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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/the-ongoing-saga-29-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It ran from 19-30 June, with last update on top. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/the-ongoing-saga-27-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ which ran until 18 June 2014.

If you think that dumping German High Level Nuclear Waste in the USA is wrong or a plain dumb idea, before 21 July 2014, please contact: Mr. Andrew Grainger, drew.grainger@srs.gov, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S.Department of Energy http://energy.gov/nepa/ea-1977-acceptance-and-disposition-used-nuclear-fuel-containing-us-origin-highly-enriched
Complain to Germany:
Federal President Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert
Ursula Heinen-Esser and Michael Müller
Also: Peter Altmaier Minister in the Chancellor’s Office, former Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
kommission.endlagerung @ bundestag.de
This may not be the “proper” email address but it seems appropriate, as it is the nuclear waste disposal committee. You may also want to contact the German Embassy or consulate. Some ideas for a few German words to give a hint at the content (most or all can be English), see here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/germanys-idea-of-technology-innovation-dump-its-nuclear-waste-on-non-germans/
Note that URENCO is 1/3rd owned by German corporations (the other 2/3rds being the UK and Dutch governments). URENCO is currently the ONLY company enriching uranium for fuel in the USA. URENCO has around 30% of the world market for enrichment. (A state-owned Russian co. has about 1/2 of the enrichment market). This hardly constitutes German industry leaving nuclear. On the contrary, they enrich 10% of uranium for the nuclear power industry world-wide. Let’s not confuse current German government policy – intent to leave nuclear, not yet done, with corporate policy. Additionally, intent to leave nuclear does not give a license to dump on others. Germany needs to grow up!

Monday, 30 June 2014

30 JUNE RE NUCLEAR STORAGE CASKS IN USA

This was just pointed out to us. There are concerns regarding approval of this new AREVA storage system by the NRC. These appear both procedural and technical. This is a very important topic and, as such, there should have been more notice and discussion. Correction, it seems that formal complaints needed to be before 15 May. They may still take comments, but it is doubtful. Apparent Contact Information: Annette Vietti-Cook, Secretary NRC, Annette.Vietti-Cook@nrc.gov
The direct final rule is effective June 30, 2014, unless significant adverse comments are received by May 15, 2014. If the direct final rule is withdrawn as a result of such comments, timely notice of the withdrawal will be published in the Federal Register. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC staff is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date.” Federal Register Notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/15/2014-08346/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-transnuclear-inc-standardized-advanced-nuhoms-horizontal

The NRC suggests that if commenters raise significant enough concerns about the Direct Rule, it may be appropriate to provide a second opportunity for comment on the Direct Rule. 79 Fed. Reg. at 21,112. Given the serious substantive and procedural defects in the Direct Rule, such a remedy is the minimum response required, although it would be grossly insufficient.” (from letter below) http://mothersforpeace.org/data/archive/2014-05-15-comments-on-direct-rule-re-list-of-approved-storage-casks

2014-05-15 Comments on Direct Rule re List of Approved Storage Casks
Request for Rescission of the Direct Rule, and Request for Publication of a New and Revised Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. 13-0271, May 15, 2014
Excerpt: “
The Direct Rule flagrantly violates the requirements of the Atomic Energy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act for prior notice and opportunity for public participation in NRC decisions affecting public safety and the environment. Citizens Awareness Network v. NRC, 59 F.3d 284 (1st Cir. 1995). Equally troubling, the notice is grossly misleading, and appears designed to lull the public into a false sense of confidence.” Read the rest here: http://mothersforpeace.org/data/archive/2014-05-15-comments-on-direct-rule-re-list-of-approved-storage-casks

Additional letters: It may not be too late on the State Level, as one of these letters suggests: https://sanonofresafety.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/cpuc-drystoragecanisters2014-06-16a1.pdf https://sanonofresafety.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/2014-05-15-comment-letter-to-nrc-re-nuhoms-cask-approval-corrected-2014-05-27.pdf

While this appears a complex topic, and we have had no time to examine the matter, from what we have seen of AREVA, if it’s AREVA it probably is not good. Furthermore, we have nothing but procedural complaints about the NRC, FDA and EPA, because we believe that citizens should receive notice in their mailboxes about some of these topics – especially the ones regarding radionuclides in food (FDA) and the radionuclide emissions (EPA). Furthermore, it is also not clear why the US cannot make its own storage systems.

Note that someone has written with concerns that our call to boycott German heavy industry is wrong because Germany is trying to get out of nuclear. We believe that the opposite is true – heavy industry appears to be trying to undermine the German Renewable policy by refusing to pay its fair share of green tax, when it is the largest energy user, and two German companies are suing the German govt. over closure of their nuclear power plants. We feel that all of these points have been laid out, at length, within the Ongoing Saga series and new posts – many or most below, within this post. The nuclear industry in Germany, unlike France, Russia and Sweden, is not state-owned. Thus, boycott of German heavy industry (e.g. cars) and chemical products (e.g. BASF) is not boycotting German green policy, on the contrary.
The person also felt that thicker iron German nuclear waste canisters were better than the thinner ones being approved for use in the USA. This may or may not be so. We have not found the information details and have no time to examine it if we did, but must point out that the quality of the storage container is more important than thickness. For the space age the US invented thin, resilient metal alloys. And, a thinner, higher quality alloy can be more resistant than a thicker less or non-resistant material (e.g. iron). The focus of waste storage needs to be the development of new resistant, non-corrosive, non-reactive materials. We also continue to dislike the idea of above ground, on site, storage canisters near nuclear power plants, because they probably will leak and no one will check or replace them. Nuclear Power plants are rarely near wealthy people. However, due to the risks of transportation, no plans to permanently monitor waste in centralized storage (all plan to seal them up), etc., we are coming around to thinking that above ground canisters may be the only solution, until and if new storage materials are developed and until there is a will to permanently monitor the waste in a deep depository. Everyone can stop making nuclear waste today and it is not going anywhere for millions of years. But, if we stop today there will be less to deal with. And, choosing to exit nuclear is not a license to dump your waste on others. Note, as well, that Germany has not yet exited nuclear. Germany gave the world the nuclear age. It is their baby. They need to own it and not dump it on others! (Really everyone should keep nuclear waste, proportionate to their energy use, in a vault in their own homes. How many would be pro-nuclear energy then?) We think that Germany should come up with new innovations to solve the waste problem and not simply export their waste onto others with lower, or no, environmental standards. With US EPA Standards coming up for comment at the beginning of August, Americans need to get with it, because continued weak, or weaker, standards will only lead to more radioactive waste dumping or attempted dumped by other countries. There is also the possibility of strengthening standards at the state level, if it fails at the Federal level.

This comment replaces News Feeds for today. News Feeds will be saved for tomorrow.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/nuclear-return-to-sender-will-germany-take-its-uranium-back-or-simply-dump-on-the-usa/
Post yesterday: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Over €700,000 (1 million US dollars) BMW Donation to German Chancellor Merkel Party

Pretty shocking! Since Germany has about one quarter of the US population, this is probably like 4 million US dollars. The amounts that we have complained about corporations giving to Obama and various US Senators are a tiny pittance in comparison. However, the now defunct Harold Simmons; Sheldon Adelson and Bob J. Perry seem to have well exceeded $4 million during the 2012 US elections:
Bought by BMW? German Chancellor Angela Merkel forced on to defensive over €700,000 donation from carmaker to her Christian Democratic Party TONY PATERSON BERLIN Wednesday 16 October 2013http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bought-by-bmw-german-chancellor-angela-merkel-forced-on-to-defensive-over-700000-donation-from-carmaker-to-her-christian-democratic-party-8884777.html

Merkel’s Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows: Just weeks after the German election, Angela Merkel’s conservatives received donations totalling 690,000 euros from the family that owns almost half of BMW. The payment coincides with Berlin’s forceful intervention to halt tough new CO2 curbs for carmakers in the EU.http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/cdu-gets-donation-from-bmw-owners-during-co2-talks-a-927954.html

Remember from a few days ago:
Berlin and the Commission have been at odds over the German policy under which consumers pay a surcharge to finance renewable energy while heavy industrial users are exempt.” (“UPDATE 1-Merkel to push back against EU if green energy support questioned Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:43:26 GMThttp://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KChla63lvUY/story01.htm)

One can only hope that India’s Nuclear Power Plants are better built and monitored than some other buildings, and that the new ones won’t be built:
Indian Nuclear Power Plants via wikimedia
Nuclear power is the fourth-largest source of electricity in India after thermal, hydroelectric and renewable sources of electricity. As of 2012, India has 20 nuclear reactors in operation in six nuclear power plants,having an installed capacity of 4780 MW and producing a total of 29,664.75 GWh of electricity while seven other reactors are under construction and are expected to generate an additional 6,100 MW.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_India

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Building collapses kill 11 in India, lax monitoring blamed
Posted:Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:43:36 -0400
NEW DELHI, June 28 (Reuters) – Two building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu states killed at least 11 people on Saturday and left dozens trapped, highlighting the need for increased monitoring of construction across India where such incidents are common. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wq0tv1nJKTY/india-building-collapse-idUSL4N0P906W20140628

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Asia Resource Minerals replaces chairman after investor revolt
Posted:Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:21:11 -0400
(Corrects JUNE 27 story to remove words “and financier Nat Rothschild, the company’s second-largest shareholder” from paragraph 6, as Rothschild did not nominate Kamandanu) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XAMexUwddfc/asiaresourceminerals-chairman-idUSL4N0P83QH20140628

UPDATE 1-Foreign oil workers return to work at Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant – source
Posted:Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:45:40 GMT
ALGIERS, June 28 (Reuters) – Foreign oil workers are returning to work at Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant nearly a year and a half after the Islamist militant attack there that killed 40 people, a source at Algerian state energy company Sonatrach said on Saturday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s39IK2Dc8QY/story01.htm

