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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/the-ongoing-saga-31-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ The last update is on top. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/the-ongoing-saga-29-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Friday, 18 July 2014

New Post: Explains how much German Nuclear Reactors were said to be leaking in 2010. If the data is accurate, it suggests the easy possibility of more strict US EPA-NRC standards. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/how-much-do-german-nuclear-reactors-leak-how-much-are-they-allowed-to-leak/

US EPA Radiation Rules
US EPA comment deadline for 3 August 2014: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/laws/190/
(“Environmental Standards for Uranium Fuel Cycle Facilities: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) Comment period extended to August 3, 2014”)

The ICRP (2007) states that if there is a “prolonged component from long-lived nuclides“, then the “standard” should be 0.1 mSv. (ICRP Publication 103 (2007) pp. 105; 116). The US nuclear lobby seems to want everyone to believe that the ICRP standard is 1 mSv, whereas 1 mSv is supposed to be the maximum for all non-background, non-medical sources, according to the ICRP standard. The US EPA currently has a standard – up for grabs right now – of 0.25 mSv (i.e. 25 mrem) – excepting the thyroid, which is seemingly walking around on its own at 0.75 mSv (i.e. 75 mrems). The US NRC actually seems more protective of the thyroid, than the EPA. Americans need to grab their chance and demand that the acceptable exposure standard be reduced from 0.25 mSV (25 mrem) to 0.0005 mSv (0.05 mrem), 0.0003 mSv (0.03 mrem), or even less, since based on the German data, it cannot be argued that it causes “hardship” to the nuclear power industry. Not like we give a rat’s ass about whether the nuclear industry has hardship – but they cannot hide behind that one!
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We examined 2012 data from one US Nuclear Power Stations which for air and liquid full body only gave a total of 0.015 mSv (1.47 mrem). However, if you add all of the organ doses together it brings it up to 0.13 mSv. This is still significantly lower than the current US 0.25 mSv standard. It is close to the ICRP 0.1 mSv standard. Although we haven’t verified, we believe this is the one located in the poorest county – and 78% black. The German data suggests that the US Nuclear Reactors could easily do better in reducing emissions.
[August 3, 2014 note: The US example was based on our adding up the information for Grand Gulf Reactor, in Mississippi (2012). The J.P. Farley Unit 1 in Alabama, which we discussed in our August 2 post, reports emissions amounting to only 0.3594 mrem or 0.003594 mSv and they still emit a lot of radiation. Grand Gulf is located in Claiborne county which is 84.11% black, third in the nation. Jefferson County Mississippi, located just downriver from Grand Gulf is 86.49% black, the US county with the highest percentage of African American inhabitants, in the most African American state. It is also the most powerful nuclear reactor in the US and alone produces almost as much energy per year as both Farley Units. Comment here until midnight Washington DC time today: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0689-0001 Afterwards may or many not count.]

It is important to know, however, that there are also decisions on radiation weighting factors hidden within the sieverts. Another hidden factor seems to be life expectancy, discussed yesterday. There are surely more things hidden within the testing and modeling. The US nuclear industry appears up to no good for some reason on this, as they had the private workshops with the US EPA and US NRC on these topics. BEWARE. Why do they need to be allowed to emit more? We intend to provide as much information as we can between now and the beginning of August on the topic. Also, the low level waste US NRC standards are coming up for mid September. They are probably even more important.
china nuclear wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:China_nuke_plant_map http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_China

According to Reuters, the Westinghouse (now Toshiba-owned) AP 1000 nuclear reactor at Sanmen, Zhejiang, China is being delayed for safety checks. There were design changes and problems with some components. In April, China’s nuclear safety commission identified problems, including failure to properly install the steam pipe on the reactor pressure vessel. (See Reuters below).

Reuters News Feed Selection

China says first Westinghouse reactor delayed until at least end-2015
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:07:25 GMT
BEIJING, July 18 (Reuters) – China’s state-owned reactor builder said the start-up of the country’s first advanced nuclear project based on designs by U.S.-based Westinghouse has been delayed further until at least end of 2015 due to tougher safety checks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4NmgdbBVaFg/story01.htm

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:04:28 GMT
(Adds Abbvie, Allergan, TRW Auto, Telefonica, Bingham McCutchen, Fred’s, GTECH, Slovak Telekom, Cliffs Natural, Rosneft, Woolworths, Koncar, Dong Energy ; updates Fiat Chrysler)

Excerpt from article:
** Morgan Stanley does not believe new U.S. sanctions on Russian oil company Rosneft will affect a pending deal between the two companies, the bank’s chief financial officer said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/Moy4TzoJK84/story01.htm

Blackstone, KKR, TPG in talks to settle deal collusion lawsuit -sources
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:37:31 GMT
July 17 (Reuters) – Blackstone Group LP, KKR & Co LP and TPG Capital LP are in talks to settle a U.S. lawsuit accusing them of conspiring not to outbid each other and other buyout firms on takeovers… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/rjee7WWuW3s/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 2-Murphy Oil’s Malaysia assets draw interest from Mitsubishi, ONGC -sources
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:29:21 GMT
* Kuwait Petroleum, Mitsui among others eying Murphy’s assets http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/z6UA5eJo6U4/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:52:50 -0400
* Australia axes world’s third biggest ETS before it starts http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WaZC9cffOIA/australia-carbon-vote-update-2-tv-graphi-idUSL4N0PS0D420140718

With oil sales clipped, Iran faces sliding iron ore exports
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0400
* Iran iron ore exports fell a third in June -industry body http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/a3bO6QvTI6Y/ironore-iran-idUSL4N0PM3HB20140717

UPDATE 2-Brazil’s Embraer and Vale sign China deals as Xi visits
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:38:12 -0400
BRASILIA, July 17 (Reuters) – Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer agreed to sell up to 60 commercial passenger jets to China and mining company Vale received two new credit lines from Beijing, as the presidents of the two countries signed agreements to deepen commercial ties. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9EBC7eGIv0A/brazil-china-embraer-tianjin-airlines-idUSL2N0PS13620140717

UPDATE 3-Indonesia threatens to take over Newmont mine if output stays shut
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:34:23 -0400
* Newmont’s copper mining licence may be given to state-run Antam http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MSuihm8D1J0/indonesia-mining-idUSL4N0PS11H20140717

UPDATE 2-Two proxy firms give boost to activist slate at miner Cliffs
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:03:49 -0400
July 17 (Reuters) – Casablanca Capital LP said two independent proxy advisory firms have recommended shareholders of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc vote in favor of the hedge fund’s bid to replace some of the members of the miner’s board of directors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kWMp-kX-ejc/cliffs-natural-proxy-idUSL4N0PS41J20140717

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Rosneft says to honour agreements despite US sanctions
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:52:37 GMT
* Says sufficient liquidity to service debts (Adds detail, quotes, share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qPkRnEzja2E/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Shell suspends work on Canadian gas for transport facility
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:50:22 GMT
LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has suspended development of a liquefaction unit at Canada’s Jumping Pound facility, which was to be used to develop the emerging gas for transport market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QnyaJkJ7u5s/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Oil pushes above $108 on downed airliner, Gaza
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:26:30 GMT
* Oil prices set for first weekly gain in four weeks (Updates throughout, changes dateline, previous SINGAPORE) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Wqf2pRpSgGE/story01.htm

