchdogs take a closer look at whether banks have a tight enough grip on the behavior of their traders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/COsE2imLAao/story01.htm

JPMorgan fails to end lawsuit over London Whale losses
Posted:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:11:07 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co must face a lawsuit from shareholders accusing it of securities fraud by misleading them about its ability to manage risk, which surfaced when it lost $6.2 billion in the “London Whale” scandal.

Monday, 31 March 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/adieu-free-speech-in-nuclear-france-areva-rules/

Conspiracy of Stupidity, Arrogance and Meanness

As we look around the world we lean toward this or that conspiracy theory, but in the end we tend to return to the same conclusion. There is no real conspiracy per se. Rather the world is being run by too many people who are some combination of mean, arrogant, out of touch, and often stupid, and often corrupt. There is really no other way to explain why the world is still saddled with the nuclear industry nor why the nuclear waste is being handled in such a half-ass way or maybe we should say a full-ass way.

A general example of sheer stupidity is the UK government’s handling of the Scottish quest for independence. An intelligent UK government would be promising Scotland wonderful things if they stay. But, no, the UK government is full of nothing but threats toward Scotland, punctuated by the occasional worry, as on Sunday: Scotland could win. If this is the way they treat Scotland when Scotland is thinking of leaving do you even want to know how badly Scotland will be treated if it stays in the UK? Wait until the 19th of September! Lord help you if you are in Scotland! Aren’t you glad that you aren’t married to these people? Geez. Imagine how they treat their spouses!

One thing for certain is that Putin is not generally stupid, though he too is stupid about nuclear. But, so many of the other leaders and administrators are: Stupid, mean, arrogant, out of touch and often corrupt. These are the people bringing us nuclear and all other bad things. How ever did they get into power? How will we get them out of power? Lord help us all! We are in trouble.

Reuters News Feed Selection

British minister warns Scotland could vote for independence, despite polls
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:29:03 GMT
LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – The British government minister responsible for Scotland warned on Sunday nationalists could win an independence referendum this year because of complacency among those campaigning to hold the United Kingdom together. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LDxoIotMKbE/story01.htm

EXCLUSIVE-China seizes $14.5 bln assets from family, associates of ex-security chief -sources
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:05:29 GMT
* Investigation into Zhou Yongkang has broadened in past four months http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XHRQVkRLCu4/story01.htm

China’s Xi turns to panda diplomacy to seek EU trade deal
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:01 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 30 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will use two pandas to break the ice and soften European opposition to a free-trade deal with China during a visit to Belgium which starts on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/quGWWvnHzWY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Cuba approves law aimed at attracting foreign investment
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:28:07 GMT
HAVANA, March 29 (Reuters) – Cuba’s National Assembly passed a new foreign investment law on Saturday that aims to bring badly needed capital to the communist economy by offering steep tax cuts and promising a climate of investment security. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NZtLvQ3ONo8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Obama ends four-nation trip in diplomatic limbo over Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:01:53 GMT
* Obama says Putin grieving for loss of Soviet Union (Updates with Kerry-Lavrov meeting next week) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s1TKgu4DFnk/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Russia’s Lukoil begins output from giant Iraq oilfield
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:28:55 GMT
BASRA, Iraq, March 29 (Reuters) – Russia’s Lukoil began commercial production from one of the world’s largest untapped oilfields in Iraq on Saturday, as the country raises output to record levels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BtGtiyKwxjI/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Ukraine aid bill delayed a few more days in U.S. Congress
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:18:43 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers overwhelmingly approved aid to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, but the measure will not become law until at least next week, congressional aides said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9H0wMCJSAII/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine’s Klitschko pulls out of election, backs ‘Chocolate King’
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:35:06 GMT
* Poroshenko to face ex-PM Tymoshenko (Adds quotes, Party of Regions candidate) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mgpfxdaMgp0/story01.htm

Polish PM: EU should form energy union to secure supplies
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:10:33 GMT
TYCHY, Poland, March 29 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Saturday the European Union should form an energy union to bolster its energy security and lessen its dependence on key gas supplier Russia whose annexation of Crimea has caused a tense stand-off with the West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-F0LdsSNROw/story01.htm

Obama ends four-nation trip in diplomatic limbo over Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:46:06 GMT
RIYADH, March 29 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama ended a four-nation foreign trip on Saturday at the same point that he began it, still facing great uncertainty about a diplomatic way out of the Ukraine crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vsJczLa06lA/story01.htm

Nationalism takes centre stage in Indonesia’s election campaign
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:00:00 -0400
* Election for new parliament on April 9; president on July 9 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LnnraikxreE/indonesia-election-economy-idUSL3N0M923720140330

China’s war on smog will be won or lost in polluted Hebei
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:00:00 -0400
BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – China’s war on pollution is only a few weeks old, but the battle lines are already being drawn between Beijing and Hebei, the province most synonymous with dirty air. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fZJ9Qk_EoWU/china-pollution-hebei-idUSL4N0ML2GA20140330

SocGen facing bribery lawsuit over Libyan deals -FT
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:23:37 GMT
March 30 (Reuters) – The Libyan Investment Authority has accused France’s second-biggest bank Societe Generale of funnelling bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to associates of Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Financial Times reported late Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GZNxDHc547k/story01.htm

