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Sunday, 31 August 2014

New Post:
Scotland is at the crossroads for its environment.
Waymarker Campsie Glen
Waterfall at Campsie Glen
Waterfall at Campsie Glen, Scotland

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lake Districts-Cumbria, England, Still in Danger by apparently out of control UK DECC. Wastwater is a lake there, used to cool Sellafield. The water in it apparently belongs to the Queen and not to the people.

Didn’t someone recently claim that Scotland had little oil and gas left? Wasn’t it the UK gov? Why then did the UK offer up oil and gas blocks in the months running up to the Scottish Independence vote?

New posts regarding apparently out of control UK DECC in Scotland, England, and Wales:

Even William Wallace Birthplace Could Get Fracked Unless Scotland Votes for Independence

From the William Wallace Monument in Elderslie, Scotland
The William Wallace Yew Tree in Elderslie, one of two possible birth places of the hero of Scottish Independence, William Wallace, “Braveheart”. Both birth places could be at risk from fracking proposed by out of control UK government.
Wallace Yew Elderslie

What are devolved and reserved matters?

Devolution is the transfer of powers from a central to a regional authority.
The Scotland Act 1998 (an Act of the UK Parliament) created a Scottish Parliament and passed to it the powers to make laws on a range of issues. These powers were extended by the Scotland Act 2012.

The issues upon which the Scottish Parliament can make laws are known as devolved matters.
However, some issues – in general, those with a UK-wide or international impact – remain the responsibility of the UK Parliament alone.
The issues upon which only the UK Parliament can make laws are known as reserved matters.

Devolved matters
Devolved matters include:
agriculture, forestry and fisheries
education and training
health and social services
law and order (including the licensing of air weapons)
local government
sport and the arts
tourism and economic development
many aspects of transport

Reserved matters
Reserved matters include:
benefits and social security
foreign policy
trade and industry
nuclear energy, oil, coal, gas and electricity
consumer rights
data protection
the Constitution
What happens when the environment conflicts with oil and gas-fracking? What happens when the environment conflicts with the leaking of dangerous radionuclides into Scottish air and water by the UK Ministry of Defence?

Friday, 29 August 2014

New Post:

May 2014 fire wildfire near San Onofre Nuclear Reactors. Photo from the NRC.
In the original article it is vague if this is actually within San Onofre but if you zoom in you can see that the signs say Caution Radioactive Material Area! The article says that the fire could be seen from San Onofre.
May 2014 wildfire near San Onofre NGS, NRC
zoom of fire near San Onofre

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japanese companies turn to convertible bonds for funding
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:16:46 -0400
* Japan CB issuance through August nearly double year-ago period

China shares rise as aviation stocks jump, Hong Kong slips again
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:57:50 -0400
* Macau casinos down as outlook remains weak (Updates to midday)

Accident traps at least 25 miners in Nicaragua, gov’t-backed site says
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:37:54 -0400
MANAGUA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – At least 25 miners were trapped in a gold mine in Nicaragua’s far north on Thursday after a collapse, a government-backed news website and other media reported, adding that rescue efforts would continue through the night.

Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:36:53 -0400
HOUSTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds.

U.S. steel shelving producers lodge trade case against China
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:05:27 -0400
WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – U.S. producers have lodged a complaint against Chinese imports of steel shelving units, saying the products are subsidized by the Chinese government and sold below fair value in the United States.

Zambia’s president fires potential rival amid illness talk
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:04:46 -0400
LUSAKA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Zambian President Michael Sata fired Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba on Thursday, his spokesman said, removing a potential rival at a time when questions are being asked about the health of the leader of Africa’s second-largest copper producer.

UPDATE 2-Scottish businesses split as Cameron makes case to stay in United Kingdom Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:02:31 -0400
* Divide in business community widens ahead of Sept 18 vote

UPDATE 2-Iron ore rout extends amid tight credit, China futures sink
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:29:20 -0400
* Fortescue shares down 4 pct; Rio, BHP at multi-week lows (Recasts, updates prices)

Iraq to appeal U.S court decision on Kurdish oil
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:15:35 -0400
BAGHDAD, Aug 28 (Reuters) – The Iraqi oil ministry said on Thursday it would challenge a U.S. court decision that stopped U.S. Marshals from seizing some one million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil docked near Texas.

Indian power station coal stocks lowest since 2012 blackouts
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:50:56 GMT
NEW DELHI, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Half of India’s thermal power stations have less than a week’s supply of coal on hand, according to weekly data, the lowest level since mid-2012 when millions of people were left without power in one of the world’s worst blackouts.

Oil producer Afren’s first-half output hit by slowdown in Nigeria
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:44:39 GMT

UPDATE 1-Neste Oil cuts profit outlook due to refinery damage
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:41:54 GMT
HELSINKI, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Finland’s Neste Oil Oyj has cut its profit outlook for the full year as expected, due to previously announced plant damage at its Porvoo refinery.

Somalia takes Kenya to UN court in oil rights row
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:21:34 GMT
AMSTERDAM, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Somalia filed a suit against Kenya at the U.N.’s highest court, seeking to resolve a long-running dispute over lucrative oil reserves in the Indian Ocean.

Drilling furiously: Chinese energy giants turn upbeat on shale gas Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:19:32 GMT
HONG KONG, Aug 29 (Reuters) – China’s energy heavyweights Sinopec Corp and PetroChina have upgraded their outlook on the country’s shale gas industry, citing steadily declining costs, but stopped short of predicting a near-term boom.