Russia’s Rosneft says to honour agreements despite sanctions
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:44:37 GMT
MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) – Russia’s top oil producer, Rosneft, said on Friday it would continue to work on its existing projects and agreements and honour its obligations despite U.S. sanctions on the company over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YX2FWNR7_2U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Fortum cuts Russia profit target as second quarter earnings fall
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:10:59 GMT
HELSINKI, July 18 (Reuters) – Finnish utility Fortum said on Friday it was not likely to reach its annual operating profit target of 500 million euros ($676 million) from Russian operations from 2015 onwards due to the weak rouble. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0iuAla7bGsA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russian shares fall after downing of Malaysian airliner
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:32:19 GMT
MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) – Moscow shares fell on Friday morning, extending losses from the previous session, following the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/c_MdAIHcDbQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Mexico senate gives general approval to key energy reform bill
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:16:31 GMT
MEXICO CITY, July 18 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Senate gave general approval early on Friday to a key bill to regulate the opening of the oil and gas industries to private investment, the centerpiece of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s economic reform agenda. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NV4fRhSMzG4/story01.htm

NZ carbon falls further as emitters stay away
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:51:05 GMT
July 18 (Reuters) – Spot permits in New Zealand’s carbon market fell for the third consecutive week, dropping to NZ$4 ($3.47) on Friday, as traders remained hesitant to take significant positions ahead of the September general election. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mdbGw8dCDLA/story01.htm

Brent climbs above $108 after plane downed in Ukraine
Posted:Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:23:44 GMT
* Brent, U.S. crude climb on demand, renewed geopolitical risks http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/K90vf8O037M/story01.htm

UPDATE 10-U.S. oil jumps $2 on jet crash, new Russia sanctions
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:00:08 GMT
* Crude draw, export expectations create tight U.S. picture (Adds background on U.S. crude) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ncP49ppMPI4/story01.htm

Colorado finds link between quakes and wastewater wells
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:52:12 GMT
NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) – Colorado regulators said on Thursday that the disposal of oil and gas wastewater at a well in Weld County likely caused a series of small earthquakes this year, in another sign that a U.S. drilling boom is contributing to higher seismic activity. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oW14QjBIJGI/story01.htm

Libya asks UN Security Council for help protecting oil, airports
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:26:31 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, July 17 (Reuters) – Libya asked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for help protecting its oil installations, oil export ports and civil airports, warning that without more international assistance the North African oil producer could become a failed state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/G8_E_swufYU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Rebounding North America boosts Schlumberger revenue
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:10:37 GMT
July 17 (Reuters) – Schlumberger Ltd’s, the world’s largest oilfield services company, reported better-than-expected second quarter revenue as drilling activity picked up in North America. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WhmyMDYpASY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ninety killed by Islamist attack on Syrian gas field -monitor
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:16:50 GMT
* Says 21 Islamic State fighters killed (Updates death toll, adds bullet points, edits) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WhmyMDYpASY/story01.htm

COMMODITIES-Gold, oil, palladium up after Malaysia jet crash in Ukraine
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:43:57 GMT
NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) – Gold prices jumped their most in a month on Thursday on geopolitical worries after a Malaysian jetliner crashed in eastern Ukraine, while other key commodities rose, too, on an improved demand outlook versus supply. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oB9rtrXD4qY/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Morgan Stanley profit more than doubles, beating estimates
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:21:18 GMT
* Q2 adj profit $0.60/shr vs est $0.55 – Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/l04nsiVVSwU/story01.htm

Europe’s gas, coal prices jump on Ukraine crash
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:01:33 GMT
LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – European gas and coal prices jumped on Thursday after a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed over eastern Ukraine, as traders feared a sharper deterioration of relations with major energy producer Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/T2Nwd-2zmCg/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Baker Hughes says new technology to lift N.American results
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:47:06 GMT
* Expects profit from operations to increase by 15 pct in third quarter http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/h_pT9qk3ZgY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ailing Russian loan market hit by fresh U.S. sanctions
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:05:36 GMT
* Sanctions prevent new loans by U.S. lenders to targeted firms http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SaWirurlKOw/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Assassination, airport shelling deepen Libya’s chaos
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:55:19 GMT
* Eastern politician is second woman to be assassinated (Adds details, background)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/will-you-let-the-nuclear-industry-choose-for-you-to-die-at-age-70-or-younger-radiation-protection-assumes-your-lifespan-is-65-to-70-years-or-less-do-you-agree/

Hans Erni is still working and going strong at age 105. This is him at the opening of his Peace Mural, when he was 100. Shouldn’t we all have the opportunity to live long, but more importantly, healthy lives? He takes no medications, though he has had some joint replacements, due to athletic injuries.
Hans Erni, cutting ribbon for his Peace Mural UN 2009
Artist Hans Erni, 100 years old, cutting the ribbon for his Peace mural at the UN in Geneva. (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre, 2009)

Are the children fleeing to the US from Central America mining refugees?

Honduras: New laws put communities at a disadvantage April 19, 2013 by Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
The people of the Siria Valley in Honduras may have breathed a sigh of relief in 2010 with the closure of the Canadian-owned San Martin gold mine that sits in their midst, but now they must brace themselves for further environmental destruction and depletion of their water supply. In mid-January, after two years of negotiations and opposition from civil society, a new mining law was finally approved by the Honduran Congress. The effect of the new law will be to cancel the current moratorium on mining operations and open the door to a new gold, silver and iron rush in the country. The Siria Valley will be particularly affected, as the mining company Goldcorp still holds several mining concessions around the area where the San Martin mine operated
“. Read the rest here: http://www.devp.org/en/blog/honduras-new-laws-put-communities-disadvantage

Additional US Sanctions against Russia:
Announcement of Treasury Sanctions on Entities Within the Financial Services and Energy Sectors of Russia, Against Arms or Related Materiel Entities, and those Undermining Ukraine’s Sovereignty. 7/16/2014, Actions Implement Executive Order 13662 against
Two Russian Financial Institutions and Two Energy Firms.
Actions also Target Eight Defense Technology Entities, Three Separatists, One Entity Complicit in the Misappropriation of Ukrainian State Assets, and Four Russian Government Officials
WASHINGTON – In response to Russia’s continued attempts to destabilize eastern Ukraine and its ongoing occupation of Crimea, the U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed a broad-based package of sanctions on entities in the financial services, energy, and arms or related materiel sectors of Russia, and on those undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty or misappropriating Ukrainian property. More specifically:

Treasury imposed sanctions that prohibit U.S. persons from providing new financing to two major Russian financial institutions (Gazprombank OAO and VEB) and two Russian energy firms (OAO Novatek and Rosneft), limiting their access to U.S. capital markets;
Treasury designated eight Russian arms firms, which are responsible for the production of a range of materiel that includes small arms, mortar shells, and tanks;
Treasury designated the “Luhansk People’s Republic” and the “Donetsk People’s Republic,” which have asserted governmental authority over parts of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine; and Aleksandr Borodai, the self-declared “prime minister” of the Donetsk People’s Republic, for threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine;
Treasury designated Feodosiya Enterprises, a key shipping facility in the Crimean peninsula, because it is complicit in the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; and
Treasury designated four Russian government officials, including Sergey Beseda, a senior Russian Federal Security Service official.
” Read the rest here: http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/pages/jl2572.aspx

