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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/the-ongoing-saga-43-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/the-ongoing-saga-41-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Inverse order: Last update is on top. First is on bottom. This post ran from 1 Dec. to 17 Dec. 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/fisherman-send-appeal-for-mercy-areva-calls-police/
Reblog which casts light on the funding of a group which is supposed to protect the environment: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/for-cumbria-read-gotham-beware-nuclear-gifts/

Top recipient Rio Tinto “affiliate” campaign donations – Sen. John McCain See: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000028746&cycle=A
He clearly sold a mine worth probably trillions of dollars for $7,500. There’s no other explanation. Arizona State geologist says it is worth about 80% of copper mined in Arizona, which is about 5.4 to 5.5 billion dollars per year. That is copper only but there is molybdenum reported, as well as some gold unreported and almost certainly silver and possibly uranium. The Arizona geology web site wrote 1.3 million pounds but clearly meant tons since copper is only worth a bit over $3 per pound but around $7,000 per metric ton (currently it is lower). http://azgeology.azgs.az.gov/article/minerals-and-mining/2011/09/2010-arizona-mining-review
There is obviously a high cost of getting it out of the ground and the cost of mine-building is huge. They built the deepest shaft in America for the mine BEFORE it passed Congress. But, they will surely make a killing. And, the copper grade reported is over twice that at Mirador, which people have been killed over recently in Ecuador.

McCain was a member of the Keating Five, so it’s not the first time he has contributed to the fleecing of the American people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keating_Five But, Keating sounds far more generous than Rio Tinto. Of course, one of Rio Tinto’s mining business partners, Freeport McMoRan, is a big McCain donor.

Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA
Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA

Most of Japan’s potatos are from Hokkaido. http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Potatoes%20and%20Potato%20Products%20Annual_Tokyo_Japan_10-18-2010.pdf Hokkaido got Fukushima radioactive fallout. See Le Cong Hao,et. al.”Radiocesium Fallout in Surface Soil of Tomakomai Experimental Forest in Hokkaido due to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” While they were importing some pre-Fukushima, they probably import more now.

What happened to McDonald’s using local produce? They don’t want to get in trouble for selling radioactive French fries, brought to them by AREVA MOX Fuel at Fukushima?

Longshore workers slow down on the US West Coast means Japan can’t get non-radioactive French fries from the US, or presumably less contaminated fries. Those who want to open the nuclear reactors had better get to eating those radioactive Japanese fries! Keep that slowdown going. Make it a full strike. It’s been several years so the radiation has certainly had time to seep down to potato level. Potatoes are root vegetables for those who don’t know.

Collapsing construction in Vietnam. Doesn’t look promising for constructing nuclear reactors, and especially not for underground nuclear waste infrastructure. Most or all geology is complicated, and it leaks. In wetter climates it leaks more. Underground infrastructures require pumping of water. This, in turn, can destabilize the area. Without pumping it floods. The idea of abandoning underground nuclear waste is fraudulent and dangerous. Underground infrastructure requires constant monitoring, forever.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Kansai Elec’s Takahama reactors clear initial safety hurdle
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:23:47 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Japan’s atomic regulator gave initial safety clearance on Wednesday to two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power, Japan’s most nuclear-reliant utility, the second approval under new rules introduced after the Fukushima crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/WguWW8T4EtQ/japan-nuclear-restarts-idUSL1N0U00E820141217

UPDATE 2-Kansai reactors clear initial safety rules; to hike power rates Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:48:18 -0500
* Kansai’s Takahama No. 3, No. 4 clear initial regulatory hurdle http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Nc3_I0XZl8c/japan-nuclear-restarts-idUSL3N0U11HR20141217

Canada West Coast ports offer little relief from U.S. delays
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:59:27 -0500
VANCOUVER, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald’s to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HXpsSO32zWw/canada-ports-capacity-idUSL1N0TZ1TF20141216

UPDATE 2-ABB, Hitachi set up power grid joint venture in Japan
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:51:23 GMT
* Pair hope to profit from Japanese electricity reforms (Recasts, adds details on electricity reforms in Japan) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/B7BRtk_Hj84/story01.htm

Vietnam races to rescue trapped workers as water levels rise
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:47:30 GMT
HANOI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Vietnamese rescuers battled on Wednesday to free 12 workers trapped in a tunnel that collapsed during construction of a hydropower plant and said it could take days to get past entrenched mud, sand and debris as water levels rose. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PcB38sb6lK0/story01.htm

Japan’s Tepco says will not raise electricity prices in 2015
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:00:49 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power said it will not raise electricity rates in 2015 after it forecast on Wednesday another year of profits for the year ending March, 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/YGD4mwHl4H4/japan-utilities-tepco-idUSL3N0U133W20141217

Tepco, Chubu to hold Japan’s first joint LNG tender
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:47:58 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co and Chubu Electric Power Co,, two of the world’s biggest buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), are holding an international tender for the fuel, one of the utilities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/K99rUHwU5eE/japan-lng-idUSL3N0U11J220141217

Three groups seen competing for Holcim-Lafarge assets – sources Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:36:46 -0500
FRANKFURT/LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The battle for the assets cement firms Lafarge and Holcim must sell to get the go-ahead for their merger will likely be between three groups, several people familiar with the matter said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5F8zDwsIf5w/lafarge-holcim-assets-idUSL6N0U02OA20141216

More Reuters will update in a new post due to space and time considerations.
Nothing urgent.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/us-public-subsidies-for-companies-456000-on-average-to-create-a-job/
It is amazing how almost totally French state owned companies like AREVA and EDF get huge subsidies from the US and UK governments, as well as propped up by the French taxpayer. Unfortunately the French state owned part is not discussed in the article. Since it is an as-is, no derivatives article we comment here.

News Flash: John McCain’s own mother was 7 days old when Arizona became a state! So, he knows very well that the land which he and other Congressional members gave to Rio Tinto (aka Resolution Copper) is Apache land and that 1912 wasn’t long ago! His mother is still alive. However, he comes from a long line of those who were at the forefront of grabbing American Indian lands, in the last of Choctaw territory (Mississippi 1830), in Oklahoma Territory where Choctaw were sent and many died en route; probably elsewhere. Ancestors do count, especially when you perpetuate their nasty behavior. He’s a nasty too faced piece of work. Except he hasn’t shown much of the non-nasty lately. The American Indians were in Congress in 2011 and 2013 testifying against this project. McCain probably won’t live to be 102 simply because at the rate he and others are contributing to the destruction of the earth, no one will. At any rate he doesn’t look as young as his mother did when she was 80.

We added the following, along with some additional information to yesterday’s post (re the UN criticizing governments for involvement with uranium mining in Namibia during the Apartheid era – saying that it was illegal):
The Netherlands recognized the legitimacy of ‘Decree No. 1’ of the Council for Namibia, the legal administering authority for Namibia set up by the United Nations. The so-called Decree No. 1 for the protection of the Natural Resources of Namibia (1974) made any exploitation of Namibian natural resources without consent of the Council illegal. Dutch government representatives reassuringly declared that no Namibian uranium was being enriched at the Urenco/Ultracentrifuge Nederland plant in Almelo. The facts proved them wrong, as was shown by Dutch anti-apartheid organisations in 1978. In the 1980s the issue dragged on both in and outside parliament, and in 1986 the Council for Namibia summoned Urenco to court in the Netherlands (the case was dropped when Namibia became independent).http://socialhistory.org/en/dossiers/anti-apartheid/1980s-7
Kori NPS Korea
In June 2013 Kori 2 was shutdown, and Kori 1 ordered to remain offline, until safety-related control cabling with forged safety certificates is replaced. Control cabling installed in the APR-1400s under construction failed flame and other tests, so need to be replaced delaying construction by up to a year.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kori_Nuclear_Power_Plant

Hopefully this South Korean case will be a game-changer. Start praying.