China shares rise as aviation stocks jump, Hong Kong slips again
Posted:Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:57:50 GMT
* Macau casinos down as outlook remains weak (Updates to midday)

Shell submits revised drill plan for Arctic -FT
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:27:16 GMT
Aug 29 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has sought permission from the U.S. government to drill in the Arctic Ocean and is keeping open the possibility that it could drill there next summer, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

UPDATE 5-Chicago wholesale gasoline prices rise on BP Whiting refinery fire
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:15:50 GMT
* BP says expects minimal impact from late Wednesday blaze

WRAPUP 3-West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:59:05 GMT
* Air service suspension threatens aid operation – WHO (Adds Liberian president)

UPDATE 1-Italy aims to thin out local utilities, form big national firms Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:35:57 GMT
* PM Renzi wants to slash number of public service companies

As rail jam persists, U.S. power plants rush to roads and rivers Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:00:04 GMT
Aug 28 (Reuters) – U.S. coal-burning power utilities are being forced to turn to barges and more expensive trucks to move coal, desperate to shore up stockpiles left dangerously low by the widespread bottlenecks on rail networks.

UPDATE 1-Laggan-Tormore gas field stakeholder expects delay to start date Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:56:54 GMT
* Dong says Herje production in N. Sea delayed to 2017 (Recasts, adds detail)

UPDATE 2-Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria’s oil hub Port Harcourt
Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:44:28 GMT
* Port Harcourt at centre of Africa’s biggest oil industry

UPDATE 1-Accountant says Asia Resource Minerals needs refinancing to secure future Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:20:58 GMT
* Company says it is confident it can refinance soon (Adds detail, company comment on proposed financing)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

New Post:

US Gov Unable to Find $38 million for an earthquake warning system that would cover California, Washington and Oregon! (see Reuters below).

100 page USGS Study on west coast earthquakes, which the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Staff said, in 2013, that they didn’t have time to read-evaluate is found here:
updated USGS 2007 San Onofre and Diablo Canyon NPP
One map from the USGS publication with estimated location of Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, added by us. The last is closed but still has spent fuel in fuel pools. Locations are approximate and based on coastal shape. They are not overlays.

We found the lost money needed for the earthquake warning system! Superfluous staffing doing studies at the US NRC! Let’s see, if they fire the 40 idiotic authors of the US NRC “Nuclear Waste Generic Environmental Impact Statement” and they make $50,000 US dollars each (many probably make much more), in only 19 years they could save the $38 million to save lives with an earthquake early warning system. They would also save the retirement monies which will be paid to these bleeps…. Or, how about this staff (probably the same), quoted by the document above, who didn’t have the time to read a very short 100 page USGS doc (The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, Version 2 (UCERF 2) with very clear maps of dangers and risks in California. No! They state that they didn’t have time to read a few hundred pages!! “STAFF EVALUATION AND RECOMMENDATION FOR JAPAN LESSONS-LEARNED TIER 3 ISSUE ON EXPEDITED TRANSFER OF SPENT FUEL:
“The staff used the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 2008 model to evaluate seismic hazards at central and eastern U.S. (CEUS) nuclear power plant sites in this analysis. Although the USGS model considers sites in the western United States (including Columbia, Diablo Canyon, Palo Verde, and San Onofre), the staff has not performed the necessary analyses for these sites to include them in this analysis. Considering the robust designs of SFPs, especially in more seismically active areas in the western United States, the staff concludes that public health and safety are adequately protected. Upon completion of the Near-Term Task Force Recommendation 2.1 seismic reevaluation, the staff will confirm that the seismic risk for SFPs is consistent with the risk assumed in this analysis.
” (Emphasis added) This study was then quoted by the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for waste, which will allow easier rubber-stamping of nuclear power plant licensing and relicensing.

UMW officials and members of the ‘miner’s army’ display a bomb dropped on them during the Battle of Blair Mountain
Bomb dropped on Miners Battle of Blair Mt. 1921
The Battle of Blair Mountain was one of the largest civil uprisings in United States history and the largest armed rebellion since the American Civil War.[1] For five days in late August and early September 1921, in Logan County, West Virginia, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 lawmen and strikebreakers, called the Logan Defenders,[2] who were backed by coal mine operators during an attempt by the miners to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired,[3] and the United States Army intervened by presidential order.[4]
Following the battle, 985 miners were indicted for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder, and treason against the State of West Virginia. Though some were acquitted by sympathetic juries, many were also imprisoned for a number of years, though they were paroled in 1925. It would be Bill Blizzard’s trial where the unexploded bomb was used as evidence of the government and companies’ brutality, and ultimately resulted in his acquittal.

In the short term, the battle was an overwhelming victory for management. UMW membership plummeted from more than 50,000 miners to approximately 10,000 over the next several years, and it was not until 1935 — following the Great Depression and the beginning of the New Deal under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt — that the UMW fully organized in southern West Virginia.

In the long-term, the battle raised awareness of the appalling conditions faced by miners in the dangerous West Virginia coalfields, and led directly to a change in union tactics in political battles to get the law on labor’s side via confrontations with recalcitrant and abusive managements and thence to the much larger organized labor victory a few years later during the New Deal in 1933. That in turn led to the UMWA helping organize many better-known unions such as the Steel Workers during the mid-thirties. To some degree, it is important also to note that this defeat had major implications for the UMWA as a whole. After World War I, as the coal industry began to collapse, union mining was no longer financially sustainable. Because of the defeat in West Virginia, the union was undermined in Pennsylvania and Kentucky also. By the end of 1925, Illinois was the only remaining unionized state which could compete, in term of soft coal production, with the others listed.

