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This post was updated from 26 April to 4 May 2014. It continues: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/the-ongoing-saga-24-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-ongoing-saga-22-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ The most recent updates are on top.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New post on German banks, Putin and Russia: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/german-dresdner-bank-commerzbank-putin-and-russian-state-owned-gazprom-rosneft/ Ukraine continues to be in a dire situation. We have saved news and will open in a new post later.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Post updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles/
Germany, Germany above everything,
Obama Dumping German Nuclear Waste on Americans?
Is this what Obama and Merkel are Really Talking about?
Is the USA a colony of the German Empire?

Obama Brandenburg Gate 2013Obama Germany 2013
Obama at the Brandenburg Gate in 2013
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt,
Germany, Germany above everything,
Above everything in the world

U.S. Confirms Discussions with Germany regarding Import of Highly Radioactive Spent Nuclear Fuel; FOIA Document Indicates Discussions Began in 2011 for Import of Graphite Spent Fuel from Shuttered Gas-Cooled Experimental Power Reactor – to DOE’s Savannah River Site – April 29, 2014http://www.srswatch.org

The US gov recently allowed low-level German nuclear waste to be burned in Tennessee: http://www.nonukesyall.org/stop_German_waste_import.html
Last autumn declassified Italian documents from ca 1996 which revealed that German radioactive sludge had been dumped on the fertile farmlands of southern Italy by the Camorra.
US Ethnicity
US Census Map – Note German Ancestry in the north and American and African American ancestry in Tennessee and South Carolina. We added the tags for emphasis, but we couldn’t make this up! Sometimes reality is more bizarre than anything else Also, more Americans claim to be German than any other ethnic group! (NB: This is the mode, most frequently occurring response, not necessarily majority). See original here: http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/censusatlas/pdf/9_Ancestry.pdf
Zoom of the above map showing Savannah River Site area
Note that when we say either side, we meant the blue counties on either side along the Savannah River-Georgia-South Carolina Border:
Savannah River Ethnicity
On the history of racism at the Savannah River site: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/race-and-radiation-the-equal-opportunity-killer-at-the-savannah-river-site-south-carolina-usa/

For how the Atomic Age started: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein–Szilárd_letter Einstein was German born and received his doctorate in Zurich Switzerland.

Explains the ancestry of Obama’s maternal grandmother, who raised him, as non-German indentured servants — those who identify themselves as “American” on the census: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madelyn_Lee_Payne Germany’s big and bad enough to make Obama sell out his mother and wife’s people and all of those who voted for him. It was Germany’s Das Spiegel who had a cover of Obama as Messiah in 2008 “Der Messias-Factor (The Messiah-Factor)” … Hmmm…. He was also more wildly popular in Germany and German speaking Switzerland than America. Was this a sign?

Note that some Germans seem to oppose sending nuclear waste to the US on cost and safety grounds. But, what about ethical grounds? Whatever happened to ethics?

While we are discussing such things, looking on the map, the WIPP facility appears to be located in an area of New Mexico where the population is predominantly of Mexican origin. Once again, this was the mode. In 2010, Hispanics or Latinos, of any race, in Carlsbad, New Mexico was 42.5% of the population, compared to 16.7% national population (2011). New Mexico is 46.3% Hispanic-Latino (2010) compared to 42.1% (2000). WIPP opened in 1999.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Dozens killed in Ukraine fighting and fire; OSCE monitors freed
Posted:Sun, 04 May 2014 03:32:58 GMT
ODESSA/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – At least 42 people were killed in a street battle between supporters and opponents of Russia in southern Ukraine that ended with dozens of pro-Russian protesters incinerated in a burning building, bringing the country closer to war. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/sn7WrdlBK0g/story01.htm

WRAPUP 2-Buffett defends Coke, BNSF at Berkshire annual meeting
Posted:Sat, 03 May 2014 18:08:06 -0400
OMAHA, Neb., May 3 (Reuters) – Warren Buffett on Saturday defended his recent controversial vote on executive pay at Coca-Cola Co and disappointing performance at railroad BNSF, as investors grilled him on his Berkshire Hathaway Inc conglomerate at its annual shareholder meeting. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MDMQcBArbuU/berkshirehathaway-annualmeeting-idUSL2N0NP0ID20140503

China premier says Sino-Africa disputes just “growing pains”
Posted:Sun, 04 May 2014 04:13:20 GMT
BEIJING, May 4 (Reuters) – Disputes arising over China’s investment projects in Africa are just “growing pains” in a burgeoning relationship that saw their trade top $200 billion last year, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday ahead of a tour of the continent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ltGp_yFIxks/story01.htm

Ten bodies recovered from collapsed Colombia mine
Posted:Sun, 04 May 2014 03:10:08 GMT
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Rescue workers had pulled 10 bodies from the rubble of a collapsed illegal gold mine in Colombia by Saturday, the government said, three days after it caved in, and six are still believed to be buried under tons of mud and gravel.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

One new post and one new reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/stop-sellafield-animal-experiments/

World Business As Usual

Ukraine is being destroyed over oil and gas; France is out to protect its uranium and other mines in the Central African Republic and Sahel Region of Niger-Mali.

Guess what sort of trade Merkel and Obama are discussing really? They are probably discussing dumping high level German nuclear waste in South Carolina, USA. It just so happens, too, that the area is about 48% African American. But, the Germans appear more broadly racist when it comes to waste – recently burning their low level waste in Tennessee and, in the past, sending their radioactive sludge to be spread over the agricultural south of Italy. This is not a class or space or suitability issue. Germany has plenty of quasi vacant areas of tiny, poor villages, and a more suitable climate and geology than South Carolina – they are both too wet, but Germany is not as hot. Germany is earthquake-prone, but so too is South Carolina! Germany is already polluted by Chernobyl and its own mining and waste, so it’s not exactly a pristine environment. So, there are only two possible reasons that Germany is trying to dump on South Carolina: 1) US standards are weaker than German standards and/or 2) Germany is still racist against all non-Germans.

Ironically, we suspect that the waste which has given WIPP problems may have been originally meant for Savannah River. With the problems at WIPP do you really think that the US needs German waste?

U.S. Confirms Discussions with Germany regarding Import of Highly Radioactive Spent Nuclear Fuel; FOIA Document Indicates Discussions Began in 2011 for Import of Graphite Spent Fuel from Shuttered Gas-Cooled Experimental Power Reactor – to DOE’s Savannah River Site“, April 29, 2014,
Columbia, SC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed that discussions are underway with Germany concerning import to the DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS) of a large volume of highly radioactive spent fuel from a shuttered gas-cooled nuclear experimental reactor“. Read more here: http://www.srswatch.org

Reuters News Feed Selection

Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters
Posted:Sat, 03 May 2014 08:15:59 GMT
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed in a fire and others were shot dead when fighting between pro- and anti-Russian groups broke out on the streets of Odessa on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast on Friday, opening a new front in a conflict that has split the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/uGCumhF68MI/story01.htm

New EU force in Central African Republic sets stability as top priority
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 22:48:33 GMT
BANGUI (Reuters) – The top priority of a new European Union peacekeeping force in Central African Republic is to restore stability in the capital, the force commander, French Major-General Philippe Ponties, told a news conference on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/IVHKpe1v_JY/story01.htm

Nine killed in clashes between separatists and Islamists in Mali
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 20:06:36 GMT
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Nine people were killed in clashes in northern Mali this week between suspected Islamists and Tuareg separatist forces, separatist and military sources said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/RnWjGaZzsIc/story01.htm

West struggles for winning formula on Russian sanctions
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 18:21:04 GMT
* Russia seen as tougher sanctions target than Libya, Iran http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RM0Rc-2dYqc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russian oil output down for fourth month in a row
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 08:34:03 GMT
* Russian oil output down 0.2 pct to 10.54 mln bpd in April http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Z3YtVYyg-g0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-BASF plans record spend on U.S. plant, lured by shale gas
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 10:50:08 GMT
* Q1 adj EBIT down 3 pct at 2.1 bln eur, in line with poll avg http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ESWjkVEeymw/story01.htm