Reuters News Feed Selection

S.Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:54:22 GMT
SEOUL, Dec 16 (Reuters) – A group of South Korean thyroid cancer patients living near nuclear plants have filed the country’s first class action suit against the operator, after an October court ruling in favour of a plaintiff claiming a link between radiation and the cancer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1iJDQyjdLbg/story01.htm

U.S. Senator Levin aims to clamp down on physical commodity trading Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:52:57 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Carl Levin has introduced a bill seeking to crack down on trading on inside information in physical commodities, the first U.S. legislation limiting Wall Street banks’ ability to deal in physical markets from crude oil to aluminum. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/u6xiUWWJMeo/commodities-levin-idUSL3N0TZ4VN20141216

Kabila says Congo won’t bow to foreign “injunctions”
Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:42:25 -0500
* U.S. officials have urged Kabila not to amend constitution http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zESsT9hBSNs/congodemocratic-election-kabila-idUSL6N0TZ2US20141215

GDF Suez seen as likely next major French state asset sale
Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:44:06 GMT
PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A 10 percent stake in gas utility GDF Suez, worth about five billion euros ($6.2 billion), could be the first major item on the block in a planned sale of French state assets, sources and analysts say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_7bhaZPPH8s/story01.htm

U.S. court dismisses Colombian human rights claims against Occidental Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:55:23 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MhKGvALarpo/story01.htm

More Reuters set aside to be added later.

Monday, 15 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/rio-tinto-irans-rossing-uranium-mine-the-uk-and-apartheid/
The recent give-away (“land swap”) by the US Congress of Apache sacred land in Tonto National Forest to Rio Tinto has made Iran’s sharing ownership of the Rossing uranium mine with Rio Tinto, topical again. Apparently spear-headed by Sen. McCain and Congressman Gosar, it exposes the outrageous hypocrisy of McCain and Gosar who pretend to oppose any nuclear ambitions by Iran. This is all the more so, since it was sneaked through in a Defense bill. Gosar can actually be an Iranian name, although Congressman Gosar alleges it is not.

Considering that the nuclear weapons states have so many in their leadership who are mean-spirited and/or not too bright, one can’t blame other countries for wanting weapons to protect themselves. McCain appears of the mean-spirited variety. Don’t know what’s wrong with Gosar.

Sunday, 14 December 2014, updated.

Good news-bad news.
Haiti’s Lamothe is gone – Japan’s Abe is back.

Haiti’s prime minister Laurent Lamothe resigns amid protests
Posted:Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:24:24 GMT
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti’s prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, succumbed to domestic and international pressure on Sunday and announced he would resign in a televised address in the middle of night. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/D00mvKWVb0w/story01.htm

PM Abe’s coalition cruises to big win in Japan election
Posted:Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:34:21 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, but feeble turnout could weaken his claim of a mandate for policies including reflationary steps to revive the economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/pi6GKyZm7jM/story01.htm

Sunday, 14 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/how-the-u-s-narrowly-avoided-a-nuclear-holocaust-34-years-ago-and-still-risks-catastrophe-today/

Arizona Copper mine
Arizona Copper Mine

If you wonder where all of the “children” coming across the US southern border are coming from – look at the land grabs for mining and petroleum in Mexico, Central America and South America. The so-called “children” look like teens in the pictures and certainly over 12 years, which is traditionally no longer a child and if they are over 15 they are not children under Swiss law.

The US government missed the part about being bankrupt and that policing the world is a terrible idea.

All of the UK’s Trident subs and warheads are located near Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, at Faslane. The triggers are located in a fairly new (1992) bunker on the opposite side of the island, diagonally, in London-Westminster. More worrisome, upkeep seems to be now by French gov controlled Thales who couldn’t even manage a battery (see Dreamliner case). Boeing was also responsible in that case. Didn’t we just hear that Boeing is involved in the US nuclear weapons? Need to double check. Faslane’s something to think about if you are one of the 40 million diaspora Scots estimated by wikipedia and wanted to return home to visit. The majority of the Scots don’t want the nuclear weapons there but the UK government prefers them far, far away from themselves!

The so-called land swap between the US govt. and Resolution Copper constitutes a massive land grab by a Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton subsidiary, reportedly orchestrated by McCain and sneaked into the Defense bill. Arizona only became a state in 1902. There are people still alive who were alive then! That’s nothing historically. We wonder if McCain might buy that fancy house up by Dounreay, Scotland? You know, the one which the owner is selling because hot particles were found on the beach? Lovely house and location.
Sandside House near Dounreay
There’s even a Golf Course nearby! What say you Sen. McCain? You can leave the American Indians alone!
Reay Golf Course near Dounreay

Reuters News Feed Selection

UN, aid groups overstretched by crisis in Congo’s mining heartland Posted:Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:00:00 -0500
* Number of displaced has grown over ten-fold in three years http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/r3R1otOypvo/congodemocratic-katanga-aid-idUSL6N0TT3B220141214

Enterprise shelves massive Bakken pipeline project
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:05:46 GMT
HOUSTON/NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/CjrrkBvTxvk/story01.htm

U.S. Congress readies new sanctions on Russia
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:45:07 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers were expected on Friday to approve new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country’s high-tech oil projects, putting more U.S. pressure on President Vladimir Putin for interference in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/aSazQFYB9xA/story01.htm

PRECIOUS-Gold sees biggest weekly rise in 2 months as stocks, dollar slip Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:57:57 GMT
* Coming up: U.S. Federal Reserve meeting Dec. 16-17 (Updates prices) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/STs7cwa_aUY/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. oil drillers cut rigs, scaling back in Permian – Baker Hughes Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:57:45 GMT
Dec 12 (Reuters) – The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 29 this week, the biggest weekly drop in two years, as tumbling crude prices continued to threaten energy company revenues. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/H5ou03lTBNE/story01.htm

UPDATE 6-Air traffic control failure disrupts flights over Britain Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:54:06 GMT
* England’s main air traffic control system suffers outage http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/NQVpSS-IvOQ/story01.htm

Air strikes, clashes near two eastern Libyan oil ports
Posted:Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:33:27 GMT
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libya’s recognized government conducted air strikes on targets on Saturday near the eastern oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es-Sider to stop an advance by a rival force toward the facilities, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/m63fknsxmCc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Drax shares fall on UK change to biomass subsidies
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:27:28 -0500
LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Shares in British power producer Drax fell to their lowest in more than two years, wiping as much as 300 million pounds ($471 million) off its market value, after the government announced changes to a subsidy scheme for biomass plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wOiQV_3Bwtg/drax-group-stocks-idUSL6N0TW1MF20141212

Congress authorizes $577 billion in U.S. defense spending
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:23:31 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at $577 billion, including $64 billion for wars abroad. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/IR5F5ynRRMM/story01.htm

U.S. Congress readies new sanctions on Russia
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:50:55 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers were expected on Friday to approve new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country’s high-tech oil projects, putting more U.S. pressure on President Vladimir Putin for interference in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/w1rYZyogeCs/story01.htm

U.S. Congress approves land swap for Rio-BHP copper mine in Arizona Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:16:17 -0500
WASHINGTON/TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress has cleared the way for global miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to swap land with the government, which will allow them to build a long-delayed $6 billion copper mine in Arizona. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/b_7U0SAIIw8/rio-tinto-copper-resolution-idUSL1N0TV10520141212

UPDATE 1-Strikes hit ExxonMobil’s Port Jerome refinery in France Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:28:48 GMT
LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Workers at ExxonMobil’s 240,000 barrel per day Port Jerome refinery in France went on strike late on Thursday evening, the trade union said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4f3GalWij8I/story01.htm

Latin American countries criticized at climate talks for oil plans Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:16:34 -0500
LIMA, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Latin American countries, participating in crucial global climate talks being hosted in the region this week, came under criticism for their plans to drastically increase oil production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1kl3DncvQLg/climatechange-lima-latam-idUSL6N0TW3O420141212

BSG Resources takes legal action against UK fraud office, home secretary Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:13:04 -0500
Dec 12 (Reuters) – Mining company BSG Resources (BSGR) said it had started legal action against Britain’s Home Secretary and the UK anti-fraud agency, alleging they had helped an investigation by Guinean authorities into BSGR’s activities in the west African country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/sjJwtbVfy8s/bsgresources-case-idUSL3N0TW4QE20141212