In the final analysis, management’s success was a pyrrhic victory that helped lead to a much larger and stronger organized labor movement in many other industries and labor union affiliations and umbrella organizations like the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).” Read the entire story here:

Reuters News Feed Selection

California quake warning system delayed by lack of funding
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:36:10 GMT
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A system to provide early warnings of earthquakes such as the one which shook California’s wine country this week is planned and ready to go, but two years after the scientific work finished, the funding is still being lined up.

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:00 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

UPDATE 2-Cameco to shut world’s largest uranium mine in labor dispute Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:02:19 -0400
(Rewrites throughout with analysts’ views, adds comment from company and the union)

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:30:27 GMT
(Reuters) – DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.

‘Cauldrons’ in Iceland glacier could point to volcano eruption: Met Office Posted:Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:50:33 GMT
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Ice over Iceland’s rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide “cauldrons”, possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country’s meteorological office said late on Wednesday.

U.S. court rules for groups defending historic site from coal mining Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:42:26 GMT
(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of environmental groups fighting to protect the site of a historic 1920s-era labor battle between miners and companies in West Virginia from being destroyed by modern-day coal mining.

Exxon Mobil unit to pay $1.4 million penalty for Louisiana oil spill
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:41:28 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Exxon Mobil Corp unit has agreed to pay $1.4 million to resolve U.S. government claims over a 2012 crude oil spill in Louisiana, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Intrepid Mines launches bid for Blackthorn, eyes Zambia copper
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:35:23 -0400
SYDNEY, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Intrepid Mines launched a friendly A$58.6 million ($54.7 million) all-share offer on Thursday for Blackthorn Resources, which plans to build a copper mine in Zambia, and announced a A$110 million share buyback.

UPDATE 1-Australia’s Atlas back in black as iron ore output rises
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:55:53 -0400
* Australia’s Atlas Iron turns a profit amid weak ore prices

Indonesia wants smelter supply deal before Newmont can resume exports Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:33:02 -0400
JAKARTA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Indonesia wants copper miners Newmont Mining Corp and Freeport-McMoRan Inc to hammer out a deal on concentrate supply for an upcoming smelter before allowing Newmont to resume exports, a mining ministry official said on Wednesday.

Emperador Distillers to join Philippines’ key stock index
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:18:24 -0400
MANILA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Philippine liquor maker Emperador Inc is set to debut in the Philippines’ benchmark stock index on Sept. 15, replacing the country’s largest miner Philex Mining Corp, the bourse said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Evraz back in profit, Ukraine assets unscathed
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:40:20 -0400
* Says Ukraine generates 6 pct of group revenue (Adds details, quotes, context)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Diablo to the Side
Diablo Nuclear Power Station on the Pacific Coast in California between San Franciso and L.A.

The Fightback to Save the World from Diablo has begun!

Amazing images of the Diablo fault-lines and Friends of the Earth Legal Petition:
From yesterday:

TEPCO moving to supply other areas of Japan with power????????????????????????

Reuters News Feed Selection:

As Japan pushes power deregulation, Tepco moves in on rivals’ turf
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:16:52 GMT
TOKYO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Wednesday it would start supplying power to customers in areas controlled by other regional monopolies, as a shake-up in Japan’s electricity industry since the Fukushima disaster gathers pace.

UPDATE 2-Russia’s Rusal back in black as aluminium supply moves into deficit
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:57:19 -0400
* Sees 60 pct of shut global smelter capacity never reopening

UPDATE 2-Impasse over Kurdish tanker near Texas to drag on, more tussles likely -source Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:27:51 -0400
HOUSTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1-Barrick scraps corporate development team, further cuts coming -sources Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:35:13 -0400
(Adds background on previous layoffs, slump in gold prices)

Impasse over Kurdish crude cargo near Texas to drag on – source
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:09:02 -0400
HOUSTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A tanker loaded with $100 million of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas anytime soon because of serious legal risks so a month-long standoff will likely drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 4-London Metal Exchange dismissed from U.S. price-fixing lawsuits Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:19:42 -0400
NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A judge has dismissed London Metal Exchange Ltd as a defendant from U.S. antitrust litigation accusing banks and commodity companies of conspiring to drive up aluminum prices by restricting supply, hurting manufacturers and purchasers.

Chile copper mine contract workers announce one-day strike
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:36:01 -0400
SANTIAGO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Contract workers at Chilean copper mines are planning a one-day strike next month, demanding changes to labor laws, a union head said on Tuesday.

Blackstone-backed Vivint Solar files for IPO
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:08:16 GMT
Aug 26 (Reuters) – Blackstone Group LP-backed solar-energy provider Vivint Solar Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday to raise up to $200 million in an initial public offering of common stock.

UPDATE 2-U.S. charges investor relations executive with insider trading
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:02:31 GMT
(Adds details of investigation, bail hearing and comment from firm founder)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Le Creusot Steam Hammer
The Creusot steam hammer was built in 1877

Arnaud Montebourg declaring his candidature for the Presidency of the French Republic  at Frangy-en-Bresse le 20 novembre 2010  by Lysandre78, CC-By-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia
Arnaud Montebourg declaring his candidature for the Presidency of the French Republic at Frangy-en-Bresse, 20 novembre 2010, by Lysandre78, CC-By-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia

French Minister Criticizes Germany’s Miss Merkel and Gets Fired

French ministers demand Hollande abandon austerity and condemn Angela Merkel’s ‘right-wing dogma“.

