This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/the-ongoing-saga-42-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/the-ongoing-saga-44-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
Last update on top. First at bottom. This post ran from 18 Dec. 2014 – 2 January 2015

Friday 2 January 2014 Update

There are two things which desperately need comment at the US NRC within less than 24 hours. Deadline is 11.59 pm (23.59) ET (Washington DC) January 2. They are being sneaked through during the holiday season. This and the fact that the NRC doesn’t even know who the licenses are being transferred to (i.e. it is incorrect in the Federal Register) is reason to demand an extension. As explained below, this may have financial consequences for the US, Japan and even Romania and Argentina! It may have large radiological impacts throughout the central and eastern US, Canada, and even Europe. One or two sentences is fine. Make it your own words. They need to at least know they are being watched.
1) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/nuclear-reactor-licenses-us-nrc-cant-figure-out-to-whom-they-are-being-transferred-urgent-comment-deadline/
Comment here. It can be anonymously if you want: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0258-0001 See also: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/12/03/2014-28422/river-bend-station-unit-1-and-waterford-steam-electric-station-unit-3-consideration-of-approval-of Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2014-0258 See related post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/louisiana-nuclear-reactors-owned-by-texas-limited-liability-companies-comment-now/

2) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/dangerous-maximum-extended-load-line-limit-plus-for-largest-us-nuclear-reactor-urgent-comment-demand-hearing-now/
Comments must be filed by January 2, 2015, at 11.59 pm (23.59) US Eastern Time (Washington, DC). This is January 3rd for Europe (early morning) and Asia.
However a request for a hearing can be filed until February 2, 2015.
Refer to Docket ID: NRC-2014-0250, Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0250-0001
[Comments do not have to be long. One or two sentences is good. It needs to be your own words. If they are the same as others, they don’t post them. Demanding a hearing is a good idea. We discuss only two of five nuclear power stations which require comment.]

While they state that the changes “involve no significant hazards consideration,“: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0250-0001 NRC and other documents indicate otherwise. For instance: “implementation of MELLLA+ could lead to operation closer to system stability boundaries” (US NRC, 2014). http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1404/ML14041A136.pdf

Americans and Japanese should be especially alarmed now that they are jointly responsible for any accident in either country. Because it is based on installed capacity the US and Japan will pay the most. However, Romania will also pay. And, presumably Argentina based on experimental nuclear capacity. And, eventually Morocco and the UAE once they have nuclear reactors up and running. So, not only can US NRC screw-ups impact the world with fallout, but impacts it economically as well and that’s excluding the impact that destruction of US food supplies or migration waves could have. The same is now true for Japan. The Convention just ratified by the Japanese gov and comes soon into force is the “Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage”. Americans and Japanese need to see who is going to pay into this American-Japanese liability pool. While one US document claims that the US taxpayer will not pay, they almost certainly will have to, especially if there are accidents in more than one country, causing fund depletion. Americans and Japanese are also now liable for accidents in several other countries. According to the treaty it must be paid. It doesn’t appear to specify how. Additionally the deciding court is in the place where the accident occurred. “obligation on all Contracting Parties to the Convention to make available public finds according to the formula specified in Article IV.
http://state. gov/md5951.htm The formula is based on nuclear capacity. This means that the US pays approximately one dollar for every 50 cents that Japan pays (It’s something like 99 cents and 42 cents in reality). However, US liability is capped at one third of the cost of a foreign accident. The purpose of this convention is to let nuclear service providers off the hook for liability except to the extent that they may be retroactively forced to pay into the group insurance fund. This means that everyone can dump their defective fuel on the US, Japan, Romania, Morocco, Argentina, and the UAE, and do experiments with computer programs with almost no fear – they cannot be sued. They can continue to make a killing both figuratively and literally. In the event of an accident Japan and the US pay by whatever means, as will Romania and others.