Saturday, 13 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/what-if-collapsed-airport-terminal-2e-were-a-nuclear-power-station/
Reblog about the day protesting at Hinkley point and that they seem to have started construction there even though the new nuclear reactor is still being challenged in court. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/return-to-sender/ No one wants the nuclear waste; no one wants the reactors nearby and no one wants the mining near them, so why are they still building nuclear reactors? Here are the contractors for the Flamanville reactor which has been under construction for 7 years and will take 10 to finish. The UK’s largest wind farm took 4 years to complete.
Flamanville contractors

Friday, 12 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/killing-radioactive-birds-at-sellafield-a-birds-eye-view/
Related video: http://youtu.be/VlVmoOeCjmY

Protesting nuclear waste and new nuclear reactors in the UK: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/today-at-hinkley-return-to-sender-nuclear-waste-barrels/

Cumbria Wildlife “Trust” ignoring impacts of radiation on the Irish Sea and wildlife: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/cumbria-wildlife-trust-dodges-the-issue-of-nuclear-developments/

Reuters News Feed

GE, Hitachi reactor design advances towards approval in Britain Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:36:47 -0500
LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – GE and Hitachi have cleared the next regulatory hurdle towards permission for the use of their joint nuclear reactor design in Britain after the government awarded it a so-called regulatory justification. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/FtVBR0lCqFE/ge-hitachi-britain-idUSL6N0TW19L20141212

UPDATE 1-UK water regulator cuts suppliers’ returns, lowers bills Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:31:03 -0500
LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s water regulator has cut the return it will allow the country’s water suppliers to make over the coming five years and forced them to reduce prices for consumers until 2020. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/SfpYaRYo8kQ/britain-water-utilities-idUSL6N0TW0OC20141212

South Stream cancellation means anxious wait for pipemakers
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:09:39 -0500
* Putin dropped South Stream in favour of a route to Turkey http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/JzYfvxGuwjo/southstream-pipes-idUSL6N0TN1X820141212

South Africa to announce 1,000 MW of renewable energy contracts Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:50:07 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12 (Reuters) – South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power into the country’s constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/tkBP4SxpzuU/safrica-energy-idUSL6N0TW1TC20141212

Eastern Europe counts cost of a pipeline’s demise
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:27:43 -0500
* Serbia sold oil and gas monopoly on promise of South Stream http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/WjQ28yvyZyA/southstream-europe-cost-idUSL6N0TU2RR20141212

Thursday, 11 December 2014

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/shuar-indigenous-leaders-call-for-halting-mineral-extraction-after-murder-of-mine-opponent-china-state-owned-ecuacorrientes-must-go/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/ecuadorian-indigenous-leader-killed-days-before-planned-protest-at-cop20-how-many-more-environmental-defenders-will-die-before-the-world-takes-notice/

The Russian Gov has owned a major diamond mining company since the Cold War! Good chance that plenty of American women who married at the peak of the Cold War have Russian engagement rings from this hole! How ironic and tragic! Their diamond rings were supporting Cold War Russian militarism (and often paid for by US militarism), in a marketing scam. Other countries seem to prefer other stones or none. Don’t buy diamonds! No diamonds or diamond mining is needed. Industrial diamonds can be synthetically made and are largely used in mining and in metal cutting anyway.
Russia Diamond Mine
Besides destroying the earth and supporting nasty people like De Beers, the Russian government and others, diamonds are a bad investment for resale from what we’ve read. Don’t buy metallic jewelry or stones either! If you must buy, buy old, used (sterilize earrings), but better to leave it for others. People have been killed for gold mining in the past and continue to die, as seen in today’s post. The American Indian Trail of Tears and Wounded Knee I had to do with gold mining. Wounded Knee II with uranium. During the California gold rush they killed Indians systematically. The above mine is on land belonging to a people much more closely related to American Indians than to Putin.
ALROSA (Russian: АЛРОСА)– is the Russian group of diamond mining companies, which has the leading role in the world diamond mining by volume… In 1963, the first sales contracts between the USSR and De Beers group were signed. In 2009 this cooperation was brought to an end as contrary to European Union competition laws…” Ownership (Nov. 2013): Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for Management of State Property 43.9%; the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), 25%, 8 municipal districts (uluses) 8% http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALROSA

Greater Sage Grouse, Photo by Pacific SW Region USFWS, Sacramento.
Greater Sage Grouse, Pacific SW USFWS Sacramento

Greater Sage Grouse Endangered by Uranium Mining, not just petroleum!

Reuters News Feed Selection

U.S. spending bill blocks potential protections for sage-grouse Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:07:10 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – In a victory for oil and gas industry advocates, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the U.S. government most of next year would block the Obama administration from protecting several species of birds found in western states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NFVUP72-Pno/story01.htm

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest
Posted:Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:03:00 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state’s public schools. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/R0VMk_QelbE/story01.htm

Few oligarchs can beat Russia’s weakening economy
Posted:Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Russia’s oligarchs are no strangers to misfortune, asset grabs, forced investments and financial crises. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/S8ax9RPp_eg/story01.htm

Hong Kong begins clearing main pro-democracy protest camp
Posted:Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:41:16 GMT
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities started to clear the main pro-democracy protest site near the heart of the financial center on Thursday, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations that have choked parts of the Chinese-controlled city. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/oCpfEtodlBA/story01.htm

Australia could boost Ukrainian energy security with coal, uranium Posted:Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:46:06 GMT
SYDNEY, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Australia could export coal and uranium to Ukraine to help ease Kiev’s over reliance on Russian energy exports, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5akeiBQW2DY/australia-ukraine-energy-idUSL3N0TV03K20141211

INTERVIEW-Algeria plans oil and gas bidding round by Q3 2015 -Sonatrach Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:46:15 -0500
LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Algeria will open a new round of bidding for investment in its oil and gas fields by the third quarter of 2015 and may improve the terms for companies, the head of state energy company Sonatrach said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/eQ9hem-m6fg/algeria-oil-bidding-idUSL6N0TU3R520141210

UPDATE 1-Tens of thousands protest against Irish water charges
Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:24:40 -0500
* Large crowds bussed into Dublin for third day of protest http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/7y862jVigTs/ireland-politics-idUSL6N0TU3EZ20141210

UPDATE 2-E.ON’s Brazil utility Eneva files for bankruptcy protection Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:42:55 -0500
* Eneva says creditor protection plan to help preserve cash http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/L40KokbDxs4/eneva-brazil-bankruptcy-idUSL1N0TU0BK20141210

UPDATE 3-Saudi Oil Minister Naimi: “Why should we cut production?” Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:42:27 GMT
LIMA, Peru, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi on Wednesday shrugged off suggestions that the world’s biggest crude exporter might cut production to reverse the deepest price slump in years, saying the kingdom’s output had remained steady through last month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GGgoWxviHHU/story01.htm

Putin, Modi seek to revive jaded Russia-India relationship
Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:30:00 GMT
NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin visits India on Thursday in an attempt to revive a historic friendship that has faded over the years, seeking to improve cooperation in energy, defence and nuclear power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KxWdTltVmxg/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Brazil dictatorship probe urges prosecuting military, companies Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:21:25 GMT
BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – A “truth commission” investigating abuses during Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship called for the prosecution of former military officers and some private companies for their role in human rights atrocities, in a long-awaited report on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/UwreuhcVW3Y/story01.htm

UPDATE 10-Oil crashes 5 pct, nears $60 on weak U.S. demand, Saudi inaction Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:19:18 GMT
* Saudi Arabia sticks to guns, sees no need to curb output http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MsfhMeGA1ek/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. regulators to probe financial institutions’ cyber defenses Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:58:51 GMT
(Adds details from second hearing on cybersecurity, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rgBUjXEbcOk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. OK’s more commercial drone use as Congress probes risks Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:31:16 GMT
(Adds approval details and perspective from congressional drone hearing) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-FK5OyOfel0/story01.htm