Almost 2 years ago to the day, the former French Presidential candidate, then French Minister, was called a “Minister of the Past” by the Anti-Nuclear Group Sortir du Nucleaire. Now it is officially true. He was one of the most interesting Presidential candidates and had said that he wanted to go beyond nuclear, because it was not renewable and that it was necessary to exit at one point or another. He called for no longer making it a basis of energy production and for a shift to renewables. However, he earned their condemnation by flip flopping and coming out pro-nuclear, exactly two years ago today. But, they pointed out that he is a former deputy of Châlon-sur-Saône, where there is an important Areva (nuclear) production site. See: communiqués de presse 27 août 2012 : Arnaud Montebourg, ministre du passé!

What is interesting is that if one considers Montebourg, and the past and present of Le Creusot,  it becomes clear that Montebourg is trying to protect French working class jobs. Miss Merkel, also pro-nuclear, appears close to heavy industrialists who seem to want to scuttle the transition to renewables. So, both have bought into the outmoded heavy industrial model – Montebourg on the side of the industrial working class and Merkel apparently on the side of the industrialists (and bankers). It is this old heavy industrialist model which has destroyed and continues to destroy the environment. In Japan industrialists refused to recognize Minamata disease and some heavy industries continue to balk at attempts to control mercury production and export (see Reuters).

Montebourg was Deputy in the environs of Châlon-sur-Saône/Le Creusot for a decade.ème_circonscription_de_Saône-et-Loire
At Le Creusot, Areva invested 75 million euros for the fabrication of parts for nuclear reactors, in particular the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR).

However, in January of 2014, it was reported that the reactor pressure vessel for the new Flamanville nuclear reactor was forged in Japan, with the exception of the cover. For forgings for steam generators, and other large metal reactor parts, 70% is from Le Creusot and 30% from JSW (Japan Steel Works), according to Areva. They say that 100% of the manufacturing (assembly, fabrication, welding, machining, controls) was performed in France on the site of Chalon Saint-Marcel, also in Saône-et-Loire. The reactor pressure vessel for the Areva reactor in Olkiluoto Finland was made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan). “Nucléaire : la cuve de l’EPR de Flamanville forgée à 80% au Japon Japan Steel Works is part of the Mitsui conglomerate (Keiretsu)

François Hollande shuffles in shadow of Angela Merkel and Charles de Gaulle. The French leader came into office in 2011 as the anti-Merkel. Now she is as strong as ever and he has never looked weaker“, by Ian Traynor, Europe editor, The Guardian, Monday 25 August 2014 18.50 BST
Montebourg: “Merkel’s domination of European fiscal policy was strangling France and Italy.

Arnaud Montebourg: the maverick minister who sparked French crisis
High-profile economy minister’s latest public criticisms of government’s austerity policies was final straw for PM Manuel Valls
“, by Anne Penketh in Paris, Monday 25 August 2014 17.36 BST

French minister urges steel-maker ArcelorMittal to leave country Arnaud Montebourg says company chief Lakshmi Mittal ‘never kept his word’ on pledges to safeguard French factories“, by Kim Willsher in Paris,, Monday 26 November 2012 16.20 GMT

Le Creusot
Schneider-Creusot, or Schneider et Cie, was a historic French iron and steel-mill which became a major arms manufacturer. After World War II, it evolved into Schneider Electric. In 1836, iron ore mines and forges around Le Creusot were bought by Adolphe Schneider and his brother Eugène Schneider. They developed a business in steel, railways, armaments, and shipbuilding. Somua was a subsidiary; it made machinery and vehicles, including the SOMUA S35.

The Creusot steam hammer was a giant steam hammer built in 1877 by Schneider and Co. in the French industrial town of Le Creusot. With the ability to deliver a blow of up to 100 tons, the Creusot hammer was the most powerful in the world until 1891, when the Bethlehem Iron Company of the United States purchased patent rights from Schneider and built a steam hammer of almost identical design but capable of delivering a 125 ton blow.

Scottish independence: Salmond scores victory over Darling in fractious debate 71% in Guardian/ICM poll say first minister won debate in which he accused no campaign leader of siding with Tories“, by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks, The Guardian, Tuesday 26 August 2014

One comment reminds us of the Act of Proscription:
This is one of the several reasons there are more indigenous Scots outside of Scotland than within. It prohibited the speaking of the Gaelic language and the wearing of tartan, traditional dress (e.g. kilts), and playing of the pipes. Additionally there has always been cultural continuity in the borders between the two countries. A good argument could be made for an east-west division of the UK, instead of north south, as well. So, the current reasons for leaving are mostly non-ethnic and probably are twofold. One is a difference in political culture favoring the rights of the poor and working class, having its roots in the Scottish industrial working class, especially in Glasgow. Most importantly, Scotland needs to leave to get shut of the nuclear industry and the nuclear subs. The nuclear subs are actively, and legally, leaking dangerous radionuclides into Scottish lochs, and the UK plans to bring additional subs from England to add to the radioactive leakage, something we hope to cover before the election. However, as some will start voting by post on Wednesday, we mention it now. Scotland leaving the UK is like getting a divorce from an abusive spouse that you were forced into marrying. Or, you continue to be abused and have security, or you take your chances. To look for guarantees is silly. Some believe that a nuclear free Scotland will lead the rest of the UK to be nuclear free. So, perhaps at that moment they can also reunite, if they want to. People have divorced and then remarried the same person. Nonetheless, since Quebec, which still has strong linguistic and cultural reasons to leave, has not left Canada, we fear that Scotland will not leave the UK. Then its lochs will continue to be poisoned with dangerous radionuclides and the highlands will probably become home to a large nuclear dump. That makes lots of sense. Chase the people from the Highlands and put nuclear waste. Sounds like the USA. Better to welcome the people back than nuclear waste. It is believed that Canada would never let Quebec leave and it will be surprising if England would let Scotland leave, even if Scotland votes yes.

