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This post was updated from 6 to 13 May 2014. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/the-ongoing-saga-23-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/the-ongoing-saga-25-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Updates are in inverted order. Last update is on top.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Our new post is a very short peer reviewed article written by Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky who was persecuted by Putin’s bud (or twin?), Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus (for the last 20 years). https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/chronic-cs-137-radioactive-caesium-incorporation-in-childrens-organs/ Belarus took the worst hit from Chernobyl and they apparently have chosen the easy way to deal with it – pretend the radiation-radionuclides don’t exist and suppress information which indicates otherwise, as well as persecuting researchers. By now, 28 years later, the Caesium 137 will have degraded by almost half, but there are other more long-lived radionuclides present from Chernobyl, as well.
Chernobyl radiation map 1996

Belarus’ Lukashenko: Twenty Years as President!!! He’s got Putin beat! Whatcha Know!
Alexander Lukashenko has been the only person who has served as president since the elections in 1994“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_Belarus
Putin’s been PM or Pres for only about 14 1/2 years.

Members of Amnesty writing on his behalf got Dr. Bandazhevsky out of jail:
Prisoner of Conscience Professor Yury Bandazhevsky Is Free!” August 5, 2005
Amnesty International USA welcomes the good news that Yury Bandazhevsky, a prisoner of conscience and one of AIUSA’s Special Focus Cases, was conditionally released on August 5, 2005. A well-respected scientist, Professor Bandazhevsky had clashed with the Belarusian government over his work on the health impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986 on the people of Belarus. He served four years of an eight-year sentence on fabricated criminal charges before his release.” Entire press release is here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/latest-victories/prisoner-of-conscience-professor-yury-bandazhevsky-is-free Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky moved to France. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yury_Bandazhevsky

Dr. Bandazhevsky’s groundbreaking research on the effects of radioactive cesium upon the children and people of Belarus is not well known in the United States. This is in large part because the government of Belarus chose to persecute him and suppress his work, which threatened to disrupt their plans to repopulate lands grossly contaminated with radioactive cesium. Bandazhevsky was forced to write this study while under house arrest, awaiting many years of subsequent imprisonment and torture. Government agents had already destroyed many of the archived samples, slides and materials that he and his colleagues and students had accumulated during the nine years he was Rector of the Gomel State Medical Institute of Belarus. However, Bandazhevsky had already published much of the statistical data he had obtained in 4 books: Clinical and experimental aspects of the effects of incorporated radionuclides in the body [Russian and English]. Gomel 1995; Pathophysiology of incorporated radioactivity. Gomel, 1997; Structural and functional effects of radionuclides incorporated into the body, Gomel, 1997. Pathology of incorporated radioactivity, Minsk, 1999, as well as numerous articles in the collection of scientific works of the Gomel State Medical Institute“. (From Steven Starr’s March, 2013 preface to “Radioactive Cesium and the Heart”, by Dr. Bandazhevsky: http://www.ratical.org/radiation/radioactivity/RadCsAndHeart2013.pdf (Emphasis added)

Chinese slave labourers still trying to get justice from Japanese corporations. Mitsubishi and Nippon Coke (formerly Mitsui Mining) are currently in the cross hairs of a lawsuit.
From an article from almost 8 years ago:
Mr. Abe’s grandfather and political model, Nobusuke Kishi, who was prime minister from 1957 to 1960, oversaw the forced labor program as minister of commerce and industry during the war.” ( “Wartime Chinese Laborers Sue Japan“, NYT, November 15, 2006, by NORIMITSU Norimitsu Onishi http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/15/world/asia/15japan.html?pagewanted=print&_r=0 )
Nippon Coke is still part of the Mitsui Keiretsu:
The primary aspect of a horizontal keiretsu (also known as financial keiretsu) is that it is set up around a Japanese bank. The bank assists these companies with a range of financial services. The leading horizontal Japanese keiretsu, also referred to as the “Big Six”, include: Fuyo, Sanwa, Sumitomo, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and Dai-Ichi Kangyo bank groups. Horizontal keiretsu may also have vertical relationships, called branches.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiretsu
Mitsui Group … is one of the largest (keiretsu) in Japan and one of the largest corporate groups in the world.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsui

Putin’s Con regarding Ukraine’s Gas Debt:

Putin alleges that the Ukraine owes Russia 3.5 billion USD ($3,500,000,000). On 10 April, 2014, the Ukraine owed Russia $2.2 billion, according to Reuters. BBC cites Gazprom as saying Ukraine owes Russia $1.7 billion, as of 5th April. These sky-rocking numbers seem to have more to do with Russia canceling their discount and also raising the price of gas both astronomically and arbitrarily than with usage. It is not winter, after all!

Putin submitted to Russia’s State Duma and subsequently signed a law (ca 2 April) which unilaterally cancelled 4 bilateral agreements with the Ukraine. Thus, Russia ceased paying the $530 million ($530,000,000) annual rent for Russia’s military base at Sevastopol, Crimea. Russia would no longer write off $100 million ($100,000,000) of debt for use of Ukrainian waters. While no one specifies if this second is annual, it really must be annual rent.

This means that with the $1.7 billion gas debt, within less than three (2.7) years, it could have been wiped clean and with the current debt, in less than 6 years (5.5) years the debt would be wiped clean, if Putin-Russia wouldn’t have taken over Crimea, and then unilaterally canceled the rent. He took away the gas discount that was included in the agreement, as well.

Additionally, by obtaining Crimea, Putin also obtained some if not all of the Ukraine’s oil and gas rights in Crimea-the Black Sea and effectively blocks access to whatever oil and gas still belongs to the Ukraine. Most certainly the oil and gas would have been sufficient to wipe away the Ukraine’s debt and the Ukraine would also have a non-Russian source of oil and gas. And, then, there are the two solar power plants which the Ukraine lost. (See various references below) If the Ukraine has lost its eastern half now, it has lost even more oil and gas, among other things.

This clearly shows that Russia’s state capitalism currently combines all of the evils of usurious banks, monopoly capital, authoritarianism and militarism rolled up in one tight knit ball, ruled over by Putin (and strangling the poor). This is the reason that neither capitalists nor true socialists have fancied this Stalinist model. France and Areva-EDF, and even Sweden and Vattenfall are of a similar model. In fact, they too are examples of state capitalism run a mock, so there really appears to be little or no difference, except that Areva appears to be using France’s military might to run over Africa, rather than its neigbhors.

This is a quote relevant to Russia both yesterday and today:
Emma Goldman in an article from 1935 titled ‘There Is No Communism in Russia’ said of the USSR: ‘Such a condition of affairs may be called state capitalism, but it would be fantastic to consider it in any sense Communistic… Soviet Russia, it must now be obvious, is an absolute despotism politically and the crassest form of state capitalism economically” (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_capitalism

And, yet another, this by the “renegade” Karl Kautsky, from immediately after the Russian Revolution:
It is only the old feudal large landed property which exists no longer. Conditions in Russia were ripe for its abolition but they were not ripe for the abolition of capitalism. Capitalism is now once again celebrating a resurrection, but in forms that are more oppressive and harrowing for the proletariat than of old. Instead of assuming higher industrialised forms, private capitalism has assumed the most wretched and shabby forms of black marketeering and money speculation. Industrial capitalism has developed to become state capitalism. Formerly state officials and officials from private capital were critical, often very hostile towards each other. Consequently the working man found that his advantage lay with one or the other in turn. Today the state bureaucracy and capitalist bureaucracy are merged into onehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_capitalism (Emphasis added)

Like Lenin, Putin has “laid the foundation for a new dictatorship in place of the old Czarist dictatorship.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Kautsky It’s simply that Putin mixes and matches elements of Czarist dictatorship and Stalinist dictatorship – so we have a former KGB officer, then chief, wrapped in the robes of the Orthodox Church, but then again, that’s what Putin’s job was as a KGB officer, playing to be someone he was not, in short, an actor. Ahhhh…

References-stats-info regarding Ukraine’s gas debt:

Russia’s Putin cancels Black Sea deals with Kiev”
Wed Apr 2, 2014 3:28PM GMT http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/02/356915/russias-putin-cancels-deals-with-kiev/