Saturday, 28 June 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/mox-or-how-to-rid-the-world-of-swiss-bankers-once-and-for-all/

African Gold Vanishes in Switzerland?
Burkina Faso, Export Trading Treemap.  From MIT/Harvard Atlas of Economic Complexity, 26 April 2012 http://atlas.media.mit.edu, by R Haussmann, Cesar Hidalgo, et. al., CC BY SA 3.0  http://commons.wikimedia
Burkina Faso, Export Trading 2009, MIT/Harvard Atlas of Economic Complexity, 2012, by R Haussmann, Cesar Hidalgo, et. al., CC BY SA 3.0 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tree_map_export_2009_Burkina_Faso.jpeg

Excerpted from Reuters below: From 2007 to 2010, “For mineral-rich Burkina Faso, a west African gold producer, 100 percent of its exports to Switzerland over this period, accounting for 15 percent of all exports, also ‘vanished“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WtLwplrvvTI/africa-investment-idUSL6N0P83NG20140627

Estimating Illicit Flows of Capital via Trade Mispricing: A Forensic Analysis of Data on Switzerland, Working Paper 350 January 2014, by Alex Cobham with Petr Janský and Alex Prats, Center for Global Development, http://www.cgdev.org
Abstract
This paper assesses the role of Switzerland, as the leading hub for global commodities trading, in terms of the patterns of prices received by original exporting countries and subsequently by Switzerland and other jurisdictions. We find support for the hypotheses that (i) the average prices for commodity exports from developing countries to Switzerland are lower than those to other jurisdictions; and that (ii) Switzerland declares higher (re-)export prices for those commodities than do other jurisdictions. This pattern implies a potential capital loss for commodity exporting developing countries, and we provide a range of estimates of that loss – each of which suggests the scale is substantial (the most conservative is around $8 billion a year) and that the issue merits greater research and policy attention. An important first step would be a Swiss commitment to meet international norms of trade transparency.
” Full document here: http://www.eurodad.org/files/pdf/52fb440273a49.pdf

Did some African gold vanish into the Vatican Bank too?

The Israelis have had access to “K” and “I” in old Encyclopedias, it seems. Anyone with an encyclopedia would know Iraq’s fate once Saddam was removed. Israel hasn’t been able to find the “P” volume, it appears. No one else could even find the “K” or “I”. Or, couldn’t read?

Reuters News Feed Selection

AFRICA INVESTMENT-The Swiss commodities connection in African poverty
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:18:51 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, June 27 (Reuters) – Are mispricing and the opacity of commodities trading in Switzerland contributing to Africa’s underdevelopment http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WtLwplrvvTI/africa-investment-idUSL6N0P83NG20140627

Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is “foregone conclusion”
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:40:46 GMT
JERUSALEM, June 26 (Reuters) – Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a “foregone conclusion” and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognise a Kurdish state, should it emerge. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6xz3FaKAAYk/story01.htm

Kerry, Saudi King discuss oil supply, U.S. official says
Posted:Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:24:47 GMT
SHANNON, Ireland, June 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah briefly discussed global oil supplies during a meeting on the crisis in Iraq on Friday, a senior State Department official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sDycmYO5a7c/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-EU signs trade pact with Ukraine, ceasefire extended by 72 hours
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:22:43 GMT
* Ukraine extends ceasefire by 72 hours until Monday (Updates with Ukraine extending ceasefire by 72 hours, paragraphs 2, 5-6, 13-14) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t1nOImnEYjo/story01.htm

Refiner PBF ends last crude supply deal with Morgan Stanley
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:10:43 GMT
NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) – Independent refiner PBF Holding Company LLC will terminate the crude oil supply agreement with Morgan Stanley Capital Group (MSCG) for its Toledo, Ohio, refinery, effective July 31, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fqQB_M2Q4tI/story01.htm

BP seeks to recoup ‘windfall’ Gulf spill payments
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:41:30 GMT
June 27 (Reuters) – BP Plc has asked a U.S. judge to direct what it called a “vast number” of businesses to repay hundreds of millions of dollars it says were wrongly awarded as compensation on claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LcSOq7FpwqA/story01.htm

Kansas coal plant fight back in court; emission concerns cited
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:52:01 GMT
June 27 (Reuters) – A long-running battle over coal-fired energy in Kansas continued Friday as the Sierra Club environmental group filed a legal challenge to the state’s issuance of a permit intended to give a green light to a controversial new power plant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1tQyDdY8hEc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Asia Resource Minerals replaces chairman after investor revolt
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:20:41 GMT
June 27 (Reuters) – Indonesian coal miner Asia Resource Minerals Plc (ARMS), which is battling to turn around its business, named Bob Kamandanu as chairman after investors did not re-elect Chris Walton at Friday’s annual shareholder meeting. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GyH-ic1KwDg/story01.htm

Ratings firms fret over cost of Petrobras’ new Brazil oil rights
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:48:30 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – Ratings firms expressed concern on Friday about a Brazilian government decision to sell billions of dollars worth of offshore oil rights to Petrobras, saying the move will weigh on the state-run oil company’s cash flow and credit-worthiness. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9Wpd3fAgumc/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Gazprom dismisses Ukraine move on gas pipeline investment
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:08:41 GMT
* MUkraine wants Western companies to help upgrade pipeline http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TzMzJup1qf4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-ECB will regulate units of two Russian banks
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:52:26 GMT
* European Central Bank to supervise big banks from November http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PLOH11sdM14/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Russia’s Rosneft signs further oil products supply deal with BP
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:40:49 GMT
* Sechin wants a motorbike trip across US (Adds Sechin quotes, banks) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BdmscJbDdZ4/story01.htm

Gazprom started pumping gas into storages in Europe – CEO
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:01:50 GMT
MOSCOW, June 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has started pumping gas into storages in Europe, CEO Alexei Miller said on Friday, as a spat between Moscow and Kiev over pricing threatens supplies to Europe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BygwZuCXDaY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Gazprom dismisses Ukraine move on gas pipelines leasing
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:51:11 GMT
MOSCOW, June 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom sees no impact from a proposal by Kiev to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis with participation from firms in the European Union or United States, Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TzMzJup1qf4/story01.htm

German-Dutch RMR pipeline hit by possible theft -officials
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:29:59 GMT
AMSTERDAM, June 27 (Reuters) – A section of a petroleum pipeline between Germany and the Netherlands has been closed during an investigation of suspected theft, German police and company officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0hbk7I8HZE0/story01.htm

WRAPUP 1-China’s Shanxi Coal sues company at centre of Qingdao scandal
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:12:21 GMT
* Lawsuit suggests scandal at Qingdao port hitting other sectors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UdTfPLNTRMY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Rosneft signs oil product supply deal with BP
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:52:31 GMT
KHABAROVSK, Russia, June 27 (Reuters) – Rosneft signed its second major agreement with BP on Friday since sanctions were imposed on the Russian oil company’s chief executive, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, over the Ukraine crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BdmscJbDdZ4/story01.htm

Ukraine’s Poroshenko signs free-trade agreement with EU
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:10:15 GMT
BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president signed a free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union on Friday, the culmination of months of upheaval and signalling a historic split with Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PDVBlcMYH2s/story01.htm

WRAPUP 2-China’s Shanxi Coal sues firm in port scandal over payment guarantees
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:07:02 GMT
* Lawsuit suggests scandal at Qingdao port hitting other sectors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oEUBfwFS9D0/story01.htm

Georgia signs trade, cooperation accord with EU
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:05:48 GMT
BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – Former Soviet republic Georgia signed a free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union on Friday, marking a historic shift away from Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xg9FwZB0a_Q/story01.htm

Moldova signs trade, political agreement with EU
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:04:48 GMT
BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – Former soviet republic Moldova joined Georgia and Ukraine in signing a free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union on Friday, turning away from Russia and moving closer to the West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fg0d2DhXSm4/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 2-Fourteen killed in India gas pipeline blast and fire
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:35:47 GMT
NEW DELHI, June 27 (Reuters) – Fourteen people were killed and 20 injured on Friday in a blast and fire at a gas pipeline in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, again raising safety concerns over the country’s energy projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Xp9yP0kLehI/story01.htm

Japan trading firm Sojitz in talks to buy undeveloped Australia coal mine
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:20:21 GMT
* Says its coal assets are still profitable at current prices http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/h9LBl9FHVrk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-German lower house passes renewable energy law
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:32:51 -0400
* Law still needs approval from upper house, European Commission http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SZqG5XkEL0k/eu-germany-energy-idUSL6N0P826K20140627

UPDATE 1-Gazprom dismisses Ukraine move on gas pipelines leasing
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:51:11 GMT
MOSCOW, June 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom sees no impact from a proposal by Kiev to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis with participation from firms in the European Union or United States, Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TzMzJup1qf4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto, Acron JV pushes ahead with Canadian potash project
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:31:46 -0400
* Albany has 1.4 bln tonnes in inferred resources (Writes through, adds analyst comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rg9ORtZznDk/acron-rio-tinto-jv-idUSL4N0P81XY20140627

Q&A-What is Ukraine’s association agreement with the EU?
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:22:33 -0400
* EU hopes will lead Ukraine towards stability, prosperity http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/nk9masWkvh4/ukraine-crisis-eu-idUSL6N0P824S20140627

UPDATE 2-Russia’s Rusal seeks court approval for $3.6 bln debt deal
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:23:01 -0400
* Rusal shares rebound 60 pct this year (Adds details, quotes, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EahVZLeWrCQ/rusal-debtrenegotiation-idUSL4N0P80AY20140627