Putin remarks that sanctioning Russia is bad for US companies. This simply proves that he lacks even the tiny shreds of honor, occasionally still seen in the US and/or he lacks all sense. The point is to punish Russia. The point is not what the impact is on the countries trying to punish Russia. People did without all sorts of things during WWII to better support the war against Hitler. What a silly (and dangerous) man Putin’s become, since he got his apparently silly brainless young girlfriend. Please – someone find him a girlfriend with a brain (and a heart)! Has anyone been charting Putin’s behavior? It appears cyclical, maybe lunar, though we haven’t had time to check.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Texas judge upholds $3 million fracking verdict
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:40:31 GMT
July 15 (Reuters) – A Texas judge upheld a $3 million jury verdict by ruling in favor of a family who claimed that oil and gas drilling near their land made them sick, in a landmark case hailed as a victory by anti-fracking activists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6umWPU3MX4Q/story01.htm

Honduras wants ‘mini-Marshall plan’ for U.S. aid on migrants
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:06:41 GMT
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduran officials on Wednesday called for U.S. aid to Central America to reduce violence that has fueled a surge of child migration to the United States, with the foreign minister calling for a “mini-Marshall plan” to attack the broader underlying problems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/sElPTHdbusA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Indonesia threatens to hand over Newmont mine if output does not resume
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:10:22 -0400
JAKARTA, July 17 (Reuters) – Indonesia stepped up pressure on Newmont Mining over a six-month old dispute that has halted copper exports, warning it could hand the U.S. miner’s licence to a state-owned firm if it does not resume shipments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MSuihm8D1J0/indonesia-mining-idUSL4N0PS11H20140717

RPT-Indonesia says could offer Newmont mine to Antam if output does not resume
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:58:01 -0400
JAKARTA, July 17 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s government may offer Newmont Mining Corp’s copper contract to state-owned Aneka Tambang (Antam) if the U.S. company does not quickly resume production, a government official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ApiRMaB_6Co/indonesia-mining-idUSL4N0PS0Y820140717

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:10:12 -0400
* Australia axes world’s second biggest ETS before it starts http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yt2uZFdxuqE/australia-carbon-vote-update-2-tv-graphi-idUSL4N0PS0D420140717

U.S. sanctions set to slow Rosneft’s dollar debt, not oil deals
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama aimed a direct blow at Russia’s economic heart on Wednesday with sanctions on Rosneft, the flagship oil giant that generates more than 4 percent of the world’s crude and over 8 percent of the country’s GDP. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tiOadHF8rHc/ukraine-crisis-sanctions-rosneft-idUSL2N0PS03220140717

Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:56:21 -0400
PUTIN SAYS U.S. SANCTIONS DAMAGE INTERESTS OF UNITED STATES AND ITS MAJOR ENERGY COMPANIES http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oIDefsP9qlc/putin-says-us-sanctions-damage-interests-idUSE4N0PL00720140716

Typhoon kills at least 38 in the Philippines, heads for China
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:25:49 GMT
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines set to work clearing debris, reconnecting power and rebuilding flattened houses on Thursday after a typhoon swept across the country killing 38 people, with at least eight missing, rescue officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/veCm1YPVrMs/story01.htm

UN Security Council threatens action against South Sudan
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:33:25 -0400
UNITED NATIONS, July 16 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council warned on Wednesday it is ready to consider “appropriate measures” against warring parties in South Sudan if they do not stop the violence in the world’s youngest nation and negotiate a transitional government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YYAMhzozRWE/southsudan-unrest-un-idUSL2N0PR2X520140716

Russia set to reopen Soviet-era spy post on Cuba: source
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:41:25 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has reached a provisional agreement with Cuba to reopen a big Soviet-era base on the Caribbean island from which it once spied in the United States, a Russian security source said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BhoYCJF4kfs/story01.htm

Russian shares down, led by sanctions-hit Rosneft
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:12:13 GMT
MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – Moscow shares fell on Thursday following the announcement of new U.S. economic sanctions on Russia, sending shares in its largest oil producer Rosneft tumbling and hitting other energy, financial and defence firms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9CVaLtB_Sxs/story01.htm

Russian bank chief says sanctions threaten global financial system
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:01:04 GMT
MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Russia’s VTB bank said on Thursday new U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis were inappropriate and warned of potentially devastating consequences for the global financial system. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PDQzPDdtHqw/story01.htm

New U.S. sanctions illegal, unfair competition-RIA quotes top official
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:52:49 GMT
MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday that new U.S. sanctions on some Russian companies were illegal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/B7-cFLqS9Co/story01.htm

Russia says new US sanctions will complicate relations
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:31:01 GMT
MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – New sanctions imposed by the United States on Russian companies and banks will further complicate U.S.-Russian relations, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FMA323WYjQA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Rosneft CEO Sechin says U.S. sanctions on company are illegal
Posted:Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:07:01 GMT
BRASILIA, July 16 (Reuters) – Rosneft Oil Co Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions on the Russian state-controlled energy company are illegal because it has no role in the crisis in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3tp5RWEVzJs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. sanctions will take Russia relations to a dead end -Putin
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:53:12 GMT
BRASILIA, July 16 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions will take relations with Russia to a “dead end” and damage U.S. business interests in his country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vtaHNIVmPXU/story01.htm

China studies floating gas plants for South China Sea
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:26:05 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese energy giant CNOOC Group is studying the possibility of building a multi-billion-dollar floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel, as-yet untried technology that would likely be used to produce gas from the deep waters of the South China Sea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YSGohB2MQiI/story01.htm

Google’s Street View takes on America’s gas leaks
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:41:24 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Street View cars have captured the world’s roads, highways and back alleys for years. Now they are being used for something entirely different: detecting the thousands of natural gas leaks blighting major U.S. cities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/K_2NzCwGDdY/story01.htm

Texas judge upholds $3 million fracking verdict
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:44:18 GMT
(Reuters) – A Texas judge upheld a $3 million jury verdict by ruling in favor of a family who claimed that oil and gas drilling near their land made them sick, in a landmark case hailed as a victory by anti-fracking activists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/C9mjhnzUY5Y/story01.htm

Canada regulator delays decision on west coast pipeline expansion
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:40:36 GMT
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A Canadian regulator said on Tuesday it had delayed a decision on Kinder Morgan Energy Partner’s Trans Mountain expansion project by about six months to January 2016, after requesting additional information from the pipeline company on changes to a small portion of the route. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LGJ1-I3yRas/story01.htm

Colombia’s Cerrejon coal mine partially closed due to dust
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:36:20 GMT
CARACAS(Reuters) – Colombia coal producer Cerrejon has slowed operations in the southern zone of its mine in order to keep particulate levels within legal limits amid a lack of rainfall, but said it still expected coal output to rise this year over last. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XVqU3zvFuAM/story01.htm