China’s war on smog will be won or lost in polluted Hebei
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:00:00 GMT
BEIJING, March 31 (Reuters) – China’s war on pollution is only a few weeks old, but the battle lines are already being drawn between Beijing and Hebei, the province most synonymous with dirty air. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kptKC2BBjOU/story01.htm

Debate on Russian energy imports strains German coalition
Posted:Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:02:53 GMT
BERLIN, March 30 (Reuters) – A debate over whether Germany needs to rethink its energy strategy and reduce its dependence on Russian gas imports due to the Ukraine crisis is causing tensions within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vii-of-a-series/

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Yesterday was the 35th Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster. We appear to have learned nothing. Interesting that despite the Cold War, 1979 appeared the death-knell of nuclear. But, nuclear power plants produce plutonium needed to keep nuclear warhead-arsenals functional or make new ones. So, Nuclear Empires seem to require nuclear power. Why nuclear weapons? Intimidation, it seems. Whatcha gonna do? They got the A-bomb (too)!

TMI cleanup-2
Cleaning up at Three Mile Island

Three Myths of the Three Mile Island Accident Presented by Arnie Gundersen” His “Conclusion: A thorough analysis of the TMI accident indicates that releases were 100 to 1000 times higher than the NRC estimated and that the containment failed after the hydrogen detonation.” Read the entire presentation here: http://www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/tmipowerpoint.pdf Arnie Gundersen presents a convincing argument that the containment was breached. He points to there being higher pressure within the containment prior to a pressure spike, followed by equal or near equal pressure inside and out, which clearly suggests a breach in containment. Anyone who has dealt with balloons or tires can understand this.

Similarly to several nuclear power plants currently under construction, Three Mile Island’s construction was characterized by “faulty concrete pours, delays and cost overruns“. It only ran for one year before the accident: “Finally on March 28, 1978, TMI Unit II went critical for the first time. Ten months later, on December 30, 1978, just in time for millions of dollars in tax breaks, and in spite of continuing serious problems, Unit II went into commercial operation“. The accident occurred on March 28, 1979. Information from: “Three Mile Island: Then, Now and Next Time by Mary Stamos Osborn, Concerned Mothers and Women of Middletown” (1996) http://www.greens.org/s-r/10/10-05.html This article has a lot of important information about health impacts, government policies (e.g. buying up cows), coverups, insurance settlements etc.

Several New Nuclear Builds, despite being in three different countries and being constructed under the supervision of two different companies, have had similar problems with concrete. They have also had issues of rebar and containment welding. Here is info about the French Flamanville reactor by French gov owned EDF-AREVA:
Examples of technical problems highlighted during inspections:
Water excess in structural concrete;
Lack of reinforcement in the nuclear island basemat;
Cracks in the concrete of the reactor basemat;
Welding process of the containment steel liner;
Unsatisfactory treatment of concreting joints.

Part of the US Nuclear Regulatory description of the Three Mile Island Accident:
A combination of equipment malfunctions, design-related problems and worker errors led to TMI-2’s partial meltdown
The accident began about 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, when the plant experienced a failure in the secondary, non-nuclear section of the plant (one of two reactors on the site). Either a mechanical or electrical failure prevented the main feedwater pumps from sending water to the steam generators that remove heat from the reactor core. This caused the plant’s turbine-generator and then the reactor itself to automatically shut down. Immediately, the pressure in the primary system (the nuclear portion of the plant) began to increase. In order to control that pressure, the pilot-operated relief valve (a valve located at the top of the pressurizer) opened. The valve should have closed when the pressure fell to proper levels, but it became stuck open. Instruments in the control room, however, indicated to the plant staff that the valve was closed. As a result, the plant staff was unaware that cooling water was pouring out of the stuck-open valve. As coolant flowed from the primary system through the valve, other instruments available to reactor operators provided inadequate information. There was no instrument that showed how much water covered the core. As a result, plant staff assumed that as long as the pressurizer water level was high, the core was properly covered with water. As alarms rang and warning lights flashed, the operators did not realize that the plant was experiencing a loss-of-coolant accident. They took a series of actions that made conditions worse. The water escaping through the stuck valve reduced primary system pressure so much that the reactor coolant pumps had to be turned off to prevent dangerous vibrations. To prevent the pressurizer from filling up completely, the staff reduced how much emergency cooling water was being pumped in to the primary system. These actions starved the reactor core of coolant, causing it to overheat. Without the proper water flow, the nuclear fuel overheated to the point at which the zirconium cladding (the long metal tubes that hold the nuclear fuel pellets) ruptured and the fuel pellets began to melt. It was later found that about half of the core melted during the early stages of the accident… TMI-2 suffered a severe core meltdown, the most dangerous kind of nuclear power accident…
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/3mile-isle.html (emphasis added).