Ukraine supports idea for unified gas price in EU – minister
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 09:59:45 GMT
WARSAW, May 2 (Reuters) – Ukraine fully supports the idea of introducing a unified price for natural gas in the European Union, its Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BjTJV8rrWPM/story01.htm

EU wants one price for Russian gas for all member states
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 09:25:14 GMT
WARSAW, May 2 (Reuters) – European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Friday that the EU wants a uniform price for Russian gas for all its member states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uWko7MymAJ8/story01.htm

UPDATE 6-Oil rises on Ukraine fighting, strong U.S. job growth
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 18:32:03 GMT
* Fighting in Ukraine escalates, Putin says peace plan over http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DuYDK4XbfjQ/story01.htm

West struggles for winning formula on Russian sanctions
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 18:21:04 GMT
* Russia seen as tougher sanctions target than Libya, Iran http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RM0Rc-2dYqc/story01.htm

South Sudan’s Kiir says ready to meet rebel leader for peace talks
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 18:14:08 GMT
NAIROBI, May 2 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir said on Friday he was ready to hold face-to-face talks with rebel leader Riek Machar to try to end more than four months of violence, in a statement released by the Kenyan presidency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4dwDvu3o0ls/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Most oil-by-rail shippers not submitting data -U.S. officials
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 18:07:56 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) – Oil-by-rail shippers have mostly ignored requests from officials seeking data to prevent dangerous mishaps on the tracks, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on Friday in a posting on its website. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EQA2ac3Op1c/story01.htm

Oil-by-rail shippers withholding important data -U.S. officials
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 17:49:12 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) – Oil-by-rail shippers have mostly ignored officials seeking data by officials trying to prevent dangerous mishaps on the tracks, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1eh1QL83_f0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Oil-by-rail sector mostly ignoring call for data -US officials
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 22:30:03 GMT
(Recasts, adds background, comments from Hess, Enbridge, API) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EQA2ac3Op1c/story01.htm

Private equity firm Arsenal considers selling logistics business
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 17:03:49 GMT
May 2 (Reuters) – Private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners is considering a sale of its business that helps U.S. oil and chemical companies reclaim import taxes, a partner at the firm said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cHR4XoKAyME/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. to set up emergency gasoline stockpile for Northeast
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 16:49:50 GMT
(Recasts with Energy Department announcement, updates throughout) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ze51n3xRZR4/story01.htm

Ukraine crisis highlights NATO defense spending problem: Hagel
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 19:09:09 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s actions in Ukraine have shattered the myth of European security in the post-Cold War era and underscored the danger NATO allies have created by failing to meet their defense spending pledges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-R2jxd5ttfk/story01.htm

Obama, Merkel say U.S., Germany committed to completing trade pact
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 16:25:17 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to completing the U.S.-EU trade agreement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PbAm8PD5mSk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Canada says won’t use NAFTA to challenge U.S. on Keystone
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 15:46:05 GMT
OTTAWA, May 2 (Reuters) – Canada is not considering a NAFTA challenge after the United States once again delayed its decision on approving TransCanada Corp’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford told reporters on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/E0TRoV-3lJY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Crude oil reliance dents Chevron’s profit
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 15:08:15 GMT
May 2 (Reuters) – Sliding production and weak crude oil prices hampered Chevron Corp in the first quarter, leading the second-largest U.S. oil producer, to report a profit well below Wall Street’s expectations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zmrk_R-rJY8/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Russia to cut gas to Ukraine in June if no prepayment received
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 14:55:20 GMT
* Oettinger calls for uniform European gas pricing from Russia http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/v7eNTc-IbhI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-South Sudan leader ready for talks to end bloodshed – Kerry
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 14:19:55 GMT
* World fears descent into genocide (Adds Kerry’s comments, details on troop deployments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rVTB3aZT1H0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Severe winter boosts TransCanada’s adjusted profit
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 13:45:36 GMT
May 2 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp , Canada’s No.2 pipeline company and the backer of the Keystone XL pipeline, reported a 14 percent rise in adjusted quarterly profit as a severe winter boosted demand for its pipelines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CbVR4AdvtLc/story01.htm

Russia to cut gas supply to Ukraine in June if no payment in May-minister
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 12:30:56 GMT
WARSAW, May 2 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom will reduce gas supply to Ukraine in June if it receives no prepayment in May, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C8IZDng3suY/story01.htm

U.S. to build gasoline reserves for New York, Northeast states -report
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 11:57:08 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) – The United States plans to increase its stores of gasoline in response to shortages in New York and other nearby states in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in late 2012, a report on Friday said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xHCBq2B9kPc/story01.htm

Ukraine crisis fallout threatens Caucasus, Central Asian economies -ADB
Posted:Fri, 02 May 2014 11:34:58 GMT
* Asian Development Bank wary of escalation of crisis, sanctions

Friday, 2 May 2014

Our New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/putin-rosnefts-sour-grapes-in-ukraine-new-oil-gas-wars-and-scuttling-the-ukraines-energy-independence/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/greenpeace-vs-gazprom-encore/
Arctic drilling means that there will be more nuclear powered ice-breakers to leak in the Arctic:
Leaking reactor coolant on Russian nuclear icebreaker sends it limping home for repairs, Published on May 5, 2011 by Bellona
The Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Taymyr is returning to its home port after tiny cracks in the first cooling circuit of the ship’s reactor were found to be leaking large quantities of cooling water, sources told Bellona web.
” Continue reading here: http://bellona.org/news/arctic/russian-nuclear-icebreakers-fleet/2011-05-leaking-reactor-coolant-on-russian-nuclear-icebreaker-sends-it-limping-home-for-repairs

Crimea Conflict Could Put Ukraine’s 15 Reactors in Firing Line, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Risk of a new Chernobyl as 28th anniversary is marked
TAKOMA PARK, MD — As tensions mount in eastern and southern Ukraine after the Russian takeover in Crimea, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant sits in the potential firing line. Zaphorizhia, with six full size nuclear reactors, is located north of Crimea. Another nine reactors, at three separate locations, are also still operating across Ukraine.
” Continue reading here: http://www.beyondnuclear.org/storage/documents/Chernobyl%2028th_Crimea.pdf

Note that EU allows high levels of radionuclides in its food, though not as high as the US, Canada, Australia, but worries about fruit flies from India in Mango imports. And, ironically the poor fruit fly has been the biggest guinea pig for ionizing radiation experiments, since at least the 1920s.

Great Barrier Reef

Youtube link with more info: http://youtu.be/spiDENNWCzE

Secret documents reveal Abbot Pt dredging should not have been approved
Revelatory documents released under Freedom of Information legislation cast a new light on these controversial approvals. They show that:
 The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) advised the Federal Department of the Environment not to approve dredging at Abbot Point under the EPBC Act.
 In mid 2013, GBRMPA was preparing to refuse both the sea dumping permit and the marine parks permit.
 The GBRMPA considered the water quality offset plan to be unrealistic.
Instead, all three approvals were granted, raising serious questions about the Federal Government’s stewardship of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
” Read more here: http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/Global/australia/images/2014/140302_Reef%20dredging%20approvals%20FOI_MEDIA%20BACKGROUNDER_FINAL.pdf

Tourism operators may sue Barrier Reef body over dumping approval” February 1, 2014, Graham Cairns
Read article here: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/tourism-operators-may-sue-barrier-reef-body-over-dumping-approval-20140201-31tkr.html

Reuters News Feed Selection

REFILE -UNESCO alarmed over Australian coal port dredging near Reef
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 08:08:38 GMT
MELBOURNE, May 1 (Reuters) – Australia said on Thursday it had the know-how to protect the Great Barrier Reef after the U.N.’s cultural agency criticised a plan to dump sand nearby, but proposed postponing any move to place the reef on an “in danger” list. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HmKzLz1jyGQ/story01.htm