World Bank review shows flaws in social, environment safeguards process
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:03:00 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in development projects, according to an internal review obtained by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/R3pFRo9mW28/story01.htm

El Nino increasingly likely not be a strong event: Australia weather bureau
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:46:37 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cooling of the Pacific Ocean over the last month means the El Nino forecast to hit later this year is increasingly unlikely to be a strong event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zNafL-ZhxRE/story01.htm

Oil train sector has work to settle safety concerns -trade group
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:29:13 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. refining industry has not agreed to a deal reached by oil producers and railroads on improving the safety of oil tank cars, it said on Tuesday, suggesting a key piece of anticipated reforms remains unsettled. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AdVlWXn451g/story01.htm

Ship booked for first condensate export cargo – sources
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:10:54 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 (Reuters) – The first condensate cargo for export is due to load in Texas at the end of this week, headed via the Panama Canal to Asia, shipping sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MktfIgi9zaM/condensate-exports-loading-idUSL2N0PQ2TM20140715

UPDATE 1-Indonesia threatens to end Newmont’s mining contract over lawsuit
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:56:27 -0400
JAKARTA, July 15 (Reuters) – Indonesia could terminate Newmont Mining Corp’s copper mine contract if the U.S.-based firm does not withdraw a legal challenge to the country’s export taxes, a government official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Mf6w1Hj_HAk/indonesia-mining-newmont-idUSL4N0PQ4WM20140715

UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto lifts iron ore output as Chinese mines struggle
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:42:42 -0400
* Global miners count on Chinese mines closing to boost demand (Adds data, details, Fortescue ceo quote) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NVzYsOlH1Ng/australia-riotinto-idUSL4N0PQ5QS20140716

REFILE-UPDATE 4-Typhoon kills 10 in Philippines, shuts Manila, prompts mass evacuations
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:15:24 GMT
MANILA, July 16 (Reuters) – A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370,000 people and shutting financial markets, offices and schools, rescue officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ROmLsOeAjFg/story01.htm

Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
CHICAGO, July 16 (Reuters) – An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it – a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4PxKQ5F8_fA/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-China oil rig finishes exploration in disputed waters off Vietnam
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:31:29 GMT
* China energy firm CNPC says rig found signs of oil and gas http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s0j7PAYlobs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. court revives BP retirement-plan lawsuit
Posted:Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:07:43 GMT
July 15 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which participants in four BP Plc employee retirement savings plans claimed they were deceived into buying and holding BP stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eg2Y7h6KzT4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Mexico’s Senate committees approve energy reform bills
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:57:19 GMT
(Recasts with more bills approved, adds details of legislation) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/x8vXd_sRQU0/story01.htm

Tripoli airport becomes Libya’s new frontline between rival militias
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:40:06 GMT
TRIPOLI, July 15 (Reuters) – First, there is a single shot. Then Libyan fighters empty their anti-aircraft guns as others crouch for cover at Tripoli International Airport. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1jG1MOJsCW8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EU may impose new Ukraine sanctions, will fall short of US wishes
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:03:42 GMT
* Bloc may broaden sanctions criteria, discuss new measures http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/STBQ-AysGqI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. says capacity issues hindering Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:01:52 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – Delayed maintenance at storage facilities has dogged the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve limiting the government’s ability to quickly draw down the emergency stockpile, a report by the Energy Department’s inspector general said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/how-much-should-nuclear-facilities-leak-the-us-nrc-epa-travelled-to-a-nuclear-industry-workshop-shouldnt-they-visit-communities-instead/
After digging around the ICRP rules a bit more, it turns out that 1 mSv is their standard for individual radiation exposure from all sources above background. It seems to be 0.3 mSv for chronic exposure from a single source, and 0.1 mSv, where long-lived radio-nuclides are involved. So, saying that the ICRP standard is 1 mSv, as we have read elsewhere and as we have stated here, is somewhat deceptive.

News Feed Selection will update later.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/let-germany-keep-its-high-level-nuclear-balls-along-with-its-wc-golden-ball/
Please remember to protest the sending of German High Level Nuclear Waste to the USA, if you have not yet done so. Please contact: Mr. Andrew Grainger, drew.grainger@srs.gov, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S.Department of Energy by 21 July 2014.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Overlooked Nordic stocks attract euro-weary investors
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:34:43 GMT
* Sweden peppered with buying opportunities -fund managers http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/n1ziVaxyb2w/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-India govt considers selling $3 billion stake in ONGC
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:25:38 GMT
* If successful, deal will raise more than quarter of sell-off target http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5NwgdubiI3E/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Brent oil slips below $106.50, ample supplies outweigh Libya strife
Posted:Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:19:59 GMT
* U.S. crude stocks down 2 mln barrels last week -Reuters poll (Recasts, updates throughout, changes dateline from previous SINGAPORE) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dMJVC5S4yTw/story01.htm

U.S. oil and rail sector agree on train tanker safety
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:44:40 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S. energy and rail sectors have agreed to toughen tanker cars for future oil train cargo and to a schedule to retire older model cars that regulators have deemed unsafe, said two industry sources familiar with the plan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3Ud7f6erdm0/story01.htm

U.S. says weighs options on China’s WTO challenge to anti-subsidy duties
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:56:16 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – The United States is weighing its options after a World Trade Organization ruling on a Chinese challenge to anti-subsidy duties imposed on a range of steel products, solar panels and other goods, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jsyPqhW0Zb0/story01.htm

Blockbuster Bakken deal may put a bit more oil in traders’ hands
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:29:52 GMT
NEW YORK, July 14 (Reuters) – A $6 billion takeover to create the biggest oil producer in the Bakken shale may also open up new opportunities for some big traders who ship oil from North Dakota and Montana to market
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GtBlh0d2CxA/story01.htm

Monday, 14 July 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/counting-polar-bears-from-space/

Passing the Nuclear Waste Hot Potato

URS, lead for WIPP, Sellafield and present at Hanford and Savannah River apparently couldn’t take the nuclear waste heat anymore and is selling to AECOM. URS also had a joint partnership with Swedish Studsvik in the US.