With Crimea annexation, Putin expands oil and gas empire
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Friday officially incorporating Crimea as part of Russia. Moscow’s Crimea annexation is a double whammy against Ukrainian energy security – blocking Kiev’s access to Black Sea oil and gas while extending Mr. Putin’s energy dominance in Europe
“, by David J. Unger, Staff writer, CS Monitor, March 21, 2014 http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0321/With-Crimea-annexation-Putin-expands-oil-and-gas-empire

UPDATE 3-Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt
Posted:Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:01:05 GMT
* Putin says Ukraine could siphon off gas bound for Europe (Adds U.S. comment)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/okohac17kLI/story01.htm

Ukraine rejects Russia Gazprom gas price hike
5 April 2014 Last updated at 14:54 GMT
“Gazprom says Ukraine’s gas debts to Russia stand at just over $1.7bn (£1.02bn).
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26902522

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Russia repeats Ukraine gas cut threat if no payment by June 2 Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 18:49:43 GMT
MOSCOW, May 12 (Reuters) – Russia on Monday reiterated its threat to stop supplying Ukraine with natural gas if Kiev does not pay in advance for June deliveries, and said further talks on the issue were also contingent on payment”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hqed276uIqU/story01.htm

Rebels appeal to join Russia after east Ukraine referendum
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 08:04:41 GMT
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Moscow rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine called on Monday for their region to become part of Russia, the day after staging a referendum on self-rule, although Moscow stopped short of endorsing their bid for annexation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-80B1MAtWtc/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 2-Australian iron ore trade faces labour unrest as boom fades
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 18:19:54 -0400
* Strike would cripple half of Australia’s iron ore exports http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lWL6kebNFWo/australia-iron-strike-idUSL3N0NY6DW20140512

INSIGHT-Hundreds of Chinese families seek wartime compensation from Japan
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 17:00:00 -0400
BEIJING, May 13 (Reuters) – As relations between China and Japan plumb a new low, the descendants of hundreds of of Chinese men forced to work in wartime Japan are taking big, modern-day Japanese corporates to court. They are seeking millions in compensation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/i6obFxm1ENM/china-japan-reparations-idUSL3N0NH2HQ20140512

Russia’s Severstal gets bids for U.S. operations – source
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 03:49:57 -0400
MOSCOW, May 12 (Reuters) – Russian steelmaker Severstal has received bids from potential buyers for its North American operations, a Russian source familiar with the matter said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jQ-fMJO_DWY/russia-severstal-idUSL1N0NY05820140512

Gem Diamonds says mines more carats in first quarter
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 02:43:35 -0400
May 12 (Reuters) – Gem Diamonds Ltd recovered more carats from its flagship Letseng diamond mine in Lesotho in the first quarter and said it sold its rough diamonds at higher prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/efPz0P1B0OY/gemdiamonds-results-idUSL3N0NU50L20140512

UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate Republicans block energy bill, forfeit a Keystone vote
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 22:54:36 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked an energy-efficiency bill backed by manufacturers and environmentalists, forfeiting a chance to vote on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EY7k0lPGKgA/story01.htm

REFILE-UPDATE 4-EU adds top Putin aide, two Crimea energy firms to sanctions list
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 21:39:26 GMT
* Commander of Russian paratroops, separatist leaders also targeted http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w1AbUFfAtIY/story01.htm

CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-Union Pacific line in Colorado operating after derailment
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 13:48:54 GMT
(Company corrects to say rail line back in service Sunday, not Saturday in 5th paragraph) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iUKCmQnx914/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Australia’s Leighton says CEO of Indian mining unit arrested
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 13:46:06 GMT
SYDNEY, May 12 (Reuters) – Leighton Holdings, Australia’s biggest builder, said the head of its Indian mining subsidiary had been arrested and warned it may lose a contract to develop and operate a coal mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FG_MwkqHY68/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Egypt reaches deal with Norway’s Hoegh on LNG import terminal
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 12:29:58 GMT
* Government, firm see terminal operational by third quarter http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QyyrRgo1VbQ/story01.htm

Japan, China to square off at regional security forum
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 04:12:05 GMT
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – A major regional security conference is shaping up as a face-off between Asia’s two biggest powers, as Japan sends its hawkish prime minister and China dispatches a feisty diplomat instead of the usual brass to counter Tokyo’s more assertive message. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/TSfc4W_wMsY/story01.htm

Canada prosecutors charge driver in Lac-Megantic railway crash
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 03:42:33 GMT
TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian authorities on Monday charged Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd (MM&A) and three employees with criminal negligence following last summer’s train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yYNvjy2QVzI/story01.htm

South African police deployed to platinum belt to protect miners
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 07:10:03 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police deployed additional officers to the platinum belt on Tuesday to protect striking miners expected to start returning to work this week, a police spokesman said, as producers pushed ahead with plans to resume production
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/hMnlOG2bbG8/story01.htm

Monday, 12 May 2014

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

Yesterday we had a new post about the funding of two pro-nuclear organizations by the nuclear industry, and funding of US politicians by the nuclear industry: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/nuclear-front-groups-nuclear-matters-and-center-for-climate-and-energy-solutions/

These are reblogs about the agreement for Russian state-owned Rosatom to build two new reactors (Paks II) in Hungary: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/viktor-orban-looked-into-vladimir-putins-eyes-and-was-reassured/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/russia-hungary-and-the-european-union-paks-documents-released/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/a-brief-summary-of-the-russian-hungarian-agreement-on-the-paks-nuclear-power-plant/

Regarding the head of Rosatom, see: “Russia: Sergei Kiriyenko — Russia’s ‘Kinder Surprise” By Victor Yasmann, February 15, 2006, http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1065790.html It notes, among other things, that his grandfather was KGB and that his mother is/was Ukrainian.

World Needs to Get Ready for the Next Nuclear Plant Accident” By Yuriy Humber, Apr 4, 2014 9:39 AM GMT+0200 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-03/world-needs-to-get-ready-for-next-nuclear-power-plant-accident.html

This is old news, but we are posting it, as a reminder, because of discussions regarding the costs of German Decommissioning:
UK’s nuclear clean-up programme to cost billions more than expected Nuclear Decommissioning Authority declines to predict final lifetime clean-up cost amid fears total bill could exceed £100bn“, by Terry Macalister, The Guardian, Sunday 23 June 2013 19.14 BST http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/23/britain-nuclear-atomic-clean-up-decommissioning

Who Will Pay For Germany’s Nuclear Decommissioning? The German Taxpayer or Nuclear Utility Companies?

The Nuclear Power Plant owners will be very happy if the German Government (read German taxpayers) take(s) responsibility. While the utilities have paid into a pool of money, as seen above, the probability of cost overruns are well known. They are so thrilled, that Swedish Government owned Vattenfall (and others) have said that they MIGHT drop their lawsuits against Germany for closing the nuclear power plants early! (See Reuters article below).

But, the very basis of Vattenfall’s lawsuit appears false to us. The two Vattenfall reactors at Brunsbüttel, and Krümmel seem to have constantly had problems and were old. And, their licenses have expired and would need to be renewed. Reportedly, the type of reactors used in Germany (except Grundremmingen) have particularly weak containment and inspection is difficult because the bottom is inaccessible for inspection. Krümmel and Brunsbüttel were shut down in November 2007 because “the causes of events in the nuclear power plants are not completely identified and appropriate remedial measures need to be taken to prevent recurrence”. Brunsbüttel never went back online. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernkraftwerk_Brunsbüttel As for Krümmel: “The first fire in the transformer of the nuclear power plant Krümmel (part owned with E.ON) in 2007 forced a closure of the power plant for over two years, while a short circuit in July 2009 in another transformer led to another closure. Due to these incidents the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Peter Harry Carstensen announced that this will be letzter Versuch (their last try) before complete closure of the facility.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vattenfall

The Brunsbüttel and Krümmel reactors were old and fraught with problems. Swedish Government owned Vattenfall suing the German government for closing them down early looks like what lawyers call a “frivolous” lawsuit, without merit, to us. It is a nasty tactic being played by the Swedish government (Vattenfall) against the German people. With all of the problems of these reactors, it would be interesting to know how much profit the Swedish government has or has not made off of them (and how much profit they have made in Germany, period). Whereas, the other utilities are suing within German courts, Sweden is using international courts for Vattenfall. Presumably the other German reactors are old too, and have the same containment issues noted above, with the one exception.