WRAPUP 2-China’s Shanxi Coal sues firm in port scandal over payment guarantees
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:07:02 -0400
* Lawsuit suggests scandal at Qingdao port hitting other sectors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8saxMewidsI/china-qingdao-idUSL4N0P81DX20140627

Japan trading firm Sojitz in talks to buy undeveloped Australia coal mine
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:20:21 -0400
* Says its coal assets are still profitable at current prices http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cC5h6NdPkuU/japan-sojitz-coal-idUSL4N0P716J20140627

China shares end week mixed, metal firms strong
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:16:25 -0400
HONG KONG, June 27 (Reuters) – China shares ended mixed on Friday but recouped some early losses as gains in growth-sensitive metal producers offset a weaker insurance sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/L7qlJZXV8og/markets-china-stocks-close-idUSH9N0P000Q20140627

Acron says Albany potash prospect has 1.4 bln tonnes inferred resources
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:14:57 -0400
June 27 (Reuters) – Russian fertiliser producer Acron OAO said the Albany potash prospect in Saskatchewan, Canada that it is jointly developing with Rio Tinto contained inferred resources of 1.4 billion tonnes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EBlMTfG_s_M/acron-rio-tinto-jv-idUSL4N0P81R220140627

UPDATE 2-China’s small commodity traders at risk if banks tighten financing
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:00:19 -0400
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG/SYDNEY, June 26 (Reuters) – A warehouse fraud at China’s third-largest port has forced banks and trading houses to consider new controls in the country’s massive commodity financing business, which traders say could lead to drying up of credit for all but large firms and state-owned companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YmVTEd4YDaA/china-qingdao-banks-idUSL4N0P739620140626

UPDATE 1-Martin Marietta must divest as part of Texas Industries deal
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:06:02 -0400
WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Martin Marietta Materials Inc must divest an Oklahoma quarry and two Texas rail yards in order to proceed with its proposed $2.7 billion acquisition of Texas Industries Inc, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IX9Mhzg_TmU/usa-justice-martinmarietta-idUSL2N0P717Z20140626

S.Africa refinery, petroleum workers sign wage deal
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:13:16 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – Around 10,000 South African workers at the country’s refineries and petrol distributors have agreed to a two-year wage deal, a rare positive development in labour relations in the strike-hit economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YT8uq2-sZfI/safrica-strikes-petroleum-idUSL6N0P758820140626

Nominee withdraws from Cliffs rival slate after joins Glencore board
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:07:01 -0400
June 26 (Reuters) – Patrice Merrin, a Canadian mining executive, has withdrawn from the slate of directors nominated by activist investor Casablanca Capital to the board of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc after she was appointed to the board of Glencore Plc, Casablanca said on Thursday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4njA_sZB_EI/cliffs-nominee-idUSL2N0P70Y120140626

UK awarded too much in renewable energy subsidies – National Audit Office
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:01:00 -0400
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s energy ministry awarded too much in subsidies to eight renewable energy projects in April – 16.6 billion pounds in total – meaning that consumers will pay over the odds for the electricity the projects produce, a parliamentary watchdog said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qaQ3lkm_PyU/britain-renewables-idUSL6N0P74UJ20140626

More investors plan to overweight commodities -Credit Suisse
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:37:39 GMT
* 42 pct of surveyed investors keen on overweight exposure http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4tP2J7EEyIU/story01.htm

N.Y. court revives $1 bln suit over Russian oilfield
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:01:27 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y., June 26 (Reuters) – New York’s top state court on Thursday reinstated Canadian oil company Norex Petroleum Ltd’s $1 billion lawsuit claiming that two billionaires used armed soldiers and corrupted Russian court proceedings to gain control of a Siberian oilfield. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SHtSbvR0IwA/story01.htm

UPDATE 8-U.S. crude and Brent fall as Iraq export fears recede
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:05:28 GMT
* Kurdistan aims to increase exports (Updates prices to settlement, adds WTI-Brent spread) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7C7Q8g4YPMg/story01.htm

EU leaders to urge action by Russia and threaten sanctions-draft
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:11:32 GMT
BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – European Union leaders will urge Russia on Friday to stop the flow of weapons and militants across its border with Ukraine and will threaten tougher sanctions, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VRZcKb_VB5E/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Gazprom in talks to buy Abu Dhabi’s OMV stake-source
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:50:10 GMT
* Austrian holding company says no sign of IPIC exit from OMV http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P58JEBJ1SCM/story01.htm

S.Africa refinery, petroleum workers sign wage deal
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:13:16 GMT
JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – Around 10,000 South African workers at the country’s refineries and petrol distributors have agreed to a two-year wage deal, a rare positive development in labour relations in the strike-hit economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UrZ6IWVG0FA/story01.htm

Russia gas supply threat focuses EU debate on power connections
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:07:22 GMT
* European Commission has named 15 percent power link goal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dcvd-ifF4S8/story01.htm

Nominee withdraws from Cliffs rival slate after joins Glencore board
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:07:01 GMT
June 26 (Reuters) – Patrice Merrin, a Canadian mining executive, has withdrawn from the slate of directors nominated by activist investor Casablanca Capital to the board of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc after she was appointed to the board of Glencore Plc, Casablanca said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kQisnyuNUKU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Egypt says BP gas project restarted, pledges to pay gas firm debts
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:54:34 GMT
* To pay $1.5 bln owed to foreign energy firms by year end (Changes dateline, re-leads with BP project) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PQz1ddd8eXk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Petrofac forms $1.25 bln venture as it refocuses business
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:43:44 GMT
* Oil services firm teams up with investment firm First Energy http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zGOEzFD9MTE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Norway labour union SAFE approves wage deal, averts oil strike
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:35:42 GMT
OSLO, June 26 (Reuters) – Norwegian labour union SAFE has agreed a wage deal with offshore oil producers, it said on Thursday, averting a strike at several ExxonMobil Corp fields which would have cut output. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yy5EN2_7hKU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-India makes $550 mln oil payment to Iran – sources
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:30:05 GMT
NEW DELHI, June 26 (Reuters) – India made a $550 million payment to Iran on Thursday to partly clear pending oil dues, under an interim deal that allows Tehran access to $4.2 billion in blocked funds globally, industry and government sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GkxQllEW3J8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Miner Glencore appoints first female board director
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:17:12 GMT
* Glencore had been criticised for lack of female directors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nYAlq0550Js/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Lukoil delays Eurobond placement to autumn, may raise bridge loan
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:52:11 GMT
MOSCOW, June 26 (Reuters) – Russia’s No.2 oil producer Lukoil may raise a bridge loan of up to $2 billion from the banks that had been arranging a Eurobond issue of that amount which has been postponed to the autumn, senior vice-president Alexander Matytsyn said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BUPo4ufZxGA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-More Norway oil projects being delayed – oil directorate chief
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:18:08 GMT
* None submitted so far, some still expected in the autumn (Adds quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BjH8UPsjjWw/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Gazprom seeks HK listing, may use yuan in China gas deal
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:49:03 GMT
* Sees rebates to Europe at some $1 bln this year (Adds background about Hong Kong, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oZgp8MtAV8A/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Algeria, Egypt’s Sisi talk security, gas shipments
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:37:04 GMT
(In June 25 story, corrects reference to agreed amount of LNG in paragraph 12)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6thqwKo_AmI/story01.htm

Friday, 27 June 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/right-to-clean-water-air-land-for-current-future-generations/
Endangered by proposed Enbridge Pipeline. Maybe saved by Canadian Supreme Court Ruling
Spirit Bear Jackmont via wikimedia cc-by-sa-3
Spirit Bear. Photo by Jackmont via Wikimedia, CC-By-SA-3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermode_bear
Video of the Spirit Bear: http://youtu.be/sCvRF97k6PY

What today’s ruling will mean for future pipelines is unclear, but one expert said it’s likely this decision will be used by First Nations fighting the Enbridge pipeline in court“. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tsilhqot-in-first-nation-granted-b-c-title-claim-in-supreme-court-ruling-1.2688332

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 3-Canada aboriginal court win sparks new pipeline questions
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:27:49 -0400
(Adds reaction, possible implications for Northern Gateway pipeline and other projects) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FOHeqPAGR38/canada-courts-aboriginal-idUSL2N0P70QR20140626

UPDATE 1-Brazil court revokes license for Canadian gold mine in Amazon
Posted:Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:31:48 -0400
BRASILIA, June 26 (Reuters) – A federal court has revoked the environmental license for a large gold mine planned by Belo Sun Mining Corp on the Xingu River in the Amazon, ruling that the company had failed to assess the impact on local indigenous communities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mFdwUQdC9BI/brazil-gold-belosun-idUSL2N0P71OT20140626

UPDATE 2-Ukraine signs trade agreement with EU, draws Russian threat
Posted:Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:13:22 GMT
* EU makes no promise of membership the countries seek (Adds quotes, Russian reaction)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t1nOImnEYjo/story01.htm

(More Reuters News from late Thursday and early Friday has been saved and will be added later. None of the Energy-Basic Materials News is potentially urgent except the above on Ukraine.)