Reuters News Feed Selection

RPT-UPDATE 2-AECOM to pay $4 billion for engineering firm URS Corp
Posted:Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:58:42 GMT
July 13 (Reuters) – Engineering design firm AECOM Technology Corp on Sunday said it would pay about $4 billion to acquire engineering and construction services firm URS Corp. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/ZIc4E3bz3NA/story01.htm

Indian engineer prepares solar tuk-tuk for London odyssey
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:41:44 GMT
BANGALORE (Reuters) – Naveen Rabelli’s tuk-tuk broke down the first time he rolled it out of his garage. The electrical engineer didn’t lose heart: now, he plans to drive his customized three-wheeler all the way to London. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bjQ4Zju-ysU/story01.htm

Uncertainty reigns in Australian parliament as mining king holds sway
Posted:Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:00:45 -0400
SYDNEY, July 14 (Reuters) – It took mining magnate Clive Palmer only three days to show Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott just how uncomfortable life can be in a parliament in which he holds the balance of power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IXnkFvYcx5g/australia-palmer-idUSL4N0PL1CG20140713

Australia’s carbon tax repeal set for final showdown
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:18:19 -0400
SYDNEY, July 14 (Reuters) – Australia’s lower house of parliament on Monday voted to scrap the country’s controversial carbon tax, setting up a final showdown in the Senate as early as Tuesday to decide the scheme’s fate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RRRcY300ICc/australia-carbon-idUSL4N0PP09Z20140714

Canadian environment groups, natives challenge Enbridge pipeline
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:52:13 GMT
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A coalition of environmental groups launched a second legal challenge against Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline on Friday, asking a Canadian court to quash federal approval that they say was based on a flawed report. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/HQMXOVuM_2U/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Whiting to buy Kodiak for $3.8 bln, create No. 1 Bakken producer
Posted:Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:22:34 GMT
July 13 (Reuters) – Whiting Petroleum Corp said on Sunday it would acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp for $3.8 billion in stock, to become the largest producer in North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil formations, eclipsing Harold Hamm’s Continental Resources Inc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/di3_PhXwqP4/story01.htm

Hope fades in Congress for drama-free funding of U.S. agencies
Posted:Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – This year was supposed to be different for Congress. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UOmLGkYTw10/story01.htm

No getting away from it all on the Appalachian Trail
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:36:28 GMT
HARRIMAN STATE PARK N.Y. (Reuters) – Maybe it was guilt over alarming her parents when she inadvertently dialed 911 from the Appalachian Trail, but Caitlin Belcher wishes she could ditch her cell phone for the rest of the 2,180-mile (3,508-km) hike. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7DCtU8aoNgE/story01.htm

Australia’s Sirius says in talks to supply raw nickel to smelters
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:01:36 -0400
* Sirius says in supply talks with 3 buyers ahead of mine development http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/q9t0KSMhA7Y/australia-siriusnickel-idUSL4N0PP15Z20140714

China begins criminal probe into three former top officials
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:05:54 GMT
BEIJING, July 14 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have begun criminal investigations into three former high-ranking officials over corruption allegations, state media said on Monday, two of whom were allies of powerful, retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3h5KOBUXnEQ/story01.htm

Brent rises to near $107 as Libya, Iraq violence renews supply worries
Posted:Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:44:12 GMT
* Uncertainty over Iran nuclear deal as July 20 deadline looms

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Reblog with link to petition to help protect Russian environmentalists: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/not-a-foreign-agent-who-wants-to-slap-the-label-on-ecodefense-and-why-resisting-it-matters/

Post updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-xi-of-a-series/
Circular 1198 USGS Food Web Farallones
USGS Circular 1198 Food Web

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 2-Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:17:06 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, July 12 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on a trip to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia’s influence in Latin America. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tcZxi7z4rro/story01.htm

German suspect was in contact with State Dept not U.S. spies: officials
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:16:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a U.S. State Department officer rather than American intelligence agencies, raising questions about whether any espionage occurred, U.S. officials familiar with the case told Reuters on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/W9fegNei4Fs/story01.htm

Ukraine scrambles fighter jets above rebel positions as missile attack resumes
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:41:13 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine scrambled jet fighters to strike at rebel positions early on Saturday, after separatists resumed missile attacks on government forces near the frontier with Russia, the border guard service said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/hy3UGoJ0_2o/story01.htm

Russia warns Ukraine of “irreversible” consequences after shelling
Posted:Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:06:56 GMT
MOSCOW, July 13 (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign ministry said that an incident on Sunday in which a cross-border shell fired from Ukraine hit two houses in Russia, reportedly killing a Russian man and injuring two women, may have “irreversible” consequences. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sGBBnOdpad0/story01.htm

EU names Ukraine rebel leaders hit with sanctions
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:33:29 GMT
BRUSSELS, July 12 (Reuters) – The European Union targeted Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai and 10 other rebels with travel bans and asset freezes on Saturday, avoiding fresh sanctions on Russian business to avoid antagonising its main energy supplier. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ByE98plGejA/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Libyan protesters shut down Brega oil port – state firm NOC
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:57:48 GMT
TRIPOLI, July 12 (Reuters) – Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega, state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports following almost a year of blockage. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9w0ctWHrHAw/story01.htm

Colombia oil pipeline paralyzed by rebel attack
Posted:Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:08:57 GMT
July 12, (Reuters) – – Pumping of oil from one of Colombia’s most important pipelines, the Bicentenario, was paralyzed after an attack by leftist rebels, its operator said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/u9GfR5YpQg0/story01.htm

LBMA appoints Johnson Matthey official as new chairman
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:35 -0400
July 11 (Reuters) – An official at British platinum refiner Johnson Matthey has become chairman at the London Bullion Market Association as the industry body oversees the overhaul of century-old precious metals pricing systems amid intense regulatory scrutiny. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CFKrmYpDqqc/gold-association-chairman-idUSL2N0PM18E20140711

UPDATE 1-S&P raises Ukraine’s outlook as IMF bailout boosts economy
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:16:04 -0400
July 11 (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s revised its outlook on Ukraine to stable from negative, saying that the International Monetary Fund program adopted in April has helped improve the economic situation in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OErUGCY3Xrg/ukraine-crisis-ratings-idUSL4N0PM3PD20140711

C.African Republic civilian leaders threaten to boycott peace talks
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:40:33 -0400
* French say ceasefire needed before political talks start http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cnH4QCZrNKc/centralafrica-talks-idUSL6N0PM3X220140711

UK court shuts 2 firms over carbon, diamond investment schemes
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:28:10 -0400
LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – A British court has ordered two firms into liquidation after an investigation found they had made nearly 2 million pounds ($3.4 million) through selling carbon credits, diamonds and other commodities to investors using false and misleading information. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9Y9h9q4evxo/britain-carbon-courts-idUSL6N0PM41C20140711

UPDATE 1-Canada court rules against aboriginal group on forestry licenses
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:22:34 -0400
OTTAWA, July 11 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court of Canada backed the right of the province of Ontario to grant forestry licenses on a tract of traditional native land on Friday after an aboriginal challenge of licenses that had been granted to a lumber company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/R82cKMD7fmA/canada-forestry-idUSL2N0PM0R920140711

Germany wants aid for emission-cutting projects in poor countries
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:00:17 -0400
* Germany sees cutting chemical plant emissions as priority http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NRZRKoiUGxU/un-carbon-idUSL6N0PK4GS20140711

Coal India unit shuts three mines after protests
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:58:31 -0400
BHUBANESWAR, India, July 11 (Reuters) – Mahanadi Coalfields, a unit of Coal India Ltd, has stopped operations at three mines in the eastern state of Odisha following protests by locals over company plans to relocate them to make way for planned mine expansion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QdUBGnPn0cA/india-coal-suspension-idUSL4N0PM3DW20140711

UPDATE 1-EU antitrust regulator objects to Cemex, Holcim deal in Spain -source
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:41:36 -0400
* European Commission objections dent Cemex hopes of unconditional approval http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WYJJNFDPhUE/cemex-holcim-eu-idUSL6N0PM3YI20140711