The Vattenfall case has become infamous:
In May 2012 the Swedish energy company Vattenfall filed a request for arbitration against Germany at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., because of Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear energy. Vattenfall relies on its rights under the Energy Charter Treaty, an international trade and investment agreement in the energy sector. This treaty, like many international investment agreements, grants foreign investors the right to bypass the domestic courts of the host country and to directly file a complaint to an ad hoc international tribunal to challenge proposed government regulations. Vattenfall is expected to claim well over €700 million in compensation in response to the closure of the nuclear power plants Krümmel and Brunsbüttel.” (Emphasis our own, from “BRIEFING NOTE JUNE 2012 The German Nuclear Phase-Out Put to the Test in International Investment Arbitration? Background to the new dispute Vattenfall v. Germany (II)“, by Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder and Rhea Tamara Hoffmann The entire report may be read here: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2012/german_nuclear_phase_out.pdf

Reuters News Feed Selection

German utilities want a public body to shut nuclear plants-sources
Posted:Sun, 11 May 2014 13:17:00 GMT
FRANKFURT, May 11 (Reuters) – German utilities are in talks with the government about handing over responsibility for decommissioning the country’s nuclear power plants to a public foundation, two sources familiar with the proposals said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IethjFIx19M/story01.htm

Rebels declare victory in east Ukraine vote on self-rule
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 07:06:20 GMT
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Moscow rebels declared a resounding victory in a referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/SM4qRduOPbM/story01.htm

Chinese police hunt for protesters after waste plant clash
Posted:Mon, 12 May 2014 00:04:46 -0400
BEIJING, May 12 (Reuters) – Police in eastern China are hunting for protesters who unleashed violence at the weekend in a campaign against a huge waste incinerator, leading to clashes with the police, state media reported on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XdxlGjn2MWk/china-protests-idUSL3N0NY0Z720140512

Thiess India CEO arrested over coal mine dispute – Leighton
Posted:Sun, 11 May 2014 20:03:39 -0400
SYDNEY, May 12 (Reuters) – Australia’s Leighton Holdings said on Monday the head of its Thiess subsidiary in India has been arrested by police and the main client for its Pakri Barwadih coal mine is attempting to terminate its contract. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DE5dZdhfM9k/australia-leighton-hldgs-thiess-idUSL3N0NY00220140512

BP aims to invest $1.5 bln in Egypt in 2014 – MENA
Posted:Sun, 11 May 2014 20:39:56 GMT
CAIRO, May 11 (Reuters) – BP plans to invest $1.5 billion this year to increase its production of natural gas in Egypt, hit by an energy crisis following three years of political turmoil, the state news agency MENA said on Sunday
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8snnxbpxiNs/story01.htm

Sunday 11 May 2014

Please note that important information regarding Russia-Putin-Ukraine appears below this information update about Oklahoma and Hydraulic fracturing, as does Switzerland’s special missile defence and general news.

Politics of USGS Warning

Updated-correction to https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/oil-gas-injection-wells-and-earthquakes-in-oklahoma-a-usgs-warning/

We had posted the USGS (US Geological Survey) information quickly and overlooked the politico-economics of it. The USGS appears to place the problem of injection-induced seismicity solely upon wastewater injection, rather than on the more obvious and the profitable hydraulic fracturing. This appears to illustrate that not all US Gov officials are as dumb as they appear. Rather they are sly. But, any and all sly lies will come back to bite them and/or their children personally, whether earthquakes, sinkholes, radioactive waste, etc.

And, perhaps we need to return to calling fracking what it is, fracturing. While water is often used, it is not the only means. The ever-imploding Bayou Corne, Louisiana sinkhole was caused by failures in wastewater injection. The below illustration shows clearly why fracturing induces earthquakes and sinkholes.
HydroFrac2
Illustration of Hydraulic Fracturing by Mike Norton, via Wikimedia Commons

Fractracker.org map Oklahoma
Yellow Shale wells (3-18-2013, generalized), Purple Class II wells (generalized)Counties, Oklahoma Shale wells (3-18-2014) and Class II wells. Data Mapped by The FracTracker Alliance on FracTracker.org. Original data sources are listed as Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Geologic Survey, US Census, EIA. Accessed on 11 May 2014, UTC, http://maps.fractracker.org/latest/?appid=fc88d95485c8423bafee417c26a95782&webmap=aa7f85ff6fb149248df33ba2aae66080
The FracTracker maps are built on an Esri platform on FracTracker.org

Definition of US Class 2 wells http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class2/

Ongoing Failure of a Waste Water Injection Well in a Salt Dome

Bayou Corne, Louisiana, 16 April 2014

This is a real oil well in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol
Oklahoma State Capitol April 3, 2007
© Caleb Long via Wikipedia, Creative Commons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_Oil_Field

Putin: How Quickly We Forget!

For those who want to lionize Putin, because either they are too young to recall, or too absent-minded; also, for those who know people who lionize Putin, since the pro-Putin people are probably no longer with us here (except for Russia gov). Please Read about the Following! Ask yourself the likelihood that someone would make false accusations on their death bed? (Absent-minded though I am, I have not forgotten!)

Poisoned with Polonium 210 (deathbed accusations against Putin)
In his last statement he said about Putin:
…this may be the time to say one or two things to the person responsible for my present condition. You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed. You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilised value. You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilised men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.
” (Emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoning_of_Alexander_Litvinenko (Original, 24 November 2006, 13:18 GMT, “Spy’s death-bed Putin accusationhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6180068.stm

Unfortunately, Mr. Litvinenko over-estimated humanity! Where are the howls of protest? Are we so absent minded or so uncivilised? But, he appears to under-estimate God, as well. Putin will get his just deserts when he dies, if not before.

In this context, it is worth noting (again) that Putin’s grandfather was cook to Lenin, who many believe Stalin had poisoned. And, that Putin’s grandfather was afterwards cook to Stalin. Hence, logic suggests that Putin’s grandfather brought Stalin to power, by poisoning Lenin. While one cannot be blamed for one’s grandparents, often people seem to be even more like their grandparents than their parents. (This makes sense to the extent that people revolt against their parents, who had, in turn, revolted against their own parents!)

Has Everyone Forgotten This Assassinated Russian Journalist?
Anna Politkovskaja im Gespr\'e4ch mit Christhard L\'e4pple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Politkovskaya
(She was, by the way, of Ukrainian origin)

Switzerland’s Missile Defence Shield: Banks and Trading Houses
Schalterhalle SKA 1856
Interior of the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (later Credit Suisse) main building in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo circa 1930s

Banking and oil trading for Russia would appear to protect Swiss leaders against being poisoned by Putin’s minions, as well.

Putin’s Dangerous Precedent

Putin has set a dangerous precedent by trying to reclaim land previously colonized by Russia, in Ukraine. Not only does it look like Hitler invading to protect German colonists in various lands, but with the obvious exception of Japan, all or almost all countries have large immigrant communities, for one reason or another. Some have allowed mass migration and others are themselves colonial settler states (e.g. Ireland, Americas, Australia) Will the original homelands of migrants now threaten the country which they reside in, as in Ukraine, where Russia threatens the Ukraine on behalf of Russian migrants? This could then happen anywhere. Almost any country can invade the USA or Canada or Australia on these grounds, and Spain and others (e.g. Portugal, Italy, Germany) can invade Latin American countries.

