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This continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/the-ongoing-saga-41-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/the-ongoing-saga-39-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Order is inverted: Last update is on top. First is at bottom.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Comment period on US NRC Regulations extended to March: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/20/2014-27519/radiation-protection

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/open-government-declaration-65-countries-promise-transparency/
Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/100-boreholes-would-bring-sellafields-leaking-mess-to-the-surface-to-be-dumped-where/

Some 21 November Events:

1905 – Albert Einstein’s paper, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, is published in the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc².
1918 – A pogrom takes place in Lwów (now Lviv); over three days, at least 50 Jews and 270 Ukrainian Christians are killed by Poles.
1920 – Irish War of Independence: In Dublin, 31 people are killed in what became known as “Bloody Sunday”. This included fourteen British informants, fourteen Irish civilians and three Irish Republican Army prisoners.
1922 – Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.
1927 – Columbine Mine massacre: Striking coal miners are allegedly attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes.

1945 – The United Auto Workers strike 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30-percent raise.
1969 – U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Satō agree in Washington, D.C., on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.

1986 – Iran–Contra affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents allegedly implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1995 – The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement is formally ratified in Paris, on December 14 that same year.
2002 – NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_21 See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvet_Revolution

Reuters News Feed Selection

Ireland cuts planned water charges in bid to quell protest
Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:03:55 -0500
DUBLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ireland reduced the levels it plans to charges consumers for the use of water on Wednesday and promised to maintain the low rates until 2019 in a bid to quell the most serious anti-austerity protests it has faced to date. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/wFfvYz-zc94/ireland-politics-water-idUSL6N0T948K20141119

Britain examines progress of Hinkley Point C nuclear project
Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:18:17 -0500
LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The British government said on Thursday it was assessing developer EDF’s progress in building the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant and reviewing costs, but played down a report that this was prompted by concerns over potential delays. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/QlCd5Fpy1m8/britain-nuclear-idUSL6N0TA29P20141120

EDF must start French nuclear closure in 2015 despite delay on replacement Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:39:34 -0500
PARIS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – EDF will still need to start shutting down some nuclear capacity in 2015 despite a new delay in finishing a replacement in northern France, the official in charge of the closure of France’s oldest plant said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/HZIzwMrd4SA/france-nuclear-idUSL6N0T93HX20141119

UPDATE 1-EDF says French nuclear reactor delayed another year to 2017 Posted:Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:02:51 -0500
* EDF says Areva unable to deliver key ingredients in time http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/K-rhACcORGA/edf-nuclear-idUSL6N0T85BN20141118

UPDATE 1-Areva shares plummet as update raises prospect of further writedowns Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:36:55 -0500
* Options include recapitalisation, break-up, asset sales http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/WeGah72Vou8/areva-warning-idUSL6N0T91GG20141119

UPDATE 2-Areva rethinks strategy after ditching targets
Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:07:08 GMT
* Govt says Areva is a priority, viability not under threat http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Jb_qpc9jDZg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs’ metal storage unit paid customers to boost queues -report Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:53:59 -0500
(Adds comment from Senate subcommittee and Goldman comment in paragraphs 11 and 12) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/l1lyj4DsEeE/commodities-banks-goldman-aluminum-idUSL2N0T939U20141119

UPDATE 3-Burkina Faso names army colonel Zida as prime minister Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:16 -0500
* Interim leaders unable to stand in next elections (Adds quotes from PM, bullet) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Omv8kXMAYBk/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0T931C20141119

Burkina Faso to appoint interim govt within 72 hours-prime minister Zida Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:29:29 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s newly appointed prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida said on Wednesday that a government for the country’s transitional period would be announced “within 72 hours”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_9iNiAiKXbE/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0T951S20141119

CORRECTED-Senior Senate Democrat wants NY Fed chief to be presidential appointee Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:27:53 -0500
(Adds dropped word to make clear reference to New York Fed in sixth paragraph) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/-3z9bbByRSU/usa-fed-legislation-idUSL2N0T916020141119

U.S. Justice Dept collects record $24 bln in penalties in fiscal 2014 Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:42:43 -0500
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $24.7 billion in penalties from fraud and other cases in fiscal year 2014, the agency said on Wednesday, as fines… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/nWwnp1ZthC8/usa-justice-penalties-idUSL2N0T91MG20141119

BHP plans shareholder vote on spin-off company in May 2015
Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:55:00 GMT
MELBOURNE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton said on Thursday it plans to hold a shareholder vote in May 2015 on its plan to spin off its aluminium, coal, manganese and silver assets into a separate company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vxgwsKoOFr4/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Ebola’s impact on Africa economy might be less than feared – World Bank Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:10:19 GMT
* Impact likely closer to $3-$4 billion-region’s chief economist http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EFv-OH-ef5k/story01.htm

Liberia has upper hand over Ebola but support must continue -president Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:05:39 GMT
DAKAR, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday that her government has the upper hand in the fight against Ebola, but warned international partners against complacency or any reduction in their support. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UXWJ2VddH54/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-TransCanada sees crude-by-rail investment even if Keystone built Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:42:09 GMT
VANCOUVER, Nov 19 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp is in talks to get into the crude-by-rail business and will probably do so even if its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline gets its U.S. permits next year, its chief executive said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rYOuinhu-dM/story01.htm

U.S. top trade official optimistic on fast-track power
Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:25:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday he still hopes for bipartisan support in Congress on granting the White House the authority to fast track trade deals but added the timing was up to lawmakers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mL1HAMKzqp0/story01.htm

Russia’s relations with Hungary warm as ties with West chill
Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:06:31 GMT
* Budapest one of Moscow’s most important partners – Putin http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b-a-7_lA_wQ/story01.htm

Houston wealth management firm must pay $3.8 mln to retirees -panel Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:50:47 -0500
Nov 19 (Reuters) – A Houston-based wealth management firm must pay more than $3.8 million to a group of 19 ExxonMobil retirees who said the company mismanaged their investments and misled them about… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/ZS0Bn5WEWIM/finra-arbitration-advisers-idUSL2N0T92WL20141119

UPDATE 1-Autopsy says air bag in Honda to blame for Florida woman’s death Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:22:49 -0500
DETROIT, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Shards from a ruptured Takata-made air bag killed the driver of a Honda Accord after a traffic accident in Florida, according to the final autopsy report, the first… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/fSV4CQB_F0U/takata-recalls-autopsy-idUSL2N0T930020141119

REFILE-Australia shares hit 4-week lows, growth woes offset US optimism Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:19:28 -0500
* Underlying worries about global growth, slump in iron ore weigh http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bd40RNtb0L4/markets-australia-stocks-idUSL3N0TB16420141121

Australia’s RBA upbeat on outlook for China resource demand
Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:30:01 -0500
SYDNEY, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Chinese demand for Australian resources is likely to stay strong over the long run as the Asian giant continues to urbanise and mature into a consumer-led economy, a top central banker said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OziU9oh12iI/australia-rba-china-idUSS9N0QN00920141121

Ukraine slashed gold holdings, Russian added more in October -IMF Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:28:44 -0500
NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine slashed its gold reserves by more than a third in October, while Russia increased its reserves for a sixth straight month, according to International Monetary Fund data released on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xmL0nKWoAaA/gold-imf-holdings-idUSL2N0TB00R20141121