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tasmanian Devil by Wayne McLean, via wikimedia
Endangered, Tasmanian Devil (lives only in Tasmania). Photo by Wayne McLean (jgritz), CC by 2.0 via wikimedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_devil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_temperate_rain_forests

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/us-states-sue-fine-over-old-nuclear-waste-clean-up-while-us-tries-to-import-nuclear-waste-from-germany-and-make-more/
Updated post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

For those gluttons for punishment who wish or need to try to unravel the Reuters news about German energy policy and link to the original documents: http://www.germanenergyblog. de/
BASF 1866
BASF Werk Ludwigshafen 1866

Hard to understand, about as clear as smog, but it seems that now, contrary to the Reuters News titles, Merkel is punishing companies who produce their own renewable energy. For some time, it looks like she needs to hire a Swiss accountant to take care of how to help her apparent heavy industry friends get out from under taxation. (The same sector, heavy industry, and actually some of the same companies who supported Hitler, no less!)
From Reuters News Feed (see below): “Berlin and the Commission have been at odds over the German policy under which consumers pay a surcharge to finance renewable energy while heavy industrial users are exempt.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KChla63lvUY/story01.htm

Merkel should pass the problems of the heavy industry’s taxes to experts in that domain (i.e. Swiss accountants) and use her physical chemistry degree to come up with a solution for German radioactive waste which does NOT involve dumping on other countries! Now there’s a winning idea! No more dumping of German nuclear sludge on Italian farmland, no more burning or dumping German nuclear waste in the USA or in Russia! Basta! Enough! Das ist genug!

German chemistry giant BASF opened its ugly mouth in Reuters News (see below) in an apparent attempt to undermine Germany’s green energy tax. Long before BASF “wrote the book” on locking out its workers, “In 1925, BASF merged with Bayer, Hoechst and three other companies to form I.G. Farbenindustrie AG. Between 1933 and 1945, I.G. Farben played a central role in the Nazi economy. During World War II, the company manufactured poison gas used at extermination camps and employed forced and slave labor. Several company directors and senior managers were tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASF (Emphasis added)

BASF also “wrote the book” on locking out unionized workers:
Timothy Minchin’s Forging a Common Bond is the most detailed study to date of the struggle of OCAW (Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers) Local 4-620 against the German-based, world-wide industrial giant, BASF chemical company. The battle between BASF and Local 4-620, which had fewer than 400 members at the time, began in June 1984 with a lockout by the company, whose clear intent was to break the union. It ended in December 1989 with a victory for the union.” (Emphasis added) From Michael Goldfield’s review: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1065&context=ilrreview
Forging a Common Bond: Labor and Environmental Activism during the BASF Lockout. By Timothy Minchin (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003. ix plus 233 pp.). A large billboard metaphorically looms over Timothy Minchin’s wonderful book,… Located high above a roadside forest along Louisiana’s Route 10, the sign asked motorists… , ‘BASF: Bhopal on the Bayou?,’ in the hopes of linking environmental dangers at the company’s nearby chemical plant to the 1984 Union Carbide eco-disaster in Bhopal, India. Minchin uses the sign, put up in 1986 by workers locked out of the BASF plant in Geismar, Louisiana, to illustrate the unlikely alliance that took place during the lockout between labor and environmental activists… Minchin tells the story of the longest lockout in United States history, which lasted more than five and one half years from June 1984 until December of 1989 and pitted the German chemical giant BASF against a small local of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers’ International Union (OCAW). Three issues dominated the breakdown in labor-management negotiations: the company’s desire to eliminate a provision allowing workers to switch jobs on the basis of seniority rather than skill, a rollback in wages, and an increase in the percentage of health care costs paid by workers. While such concerns are typical of many labor disputes, the union’s reaction to the subsequent lockout was anything but. When the usual tactics of letter-writing, product boycotts, and daily picket lines proved ineffective, OCAW initiated a corporate campaign aimed at raising negative publicity for BASF in the hopes that public pressure would force the company back to the bargaining table. What was most novel about OCAW’s efforts, however, was its alliance with local, state, and national environmental groups in an effort to draw attention to BASF’s abysmal, and often unhealthy, environmental record in Geismar. “By raising the issue of plant safety,” writes Minchin, “the union had secured national media attention, and the focus of coverage had shifted away from traditional labor-management issues and towards environmental issues” (p. 66)…” (Emphasis our own) Excerpt of Book Review by Neil M. Maher, Journal of Social History 38.1 (2004) 251-253 https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_social_history/v038/38.1maher.html

At least the UN did something right for a change, protecting Tasmania! Australia – that makes lots of sense – ungracious colonial settler state, which steals the land from the indigenous peoples and then tries to destroy it through mining and logging! Non-indigenous are suffering too now!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Germany ups new green energy surcharge on industry to meet EU rules
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:55:31 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Tuesday offered to change a planned reform of its renewable energy policy, trying to end a standoff with the European Commission over green power subsidies and to meet a deadline needed to secure rebates for German industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t7-XGWc-UiM/story01.htm

Spain’s Supreme Court gives go-ahead to Canary Islands drilling
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:49:24 GMT
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Supreme Court approved on Tuesday a $7-billion oil exploration project off the Canary Islands, clearing one of the final hurdles for oil company Repsol to begin drilling within months. In 2012, Spain’s government granted permits for hydrocarbon exploration off the coasts of the Fuerteventura and Lanzarote islands, but they were frozen while courts decided on a number of appeals on environmental grounds. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/9I1dP52CGXU/story01.htm

Surging environmental crime funds conflicts, hurts growth: U.N.
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:12:56 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Surging environmental crime, from illegal logging to elephant poaching, is worth up to $213 billion a year and is helping to fund armed conflicts while cutting economic growth, a U.N. and Interpol report said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2bc-vgB6iD4/story01.htm

U.N. rejects Australia’s bid to strip rainforest of heritage status
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:08:09 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The United Nations has unanimously rejected an Australian proposal to revoke the heritage status of 74,000 hectares (183,000 acres) of Tasmania’s rainforest and enable them to be reopened to logging. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XcEaXzBSZ7Y/story01.htm

Top court mostly upholds Obama bid to curb carbon emissions
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:51:34 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Of60ooKxgJU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Merkel to push back against EU if green energy support questioned
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:43:26 GMT
BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would push back decisively against the European Commission if it raises further objections to Germany’s system of green power subsidies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KChla63lvUY/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-U.S. allows condensate oil exports, after light refining
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:31:46 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – U.S. officials have told energy companies that they may export a variety of ultra-light oil if it has been minimally refined, an apparent marginal loosening of a decades-old ban on selling U.S. crude abroad. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6X7GggzXtdw/story01.htm

Italian minister in Algeria to discuss energy
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:02:04 GMT
MILAN, June 25 (Reuters) – Italy’s Industry minister Federica Guidi landed in Algeria on Wednesday to discuss issues including energy supplies from the gas and oil producer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YFtHPNDk0nc/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Oil falls below $114 but Iraq conflict underpins prices
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:19:51 GMT
* U.S. crude oil and gasoline stocks rise, industry data shows http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xT7_egJqJgI/story01.htm

Green groups urge U.S. agency to halt approving gas export projects
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:29:47 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmentalists on Monday protested at the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, calling on the agency to stop approving liquefied natural gas export facilities until the climate change impacts of the projects are better understood. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TvfOTOrdg08/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine fulfilling all criteria for 2nd tranche of IMF aid – PM
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:14:02 GMT
KIEV, June 25 (Reuters) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday he was hopeful Ukraine would receive a second tranche of an International Monetary Fund $17 billion bailout because it was fulfilling all the programme’s conditions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5a7GItjrWmg/story01.htm

Head of top Chinese copper smelter falls to his death
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:05:12 -0400
SHANGHAI, June 25 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities are investigating the death of the head of Tongling Nonferrous Metals, the country’s second-largest copper smelter, after he fell from a building, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oNJ2h23bmq8/china-tongling-nfm-death-idUSL4N0P62AL20140625

UPDATE 2-China, Singapore vie for Asia gold pricing alternative to London
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:55:30 -0400
* Singapore Exchange announces physical gold contract launch http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Gvo_7reXwRo/gold-asia-pricing-idUSL4N0P42BW20140625

UPDATE 2-S.Africa miners return to work after longest platinum strike
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:16:18 -0400
* Restructuring, job cuts will be next labour battle line (Recasts, adds details, Implats’ return) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/o0RiFORcyzc/safrica-mining-idUSL6N0P60XW20140625

UPDATE 6-Russia’s Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:07:34 GMT
* Ceasefire in peril as rebels down Ukrainian helicopter (Adds details from Obama call with UK’s Cameron) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LVFLQR2HWdY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. will allow some exports of a light crude oil -WSJ
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:43:17 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – U.S. officials have allowed two companies to export a kind of ultra-light oil known as condensates, a first step that effectively loosens a 40-year ban on most U.S. crude exports, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LA15vMA3OUM/story01.htm

Toyota to sell fuel-cell vehicle by end-March 2015 in Japan
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:01:36 GMT
TOKYO, June 25 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday that it plans to start selling its first fuel-cell vehicle for the mass market by the end of March 2015 in Japan for around 7 million yen ($68,600). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zZHRNF2eBLI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Japan bets big on making fuel-cell cars a near-future reality
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:14:56 GMT
* Toyota unveils fuel-cell car to be sold in Japan, U.S. and Europe from 2015 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-yqI6R2Xdac/story01.htm

Merkel says progress in Ukraine too slow, threatens sanctions
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:34:32 GMT
BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia could be put back on the agenda if progress in stabilising the situation in Ukraine does not speed up. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YQ3j61CLzTU/story01.htm

East African nations seek consultant for crude oil pipeline
Posted:Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:47:01 GMT
NAIROBI, June 25 (Reuters) – Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have invited bids for a single consultant to oversee a feasibility study and initial design for the construction of a 1,300-kilometre (808-mile) oil pipeline to transport crude to the Kenyan coast.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Kyz9M99JczU/story01.htm

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/germanys-idea-of-technology-innovation-dump-its-nuclear-waste-on-non-germans/
This post has a short update to be followed by another short update tomorrow: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/
For updates about the public hearing and general info about German Nuclear Waste potentially being sent to South Carolina, USA, see the Savannah River Site Watch site: http://www.srswatch.org
Reuters News Feed has been saved and will be updated later.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/oldest-operating-nuclear-power-plant-in-the-world-ailing-beznau-at-45-years-old/