WRAPUP 2-Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 16:08:45 -0400
* Russia holds first May Day parade on Red Square since 1991 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MIebX0vcbOE/ukraine-crisis-idUSL6N0NN2V120140501

UPDATE 2-Alpha Natural, Walter Energy cut coal output to boost prices
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 13:02:10 -0400
* Alpha Natural sees metallurgical coal price recovery in late 2014 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/slcLYaclJ0c/walter-energy-results-idUSL3N0NN2AA20140501

Mongolian copper mine terms to be resolved by September – minister
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 05:49:29 -0400
LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – The impasse between Rio Tinto and the Mongolian government over a giant copper mine in the country should be resolved by September, with underground mining beginning within two years, a government official told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LhffWk6Rdnw/mongolia-mining-rio-tinto-idUSL6N0NM6O620140501

COLUMN-Asian coal curves shift to contango offer price hope: Clyde Russell
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 03:05:15 -0400
–Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mkuYF2JOvzo/column-russell-coal-asia-idUSL3N0NN0VY20140501

UPDATE 1-Mexico’s Penoles posts drop in first-quarter profit
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:26:57 -0400
MEXICO CITY, April 30 (Reuters) – Mexican mining company Industrias Penoles on Wednesday said its profit in the first quarter fell 42 percent from the same period last year as sales sank due to lower metals prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pqYK9PERCSo/mexico-penoles-idUSL2N0NM2Z520140430

UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto sues Vale, Steinmetz, BSGR over Guinea iron deposit rights
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:23:42 -0400
* Relates to Rio Tinto loss of rights over Simandou deposit http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gyl8tI1KLr0/rio-tinto-guinea-idUSL6N0NM66Q20140430

Ukraine detains Russian military attaché for spying
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 15:32:25 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine ordered the expulsion of Russia’s military attaché, saying it had caught him “red-handed” receiving classified information on the country’s cooperation with NATO during an armed uprising Kiev says is directed from Moscow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Qauut-eEz7g/story01.htm

Ukraine’s restive east slipping from government’s grasp
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 11:20:52 GMT
HORLIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Moscow separatists seized government offices in more Ukrainian towns on Wednesday, in a further sign that authorities in Kiev are losing control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland bordering Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/wbY3TBlkcr0/story01.htm

IMF says Ukraine would need modified bailout if eastern region lost
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 19:00:09 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday it would be forced to re-design its $17 billion bailout for Ukraine and require additional financing if the country lost territory in its restive eastern region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/gU5RTkM2axo/story01.htm

West urges N. Korea to close political prison camps, end caste system
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 18:39:00 GMT
GENEVA (Reuters) – Western powers called on North Korea on Thursday to dismantle its political prison camps and a caste system that ranks citizens based on family loyalty to the ruling dynasty. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/aFuORbIddhU/story01.htm

Pro-Russian protesters storm prosecutor’s office in Ukraine’s Donetsk
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 18:38:35 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian protesters stormed the prosecutor’s office in the separatist-held city of Donetsk on Thursday, hurling rocks, firecrackers and teargas at riot police defending officials the rebels accused of working for Kiev’s Western-backed leaders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/wZG9UVExfjQ/story01.htm

NATO says seeking closer ties with Georgia as Ukraine crisis mounts
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 16:07:24 GMT
TBILISI (Reuters) – NATO said on Thursday it was looking at ways to bring Georgia “even closer” to the military alliance, in the latest signal of support for the former Soviet republic as tension mounts between Russia and the West over Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/Y_OGPMOg01g/story01.htm

India asks EU to lift mango ban, quality checks in place
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 01:18:56 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – New Delhi has asked the European Union to lift a ban on Indian mangoes, as the country has already addressed the issue cited by the 28-nation bloc in a clampdown on shipments from next month.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The following post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/

High energy Alpha radiation from plutonium within body
Alpha radiation tracks (Hi LET) in typical star pattern in lymph node..plutonium, Los Alamos Sci, no 23, 1995
(High-LET), Alpha particles from plutonium in a lymph node:
The image … is an autoradiograph of a tracheobronchial lymph node from a former worker at the Laboratory. It shows alpha tracks radiating in a typical star pattern from tiny alpha-active clumps of material. Chemical analyses of the radioisotopes in this individual’s lungs and lymph nodes indicated that those clumps most likely consisted of an aggregate of plutonium particles.” (pp. 234-235, James McInroy, “True Measure of Exposure“, Los Alamos Science, No. 23, 1995) (Emphasis our own). For more on this topic, see yesterday’s update, below.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Areva first-quarter sales fall, hit by weak reactor services demand
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:29:20 GMT
PARIS, April 30 (Reuters) – French state-controlled nuclear group Areva said tough market conditions in the United States hit reactor servicing income as it posted a drop in first-quarter revenue. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/klNHeCr0ILo/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-CSX train carrying oil derails in Virginia in fiery blast
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:19:05 GMT
(New throughout, updates with fire extinguished, adds comments and details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YOo5vuZfhj0/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-CSX train carrying oil derails in Virginia, bursts into flames
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:02:10 GMT
NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) – A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YOo5vuZfhj0/story01.htm

Enigmatic former Xstrata boss seeks to build another mining giant
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:50:12 -0400
* Davis’ mining venture has raised $3.75 bln for new assets http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4Ig7CNJq914/mining-x2-davis-idUSL6N0NL3UA20140430

UPDATE 2-Guinea president – Vale did no wrong, can bid to reclaim mining permits
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:01:51 -0400
* BSG Resources denied allegations, seeking arbitration (Adds Conde quote, no comment from Vale, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YOmIyFgUr-E/guinea-mining-president-idUSL6N0NM3K420140430

UPDATE 1-And then there were 2: Deutsche exit renews scrutiny of silver fix
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:08:21 -0400
NEW YORK/LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank’s exit from the London precious metal fixes will leave just two banks running a century-old system that sets the global silver price, likely stirring the debate about regulation of one of the most volatile commodity markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PSrznvIfPlk/silver-fix-deutsche-bank-idUSL2N0NM0JW20140430

S.Africa platinum producers try to woo strikers in home villages
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:09:43 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, April 30 (Reuters) – Platinum producers are trying to woo striking miners back to work by reaching out to them in their home villages where many have returned to sit out a 14-week stoppage over wages. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gInRlGg9Xe0/safrica-strikes-idUSL6N0NM3O720140430

UPDATE 3-Mexico seeks quick investment with energy reform rules
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:01:22 GMT
(Adds details on cross border developments and removal of cost caps) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qze2iLNiBow/story01.htm

Success brings sanctions for Putin’s judo partner
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:43:45 GMT
* Sanctioned businessman is Putin’s childhood judo partner http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kpp9856m1OE/story01.htm

Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy adopts Berkshire name
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:07:44 GMT
April 30 (Reuters) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s energy unit has changed its name to Berkshire Hathaway Energy from MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, the largest of a growing list of businesses to adopt the name of the company run by billionaire Warren Buffett. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yB_uiy-jcSA/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Cenovus profit beats on higher Christina Lake oil sands production
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:56:22 GMT
(Adds detail and comment on Grand Rapids project in first seven paragraphs; updates shares.) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/87atBsczPl8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Obama to visit Poland in June on European tour
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:53:14 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will visit Poland in June, adding the stop to a trip in which Russia’s actions in Ukraine are expected to dominate his agenda, as it did during his last trip to Europe in March. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/R60r2c4Oiuk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Republican U.S. lawmakers seek tougher sanctions on Russia
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:36:07 GMT
(Updates number of sponsors, add details of proposed legislation) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1qBSN8lTvew/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Phillips 66 profit tops street, shale boom helps
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:07:50 GMT
* Company ordering more railcars to keep up with crude by rail growth http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/09_lzn9CUOY/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-GE says talks with France on Alstom productive, to boost jobs
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:50:30 GMT
NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) – The head of General Electric said on Wednesday talks with the French government on its offer for Alstom’s energy assets had been “productive” and expressed confidence that the deal would go through despite a potential rival offer from Germany’s Siemens. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uFzQs2Bc2_A/story01.htm