Breaking the world into tiny states could help with democracy and break-down huge militaristic states. But, will we break countries up street by street and house by house on ethnic or religious lines? This was the tragedy of Sarajevo. It is also the tragedy of Northern Ireland. It is one of the tragedies of Palestine-Israel. What if one spouse is one religion and one another? What of the children of mixed ethnic or mixed religious marriages? The only place, of which we are aware, that it seems to have worked out well is when the Swiss canton of Appenzell peacefully divided into protestant (Ausserrhoden) and catholic (Innerrhoden) parts. However, it seems that the religious minorities were allowed to stay: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appenzell_Innerrhoden
Peace Line, Belfast - geograph - 1254138
Photo by Ross via Wikimedia-Creative Commons
A so-called “Peace Line” in Belfast, separating a Protestant and Catholic neighbourhood from each other. The wall runs the length of the Springmartin Road and is about 18 feet high. The compound at the top of the wall is a police station.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_lines (In Northern Ireland, the Irish were so largely displaced by British colonists, that it chose to stay in the UK, when most of Ireland became free. Also, in the Americas and Australia the natives were moved, killed and displaced. This is true for Palestine-Israel, though the thorny question is who was there first and how far back to go and what to do now. For instance, religious identities were not necessarily the same 2,000 plus years ago in the region; diaspora Jews often married into their adoptive communities while in exile; there are the oft-forgotten Palestinian Christians. In fact, we know that religious identities were not exactly the same because there was no Islam and no Christianity, initially. But, some Jews in the region would have converted to Christianity early on and some of those converted, in turn, to Islam. Who was there before the Jewish people claimed the land the first time around – thousands of years ago? Will DNA testing determine ethnicity? And, compared to what? Will it be patrilineal based on the Y chromosome or matrilineal based on the mitochondria? Is it based on the majority DNA, who might be later arrivals or will DNA be compared to those buried in the land thousands of years ago. It is a topic which is far more complicated than anyone dare say. Even in the case of Ireland, ancestors of some of those who became Scottish passed through Ireland on the way to Scotland. And, so some of Scottish ancestry may truly be at home in Ireland. Historically the area surrounding the Irish Sea-Straits of Moyle had ethnic, linguistic and cultural continuity and still does somewhat. What of the non-indigenous who have lived in Ireland for almost 1,000 years? Or in Ireland or the Americas for hundreds of years? Are they Irish? Are they Americans? What of Australians? What of all of the persecuted indigenous peoples? There is even at least one indigenous minority in Japan!)

Reuters News Feed Selection

Ukraine warns of ‘abyss’ as rebel east approaches self-rule vote
Posted:Sat, 10 May 2014 21:45:05 GMT
MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian leader Oleksander Turchinov warned pro-Russian eastern regions they would be stepping into the abyss if they voted for self-rule on Sunday in a referendum that has raised Western fears of a slide to full civil war. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/pHoqEfzrfYs/story01.htm

North Korea renews threat of nuclear test
Posted:Sat, 10 May 2014 21:26:48 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/QiUTR-41Zzw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-PM Orban calls for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians beyond borders
Posted:Sat, 10 May 2014 16:34:15 GMT
* New parliament endorses Orban as PM for new four-year term http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZSd_tkT-WiA/story01.htm

Protesters in east China clash with police over waste incinerator plan
Posted:Sat, 10 May 2014 12:40:52 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Protesters in eastern China clashed with police at a rally against plans to build a huge waste incinerator that residents fear will be harmful to their health and add to pollution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8aYQoWy6fHU/story01.htm

Quake warning adds new worries to tornado-prone Oklahoma
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 17:51:06 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A warning from U.S. scientists that Oklahoma may be hit by a major earthquake has caused a run on insurance policies for tremors in the heartland state, adding to the woes of residents already in the firing line of devastating tornadoes
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4okF4PHdDFA/story01.htm

Saturday, 10 May 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/
New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/oil-gas-injection-wells-and-earthquakes-in-oklahoma-a-usgs-warning/ Injection wells can trigger earthquakes along pre-existing fault-lines. Interesting that there is reportedly a lot of fracking, and injection wells, near the WIPP waste facility, which is salt, so if water enters in there is double trouble: the canisters will rust and the facility can collapse. The speed depends on the speed that water enters.

Updates on UK gov Undermining Democracy in Cumbria, England

Update regarding attempts to force a nuclear dump upon Cumbria against the wishes of the County Council and the people they represent:
To say that CoRWM’s recent public meeting in Workington was dissappointing would be a truly masterful piece of understatement!” Posted on May 9, 2014 by cumbriatrust http://cumbriatrust.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/to-say-that-corwms-recent-public-meeting-in-workington-was-dissappointing-would-be-putting-it-rather-mildly/

Reblog: Protest of proposed New Nuclear build in Cumbria: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/anti-nuclear-protestors-slam-plans-for-new-power-station/

Not only is Democracy being Undermined in Cumbria, but the Wastwater lake, in the famous English Lake District (National Park), is endangered by New Nuclear Build. Nuclear power plants require a lot of water. The entire Lake District-National Park is endangered by the proposed deep geological repository, as well, due first to surface work and later to the dump itself.
Wast water
Wast Water or Wastwater is a lake located in Wasdale, a valley in the western part of the Lake District National Park, England. The lake is almost 3 miles long (4.6 km) and more than a third of a mile (600 m) wide. It is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet (79 m), and is owned by the National Trust. It is one of the finest examples of a glacially ‘over-deepened’ valley.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wast_Water

Reuters News Feed Selection

Putin marks Victory in Crimea as Ukraine violence flares
Posted:Sat, 10 May 2014 06:46:39 GMT
SEVASTOPOL (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for the first time since it was annexed by Moscow, proclaiming as he marked the Soviet victory in World War Two that incorporating the former Ukrainian territory had made Russia stronger. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/pHoqEfzrfYs/story01.htm

EU criticises Putin for attending Crimea military parade
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 16:18:53 GMT
BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) – The European Union criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin for attending a military parade in Crimea on Friday, saying he should not use the commemoration of victory in World War Two to showcase Russia’s annexation of the region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Mr82RNf524g/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EU set to add first companies to Russia sanctions list
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 15:35:28 GMT
* Many EU states reluctant to back trade sanctions (Adds details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gz8Hv6B3ovQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-U.S. takes first step toward fracking disclosure rules
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 16:04:46 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – The Obama administration announced its first steps on Friday toward possibly tighter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, seeking public input on whether companies should be required to disclose the contents of fluids used in the oil and natural gas drilling technique. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zkNU2-vk194/usa-fracking-epa-idUSL2N0NV0M420140509

U.S. court affirms sanctions against DuPont in battle with Monsanto
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 15:32:17 -0400
May 9 (Reuters) – U.S. chemical maker DuPont and its agricultural seed unit, Pioneer, acted in bad faith in a long-running legal battle with rival Monsanto Co, according to a federal appeals court ruling on Friday that affirmed sanctions against DuPont. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1jWYslNWVvY/dupont-monsanto-ruling-idUSL2N0NV1KT20140509

UPDATE 1-Lonmin aims for May 14 restart to end S.Africa platinum strike
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 13:32:37 -0400
* Rival union says members coming back (Adds NUM, Anglo and other comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9kCpwoBZi8U/safrica-strike-idUSL6N0NV45C20140509

UPDATE 1-Vedanta shelves India bauxite plan pending local approval
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 12:36:18 -0400
May 9 (Reuters) – Vedanta Resources Plc said on Friday it would not mine bauxite at a controversial project in eastern India until it can win over local communities opposed to its plan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qSDsWZ_SfBg/vedanta-bauxite-idUSL3N0NV4FS20140509

U.N. blacklists ex-Central African Republic president, militia leaders
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 23:25:43 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A United Nations Security Council committee on Friday imposed sanctions on Central African Republic’s former President François Bozizé and two other men linked to the country’s conflict after China and Russia withdrew their objections to the move. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/_1uSJ54l2Mo/story01.htm

Italy court upholds mafia conviction against Berlusconi adviser
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 21:10:14 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s highest appeals court on Friday upheld a mafia collusion conviction against a close associate of former Silvio Berlusconi, a further blow for the former prime minister who began serving a tax-fraud sentence earlier in the day. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Q2P5VCMoWL8/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 1-Belarus won’t block creation of Eurasian Economic Union
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 13:35:15 GMT
MINSK, May 9 (Reuters) – President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday Belarus would not block the signing of a deal creating a Eurasian Economic Union after resolving a dispute with Russia over oil product duties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uoTBT1JGKhQ/story01.htm

EU set to add about 15 people, five firms to Russia sanctions list-diplomats
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 13:15:51 GMT
BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors have agreed in principle to add approximately 15 people and five Crimean-based companies to the bloc’s list of sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, EU diplomats said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IJV5-PlwXJo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-France wants Areva to buy Alstom wind unit if GE wins bid-paper
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 12:53:07 GMT
* Even together, the two would be small player in offshore (Adds EWA data, industry background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wc7eArPOFqE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-China audits State Grid as corruption crackdown seen widening
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 11:25:38 GMT
(Adds graft-fighting official investigated for corruption)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KeHDn2cX1lM/story01.htm

Update, Friday, 9 May 2014

WIPP Facility Won’t Return To Full Ops for estimated 18 mths to 3 years

As reported at the Public Hearing: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/

This is one more reason the USA does NOT need German High Level Radioactive Waste!
WIPP update 8 May 2014 LANL nitrate salt hypothesis
Image from public hearing.