Greenpeace We Share the Planet
Photo by http://www.greenpeace.org

Reuters News Feed Selection

Study says Earth on brink of mass extinction event
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:31:00 -0400
June 18 – A landmark study by an international group of scientists has concluded that planet Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction event comparable in scale to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The researchers found that extinction rates are currently 1000 times higher than normal due to deforestation, global climate change, and the depletion of ocean fisheries. Ben Gruber reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoTechnology/~3/vZn0dzVN1vs/study-says-earth-on-brink-of-mass-extinc

Britain’s green bank to launch 1 bln stg offshore wind fund
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:19:16 GMT
* Government hopes fund to attract new investment to sector http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bYqSRb72dQg/story01.htm

China’s legendary ‘Crazy Yang’ oil trader dies
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:56:20 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Legendary Chinese oil trader “Crazy Yang” Qinglong, who started China’s oil business with Iran in the 1990s and was renowned as a hard-drinker who bear-hugged Iranian officials, has died, said company officials and former acquaintances. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/vVg2XCORAUM/story01.htm

WRAPUP 2-Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:01:29 GMT
* Government troops battle fighters for control of refinery http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yPEBs2THn6o/story01.htm

Despite concessions to U.S. farmers, Big Data giants still in control
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:00:00 -0400
June 23 (Reuters) – In the tussle between U.S. farmers and Big Data purveyors, farmers are winning some control over details about crop and growing conditions on their land, but most data sellers are retaining ultimate say over how they can use the information that could be worth billions of dollars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ni6DIkOowXs/farming-data-contract-idUSL2N0P018T20140623

UPDATE 2-London Metal Exchange to keep open outcry ring
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:17:43 -0400
* Hope for new ring members after decision (Adds comments by LME executive) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Io3EmUbrwv4/lme-ring-idUSL6N0P41VT20140623

FEATURE-“King Coal” in Australia faces rising investment backlash
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:00 -0400
* Australian PM staunch coal supporter, to end carbon tax http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/B-gHAdRHlJ4/australia-coal-idUSL4N0OZ0MI20140623

Houston, a bright spot in U.S. economy, frets about labor shortage
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:47:04 -0400
HOUSTON, June 23 (Reuters) – Bustling Houston, one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy, is growing so fast that business leaders fear running out of skilled labor as billions are spent building new energy infrastructure on the Gulf Coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9CwSuqChvWs/economy-houston-employment-idUSL2N0P40ZN20140623

UPDATE 4-Platinum union declares end to South Africa’s longest strike
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:44:33 -0400
* Several weeks before mines start producing again (Adds quotes, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1qqmKHZZ47A/safrica-strike-idUSL6N0P420A20140623

U.S. says Fed not involved in clearing India’s Iran oil dues
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:41:51 GMT
(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve is not involved in clearing payments made by India to Iran to pay some of its dues for oil bought from the Middle East country, a U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/cKlU2F7x2sk/story01.htmr

With heat and humidity, areas will be ‘unsuited for outdoor activity’
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:01:00 GMT
NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) – The old adage, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” will come into play more often and in more places because of climate change, with life-altering results in southern U.S. cities from Miami to Atlanta to Washington and even northern ones such as New York, Chicago and Seattle. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XoWL_sNEvRM/story01.htm

U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change -report
Posted:Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:01:00 GMT
NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) – Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XoWL_sNEvRM/story01.htm
End Reuters News Feed

Our Comment: There is an incorrect statement above regarding sweating. Of course, you sweat in high humity. In a humid tropical or subtropical climate sweat pours off in rivers (or is it condensing humidity?). However, one of the symptoms of heat stroke is inability to sweat! They have muddled this point. We continue to believe that hot, dry weather, and desertification should be the real concern. Regardless, drink plenty of fluids and stay in the shade, as much as possible.

Here is a chart from the US NOAA explaining when heat and humidity become dangerous. Note that the comment about in the direct sun vs. not in the sun. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-summer-heatindex Conversion link: http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-Between-Fahrenheit-and-Celsius

Forget “climate change” or not, the key is to simply stop doing things which are bad for the environment. In the US sunbelt, which is discussed, like Atlanta and Miami, solar power for indoor climate control is the solution. Vehicles can also easily be solar powered. And, planting trees outdoors and “moving from shade tree to shade tree”, when outside. To a limited extent, Umbrella-Parasols can act a bit like mobile shade trees. Hence the word “parasol”, to protect against the sun. Atlanta, Georgia is a classic US case of micro-climate change induced by too much pavement. If we cease doing what is bad for the environment then all the rest will fall into place. Sun or wind, or some combo, depending on climate is a no-brainer!

Monday, 23 June 2014

The following post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Will the UN crack down on TEPCO-Toshiba-Japan and others (e.g. Energy Solutions) over Fukushima, as well as other nuclear criminals? (e.g. US gov and its corporate subcontractors at WIPP, etc.)

Reuters News Feed Selection

U.N. enlists legal help to crack down on environmental crime
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:25:59 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – The United Nations will seek ways to toughen environmental laws this week to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3MnnNjn4t-A/story01.htm

Italy’s planned solar subsidy cuts risk scaring off investors
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:07:24 GMT
MILAN, June 23 (Reuters) – Italy’s plans to cut subsidies for solar power producers risk alienating investors and triggering costly legal battles, undermining Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s drive to attract foreign capital to bolster a fledgling economic recovery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_uxKeeVU2AY/story01.htm

Obama says hopes for Pacific trade pact in November
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:44:24 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pacific trading partners hope to have a free trade agreement ready to present to the public and stakeholders in November, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/XFA9wgucmJ0/story01.htm

Neighbour Poland is an enticing model for Ukraine
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:19:58 GMT
WARSAW, June 23 (Reuters) – World leaders marking 25 years since Poland began its transformation into a free-market democracy had a message this month for neighbouring Ukraine: you too could follow the same path to prosperity. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/c3fWXNmN63A/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Brent crude up near $115 on Iraq supply worries
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:10:48 GMT
* China June factory activity quickens, new orders surge (Adds comments, updates prices, previous SINGAPORE) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/v3D9OsDt9Yw/story01.htm

Top miners deepen iron ore discounts to China as supply grows
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 03:15:29 -0400
SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, June 23 (Reuters) – Global miners Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group are making deeper cuts in prices of low-grade iron ore cargoes to China, as competition heats up in the world’s top buyer amid rising supply. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YKKVHyunXDk/china-ironore-prices-idUSL4N0P029Z20140623

France to compensate for lower eco-tax revenue: Sapin
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:43:14 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said the government will compensate for lower revenue from a planned ecology tax through other types of levies, for example motorway toll taxes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6C0SEIaq-G0/story01.htm

Japan summer oil burn for power seen down 10-20 pct-PAJ
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:01:22 GMT
TOKYO, June 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s demand for direct-burn crude and fuel oil for power generation this summer will be 10-20 percent lower from a year ago due in part to slow power demand and utilities raising their reliance on coal, the head of an industry association said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3kT5Wx6oRgM/story01.htm

REFILE-UPDATE 1-China’s May Iran crude imports up 36 pct, 2nd highest on record
Posted:Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:20:22 GMT
* May imports at 757,900 bpd, +36.4 pct on yr, -5.2 pct on mth http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_SZSv9z4JBg/story01.htm

Fuel shortages in Iraqi Kurdistan to last at least another week
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:29:28 GMT
ARBIL, June 22 (Reuters) – Fuel shortages in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region will last for at least another week, government officials said on Sunday, as sweeping advances by Sunni Muslim militants further south put a heavy strain on supply lines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dQCAgRwgJhg/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz easily re-elected in boycotted vote
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:47:50 -0400
NOUAKCHOTT, June 22 (Reuters) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won another five-year term with 82 percent of the vote, officials said on Sunday, after an election boycotted by most of the opposition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AORzwz_C-YM/mauritania-election-idUSL6N0P31DS20140622

After port fraud, China’s vast warehouse sector under scrutiny
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:00:56 -0400
* Some banks ask clients to shift metal to more regulated warehouses http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VR3_GOODug8/china-qingdao-warehouses-idUSL5N0OU1K320140622

Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz re-elected with 82 percent
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:03:37 -0400
NOUAKCHOTT, June 22 (Reuters) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been re-elected for another five-year term with 81.89 percent of the vote, the head of the national election commission announced on Sunday after a vote boycotted by most of the opposition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AORzwz_C-YM/mauritania-election-idUSL6N0P31DS20140622

Four miners found shot dead at a South Africa gold mine
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 06:26:02 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, June 22 (Reuters) – Four suspected illegal miners were found dead with gun shots wounds to the head at a gold mine near Johannesburg, South African police said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/s8kZ7101yNQ/safrica-illegalminers-idUSL6N0P30FW20140622

U.S. gasoline prices rose 1.87 cents in two weeks -Lundberg survey
Posted:Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:57:31 GMT
June 22 (Reuters) – The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose 1.87 cents over the past two weeks as refiners and retailers absorbed most of the crude oil price increases that have resulted from the crisis in Iraq, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mdbIQ0dcexk/story01.htm

Sunday, 22 June 2014

New post for the Sunday after the solstice: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/a-historical-timeline-of-solar-technology/

ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop Nebula, taken by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
Wispy tendrils of hot dust and gas glow brightly in this ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop Nebula, taken by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The nebula lies about 1,500 light-years away, and is a supernova remnant, left over from a massive stellar explosion that occurred 5,000-8,000 years ago. The Cygnus Loop extends more than three times the size of the full moon in the night sky, and is tucked next to one of the ‘swan’s wings’ in the constellation of Cygnus. The filaments of gas and dust visible here in ultraviolet light were heated by the shockwave from the supernova, which is still spreading outward from the original explosion. The original supernova would have been bright enough to be seen clearly from Earth with the naked eye. 26 March 2012“, The Galaxy Evolution Explorer, GALEX has solar cells which supply nearly 300 watts to the spacecraft. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GALEX http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_astronomy
Role of atmosphere in protecting from radiation by NASA
Shows role of atmosphere in protecting earth from space radiation

Kurdistan, CIA map ca 1992
The inevitable result of the second Iraq war (of recent times) is its fragmentation. Its pieces were only held together by dictatorship. Obama was one of the rare politicians to vote against the intervention in Iraq. The blame for that destructive war falls upon Cheney-Bush and those who jumped along with them, such as Blair.