Gazprom ditches plan to build South Stream to Italy
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:39:35 GMT
* Italian spur ditched, while Austrian deal signed -sources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WnvsggSu5No/story01.htm

Six powers meet in Brussels to fine-tune Iran talks strategy
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:23:13 GMT
BRUSSELS, April 30 (Reuters) – Senior diplomats from six world powers met in Brussels on Wednesday to fine-tune negotiating strategy towards Iran with talks on its contested nuclear programme entering a crunch stretch before a July 20 deadline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/T3xZckr1u94/story01.htm

Republican U.S. lawmakers seek tougher sanctions on Russia
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:17:47 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – Nineteen Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday proposing broader and tougher measures to punish Russia over the Ukraine crisis, including sanctions on major banks and energy companies, as well as $100 million in military aid for Kiev. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KXHN9TOqBWY/story01.htm

China committed to Russian gas project, says Novatek
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:14:57 GMT
MOSCOW, April 30 (Reuters) – Chinese investors are committed to financing part of Novatek’s $27 billion Russian gas project, ensuring it has sufficient backing despite losing U.S. support because of sanctions, the company said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_eoF4QJ9mbg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Faster U.S. LNG export permits a step closer as DOE bill clears House panel
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:07:37 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. House energy committee has approved legislation to limit the length of review time for liquefied natural gas export applications, in a compromise aimed at attracting bipartisan support for speeding up U.S. gas shipments overseas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/q3zg2-D1GGI/story01.htm

Shell says won’t jump into new Russia projects amid Ukraine crisis
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:06:33 GMT
MOSCOW, April 30 (Reuters) – Oil majors are beginning to grow cool on new projects in Russia as U.S. and EU sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine make investment increasingly risky and after the Kremlin’s threat to review the West’s role in Russia’s energy industry, the world’s largest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/puShN1Xz-M4/story01.htm

Obama to visit Poland in June, U.S. Vice President Biden says
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:54:32 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will visit Poland in June, adding the stop to a European trip that will also take him to a G7 summit in Brussels and to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in a speech on Wednesday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Beech) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/30lnoyjTz9Y/story01.htm

Putin “walks the walk” over Ukraine but not as Obama wants
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:13:42 GMT
MOSCOW, April 30 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has “walked the walk” since the West imposed new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but not in the way Barack Obama intended. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Di60EOmQbgs/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Hess profit beats as Norwegian output jumps
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:55:37 GMT
* Shares up about 1 pct at midday (Adds financial details, updates stock price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gVEXvK4gOe4/story01.htm

Enigmatic former Xstrata boss seeks to build another mining giant
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:50:12 GMT
* Davis’ mining venture has raised $3.75 bln for new assets http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/38el1XGBWpE/story01.htm


Shell’s planned asset sale in Nigeria may take up to a year -CFO
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:45:55 GMT
LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – Oil major Shell may take up to a year to complete a planned sale of assets in Nigeria, and the process may be complicated by an election, the oil major’s chief financial officer said.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

New post about EDF and AREVA: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/edf-found-guilty-of-spying-on-greenpeace-how-low-will-french-government-owned-edf-areva-go/

Radioactive Tuna and Nuclear Baloney
Bologna lunch meat style sausage
Bologna Lunch Meat. Photo by Glane23 via wikimedia

Study finds Fukushima radioactivity in tuna off Oregon, Washington
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:16:58 GMT
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday.

The above research appears patent nuclear boloney of the BS and malarkey sort – not the food variety. And the professors get paid! It gives basically the same patently false blah, blah, that the amount is less than “background” or natural radiation, etc. Firstly, it is important to recall that whether or not background radiation is safe or not, it is with us and we can’t do anything about it. We can, however, stop using nuclear energy and we can, as a world, choose to handle nuclear waste properly and not half-ass. Risk is cumulative and hence any additional exposure increases risk. Also, which “other sources” are they speaking of? What radionuclides did they test for?


Ah! Of course, in another article, we found that they tested for Caesium 134 – with a half-life of 2 years! The Tepco disaster was 3 years ago! But, did they check for Caesium 137 or Strontium 90 with half-lives of about 30 years? Did they test for plutonium or americium with half-lives of hundreds or even millions of years? Nope! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_caesium#Caesium-134

Most important is that external exposures to gamma ray or x-rays must be distinguished from internal “committed” dose, which would come from eating fish. The problem is not carrying the fish around, it is eating it!

The oft-cited US Academy of Sciences BEIR report has consistently said for decades that there is no safe dose of ionizing radiation – BUT they are speaking of Low LET Radiation. The High LET, which comes from alpha emitters such as plutonium and americium is worse! And, radionuclides which are eaten, are cumulative – hence the term “committed dose” and they continue to irradiate you from within. Most assumptions assume a one-time internal exposure, and clean food and water. This is a false assumption, in an increasingly contaminated world, where some radionuclides will reach a steady state equilibrium over time. Others, may continue to simply accumulate.

Remember: No Safe Dose of Ionizing Low LET Radiation, But High LET Alpha Is Worse

The long-accepted standard of no safe dose of ionizing radiation, increasing dose is increasing risk, applies to external x-rays and gamma rays. The impact of internal, more powerful, alpha radiation, such as plutonium and americium, is recognized as much more severe. Alpha radiation is internal, more intensely damaging, and plutonium and americium, for instance, can stay in the body for a life-time, continuing their intensive bombardment. The half-life in the body of plutonium and americium is 20 to 50 years or more.

According to the US Center of Disease Control (and others):
The amount of energy that the radiation transfers per unit of path length is called its linear energy transfer (LET) and is measured in units of MeV/µm. This feature reflects a radiation’s ability to produce biological damage. Radiation is classified as either high linear energy transfer (high LET) or low linear energy transfer (low LET), based on the amount of energy it transfers per unit path length it travels. Alpha radiation is high LET; beta and gamma radiation are low LET. Alpha particles are classified as high LET radiation because their large +2 charge and relatively large mass (about 7,200 times that of an electron) cause them to move relatively slowly and interact strongly with any material they pass through, producing dense ionization along its path. Beta particles, which are energetic electrons, are classified as low LET radiation. Even though they interact with matter in a manner similar to alpha particles, their smaller +1 or -1 charge and smaller mass result in a greater distance between ionizing collisions and, thus, a lower rate of energy transfer“. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp149-c2.pdf

Recall that 239Pu is an alpha emitter with a half-life of 24,110 years, 240Pu is an alpha emitter with a half life of 6,561 years, 241Pu is a Beta emitter with a half-life of 14.325 years, but which becomes 241 Americium which is a strong alpha emitter with a half-life of 432 years, and 242Pu is an alpha emitter with a half-life of 373,300 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_plutonium http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_americium#Americium-241
Plutonium has a half-life in the body of about 20 to 50 years (some authors give 60 or 70 years or more).

The BEIR VII report is well-known for its Linear No-Threshold Model (LNT), i.e. no safe dose: “the risk of cancer proceeds in a linear fashion at lower doses without a threshold and that the smallest dose has the potential to cause a small increase in risk to humans.” However, BEIR only “focuses on the health effects of low levels of low linear energy transfer (low-LET) ionizing radiation such as x-rays and gamma rays.” They point out that “Most radiation sources have a mixture of high- and low-LET radiation. Compared to high-LET radiation, low-LET radiation deposits less energy in the cell along the radiation path and is considered less destructive per radiation track.http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/radon_division/BEIR%20VII%20Preliminary%20Report.pdf

In other words, ionizing radiation from high LET alpha particles, which may be inhaled, ingested and even absorbed through skin, is even more dangerous! The BEIR report focuses on x-ray and gamma-ray exposure, which is considered less dangerous and destructive, than the internal alpha radiation, both because it is more “destructive per radiation track” and because it stays in the body over time. Gamma-ray exposure can also occur over time in a contaminated environment.