Excerpts from wikipedia regarding the Three Mile Island accident:
The design of the PORV indicator light was fundamentally flawed…Anti-nuclear political groups disputed the Kemeny Commission’s findings, claiming that independent measurements provided evidence of radiation levels up to five times higher than normal in locations hundreds of miles downwind from TMI.[48] Randall Thompson, a health physics technician employed to monitor radioactive emissions at TMI after the accident, said ‘I think the numbers on the NRC’s website are off by a factor of 100 to 1,000’.[44][49] Some other insiders, including Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive who is now an expert witness in nuclear safety issues,[50][51] make the same claim; Gundersen offers evidence, based on pressure monitoring data, for a hydrogen explosion shortly before 2:00 p.m. on March 28, 1979, which would have provided the means for a high dose of radiation to occur.[44] Gundersen cites affidavits from four reactor operators according to which the plant manager was aware of a dramatic pressure spike, after which the internal pressure dropped to outside pressure. Gundersen also notes that the control room shook and doors were blown off hinges. However official NRC reports refer merely to a ‘hydrogen burn.'[44] The Kemeny Commission referred to ‘a burn or an explosion that caused pressure to increase by 28 pounds per square inch in the containment building’.[52] The Washington Post reported that ‘At about 2:00 p.m., with pressure almost down to the point where the huge cooling pumps could be brought into play, a small hydrogen explosion jolted the reactor.'[53]….
A peer-reviewed research article by Dr. Steven Wing found a significant increase in cancers from 1979-1985 among people who lived within ten miles of TMI…; in 2009 Dr. Wing stated that radiation releases during the accident were probably ‘thousands of times greater’ than the NRC’s estimates. A retrospective study of Pennsylvania Cancer Registry found an increased incidence of thyroid cancer in counties south of TMI and in high-risk age groups but did not draw a causal link with these incidences and to the accident
.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident (Emphasis Added. See much more and references at link)

Penn State Harrisburg to mark Three Mile Island accident 35th anniversary with two-day conference. March 20, 2014. Three Mile Island: To mark the 35th anniversary of the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear accident, Penn State Harrisburg will host the conference TMI @ 35: The Three Mile Island Nuclear Crisis in Perspective – Analyses, Stories, Policies, March 27 to 28 on campus in the library Morrison Gallery. The conference opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 27“. http://harrisburg.psu.edu/news/penn-state-harrisburg-mark-three-mile-island-accident-35th-anniversary-two-day-conference http://harrisburg.psu.edu/calendar/event/tmi-35

Renaissance in Reverse: Competition Pushes Aging US Nuclear Reactors to the Brink of Economic Abandonment.” By Mark Cooper, Sr. Fellow for Econ. Anal, Vermont Law School. July 18, 2013, document found here: http://will.illinois.edu/nfs/RenaissanceinReverse7.18.2013.pdf

Logging one of the causes of giant Oso, WA mudslide
by Ralph Maughan on March 27, 2014 http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/03/27/logging-one-of-the-causes-of-giant-oso-wa-mudslide/

Ah, what democracy in the American Empire: an opponent to fracking has not been allowed to go to the grocery or hospital in her home, due to a Texas gas company!  The Nuclear and Petroleum Industries Rule the USA.
German industrials continues to kiss up to Russia, while the German government is supposed to be doing sanctions. The homeless continue to die at Fukushima. The media seems to only mention TEPCO and not contractors on the ground such as Toshiba and its Utah based partner Energy Solutions who have been unable to get the water filtration going, all while serious water filtration companies wait in line for a chance to try. It is past time for Energy Solutions and its “ALPS” to get out of the way of water purification and give serious companies a chance. It is a serious challenge to get workers to go in on the ground, but it is NOT a challenge to find water experts and other technical advice. The ALPS has repeatedly proven defective since at least last September and doesn’t even try to filter Tritium. If US Sen. Harry Reid’s Energy Solutions Fundraiser event has to do with why TEPCO is stuck with ALPS, then Reid needs to get out of the way. And, if it is Shinzo Abe, in the way, he REALLY needs to wake up and move out of the way! He practices ancestor worship and who pray tell will honour and worship him when he dies if he kills off humanity? Think about that Shinzo! Who will honour you? A radiation resistant microbe? Nobody.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 3-Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:54:20 GMT
TOKYO, March 28 (Reuters) – A worker at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8ZiJd4-ggG8/story01.htm

Injunction eased so PA fracking foe can go to hospital, grocery
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:45:31 GMT
SUNBURY, Pa., March 28 (Reuters) – A judge on Friday loosened an injunction restricting the movements of a Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist to allow her access to her local hospital, grocery and other places declared off-limits because they sat atop land leased for gas extraction. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SQBu6iyc3Xs/story01.htm

Team to re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after radiation leak
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:24:14 GMT
(Reuters) – An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2ZG7HNZI2eA/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Oil sector withholding info on rail cargoes -U.S. regulator
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:17:42 GMT
(Adds detail, including API statement refuting regulators) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hXabz5NVSL0/story01.htm

BP raises Lake Michigan oil spill estimate; Senators request meeting
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:51:09 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More oil than previously thought may have leaked into Lake Michigan this week from BP Plc’s Indiana refinery, the company said on Thursday, after two U.S. Senators requested a meeting with the British oil major. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YYHLk6HIIVs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Moody’s puts Russia gov’t bond rating on review for downgrade
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:58:11 -0400
March 28 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service on Friday placed Russia’s government bond rating of ‘Baa1’ on review for a downgrade as the conflict with Ukraine weighs on the country’s economic outlook. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UiDElsf0z0E/moodys-russia-idUSL4N0MP4IF20140328

UPDATE 2-LME faulted for warehouse review, now faces legal bind
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:38:45 -0400
LONDON/NEW YORK, March 28 (Reuters) – A court ruling has faulted the London Metal Exchange for failing to consult users on alternative ways to reduce vexing logjams in its warehousing network, the backbone of the world’s biggest market for copper and aluminium. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oMWO82X7BVA/metals-warehouse-lme-idUSL5N0MP1UE20140328