UPDATE 3-Under Senate glare, Goldman rejects commodity manipulation Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:25:07 -0500
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Thursday took the lead in rejecting allegations by a U.S. Senate subcommittee that Wall Street banks were exploiting physical commodity markets to manipulate prices and gain unfair trading advantages. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jQ8hVBSIQl4/commodities-banks-goldman-hearing-idUSL2N0TA15S20141121

British firm alleges Poland squeezed it out of mining permit
Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:33:09 -0500
WARSAW, Nov 21 (Reuters) – British firm Darley Energy has lodged an appeal against Poland’s decision to deny it a potash mining concession, alleging the government dragged out the bidding process in such a way that the permit went instead to Polish mining giant KGHM. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qRQINOKblKU/minerals-darley-kghm-polska-idUSL6N0TA5PZ20141120

Quebec’s ambitious Plan Nord mineral project goes south
Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:54:42 -0500
MONTREAL/VANCOUVER, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A plan by the Canadian province of Quebec to spend billions to develop the mineral riches of its northern region has been dealt a crippling blow by the pending closure of a major mine as iron ore prices sink and China’s interest wanes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/STnlZs4ZRfs/canada-quebec-plannord-idUSL2N0TA19G20141120

Massey ex-CEO pleads not guilty in fatal W. Virginia mine blast Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:03:18 -0500
BECKLEY, W.Va., Nov 20 (Reuters) – A former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he violated federal mine safety laws before a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VbgD8ol3oKQ/usa-west-virginia-massey-idUSL2N0TA2XW20141120

Japan’s transport ministry directs Takata to investigate air bag issue Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:08:37 -0500
TOKYO, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s transport minister said on Friday that he had directed Takata Corp to investigate its defective air bags, adding that the ministry was directly in touch with the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/MQO7T0V3FMw/autos-takata-japan-idUST9N0SV01R20141121

HIGHLIGHTS-Goldman and Metro defend aluminum warehousing
Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:36:32 -0500
NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – In an often-heated hearing before a U.S. Senate investigative subcommittee, Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Thursday rejected allegations that Wall Street banks exploited… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/F5o-fy4RjeQ/commodities-banks-goldman-aluminum-idUSL2N0TA3BR20141121

UPDATE 1-Wynn Resorts denies probe for money-laundering violation Posted:Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:15:37 -0500
Nov 20 (Reuters) – Casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd said it was not aware of any investigation after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is being probed by U.S. federal authorities for… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/2opvLiAymII/wynn-resorts-probe-idUSL3N0TB00Q20141121

UPDATE 3-Cliffs may close Canada’s Bloom Lake iron ore mine
Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:49:57 -0500
* Potential closure to cost $650-$700 mln over 5 yrs (Adds analysts’ comments, details, background; updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LNKTTNyQ2xA/cliffs-natural-operations-idUSL3N0T93XA20141119

Foreign investors pulled $584 mln out of Nigeria’s stock market in October Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:45:28 -0500
LAGOS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Foreign investors sold off Nigerian stocks valued at 101.2 billion naira ($583.6 million) in October after a drop in the oil price and the local naira currency, data from the stock exchange showed on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5zDsF-jW1yQ/nigeria-stocks-foreigninvestors-idUSL6N0T93XG20141119

UPDATE 1-Support for Swiss gold referendum proposal weakens as campaign heats up Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:48 -0500
* Support for gold proposal slips to 38 pct from 44 pct in Oct http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/nmuFUP3TO6I/switzerland-gold-poll-idUSL6N0T94AK20141119

Texas DuPont workers died from accidental asphyxiation – coroner Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:29 -0500
HOUSTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Four workers who died on Saturday at a DuPont and Co plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner’s office said on Wednesday, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/giU31Edc-ZE/usa-chemicals-death-idUSL2N0T91GO20141119

UPDATE 1-Russian potash mine accident pushes Uralkali shares to 4-year low Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:24:50 -0500
* Uralkali is key market player, part-owned by Putin ally (Adds details, effect on global supply, updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_PZDexb3MiQ/russia-uralkali-idUSL6N0T92LH20141119

UPDATE 2-Burkina Faso names army colonel Zida as prime minister Posted:Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:53:32 -0500
* Interim leaders unable to stand in next elections (Adds reactions of opposition, vox pop) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Omv8kXMAYBk/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0T931C20141119

Russia plans alternative version of ‘Wikipedia’
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:51:14 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia plans to create its own “Wikipedia” to ensure its citizens have access to more “detailed and reliable” information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/JRgawGklT9w/story01.htm

Thursday, 20 November 2014, Update 1

US NRC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED (Announced but only official later in the day). New Post regarding the extension period: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/us-nrc-comment-extension-needed-info-only-in-russian/

Good news-bad news. Good news is there is a three month extension. Bad news is that there are a lot of questions to answer and one of the most important documents (ICRP 118) is available for free in Russian only! Otherwise you must pay around $289.36 just for it or find it in a library, unless Beyond Nuclear’s Freedom of Info Act request is effective. ICRP 103 from 2007 is actually now free at the NRC site (link at above post). Of course, if you are a Russian speaker the free Russian doc is good news.

News will have to update late but has been saved. Major news is that Zida relinquished the Presidency of Burkina Faso only to be appointed Prime Minister, which seems a more powerful position.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The US NRC is apparently extending comment period until March as per the request of Beyond Nuclear and others. More info forthcoming.
If you have already commented we are almost certain that you can comment a second time if you have more things to add by March. Procrastinators, along with those without access to the needed documents, are having an early Thanksgiving.
 "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe
“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/thoughts-about-international-players-in-burkina-faso-zen-about-zida-to-can-do-kafondo/

UPDATE 1-EDF says French nuclear reactor delayed another year to 2017 Posted:Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:02:51 -0500
* EDF says Areva unable to deliver key ingredients in time” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/K-rhACcORGA/edf-nuclear-idUSL6N0T85BN20141118

Saudi Electricity in talks with EDF to join UK nuclear project
Posted:Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:53:25 -0500
LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Saudi Electricity Co, the Gulf’s largest utility, has approached France’s EDF about taking a minority stake in the French firm’s Hinkley Point C nuclear project in Britain, industry sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/uuB6l7W2mYY/britain-nuclear-hinkley-saudi-electrcity-idUSL6N0T83I220141118

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

From Darkest Peru to Darkest Cumbria - Stop Nuclear Madness!
Image by Radiation Free Lakeland
Reblog, excellent summary article, as well as invitation to demo next Monday: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/demo-at-carlisle-railway-from-darkest-peru-to-darkest-cumbria-stop-nuclear-madness/

The Burkina Faso post we have been working on is taking time to update. Hopefully there won’t be another major change before it is posted.