Putin disses the Marshall Islander’s lawsuit! Any surprises there? There is also a crack-down on Russian bloggers. These are very small bloggers too! Or, shall we say that the Russian Empire disses the Marshall Islanders and cracks down on bloggers? Read more below.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Russia says Marshall Islands’ nuclear lawsuits ‘baseless’
MOSCOW Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:41pm EDT
(Reuters) – Russia said on Monday that lawsuits in which the Marshall Islands accused nine nations with nuclear weapons capability of failing in their obligation to negotiate disarmament are “baseless” and would not help rid the world of atomic weapons. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/28/us-russia-nuclear-marshalls-idUSBREA3R19C20140428

Ukraine separatists seize second provincial capital, fire on police
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:54:18 GMT
LUHANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Hundreds of pro-Moscow separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine’s provincial capitals on Tuesday and fired on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt despite new Western sanctions on Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/UPeoLcFmvmA/story01.htm

WRAPUP 4-Ukraine separatists seize second provincial capital, fire on police
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:38:28 GMT
* Separatists take buildings in Luhansk, fire on police headquarters http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9ZiNWFmNKko/story01.htm

Putin foes fear Internet crackdown as “blogger law” sails through
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:53:09 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s upper house of parliament approved a law on Tuesday that will impose stricter rules on bloggers and is seen by critics as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to stifle dissent on the Internet. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/_g2-0Hu17Rk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-OMV and Gazprom press on with Austrian branch of South Stream gas pipeline
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:06:45 GMT
* Parties relying on 2010 intergovernmental agreement (Adds OMV comment on sanctions, details of route, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JZQwg09bpm4/story01.htm

U.N. renews Western Sahara mission, but without rights monitors
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:09:02 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council renewed a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara for another year on Tuesday, and urged all sides to respect human rights, but it did not call for the United Nations to monitor abuses as rights groups have advocated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/utZ6uJaWGbY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.N. Security Council lifts ban on Ivory Coast diamond exports
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:58:48 -0400
UNITED NATIONS, April 29 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday partially eased a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and removed a ban on its diamond exports, a measure that U.N. experts said had failed to stop illicit trafficking. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HNd6Wr0HJ7Q/ivorycoast-un-diamonds-idUSL2N0NL0W120140429

UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank resigns gold, silver fix seat with no buyer
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:37:16 -0400
* Deutsche gives two weeks’ notice, to cease involvement May 13 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Okg6mhicOmw/gold-fix-deutsche-bank-idUSL6N0NL5LA20140429

Commodity trader Gunvor opens new trading office in Shanghai
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:18:38 -0400
LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Swiss-based commodity trading house Gunvor opened this month a new trading office in Shanghai dedicated to Chinese domestic business, the company on Tuesday, as it aims to expand its presence in Asia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jvRjLh3SVeY/gunvor-shanghai-idUSL6N0NL6E020140429

UPDATE 2-U.S. SEC to move forward with conflict minerals rule
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:35:12 -0400
(Adds details from a statement from the SEC’s Keith Higgins on compliance) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0W2bhA3_Efo/sec-conflictminerals-compliance-idUSL2N0NL1OV20140429

RPT-Singapore’s Blumont says police probing acquisitions
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:52:15 -0400
SINGAPORE, April 29 (Reuters) – Singapore-listed diversified firm Blumont Group Ltd said the police were probing its acquisitions as part of an investigation into the company following a penny-stock crash last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9cCZXyCw7rY/blumont-group-investigation-idUSL3N0NL59G20140429

UPDATE 2-U.S. Senator Reid opens door to Keystone pipeline vote
Posted:Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:10:30 GMT
* Reid has long opposed legislative efforts to approve Keystone http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wIlkEb4Wadc/story01.htm

UPDATE 6-Alstom accepts 10 bln euro GE bid for its energy unit
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:32:44 GMT
* Talks not exclusive, Alstom can hold talks with Siemens http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0zjJIWWX7Bw/story01.htm

Delaware messes with Texas, sparks fight over mega-bankruptcy
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:49:40 GMT
WILMINGTON, Del, April 29 (Reuters) – Energy Future Holdings is all Texas: It’s the state’s biggest power company with the state’s largest network of power lines, and it is run by a Houston native. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4awEQPgag08/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-In win for Obama, top court revives cross-state air pollution rule
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:57:39 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a victory on Tuesday by upholding a federal environmental regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Tb5makZ1lxk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Putin sees no need to sanction West, may review energy ties
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:52:24 GMT
MINSK, April 29 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow saw no need for counter sanctions against the West, but could reconsider the participation of Western companies in its economy, including energy projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wXyZsRs1LVw/story01.htm

Mercuria, Hess JV added to U.S. lawsuit over oil pricing
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:48:17 GMT
NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Two new defendants, Mercuria Energy Trading SA and Hess Energy Trading Co, have been added to a lawsuit accusing BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and several other companies of conspiring to manipulate Brent crude oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XNkYsh1VM_A/story01.htm

Iran’s Rouhani suggests critics benefited from sanctions
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:47:56 GMT
DUBAI, April 29 (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani, in a riposte to hardliners who suggest he is capitulating to the West, accused critics of his government on Tuesday of using lies and exaggeration to oppose his policies, including Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/X4YcKmiiMn4/story01.htm

UPDATE 9-Oil rebounds as geopolitical concerns resurface, crude stocks build
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:30:39 GMT
* API data shows crude inventories rose 3.0 mln barrels (Adds stock market close, paragraph 7, API data and analyst comment, paragraphs 15-20) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0b6TwPukgGE/story01.htm

Brunei adopts sharia law, others in region consider it
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 (Reuters) – The sultanate of Brunei this week becomes the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, the latest example of a deepening religious conservatism that has also taken root in parts of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ooYeYooN86U/story01.htm

WRAPUP 4-Ukraine separatists seize second provincial capital, fire on police
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:38:28 GMT
* Separatists take buildings in Luhansk, fire on police headquarters http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9ZiNWFmNKko/story01.htm

Suncor CEO assails U.S. delays in approving Keystone XL
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:13:04 GMT
EDMONTON, Alberta, April 29 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Suncor Energy Inc, Canada’s largest oil producer, criticized U.S. government delays in approving new cross-border pipeline projects on Tuesday, warning that the U.S. dream of energy independence is unachievable without Canadian oil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gmu01_oVh1c/story01.htm

Seeking deals, France rolls out red carpet for Angolan leader
Posted:Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:51:36 GMT
* France shifts diplomatic focus to win overseas contracts

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The following post has been updated https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/
We have a new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/russia-radioactive-teeth-poisoning-their-own/

Reuters News Feed Selection

S&P cuts credit rating of Russia’s Rosneft, Gazprom
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:10:39 GMT
MOSCOW, April 28 (Reuters) – Standard and Poor’s ratings agency cut the credit ratings of state-controlled Russian energy companies Rosneft and Gazprom to BBB- from BBB on Monday, the agency said in a statement on its website. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WbzHKJaF20A/story01.htm

REFILE-Salmond says Scotland would be better EU member than Britain
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:57:10 GMT
* First minister says Scotland would be “enthusiastic” EU member http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rR9PvFIzIbc/story01.htm

WRAPUP 6-US sanctions Putin allies as Ukraine violence goes on
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:29:34 GMT
* Sanctions aimed at changing Putin’s “calculus”, Obama says http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6FuFT1fvSLg/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Sechin’s “bourbon ban” won’t hurt Rosneft, oil traders reckon
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:20:21 GMT
* More Timchenko-linked firms added to list (Recasts with traders’ comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LmmX4lsRhcE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU adds 15 to sanctions list over Russia’s actions in Ukraine
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:07:12 GMT
* Brussels still working on more far-reaching sanctions (Adds new sanctions imposed, quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3AAifJLFpdo/story01.htm