Reuters News Feed Selection

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:31:14 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

Bills to regulate California groundwater use opposed by farmers
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:14:12 GMT
(Reuters) – A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California’s stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures’ fates in the waning days of the state’s legislative session this week.

Japan industry fights ‘Minamata’ costs as mercury trade ban looms
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:15:19 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.

Tanker carrying Kurdish crude changes course toward Cyprus
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:16:51 -0400
NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A tanker carrying 300,000 barrels of Kurdish crude oil has changed its destination to Limassol, Cyprus, as it returned from the United States without delivering its disputed cargo to a New Jersey refiner.

UPDATE 2-Alcoa to close smelter in Italy, take 3rd-quarter charge
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:55:57 -0400
Aug 25 (Reuters) – Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc said on Monday it will permanently close its Portovesme smelter on the Italian island of Sardinia.

UPDATE 2-India’s top court says government coal allocations illegal
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:21:29 -0400
* Court says final decision on the blocks to be taken next week

UPDATE 1- Largest investor asks Layne Christensen to reorganize
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:18:19 -0400
Aug 25 (Reuters) – Layne Christensen Co’s largest shareholder said it had asked the water management company to reorganize and consider selling a division to repay debt.

Two endangered Florida panther cubs die after being hit by cars
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:20:35 GMT
TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – Two rare Florida panther cubs were struck and killed by cars during the weekend, authorities said on Monday, bringing the total road deaths for the endangered species to 16 this year.

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:53:45 GMT
Small island states facing a “frightening” rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

Quakes at Iceland volcano ease slightly, no sign of eruption
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:24:04 GMT
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Seismic activity at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano eased slightly overnight after a series of large quakes and there were still no signs of an eruption, the country’s Met Office said early on Monday.

Conservation of Amazon threatened by poor social conditions of its people: study Posted:Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:46:43 GMT
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.

Judge blocks Montana from logging in grizzly territory
Posted:Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:39:47 GMT
(Reuters) – Conservation groups on Friday hailed a court decision that blocks Montana from building roads and logging in nearly 37,000 acres of a state forest that serves as core habitat for protected grizzly bears.

Air testing lapse at N.M. nuclear waste dump blamed on staff vacancy
Posted:Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:05:12 GMT
(Reuters) – State regulators failed to collect air samples in the week following a radiation release at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump because of a vacancy in the office responsible for monitoring the site at the time, a state official said on Friday.

Some tests near Imperial’s Canada mine spill show high copper
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:22:50 GMT
(Reuters) – A small number of water samples taken near the site of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp’s Mount Polley mine have shown copper levels high enough to pose a risk to fish, British Columbia officials said on Friday, but the copper did not exceed drinking water guidelines.

Ukraine accuses Russia of opening new war front before leaders’ meeting Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:04:36 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia on Monday of sending soldiers across the border to open a new front in the separatist war that has devastated the east of the country and provoked the gravest East-West crisis since the fall of communism.

Australia unveils measures to tackle rise of foreign fighters
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:30:04 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia unveiled counter-terrorism measures on Tuesday to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant jihadist groups.

French PM to unveil pro-reform cabinet after rebel ministers’ eviction
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:03:11 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s prime minister will scramble to put together a new pro-reform government on Tuesday, a day after the surprise eviction of rebel ministers who had opposed budgetary rigor.

Monday, 25 August 2014


A Few Reuters News Feeds

UPDATE 2-Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes southern Peru -USGS
Posted:Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:36:05 -0400
LIMA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck southern Peru on Sunday, shaking the capital Lima 300 miles away but triggering no widespread damage or injuries.

Quake rocks California wine country, dozens injured
Posted:Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:30:36 GMT
NAPA Calif. (Reuters) – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.

Bottle shock: Napa Valley quake shatters prized wine collections
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:19:05 GMT
NAPA Calif. (Reuters) – Prized collections and wooden casks crashed to cellar floors when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley on Sunday, but damage to the famous wine region at the start of harvest time might be limited to a handful of wineries and warehouses.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

New Post:

Oh! Ol’ Jim Bob Moffett the legendary man who called people in New Orleans names for not wanting radioactive mine tailings dumped by him into the Mississippi River, which is their source of drinking water! Yes, he’s legendary all right! He’s downright infamous, for this and more!

Reuters News Feed Selection

INSIGHT-Behind Indonesia mining deal, newly minted minister and U.S. mining legend Posted:Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0400
JAKARTA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – As negotiations to resolve an increasingly bitter dispute over Indonesian mining rules teetered on the brink of collapse, the chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Inc James “Jim Bob” Moffett flew to Jakarta for last-ditch talks.