Areva accused the French anti-nuclear organization l’Observatoire du nucléaire of defamation in relation to its mining operations in Niger. The appeal hearing is today, at 13h30, Wednesday 19 November 2014 in Paris (Court of Appeals, 34 quai des Orfèvres). How can an almost completely government owned entity sue its own citizen for questioning what is essentially government policy? That’s how out of control France’s Nuclear State is. There is a support assembly at 13h at 4 boulevard du Palais, métro Cité. These addresses are two sides of the same complex. Web site here: http://observ.nucleaire.free.fr

Please Remember to comment for the US Nuclear Reg Comm (NRC) by Nov. 24th. The reason to comment is PUBLIC RECORD and for others to read. As such, please write in your own words, because if they consider the letters repeats they don’t post them. Even one sentence or two is good. Saying you want more time could be ok, as Beyond Nuclear is doing. They have a petition but it really needs to be done on the official Federal Regulations site. Both can be done. You can comment anonymously. It is important that they know they are being watched and for the record: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2009-0279-0067 (24 Nov.) Time to start prepping, if you haven’t. Be forewarned of the outrageous nature of the NRC questions. We hope to do a post or two on the topic, but are running behind. Worth reviewing again: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/radiation-in-water-us-epa-advises-legal-cheating-for-compliance/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/us-epa-radiation-in-air-and-water-standards-effectively-non-existent/
The NRC still hadn’t corrected this error on their web site this weekend (we haven’t checked for a few days), even though they visited our post over a month ago: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/the-dangerous-us-nrc-typo-making-low-level-radioactive-waste-more-radioactive-than-allowed-at-wipp/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Rusal creates new role for founder Deripaska, promotes deputy CEO Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:23:25 -0500
* Oleg Deripaska named president, Vladislav Soloviev becomes CEO http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/D94JYHiL72Y/united-co-rusal-moves-idUSL3N0T81MP20141118

Congo police executed 51 in anti-gang operation -Human Rights Watch Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:01:00 -0500
KINSHASA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused police in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday of summarily executing at least 51 people in an anti-gang operation, and being responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 more. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jh1Y5boziW4/congodemocratic-rights-idUSL6N0T758F20141118

Slowdown at U.S. port of Tacoma threatens Christmas tree shipments to Asia Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:38:58 -0500
SEATTLE, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A slowdown at a busy Washington state port amid a labor dispute could mean that thousands of Christmas trees grown in the Pacific Northwest will not be shipped in time to meet holiday demand in Asia, industry officials said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/dvCE8XiHg0c/usa-washington-trees-idUSL2N0T71VR20141117

UPDATE 4-Brazil’s Petrobras vows graft probe; may take writedown Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:23:54 -0500
(Adds comment from former executive, updates share performance) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/elvuu4VOlEs/brazil-petrobras-corruption-idUSL2N0T70MP20141117

UPDATE 1-Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:16:53 -0500
Nov 17 (Reuters) – Crop-devouring armyworms are showing increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3KjS4Xu_rQk/agriculture-gmo-armyworms-idUSL2N0T72LZ20141117

RPT-Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:15:10 -0500
CANBERRA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington’s closest allies in Asia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZOlj18dh9Mo/australia-china-trade-update-6-tv-pix-gr-idUSL3N0T768L20141117

UPDATE 1-Senate panel to grill Fed’s Tarullo, bankers over commodities Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:24:04 -0500
WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A heavyweight list of bankers and regulators will appear before a U.S. Senate committee this week in a probe into Wall Street’s role in commodity markets and ahead of possible tougher rules from the Federal Reserve. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tE2hdY5cehA/financial-regulations-commodities-idUSL2N0T71XH20141117

American Specialty Alloys to set up $1.2 bln aluminum plant
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:40:50 -0500
Nov 17 (Reuters) – American Specialty Alloys said it plans to build a $1.2 billion aluminum mill in southeastern United States to tap into rising demand from the automotive industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lfdHDdr6uHQ/americanspecialtyalloys-mill-idUSL3N0T75V320141117

UPDATE 3-Burkina names former foreign minister as interim leader Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:39:04 -0500
* New interim leader to guide country to elections next year (Adds Kafando to be sworn in on Tuesday) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/49WJx7ZnS30/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0T706920141117

Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai
Posted:Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT
NEWPORT BEACH, California, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car in the United States next year, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vxr1KLVCABI/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Keystone U.S. Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks Posted:Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:02:48 GMT
WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather one last vote to pass a bill that authorizes the project that would help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task that became harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VjgIrQr4bQw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-SunEdison, TerraForm to buy First Wind for $2.4 bln
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:42:06 GMT
Nov 17 (Reuters) – Solar company SunEdison Inc and unit TerraForm Power Inc said they would buy First Wind for $2.4 billion to enter the U.S. wind power market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NsqMmurtMyo/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 3-Adani lines up $1 bln Indian state bank loan for Australian coal venture Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:17:26 GMT
* Adani signs MOU with State Bank of India to back Australian mine http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/k2EIKvoIsls/story01.htm

Halliburton faces tough sell in taking Baker Hughes deal to regulators Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:15:34 GMT
WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Halliburton Co will have a tough time convincing U.S. regulators to approve its $35 billion deal to buy smaller rival Baker Hughes Inc but could prevail with the right divestitures, antitrust experts said Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jnsRq8JS3z0/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Putin’s oil tsar heading to Vienna as OPEC meets
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:57:53 GMT
* Rosneft chief Vienna visit sparks OPEC coordination talk http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nKuulG4CxjQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Halliburton to buy Baker Hughes for about $35 bln
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:06:36 GMT
Nov 17 (Reuters) – Halliburton Co said on Monday it will buy Baker Hughes Inc for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger NV as customers curb spending on falling oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sXT2iVnFDFQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Venezuela says OPEC to ‘increase coordination’ in face of oil price fall Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:12:46 GMT
CARACAS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will increase coordination in the face of the fall in oil prices, the South American government said in a statement on Monday, without elaborating. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P5d6tw0MUvA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Sinopec to spend billions to handle oil pipeline safety problems Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:46:49 -0500
* To spend $4.6 billion over 3 years to address safety concerns http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/QmSpuJGaLcA/china-oil-pipeline-idUSL3N0T735E20141117

Irish minister receives bomb threat as water levy protests escalate Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:20:40 -0500
DUBLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The constituency office of the Irish minister overseeing unpopular new water charges received a bomb threat on Monday, the latest escalation in Ireland’s most serious anti-austerity protests to date. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/GEWH-LoazDI/ireland-politics-water-idUSL5N0SR0WW20141117

Germany government reiterates its ban on fracking
Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:45:27 -0500
BERLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Germany said on Monday it has no plans to lift a ban on fracking, following a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction to allow test drilling. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0-0aXBIaM0w/germany-fracking-idUSL6N0T72LD20141117

Monday 17 November 2014, Update 1

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
(The more things change the more they stay the same).

Burkina Faso names former foreign minister Kafando transitional president Posted:Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:13:57 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Authorities in Burkina Faso named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president on Monday in a key step towards returning the West African country to democracy in the wake of a brief military takeover. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/mUXhv6AUap0/story01.htm

Kafando was born in Ouagadougou. He attained a bachelor’s degree in public law from the University of Bordeaux in 1969, and then a diploma in political studies in 1972 in Paris. He later gained a PhD in Political Science at the Sorbonne in 1990. He is married, and has one child.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Kafando

(Update 3: Weird that wikipedia forgot his degree in diplomacy from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and diplomatic training in Geneva, 1973. Also, the 1972 degree was in Political Science from the Political Science Institute of Paris. http://www.un.org/press/en/1998/19980415.BIO3152.html)

Monday, 17 November 2014

New Post as a reminder about Dupont’s history: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/dupont-agrees-to-be-primary-plutonium-contractor-1942-path-to-the-bomb/
Our post was supposed to be about Burkina Faso, but they are to announce a new interim president shortly and so it may have to be re-written (again) in parts.