German hard coal burn down in Q1, imports up thanks to steel
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:19:19 -0400
FRANKFURT, July 11 (Reuters) – German hard coal consumption for power generation was down by 11 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014 as the use of coal in electricity production gave way to higher renewable power production, coal importers lobby VDKI said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/z7n-nP7udCI/germany-coal-idUSL6N0PM3UJ20140711

Gold hedging back on agenda, with strict conditions attached
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:09:47 -0400
* Sector still wary of missing out on potential price rise http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/K4FtIK22R0A/gold-hedging-idUSL6N0PL4HI20140711

UPDATE 2-Wells Fargo’s focus on energy shows growth strategy
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:23:42 GMT
(Updates with most recent figure on Smead Capital’s assets) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eGU8uHkaQGk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:44:37 GMT
HAVANA, July 11 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba’s struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IkIHm6-qEMg/story01.htm

U.S. Congress seen backing extension of Iran nuclear pact
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:07:53 GMT
WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress will ultimately support an extension of an interim agreement of talks on Iran’s nuclear program, lawmakers and congressional aides said, despite calls by Republicans and some Democrats to abandon negotiations and return to tough sanctions to deter Tehran from building a nuclear bomb. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Cew8KyQCugo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia should agree oil tax changes by end-July -energy minister
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:25:09 GMT
HAVANA, July 11 (Reuters) – A Russian plan to tweak oil taxes by increasing the mineral extraction tax and cutting export duties should be agreed by the end of July, Russia’s energy minister said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ieCbl5UwfyU/story01.htm

Global biofuel output expansion to slow by 2023 – OECD/FAO
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:14:03 GMT
PARIS, July 11 (Reuters) – Global biofuel output should expand in the period to 2023, mostly boosted by increasing demand, higher crude oil prices and government policies, but the rise should be lower than in the past decade, the FAO and OECD said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/n1tgz_IyRvA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-China, U.S. to cooperate on strategic oil reserves
Posted:Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:38:11 GMT
BEIJING, July 11 (Reuters) – China and the United States have signed a preliminary agreement to cooperate on strategic petroleum reserves (SPR), China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said, marking the first such effort between the world’s top two oil consumers.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Two new posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/japan-6-5-magnitude-earthquake-153-km-95-mi-offshore-from-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-station/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/nuclear-power-is-incompatible-with-life-a-view-from-japan/ Reuters News Feeds Selection will update later.

Friday, 11 July 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/german-bundestag-green-party-objection-to-shipping-german-nuclear-waste-to-the-usa/ Ain’t gonna be Obama who will save those who voted for him in South Carolina, nor stop this dangerous waste transit – it’s gonna have to be you and German Green Parliamentarians and Greenpeace (Germany)!

Julich to Aiken

Germany wants to send High Level Nuclear Waste 7,215 km (4,509 miles), most likely up the Meuse or Rhine from Juelich (between Aachen and Cologne), Germany, to the Port of Rotterdam, across the Atlantic Ocean and to the Port of Charleston, and then across most of South Carolina by Railroad to Aiken, South Carolina and the Savannah River Site (SRS), to be dumped. They have decided to send some from Ahaus, Germany too! The US has no permanent nuclear dump site – since the WIPP failure, not even for its military waste. Nothing for US commercial waste, which is what Germany wants to send over – its High Level Commercial waste.

In fact, to “clean-up” the Savannah River Site, “Transuranic” waste was sent from it to WIPP, starting in the 1990s:
From SRS to WIPP ca 1999
First shipment of TRU waste from SRS to WIPP leaves site in 1991“.
The cleanup of the site involves shipping waste in special containers known as TRUPACT-IIs to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. Each shipment—including certification and licensing of the TRUPACT-IIs, certification costs for the waste, training for waste certification personnel and drivers, and security—costs more than moving all the homes on SRS property did in 1951“.http://sti.srs.gov/fulltext/ms2002902/ms2002902.html

THAT TURNED OUT SWELL, DIDN’T IT? Now this “Transuranic” waste, that was shipped to New Mexico, and is in this state, is to be replaced at Savannah River Site by High level German waste? Who does that make sense to?
WIPP  15 May 2014 7
WIPP, May 2014
If you think that shipping High Level German Nuclear Waste this distance and dumping it in South Carolina, USA is wrong, before 21 July 2014, please say NO by contacting: Mr. Andrew Grainger drew.grainger@srs.gov.
NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S.Department of Energy, P.O. Box B, Aiken, South Carolina 29802 “The ‘no action’ alternative of leaving the spent fuel in Germany is the best option for both environmental and community health. If Germany does need help – DOE can and should offer expertise and technology without importing the problem onto US soil. That would be a solution that IS precedented as we saw scientists from SRS travel to Japan to help with cleanup efforts after the Fukushima disaster.http://gawand.org/2014/06/27/say-no-to-german-nuclear-waste-at-savannah-river-site/
Transuranic (plutonium, etc.) waste storage at SRS before shipment to WIPP

Remember that public comment regarding US EPA standards for nuclear emissions – including waste – is coming up at the beginning of August. It appears that the US is becoming a dumping ground for nuclear waste because of its almost non-existent protection standards.

Germany Nuclear Balls

As is clear from the man in the picture, 455 of these is big!
German Storage Canisters

Where is American Anger Over the Dumping of German Radioactive Waste on the USA? Where is the Anger Over TEPCO-Fukushima?

Merkel has the unmitigated gall to be angry about alleged spying when she wants to dump German Nuclear waste on the US! Will Obama Tell Merkel to Take Her Nuclear Balls and Shove Them Where the Sun Don’t Shine?
Merkel, Obama, Moniz
Probably not. Probably Obama and Moniz have been promised jobs at the Juelich Research facility, in exchange for ridding them of the nuclear balls. If salvation comes to the poor folk in South Carolina, it probably won’t come from Obama – stylized by Das Spiegel as a Messiah, back when. It will not come from Obama’s Über status-seeking wife, (despite her South Carolina roots). Rather, it may come from Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, from Southwestern Germany (Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg). She’s the one who (at least partially) saved the Russians from German Nuclear Waste, by means of a 2010 inquiry. She called for investigation into the choice of the Gorleben salt dome too. She was educated, in part, in Scotland. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Kotting-Uhl
Scotland – whose weavers historically helped lay a foundation of a fierce love of education, debate and democracy. Scotland – who now may need to leave the UK, to be nuclear free.

Merkel, Putin, and Obama appear all made of similar warp and woof. The people can’t look to any of these 3 for help or salvation.

Do German Parliamentarians Need Spies to Learn What is Going on in Merkel’s ‘Secretive’ Government?