UPDATE 3-Rebel-held mine collapses in Central African Republic, killing 25 Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:55:22 -0400
* New U.N. force to deploy from next month (Updates with formation of interim government)

UPDATE 1-China appeals WTO ruling on solar panel dispute with U.S.
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:54:50 -0400
GENEVA, Aug 22 (Reuters) – China has appealed against a WTO dispute panel report on anti-dumping duties applied on certain Chinese products by the United States, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-UK forces energy, mining firms to show foreign state payments
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:48:04 -0400
LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain announced that energy and mining firms would have to disclose from next year any payments made to governments in countries where they operate as it aims to curb corruption in the natural resources sector.

UPDATE 1-Russian gold miner Polyus swings to profit as sales volume up
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:55:50 -0400
* Sales volumes up 15 pct, revenue down 2 pct (Adds details, quote and context)

Germany approves RWE unit sale amid Russia tensions
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:03:41 GMT
BERLIN, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The German government has approved the sale of utility RWE’s oil and gas unit DEA to Letter One, a spokesman for the group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Germany clears $6.9 bln RWE unit sale to Russian investor
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:12:13 GMT
* 5 bln euro DEA deal major plank of RWE’s drive to cut debt (Releads on official confirmation)

China state visit to Mongolia sees raft of rail, resource deals
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:25:03 GMT
ULAN BATOR, Aug 22 (Reuters) – China and Mongolia have signed 26 new deals on railroads, mining and power generation during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit that began on Thursday, Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

UPDATE 1-Ukraine faces difficult winter without Russian gas – PM
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:36:07 GMT
KIEV, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine faces a long and cold winter, Prime Minister Yatseniuk warned on Friday, saying the country needs a further 5 billion cubic metres of Russian gas and may need to import coal due to the impact of the conflict in its industrial eastern regions

Ukraine has reserved $3.1 bln for winter gas needs – PM
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:45:04 GMT
KIEV, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainian state-owned gas company Naftogaz has put aside $3.1 billion to buy gas for the forthcoming winter, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk said on Friday, warning that the country was not able to survive without supplies of Russian gas.

UPDATE 1-UK forces energy, mining firms to show foreign state payments
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:48:04 GMT
LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain announced that energy and mining firms would have to disclose from next year any payments made to governments in countries where they operate as it aims to curb corruption in the natural resources sector.

UPDATE 1-Business leaders to speak against Scottish independence-Telegraph
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:54:50 GMT
Aug 22 (Reuters) – More than 100 business leaders in the United Kingdom with operations in Scotland plan to speak out against independence in a united statement, the Telegraph reported.

UPDATE 1-Canada’s largest port approves $15 mln coal transfer project
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:31:15 GMT
Aug 21 (Reuters) – Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, said on Thursday it has approved a new facility to transfer coal from trains onto barges at Fraser Surrey Docks, following lengthy public scrutiny of the project’s environmental and health impact.

Argentina bondholders working with Deutsche Bank on RUFO waiver
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:11:40 GMT
NEW YORK, Aug 21 (IFR) – A group of Argentina’s exchange bondholders is working with Deutsche Bank to remove the so-called RUFO clause that prevents the sovereign from offering holdout creditors better terms than those who took part in its 2005 and 2010 restructurings.

Mauritanian president names ex-mining official as prime minister
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:37:10 -0400
NOUAKCHOTT, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Mauritania’s newly re-elected President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has named a former senior official with the West African nation’s state-owned mining and construction companies as prime minister, according to a presidential decree.

UPDATE 2-Mongolia eyes economic boost from China president’s visit
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:22:59 -0400
* China, Mongolia sign deals on mining, finance cooperation

China state visit to Mongolia sees raft of rail, resource deals
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:25:03 -0400
ULAN BATOR, Aug 22 (Reuters) – China and Mongolia have signed 26 new deals on railroads, mining and power generation during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit that began on Thursday, Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

China gold exchange gains traction as yuan reforms stir interest
Posted:Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:40 -0400
* Foreign banks, refiners, trading houses sign up – source

Banking on U.S. shale gas boom, Asia petrochemical firms switch to LPG
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0400
* S.Korea, Singapore to build LPG tanks to handle imports

Enbridge plans Alberta Clipper pipeline boost despite U.S delays
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:44:22 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc, Canada’s largest pipeline company, might be able to circumvent a delay in U.S. approvals for plans to nearly double the size of its Alberta Clipper line taking oil sands crude to the Midwest, saying it can put the oil in another pipeline to cross the border.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Two new posts. This the most shocking yet!
Reuters News Selection will be added later.

Friday, 22 August 2014

With Flying Radioactive Cargo, including plutonium MOX, who needs to worry about nuclear weapons? So, if you hear an airplane do you look up to see if it is crashing and where to run or not dare look up lest your eyes be burned as with the bombings in Japan? More Cold War type questions to ponder again!

This stuff just gets more insane by the moment!

New Post:

Mississippi Salt Domes targeted by US DOE for nuclear waste have historically included the ones near Desoto National Forest. As this is an old idea regurgitated by a lazy Blue Ribbon commission and lazy US bureaucrats, it is presumably still the salt dome at risk. It is also one half hour from a major university, about an hour from the US Gulf Coast, where many large hurricanes have made landfall and prone to tornados. Yeah, sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? More than one way to make radiation fly – hurricanes, tornados and now airplanes! Great wet climate for the US NRC to engage in more dilute the radiation to try to deceive. But, in the end, you can’t deceive the earth.
Mississippi Box Turtle:
Mississippi Box Turtle, Natchez Parkway, State of MS
The box “turtle … has existed virtually unchanged since prehistoric times…The turtle watches undisturbed as countless generations of faster ‘hares’ run by to quick oblivion, and is thus a model of patience for mankind…
The largest remaining population of Gopher Tortoises, classified as threatened, are found in Desoto National Forest.