Philippe Varin is once again an “X-Mines” grad – Ecole Polytechnique and then Ecole de Mines, as is the new head of Total.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Federal agencies to begin probe of DuPont Texas plant deaths Posted:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:03:12 -0500
(Updates with fifth worker out of hospital, paragraph 6; environmental history, paragraph 12) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mrmroDSMo9o/usa-chemicals-death-idUSL2N0T611C20141117

France wants former Peugeot chief Varin as Areva chairman
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:48:41 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The French government wants Philippe Varin, former head of PSA Peugeot Citroen, to take over as chairman of the board at state-owned nuclear group Areva, a source at the economics ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/pO5EXPInwVU/story01.htm

Burkina Faso authorities to decide on transitional president
Posted:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:03:50 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Burkina Faso met on Sunday to name an interim president to lead the country back to civilian rule after former head of state Blaise Compaore was toppled by protests last month and replaced by a military ruler. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IwGdqQSWMvU/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0T60X420141116

Tanzania’s parliament receives report on graft claims in energy Posted:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:22:04 GMT
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania’s parliament has received a report on the findings of an investigation into corruption allegations in the energy sector, officials said on Sunday, an issue that has led to donors delaying aid and weakened its currency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/5rc8uZuFVqE/story01.htm

Statoil in test case for industry as Canada extends seabed territories Posted:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT
* Coastal states using old laws to grab seabed territories http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ayJ20NyZBiU/story01.htm

Kuwait to sell Dow Chemical’s petchem venture shares to public -exec Posted:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:32:51 -0500
DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Kuwait plans to offer to the public the shares in Kuwaiti joint ventures which U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow Chemical Co plans to sell off, state news agency KUNA quoted a senior Kuwaiti executive as saying. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pEydmG8uBOI/kuwait-dow-ipo-idUSL6N0T60HJ20141116

RPT-Spared in war, Italy’s “greatest picture” saved again by benefactor Posted:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 05:17:19 -0500
SANSEPOLCRO, Italy, Nov 16 (Reuters) – An Italian Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who defied orders to shell the town. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/nas1aITprCY/art-italy-resurrection-idUSL6N0T235820141116

Fuel-cell cars will be commercially viable by 2025 -Bosch executive Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:41 GMT
BERLIN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Fuel-cell technology is becoming cheaper and will be commercially viable for mass use in cars by 2025, a senior executive at auto industry supplier Robert Bosch said on Friday.

Lockheed, NYC agency clash at trial over botched subway security plan Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:24:12 GMT
NEW YORK, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp and New York City’s transit authority accused each other of mismanagement on Friday at the close of a five-week trial over the much-delayed… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/bondsNews/~3/5frinpRrvZ4/story01.htm

EU allies alarmed at Hungary’s Kremlin drift
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:31:40 GMT
BUDAPEST/BERLIN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Several European governments believe Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is flouting EU values by drifting into the Kremlin’s orbit but are unsure how to respond. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mWR2pZqRYFg/story01.htm

Niko Resources says evaluating plans for Indian assets
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:30:41 GMT
Nov 14 (Reuters) – Canada’s Niko Resources Ltd said it was evaluating plans for its assets in India, citing uncertainty related to the outlook of natural gas prices in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CK0BRFA8ElM/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Oil price moves off four-year low to $78/bbl, IEA warns on 2015 Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:28:27 GMT
* OPEC meets on Nov. 27, traders sceptical group will act (Updates prices, adds analyst’s comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xuR4_im0Z0o/story01.htm

RPT-Venezuela still mulls fuel price hike, takes hit on oil fall Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:27:02 GMT
(Repeats for wider distribution, no changes to headline or text) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NB6ZA0Vcra0/story01.htm

US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of retail sales, UMich data
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:13:26 GMT
* Futures up: Dow 11 pts, S&P 1.5 pt, Nasdaq 2.75 pts (Adds premarket actives) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5UjutGSm2CE/story01.htm

Scottish Power faces sales ban unless improves customer service Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:10:59 GMT
LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – One of Britain’s “big six” energy suppliers, Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power, could face a selling ban if it doesn’t improve certain customer services, including cutting helpline waiting times, the energy regulator said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1x4UObxFAbA/story01.htm

Brazil police detain 27 more in Petrobras-linked probe
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:18:51 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal police were serving 27 additional arrest warrants on Friday in a broad money-laundering investigation that has ensnared a former senior executive at oil firm Petrobras, causing it to delay releasing its results. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/B-slaLu6Gyw/story01.htm

Five groups place final bids for Bosnia’s 20 MW hydropower project Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:10:22 GMT
SARAJEVO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Five companies and consortia have submitted final bids for a venture with Bosnia’s top power utility Elektroprivreda BiH (EPBiH) to build a 20 megawatt (MW) Vranduk hydropower plant on the Bosna river, EPBiH said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EWTVY12jmU0/story01.htm

Oil price crash has silver lining for Norway
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:07:09 GMT
OSLO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Norway, Western Europe’s top crude producer, looks set actually to benefit from the oil price crash as its energy sector is forced to relax its stranglehold over much of the economy and non-oil firms profit from more favourable business conditions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/piw4gRlTuOU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-British engineer IMI to buy German valve maker for $190 mln Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:02:00 GMT
* IMI rev falls 6 percent for four months to Oct-end (Adds details of the deal, CEO comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_vazVfo7Fi0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Court extends house arrest of Russian tycoon Yevtushenkov Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:46:51 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 14 (Reuters) – A Russian court extended the house arrest of billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov on Friday just weeks after his shares in an oil company were seized, pressing a case some investors say signals a return to state intervention in business. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Htk9BuTgf7I/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Ukraine likely to buy around 1 bcm of Russian gas by end-2014 Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:18:02 GMT
(Releads with comment from Ukraine energy minister, adds Naftogaz CEO comment on prepayment schedule) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LDnXc2cKjEo/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-IEA sees new era, no quick rebound in oil prices
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:45:58 GMT
* IEA cuts estimate of demand for OPEC oil in 2015 (Updates detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hntBMZxgcVU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-RWE considers cutting dividend by a fifth – paper
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:15:42 GMT
* Deutsche Bank sees dividend fears as “overdone” -analyst http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/StfunbujkFs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Putin berates U.S. over sanctions before G20 meeting
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:01:00 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 14 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of undermining the very trade institutions it created by imposing sanctions on Russia, a “mistake” he hoped would be overcome in the “final count”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HYpMy31TPFI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-BM&FBovespa seeks to boost transparency after Petrobras results delayed Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:56:13 GMT http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/J-Z35pMFlpM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-British engineer IMI to buy German valve maker for $190 mln Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:02:00 -0500
* IMI rev falls 6 percent for four months to Oct-end (Adds details of the deal, CEO comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_hDsJZ20fbU/imi-acquisition-idUSL3N0T43R120141114