INTERVIEW-Algeria plans oil and gas bidding round by Q3 2015 -Sonatrach Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:46:15 GMT
LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Algeria will open a new round of bidding for investment in its oil and gas fields by the third quarter of 2015 and may improve the terms for companies, the head of state energy company Sonatrach said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0IWikRNRcBY/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Russia’s Alrosa to sell more diamonds direct to India Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:03:50 -0500
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Russia’s state-controlled diamond monopoly Alrosa will sign a dozen deals with Indian buyers on Thursday to increase direct deliveries to Asia’s third-largest economy, as financial capital Mumbai aspires to expand as a trading hub. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/h3b3gxf0DK4/india-russia-diamonds-idUSL3N0TU3FZ20141210

UPDATE 1-Glencore oil chief sees good chance of further crude price drop Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:45:53 -0500
(Adds detail on Glencore activities, further comments at investor day briefing) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/o_1-iqPqyNg/glencore-mining-oil-idUSL6N0TU2L120141210

Glencore says focus on shareholder returns, not costly expansion Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:57:15 -0500
Dec 10 (Reuters) – Glencore promised on Wednesday to focus on returning cash to shareholders rather than spending it on a disruptive expansion of output that could weigh on prices of the commodities it mines and trades. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Cz2o6c2z2qA/glencore-mining-returns-idUSL3N0TU3BM20141210

Congo’s fractious opposition struggles to mobilise against Kabila Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:55:35 -0500
* MLC party weakened after senior figures join government http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9zZRZaNmn6I/congodemocratic-politics-idUSL6N0TL42S20141210

Sika says controlling shareholder seeks to oust board members
Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:41:11 -0500
ZURICH, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The family selling a controlling stake in Swiss construction chemicals firm Sika wants to depose board members who are fighting the $2.8 billion sale to French building materials company Saint-Gobain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yEK7RGT2LLA/sika-ma-cie-saint-gobain-idUSL6N0TU0YT20141210

Hochschild Mining cuts executive pay further
Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:27:12 -0500
Dec 10 (Reuters) – Hochschild Mining Plc said Chairman Eduardo Hochschild would become non-executive chairman from Jan. 1, and that it was further slashing executive pay as part of ongoing cost cuts to steady itself against falling silver and gold prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5gRgDM6CoGA/hochschild-min-costs-idUSL3N0TU2EA20141210

Soap maker PZ Cussons profit falls on Nigeria woes
Posted:Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:23:22 -0500
Dec 10 (Reuters) – British soap and shampoo maker PZ Cussons Plc said its first-half operating profit fell 4 percent, hurt by tough trading conditions in Nigeria and a devaluation of the currency Naira. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/e9IeM8ywwEQ/pz-cussons-results-idUSL3N0TU2BS20141210

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/killer-says-swiss-nuclear-reactors-are-safe-including-the-oldest-operating-one-in-the-world/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/special-dangers-of-pressurized-water-reactors-us-nrc-on-embrittlement-thermal-shock-stress-corrosion/

We will have to update Reuters News Feeds later.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/switzerland-a-nuclear-exit-only-in-name-authorities-assure-can-limit-cancer-to-1-in-100-if-earthquake-at-nuclear-power-stations/

Monday, 8 December 2014

Reblog because the US NRC has STILL not corrected this even though they visited the post on Oct. 8th! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/the-dangerous-us-nrc-typo-making-low-level-radioactive-waste-more-radioactive-than-allowed-at-wipp-2/
New blog post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/uranium-spilled-all-over-inside-at-isl-mine-exposed-workers-nrc-short-of-time-to-check-outside-greater-sage-grouse-habitat-at-risk/

Mission (Article) 45 of the Spanish Constitution Greenpeace
Article 45 of the 1978 Spanish Constitution:
Article 45
1. Everyone has the right to enjoy an environment suitable for personal development, as well as the duty to preserve it. 2. The public authorities shall safeguard rational use of all natural resources with a view to protecting and improving the quality of life and preserving and restoring the environment, by relying on essential collective solidarity. 3. Criminal or, where applicable, administrative sanctions, as well as the obligation to make good the damage, shall be imposed, under the terms established by the law, against those who violate the provisions contained in the previous clause.

Very worthwhile reading the first news title, especially the very end!

The Paris Mayor needs to support BIODIESEL from food and ag waste.

Reuters News Feed Selection

The legal mastermind behind New York’s record bank fines
Posted:Mon, 08 Dec 2014 01:00:00 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Billions of dollars have flowed to New York state coffers thanks to headline-grabbing settlements with global banks announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Benjamin Lawsky,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/B73JTsTw8nY/usa-banks-alter-idUSL2N0TO1YC20141208

U.S. judge tosses whistleblower lawsuit in latest split over protection Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:19:29 -0500
Dec 5 (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a whistleblower lawsuit by a former official of a unit of advertising company WPP Plc who claimed he was fired in retaliation for reporting accounting… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/_yMApUBCdWM/wpp-whistleblower-idUSL2N0TP1XW20141205

New Mexico slaps federal energy agency with $54 million in fines Posted:Sun, 07 Dec 2014 03:30:22 GMT
(Reuters) – New Mexico regulators on Saturday hit the U.S. government with more than $54 million in fines for violations at a nuclear waste facility where a fire broke out and radiation was released in two mishaps earlier this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CeRqxnF3ZTo/story01.htm

E.ON open to talks over nuclear-decommissioning fund -Spiegel
Posted:Sun, 07 Dec 2014 11:22:47 GMT
FRANKFURT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – German utility E.ON is open to talks with the government about forming a public foundation to fund the decommissioning of the country’s nuclear plants, its chief executive told a German magazine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2A9xj2TrTiw/story01.htm

Paris mayor wants to ban diesel cars by 2020 to fight pollution Posted:Sun, 07 Dec 2014 12:38:18 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The mayor of Paris called for diesel cars to be banned from the French capital by 2020 and said pedestrian-only neighborhoods should be created in the city center as part of a plan to fight pollution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/106FVyerAaM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Iron ore miner Northland Resources files for bankruptcy Posted:Mon, 08 Dec 2014 03:28:44 -0500
OSLO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Iron ore miner Northland Resources SE has filed for bankruptcy with more than $650 million in debt following a failed attempt to refinance the business, the Oslo-listed… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/bankruptcyNews/~3/ynp-CwrerZo/northland-res-bankruptcy-idUSL6N0TS0UF20141208

Ukraine allows state firm to import power from Russia
Posted:Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:44:38 GMT
KIEV, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government has allowed state energy company Ukrinterenergo to import electricity from Russia to cover current power shortages caused by a lack of coal, the Ukrainian energy ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4sCAQ5duMhk/story01.htm

BHP Billiton names spin-off company South32
Posted:Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:30:00 GMT
MELBOURNE, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A planned spin-off of businesses by global miner BHP Billiton will be called South32 when it seeks multiple stock listings next year, BHP said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GRPAvqA2Zmw/story01.htm

Chinese tests find quarter of drinking water ‘substandard’: Shanghai Daily Posted:Mon, 08 Dec 2014 04:15:50 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Hn59K5dmqmg/story01.htm

Magnitude 5.8 quake off coast shakes Guatemala, El Salvador
Posted:Sun, 07 Dec 2014 21:56:56 GMT
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A strong tremor shook buildings in parts of El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damages from authorities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BrJstcNKi9Q/story01.htm

Credit Suisse evaluates prime brokerage business as part of October cuts -source Posted:Sun, 07 Dec 2014 17:00:57 -0500
Dec 7 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse AG is considering scaling down its prime brokerage business as part of already announced efforts to reduce risk in its investment banking division, a person familiar… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/LCwbRyPACvw/creditsuisse-divestiture-idUSL3N0TR0AQ20141207

Russia’s Putin discusses energy cooperation with Serbian, Hungarian leaders Posted:Sun, 07 Dec 2014 10:35:38 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed energy cooperation with the leaders of Serbia and Hungary, the Kremlin said in a statement on Sunday, days after Moscow decided to scrap the South Stream pipeline project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/n-8yDe2avKw/story01.htm

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Remember to visit the Stop Moorside Nuclear Reactors Advent Calendar. New Paintings and information daily until Christmas: https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/december-6th-just-a-lapwing/ http://wildar4.wix.com/arrest-monbiot#!