UPDATE 2-Denmark’s OW Bunker shares jump in debut
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:52:22 GMT
* Ship fuel supplier OW Bunker prices its IPO at DKK 145 per share http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AevacHpkJ4w/story01.htm

ARMS outlines comeback plan as fighting founders split
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:29:29 GMT
* Restructuring plan focuses on cost-cutting, debt refinance http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gHSBBKf43EE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Repsol shareholders seal Argentina deal but Pemex tensions linger
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:18:09 GMT
(Recasts, adds detail and background, quotes from meeting) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YJCwEuogFHk/story01.htm

Nigeria arrests 12 including 2 Britons for oil theft
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:29:36 GMT
YENAGOA, Nigeria, March 28 (Reuters) – Nigeria has arrested two Britons and 10 of its own citizens on charges of trying to bribe a military officer to facilitate oil theft, the military said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WfXablSxMLE/story01.htm

Colombia’s Ecopetrol says bidding for 11 Gulf of Mexico oil blocks
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:47:26 GMT
BOGOTA, March 28 (Reuters) – Colombia’s government-owned oil producer Ecopetrol said on Friday it made the highest offers in a recent auction to explore 11 offshore blocks for crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico, as part of its strategy to boost investment abroad. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bSqVa-yNwMY/story01.htm

U.S. Energy Dept to offer loan aid to renewable energy companies
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:07:23 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department will soon issue a plan to offer loan aid for renewable energy projects, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Friday, doubling down on investments that have drawn intense criticism over past government-backed business flops. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hU8nBXMqYJo/story01.htm

U.S. to stress support for Central Asia after Crimea
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:55:43 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official will travel to two countries in Central Asia next week to emphasize U.S. support for the independence of post-Soviet states after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LferjlaiFmo/story01.htm

UPDATE 7-Oil prices edge higher on geopolitical concerns
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:40:39 GMT
* Libyan protesters block oil pipeline (Updates prices to settlement, adds CFTC report) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/m9WiPn2XjqQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Obama considers new climate regulations for oil, gas sector
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:30:20 GMT
(Adds comment from Environmental Defense Fund, Clean Air Task Force, paragraphs 17, 19-20) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DYPzYavFhLU/story01.htm

EU antitrust chief seeks to insulate Gazprom probe from Crimea
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:50:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The European Union is seeking to insulate its probe of Russia’s gas export monopoly, Gazprom, which is suspected of anti-competitive behavior, from larger concerns about Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, Europe’s top antitrust enforcer said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qnF97XRJR70/story01.htm

RWE seals sale of DEA to investors led by Russia’s Fridman
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:43:07 GMT
FRANKFURT, March 28 (Reuters) – German utility RWE said it signed a contract to sell oil and gas production arm DEA to a group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman, sealing a deal that has been criticised by senior German politicians amid the Crimea crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zo6qW7uQiew/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Italy to seek pay cut for Eni, Enel, Finmeccanica managers
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:26:54 GMT
* Italy wants shareholders to cut pay by at least 25 percent http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UH6wgOJKR4k/story01.htm

Ukraine aid bill delayed a few more days in U.S. Congress
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:21:28 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers overwhelmingly approved aid to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, but the measure will not become law until at least next week, congressional aides said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3jXQoRObiuA/story01.htm

White House unveils plan to cut methane from oil, gas sector
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:46:06 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y6kesY0M1C0/story01.htm

Texas responders extend oil cleanup in Matagorda Bay after spill
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:34:12 GMT
(Reuters) – Responders from the Matagorda Incident Command Post in Port O’Connor, Texas, extended their cleanup efforts to mitigate the environmental effects of a fuel oil spill that occurred in the Houston Ship Channel last weekend, the Texas City “Y” Response Unified Command said in an update on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XW5puwW9_f0/story01.htm

Bombardier didn’t report Canada jet-fuel spill; cleanup continues
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:55:58 GMT
TORONTO (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc said on Thursday it had spilled 10,000 liters (2,642 gallons) of kerosene in February at its Mirabel plant outside of Montreal in Quebec, but failed to report the accident with environment officials immediately”.

Friday 28 March 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-vii-of-a-series/

Here we go. Permanent War Economy. Crimea is going to be an excuse not to cut military budgets and a boom for the arms dealers:

Military Cuts Render NATO Less Formidable as Deterrent to Russia.” By HELENE COOPER and STEVEN ERLANGERMARCH 26, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/world/europe/military-cuts-render-nato-less-formidable-as-deterrent-to-russia.html?_r=0

Europe Begins to Rethink Cuts to Military Spending.” By STEVEN ERLANGERMARCH 26, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/world/europe/europe-begins-to-rethink-cuts.html

Lessor Prairie Chicken Reportedly Scares the Energy Industry. Sure looks like a vicious, scary creature doesn’t it? Only for the vicious Energy Industry! They can’t appreciate beauty. It is a lovely bird.
Lesser Prairie Chicken, New Mexico
Lessor Prairie Chicken. Photo by Larry 1732 via wikimedia.