Mastercard to stop services to sanctioned Russian banks
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:56:34 GMT
MOSCOW, April 28 (Reuters) – U.S. payment card firm MasterCard Inc will suspend services in the near future to cards issued by Russia’s SMP bank and InvestCapitalbank, which were sanctioned on Monday by the United States, the payment company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XqBFYvwJGfI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. lawmakers say latest Russia sanctions too mild, want more
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:41:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Monday the latest sanctions imposed on Russian individuals and companies are too mild to deter Moscow from further action in Ukraine and promised legislation to pressure the Obama administration to take stronger action. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FvZOLk7DTOg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. court revives oil companies’ lawsuit over WWII site cleanup
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:54:26 GMT
* Litigation began in 1991 (Adds Department of Justice declining to comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lo6wqv0ws0k/story01.htm

Russia says gas debt talks with EU, Ukraine planned for May 2
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:47:26 GMT
MOSCOW, April 28 (Reuters) – Russia’s energy minister and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger have reached a tentative agreement for three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine’s debt to Moscow for gas to be held later this week, the Russian ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Yxo5axz1lec/story01.htm

Exxon’s Papua New Guinea project starts LNG production before schedule
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:16:26 GMT
April 28 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp said its project in Papua New Guinea had started production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) ahead of schedule
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Szdi7qQKvTA/story01.htm

Monday, 28 April 2014

Big Anti-Nuclear Win In Taiwan

\uc0\u33274 \u28771  2013\u24180 309\u21453 \u26680 \u22235 \u36938 \u34892  Taiwanese Demonstration against the 4th Nuclear Power Plant
Taiwanese Demonstration against 4th Nuclear Power plant. Photo by grshine, via Wikimedia

Democratic Progressive Party with Longmen Nuclear Power Plant (2)
Protest on 4th nuclear power plant by the DPP in Legislative Yuan

Taiwan to halt construction of fourth nuclear power plant
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:08:56 GMT
TAIPEI, April 27 (Reuters) – The Taiwan government will halt construction at the island’s fourth nuclear power plant, an official said on Sunday, as local opposition to atomic energy continues to mount.

Anti-Nuclear Protests in Taiwan
(To contextualize the number of demonstrators, Taiwan’s 2013 population was 23,373,517. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Taiwan)

In March 2011, around 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated in Taiwan for an immediate end to the construction of the island’s fourth nuclear power plant. The protesters were also opposed to lifespan extensions for three existing nuclear plants.[8]

In April 2011, 5,000 people joined an anti-nuclear protest in Taipei City, which had a carnival-like atmosphere, with protesters holding yellow banners and waving sunflowers. This was part of a nationwide “No Nuke Action” protest, against construction of a Fourth Nuclear Plant and in favour of a more renewable energy policy.[16]

On World Environment Day in June 2011, environmental groups demonstrated against Taiwan’s nuclear power policy. The Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, together with 13 environmental groups and legislators, gathered in Taipei and protested against the nation’s three operating nuclear power plants and the construction of a fourth plant.[9]

In March 2012, about 2,000 people staged an anti-nuclear protest in Taiwan’s capital following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan one year ago. The protesters rallied in Taipei to renew calls for a nuclear-free island by taking lessons from Japan’s disaster on March 11, 2011. They ‘want the government to scrap a plan to operate a newly constructed nuclear power plant – the fourth in densely populated Taiwan’. Scores of aboriginal protesters ‘demanded the removal of 100,000 barrels of nuclear waste stored on their Orchid Island, off south-eastern Taiwan. Authorities have failed to find a substitute storage site amid increased awareness of nuclear danger over the past decade’.[17]

In March 2013, 68,000 Taiwanese protested across major cities against the island’s fourth nuclear power plant, which is under construction. Taiwan’s three existing nuclear plants are near the ocean, and prone to earthquakes caused by geological fractures under the island.[18]

On 19 May 2013, 10,000 Taiwanese protested in Taipei against the further development of nuclear power in Taiwan. The protest was launched by an environmental protection organization to protest the construction of the fourth nuclear power plant. Protesters held banners and flags with writings such as No Nuclear Power or We Don’t Want Another Fukushima.[19]

On 26 May 2013, hundreds of Taiwanese protested in Taipei calling to vote down the nuclear power referendum bill and to stop the construction of Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant. Protesters form a big yellow words displaying STOP in front of Legislative Yuan. The protest came a few days before the plan by Kuomintang to push through a bill to hold a referendum in Taiwan and decide the fate of the fourth nuclear power plant.[20]

On 2 August 2013, nearly 100 activists from Taiwan Anti-Nuclear Action League protested against the fourth nuclear power plant in front of Legislative Yuan. They urged the government to immediately stop the project. The league composed of members from Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Humanistic Education Foundation and Green Citizens’ Action Alliance.[21]

On 16 August 2013, Taiwanese held a press conference in Taipei to demand Taipower to stop further electricity price hike, stop construction of the fourth nuclear power plant and stop lying to the public.[22]

On 24 August 2013, over 1,000 Taiwanese gathered at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to demand the government to stop constructing the fourth nuclear power plant. The event was organized by Moms Love Taiwan. The organization made three request during the demonstration, which were for the government to come up with energy policies, promote education on environmental and energy matters and publish the timetable for a nuclear-free Taiwan.[23]

In March 2014, around 130,000 Taiwanese marched for an anti-nuclear protest around Taiwan. They demanded that the government remove nuclear power plants in Taiwan. The march came ahead of the 3rd anniversary of Fukushima disaster. Around 50,000 people marched in Taipei while another three separates event were held around other Taiwanese cities attended by around 30,000 people.[24][25] Among the participants are the organizations from Green Citizen Action’s Alliance, Homemakers United Foundation, Taiwan Association for Human Rights and Taiwan Environmental Protection Union.[26]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Taiwan (references and additional info at link: emphasis our own).

Reuters News Feed Selection

Ukraine rebels free Swedish hostage; Obama seeks unity against Russia
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:50:09 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine freed a Swedish observer on Sunday, but said they had no plans to release seven other European monitors they have been holding for three days. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/A6RauaI8NdE/story01.htm

End game nears on South Africa’s strike-hit platinum belt
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:01:00 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, April 28 (Reuters) – The end game to South Africa’s big platinum strike is drawing near after the producers said they would take their latest wage offer directly to employees after marathon wage talks to end the 13-week strike collapsed on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5upF3FDu_SI/safrica-strikes-idUSL6N0NJ0RP20140427

S.African police use water cannon to disperse platinum belt rioters
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:23:35 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, April 27 (Reuters) – Police said on Sunday they used water cannon and stun grenades to disperse rioters in South Africa’s platinum belt after the country’s sports minister was attacked by rock-throwing protesters while campaigning for the May 7 election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QOe7aZKXrb0/safrica-elections-police-idUSL6N0NJ11C20140427

Zarif says most Iranians support nuclear deal with West
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:48:22 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday he saw a good chance for a nuclear deal with the West because “most Iranians” were in favour of it, playing down resistance from Islamic hardliners. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/-n5H6zuFE7Q/story01.htm

Separatists seize control of TV HQ in east Ukraine city
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:45:12 GMT
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/gfymYGCmKT8/story01.htm

Essar investors, fighting buyout, appeal to India and UK
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:49:01 GMT
LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Minority investors in Essar Energy have appealed to the Indian and British governments to intervene to head off a forced takeover by its majority owner at a price they say undervalues the company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/G17ZX4lD8RI/story01.htm

Germany advises against travel to east Ukraine, says media at risk
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:42:26 GMT
BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) – Berlin’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday strongly advised Germans to avoid travelling to eastern areas of Ukraine due to the tense situation and said journalists risked being held by separatist forces there. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vU9qyOLxSsw/story01.htm

Obama urges united riposte to Russia for “destabilising” Ukraine
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:44:18 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and Europe must join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it destabilising Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists were for a third day holding eight international observers prisoner. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/5bJbDxsMTt4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Brent nudges up near $110 on Ukraine tensions
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:12:28 GMT
* Zueitina port still closed as Libyan govt assesses damages http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CgpOCOGbFuw/story01.htm