#Cofrentes17: Less than one month before the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster started, activists from Greenpeace Spain painted Peligro Nuclear on the cooling tower of the Cofrentes Nuclear Reactor, currently they are on trial.
Feature story – February 17, 2011″
‘NUCLEAR DANGER’ is the message Greenpeace Spain took to the country’s Cofrentes nuclear energy plant on February 15, 2011 as activists scaled one of the plant’s cooling towers.
If the imbedded video doesn’t work, go here: http://youtu.be/DtLx62ujEQs

Greenpeace Japan shows their support by putting a 17 on their hands – #Cofrentes17
Greenpeace Japan solidarity with Cofrentes 17 http://www.greenpeace.org/espana/es/Blog/5-pasos-sencillos-para-apoyar-a-los-cofrentes/blog/51516/

See more on yesterday’s update and new posts from yesterday.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/seventeen-nuclear-headaches-and-more/

Iberdrola owns Scottish Power, which is trying to frack the UK. Iberdrola currently has Greenpeace activists in court over painting “Nuclear is Dangerous” on an Iberdrola nuclear cooling tower one month before Fukushima.
Iberdrola operates the following five nuclear plants individually or jointly with other companies:
Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant (1983/1984)
Trillo Nuclear Power Plant (1988)
Cofrentes Nuclear Power Plant (1984)
Vandellòs II (1988)
Ascó II (1986)

Iberdrola (Spanish pronunciation: [iβerˈðɾola]) is a Spanish public multinational electric utility company based in Bilbao, Basque Country. Iberdrola has a workforce of around 31,330 employees in dozens of countries on four continents serving around 31,67 million customers. Subsidiaries include Scottish Power (Scotland), Iberdrola USA (United States) and Elektro (Brazil), amongst others. The largest shareholder of the company was, in 2013, Qatar Investment Holding; other significant shareholders are ACS, Kutxabank and Bankia.[2]

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Finland approves Russian-supplied nuclear plant
Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:04:46 -0500
* Russia’s Rosatom to arrange financing, supply reactor, fuel http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RKpefIddRkw/nuclear-finland-russia-idUSL6N0TN2VW20141205

Scottish Power, Egdon give go-ahead to UK shale gas project
Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:46:23 GMT
LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Scottish Power, owned by Spain’s Iberdrola, and Egdon Resources have decided to move ahead with a joint project to explore and develop shale gas in Britain, after seismic data showed the potential for reserves. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nUHZ8I3UQp4/story01.htm

CNPC party members support decision to disgrace Zhou
Posted:Sat, 06 Dec 2014 10:47:10 GMT
SHANGHAI, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The leaders of China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s biggest oil and gas producer and one-time power base for politician Zhou Yongkang, on Saturday backed a decision to arrest him for corruption. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mlPRI7sV6_Y/story01.htm

Russia’s Gazprom receives prepayment from Ukraine for gas supplies Posted:Sat, 06 Dec 2014 08:35:41 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said on Saturday it had received a prepayment of $378.22 million from Ukraine for natural gas supplies, paving the way for the first shipments to Kiev since Moscow cut supplies in June. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gGZue_Yk4-k/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-London Metal Exchange trims fee increase after complaints Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:44:08 -0500
* To extend discount on ring trades to other deals (Adds comments from LME spokeswoman, details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/S6O3dHSJ4c0/lme-fees-idUSL6N0TP1JG20141205

UPDATE 2-Low iron ore price turning up heat on Australian miners Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:55:05 -0500
* Job cutting becoming widespread in bid to shed costs (Recasts to include other miners, short selling, shares, quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8NXoZNOf0xs/mt-gibson-iron-koolan-closure-idUSL3N0TO5NJ20141205

India iron ore imports hit record 6.8 mln T as prices fall
Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:25:25 -0500
SINGAPORE, Dec 5 (Reuters) – India’s iron ore imports rose to a record 6.76 million tonnes in the first seven months of its fiscal year as sliding global prices and limited supply at home pushed steel producers to buy the raw material overseas, industry data showed on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TelwQ5WBYGM/india-ironore-imports-idUSL3N0TP17Q20141205

UPDATE 1-Lower oil prices start to pinch Oklahoma state revenues Posted:Sat, 06 Dec 2014 02:09:40 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s energy-related revenues are feeling the squeeze from lower oil prices and if the price remains low, it could hit income and sales tax revenues if energy workers have less money to spend, the state’s treasurer said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0aKerq4pvdM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine, feeling winter chill, pays $378 mln for Russian gas Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:37:11 GMT
KIEV, Dec 5 (Reuters) – With freezing temperatures gripping Kiev, Ukraine’s state energy firm Naftogaz said on Friday it had transferred $378 million to Russia’s Gazprom to buy Russian gas for December, paving the way for the first shipments since Moscow cut supplies in June. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FYSReNw1z6M/story01.htm

Turkish PM calls for deal with Greek Cypriots over energy deposits Posted:Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:16:13 GMT
ATHENS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Friday for an agreement over exploiting hydrocarbon deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, an issue that caused the breakdown of peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in October http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/j7sY17-1_Uc/story01.htm

Friday, 5 December 2014

New Posts: Is it just a weird coincidence that Areva was doing training at the Nuclear Power Station in the Ukraine 3 days before and maybe even during the incident? https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/areva-maintenance-training-at-ukraine-nuclear-power-station-incident-within-3-days/
French government owned EDF trying to skirt Nuclear Safety in the UK: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/heyshams-graphite-core-clapped-out-no-probs-just-change-the-rules/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Exclusive: Euro zone mulls extending Greek bailout by six months, Athens refuses Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:23:26 GMT
ATHENS (Reuters) – Euro zone ministers are considering extending Greece’s bailout by six months to mid-2015, according to a document obtained by Reuters, but Athens said it was only willing to consider an extension of a few weeks to the unpopular program. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/iymUVCjcPUM/story01.htm

UBS to set up new group asset and liability unit
Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:16:40 GMT
ZURICH (Reuters) – UBS said on Thursday it will set up a separate group asset and liability unit to help it manage risk in the bank’s new structure, which ensures it can be broken up more easily in case of a renewed crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/CIWKsAYkL2M/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Japan’s Mitsui to buy stake in Vale Mozambique coal project -sources Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:27:13 -0500
LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co is set to buy a stake in Vale’s Moatize coal project in Mozambique, according to two sources close to the situation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LHpKw8qpwxM/vale-sa-mitsui-co-coal-idUSL2N0TO2IX20141204

Church of England files shareholder resolutions at BP and Shell on climate change Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:12:18 GMT
Dec 4 (Reuters) – The Church of England said it was in the process of filing shareholder resolutions on climate change at BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VhjCVVcBTxA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Saipem notified that main South Stream activities are suspended Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:18:20 GMT
MILAN, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Italian oil services group Saipem has been notified of the suspension of “marine spread activities”, which include pipe-laying operations, as part of the South Stream project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PsEtwW3NfrE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Enbridge shares surge on restructuring, dividend hike
Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:40:13 GMT
VANCOUVER, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Shares of Enbridge Inc surged more than 12 percent to a record high on Thursday, a day after the company outlined plans to transfer ownership of its Canadian pipelines to an affiliate and boost its dividend by 33 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Be0z2-upmbs/story01.htm

Canada’s Harper confident of budget balance despite cheap oil
Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:49:01 GMT
OTTAWA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The sharp decline in oil prices should not prevent Canada’s Conservative government from balancing its budget next fiscal year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NyUzrPoIrjs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-More air strikes near Tripoli in struggle between Libya’s rival groups Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:09:51 GMT
* Eastern government launches new air strike on western Libya http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wtRZKJl7ktU/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Draghi says will not allow dissenters to block possible ECB action Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:39:06 GMT
* ECB chief: will consider QE money-printing in early 2015 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PQI2JXRc3Fg/story01.htm

Bulgaria says it is suffering from EU sanctions on Russia
Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:20:08 GMT
* Bulgarian leader hopes sanctions have “played their role” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QNbIH-vxmB4/story01.htm