Blaise Compaore has ruled Burkina, since he had his buddy Thomas Sankara killed in 1987. That’s over a quarter of a century! They need term limits! But, so does the US Congress and all Parliaments. Love him or hate him, President Obama will soon be gone, but there are plenty in Congress who have been there far to long and are like petty dictators. Congressional seniority for important positions must be ended, even more urgently. How come it is commonly believed that President for life is a problem, but Congressman or Parliamentarian for life is not considered a problem?

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 4-Israel accepts 1st delivery of disputed Kurdish pipeline oil
Posted:Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:04:41 GMT
* Third cargo begins loading at Turkish port of Ceyhan (Adds comments from Kurdistan Regional Government) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wZO0MCJ3qmI/story01.htm

Baltic states to back further Russia sanctions if Ukraine crisis does not ease
Posted:Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:11:36 GMT
TALLINN, June 21 (Reuters) – Baltic leaders said on Saturday they would back further sanctions against Russia at a European Union summit next week unless there was a de-escalation in eastern Ukraine where Kiev is trying to quell a pro-Russian insurgency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/I3rLOLuOfCY/story01.htm

Burkina Faso ruling party calls for referendum on term limits
Posted:Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:19:06 -0400
OUAGADOUGOU, June 21 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s ruling party called on Saturday for President Blaise Compaore to organise a referendum that would allow him to alter the constitution in order to seek re-election next year, setting up a showdown with opposition parties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2o4Srezc0RQ/burkina-president-idUSL6N0P214220140621

Stephanie Kwolek, American chemist who invented Kevlar, dies at 90
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:50:07 -0400
WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – Stephanie Kwolek, an American chemist who in 1965 invented a super-strong fiber called Kevlar that revolutionized body armor and protected innumerable police officers and soldiers from bullets, has died at age 90.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/palTJReZYks/usa-inventor-kevlar-idUSL2N0P201O20140621

Saturday 21 June 2014, Solstice: The Sun starts to Wax in the Southern Hemisphere and Wane in the Northern Hemisphere

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/japans-betrayal-of-amaterasu-nothing-like-the-sun/
Updated post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/

Solstice NOAA http://www.srh.noaa. gov/ abq/?n=clifeatures_summersolstice http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=clifeatures_summersolstice

Tornado touching down NOAA NOAA
Note in the first article below:
The Cheyenne-Arapaho people do not leave everything to chance and have built tornado shelters for protection.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/h4mkTHfXFeg/story01.htm
But almost everyone else does leave everything to chance now! This is the larger mystery: WHY ARE TORNADO SHELTERS-SAFE ROOMS NOT REQUIRED IN TORNADO PRONE AREAS OF THE USA? TORNADO OUTBREAKS ARE NOT NEW! What happened to tornado shelters, as in the Wizard of Oz? Whether feeling the weather or looking at the clouds, or with advance doppler radar — knowing that a tornado is coming in the US, is no mystery. The mystery is where to go when you have not planned in advance by building a storm shelter and home builders are not required to add storm shelters!

See also: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-severe-homesafety

Reuters News Feed Selection

Oklahoma Native Americans tame twisters with ancient rituals
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:17:16 GMT
EL RENO Okla. (Reuters) – Just over a year ago, tribal elder Gordon Yellowman watched on the TV news as a mile-wide tornado roared toward the homes of his Cheyenne-Arapaho people in Oklahoma. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/h4mkTHfXFeg/story01.htm

Oil from BP spill slowing one of ocean’s fastest fish – scientists
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:09:46 GMT
MIAMI, June 20 (Reuters) – A study by University of Miami scientists says mahi-mahi, a popular fish among restaurants and anglers and exposed as infants to oil from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill, swim nearly half as fast as their unaffected counterparts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2HibBd6g-YI/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Shell offers 30 mln stg to settle Nigeria oil spills
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:05:14 GMT
(Removes reference to 2011 in headline and reference to court case being in Nigeria in paragraph 5) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hT_M5UOyjfc/story01.htm

Fuel-cell stocks give traders a wild ride
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:10:04 GMT
NEW YORK, June 20 (Reuters) – Wall Street has been quiet lately, with volume often below average and gains mostly slight, but fuel-cell makers have emerged as one of 2014’s most dynamic sectors, making huge swings on massive volume. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P-9Zg8G_w1Q/story01.htm

U.S. concerned about buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:44:59 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – A buildup of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border and the establishment of defense “cordons” by Russian authorities are troubling developments, the White House said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gFAZ5w-Yj2M/story01.htm

Obama, Hollande call on Russia to de-escalate Ukraine tensions
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:22:01 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande agreed that Russia could face further actions by the West if it fails to de-escalate tensions on the border with Ukraine, the French presidency said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yAVXqEIrVSw/story01.htm

Ukraine’s Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels
Posted:Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:05:33 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/kmmC0Ymx-i8/story01.htm

Exclusive: GM board warned of serious problems by quality manager in 2002
Posted:Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:03:55 GMT
WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company’s board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers’ hands.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/UyOBTS73IwA/story01.htm

CDC says more lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:40:02 GMT
CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. authorities increased to 84 people their count of government workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta as they investigated a breach in safety procedures for handling the deadly pathogen. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/6gVNjdNJ6vY/story01.htm

U.S., stung by bee decline, sets plan to save pollinators
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:18:55 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday announced a federal strategy to reverse a rapid decline in the number of honey bees and other pollinators in the United States that threatens the development of billions of dollars in crops. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/JkWoyiezd9s/story01.htm

Europe set for compliance chaos with new ship fuel sulphur rules
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:13:37 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Northern European regulators will face a battle with many shipping companies over new EU rules aimed at cutting pollution from ship fuels as some owners are likely to find it cheaper to pay fines than to comply. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gYJOiGW4Ko8/story01.htm

Bird conversancy group sues U.S. over 30-year permits to legally kill eagles
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:11:03 GMT
(Reuters) – A bird advocacy group sued the U.S. government on Thursday over rules it says loosen protections for eagles killed by wind turbines, arguing they threaten decades of protection that saved the bald eagle, America’s national emblem, from extinction.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/AKmutFwOB6k/story01.htm

Friday, 20 June 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/routine-radioactive-release-from-nuclear-power-plants-in-the-usa-and-elsewhere/
Routine Radioactive Releases from US NPP Beyond Nuclear p. 1

How about getting Japan to stop pouring radioactive water into the Pacific? How about some new US EPA rules to protect air and water from radionuclide emissions? How about letting the US have the same or more protective standards for radiation in food, compared to Japan? Why does the US FDA allow around 15 times more radiation in food than Japan does? (Canada and Australia allow around 10 times more). How about President Obama ceasing and desisting from his pro-nuclear agenda! He doesn’t love his children? How about NOT importing High Level Nuclear Waste from Germany to pollute the Savannah River and poor people there in South Carolina, and ultimately the Atlantic too? How about taking the recent US Federal loan away from the Vogtle new build Nuclear Reactor, which will use up and pollute water from the Savannah River? How about that? That would be news.

Obama’s wife and children still have kin in South Carolina for Christ’s sake! What is wrong with the man? If you know the history of both the US, and of his family, he is probably kin to most of the South Carolina whites, and his wife to the South Carolina blacks! His children to both. They have family in Georgia too, which will be impacted by both this and the Vogtle reactors. Do they hate their origins so much? Is he kissing up to his buddy Queen Elizabeth, and her German relatives? The Queen of England is largely German, but they changed their name to Windsor during World War I or II for PR purposes. Obama claims distant kin to her non-German relatives.
Obama and Queen Elizabeth II 70 yr celebration of D Day June 6 2014 Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Obama and Queen Elizabeth, June 6 2014 in France, Official White House Photo

Is it his relationship with the CEO of Honeywell, David Cote? WTF is wrong with the man? Have they threatened him or his family to make him submit, as they appear to have done to former President Aristide of Haiti and some of his associates? Or, is he so ignorant and misled? How can he prefer Germany to his own?