Friday 9 May 2014

These are our two new posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/earthquakes-nuclear-disaster-and-global-impacts-will-we-continue-to-ignore-the-warning-from-2003/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/recent-japan-magnitude-6-earthquake-japans-most-dangerous-nuclear-power-plant-a-reminder-of-japans-deadly-conjunction-of-high-seismicity-nuclear-power/

All WIPP Facility Public Hearings, including yesterday, are here: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote
Posted:Fri, 09 May 2014 01:09:46 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/TGlqNRjp1pg/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-GE says not in talks with Toshiba about Alstom grid unit
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 16:07:51 -0400
May 8 (Reuters) – General Electric, which wants to buy Alstom’s energy business, is not in talks with Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp about the French company’s power grid unit, a GE France spokesman said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BIzIQGwTNZE/alstom-offer-general-electric-toshiba-idUSL6N0NU5JH20140508

UPDATE 3-Freeport to buy Apache’s Gulf of Mexico assets after shale sale
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 15:44:56 -0400
(Updates share price, adds Apache conference call commentary) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/H4UWaUHgyxU/apache-results-idUSL3N0NU5GA20140508

EU’s Oettinger says “no problem” with South Stream-paper
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 16:56:24 GMT
VIENNA, May 8 (Reuters) – – European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is not troubled by plans to bring the Russian South Stream gas pipeline to Austria, although the Commission has raised some objections with Vienna, he told a newspaper. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mPXLzLJxlN8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. puts sanctions on Russian bank with Syria ties
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 16:37:02 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday for the first time imposed sanctions on a Russian bank for its dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in a three-year civil war with opposition forces. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0VmE-Jq2rzE/story01.htm

Uganda aims to borrow $145 mln for oil region infrastructure
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 16:36:14 GMT
KAMPALA, May 8 (Reuters) – Uganda on Thursday said it wanted to borrow $145 million from the World Bank to revamp infrastructure in the Albertine region where it discovered commercial oil reserves. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HaaBg6dBBw4/story01.htm

EU lays groundwork for sanctions on Russian companies
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 16:19:20 GMT
* EU expands scope of sanctions to allow it to target firms http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aG_Fm71xkmc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Eni’s investors block ethics clause on corrupt managers
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 16:07:25 GMT
* Government had urged ethics clauses for state-controlled firms http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KtUI7hIEvVU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Lithuania wins cheaper Russian gas after LNG sabre rattling
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 15:48:57 GMT
* Lithuania seeks first LNG imports in 2015 (Adds LNG deal, links) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sFPNC5RIyIc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Higher demand in Japan, Europe helps JA Solar post profit
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 12:46:10 GMT
May 8 (Reuters) – China’s JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd posted a first-quarter profit, compared with a year-earlier loss, driven by higher demand for its panels in Japan and Europe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/26ddlVYNb6E/story01.htm

Balfour Beatty suspends managers in gas contract investigation
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 12:28:33 GMT
LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – British infrastructure company Balfour Beatty has suspended three managers as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged “inappropriate activity” on a 480-million-pound contract awarded by National Grid, the companies said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TaTp59ZbLA4/story01.htm

US billionaire green activist shifts from bomb thrower to team player
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 17:09:41 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Boston Red Sox fans streamed into Fenway Park last April for an early-season baseball game, a small plane circled above, towing a banner that read “Steve Lynch for Oil Evil Empire.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/P9Fe-onbNx4/story01.htm

India rejects WHO report saying New Delhi has worst air pollution
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 14:03:14 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Thursday rejected the findings of a World Health Organisation (WHO) study that ranks New Delhi as the world’s worst city for air pollution, with government scientists saying the U.N. agency had overestimated levels in the capital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wjCySKqCdI0/story01.htm

WHO finds Indian cities have dirtiest air; Chinese data foggy
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 07:20:17 GMT
GENEVA (Reuters) – An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing’s measurements, like its skies, are far from clear. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KZVVRuk6NLQ/story01.htm

Chevron settles Ecuador dispute with Patton Boggs for $15 mln
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 16:41:30 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chevron Corp said on Wednesday that Washington law firm Patton Boggs has agreed to pay $15 million to settle claims it tried to enforce a multibillion-dollar Ecuador judgment against the oil company it knew was fraudulently obtained. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wKrMDeeg6cU/story01.htm

German cabinet passes plans for green energy rebate for industry
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 09:23:52 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday signed off on a draft law that grants energy-intensive firms a partial rebate on a renewable energy surcharge after months of wrangling with Brussels.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/PQ5sup2Lsx4/story01.htm

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Two new posts about the Merkel-Obama plot to export high level German waste to the Savannah River site, USA. The first includes the Savannah River Site Watch summary of the situation-freedom of information documents. The second discusses the demographics of the surrounding areas and how they are both disproportionately poor and disproportionately African American, compared to the US average. We also have a reblog about radiation on the beaches in Cumbria: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/u-s-confirms-discussions-with-germany-re-importing-high-level-german-nuclear-waste-to-the-usa/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/germany-to-dump-high-level-radioactive-waste-on-the-poor-african-americans-savannah-river-site-usa/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/radioactive-beached-art-this-saturday/

Ukraine security forces say 2 cars belonging to attackers destroyed
May 8, 2014, 12:21 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has announced that security service officers’ positions in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in southeastern Ukraine came under fire last night and two cars belonging to the attackers were destroyed by return fire.
http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraine-security-forces-say-2-cars-belonging-to-attackers-destroyed-346871.html

Reuters News Feed Selection

Putin to Ukraine rebels: postpone secession vote
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 07:11:26 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held, potentially pulling Ukraine back from the brink of violent dismemberment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/I0NaY6g05qo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Avocet says repairs at Burkina Faso mine hit gold output
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 04:00:13 -0400
May 8 (Reuters) – Avocet Mining Plc reported a 24 percent decline in gold output for the first quarter after losing nine days of production to the refurbishment of a mill at its flagship Inata mine in Burkina Faso. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5PCSSXWEjbU/avocetmining-results-idUSL3N0NU2W420140508

China, Japan scramble for nickel after Indonesian ban
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 03:59:37 -0400
* Chinese nickel pig iron prices rise ahead of refined metal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VHSDnk3yjbg/nickel-china-japan-idUSL3N0NM45U20140508

China-Vietnam sea incident not ‘clash’: China vice foreign minister
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 07:02:42 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said on Thursday that China and Vietnam could resolve disputes at sea peacefully and that an incident between the countries earlier this week in a part of the disputed South China Sea was not a “clash”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/iuTkPaJb27I/story01.htm

Hong Kong property tycoons stand trial in city’s biggest graft case
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 05:00:59 GMT
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thomas and Raymond Kwok, the billionaire co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, Asia’s largest developer, went on trial on Thursday in Hong Kong’s biggest corruption case since the city’s anti-graft agency was formed nearly 40 years ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/iAQcD-A2dLk/story01.htm

Toshiba wants to buy Alstom power grid business from GE – Nikkei
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 19:01:38 GMT
May 8 (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp will offer to buy Alstom’s power grid business for “several hundred billion yen” if General Electric Co completes its planned purchase of Alstom’s energy business, the Nikkei newspaper reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IswaiilGQzY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine’s Poroshenko urges more sanctions if Russia backs referendum
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 18:38:28 GMT
BERLIN, May 7 (Reuters) – Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko urged Europe and the United States to agree on a third wave of sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin supports a referendum planned by separatists in eastern Ukraine on May 11. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QunHjGAWLMA/story01.htm