More than $150 bln of oil projects face the axe in 2015
Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:12:07 GMT
* A fifth of projects at risk with oil at $80/barrel- Rystad http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pV4bfO4vIno/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto not looking at acquisitions to raise defences against Glencore Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:31:20 GMT
* Open to offers for some assets at right price (Adds Rio strategy context, iron ore market) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Gdmfca3B2XA/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-EU’s Juncker says South Stream pipeline can still be built Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:30:13 GMT
BRUSSELS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the $40 billion South Stream natural gas pipeline can still go ahead and accused Russia of holding EU-member Bulgaria to ransom when it said it had abandoned the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/H7HyjwqSV3U/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Naira stays under pressure as Nigeria slashes benchmark oil price forecast Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:45:08 GMT
* Naira trading lower after last week’s devaluation (Adds details, analyst quote, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wBZL75jNMes/story01.htm

Britain promises oil industry tax cuts to rein in costs
Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:23:14 GMT
LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The British government promised its oil and gas industry on Thursday that it would cut tax rates in the sector to help dampen spiralling costs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5qwoQ6FlIfo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-El Nino chances rise to 65 percent for N. Hemisphere winter Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:36:19 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday projected a 65 percent chance of El Nino conditions during the Northern Hemisphere winter and into spring, up from a 58 percent chance predicted early in November. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/K_jZkFkJhZY/story01.htm

U.S. SEC’s Stein says Bank of America waiver policy is ‘breakthrough’ Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:02:18 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A top U.S. regulator praised the structure of a regulatory waiver granted last month to Bank of America Corp, saying the tougher conditions imposed on the bank may help… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/z3mQ__Z12Gc/sec-bank-of-america-stein-idUSL2N0TO1GD20141204

Russian arms dealer’s accused associate gets 5 years in U.S. prison Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:13:21 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A U.S.-Syrian citizen was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for conspiring with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to buy aircraft in violation of sanctions… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/yuVHmFHk7UM/usa-russia-arms-idUSL2N0TO1DT20141204

Thursday, 4 December 2014

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/belgium-royal-palace-protected-from-drones-nuclear-reactors-not-protected-it-seems/

Reuters News Feed Selection

INSIGHT-While diplomats fret, Burkina backs military to drive reform agenda Posted:Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Dec 4 (Reuters) – When Colonel Isaac Zida swapped his military fatigues for a blue suit to chair his first cabinet meeting as prime minister of Burkina Faso, his intended audience may have been the West and its African allies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/70ECzDsOUz4/burkina-politics-idUSL6N0TN2FP20141204

Ukraine energy minister says ‘no threat’ from accident at nuclear plant Posted:Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:36:12 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – An accident at a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya in southeastern Ukraine poses no danger to health or the environment, energy authorities said on Wednesday, an assessment later corroborated by the French nuclear institute IRSN. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/lovQGkZyeoQ/story01.htm

Greenland parties in coalition talks, mining in focus
Posted:Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:55:31 -0500
COPENHAGEN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Greenland’s two main parties, who disagree on mining regulations that could impact foreign investment, are in coalition talks following an election last week, one of them said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IPwsgtEJyXM/idUSL6N0TN44420141203

Rio Tinto diamond bet adds sparkle to junior miners’ prospects
Posted:Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:37:25 -0500
TORONTO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto Plc’s re-commitment to diamonds with a $350 million Canadian mine expansion has highlighted the prospects for a handful of smaller players boasting one of the sector’s rarest commodities – new mines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lTke7YyUK18/mining-diamonds-idUSL2N0TI0XD20141203

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New posts:
1) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/union-carbide-making-a-radioactive-mess-in-the-usa-1943-1984-41-years-before-the-bhopal-diaster/ 2) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/price-anderson-nuclear-bailout-insurance-scam/

There is a new scheme, which will make the US liable in the event of Japanese nuclear accidents and vice versa: “Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage” which may or may not have been approved by Japan. If approved it makes the US liable for accidents in Japan at 99 cents per Japan 42 cents, as well as Japan liable for US accidents at 42 cents per US 99 cents, and both liable for accidents in Morocco (where Rosatom is building a reactor), Argentina, and Romania. The pay in is based on how much (installed) nuclear power you have. After a certain amount of damages it kicks in, similarly to Price Anderson, it seems. It sounded like Moniz wants to make it retroactive. It lets all makers off the hook and leaves only the operator and taxpayers in signing countries liable.

1) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/dont-wait-for-the-titanic-to-set-sail-stop-moorside/ 2) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/december-3rd-just-a-hedgehog/

See how the Cradle of Western Civilization, Greece, treats its people: 3) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/protest-in-skouries-halkidiki-greece-a-just-struggle-will-not-be-stifled-by-riot-police-chemicals/

African Minerals Mining Company in Sierra Leone, in extreme debt, who will clean this mess up in a rainforest?
What is the sulfur yellow from?
African Minerals Mine near rainforest reserve
Based on their maps, this is the African Minerals mine. It is near a rainforest reserve and online documents indicate that they put a railroad through the rainforest reserve to transport the ore. The mine itself appears to have been built in non-reserve rainforest, but still rainforest.
Farangbaia Forest Reserve is a forest reserve with a rainforest ecosystem in Sierra Leone. The Reserve covers an area of 1,260 hectares, is located approximately 10 km to the south-east of the town of Bumbuna and forms part of the catchment area for the Seli River. Since the outbreak of Sierra Leone civil war in 1991 much of the reserve has become farmland and bush forest and there a number sawmills operating there.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farangbaia_Forest_Reserve

As for South Stream being “dead”, it appears re-routed. Some news says that German Wintershall (BASF), EDF and ENI will maintain their partnership with Gazprom for the Black Sea portion, which has already started, anyway. They just won’t build the European part.


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UPDATE 2-African Minerals starts shutdown of core Sierra Leone business as funds dry up Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:53:09 -0500
* Has $790 mln gross debt vs $52 mln market capitalisation http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wp6TCr7zd2k/africanminerals-leone-idUSL6N0TL27320141201

Burkina Faso arrests two Europeans over illegal gold exports
Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:47:12 -0500
OUAGADOUGOU, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso has arrested two Europeans for trying to smuggle 77 kilograms of gold worth millions of dollars out of the country, the country’s new mines ministry said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GlZdsL_1XgE/burkina-gold-idUSL6N0TM4MQ20141202

Bhopal demands justice 30 years after deadliest industrial disaster: TRFN Posted:Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:37:07 GMT
BHOPAL, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of people marched through the central Indian city of Bhopal late Tuesday, waving flaming torches to commemorate the thousands who perished in the world’s deadliest industrial disaster and demanding justice for survivors who continue to suffer three decades on. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/vrJkEK4at4s/story01.htm

Peru says deforestation on the rise, up 80 pct from 2001
Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:14:43 -0500
LIMA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 square miles) last year – an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/F2nE0xwAJo8/climatechange-lima-deforestation-idUSL2N0TN02R20141203

Germany targeting coal plants to reach 2020 climate goals
Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:01:00 -0500
BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet will on Wednesday agree plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tonnes by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired plants, to help Europe’s biggest economy meet ambitious targets to fight climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rzIf-DFvjxo/germany-climatechange-idUSL6N0TM2W720141202

Port Hedland iron ore shipments to China fall in Nov
Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:16:46 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Australian shipments of iron ore to China from Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the world’s seaborne trade, fell 8.5 percent in November from a near-record high in October, port data showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OKaOhmYMnT8/australia-iron-porthedland-idUSL3N0TM5ED20141202

Bearish Chinese bets fuel iron ore rout as China’s pricing clout grows Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:00:01 -0500
SINGAPORE, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A halving in the price of iron ore this year has been fuelled in part by Chinese speculators who built up huge short positions on the one-year-old futures contract on the Dalian exchange, in the process giving China the pricing power it has long craved. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hlt4TCsAmZ4/ironore-dalian-idUSL3N0TF1G820141202