Reuters News is more lively than usual. The energy industry is scared of chickens, as well as other interesting news items, which speak for themselves:

Reuters News Feed Selection:

Bidders picking through Southern California nuclear plant in auction
Posted:Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:20:53 GMT
SAN DIEGO, March 27 (Reuters) – Hundreds of potential buyers are bidding on tons of tools, equipment and odds-and-ends from a shuttered Southern California nuclear plant, as a utility proceeds with decommissioning it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/r3MzbNE8qbI/story01.htm

PG&E expects criminal charges over 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:50:59 GMT
March 27 (Reuters) – PG&E Corp said it expects the U.S. government to file criminal charges against the company over the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas line rupture and fire that destroyed a neighborhood and killed eight people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/l98okvHDrLw/story01.htm

U.S. lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened, energy groups wary
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:47:07 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday listed the lesser prairie chicken, a small grassland bird native to parts of the country’s oil and gas belt, as “threatened,” a move that could draw the ire of some Western lawmakers and energy producers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/O-BVJVfPbZ4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. SEC accuses coal company L&L Energy of fraud
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:23:38 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused L&L Energy Inc of committing fraud when the coal company and its founder made false disclosures about who was running the company, the agency said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/p6L3fbkfwL4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-US: Blue Rhino and AmeriGas colluded on propane in 2008
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:00:27 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – Two key propane suppliers, Blue Rhino and AmeriGas, illegally coordinated in 2008 by reducing the amount of propane in tanks from 17 pounds to 15 pounds without cutting the price, U.S. authorities said in an administrative complaint filed against the companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0y4cZInyH_0/story01.htm

U.S. Senate, House pass bills with Ukraine aid, sanctions
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:43:16 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills on Thursday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VWxZSgrxkP0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Eni close to hiring adviser to sell Mozambique gas stake – sources
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:38:40 GMT
* Eni CEO has already spoken of selling down stake further (Adds source comments, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Gk3QDWtXSN8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Woodside delays signing landmark Israeli gas field deal
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:39:58 GMT
* Woodside looks to resolve issues and sign deal (Adds hurdles to deal) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mBsQepFLsDA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-BP raises Lake Michigan oil spill estimate; Senators request meeting
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:50:13 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – More oil than previously thought may have leaked into Lake Michigan this week from BP Plc’s Indiana refinery, the company said on Thursday, after two U.S. Senators requested a meeting with the British oil major. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uWBKjwB8Lg8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Libyan protesters block oil pipeline to Mellitah port as strikes widen
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:46:46 GMT
TRIPOLI, March 27 (Reuters) – Libyan protesters have blocked a pipeline carrying oil condensates from the southwestern al-Wafa oilfield to the Mellitah export port, state-owned National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BNUAlXG5Q9s/story01.htm

U.S. SEC accuses coal company L&L Energy of fraud
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:24:30 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused L&L Energy Inc of committing fraud when the coal company and its founder made false disclosures about who was running the company, the agency said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y_68zCr1mpQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Alstom shares sink on risk of fine in U.S. bribery probe
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:30:02 GMT
* Says too early to speculate on potential settlement (Adds Alstom lawyer comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rL-ecdmFtMU/story01.htm

Suncor to continue fight for random drug tests for oil sands workers
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:25:06 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, March 27 (Reuters) – Canada’s largest oil producer, Suncor Energy Inc, said on Thursday it will appeal a legal decision preventing the company from carrying out random drug and alcohol tests on workers at its northern Alberta oil sands sites. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6m90PR9CJFs/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-U.S. Congress passes aid for Ukraine, sanctions on Russia
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:22:32 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills on Thursday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia’s annexation of Crimea
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rAMP_sj-zkE/story01.htm

One interesting news bit is that the Scottish islands want to take the independence vote as an opportunity to get more of the oil wealth, so much of which lies in their waters. Also more Scots are leaning toward independence:
Scottish islanders seek votes for own independence
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:40:23 GMT
* Debate escalates as opinion polls show battle tightening

WE HAD FORGOTTEN TO POST A COUPLE OF DAYS OF NEWS AND ARE EXCEPTIONALLY PLACING IT BELOW THE 27 MARCH POST to keep some semblance of order. So, Reuters News Feeds mostly from Mon, 24 March, Tuesday, 25 March are being moved below our 27 March post. There was a lot of important news on these days.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Well Before the WIPP Salt Cavern Collapse, a Louisiana Salt Dome Started to Implode and Has Not Stopped

Do the US and German governments STILL think that salt is a good place to store radioactive waste? Even a child knows it’s a lousy idea. However, have such idiotic people gotten such power?
March 26, 2014
6:25 p.m. Slough In @ Sinkhole
At approximately 3:45 this afternoon, a burp and slough-in occurred on the sinkhole. Debris is present and floating on the sinkhole and trees near Pad #3 sloughed in. A slight odor of hydrocarbons is present in the Bayou Corne community. As information develops, it will be shared here.

The saltdome-sinkhole as it appeared on March 20, 2014, before the most recent trees fell in on Wednesday.