UPDATE 3-Glencore to shut Australia coal mines for 3 weeks amid glut Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:42:06 -0500
* Will remove 5 million tonnes of thermal coal from market http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FC6N6qh8Z9w/glencore-coal-australia-idUSL3N0T42LY20141114

Hong Kong shares edge up on Shanghai-connector expectations
Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:07:06 GMT
SHANGHAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Hong Kong shares, swinging between gains and losses, finished up on Friday as expectations on Monday’s launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connector outweighed losses for oil shares as U.S. crude futures dropped. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xFck4-S-RzM/story01.htm

Sunday, 16 November 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/international-radiological-standards-decisions-by-cameco-uranium-and-other-nuclear-advocates/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Burkina military restores constitution, gives deadline for new leader Posted:Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:42:40 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military ruler said on Saturday he had restored the constitution that was suspended when President Blaise Compaore was toppled after mass protests last month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HlLAiFrXU-Y/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0T50DT20141115

UPDATE 1-Putin says Russia won’t demand early repayment of $3 bln lent to Ukraine Posted:Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:04:43 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Russia does not intend to demand early repayment of $3 billion which it lent to Ukraine last year, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with German TV channel ARD,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/bondsNews/~3/rqh7M8LCl1U/story01.htm
Ends Here

We have other Reuters Feeds from Friday which we will add later.

Saturday, 15 November, 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/basf-told-to-halt-uranium-discharge-to-river/ This was in October.

US Nuclear Reg Comm Comment Period Deadline alert: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2009-0279-0067 (24 Nov.) Time to start prepping. Be forewarned of the outrageous nature of the NRC questions. Worth reviewing again: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/radiation-in-water-us-epa-advises-legal-cheating-for-compliance/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/us-epa-radiation-in-air-and-water-standards-effectively-non-existent/
The NRC still hasn’t corrected this error on their web site even though they visited our post over a month ago: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/the-dangerous-us-nrc-typo-making-low-level-radioactive-waste-more-radioactive-than-allowed-at-wipp/

Before there was the Honeywell Metropolis Lockout, there was the BASF Geismar Lockout, which seems a sort of Prequel:
The union has also asked a number of local, state and Federal agencies to investigate its charges that the plant has been operated unsafely since the lockout began. The plant uses highly toxic chemicals… The union asserts that insufficient training and high turnover rates plague the workers hired to replace locked-out union members… The union said 52 episodes occurred over two months last year in which chemicals were accidentally released or releases were narrowly averted. The union also asserted that an accidental release on April 2 of 50 to 75 pounds of phosgene was far more serious than the company said.” “LOUISIANA LABOR BATTLE GAINS GERMAN SUPPORT“, By WILLIAM SERRIN, Special to the New York Times, Published: May 26, 1986 http://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/26/us/louisiana-labor-battle-gains-german-support.html (Emphasis our own).

BASF Geismar Louisiana Lockout vid. Explains the importance of unions for protecting workers from arbitrary firing, which in turn allows them to report safety issues. Locked out workers randomly did enviro checks and found more pollution at night after the La. DEQ went home: http://youtu.be/sUdUV_Rq5gY (approx. 12 min.)

Friday, 14 November 2014
(Those coming from the Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle please scroll down to Tuesday, 11 November).

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/us-nrc-gunning-full-throttle-for-nuclear-disaster https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/upper-big-branch-mine-disaster-ceo-indicted-for-safety-violations-leading-to-29-miners-deaths/
Reblog from our post from last December: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/upper-big-branch-mine-disaster-2010-29-died-on-easter-monday-2/

UMWA Industrial Homicide Upper Big Branch cover - p. 1 http://www.umwa.org/files/documents/134334-Upper-Big-Branch.pdf

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/japan-nuclear-prosecution-idINKCN0ID0KM20141024

UPDATE 1-Massey ex-CEO indicted over fatal 2010 W. Virginia mine blast Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:11:12 GMT
(Adds details of allegations, comment from lawyer, case citation, byline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/ur_v2zfQUNE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. judge upholds BP ‘gross negligence’ Gulf spill ruling Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:14:26 GMT
Nov 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge weighing how much BP Plc should be punished for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday refused to overturn his own finding that the oil company’s conduct was “grossly negligent.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/10wzah3lKw4/story01.htm

Honda to testify at U.S. Senate hearing on Takata air bag recalls Posted:Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:06:35 GMT
WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A representative from Honda Motor Co Ltd will testify before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee at a Nov. 20 hearing over defective air bags manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp, a Honda spokesman said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/Q23Eiz1pB08/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ex-banker at Switzerland’s Rahn & Bodmer charged in U.S. for tax scheme Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:37:44 GMT
NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A former vice president at Swiss private bank Rahn & Bodmer was indicted on Thursday in the United States on charges of conspiring to help Americans to evade taxes by using secret accounts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/-Hwse_QNoxA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Gazprom put 2015 investments at $18 bln
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:59:40 -0500
* Says ready to start South Stream construction (Adds detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/QL104HTS_yE/russia-gazprom-investment-idUSL6N0T357U20141113

Lithuania to pay more for Norwegian LNG than Russian gas
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:22:33 -0500
VILNIUS, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Lithuania will pay at least 10 percent more for liquefied natural gas (LNG) imported from Norway than for Russian pipeline gas in 2015, a state-owned LNG importer said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/dpo82JNION0/lithuania-lng-idUSL6N0T268X20141113

UPDATE 3-RWE’s sale of oil and gas arm to Russian billionaire faces delay Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:40:04 -0500
* Cannot predict whether DEA talks will conclude this year http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ZUKouB85vXE/rwe-results-idUSL6N0T30IS20141113

Australians bury heads in sand to mock government climate stance Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:50:57 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Australia’s Bondi Beach on Thursday, mocking the government’s reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 summit this weekend. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CaKSfe-EOak/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Indian gold curbs still possible after inconclusive policy meeting Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:58:55 -0500
* Finance ministry and central bank to resume talks (Adds failure to reach decision at meeting) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/smQoNYQa4tw/india-gold-imports-idUSL3N0T33A720141113

Rise of protectionism in China a threat to commodities imports
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:00:30 -0500
SHANGHAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – As China lobbies world leaders to back its free trade plan at an Asia-Pacific summit this week, businesses are complaining about Beijing’s use of non-tariff barriers from customs clearance to quality restrictions to curb raw material imports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OYzbbx3ReSM/china-trade-commodities-protectionism-idUSL3N0T12MG20141113

Thursday, 13 November 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/nuclear-fogbank-mystery-and-y-12/

American Bison J. Schmidt US NPS American Bison, NPS-J. Schmidt. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bison

Reuters News Feed Selection

Montana tribe set to receive bison from Yellowstone National Park Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:14:42 GMT
(Reuters) – Nearly 140 bison originally from Yellowstone National Park that were quarantined on a ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner to create a herd free of a cattle disease will be transported late on Wednesday to an Indian reservation in Montana. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/31caVVdHlCg/story01.htm

Peru aims to cover rural electrical gap with solar panels by 2020 Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:10:57 GMT
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru plans to nearly close its gap in electrical coverage in rural regions by the end of the decade with a recently-awarded $28.5 million solar-energy contract, the government said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/anMFfRuuPCs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Clear attempt to manipulate precious metals benchmarks at UBS-FINMA Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:51:06 -0500
* Gold ‘fix’ to be replaced by electronic platform (Adds background, detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QuG6OnaKT5w/banks-forex-settlement-gold-idUSL6N0T22Z420141112