In the context of the Merkel spying allegations, the statement by Ms. Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, Spokesperson on Nuclear Issues in the German Bundestag for the “Bundestagsfraktion BÜNDNIS 90/ DIE GRÜNEN” on July 8, 2014 AGAINST dumping of radioactive waste in the USA is rather interesting. She says that “I can no longer accept the blanket of secrecy that Germany’s Federal Ministry of Research has thrown over this affair. Minister Wanka has to declare quickly what her plans for the disposition of the nuclear waste are“. She further notes that “Shipping the nuclear waste of the AVR to the USA is against all principles that we obliged to, last but not least by the German repository site selection act. This nuclear waste has to be disposed in our own country.” Her full statement is here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/german-bundestag-green-party-objection-to-shipping-german-nuclear-waste-to-the-usa/

File:Blaas Eugen von The Eavesdropper
The Eavesdropper, by Eugen von Blaas

Instead of “Spy Scandal”, Let’s talk about real issues like the ongoing Fukushima disaster, and like stopping all nuclear so there will be no more Fukushimas, and like taking responsibility for your own pre-existing nuclear waste and not dumping on others, as Germany has now made a clear habit of doing – burning its radioactive waste in Tennessee (2013), dumping radioactive sludge on Italian farmland, sending its radioactive waste to Russia. (It was sent to Russia but some was called back due to the efforts of Ms. Kotting-Uhl and others). And, of course, in those countries, the dumping is no place near the halls of power. The German waste will not be stored under the Whitehouse, nor under Congress, nor will it be stored in Obama’s backyard in Chicago.

No, Mrs. Obama doesn’t want to keep those pretty yellow German canisters in her backyard, but prefers to give the lovely yellow canisters full of highly radioactive nuclear waste balls to her relatives in South Carolina! Why is that? Aren’t they prettier than the WIPP barrels? Yellow isn’t the stylish color for your kitchen this year Mrs. Obama? You want your cousins to have last year’s radioactive yellow? How about some French nuclear waste? Surely it is more stylish? Oh — yeah, that’s been taken care of with the French Areva-Mox facility. (Expletive deleted – mostly because we can’t think of one bad enough in English)

Why isn’t this diplomatic dispute of alleged spying, for that is what it is, a diplomatic dispute, being handled privately? Probably so that Merkel can play superior and get the upper hand in some negotiations, through a political PR campaign, where she plays irate victim. The US supposedly eaves-dropping on Germany gives them the right to shit nuclear waste on the US? NOT!

Sorry all whiners about spying. Get over it. There is no privacy. Never was, even in pre-internet days.

Everyone had their favorite theories of where and how to talk to avoid eavesdroppers. Does Watergate ring no more bells? “Nixon Bugs Me”? Spies existed from the earliest days of government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage Spying; eaves-dropping pre-dates government. If you are a political activist or otherwise “suspicious”, your boyfriend or girlfriend may be a spy. Get over it everyone. If you don’t want something known, keep your mouth shut – even the Bible says that. That’s what governments do, and grandmothers used to do – they spy. Lighten up and keep the spies entertained by saying silly things or make them work by using obscure languages. That’s one good reason to keep up with the weather or sports or soap operas – the ability to communicate, while saying nothing at all. Talking and saying nothing is an art; the lost art of listening also protects your own privacy. In traditional Chinese medicine, talking too much wastes life energy and leads to a shorter life. No one likes an invasion of privacy, but it has always been reality. The danger is, of course, distortion of information, but if a government or anyone else is “out to get you” they can make things up, anyway. Always have. The real issue is not the US gov, allegedly spying on the German gov, but rather things like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur
Henri Adolphe Laissement Kardinäle im Vorzimmer 1895
Cardinals in the Waiting Room by Henri Adolphe, 1895.

A professor of mine, who by no standards would be called “conservative”, once spoke of legitimate CIA functions, such as the reading of local newspapers. Those who use the “CIA Factbook” are beneficiaries of their activities.

Since the alleged spying is really a diplomatic issue, its being put out in the public eye appears an attempt by the German Government to look superior or get the upper hand on something.

Waste of time and money for the US to spy on Germany? Maybe yes, maybe no. Surprising news to us, Germany let many dangerous Nazis mostly off the hook after World War II, as we’ve recently documented in other posts. (We knew, from the concerns of German academics, that there were pro-Nazi survivors in German universities). Some of the same industries, which supported Hitler, have been getting taxation favoritism from current the German government, who has refused to make them carry their fair share of tax burden in the conversion to renewable energy.

We grieve over being forced to repeatedly re-visit Germany’s past, but if the German Government-Juelich Research Institute want to ACT like Nazis, by dumping their nuclear waste on non-Germans, on poor Americans, and especially on a predominantly black and poor part of America, they are asking for just that! And, what else can they be called but Nazis? What else but white-German supremacists? Not all Germans were supporters of Hitler, but they all got that reputation. No one remembers that German Christians, who valiantly opposed Hitler, died in gas chambers, along with Jews and others. Or, hung like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He could have stayed and taught in America, but chose to go home to be with those suffering under Hitler.  If Germans want that bad Nazi reputation again, then they can keep walking the path of dumping their nuclear waste problems on others!

As for Obama, his brain must be so open it fell out, or he figures that he will be upwind in Chicago, or he will be at the Juelich Research Institute (ironically Germany will be downwind to South Carolina):
Siting Nukes in a Poor Black Town — If A Black President Does It, Is It Still Environmental Racism?“, Bruce Dixon, Co-founder, Black Agenda Report”, Posted: May 4, 2010 02:01 PM http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-dixon/siting-nukes-in-a-poor-bl_b_559103.html http://www.nonukesyall.org/Vogtle_ej.html

And, Fukushima? Where is Righteous Anger Over Fukushima?
Over TEPCO Turning a Profit?

Spy scandals? Pleazzze… Stop whining Ms. Merkel et. al.! There are life and death issues going on in the world, many of which we don’t report in news, for lack of time, because they are generally complex topics. Dealing with nuclear, the worst of all, because it is deadly for perpetuity, takes more time than we have. We fall further behind each day.

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Operator Tepco Books $4.3 Billion Profit By Agence France-Presse on 08:06 pm Apr 30, 2014http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/fukushima-nuclear-plant-operator-tepco-books-4-3-billion-profit/

Guess what? Swimming in crude oil is bad for you too… When was the last time you were told that going swimming in a pool of crude oil or gasoline was a good idea? Why would it be good for fish or sea mammals to live in? Would you pour it in your garden on your flowers? Why would it be good for phytoplankton? Is radiation pouring into the Mississippi River from nuclear facilities and straight out into the Gulf of Mexico – exactly where the BP Deep Horizon went bust – good for fish or sea mammals?