Amoral Siemens, Putin, and the Writing on the Wall

Bundesarchiv Bild 102-13902, Geburtstag Hindenburgs, Ehrenkompanie
Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13902 / CC-BY-SA
Photo of Russian goose-step here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_step

The CEO of German Siemens just went to visit Russia’s President Putin. While Siemens has the good sense to have seen the writing on the wall for the nuclear power industry and exited the industry, they appear to fail to see the writing on the wall for totalitarianism, empires and imperialism. And, let’s tell it like it is – since World War II, Empire building has been lock-step (or is it goose-step?) with the nuclear power industry, whose byproducts are used both to make and to upkeep nuclear bombs. This explains, for instance, Russian government owned Rosatom and almost totally French government owned Areva.

Siemens has, in the past, like most corporations, shown an amoral attitude or ethical relativism. What counts for a corporation is its financial bottom line. And so, Siemens, like many other firms, used slave labour under the Nazi Regime. It also “supplied electrical parts to concentration camps and death camps“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens

Their attitude should not surprise us at all. If some people, like ourselves, saw the end of the Cold War as the end of fears of nuclear annihilation and some thought it was about free speech and freedom, for corporations it was just an opportunity to expand their business interests. (They missed the part that Russians would naturally want to expand Russian interests too!).

So, we should not be surprised that the CEO of Siemens cuddles up to Putin. If Russia ever changed since Czarist times, we were looking down for that historical second and didn’t notice. Putin as Stalinist KGB officer or dressed in Czarist robes, is still the same totalitarian individual- all the more dangerous because of his apparent inferiority complex. Any new Putin or new Russia was just people seeing what they wanted to see, so-as to carry on business as usual. There are none so blind as those who will not see. “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not” (Jeremiah 5:21) Now those “foolish people” are called world leaders!

Putin’s behavior and attitude sniff not only of Czarist Russia but also of Hitler’s Lebensraum:
Hitler’s policy of Lebensraum strongly emphasized the conquest of new lands in the East, known as Generalplan Ost, and the exploitation of these lands to provide cheap goods and labour to Germany.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labour_under_German_rule_during_World_War_II

We should also not be surprised at Switzerland’s attitude either, considering that according to the Bergier Report, written by Swiss historians, Hitler’s Third Reich could not have lasted for very long at all without Swiss assistance. It is believed that Nazi Germany could only have lasted months without Swiss assistance and that the Swiss could have held out for a couple of years. Even as it became clear that Germany was losing the war, Swiss companies continued to work with Germany.

Much ado has been made of the “risks” of “Balkanization.” And, what’s wrong with the Balkans or Balkanization? The real danger is and always has been that of Empire, and those who aide and abet it.

Decentralization of energy and End of anti-democratic, militaristic Empires, is the only hope for the survival of the earth and its inhabitants. The yoke and chains of serfdom must be thrown off.
Supplice du grand knout. Great Knout From Voyage en Sibérie fait par ordre du Roi en 1761
Wilhelm Tell Denkmal Altdorf um 1900 Detail

Amnesty International’s Timeline of Putin’s Russia:
Since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999 there has been an increased crackdown on freedoms of expression, assembly and association in Russia. Putin’s 2012 landslide victory sparked even an even greater repression of rights following the large protests after his re-election. This interactive timeline visually represents events and human rights violations since 1999 showing a spike in abuses from 2012 to present dayhttp://www.amnestyusa.org/russia/ (Emphasis added)

Siemens AG (German pronunciation: [ˈziːmɛns]) is a German multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company headquartered in Berlin and Munich.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens

Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery was found guilty of ‘organizational offenses,’ using Swiss bank accounts to bribe executives of a ‘Russian state-owned’ gas production company…Swiss prosecutors say that Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery paid the bribes between 2004 and 2006 to land the contract to supply gas turbines for the Yamal gas pipeline,…According to Swissinfo, Siemens paid over US $2 billion in bribes in the 1990s and 2000s“. (Emphasis added) Read the entire article here: https://reportingproject.net/occrp/index.php/en/ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/2215-switzerland-siemens-fined-millions-for-swiss-bribes

A laundry list of allegations against Siemens: “SIEMENS (FOREIGN BRIBERY ACTIONS” https://www.traceinternational2.org/compendium/view.asp?id=124

Siemens “supplied electrical parts to concentration camps and death camps. The factories had poor working conditions, where malnutrition and death were common. Also, the scholarship has shown that the camp factories were created, run, and supplied by the SS, in conjunction with company officials, sometimes high-level officials. Siemens businessman and Nazi Party member John Rabe is, however, credited with saving many Chinese lives during the Nanking Massacre“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens (References at link) “The Nanking Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against Nanking (current official spelling: Nanjing) during the Second Sino-Japanese War“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre

Hitler’s policy of Lebensraum strongly emphasized the conquest of new lands in the East, known as Generalplan Ost, and the exploitation of these lands to provide cheap goods and labour to Germany. Even before the war, Nazi Germany maintained a supply of slave labour. This practice started from the early days of labour camps of ‘undesirables’…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labour_under_German_rule_during_World_War_II
The use of forced labour in Nazi Germany and throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II took place on an unprecedented scale.[1] It was a vital part of the German economic exploitation of conquered territories. It also contributed to the mass extermination of populations in German-occupied Europe. The Nazi Germans abducted approximately 12 million people from almost twenty European countries; about two thirds of whom came from Eastern Europe.[2] Many workers died as a result of their living conditions, mistreatment, malnutrition, or became civilian casualties of war. At its peak the forced labourers comprised 20% of the German work force. Counting deaths and turnover, about 15 million men and women were forced labourers at one point or another during the war.[3]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labour_under_German_rule_during_World_War_II