UPDATE 4- Regulators fine global banks $4.3 bln in currency investigation
Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:09:25 -0500
* FCA fines five banks $1.77 bln, US CFTC fines them $1.48 bln http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YW1ZBYMmc6U/banks-forex-settlement-idUSL6N0T14FC20141112

UPDATE 1-Dow Chemical to buy $5 bln more in shares, raises dividend Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:23:07 -0500
Nov 12 (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, increased its dividend and said it would buy back shares worth $5 billion, more than doubling its share repurchase program. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xQL1zNiQor0/dow-buyback-idUSL3N0T25HO20141112

Base metals resilient amid commodity rout, may hold fast
Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:39:19 -0500
* Base metals up 1 pct vs 15 pct fall in wider commodities * Deficits expected in five of six base metals in 2015 * Commodities performance in 2014: http://link.reuters.com/reb25t By Eric Onstad LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The industrial metals complex on the London Metal Exchange, led by aluminium, is bucking a sell-off in commodities this year and could outperform in coming months as investors bet on developing shortages. The industrial metals component of the S&P Goldman S http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/F4fMW4EI3q8/commodities-metals-idUSL6N0T04IO20141112

Record number of UK power users switch to small providers
Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:08:39 GMT
LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s small energy suppliers signed a record number of new electricity customers in October, industry data showed, as households prepared for the winter season when utility bills typically rise. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NNo5F-osP7k/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-OPEC sees lower 2015 demand for its oil, Saudi output still high Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:38:05 GMT
* Leaves 2015 global demand, supply forecasts steady (Adds analyst comment, further detail on supply surplus, Saudi output) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JqhKf84Z3i8/story01.htm

Ukraine must buy coal from Russia to get through winter – energy ministry Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:07:59 GMT
KIEV, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Ukraine will be forced to buy coal from Russia to get through the winter, a serious setback to the country’s efforts to lessen energy dependence on its powerful neighbour, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AdvPxstuRMo/story01.htm

Soap and beer: the European staples resisting Russia’s downturn Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:57:45 GMT
LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Fears that Russia’s economic downturn will ravage European multinationals may have been overstated in some cases, with companies that sell beer and soap defying gloomy expectations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MQKEbNQg2Yk/story01.htm

Germany plans tax relief to raise energy efficiency and cut emissions Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:15:29 GMT
BERLIN, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Germany plans 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in tax concessions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and lift sales of electric cars, in an action plan to help Europe’s biggest economy meet CO2 emissions targets, a policy document showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HtQd_I0U1x0/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Canadian Solar profit rises on sale of power plants Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:34:09 GMT
(Corrects headline to remove incorrect reference to profit doubling. Corrects paragraph 1 and paragraph 11 to say profit rose nearly four-fold, not nearly doubled. Corrects paragraph 12 to say revenue rose 86 percent, not 47 percent) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NmQgiXESf5w/story01.htm

Japan raises chance of El Nino emerging in winter
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:25:45 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather bureau said on Monday that the possibility of an El Nino pattern forming this winter is higher than the 50 percent it projected in its previous monthly forecast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/xtnVNmzWABY/story01.htm

U.S. nurses hold strikes, protests over Ebola measures
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:15:49 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of nurses across the United States staged protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/healthNews/~3/wSvlnrbin_k/story01.htm

Ebola death toll tops 5,000; Mali quarantines 90
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:03:06 GMT
BAMAKO/GENEVA (Reuters) – The death of a nurse in Mali from Ebola promoted on Wednesday the quarantine of more than 90 people in the West African country’s capital, as the World Health Organization said the disease had now claimed at least 5,160 lives. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/healthNews/~3/A7inbB8MHuk/story01.htm

Lava flow from volcano incinerates home on Hawaii’s Big Island
Posted:Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:46:48 GMT
KAILUA-KONA Hawaii (Reuters) – A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island incinerated a house on Monday, marking the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, civil defense officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/cmD9r3bXXBI/story01.htm

Elderly couple buried under mud and debris as northern Italy floods Posted:Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:05:42 GMT
ROME (Reuters) – An elderly couple was believed to be buried under a mudslide which crushed their house in northern Italy and a woman, trapped in her Tuscany home by heavy flooding, died of a heart attack on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/aw7-MDc7aJs/story01.htm

Hole in Florida swallows car, forces evacuations of homes
Posted:Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:41:32 GMT
TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – Residents in central Florida on Tuesday monitored the threat of a hole that swallowed a car sitting in a driveway and forced six families to evacuate their homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/clDaxo1FaLc/story01.htm

Russia’s environmental watchdog blames Moscow refinery for air pollution Posted:Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:40:14 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s environmental watchdog, Rosprirodnadzor, has noticed an increase in air pollutants to above permitted levels in Moscow coming from the area of the local region’s oil refinery, the ministry for natural resources said on Tuesday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uenF969t9pU/story01.htm

Keystone pipeline approval bills advance in U.S. Congress
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:40:27 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline began racing through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coming together in a challenge of President Barack Obama’s oversight of the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vKaeV_ceuaY/story01.htm

Green groups sue for fresh review of U.S. sands pipeline plan
Posted:Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:38:25 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department must halt plans to expand an oil sands pipeline route from Canada to Wisconsin until possible environmental harm has been closely studied, several green groups said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7f3XHyqjPZ0/story01.htm

Earthquake hits southern Kansas, shakes buildings in Oklahoma
Posted:Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:06:32 GMT
(Reuters) – A magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit southern Kansas on Wednesday, with reports the temblor was felt in large parts of the state and neighboring Oklahoma to the south. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-xtX9DbLSNw/story01.htm.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/kerr-mcgee-and-the-mysterious-death-of-karen-silkwood/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/anadarko-5-billion-settlement-toward-clean-up-of-kerr-mcgee-nuclear-uranium-mines-creosote-and-other-cleanup-sites/

Note Russian State owned Rosatom exporting nuclear power plants.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Russia, Iran sign nuclear construction deal
Posted:Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:05:32 -0500
MOSCOW, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Russia will build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed in Moscow on Tuesday between subsidiaries of the two countries’ state atomic agencies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/b-L_Z8Upefw/russia-iran-nuclear-idUSL6N0T12N820141111

Anadarko’s $5.15 billion cleanup deal approved by U.S. court
Posted:Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:15:55 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anadarko Petroleum Corp’s agreement to pay $5.15 billion to clean up nuclear fuel and other pollution received approval from a federal judge on Monday, the final hurdle for the settlement touted by the U.S. Department of Justice as the largest-ever environmental cleanup recovery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/fa93dVKdPbw/story01.htm

U.S. judge rejects BP bid to oust Gulf spill claims chief
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:03:08 -0500
Nov 10 (Reuters) – BP Plc has failed to persuade a federal judge to oust the administrator overseeing payouts to businesses and individuals claiming damages arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/6eqb34cjxYo/bp-spill-claims-idUSL2N0T028620141110

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

Endangered Turtle oiled due to BP oil spill along the US Gulf Coast
Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), or Atlantic ridley sea turtle is the rarest sea turtle and is critically endangered“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemp’s_ridley_sea_turtle
Dr. Brian Stacy, NOAA veterinarian, prepares to clean an oiled Kemp's Ridley turtle. (Photo Credit: NOAA and Georgia Department of Natural Resources)
Dr. Brian Stacy, NOAA veterinarian, prepares to clean an oiled Kemp’s Ridley Turtle. (Photo Credit: NOAA and Georgia Department of Natural Resources).