RPT–Legal minefield of Russia sanctions worries bond investors
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT
* Worries that broader sanctions will include Russia corp debt http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-GiNg78TcD0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-France awards $5.6 bln offshore wind tender to GDF-led consortium
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 17:24:06 GMT
* France wants to have 6000 MW offshore capacity (Adds quotes from Areva, EDPR executives) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zWaRE8A0V2Y/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Enbridge new Gulf Coast capacity seen online in few months
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 17:13:44 GMT
(Updates throughout, adds CEO comment and analyst comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0X1Z7JGaAmc/story01.htm

Croatia, MOL resume talks on dispute over future of oil firm INA
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 17:49:30 GMT
ZAGREB, May 7 (Reuters) – The Croatian government and Hungarian oil and gas company MOL resumed the first fresh talks in almost four months on Wednesday on the future of jointly owned Croatian energy firm INA after years of wrangling over it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mbUXqwXBU2I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-China April copper imports rise around 7 pct on month
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 23:34:11 -0400
* April copper imports at 450,000 T vs 420,000 T in March http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xKmYblccE9k/china-trade-copper-idUSL3N0NT3C820140508

UPDATE 1-China’s April iron ore imports second highest on record
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 23:29:09 -0400
* Expectations of rising steel demand, financing needs drive rise http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/7A0St1wwB90/china-iron-imports-idUSL3N0NU0QZ20140508

UPDATE 1-Vallourec ups cost efforts as MidEast slows, euro bites
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 16:28:14 GMT
PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) – French pipes and tubes maker Vallourec is to step up cost saving measures as its profits are hurt by the strong euro currency and a slowdown in orders from the Middle East energy sector, still the main driver of demand growth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TayJk1SQ_6k/story01.htm

Randgold first-quarter profit rises
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 02:23:35 -0400
May 8 (Reuters) – Randgold Resources Ltd reported a 14 percent rise in first-quarter profit as it produced more gold during the period. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qE1PQiPV48A/randgoldresources-results-idUSL3N0NT24020140508

India’s Adani wins Australia state nod for $15 bln coal project
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 01:50:28 -0400
MELBOURNE, May 8 (Reuters) – India’s Adani Enterprises won approval on Thursday from the Australian state of Queensland for an A$16.5 billion ($15.4 billion) coal and rail project in the untapped Galilee Basin. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_NLOXjOCMnE/mining-adani-ent-australia-idUSL3N0NU1IY20140508

UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto says has good ties with Guinea despite Simandou lawsuit
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 21:24:15 -0400
* Rio Tinto sees Simandou production starting in 2018 at best (Adds Rio Tinto chairman comments, lawsuit details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kRekQn8i4oc/mining-riotinto-guinea-idUSL3N0NU08K20140508

UPDATE 2-BSGR starts arbitration against Guinea over lost mining rights
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 19:00:14 -0400
LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – BSG Resources (BSGR), the mining unit of Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz’s business conglomerate, said on Wednesday it had sought arbitration over the government of Guinea’s decision to revoke its mining rights in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/H7TlbgeCiPs/guinea-mining-idUSL6N0NT61620140507

UPDATE 1-Enel Q1 beats forecasts as prepares for new CEO
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 06:49:11 GMT
* Net up 5 percent to 895 mln (Adds revenue data, details of new CEO) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vkw1SRYxsJc/story01.htm

INSIGHT-End of oil boom threatens Norway’s welfare model
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 05:30:00 GMT
* Oil investments falling, high costs deter growth elsewhere http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JuLWV5ObHww/story01.htm

Unit of Poland’s PKN Orlen buys another Canadian upstream unit
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 05:27:17 GMT
WARSAW, May 8 (Reuters) – TriOil Resources, the Canadian upstream unit of Poland’s top oil refiner, PKN Orlen, bought its local rival Birchill Exploration, making good on the promise to buy oil production assets to increase profitability, PKN said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fvtAramLnAY/story01.htm

Woodfibre LNG, British Columbia sign deal on natgas export proposal
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 20:51:29 GMT
VANCOUVER, May 7 (Reuters) – Singapore-based Woodfibre LNG signed a letter of intent on Wednesday with the province of British Columbia, advancing the company’s goal of making its first liquified natural gas shipments to Asia by early 2017. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rAxdPAoQYZA/story01.htm

Viper Energy files to go public
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 20:45:41 GMT
May 7 (Reuters) – Viper Energy Partners LP filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bOKbs7weF64/story01.htm

SolarCity posts smaller loss, raises full-year outlook
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 20:27:59 GMT
May 7 (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp, the largest residential solar installer in the United States, raised its full-year forecast for panel installations after reporting a smaller first-quarter loss. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/J2Uda1FlgpU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-SolarCity raises forecast as demand for solar installations rise
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 21:59:55 GMT
* Shares up 9 pct (Adds details, analyst comment, share movement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DoqwNnayaAY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-White House to remove Russia from trade benefits program
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 20:20:56 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave the U.S. Congress official notice on Wednesday that he plans to pull Russia from a program that allows duty-free imports of certain goods, known as the Generalized System of Preferences, the White House said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oZimNEULcRo/story01.htm

SEC ends probe of Chesapeake, ex-CEO McClendon; no action planned
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 00:57:17 GMT
May 8 (Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp said on Wednesday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ended its probe against the company and its former chief executive Aubrey McClendon. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ik2ZvWSrFHM/story01.htm

U.S. Senator Landrieu questions Republican commitment to Keystone
Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 00:24:30 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu accused Republicans on Wednesday of being more interested in exploiting the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline project as an election issue than in voting to build it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7ZXRMHB800E/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Enbridge new Gulf Coast capacity seen online in few months
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 22:39:37 GMT
VANCOUVER, May 7 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc , Canada’s largest pipeline company, said on Wednesday its Flanagan South and Seaway expansion projects in the United States aimed at more than doubling capacity to Gulf Coast refineries were on track to begin operating in the next few months. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0X1Z7JGaAmc/story01.htm

Ex-BP CEO Hayward, who left after spill, to be Glencore chairman –Telegraph
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 22:31:44 GMT
May 7 (Reuters) – Former BP chief executive Tony Hayward will be named chairman of global mining giant Glencore Xstrata Plc and will be stepping down from his position as CEO of Genel Energy, the Daily Telegraph reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tv0_T68TZV8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-States must be warned of oil-by-rail cargoes, U.S. says
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 22:11:25 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – U.S. companies moving crude oil via rail must tell state officials when a cargo is moving across their regions, the U.S. Transportation Secretary said on Wednesday, the latest response to a string of fiery and sometimes deadly derailments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wHQfa2AnrHo/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Libyan rebels reject talks with PM, keep oil ports shut
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 22:06:08 GMT
* Seizure of ports, oilfields has cut vital crude output (Adds top rebel leaders, quotes, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jOw4qgMjrbQ/story01.htm

Chinese man seeks divorce after smog drives family apart
Posted:Thu, 01 May 2014 06:39:33 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical island province to escape the capital’s notorious smog, saying the long-distance relationship had destroyed their marriage, state media said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/bF33M-JgcyY/story01.htm

Bouteflika says militants killed by Algerian troops were foreign
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 20:40:25 GMT
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said 10 militants killed by government forces this week included fighters from Libya, Mali and Tunisia, state news reported on Wednesday
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ptd98k6aeYo/story01.htm

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

This was our new post yesterday: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/german-dresdner-bank-commerzbank-putin-and-russian-state-owned-gazprom-rosneft/ We had put the wrong link.

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

What Happens with “Business as Usual” and when Sanctions are either Not Implemented or Not Followed?