And, why is Germany getting by with spreading mini-holocausts (or major?) throughout the world by exporting its nuclear waste to the farmlands of Italy, to Russia, to Tennessee, USA and now to South Carolina? How is that ok? Japan is also killing people off – less surprising since PM Abe IS grandson to a notorious and important fascist! What in the Pacific will be left to protect if Japan continues to dump radiation into it? God will damn them all in the hereafter but how’s that going to help all of the poor people, plants and animals in the here and now? Will the world survive this “Greed is good” generation being in power? It appears doubtful. Something’s gotta give.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Obama moves to protect vast Pacific Ocean areas
Posted:Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:53:15 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday unveiled efforts to expand protection of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States from over fishing and environmental damage. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/awalIPSxDK4/story01.htm

U.S. states sign regional pact to restore Chesapeake Bay
Posted:Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:48:39 GMT
ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – An agreement to restore the Chesapeake Bay by protecting its vast drainage area from pollution was signed on Monday by officials that included governors from six U.S. states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vGCdc0l31Y0/story01.htm

Chinese gold demand seen flat to lower this year -China agency
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:49:13 -0400
VANCOUVER, June 19 (Reuters) – Private sector gold demand in China, which last year surpassed India to become the world’s biggest consumer of the yellow metal, will be flat to slightly lower this year, a China Gold Association official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2BAOQ8emkBc/gold-china-idUSL2N0P01A820140619

Deutsche Bank conducts internal probe into trading on gold “fix”
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:47:32 -0400
* Deutsche Bank resigned gold and silver “fix” seats in May http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uDaV7e7gbU4/gold-fix-investigation-idUSL5N0OY4VA20140619

India nuke enrichment plant seen operational in 2015: IHS
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:56:36 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is expanding a covert uranium enrichment plant that could potentially support the development of thermonuclear weapons, a defence research group said on Friday, raising the stakes in an arms race with China and Pakistan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JVxKAvwZxqY/story01.htm

Obama sends U.S. military advisers to Iraq as battle rages over refinery
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:44:32 GMT
WASHINGTON/TIKRIT Iraq (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was sending up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq but stressed the need for a political solution to the Iraqi crisis as government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country’s biggest refinery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Bkb8roZJApk/story01.htm

New battles as Ukraine says 300 separatists killed in fighting
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:27:49 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting raged for a second successive day in the east of Ukraine on Friday, a day after clashes in which Ukrainian government forces said about 300 separatists were killed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/LrhEHuHSCJA/story01.htm

Ten of thousands vote as Hong Kong democracy ‘referendum’ kicks off
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:56:00 GMT
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people voted for full democracy in Hong Kong within the first hour of an unofficial online referendum, a civil campaign that has sparked warnings from China’s Communist Party leaders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/LCrMrT0uSkk/story01.htm

Philippine senator turns self in on graft charge, vows to rise again
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:28:23 GMT
MANILA (Reuters) – A Philippine action movie hero-turned senator turned himself in on Friday after an anti-graft court ordered his arrest on plunder charges, another step in the country’s bid to shed its image as one of the most corrupt in Asia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/uRg8xYDdKwg/story01.htm

Indonesia cuts mining export tax in draft regulation-official
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:45:10 GMT
JAKARTA, June 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia has drafted a new mining export tax that would more than halve the base rate to be paid by miners, a ministry official said, as the government tries to resolve a five-month-old dispute that has halted copper concentrate exports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IIy9DDNxErs/story01.htm

REFILE-China sending four oil rigs to South China Sea amid regional tensions
Posted:Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:09:35 GMT
BEIJING, June 20 (Reuters) – China is sending four oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Vh2340E4TWs/story01.htm

Political strife pushes back approval for Mexican energy laws
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:37:07 GMT
MEXICO CITY, June 19 (Reuters) – Political wrangling in Mexico means Congress is unlikely to approve before July legislation to complete an energy overhaul at the center of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s economic agenda, lawmakers said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cXLqIn20QM4/story01.htm

VTTI Energy Partners files for IPO of up to $420 mln
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:09:31 GMT
June 19 (Reuters) – VTTI Energy Partners LP, an oil and gas storage and terminal company, filed with U.S. regulators on Thursday to raise up to $420 million in an initial public offering of common units. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Cn0CNukzEPE/story01.htm

Sri Lanka imports Iran crude via 3rd parties, avoids sanctions
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:39:37 GMT
COLOMBO, June 19 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has been buying Iranian crude through third parties from various countries and avoiding sanctions with the understanding of the United States, a government spokesman said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CjtSL0XgMLk/story01.htm

Obama says Iran can play a constructive role in Iraq
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:08:35 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday said Iran can play a constructive role in Iraq if it follows the U.S. lead in pressing for all sides within Iraq to be respected.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/X6tyzXxcf9A/story01.htm

19 June 2014, 10 pm UTC correction:
We corrected the post to indicate that Energy Capital Partners had already owned Energy Solutions for 3 months prior to the e-mails by an Energy Solutions Industrial Hygienist, to LANL, requesting permission to change the WIPP neutralizer. If this proves the cause of the WIPP fiasco, then it did happen on the watch of Doug Kimmelman et. al. of Energy Capital Partners. (10.50 pm addition: On the other hand, the request for a new absorbent by the Industrial Hygienist was 2 weeks prior to Energy Solutions merging with Energy Capital Partners so not on Kimmelman’s watch). See below.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

What do the ongoing WIPP and Fukushima Nuclear Fiascos and Goldman Sachs have in common?
WIPP 22 May 2014
How WIPP Handles Nuclear Waste

The answer is named “Energy Solutions” and its current owner “Energy Capital Partners”.

Firstly, nuclear waste needs to be handled as a non-profit, probably community based, run by people who love and adore the waste – no joke – love it enough to carefully number it and obsessively-compulsively monitor it for all of eternity. Care for it like the life and death matter it is. Instead, we have former Goldman Sachs investment bankers running nuclear waste dump get-ups for profit like Energy Solutions. And, presumably they are in the business to make a killing – financial that is, which in the nuclear waste business can only translate into a real killing through radionuclides poisoning the earth – which is why investment bankers have no business dealing in nuclear waste, in our opinion.

The CEO of Energy Solutions since June of 2012 has been David Lockwood who was a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He joined the board of Energy Solutions in November of 2010. The CEO, and most partners, of Energy Capital Partners (who currently own Energy Solutions) are former Goldman Sachs managing directors. The CEO, Doug Kimmelman, was a Goldman Sachs managing director and partner.

Recall that Energy Solutions has been left in place, still failing to deal with the radioactive water situation at Fukushima, since March of 2012. This is perplexing. Once shown incapable they should have been quickly shown the door. Instead, radioactive water builds up and gets dumped into the ocean for over 2 years now. Who manages Fukushima but Toshiba. Toshiba is part of the Mitsui “Keiretsu” conglomerate group, which centers around the Sumitomo Mitsui bank. Sumitomo Mitsui has repeatedly invested in Goldman Sachs going back to at least 1986, when Sumitomo bought a 12.5 percent stake in Goldman Sachs. Hence, we suspect that a friendship exists between the former Goldman Sachs managing directors-partners and Sumitomo Mitsui bankers, which has led to too many chances given to Energy Solutions – an admission that their ALPS system failed would look really bad for them.

Frighteningly, the CEO of Energy Capital Partners (Doug Kimmelman) serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford Woods Environmental Institute (Stanford University) and donated $5 million for environmental research, etc. at Stanford. Priscilla B. Woods who is on that Council with him (apparently she and her husband are the Woods in the name) also serves on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, WHOI, (presumably she serves on the board). WHOI has had Ken Buesseler running around and telling everyone that Fukushima is like bananas and other misleading nonsense. Please banana growers hurry and file a lawsuit against WHOI, if you haven’t! WHOI is also affiliated with MIT, from whence comes the current head of the US Dept. of Energy, Moniz – ardent nuclear supporter. Stanford and MIT are still rated top US and world universities, so this environmental research will carry weight. In short, with this donation, Kimmelman bought both major ideological clout, along with a tax write-off. This is the way of American universities. Stanford is well-known for its research for the US military-industrial complex, and as a top CIA university – no surprises that Condoleeza Rice was there.

Energy Solutions is also involved at Sellafield. As well, through FCC Environment and Waste Recycling Group, it is involved with putting radioactive waste in the Lillyhall Cumbria landfill, near a school. Juan del Rivero, former CEO of Goldman Sachs Spain was recruited by Omega Capital which manages Alicia Koplowitz’ money. Alicia is sister to Esther – owner of FCC.

Energy Solutions appears to carry a large burden of the responsibility for the WIPP fiasco, based on the following emails-documents, which seem to indicate that Energy Solutions is responsible for processing of the waste stream, and assuming it has to do with choosing a new absorbent or neutralizer, as has been proposed, or anything else for which they are responsible: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/NMED/Issues/documents/5.19.14-Combined-ESTransmittalofNeutralizersUsedinNSProcessin.pdf (The link has four dots between the last n and pdf, but it won’t show on this blog, so cut and paste and make certain there are four dots total between the n and the pdf. Alternatively, search for WIPP emails energy solutions, and go through the link at ENE news. This is at the New Mexico Department of the Environment and not the WIPP site, but not easy to find within the site). The e-mail regarding a change in neutralizer was sent in late August of 2013, 3 months after Energy Capital Partners officially merged into Energy Solutions (ca 24 May 2013). Hence, if this is the cause of the incident, responsibility falls squarely upon Kimmelman et. al. of Energy Capital Partners, as well as David Lockwood, President and CEO of Energy Solutions since June 2012, and board member since November 2010. The request for a change in absorbent took place two weeks before Energy Capital Partners became owners (May 2013), though negotiations for Energy Capital Partners to become owners had been in place from January. Regardless, David Lockwood was already CEO of Energy Solutions, so would bear responsibility.

Kimmelman is a former Managing Director-Partner of Goldman Sachs. Lockwood is a former a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and also taught “corporate leadership” at the Stanford Grad School of Business. The majority of US Universities, along with some in other countries, should just be all closed down – the whole lot of them, starting with Stanford. Corporate leadership, my eye! Most journalists want to let the Energy Solutions Industrial Hygienist off the hook, because he said he wasn’t an expert in criticality, but their Industrial Hygienist should have known his job. So, if a change to a new neutralizer or absorbent in the WIPP waste stream, chosen by him, or anything else chosen by him, caused the WIPP fiasco, then the culprit appears the person who chose the product, the Industrial Hygienist at Energy Solutions, and by extension its CEO and owners. There was one CEO, but a transition in ownership in the period in question.