Black Creek in Desoto National Forest
Black Creek Desoto National Forest usgov
The Black Creek extends 30 miles across the De Soto ranger district. Enjoy seeing wildlife, birds, wood ducks, and otters while floating along this scenic river. A 21 mile section of the creek is designated as the only National Scenic River in Mississippi.” Note that this National Forest (like all forest) acts as a wind break and has even caused small hurricanes to dissipate.

Mississippi green lizard
"Anolis carolinensis". By Crystal Pare, 2007, via wikimedia
Anolis carolinensis”. Photo by Crystal Pare, 2007, via wikimedia
Some of these darling little green lizards were reportedly born deformed due to nuclear testing in another Mississippi salt dome in 1964.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

New Post:
Bald Eagel Whitmore, UFWS
Bald Eagle
Throwing US National Bird Under the Radioactive Bus?

Of state-listed species, the bald eagle is known to occur on and in the vicinity of the site and two bald eagle nests were observed during wildlife inventories conducted at the site (Powertech, 2009a; SDGFP, 2012c). As described in SEIS Section 3.6.3, the first bald eagle nest was observed in 2008 and 2009 approximately 1.6 km [1 mi] west of the proposed Dewey satellite processing plant in a cottonwood tree along Beaver Creek. A second bald eagle nest was observed approximately 1.2 km [0.75 mi] southeast of the first bald eagle nest along Beaver Creek.” “US NRC, Draft, Environmental Impact Statement for the Dewey-Burdock Project in Custer and Fall River Counties, South Dakota“.

The US gov appears not interested in the status of the Bald Eagles at the Dewey Burdock proposed ISL uranium mine, but worried that an American Indian (Christian) preacher has eagle feathers. We fail to see what eagle feathers has to do with Christianity, and we hope they aren’t killing eagles to get them! However, it is hypocritical that the US NRC threw out consideration of the endangered or threatened species at a proposed South Dakota uranium mine, while fighting an American Indian for 7 years about wearing feathers at a Pow-Wow. This is the guy who was fighting for his feathers: The US government continues to try to “save” with one hand and kill with the other.

Reuters News Feed Selection

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:25:37 GMT
(Reuters) – The bald eagle may no longer be at risk of extinction, but the U.S. effort to protect the national bird became harder on Wednesday.

China’s MMG says zinc demand growth higher than expected
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:40:11 -0400
MELBOURNE, Aug 21 (Reuters) – China’s MMG Ltd, owner of the world’s third-biggest zinc mine, said the global deficit in the metal had increased faster than expected, spurred partly by demand growth in China to rust-proof steel for cars.

UPDATE 4-China says Australian tycoon’s attack “irrational and absurd”
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:38:51 -0400
* Foreign Ministry says China cannot let businessman off lightly

Australia shares seen cautious ahead of earnings results
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:55:55 -0400
Australian shares are likely to open hesitantly after Wall Street edged higher but with investors scrutinising a string of earnings results due out on Thursday. * Local share price index futures rose 19 points to 5,625, a 9.6-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark rose 10.8 points at close of trade on Wednesday * New Zealand’s benchmark NZX 50 index fell 10.8 points to 5,129.5 in early trade. * U.S. stocks ended mostly higher after the Federal Reserv

UPDATE 1-Carlyle-backed Axalta Coating files for IPO
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:07:54 -0400
Aug 20 (Reuters) – Axalta Coating Systems Ltd, a paint coatings company backed by buyout firm Carlyle Group LP, filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday for an initial public offering of common stock.

Mexico Congress urges end to Grupo Mexico major copper mine concession
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:05:47 -0400
MEXICO CITY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Congress on Wednesday urged the government to cancel Grupo Mexico’s concession to operate one of the world’s biggest copper mines after a toxic spill there earlier this month.

Indian firms tool up for defence orders on Modi’s ‘buy India’ pledge
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0400
* Top arms importer forecast to spend $250 bln in next decade

UPDATE 3-U.S. fines Berkshire over stock deal, Buffett admits mistake
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:31:12 -0400
Aug 20 (Reuters) – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay an $896,000 fine to settle U.S. government accusations that it violated antitrust rules by failing to report a transaction that boosted its stake in building products company USG Corp.

Fading volatility promises long period of gold stagnation
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:04:52 -0400
LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Ultra-calm trading conditions in gold are becoming self-perpetuating as a persistent lack of volatility frustrates investors seeking a return, pushing them further away from a market that analysts say could be becalmed for years.

Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 36
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:53:43 GMT
HIROSHIMA (Reuters) – At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:33:22 GMT
ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

UPDATE 2-Brazil’s Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election
Posted:Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:28:33 GMT
BRASILIA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil’s October elections and threatening the ruling Workers’ Party’s 12-year hold on power.

UPDATE 1-Alaska voters narrowly backing tax cut for oil industry
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:54:56 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp , according to results available on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Ohio River oil spill cleanup may stretch into third day
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:33:26 GMT
Aug 20 (Reuters) – The cleanup of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill from a Duke Energy Corp power plant into the Ohio River could stretch into Thursday, Duke said on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a 15-mile section of the river to limited traffic.

CORRECTED OFFICIAL-INSIGHT-Refracking brings ‘vintage’ oil and gas wells to life
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:28:19 GMT
(Encana official corrects quote in fifth paragraph to read “understimulated” instead of “unstimulated.”)