Reuters News Feed Selection

Fukushima farmer takes on nuclear plant operator over wife’s suicide
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:09:06 GMT
YAMAKIYA Japan (Reuters) – A Japanese court is due to rule next month on a claim that Tokyo Electric Power is responsible for a woman’s suicide, in a landmark case that could force the utility to publicly admit culpability for deaths related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/VKL_qZCVzI0/story01.htm

Anger mounts as Germany unearths second U.S. spy suspect
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:57:20 GMT
BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – German politicians reacted angrily on Wednesday to news of a suspected U.S. spy in the defense ministry, which came days after the arrest of a German foreign intelligence agency worker as a suspected CIA informant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/oNCwsFuconE/story01.htm

Research shows Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused lesions in fish: scientists
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:45:55 GMT
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Oil that matches the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been found in the bodies of sickened fish, according to a team of Florida scientists who studied the oil’s chemical composition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/R5apmaBtIck/story01.htm

Berlin tells CIA station chief to leave in spy scandal
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:44:34 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country on Thursday in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behaviour of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected U.S. spies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aS_hos4fuuE/story01.htm

Holcim-Lafarge unions seek guarantees binding for asset buyers
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:33:49 -0400
PARIS, July 10 (Reuters) – Unions representing thousands of European workers affected by the sale of assets proposed by merging cement groups Lafarge and Holcim have asked the pair for specific employment guarantees that would be binding for the buyers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DxGbiNWpfmw/lafarge-holcim-unions-idUSL6N0PL2Y820140710

UPDATE 2-Russia’s VEB bank says will not help bail out miner Mechel
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:54:26 -0400
* Other bailout plans include RZhD Elga rail sale (Adds context, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3J2Ixjk2wj0/russia-mechel-debt-idUSL6N0PK45720140709

As silver fix decision nears, LME ties up with Autilla
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:04:52 -0400
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – The London Metal Exchange and technology firm Autilla joined forces on Wednesday to propose an electronic system for setting the global silver price benchmark as the deadline neared for replacing London’s century-old silver fix. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fsEf-2PGZZw/silver-fix-idUSL6N0PK45U20140709

Special Report: All work and no pay for thousands in the Balkans
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:51:33 GMT
ZITISTE Serbia 2014 (Reuters) – Complaining they had worked without pay for months late last year, employees of the Serbian farming company Agroziv staged a short strike in January. Why should they work for no money, they said. The company, a poultry producer in the north of the country, was short of cash and pleaded for more time to pay wages, workers said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/0gFIS3B63zg/story01.htm

German language rule for immigrant spouses invalid: European court
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:56:54 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany cannot insist the spouses of Turkish nationals living in the country speak basic German when they apply for a family reunification visa, Europe’s highest court ruled on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/rfJ4ZmI-tmo/story01.htm

Exclusive: U.S. grills suspects in new strategy to build bank laundering cases
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:28:12 GMT
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are using a new tactic to crack down on banks that fail to fight money laundering: systematically asking suspects in a wide range of criminal cases to help them follow the money back to their bankers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/zS3TZ-qjJqo/story01.htm

U.S. Senate tax-writers agree on $10.8 bln transport funding plan
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:10:57 -0400
WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – The top Democratic and Republican tax writers in the U.S. Senate on Thursday announced a $10.8 billion plan to extend federal funding for transportation projects into the summer of 2015, roughly matching legislation moving through the House of Representatives. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/j753agBv5Zw/usa-transportation-congress-idUSL2N0PL1S820140710

Geologists seek work – any work – as mining boom goes bust
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:00:49 -0400
SYDNEY, July 11 (Reuters) – After 25 years working around the world as a highly paid geologist earning a six-digit salary, Phil Scheimer is back in Australia weighing up his future prospects: day labourer or pizza delivery man. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2Z6ZWI7r_14/australia-mining-geologists-idUSL4N0PJ0IK20140710

UPDATE 2-U.S. steel producers seek to scrap Russian trade deal
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:54:42 -0400
(Recasts lead; adds quotes from lawyer, submission details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZnynYRvKdZg/usa-trade-steel-idUSL2N0PL2KW20140710

Global oil exploration nears $1 trillion – where are the finds?
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:36:41 GMT
* Enhanced oil recovery from mature field is partial solution http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VaRUKxSjLK4/story01.htm
Oil recovery averaged around 35 percent for decades but technological advances such as computer geological modelling and the use of new chemicals have increased the recovery to over 50 percent, according to Matthias Bichsel, Shell director of projects and technology.

UPDATE 1-Shell leaves its peers behind on big gas-to-liquids plants
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:15:14 GMT
* Smaller-scale GTL may provide a way forward (Adds investor quote, paragraphs 14-16) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IIIgr_ggjeQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine readies plan against rebels; Germany, France press Putin
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:10:23 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties on Thursday in clashes with separatists, while two Western allies urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/h2xSrb-NdvU/story01.htm

British public sector workers strike over ‘poverty pay’
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:36 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers including teachers, council workers and firefighters staged a 24-hour pay strike on Thursday in a stoppage that has prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge a crackdown on union powers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xmVthn66-Ns/story01.htm

China signs $1.6 bln engineering deal for Siberian LNG project
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:48:43 GMT
HONG KONG, July 10 (Reuters) – A subsidiary of Chinese state oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed an around $1.6 billion deal to build equipment for a liquefied natural gas project in Siberia, the company said late on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1pf-GTHiYmM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Russia sets new banking rules for state firms amid downturn
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:01:42 GMT
MOSCOW, July 10 (Reuters) – Russian state companies, the backbone of the economy, can only have accounts at banks with capital of no less than 10 billion roubles ($296 million) or at those with ties to the government, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fYChHt5OItg/story01.htm

Russia’s Rosneft, Zarubezhneft to agree on Cuban offshore block this week
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:00:02 GMT
MOSCOW, July 10 (Reuters) – Russian state oil companies Rosneft and Zarubezhneft plan to sign an agreement with Cuban state oil company Cubanpetroleo to develop an offshore block 37, a senior Russian official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fzP3bAxvU7U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Premier Oil may boost 2014 output forecast after strong first half
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:44:07 GMT
(Recasts with production guidance, adds details, CEO comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CcgJNdJm3cg/story01.htm

EU imposes sanctions on South Sudanese military leaders
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:35 GMT
JUBA, July 10 (Reuters) – The European Union on Thursday imposed a travel ban and asset freezes on two South Sudanese military leaders it said were violating ceasefire agreements put in place to stop fighting that has killed thousands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/m5f7kA010x4/story01.htm

REFILE-Shell leaves its peers behind on big gas-to-liquids plants
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:03:10 GMT
LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) – Shell will press on with new plants to convert gas to liquid fuels, its investment and technical edge leaving its peers behind in the process once seen as a radical game changer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cbBeC9kv0gQ/story01.htm

Parts of UK will not meet EU pollution limits until after 2030
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:45:33 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – London and two other densely populated areas in Britain will not meet European Union pollution limits until after 2030, 20 years after the original deadline, the bloc’s top court heard on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/aD–Zj_BHA0/story01.htm

Austria, Poland face fines over energy waste law
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:47:58 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria and Poland face fines for failing to implement EU law on making buildings more energy-efficient, the EU executive said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6KRzlHzNBRI/story01.htm

Philippines extends Forum’s drilling permit in S.China Sea to 2016
Posted:Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:57:06 GMT
MANILA, July 10 (Reuters) – London-listed Forum Energy Plc has obtained approval from the Philippine government to extend by one year its drilling plan for a natural gas project in the disputed Reed Bank area of the South China Sea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ss8CzV8zkTg/story01.htm

U.S. declares ‘critical habitat’ protection for loggerhead turtles
Posted:Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:42:17 GMT
CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday designated 685 miles (1,100 km) of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and 300,000 square miles (777,000 sq km) of ocean off the Gulf and Atlantic coasts as critical nesting and roaming habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fYkaqOaq4ag/story01.htm