Green Army trying to fight environmental degradation in Louisiana: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/green-army-vid/

BP is both literally and figuratively close to the UK Parliament:
BP Westminster-Big Ben

Here we go again with former BP executive Lord Browne of Madingley. Don’t be fooled by the term Lord – “Lord” Browne was only recently made a “Lord”. But, he does sit in the House of Lords, and has what appears to most to be conflicts of interests. He is Chair of Cuadrilla Resources which wants to do fracking in the UK and at the same time “Lord Browne also convenes network meetings of non-executives across Whitehall to consider the big issues that challenge all government departments and share best practice.” (see UK gov below) This sounds like a powerful position.

Browne is described by journalist and author Tom Bower as responsible for a ‘ruthless’ programme of cost-cutting at BP that compromised safety, and thus the man most responsible for a string of major accidents including the Texas City Refinery explosion (2005) and the Deepwater Horizon explosion (2010)….
Browne is currently Managing Director and Managing Partner (Europe) of Riverstone Holdings LLC, and also the chairman of the British shale gas driller Cuadrilla Resources. Lord Browne was appointed as Government Lead Non-Executive in June 2010. His remit is to work with Secretaries of State to appoint non-executives to the board of each government department.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Browne,_Baron_Browne_of_Madingley (Emphasis our own).

A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation occurring when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest

Browne was appointed to Government Lead position by an MP from Balcombe. See reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/balcombe-mp-appointed-cuadrilla-director-to-government/

Citizens of Balcombe have been obliged to take their case to court:
Balcombe anti-fracking group argue case in High Court“, 6 November 2014 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-29939468

5th November 2014 – For immediate release.
Balcombe legal action against Cuadrilla in the High Court tomorrow
A two day hearing will begin in the High Court on Thursday 6th November against the exploration of unconventional oil and gas in the village of Balcombe in West Sussex, by Cuadrilla Balcombe Limited.
Lawyers from Leigh Day acting on behalf of the Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association (FFBRA), a local residents’ association, claim that the decision taken by West Sussex County Council to grant planning permission to Cuadrilla Balcombe Limited to undertake works at Lower Stumble in Balcombe was unlawful…
“Our clients are greatly concerned that this operation risks polluting the aquifer and nearby reservoir and flies in the face of overwhelming community opposition.

Cuadrilla Resources is an oil and gas exploration and production company with headquarters and operations in the United Kingdom. It is best known for its ongoing effort to develop shale gas in the UK by using hydraulic fracturing. Its chairman is Lord Browne, former chief of BP and President of The Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006− 2011“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuadrilla_Resources

CRH is evidently an attractive company to work for – directors include Lord Browne, ex head of BP. And while the company has yet to produce any profit, the 12 directors awarded themselves $3,200,000 in wages and shares in 2010.http://frack-off.org.uk/who-are-cuadrilla-company-overview/

Lord Browne of Madingley was appointed as Government Lead Non-Executive in June 2010. His remit is to work with Secretaries of State to appoint non-executives to the board of each government department; to improve governance across Whitehall; and to build leadership and management through the non-executives and the boards. Lord Browne also convenes network meetings of non-executives across Whitehall to consider the big issues that challenge all government departments and share best practice.https://www.gov.uk/government/people/lord-browne-of-madingley. Open Government Licence v3.0

Edmund John Philip Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley…is best known for his role as the chief executive of the energy company BP between 1995 and 2007… safety and health violations following an investigation of the fatal explosion at BP’s Texas City, Texas, plant March 23 2005 which claimed the lives of 15 workers and injured more than 170 others, resulted in fines… Browne…gained access to Russian oil reserves with the creation of TNK-BP.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Browne,_Baron_Browne_of_Madingley

Cuadrilla’s environmental permit application consultation opened From: Environment Agency
First published: 10 November 2014
Part of: Protecting and enhancing our urban and natural environment to improve public health and wellbeing and Environment
Environment Agency opens second public consultation on applications for environmental permits until 8 December.
The Environment Agency has today (10 November) announced a second period of consultation on Cuadrilla’s applications for environmental permits for the proposed shale gas exploration site at Plumpton in Lancashire…. the Environment Agency is minded to grant Cuadrilla the environmental permits needed to carry out their operations and welcomes any new relevant information for consideration before making a final decision….
” Open Government Licence v3.0: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cuadrillas-environmental-permit-application-consultation-opened. (Emphasis our own)

Fracking linked to Alberta earthquakes, study indicates” By Kim Trynacity, Alicja Siekierska, CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2014 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 10, 2014 8:05 AM MT http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fracking-linked-to-alberta-earthquakes-study-indicates-1.2829484

Oilfield waste arrives by tanker truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo. After removal of solids and oil, the wastewater is injected into a deep well for permanent storage underground. Photo by Bill Ellsworth, USGS.
Oilfield waste arrives by tanker truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo. After removal of solids and oil, the wastewater is injected into a deep well for permanent storage underground. Photo by Bill Ellsworth, USGS.http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/induced/
Oilfield waste involves TENORM, i.e Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials. Enhanced means that they are concentrated.

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

Salt Dome Injection Storage Collapse aka Louisiana Sinkhole. The video is from ca January 2013. The radiation found in the sinkhole is probably TENORM, though no one can know for certain: http://youtu.be/kprEOkRsV1c

Injection Waste Wells are also used for uranium mining and have been used for nuclear waste: http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/371260/ornl-oak-ridge-injection-research-paper-5834126.pdf. They may still be used for radioactive waste but why bother when they are allowed to put rad waste in landfills now.

TPP Rad Food and Car Warning

If you live in the US or Australia radioactive Japanese food and cars may be soon coming your way. Watch the TPP. The US, Canada and Australia accept 10 to 15 times more radiation in their food than Japan does. So, where do you think that radioactive Japanese food will be going? Cars could be a good way to export contaminated metals too.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan economy minister says TPP agreement difficult by year-end – report Posted:Sat, 08 Nov 2014 08:57:50 GMT
TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Saturday he saw progress in Asia-Pacific regional trade negotiations, although it would be difficult to reach an agreement by the end of the year, according to Jiji press. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/24-1AI9Lt_M/story01.htm

UK environment agency likely to grant permits for shale firm Cuadrilla Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:01:44 -0500
LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s Environment Agency said on Monday it would likely approve environmental permits for shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources at a site in northwest England. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3W3nVgBH4Uo/cuadrilla-permits-idUSL6N0T04GP20141110

Lafarge Nigeria unit to take complete control of United Cement
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:48:42 -0500
LAGOS, Nov 10 (Reuters) – A Nigerian unit of France’s Lafarge said on Monday it had entered into an agreement with Flour Mills of Nigeria to purchase a 30 percent stake in United Cement Company of Nigeria. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EXX_8rmkZtg/unitedcement-ma-lafarge-nigeria-idUSL6N0T054V20141110