UPDATE 5-Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:09 GMT
* Netanyahu and his defence chief see extended campaign ahead

UPDATE 1-Oil traders storing crude for profit as contango takes hold
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:47:45 GMT
LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Oil traders have begun fixing tankers to take North Sea, West African and Arab crudes to South Africa for storage, hoping for a repeat of the multi-million dollar bonanza they reaped in 2008-2009.

UPDATE 2-JA Solar plans to set up factories in N. America
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:40:35 GMT
* Raises FY shipments forecast to 2.9-3.1 GW from 2.7-2.9 GW

UPDATE 2-Libya restarts oil exports from biggest port as fighting rages in Benghazi
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:15:12 GMT
BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Libya has restarted oil exports from its biggest port for the first time since the end of a year-long blockade, a boost to the central government which is struggling with a wave of clashes in the capital.

UPDATE 1-Tanker carrying Kurdish oil reappears unladen off Israel
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:14:03 GMT
* Tanker with Kurdish crude appeared twice close to Israel in Aug

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Vestas raises 2014 profit margin forecast as turnaround takes hold
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:59:42 GMT
(Corrects headline and first paragraph to show company raised profit margin forecast, not profit forecast)

UPDATE 1-Hamas says fired rockets at off-shore Israeli gas well
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:50:42 GMT
GAZA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The Palestinian militant group Hamas said it fired two rockets at an Israeli gas installation about 30 km (19 miles) off the coast of Gaza on Wednesday in the first apparent attack of its kind.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Mining giant Glencore makes good on pledge with $1 bln buyback
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:14:39 GMT
LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Commodities group Glencore became the first of the large miners to honour promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback programme of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Post:

DOE Fuel Pool
Spent Fuel Pool photo by US DOE
US Spent Fuel Pools
US Spent Fuel Pools Full Actually they are more than 100 percent full in most or all cases.

Reuters News Feed Selection

South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space – advisory body
Posted:Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:44 GMT
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.

U.S. government’s nuclear watchdog victim of cyber attacks -report
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:12:29 GMT
BOSTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was “successfully hacked” three times in recent years in attacks involving tainted emails, according to an internal investigation on cyber attacks at the agency, reported on Tuesday.

Eight dead as landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, 13 missing
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:01:51 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – At least eight people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, media reported.

Mexico minister says Grupo Mexico account of toxic spill ‘totally false’
Posted:Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:38:46 GMT
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s environment secretary said on Tuesday that Grupo Mexico gave false information about a toxic spill at its Buenavista mine in northern Mexico, a day after the environmental authority said it would file a criminal complaint against the company.

Hitachi Metals to acquire Waupaca Foundry in U.S. for $1.3 bln
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:54:27 -0400
NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Hitachi Metals Ltd, a producer of specialty steel and automotive parts, said on Tuesday it would acquire Waupaca Foundry Inc, the world’s largest iron castings provider, from buyout firm KPS Capital Partners LP for $1.3 billion in cash.

UPDATE 2-Serbia picks commerce chief to run economy ministry
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:47:00 -0400
* Seeking investors for drugmaker, steel plant, copper mine (Updates with Vucic confirmation)

UPDATE 4-BHP announces spin-off plan, no share buyback for now
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:58:41 -0400
* London-listed shares drop 4.5 pct (Adds CEO, shareholder comments, detail)

UPDATE 3-Oil spill from power plant closes 15-mile stretch of Ohio River
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:49:38 GMT
Aug 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

UPDATE 3-Canada railway audit inadequate before Lac-Mégantic disaster -report
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:47:16 GMT
(Adds reaction from transport minister, interview with TSB chair, Greenpeace comment)

Ukraine says ready for short-term compromise on Russian gas price
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:12:09 GMT
KIEV, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s energy minister on Tuesday said the country was prepared to pay an interim compromise price for Russian gas and criticised Russia’s Gazprom for being unwilling to negotiate.

Nigeria former anti-graft tsar defects to scandal-hit, ruling PDP
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:34:06 GMT
YOLA, Nigeria, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu has defected to the ruling People’s Democratic Party to contest a state election, in a filip for President Goodluck Jonathan, whose PDP has been reeling from high profile corruption scandals.

UPDATE 1-Ukraine’s Poroshenko to visit Brussels
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:42:40 GMT
* European Commission also seeking progress on gas talks (Adds EU official, context, detail on gas)

South Stream venture in Bulgaria raises capital despite ban
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:41:35 GMT
SOFIA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The company planning to build a section of the controversial South Stream natural gas pipeline in Bulgaria has raised capital, defying an order to halt preparations for the project, the economy ministry said on Tuesday.

Lithuania fires energy minister, risks upsetting Poland
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:41:31 GMT
VILNIUS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite sacked her ethnic Polish energy minister on Tuesday in a row that could affect talks with Poland over the future of the Baltic state’s only oil refinery.

Dutch review energy ties with Russia after MH17 crash
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:37:41 GMT
AMSTERDAM, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The Netherlands is reviewing its extensive energy ties with Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine a month ago in an attack that killed nearly 200 Dutch nationals, officials and analysts said.

Norway to award oil licenses in new offshore areas in 2016
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:23:34 GMT
OSLO, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Norway will award oil and gas licenses in new offshore areas, including in an important Arctic zone bordering Russia, in the first half of 2016, the oil and energy ministry said on Tuesday, in a process that will take longer than recent rounds.

Lower oil price adds to economic pressure on Russia
Posted:Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:39:20 GMT
* Short-term impact on Russia limited by conservative budget