U.S. plans to impose new sanctions on Russia this week
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 04:00:05 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – The United States plans to slap new sanctions on Russia this week that the White House says will target people and companies inside President Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QXBVzqzWtbQ/story01.htm

Death of witness may stymie probe into Brazil dictatorship
Posted:Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:57:50 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A month ago, retired army colonel Paulo Malhães proudly declared that during Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship he had tortured leftists until they died and then cut off their hands to prevent their bodies from ever being identified. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/GAs__ckxM7Y/story01.htm

Abbas calls Holocaust “most heinous crime” against humanity
Posted:Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:46:42 GMT
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust “the most heinous crime” against humanity in modern times, in an apparent bid to build bridges with Israel days after troubled peace talks collapsed
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/ZbDqcWPMs3Q/story01.htm
From the article: “By speaking in superlative terms, Abbas could risk a backlash from Palestinians who draw comparisons between their suffering at the hands of Israeli occupiers and that of Jews under Hitler’s Third Reich.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

The following post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/radioactive-reindeer-chernobyl-guinea-pigs-part-viii-of-a-series/

Declaration of arbroath
The Declaration of Arbroath is a declaration of Scottish independence, made in 1320. It is in the form of a letter submitted to Pope John XXII, dated 6 April 1320, intended to confirm Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state and defending Scotland’s right to use military action when unjustly attacked… The Declaration made a number rhetorical points: that Scotland had always been independent, indeed for longer than England; that Edward I of England had unjustly attacked Scotland and perpetrated atrocities; that Robert the Bruce had delivered the Scottish nation from this peril; and, most controversially, that the independence of Scotland was the prerogative of the Scottish people, rather than the King of Scots. In fact it stated that the nobility would choose someone else to be king if Bruce proved to be unfit in maintaining Scotland’s independence. Some have interpreted this last point as an early expression of ‘popular sovereignty'[4] – that government is contractual and that kings can be chosen by the community rather than by God alone.” Most cited quote from the translation of the Declaration: “for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Arbroath (Emphasis Added: References and more info at link)

Reuters News Feed Selection

Scottish leader says energy and fisheries make Scotland key to Europe
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:19:28 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s energy reserves and fishing grounds will make it a crucial member of the European Union (EU) if it votes to leave the United Kingdom in an independence referendum, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/HnBrzlPRsOY/story01.htm

UK Treasury says time to start busting ‘myths’ on Scottish independence
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:14:34 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will step up its campaign against Scottish independence this week when a senior Treasury official travels to Edinburgh to try to dispel “myths” surrounding claims made by supporters of secession. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/AZwlQdGATxs/story01.htm

Japan, U.S. tiptoe into new phase of Pacific trade talks
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:59:05 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Japan are edging into a new phase of trade negotiations after U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s summit, people with knowledge of talks to create one of the world’s biggest trade pacts said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/uHWK0mAl5DY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Slovakia reaches deal to ship limited gas volumes to Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:36:44 GMT
* Deal to be signed in Bratislava on Monday (Adds Ukraine confirming ready to sign deal, quotes, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CEboVg_kqdE/story01.htm

Russia offered support in effort to free OSCE monitors – Germany
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:03:04 GMT
BERLIN, April 26 (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday welcomed an offer of support from his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to help efforts to free Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors held in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zBfPBYIwY8U/story01.htm

Russia, consumer states discuss gas supply via Ukraine -report
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:43:46 GMT
MOSCOW, April 26 (Reuters) – Russia’s Energy Minister and the head of Gazprom discussed gas supplies via Ukraine with representatives of consumer countries Bosnia, Macedonia and Moldova on Saturday, Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/o5HeeYl7Dyc/story01.htm

Most workers trapped in Nepal tunnel rescued, three still missing
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 03:17:29 GMT
KATHMANDU, April 26 (Reuters) – Thirteen of the workers including a Chinese national trapped by a landslide inside the tunnel of a hydroelectric power project in Nepal were rescued on Saturday, a project official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vWeD7pY29Ok/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Sandvik shares drop as mining gloom squeezes margins
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:03:53 -0400
* Shares down 3.3 pct, drop from 11-month high (Recasts with CEO comment, adds share price, detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fctEGF_yztA/sandvik-results-idUSL6N0NH1AK20140425

Siemens to sell VAI unit to Mitsubishi Heavy – paper
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:31:07 -0400
BERLIN, April 26 (Reuters) – Germany’s Siemens will sell a majority stake in its VAI Metals Technologies unit to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, an Austrian newspaper reported on Saturday citing industry experts.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

We have one reblog and two new posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/arrest-monbiot-website-launched-on-the-eve-of-chernobyls-28th-anniversary/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/russias-broken-promises-ukraine-gave-up-nuclear-weapons-arsenal-in-exchange-for-respect-of-its-independence-sovereignty-and-borders/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/small-country-takes-on-russia-france-uk-us-and-others-in-court-over-nuclear-non-proliferation-treaty-violations/

26 April 1986, 28 Years Ago Today, The Chernobyl Disaster and It’s Ongoing
View of Chernobyl taken from Pripyat
The abandoned city of Pripyat with Chernobyl plant in the distance

The Chernobyl disaster (Ukrainian: Чорнобильська катастрофа, Chornobylska Katastrofa – Chornobyl Catastrophe; also referred as Chernobyl or the Chornobyl accident) was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

The following is a re-post from our Thursday, 24 April, 2014 News, for those who missed it. (New postings of Reuters News Feeds Continue Below it)

Current, 2014, Situation in Ukraine Endangers Clean-up and Containment of Chernobyl and Keeps Doctors from Helping Children with Heart Conditions Caused by Chernobyl

Notice that Ireland has undergone structural adjustment, and Ireland has impoverished people and homeless, and yet Ireland has given almost 2 euros (1.7 euros) per person to help better entomb the Chernobyl reactor. In contrast, Russia, who made the mess at Chernobyl in the first place with a faulty reactor design, has promised only 10 cents per person! (Per capita breakdown of pledges below) Ireland has no nuclear, either! By leaving the UK behind them, they opted out of the Empire, and thus did not have nuclear forced upon them. Ireland is nuclear free.

For Ongoing Construction of Safe Containment for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant:
Ireland 4.5 million population gave 8 million euros or 1.7 euros per person
Russia 143.5 million population pledged 15 million euros
or 0.10 euros (10 cents) per person
USA 317.8 million population pledged 182 million euros
or 0.57 euros (57 cents) per person
Ukraine 45.59 million population pledged 45 million euros
or 0.98 euros (98 cents) per person
Germany 81.89 million population pledged 60 million euros,
or 0.73 euros (73 cents) per person
UK 63.23 million population pledged 53 million euros
or 0.838 euros (83 cents) per person

Escalating Ukraine-Russia hostilities raises new Chernobyl fears on 28th Anniversary Apr 23, 2014
The increasingly volatile situation in strife-torn Ukraine has raised fresh fears over a $2 billion internationally funded construction project to make the still highly unstable Chernobyl nuclear power plant safe for the next 100 years
At the heart of this latest setback for the huge engineering project is the economic crisis facing Ukraine because of the continuing destabilising tensions in the east of the country where separatist groups are seeing closer integration with the Russian Federation and uncertainty over Russia’s contribution to the globally funded clean up and containment programme.

The EU has pledged €250 million towards the cost of the Safe Confinement project; the US €182 million, Germany €60 million, the UK €53 million, Ukraine €45 million, Russia €15 million. Ireland has contributed €8 million towards the cost of building a gigantic concrete shield or ‘sarcophagus’ over the still leaking reactor.” (Emphasis added) Read the entire article here: http://www.chernobyl-international.com/news/2014/04/23/escalating-ukraine-russia-hostilities-raises-new-chernobyl-fears-on-28th-anniversary

An Irish charity has collected a lot of money to help the children of Chernobyl. This conflict in Ukraine also undermines that effort.