Obviously there is good money to be made in renewable energy or Siemens wouldn’t be there! Siemens ethics is its bottom line and they have said, no to nuclear, and yes to wind:
Siemens to add 1,000 UK jobs in wind turbine production German company gives boost to offshore wind industry with £160m investment The Guardian, Tuesday 25 March 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/mar/25/siemens-wind-turbine-production

Reuters News Feed Selections:

UPDATE 2-Siemens chief says supports ties with Russian companies
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:09:24 GMT
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia/BERLIN (Reuters) – The chief executive of engineering conglomerate Siemens gave a rare sign of German support to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the height of an economic standoff with the West over Ukraine, saying his firm supported a “trusting relationship” with Russian companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/puf9vTrieOc/story01.htm

Britain’s energy suppliers could face first anti-trust probe
Posted:Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 GMT
LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s energy suppliers could be on track for their biggest shake up since privatisation when regulators rule on Thursday whether the industry is competitive enough following a public outcry over high prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kKNBgH2sp0w/story01.htm

Brazil nuclear plant maintenance adds to energy crunch
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:34:47 GMT
BRASILIA, March 26 (Reuters) – Brazil will shut down one of its two nuclear power reactors for refueling and maintenance, depriving the nation of enough electricity to light up a city of about 1 million at a crucial time when it faces the prospect of power rationing due to drought. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2Mnz67JvPPE/story01.htm

WRAPUP 5-U.S., EU to work together on tougher Russia sanctions
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:04:23 GMT
* Obama, EU agree to work on tougher sanctions, energy independence http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AUvj-IXehCk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ship backlog in Houston Ship Channel falling -Pilots
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:45:21 GMT
* Coast Guard stretches shipping cutoff to midnight from 6 p.m.; to resume at daylight (Adds details on shipping and cleanup of oil) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/j332AyTUbrM/story01.htm

RPT-Shell, Statoil, Total, others win Myanmar oil, gas exploration blocks
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:11:25 GMT
(Repeats story published late Thursday; no changes to text) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/q2Q12u9yDtg/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:15:35 GMT
* Obama, EU counterparts tackle Russia, trade, energy at summit http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TNmaZA6sGcM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-North Dakota oilman urges U.S. crude exports to Europe
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:08:28 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – Ending the 40-year ban on U.S. crude exports is the fastest way the American drilling boom could bolster energy security in Europe and Ukraine, the CEO of the biggest operator in North Dakota’s vast oil fields told lawmakers on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HEm184w9QsY/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-China loses trade dispute over rare earth exports
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:35:26 GMT
(New throughout, adds background, comment from EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht, details on companies affected) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NP3LpHHuzuM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine to hike domestic gas prices by 50 pct to meet IMF demands
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:21:26 GMT
KIEV, March 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new leaders, in a step the ousted government had balked at, said on Wednesday it would raise the price of gas for domestic consumers by more than 50 per cent from May 1 and would raise prices further under a fixed timetable to 2018. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/S3PErrAcUaw/story01.htm

Political uncertainty to weigh on Pirelli’s Russia expansion plans
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:59:14 GMT
* Rosneft deal aimed to boost Pirelli’s Russia market share http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-3N8T0cnMCI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Switzerland treads careful path over Russia sanctions
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:50:42 GMT
* Geneva an important trading hub for Russian oil (Adds quote from foreign minister, context, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YMyCDpdapUk/story01.htm

UPDATE 8-U.S. crude gains $1 to top $100/bbl on Cushing drawdown
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:55:26 GMT
* Shell Nigeria declares force majeure on Forcados exports (Updates prices to settlement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/E-VQg16lIR8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-BP Whiting refinery spilled 9-18 barrels of oil -Coast Guard
Posted:Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:28:27 GMT
NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Between nine and 18 barrels (378-756 gallons) of oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP Plc’s Whiting refinery in Indiana after a malfunction on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed on Wednesday.

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Israel’s LGC aims to mine phosphate off Namibian coast by 2018
Posted:Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:46:29 -0400
PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) – Israel’s Leviev Group (LGC) aims by 2018 to start mining fertiliser material phosphate off Namibia’s coast after addressing concerns that led the country last year to announce an 18-month freeze on new environment permits for marine mines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ivyYwDdkROU/fertilizers-namibia-sea-idUSL5N0MM45P20140325

UPDATE 4-Houston Channel slowly reopens; vessel queue cut to 75
Posted:Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:09:32 -0400
* All traffic to stop Tuesday evening, resume Wednesday morning (Updates with resumption of inbound ship traffic, backlog cut to 75 vessels, adds byline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZOB2dqwicXg/usa-oil-spill-idUSL1N0MM0JJ20140325

EU to press Obama at summit for aid in cutting Russian gas imports
Posted:Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:01:00 GMT
* Both sides to commit to integrate economies in TTIP pact http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yyu0QcLsbtM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. lawmakers drop IMF reforms from Ukraine aid bill
Posted:Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:53:04 GMT
(Adds quotes, background, more on energy proposals, vote expected on Thursday.) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vF6yTudFpz8/story01.htm

U.S. to help in ‘elimination’ of sensitive Japanese nuclear stockpile
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:04:19 GMT
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Japan will turn over hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs to the United States to be downgraded and disposed of, the two countries’ leaders said as a nuclear security summit began on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hCxvtZU3JEI/story01.htm