It is clear that Energy Solutions-Energy Capital Partners are responsible for staying at Fukushima, with an inoperable ALPS system, instead of gracefully bowing out and letting someone else do the job. So, the investment bankers at Energy Solutions – Energy Capital Partners are responsible for poisoning the Pacific. If they keep on and the phytoplankton die, then we will all die for lack of oxygen. More oxygen is produced by phytoplankton in the ocean, than in forests. If greed and arrogance continue to rule, we all die.

Regarding Energy Solutions at Fukushima since March of 2012: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/mar/14/energysolutions-fukushima-clean-up-contract
On the 21 of May, 2014, Reuters reported the following about the Energy Solutions ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System):
A water treatment facility known as the Advanced Liquid Processing System, designed to remove the most dangerous nuclides, was completely shut down again this week. The system has not been fully operational since it was installed nearly two years ago.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/N5wi8D-D4cc/story01.htm

In March the Japanese Times reported:
Tepco halts ALPS water cleanup system at Fukushima nuke plant“JIJI, MAR 18, 2014
Tokyo Electric Power Co. halted the operations of all three advanced radioactive water cleanup systems, collectively called Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on Tuesday.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/18/national/tepco-halts-alps-water-cleanup-system-at-fukushima-nuke-plant
They state: “With its daily processing capacity of 750 tons, ALPS is regarded as a key element in containing the radioactive water crisis at the crippled plant. However, due to a series of problems, Tepco has yet to start full operations.” (Emphasis added)

Looks like the Reuters people came back from vacation! Lots and lots of news feeds regarding mining and energy!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Russian government, state banks in talks to restructure Mechel’s debt- economy minister
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:00:04 -0400
STAVROPOL, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) – The Russian government is in talks with state banks on providing 180 billion roubles ($5.21 billion) as part of a restructuring package for indebted coal producer and steelmaker Mechel, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/m_6BKF6DjFg/russia-mechel-debt-idUSL6N0P00XJ20140619

UPDATE 3-Air Products appoints new CEO; shares at life-high
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:24:01 -0400
* Shares rise as much as 8 percent (Adds closing stock price, Breakingviews link) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MHScug9npKw/air-prdcts-chem-ceo-idUSL4N0OZ2ZI20140618

UPDATE 1-GDF Suez, Santos scrap Australian Bonaparte floating LNG project
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:28:53 GMT
* Santos remains bullish on LNG demand outlook (Adds Santos executive’s comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2zjQL8XqYYo/story01.htm

China preparing to evacuate some workers from Iraq
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:21:22 GMT
BEIJING, June 19 (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it was preparing to help evacuate a small number of people working for Chinese companies in Iraq, and repeated an offer to help Iraq fight terrorism though it declined to say if it would provide military support. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IpLqgn_h5TE/story01.htm

Japan’s JOGMEC says could double investment in oil, gas
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:18:19 GMT
TOKYO, June 19 (Reuters) – State-run Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp could double its investment in oil and gas resources in the long term, as it looks to ensure stable commodity supplies for the world’s No.3 economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FmcrYpwwetA/story01.htm

RPT-INSIGHT-Gabon’s Bongo struggles to transform African oil republic
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:05:29 GMT
* President seeks inclusive growth through greater economic diversity http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9uwRLNypi_E/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Iraq demand for Turkish fuel a strain on border crossings
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:04:12 GMT
MOSCOW, June 19 (Reuters) – Iraq’s extra demand for Turkish fuel due to the Baiji refinery attack will strain the limited border export capacity, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hiK99TxW4p8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EDF down 6 pct as energy minister scraps planned tariff hike
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:01:30 GMT
PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday that a planned 5 percent increase in electricity prices scheduled for Aug. 1 would not be applied, sending shares in state-controlled power utility EDF down more than 6 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s4XRuyD8fbA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine forces battle separatists after truce “refused”
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:50:48 GMT
KIEV, June 19 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the east of Ukraine on Thursday after rebels rejected a call to lay down their arms in line with a peace plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko, government forces said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_Z2iOa1nluI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-India regulator asks govt to cap stake in listed state cos to 75 pct in 3 years
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:44:40 GMT
MUMBAI, June 19 (Reuters) – India’s capital market regulator on Thursday asked the government to cut its stake in listed state companies and cap it at 75 percent within three years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wMkfoIASrOw/story01.htm

EU energy chief rules out 40 percent energy savings goal
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:38:26 GMT
* Member states expected to decide on new goals in October http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZSquNeiY8F4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-India plans more transparent Iran oil payments -sources
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:29:08 GMT
* India plans to pay $1.65 bln Iran oil dues via UAE central bank – sources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WVX6DIP_vTE/story01.htm

WRAPUP 2-Iraq battles to hold biggest refinery
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:21:17 GMT
* Workers evacuated as Iraqi forces battle to hold biggest refinery http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fY7u-4n_FvA/story01.htm

China sets tariffs for offshore wind power generators
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:10:43 GMT
BEIJING, June 19 (Reuters) – China’s power grids will pay 0.75-0.85 yuan ($0.12-0.14) per kilowatt-hour for electricity produced by offshore wind turbines, the country’s state planning agency said on Thursday in a bid to encourage more investment in the sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EiMAZvIXXNA/story01.htm

Indonesia set to miss ambitious 2014 biodiesel targets
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:02:44 GMT
JAKARTA, June 19 (Reuters) – Indonesia is set to miss its ambitious targets on the use of biodiesel this year due to logistical and infrastructure problems, government officials and analysts said, potentially weighing on the price of palm oil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6y4UyVWm6tU/story01.htm

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Russia says some South Stream partners face EU pressure
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:02:22 GMT
(Refiles to correct pipeline’s name in paragraph 3 to “Nord Stream”, not “North Stream”) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7ClmeCUiJHw/story01.htm

250 to 300 workers evacuated from Iraq’s Baiji refinery during brief truce in fighting – witness from refinery
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:39:31 GMT
BAGHDAD, June 19 (Reuters) – The last of the trapped workers in Iraq’s Baiji refinery were freed during a brief truce in the fighting between the Iraqi military and Sunni militants for control of the strategic facility, according to one of the workers who was released http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oTU3Uh2ah8w/story01.htm

Ukraine forces fight fierce battle with eastern separatists
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:04:29 GMT
KIEV, June 19 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists were locked in a fierce battle in the rebellious east of the country on Thursday, Ukrainian military sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w-zW519JoAQ/story01.htm

India plans to pay $1.65 bln Iran oil dues via UAE cbank -sources
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:44:44 GMT
* RBI to buy dollars from authorised dealers to pay UAE c.bank – sources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C1sEw9KNJJk/story01.htm

China shares extend losses as IPOs divert funds, Hong Kong edges up
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:56:13 GMT
* CNOOC rises for a second day after LNG deal with BP (Updates to midday) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-yygzZZUlhc/story01.htm

WRAPUP 5-Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels
Posted:Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:21:47 GMT
* Baghdad wants drone strikes, surveillance -U.S. officials http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3dKBsfA6Nag/story01.htm

U.S. gasoline tax increase urged by bipartisan pair of senators
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:22:06 -0400
WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 12 cents a gallon (3.2 cents a liter) over the next two years to keep a road and bridge fund from going broke. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5eXquk-B_t0/congress-gas-tax-idUSL2N0OZ15N20140618

Republican ex-EPA chiefs voice support for new carbon rules
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:22:40 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Rising public support for action on climate change bodes well for federal regulations announced this month to limit pollution from power plants, four Republican former chiefs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0FrPPeyXZLs/story01.htm

Urgent need to slash costs in UK North Sea oil industry
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:23:20 GMT
LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s North Sea oil and gas industry faces a bleak future where more fields are likely to become uneconomic and shut in as platforms close – unless costs can be controlled, operators say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NMvNQ8HwmJA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-France energy bill boosts renewables, no nuclear closures
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:14:02 GMT
* French nuclear power output to be capped at current 63.2 GW http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1xWE3OlD5WA/story01.htm

Australia makes strides in cleaning up Great Barrier Reef -U.N. body
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:50:39 GMT
SYDNEY, June 18 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Wednesday said Australia was making progress to preserve the Great Barrier Reef, a key tourist attraction that environmentalists say faces threats from industrial and agricultural development. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mdkRiWv1mps/story01.htm

Italy to help businesses with electricity costs, allow insurers to lend
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:52:00 GMT
* Includes 800 mln euros towards electricity costs this year http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tBHEtDcIdTw/story01.htm

EU Commission rejects plan for two LNG terminals in Finland, Estonia
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:41:26 GMT
HELSINKI, June 18 (Reuters) – Finland and Estonia will have to return to the drawing board with a joint gas terminal project after the European Commission said a proposed two-terminal model would not be eligible for subsidies, the Finnish government said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jkSmLN0Ite4/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Saudis give apparent warning to Iran: don’t meddle in Iraq
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:15:59 GMT
* Saud warns against “foreign interference, outside agendas” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AR0ChWgNjq4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Kirkuk the elephant in the room as Kurds, Iraqis talk pipelines
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:21:40 GMT
* Iraq’s largest refinery shut down, militants take over (Recasts lead, adds detail, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pKwWYUxxe5g/story01.htm

On edge of Kirkuk, peshmerga prepare to fight again for Kurdistan
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:14:48 GMT
MULLAH ABDULLAH, Iraq, June 18 (Reuters) – Under a bridge, 40 men from the Iraqi police and Kurdish peshmerga fighters take cover from the sun and the occasional mortar fired from across the river that marks one front in a conflict that threatens to dismember the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/twfwT8DS5S4/story01.htm

White House says sees no major disruption in oil supplies in Iraq
Posted:Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:51:51 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Advances by militants in Iraq have not substantially impeded oil supplies in that country, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WO-GLI1VULc/story01.htm