Excerpt: “For the past 10 years teams of surgeons from the US and Canada have travelled to Ukraine and Belarus six times a year to perform operations on children who have been diagnosed with a condition known as ‘Chernobyl Heart’.

6,000 children are born with genetic heart diseases and defects in Ukraine each year. Medical experts there say these conditions, some of which they describe as ‘Chernobyl Heart’, are linked to radiation leaks from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident in 1986
The ‘open heart’surgery programme to save the lives of these children is a joint initiative between Ireland, Ukraine and the US. The €3 million – the programme cost so far – has been raised entirely in Ireland by CCI donors and volunteer fundraising activities.
The operations are carried out in the Regional Hospital in Kharkiv in the east of Ukraine – by some of the world’s leading heart specialists – under the direction of the renowned US cardiologist Dr William Novick, Founder of the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF)
. (Emphasis Added) Read entire article at: http://www.chernobyl-international.com/news/2014/04/14/escalating-crisis-in-ukraine-forces-suspension-of-irish-aid-programme
For more information: http://www.chernobyl-international.com

For information about Ireland’s Structural Adjustment and Homelessness in Ireland: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/assistance_eu_ms/ireland/index_en.htm http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/occasional_paper/2013/pdf/ocp167_en.pdf http://www.dubsimon.ie/Homelessness/PovertyinIreland.aspx

Reuters News Feed Selection

REFILE-AFRICA INVESTMENT-In platinum’s war of attrition, capital has labour out-gunned
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:10:46 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, April 25 (Reuters) – Labour brought a machete to a gunfight with management in South Africa’s platinum belt. Small wonder it looks set to lose. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/d6XU_qeXjaQ/africa-investment-idUSL6N0NH2JP20140425

CORRECTED-Chevron wins a round in U.S. suit against lawyer in Ecuador case
Posted:Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:11:24 GMT
NEW YORK, April 25(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by a U.S. lawyer to stall the enforcement of a ruling that found he used fraud to secure a $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp in Ecuador. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xq7f_xdTd6I/story01.htm

China wants more Latin American oil, president to visit in July
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:51:46 GMT
BRASILIA, April 25 (Reuters) – China might be slowing economically but it still wants to buy more oil from Latin America and invest in infrastructure in the region, with a presidential visit planned for July, Chinese and Brazilians officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vg9rGb-3mdI/story01.htm

French energy minister promises 100,000 green jobs
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:50:38 GMT
PARIS, April 25 (Reuters) – Segolene Royal, appointed French energy and environment minister this month, said on Friday she planned to create 100,000 jobs in the next three years with a drive for green growth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OjSTUHBEAK0/story01.htm

Crimea faces motor fuel shortages as Ukrainian supplies dry up
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:58:06 GMT
MOSCOW, April 25 (Reuters) – Crimea could be hit by severe gasoline and diesel shortages within a few weeks after the annexation of the peninsula by Russia cut off the majority of its supplies from Ukraine, senior trade sources in the region said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GXtuBkvbH6I/story01.htm

Russian firms risk funding crunch as investors fear sanctions
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:55:49 GMT
* Analyst calls short-term debt ‘Russia’s soft underbelly’ http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jI0ZrXIxAlM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Canada still betting the U.S. will approve Keystone XL
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:51:40 GMT
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, April 25 (Reuters) – Canada remains confident Washington will ultimately approve the Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast, two prominent cabinet ministers said on Friday, adding that the latest U.S. delay is political and not based on environmental concerns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-PZ2X3Hag0I/story01.htm

Wyoming natgas plant still burning two days after explosion
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:08:09 GMT
April 25 (Reuters) – Fire was still burning at Williams Companies Inc’s natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Friday, two days after an explosion disrupted supplies in the key Rockies hub. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/W6vuBv69Q38/story01.htm

German defence ministry-unable to contact observer mission in east Ukraine
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:07:18 GMT
BERLIN, April 25 (Reuters) – Germany’s defence ministry said on Friday it was unable to contact a German-led group of international military observers on a mission in the rebel-held city of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GuPezHntSEc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Merkel tells Putin Russia has not done enough to ease Ukraine crisis
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:05:58 GMT
* Merkel says EU, G7 to consider more ‘second stage’ sanctions http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/62FukH6NCXQ/story01.htm

Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:54:29 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed nations on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7SkmeFHuGvw/story01.htm

China labor activist freed, says will still help strikers
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:30:47 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese labor activist has been freed after being detained for more than two days by security agents who he says tried to convince him not to make contact with workers involved in China’s biggest strike in years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/E3-VXTpiB8Q/story01.htm

Obama wraps up Japan visit but no trade deal
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:03:42 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America’s ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed to clinch a trade deal key his “pivot” to Asia and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reforms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/b_aORrXOjhc/story01.htm

Putin foe Navalny avoids detention during new Russian trial
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:51:31 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court rejected a request by prosecutors to put Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny behind bars during a second trial on theft charges, leaving one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics under house arrest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6LeOGSPEkoc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Turkey, Russia cut gold holdings in March -IMF
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:14:28 -0400
NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – Turkey and Russia both cut their gold holdings in March after increases the month before, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/L3xP2bKZmJ0/gold-imf-holdings-idUSL3N0NH0NP20140425

Two executives at units of state-run China Resources detained – newspaper
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:31:56 -0400
HONG KONG, April 25 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities detained last week two senior executives at units of China Resources Holding Co. Ltd, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday, as the chairman of the state-run conglomerate is being investigated for corruption. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yNxWdxrouYA/china-res-land-executives-idUSL3N0NH0JJ20140425

Czech finance minister says state should keep control of oil pipelines
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:34:10 GMT
SKALICA, Slovakia, April 24 (Reuters) – The Czech government should not cede control of its strategic oil and oil product pipelines to the private sector, Finance Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/krRwvKkI4yY/story01.htm

UPDATE 9-Brent crude rises over $1 on Ukraine war of words
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:22:02 GMT
* Kiev resumes operations in Eastern Ukraine with fatalities http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CZ4bCPaCBfc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine haggles with Slovakia for bigger gas shipments
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:44:12 GMT
* EU commissioner says ready to talk with Russia (Adds quotes, Ukrainian minister seeking bigger supplies) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CMf5q3U9gq8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. regulators to propose enhanced tank car standards
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:21:18 GMT
(Adds detail of proposal, background on rail accidents, previous NEW YORK) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ObxlosRYM-A/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Kerry: window closing for Russia to change course in Ukraine
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:24:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Thursday that the United States is drawing closer to imposing more sanctions on Russia by saying time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pbzmOgB3TMI/story01.htm

RPT-Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:29:59 GMT
* Angry Muslims call for partition of country after sectarian violence http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/69QZQbWmJLc/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Wyoming natgas facility still ablaze after blast, supplies cut
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:02:08 GMT
NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – A fire was still raging at Williams Companies Inc’s natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Thursday, a day after an explosion rocked the site, disrupting supplies in a hub in the Rockies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3MhFjfiFeBg/story01.htm

Obama warns North Korea on nuclear test: South Korean media
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:46:21 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Friday against conducting another nuclear test, saying that it would draw a firm international response. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7xt-m5JAYXA/story01.htm

Exclusive: Obama may call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push – sources
Posted:Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:42:51 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is expected to speak to several European leaders on Friday to try to nudge the EU toward fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/X7sGzGvz70M/story01.htm

Iranians face midnight fuel price surge as subsidies cut
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:17:00 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranians have rushed to gas stations to fill their cars before a price surge expected at midnight on Thursday, as President Hassan Rouhani pushes ahead with a policy to cut fuel subsidies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/0D9WnBVGRFo/story01.htm

U.S. seeks $700,000 in illegal proceeds traced to ex-South Korea leader
Posted:Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:59:57 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has sued in court to recover $700,000 in alleged corruption proceeds traced to former South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/xNRo3zpwPdw/story01.htm