Russian central bank buys up domestic gold output as sanctions bite Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:52:55 -0500
* Sanctions-wary Western banks hold off buying Russian gold http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/V-ijRzknoU0/russia-gold-cenbank-idUSL6N0T04K520141110

RPT-With dollar on a tear, gold and silver rout far from over-Reuters poll Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:19:48 -0500
(Repeats Nov. 9 item to add reporting credits, with no changes to headline or text) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Z3fNW8rOnwk/gold-prices-poll-idUSL2N0T015Q20141110

Turquoise Hill loss narrows as sales start at Oyu Tolgoi mine
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:14:46 -0500
Nov 7 (Reuters) – Canada’s Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd reported a lower third-quarter loss due to the start of sales from its Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia and lower operating expenses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6VNUyQO94N8/turquoise-hill-results-idUSL3N0T060Q20141110

U.S. hopes for GMO crop cultivation in China still alive, barely Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500
Nov 10 (Reuters) – DuPont Pioneer, one of the world’s largest seed companies, is refusing to give up on efforts to cultivate genetically modified crops in Chinese fields in the face of regulatory hurdles, even as rivals pull back. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0iLnZkm2GBY/usa-agriculture-china-dupont-idUSL1N0SX2G020141110

UPDATE 3-Landmark Hong Kong-China stock trading scheme to start Nov. 17 Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:23:50 -0500
* Move is milestone in opening-up of China capital markets http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/g8ZuXrz2W98/hongkong-china-stockconnect-idUSL3N0T007E20141110

Ukraine’s currency plunges as ceasefire fears grow
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:38:44 GMT
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s currency lost nearly 5 percent of its value on Monday after a weekend that saw the heaviest shelling in a month hit the main rebel stronghold in the east and signs that Moscow had dispatched troops and tanks to reinforce separatists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/a73O3mC5ofM/story01.htm

Continental CEO Harold Hamm ordered to pay $995 million in divorce Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:35:10 GMT
Nov 10 (Reuters) – An Oklahoma County judge has ordered oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm to pay nearly $1 billion in a divorce judgment, according to a court filing made public on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VhpZQ5obNcw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Hellenic Petroleum’s Q3 core profit beats forecast
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:25:42 GMT
ATHENS, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Greece’s biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum said on Monday its third-quarter core profit almost doubled, helped by improved refining margins and production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t50I2NgjXxA/story01.htm

Wrong place, small size, ailing industry kill Welsh refinery
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:39:31 GMT
* Europe’s refiners face stiff competition from Asia, U.S. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KZxKIvtIYyw/story01.htm

Transocean says likely to retire additional rigs
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:30:43 GMT
Nov 10 (Reuters) – Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world’s largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BGVl6-0lihA/story01.htm

Oil stocks lead European shares higher on M&A speculation
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:26:22 GMT
LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – European stocks inched higher on Monday as acquisition hopes fuelled gains for oil services firms after Dutch group Boskalis took a stake in Fugro . http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7Kxr19TEqO8/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Fugro shares lead oil services sector rally after Boskalis stake buy Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:14:43 GMT
(Adds director dealings and company comments, writes through) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/e0ZJX8XSnfE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong’s Sky Solar slashes IPO size to $48 mln
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:07:00 GMT
Nov 10 (Reuters) – Hong Kong-based Sky Solar Holdings Ltd slashed the size of its IPO by two-thirds to $48 million, after postponing the offering last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YaYP28uGxUg/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Suicide bomber kills dozens at school assembly in Nigeria Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:03:42 GMT
* Angry locals block access to school buildings, hospital http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/A5Vh8Mt9Xf0/story01.htm

Fuel cell maker Hydrogenics’s loss doubles
Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:54:05 GMT
Nov 10 (Reuters) – Canadian fuel cell maker Hydrogenics Corp’s third-quarter loss more than doubled, hurt by increased expenses and a weaker Canadian dollar. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/aGh1p_bUhkY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Total says can withstand oil at $80, to continue projects Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:45:38 GMT
ABU DHABI, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Big oil companies such as Total can withstand oil prices at $80 a barrel and the French firm will continue its current investment projects, Total’s president for exploration and production said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/p5HIY1iX–8/story01.htm

Libya’s oil guards withdraw from El Sharara as security deteriorates-commander Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:16:55 GMT
TUNIS, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Libyan oil guards at the El Sharara oilfield have withdrawn due to deteriorating security following an attack by gunmen last week, the commander of the guard force said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ToMSX50-oic/story01.htm

SE Asia Stocks -Most retreat; Noble Group shares lead Singapore gains Posted:Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:30:40 GMT
BANGKOK, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Singapore’s key index scaled a more than 7-week closing high on Monday as quarterly results and special dividends boosted Noble Group shares, while the Malaysian benchmark snapped five sessions of losses with large caps leading the rebound. Singapore’s Straits Times Index closed up 0.44 percent at 3,301.00, the highest close since Sept. 19. Noble shares jumped 4.2 percent, their biggest one-day gain since April, and were the top percentage gainers on the index. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_4cdU0_ZQoQ/story01.htm

In Gazprom deal, JPMorgan takes on business that some banks fear Posted:Fri, 07 Nov 2014 23:07:18 GMT
NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – When JPMorgan Chase & Co agreed to lead a $700 million bond offering for Russian gas producer Gazprom OAO, it was doing business that some U.S. banks are afraid to do, several lawyers and a banker said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ccMMZQZ4KgY/story01.htm

Burkina Faso talks agree on plan for return to civilian rule
Posted:Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:05:06 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders adopted a plan on Sunday for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections, after a popular uprising forced longtime president Blaise Compaore from power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/R6FRfLEqy7Y/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0SZ13420141109

With dollar on a tear, gold and silver rout far from over-Reuters poll Posted:Sun, 09 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500
NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Gold’s rout may be far from over, with many analysts and traders surveyed by Reuters predicting prices could fall to $1,000 per ounce by the end of the year, the first time at that level since 2009, even after Friday’s 3-percent short-covering rally. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LVFepVjkZB0/gold-prices-poll-idUSL1N0SX27420141109

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-LME to further tighten warehouse rules, starts consultation Posted:Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:20:22 -0500
(Specifies in sixth paragraph of Friday’s story that new rule on queues applies to limited number of warehouses) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JqVfTA7XdHE/lme-warehouse-idUSL6N0SX4S720141108

Egypt, Greece, Cyprus pledge to boost energy cooperation
Posted:Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:41:12 GMT
CAIRO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Egypt, facing its worst power crisis in decades, on Saturday pledged greater energy cooperation with Greece and Cyprus, a diplomatic move that opened up the possibility of progress in talks to import natural gas from Cyprus. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rDGfmRgjU3E/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Libya’s El Feel oil field shut down, third site within days Posted:Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:55:18 GMT
BENGHAZI/CAIRO, Nov 9 (Reuters) – An oil field in southwest Libya has closed down, officials said on Sunday, becoming the third oil facility in the chaotic country to shut within a week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rjFgKEFZFKk/story01.htm