UPDATE 1-Kyrgyz leader calls for deal with Centerra Gold by year-end Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:49:48 -0500
BISHKEK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has said his country must resolve its long-running dispute with Centerra Gold this month, because otherwise it may face the prospect of nationalizing the Canadian company’s gold mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/7Hyvjk2QFOo/kyrgyzstan-centerragold-idUSL6N0TM4G320141202

RPT-UPDATE 2-Brazil’s Vale says mulling spinoff of base metals unit stake Posted:Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:44:18 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Vale SA said on Thursday it is considering the sale of a minority stake in its base metals unit in an initial public offering, as it looks to raise funds for key projects in the midst of sliding commodity prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3y9RKsH9vf4/vale-ipo-basemetals-confirmation-idUSL2N0TM1YG20141202

UPDATE 2-Chemical maker Huntsman to cut about 900 jobs
Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:58:49 -0500
Dec 1 (Reuters) – Huntsman Corp said it would cut about 900 jobs and that it was exploring options to reduce capacity at its titanium dioxide, or white pigment business, under a broader restructuring program. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_biaIwG1XaQ/huntsman-jobcuts-idUSL3N0TL4AT20141201

UPDATE 2-ICC appeal judges uphold conviction of Congolese warlord Lubanga Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:30:15 -0500
* Court has completed just three cases in its first 11 years (Adds details, possible early release) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mjtkTDHwRYg/warcrimes-lubanga-idUSL6N0TL3N020141201

Desperate for cement and bulldozers, Gazans face winter in ruins Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:21:11 -0500
* Current rate of delivery is a quarter of what’s required http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pvW8r7vZQIA/mideast-gaza-construction-idUSL6N0TI1NP20141201

War in Ukraine’s industrial east slashes Metinvest revenue
Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:29:12 -0500
KIEV, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s largest metals and mining group Metinvest reported on Monday a 14 percent fall in nine-month revenue to$8.5 billion, after it warned it faced severe losses due to months of fighting in the country’s industrial heartland. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bqkO8IUdclg/ukraine-crisis-metinvest-idUSL6N0TL3FU20141201

Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey
Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:38:43 GMT
ANKARA (Reuters) – Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/Clsl4GDwq3c/story01.htm

Cyber ring stole secrets for gaming U.S. stock market: FireEye
Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:24:24 GMT
BOSTON (Reuters) – Security researchers say they have uncovered a cyber espionage ring focused on stealing corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market, in an operation that has compromised sensitive data about dozens of publicly held companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/VVQr-X3D6f0/story01.htm

Russia announces war games; UK worried by ‘extremely aggressive’ probing of air space Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 20:13:16 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused NATO on Monday of destabilizing northern Europe and the Baltics by carrying out drills there and announced new military exercises of its own, increasing tension over the Ukraine crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/GxSSyEcbMoE/story01.htm

Iran to turn uranium into reactor fuel under extended deal: source Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:29:24 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran will convert more of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel under an extended nuclear deal with world powers, making the material less suitable for building atomic bombs, a diplomatic source and a U.S. think-tank said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/2bfjFE6M8-w/story01.htm

Swiss immigration vote flop brings relief but no resolution
Posted:Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:10:04 GMT
ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss government avoided a new headache on Sunday when voters rejected a popular initiative to impose radical immigration curbs, but the result is unlikely to lend it any leverage in talks with the European Union related to migration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/fL8v98iXGE0/story01.htm

Note in the above: “In 2012, Switzerland received the highest migration flow relative to its total population in the OECD, which is made up of 34 Western countries… the government must address public concerns about immigration among a population that voted for EU migrant quotas in February“. There is also the issue of terrain – it is a mountainous country.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/uk-nuclear-and-military-contractors-involvement-in-dreamliner-battery-fire-the-role-of-thales/

New “Stop Moorside Advent Calendar, The Land is Ours” at http://wildar4.wix.com/arrest-monbiot

Trident II USG photo of UK sub
Trident demo biggest in decade
No arrests as 1,400 hold peaceful anti-Trident protest
1st December 2014 by Robert Armour
More than 1,400 protesters swamped Faslane naval base at the weekend calling for Trident to be scrapped.
” Read more at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/environment-and-development/news/trident-demo-biggest-in-decade

A rainbow from Machu Picchu to Düsseldorf
Blogpost by Sven Teske – 1 December, 2014 at 19:53
Peru! What comes to mind when you think of Peru? Right! The mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which attract and inspire so many people from around the world, and still have scientists puzzling over their origin.
Last night, Greenpeace paid tribute to the old Inca culture, also sometimes referred to as the enlightened ones. They believed in the positive energy of the sun, and so do we.
Act for the Climate! Go Solar!
“Act for the Climate! Go Solar” was the message we projected onto Huayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks the ancient city. Why here and why now?
Today, the twentieth UN climate conference (COP20) begins in the Peruvian capital, Lima.
This is the last major round of negotiations before a new climate treaty is expected to be agreed in Paris in a year’s time – a treaty that could pave the way to a global energy transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy.
What’s giving this conference and the energy transition an added boost is that the costs of wind and solar energy have fallen considerably over the past few years. In many countries renewable power plants are now cheaper and produce energy at a lower cost that fossil power plants. Nuclear energy is losing its allure as it proves to be expensive, dangerous and unsustainable.
” See the (copyrighted) picture and more here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/a-rainbow-from-machu-picchu-to-dsseldorf/blog/51542/

Reuters News Feeds will update later.

Monday, 1 December 2014

LAST CHANCE-URGENT, Last chance today to object to the US government subsidizing the nuclear industry as clean energy. It is dirty from start to finish and besides producing dangerous radionuclides during the entire fuel cycle, it uses diesel for the mining and transport of the uranium and also uses energy during enrichment and for cooling or reprocessing used fuel. Additionally, there are dangerous radionuclides legally and sometime illegally emitted the entire time, and there is no solution offered other than diluting them or burying the waste and hoping it will be the problem of someone else. Note that they could store the waste properly but are clearly unwilling to spend the money.

The US EPA comment period deadline is regarding a final, or close to final, rule and there have been over a million comments, so this is probably more like a vote.

It is important to put this docket ID number on your comment: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602; and to ask them to remove nuclear power support from Clean Power Plan.

Until Monday you can comment directly at the US Regulations web site (comment can be anonymous) here (Dec. 1, 11.59 ET deadline ): http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-0001

See more info at reblog here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/epas-proposed-carbon-rules-provide-subsidies-to-uneconomic-aging-dangerous-nuclear-reactors/

You can get ideas of what to write from the NIRS here: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18179
(They wanted people to sign on by yesterday).

Article on ISL Uranium Mining here: http://www.earthworksaction.org/files/publications/FS_Uranium-InSitu.pdf
They forgot to mention that the radioactive waste water is either injected into the earth or sprayed on the ground.

Canadian Uranium Miner Cameco’s In Situ Leach Uranium mine near Crow Butte Nebraska
Crow Butte ISL Nebraska
Note there are 3 evaporation ponds in the above image.