Both sides bury dead as Ukraine slides towards war
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 00:20:49 GMT
KRAMATORSK/ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Both sides have been burying their dead as Ukraine slides further towards war, with supporters of Russia and of a united Ukraine accusing each other of tearing the country apart.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/DYlE-bcOKUE/story01.htm

How Russia Inc. Moves Billions Offshore — and a Handful of Tax Havens May Hold Key to Sanctions,” By Jesse Drucker, Alan Katz and Andy Hoffman May 5, 2014 7:22 PM GMT, Article here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-05/russia-knows-europe-sanctions-ineffective-with-tax-havens.html

EU, US sanctions on Russia: Big Oil stands with Moscow – for now (+video) New Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine early this week did little to deter the world’s leading energy firms from moving ahead with major oil and gas projects in Russia. That could change as Washington and Brussels mull broader sanctions on Russia’s energy industry.” By David J. Unger, Staff Writer, CS Monitor, April 29, 2014, Article here: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0429/EU-US-sanctions-on-Russia-Big-Oil-stands-with-Moscow-for-now-video

WHOOPS SWITZERLAND DOES IT AGAIN! THEY’RE NOT THAT INNOCENT!

Whoops Switzerland does it again! They’re not that Innocent, as they arrogantly play! Nor Neutral. As they did with Nazi Germany, so today does Switzerland undermine sanctions on Russia, regarding Ukraine. It is believed that approximately “75% of Russian exports of crude oil and oil products are managed through Geneva“. http://www.tradingforum.unige.ch/modules/trading/general_information/trading_hub.html So Switzerland certainly has power on this and other matters, which is completely disproportionate to its size and population (8 or 9 million).

It is important to recall that without Banks (and usually trade) no leader, whether good or bad, lasts for long. Without Swiss Banks turning stolen gold into clean Swiss francs to be used by Germany to access products on the global market, the Third Reich would not have lasted for long, subsequent to sanctions. And how many countries were run over by Hitler, with the support of Swiss industry and banks?

When Switzerland helped Nazi Germany circumvent sanctions, this is a tiny part of what happened:
St Paul after the Blitz
St. Paul’s Cathedral after the Blitz
Probably the most devastating strike occurred on the evening of 29 December, when German aircraft attacked the City of London itself with incendiary and high explosive bombs, causing a firestorm that has been called the Second Great Fire of London… Civilian casualties on London throughout the Blitz amounted to 28,556 killed, and 25,578 wounded.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blitz
Fotothek df ps 0000010 Blick vom Rathausturm
Dresden, 1945, view from the city hall (Rathaus) over the destroyed city
Deutsche Fotothek
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The city authorities at the time estimated … 25,000 victims, a figure which subsequent investigations, including one commissioned by the city council in 2010, support“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II
Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at Weimar, Germany
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topf_and_Sons

If Italy or Germany or France or Austria decides that they lust after Switzerland and its wealth, all should turn blind eyes, as Switzerland is now doing for the Ukraine. If there is ever justice this side of the grave, no one wants to be near Switzerland when it happens.

The Russian Czar supported Switzerland’s Reemergence as an Independent State after Napoleon Ran it Over. But, Switzerland won’t do the same for Ukraine: “After the Napoleonic Wars (1792–1815), Russia supported Switzerland’s re-emergence as an independent and neutral state.“:
In 2014, Switzerland and Russia celebrate 200 years of diplomatic relations. Russia is a priority country of Swiss foreign policy…
In 2014, Switzerland and Russia can look back on 200 years of diplomatic relations. After the Napoleonic Wars (1792–1815), Russia supported Switzerland’s re-emergence as an independent and neutral state. In 1814, Tsar Alexander I appointed an envoy to the Swiss Diet for the first time. A few years later, Switzerland opened an honorary consulate in St Petersburg. Since 1906, Switzerland has been present in Russia with a diplomatic representation.
Diplomatic relations with Moscow were broken off following the October revolution in 1917 and restored after the Second World War. Since the signing of the bilateral MoU in 2007, relations have deepened. A high point was the state visit of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, in 2009. Last modification: 12.03.2014 Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
.” http://www.eda.admin. ch/eda/en/home/reps/eur/vrus/bilrus.html Note the date on this. It was written very recently! Was the Russian Revolution bad for banking or they were that grateful to the Czar and the Russian aristocracy?

Reuters News Feed Selection

German minister wants to block arms sales worth billions: report
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 20:21:36 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to block two deals to sell arms to the Middle East worth billions of euros, Handelsblatt newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing government and industry sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/66iNrRIWtF0/story01.htm

U.S. sanctions both sides of South Sudan conflict
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 19:10:01 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday sanctioned two people on opposing sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan, showing the growing frustration in Washington with leaders in an African country it helped create. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/5fbNaO57g9s/story01.htm

Japan, worried about China, strengthens ties with NATO
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 19:07:40 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, concerned about China’s rising military spending and disputes with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea, signed a new partnership agreement with NATO on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/9i7HSCD8e2k/story01.htm

Iran’s parliament votes against censuring Zarif over Holocaust stance
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 17:34:50 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif survived a censure vote in parliament on Tuesday for his refusal to deny the Holocaust, in the latest battle with hardliners trying to undermine President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/n1vvy7hY-gM/story01.htm

New documentary explores South Africa mine shootings
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 10:09:12 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, May 6 (Reuters) – It was like a scene from the darkest days of apartheid: South African police opening fire with live ammunition, killing 34 striking black miners demanding a “living wage” from an international firm rich in capital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RwIhb56mxDo/film-miners-idUSL3N0NS0VQ20140506

UPDATE 2-Germany’s Evonik may curb investment, eyes acquisitions
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 08:48:32 -0400
* Points to uncertainty in Ukraine (Adds comments by CEO, analysts and share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/A6oBcZNClMk/evonik-industrie-results-idUSL6N0NS0XC20140506

UPDATE 2-S.Africa’s Harmony Gold scales back Papua-New Guinea project
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 08:34:07 -0400
* Harmony undertaking independent safety review (Adds Papua New Guinea project details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iay4s0UnNtg/harmony-gold-mng-idUSL6N0NS10S20140506

Brazil sets final rules for forest use, allows tradable credits
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 17:41:43 -0400
SAO PAULO, May 6 (Reuters) – The Brazilian government published a final set of regulations on the use of its forests on Tuesday that could push farmers to restore a huge amount of illegally cleared native vegetation and encourage the use of “tradeable forest credits” to help protect the environment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cPOEBU5i9b0/brazil-forests-idUSL2N0NS1VB20140506

UPDATE 2-First Nickel says two workers dead at Sudbury mine
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 17:16:16 -0400
TORONTO, May 6 (Reuters) – Two workers at First Nickel Inc’s Lockerby Mine have died in an accident underground at the Sudbury, Ontario operation, the company said on Tuesday, bringing the total to six of those killed in area mines in the past three years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hNDa7NFB1GM/firstnickel-accident-idUSL2N0NS18G20140506

In China, 64 percent say they are environmentalists – report
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 01:03:58 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In China, the world’s biggest polluter, about 64 percent of people identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the United States, a report published on Wednesday showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/IuzS0qDxQUk/story01.htm

Washington county backs off plan to limit building in mudslide zones
Posted:Wed, 07 May 2014 00:59:14 GMT
OLYMPIA Wash. (Reuters) – The Washington state county where a mudslide killed dozens of people in March has backed off a plan to temporarily ban home building in landslide-prone areas because of fears it would unduly dampen development, county officials said on Tuesday. A proposed six-month ban was originally put forward by Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers after the mudslide near the small community of Oso in which a rain-soaked hillside collapsed, destroying dozens of homes, wip http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vHDKnuKaFpM/story01.htm

California sets meeting for BrightSource Palen solar power plant
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 15:50:50 GMT
(Reuters) – California regulators said a committee will hold a meeting on May 7 on BrightSource Energy’s proposed 500-megawatt Palen solar power plant, which could provide electricity for more than 200,000 homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/66B5KHjZqVA/story01.htm

Scotland’s teenage voters hesitant about independence
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 10:03:19 GMT
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – When Scotland’s nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year’s referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/t5HIQTWoe4M/story01.htm

U.S.: Russian planes flew near California, Guam, in upped activity
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 05:39:28 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of U.S. air forces in the Pacific said on Monday that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been accompanied by a significant increase in Russian air activity in the Asia-Pacific region in a show of strength and to gather intelligence. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/UpYmAcbKHi8/story01.htm