Finnish hopes for fragile growth hit by Ukraine crisis
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:38:57 -0400
HELSINKI, March 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s takeover of Crimea has put Europe in an economic quandary, and Finland may be getting squeezed the hardest of all western European countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NqeURihsjsg/ukraine-crisis-finland-idUSL5N0ML20T20140324

SAfrica deputy president to meet mining firms, unions as platinum strike drags on
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:41:53 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, March 24 (Reuters) – South Africa’s deputy president will meet with the mining industry and unions on Thursday for a regularly scheduled forum aimed at bringing stability to the sector, as a crippling platinum strike approaches its ninth week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ykv4wCbMHlE/safrica-strikes-idUSL5N0ML2HL20140324

UPDATE 2-Syria may miss final deadline for chemical weapon destruction
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:41:02 -0400
THE HAGUE, March 24 (Reuters) – The head of the organisation overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile said he still hoped Damascus could meet a final deadline of June 30 but it might miss that target. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SoxNOoXfOqs/syria-weapons-usa-idUSL5N0ML1DC20140324

Oil spill cleanup efforts continue off Texas Gulf shore
Posted:Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:55:52 GMT
TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) – Four skimming boats surrounded a partially submerged barge on Sunday at the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, working to clean up fuel spilled from the vessel into Galveston Bay after a Saturday collision with a cargo ship, according to a Reuters eyewitness.

UPDATE 5-Houston ship lane to have ‘tapered’ reopening; Exxon cuts output
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:15:27 -0400
* Coast Guard says will re-open channel ‘as soon as we can’ http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uC-F_asA-RE/usa-oil-spill-idUSL1N0ML0FJ20140324

UPDATE 1-Coal miner SouthGobi warns of debt default; shares tank
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:32:55 -0400
March 24 (Reuters) – SouthGobi Resources Ltd , a Canadian coal miner with operations in Mongolia, said it could default on a debt repayment and was looking to raise money, sending its shares down as much as 29 percent in afternoon trading. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_7hc5hM3iS4/southgobiresources-results-idUSL4N0ML3XA20140324

Kenya’s wind power project secures funds to start construction
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:04:51 GMT
* Project has been delayed due to financing problems * Wind farm would be the biggest of its kind in Africa * Plant would boost power supply at reduced cost By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, March 24 (Reuters) – Construction of Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power project, which has been delayed by financing difficulties, should begin by June after it secured 498 million euros ($686 million) in funding, officials said on Monday. The project and its financiers signed agreements for the http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WsPRDwtxd58/story01.htm

Siemens doubles investment plan for UK wind turbine factory
Posted:Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:01:00 GMT
LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – German engineering group Siemens said it had doubled the money it plans to invest in building an offshore wind turbine factory and an installation facility in Britain to 160 million pounds ($263.8 million). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jimOIxvb0T4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine aid bill moves ahead in U.S. Senate, still faces hurdles
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:59:39 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – A bill providing economic assistance to Ukraine and imposing sanctions over Russia’s seizure of Crimea cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as backers attempted to win passage of the legislation later this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QRsUYGkzZps/story01.htm

WRAPUP 5-G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:51:08 GMT
(Adds U.S. Senate action, Ukraine U.N. draft resolution, paragraphs 13-14, 29-31) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0A8qAvloyyI/story01.htm

Ukraine asks U.N. assembly to declare Crimea secession invalid
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:18:31 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. General Assembly that would declare invalid Crimea’s recent referendum calling for annexation to Russia, a document that echoes a text Moscow vetoed earlier this month in the Security Council. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RNGbLvxesM4/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Houston ship lane to have ‘tapered’ reopening; Exxon cuts output
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:15:27 GMT
* Coast Guard says will re-open channel ‘as soon as we can’ http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IW7FuMgUG8I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Quebec police finish Lac-Megantic rail disaster probe
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:03:32 GMT
OTTAWA, March 24 (Reuters) – Quebec police have concluded their investigation into last July’s oil-by-rail disaster in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in which 47 people were killed, and have turned the file over to the public prosecutor’s office, a police spokesman said Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nf1FdnVbVqs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Eni talks gas with Libya, shoring up non-Russian supply
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:30 GMT
MILAN, March 24 (Reuters) – The head of Eni has met with Libya’s prime minister to discuss the growing importance of Libyan gas to Italy, as the Ukraine crisis highlights Italy’s reliance on supply from Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C4WIejGFhb0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Trafigura co-founder Dauphin steps down as CEO, Weir takes helm
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:14:02 GMT
* Trafigura has grown into one of world’s largest traders (Adds Dauphin medical treatment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vssg_XeFaZk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia aims to end Crimea’s reliance on Ukraine for electricity
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:45:48 GMT
MOSCOW, March 24 (Reuters) – Moscow plans to end Crimea’s reliance on Ukraine for electricity by helping to build gas-fired power stations and possibly linking the region to Russia’s grid, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nKnDr_7R3D4/story01.htm

Russian defence minister inspects troops in Crimea
Posted:Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:03:20 GMT
MOSCOW, March 24 (Reuters) – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met troops in Crimea and inspected military bases on Monday, the most senior Russian official to visit the region since it was annexed by Moscow”
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