Zoom of 2 of the evaporation ponds:
Cameco Crow Butte Evaporation Pond

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Fire takes another Belgian nuclear reactor offline
Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:50:54 GMT
BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Electrabel temporarily closed a nuclear reactor on Sunday after an electrical fire, Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator said, leaving only three of the Belgian firm’s seven nuclear plants in action. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QPR6HuP7gTI/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-German utility E.ON to split in two in major overhaul
Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:32:48 GMT
* To spin off power generation, energy trading, upstream business http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vP_aiTYcnxE/story01.htm

Canadian Natural Resources pipeline leaks 60,000 litres of crude – Alberta regulator Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:21:56 -0500
TORONTO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A Canadian Natural Resources pipeline has leaked about 60,000 litres of crude oil in northern Alberta after a “mechanical failure”, the Alberta Energy Regulator said on… http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/governmentfilingsNews

EU insurance watchdog to unveil stress test results
Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0500
FRANKFURT, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Europe’s top insurance regulator EIOPA will announce details on Monday of its latest check on how prepared the insurance sector is to withstand shocks like the recent… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/oiBLqefxoPc/europe-insurance-stress-idUSL6N0TJ0DA20141130

REFILE-UPDATE 3-Swiss voters reject gold, immigration proposals, salvaging EU ties Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:40:48 -0500
ZURICH, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals on Sunday to boost gold reserves and impose strict new curbs on immigration, averting a potential nightmare for policymakers struggling with a popular backlash against the country’s open borders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QEmp_KEwF54/swiss-vote-idUSL6N0TK0BG20141130

Italy stalls on Enel stake sale, may buy Ilva
Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:07:20 -0500
ROME, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Italy suggested on Sunday it was unlikely to sell a stake in state utility firm Enel by the end of the year as planned, citing poor market conditions, but instead hinted it could step in to buy troubled steel maker Ilva. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/M3hlLPMPT6U/italy-privatisation-idUSL6N0TK0CC20141130

UPDATE 1-Greenland’s ruling party to seek coalition after narrow election win Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:31:19 -0500
* Country has some of world’s largest mineral deposits (Adds analyst comment, background on mining) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1fkCTA73SKU/greenland-election-idUSL6N0TJ02C20141129

Ruling Siumut party retains slim majority in Greenland election Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:57:41 -0500
COPENHAGEN, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Greenland’s ruling Siumut Party retained a slim majority in a snap election called after an expenses scandal, according to results issued early on Saturday, but its new leader Kim Kielsen will need to build a coalition to form a government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HELtw_rUBfQ/greenland-election-idUSL2N0TJ0AQ20141129

UPDATE 1-Namibia’s ruling party seen winning Africa’s first electronic vote Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:57:38 -0500
* Voters to use machines with buttons to endorse candidate http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iYUi3VPNVZU/namibia-election-idUSL6N0TI3R420141128

UPDATE 1-Swedish Match in talks with private equity firms to sell STG Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:40:53 -0500
(Adds first round bid deadline, background, updates share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/91TxlJb5J8g/swedish-match-ma-stg-idUSL6N0TI3Z820141128

UPDATE 2-India eases gold import rule in surprise move
Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:12:06 -0500
MUMBAI, Nov 28 (Reuters) – India has scrapped a rule mandating traders to export 20 percent of all gold imported into the country, in a surprise move that could cut smuggling and raise legal shipments into the world’s second-biggest consumer of the metal after China. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/u73QxBZEXPY/india-gold-imports-idUSL3N0TI3ZE20141128

Germany’s Merck aims to grow, not sell $1 bln consumer health arm Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:13:36 -0500
* Merck KGaA committed to growing over-the-counter division http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_MER5ARnvE4/merck-consumers-idUSL6N0TI29Z20141128

Namibia’s ruling party seen winning Africa’s first electronic vote Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:55:11 -0500
* Voters to use machines with buttons to endorse candidate http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yVnnxia14ek/namibia-election-idUSL6N0TI05N20141128

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Hochschild Mining cuts output target at two Peruvian mines Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:51:28 -0500
(In seventh paragraph, corrects to say that 2015 output target is above, not below, production forecast for 2014) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cDzivzg2xGA/hochschild-min-outlook-idUSL3N0TI2XT20141128

FEATURE-Bhopal’s toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 -0500
(This story accompanies a Wider Image package of photographs) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5zw4NkLvlTo/india-bhopal-widerimage-idUSL3N0TI1O720141128

About 400 killed in past six weeks of fighting in Libya’s Benghazi -medics Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:53:31 GMT
BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 29 (Reuters) – About 400 people have been killed in six weeks of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya’s second-largest city Benghazi, medical staff said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gYdinO1OyPc/story01.htm

Tanzania’s parliament votes to dismiss ministers after graft report Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:09:46 GMT
DAR ES SALAAM, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Tanzania’s parliament voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general, the energy minister and several other members of cabinet, after a report on corruption in the energy sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/miIlMu12ixs/story01.htm

Russia calls for end to sanctions as EU targets Ukraine separatists Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:10:33 GMT
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Russia urged the European Union on Saturday to lift sanctions against Moscow and promised to waive its food embargo, but a top EU official rejected such a move as the bloc imposed fresh measures on Ukrainian rebels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Q37UajGJADQ/story01.htm

Russian minister says Moscow to follow OPEC decision not to cut oil output – TASS Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:43:21 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) – OPEC’s decision to abstain from cuts in oil production has forced Russia not to proceed with its own cuts, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Saturday, TASS news agency reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HmEe182oEPw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Greenland’s ruling party to seek coalition after narrow election win Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:31:19 GMT
* Country has some of world’s largest mineral deposits (Adds analyst comment, background on mining) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RoD7o-SNwIk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia urges EU to lift sanctions, promises to waive counter-measures – Interfax Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:15:08 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov urged the European Union to lift sanctions against Moscow over the Ukrainian conflict and promised to waive its counter-measures, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ycFqeXrub44/story01.htm

Two killed in riots over services, jobs in Algeria
Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:21:05 GMT
ALGIERS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Two demonstrators were killed when clashes broke out late on Friday between riot police and residents demanding better living conditions in southern Algeria, residents and a hospital said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wDq14gL96Vc/story01.htm

Ruling Siumut party retains slim majority in Greenland election Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 07:57:41 GMT
COPENHAGEN, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Greenland’s ruling Siumut Party retained a slim majority in a snap election called after an expenses scandal, according to results issued early on Saturday, but its new leader Kim Kielsen will need to build a coalition to form a government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sPOMte3WGh8/story01.htm

Venezuela’s Maduro plans gov’t pay cuts due to oil price slide
Posted:Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:00:42 GMT
CARACAS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he and other government officials should take salary cuts as part of budget reductions in response to the lower price of oil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/i44-D7w_P8I/story01.htm

INVESTMENT FOCUS-Scandal and squeeze on fees sharpens funds’ focus on forex Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:44:01 -0500
* Currency-rigging probe brings extra scrutiny to FX market http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/MRUXslZzTrA/investment-funds-forex-idUSL6N0SW2PT20141128

UPDATE 1-Alberta premier says budget surplus forecasts will be reduced Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:37:55 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 28 (Reuters) – At current crude prices, Alberta will have a “tight, balanced budget” for the 2014/15 fiscal year, Premier Jim Prentice said on Friday as he scaled back oil price forecasts and signalled cuts in government spending for Canada’s richest province. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/R0YN9cA9UUQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Egypt pays back $2.5 bln deposit to Qatar – central bank official Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:56:33 GMT
CAIRO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Egypt has paid back $2.5 billion that Qatar deposited with it to help prop up the Egyptian central bank’s hard currency reserves, a central bank official said on Friday night, as the Qatari foreign minister arrived in Cairo for Arab League talks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oS6KwxDa26I/story01.htm

Plunging oil prompts massive options action in energy ETF
Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:03:18 GMT
NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Activity in the options on the Energy Select Sector SPDR Exchange-Traded Fund exploded on Friday as traders who had bet on a drop in the ETF scrambled to book hefty profits a day after OPEC decided not to cut oil output. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/N3LT0inOeI4/story01.htm

Tanker operators set for margin boost as oil price retreats
Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:37:46 GMT
Nov 28 (Reuters) – Tanker operators are expecting bigger profit margins as low oil prices slash the cost of fuel and encourage traders to ship more crude around the world. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zhzYU_Q899Y/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Facing lower oil prices, companies to borrow to protect dividend Posted:Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:32:08 GMT
* Investments to fall as revenues drop with low oil prices (Adds KPMG quote)
Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/QAzNvdI29n4/story01.htm
Russia link and Le Pen dynasty mark French National Front congress Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:26:15 GMT
LYON, France (Reuters) – France’s far-right National Front re-elected its leader Marine Le Pen with a 100 percent mandate on Sunday at a party congress marked by closer ties to Russia and the rise of a new generation of the Le Pen dynasty. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/PCgSUfQSnh4/story01.htm

Germany says 300 jihadists facing trial, anti-terrorism laws working Posted:Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:38:15 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Nearly 300 people are facing prosecution in Germany for supporting Islamic State (IS), German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said, adding that it was a sign that anti-terrorism laws were working and tougher legislation was not needed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7AhuO2J9cUE/story01.htm