French troops kill gunmen in heavy Central African Republic clashes
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 09:41:45 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French peacekeepers killed several militants during a three-hour battle on Monday after coming under attack from some 40 heavily armed unidentified gunmen in the northwest of Central African Republic, a French army official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7hWNswVKXFc/story01.htm

China gold bar consumption slumps in Q1 -association
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 23:43:29 -0400
SHANGHAI, May 7 (Reuters) – China’s demand for gold bars fell nearly 44 percent in the first quarter of 2014 from year ago, even as total gold consumption edged up about 0.8 percent during this period, the China Gold Association said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DhtGWN9w3Ik/china-gold-idUSL3N0NT0UF20140507

SEC tells jury Texas tycoons profited from ‘scheme of secrecy’
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 18:40:13 -0400
NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) – A lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged jurors Tuesday to hold Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and his deceased brother Charles liable for a “scheme of… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Yv6HXVwqcm4/sec-wyly-idUSL2N0NS28420140506

JPMorgan closing accounts of foreign diplomats in U.S. -FT
Posted:Tue, 06 May 2014 19:55:38 -0400
May 6 (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co is closing the accounts of current and former foreign government officials in an attempt to avoid the compliance costs associated with them, the Financial Times…
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/2v1-wVppdqc/jpmorgan-chase-diplomats-idUSL3N0NS58620140506

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

We have a 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/
It is related to this one: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/putin-rosnefts-sour-grapes-in-ukraine-new-oil-gas-wars-and-scuttling-the-ukraines-energy-independence/

Demographics of Leaking WIPP Nuclear Dump
2010 US Census Hispanic Population by County
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic_and_Latino_Americans

We already showed you the highly African-American demographics of the Savannah River site, where Germany wants to send some high level nuclear waste from an experimental Pebble Bed reactor that had had an accident in the 1980s, and Obama is willing to take it!

From our understanding, the US non-commercial nuclear waste is being moved from other US facilities to WIPP and the Savannah River site. Additionally Savannah River appears to be getting some waste from other countries! Due to government secretiveness and sending waste from one country to another to be “reprocessed”, it appears that the origins of the waste is sometimes unclear. The German waste is a special case in that it would be shipped straight from the facility in Germany to Savannah River. See http://www.srswatch.org for more information. You may recall that Japan sent nuclear waste to Sellafield UK to be reprocessed and then Japanese protested its return to Japan. We often see the Germans protesting nuclear waste being shipped from France, but it seems that this is German waste which the French reprocessed and is being sent back.

Is it an accident that the leaking, half-ass, WIPP facility is located in New Mexico where the population is predominantly of Hispanic/Latino-Mexican origin? In 2010, Hispanics or Latinos, of any race, in nearby Carlsbad, New Mexico were 42.5% of the population, compared to 16.7% of the national population (2011). Overall New Mexico is 46.3% Hispanic-Latino (2010) compared to 42.1% , in 2000. WIPP opened in 1999. WIPP is located in Eddy County, in the southeast corner of the state, bordering Texas, and is 44.1% Hispanic or Latinos of any race, compared to 16,7% of the national population. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_County,_New_Mexico

WIPP, New Mexico:
Re-entry personnel confirm damage to magnesium oxide bags” May 1, 2014
Video and photographs taken during yesterday’s entry confirmed that several magnesium oxide bags in Room 7 of Panel 7 were damaged. Each magnesium oxide bag weighs between 3,000-4,200 pounds. They are placed on top of waste containers during disposal operations to prevent the radioactive material from releasing into the environment over a 10,000-year period, ensuring long-term safety of the repository.
The cause of the damage to the bags is still unknown. Eyewitness accounts from employees and video documentation from Wednesday’s entry also confirmed there are no issues with the roof or walls in the disposal room.
http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipprecovery/recovery.html http://new.livestream.com/rrv/.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Trade groups ask court to stay SEC’s conflict minerals rule
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 15:17:33 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 5 (Reuters) – Three trade groups on Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission from implementing a new rule requiring companies to determine if their products contain “conflict minerals” from a war torn region in Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bW5qAgrF5sQ/sec-court-conflictminerals-idUSL2N0NR1CQ20140505

EU squares up to tough choices without Russian gas
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 15:49:37 GMT
BRUSSELS, May 5 (Reuters) – European Union officials hunkered down behind closed doors on Monday to confront the hard choices to be made for the EU to wean itself off Russian gas, even considering more use of polluting coal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KriJpTDTgXY/story01.htm

Russia calls on Kiev to “stop the bloodshed”, enter talks -statement
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 15:43:08 GMT
MOSCOW, May 5 (Reuters) – Russia called on the Kiev government on Monday to stop using armed force against its people and enter talks aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rrKo517RP7o/story01.htm

Pro-Russians storm Odessa police station, PM slams local police
Posted:Sun, 04 May 2014 20:23:16 GMT
ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa on Sunday and freed nearly 70 fellow activists as the country’s leaders lamented a police force they said was widely undermined by graft or collaboration with separatists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/mrEqQevlxuw/story01.htm

Ukraine moves special forces to Odessa, helicopter downed in east
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 21:28:31 GMT
ODESSA/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk on Monday, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/ZQ7Bpd430Uk/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 3-S.Africa’s Zuma slams striking union for risking mining jobs
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 13:39:27 -0400
* Miners demanding basic pay of $1,200/month in 3-4 years (Adds company comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FKZJb6dYA3A/safrica-strike-idUSL6N0NR18020140505

Gold industry shifts east as Dubai plans huge refinery, spot contract
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 07:27:35 -0400
* New 1,400-tonne Kaloti refinery will be one of world’s biggest http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mxQsn59QfyA/emirates-dubai-gold-idUSL6N0NP03R20140505

CORRECTED-As Buffett praises his BNSF railroad, customers rail against delays
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 10:14:09 -0400
(In May 3 item, corrects spelling of Bob Dinneen in last paragraph) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/abdLtXDzDm8/bnsf-railway-buffett-idUSL2N0NO1Y020140505

Encana to pay $5 million civil fine in Michigan antitrust case
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 16:16:06 GMT
Cheboygan, Michigan, May 5 (Reuters) – Lawyers for Encana Corp pleaded no contest on Monday to charges the company attempted to commit antitrust violations in Michigan during 2010 and agreed to pay a $5 million civil fine at a court hearing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ctN2aTGMTrY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Memorial Production to buy oil assets in Wyoming for $935 mln
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 10:55:17 GMT
* Assets have estimated net production of 5,900 barrels/day http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3hanpO1sC-Y/story01.htm

Oil and gas firm Eclipse Resources files for IPO
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 10:36:06 GMT
May 5 (Reuters) – Oil and gas company Eclipse Resources Corp filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common stock that would raise about $100 million. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2er_YgTMnug/story01.htm

Indonesia restricts foreign investment in oil services industry
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 10:32:41 GMT
* Halliburton, McDermott, China Oilfield among firms operating in country http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cZMS7Hd2vvU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-President names Algerian government with Yousfi as oil minister
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 20:19:40 GMT
(Adds details on energy bidding round, quotes, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/J2pSgg61ZoU/story01.htm

At least 28 killed in fighting in Central African Republic
Posted:Mon, 05 May 2014 19:05:06 GMT
BANGUI (Reuters) – At least 28 people have been killed in Central African Republic during several days of fighting between Muslim and Christian militias in a town in the centre of the war-torn country, a priest and a former member of parliament told Reuters on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/w80Vk0l-Lhc/story01.htm

Australia Port Hedland iron ore exports to China rise 7 pct
Posted:Sun, 04 May 2014 20:02:24 -0400
SYDNEY, May 5 (Reuters) – Iron ore exports to China from Australia’s Port Hedland, which accounts for about a fifth of the globally traded market, rose by almost 7 percent in April, from March when they jumped 27 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QwfZ6VaeruM/australia-hedland-ironore-idUSL3N0NQ0KK20140505

Germany calls for second Geneva meeting on Ukraine
Posted:Sun, 04 May 2014 16:13:45 GMT
BERLIN, May 4 (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday called for a second international conference to put an end to the crisis in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MPSXkvPjT44/story01.htm