Romanian reactors for which the US and Japan are now liable:
Romanian CANDU Nuclear Reactors
Unit 1, a CANDU 6-type, was finished in 1996 and produces 705.6 MW of electricity.

It was commissioned and began operating at full power in 1996 and has had record capacity factors of 90 per cent since 2005.

Unit 2
A consortium of AECL and Ansaldo Nucleare of Italy, along with the Nuclearelectrica (SNN) SA, Romania’s nuclear public utility, was contracted in 2003 to manage the construction of the partially completed Unit 2 power plant and to commission it into service.

Four years later, Unit 2, another CANDU 6-reactor, achieved criticality on 6 May 2007[1] and was connected to the national grid on 7 August. It began operating at full capacity on 12 September 2007,[2] also producing 706MW.

Unit 2 was officially commissioned on Friday, October 5, 2007 during ceremonies attended by Romanian Prime Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu and senior officials from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).[3] This makes CNE-Cernavoda Station the third largest power producer in the country.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cernavodă_Nuclear_Power_Plant

Friday, 2 January 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/louisiana-nuclear-reactors-owned-by-texas-limited-liability-companies-comment-now/

Thursday, 1 January 2014

US NRC trying to sneak more things through during the Holiday Season:
New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/dangerous-maximum-extended-load-line-limit-plus-for-largest-us-nuclear-reactor-urgent-comment-demand-hearing-now/ Comment Deadline Jan. 2 (can be anonymous); request for hearing deadline is Feb. 2. The request for comment is regarding 5 nuclear power stations and we discuss two. They are Grand Gulf in Mississippi, Peach Bottom in Pennsylvania, Vogtle in Georgia, Farley in Alabama and one in Texas.

GE-Hitachi, Entergy and the US NRC need to understand that this finger near the largest US Nuclear reactor is NOT meant to point to a radioactive plume, as they appear to think! The largest US Nuclear Reactor, Grand Gulf, is located along the Mississippi River near Port Gibson, Mississippi, famous for its church steeple, rather than for its nuclear reactor.
"First Presbyterian Church, circa 1859, Gold hand atop the steeple pointing heavenward, Port Gibson, Mississippi, USA", photo by Gsmith, CC-BY-SA-3.0
First Presbyterian Church, circa 1859, Gold hand atop the steeple pointing heavenward, Port Gibson, Mississippi, USA”, photo by Gsmith, CC-BY-SA-3.0 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Port_Gibson_steeple2.JPG

Wednesday, 31 December 2014, update at 1.50 UTC

While we are by no means done with the issue of the US NRC and Entergy and the Jan. 2nd comment deadline, we needed to publish these:
New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/thatcher-report-on-leak-at-windscale-policy-towards-sellafield-cancer-in-west-cumbria-declassified/
Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/lakelands-nuclear-crime-scene-a-new-years-eve-vigil/

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/nuclear-reactor-licenses-us-nrc-cant-figure-out-to-whom-they-are-being-transferred-urgent-comment-deadline/

The cost of gold and then uranium in the Black Hills of South Dakota:
Wounded Knee dead
December 29, 1890: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre

As reported from the Zaporizhzhya Power Station in Ukraine:
December 28, 2014 at 05 hours 59 minutes №6 of Zaporizhzhya NPP unit is disconnected from the network effect of protection against internal damage to the generator. Reactor plant is at 40% power. Causes tripping investigated.
Currently there are 5 in the units with total capacity of 4530 MW.
The radiation background at the site and in the buffer zone (the area around the nuclear power plant radius 2.5 km) – 8-12 micro-roentgen per hour, which corresponds to the natural radiation background at the location of the Zaporizhzhya NPP. Zaporizhzhya NPP – objectives and plans of the repair campaign 2015

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Ukraine denies radioactive leak on Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant
Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:44:52 -0500
KIEV, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Ukrainian authorities denied on Tuesday a report in pro-Kremlin media that a radioactive leak had taken place at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, Europe’s largest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ui0sl5vlmGE/ukraine-crisis-nuclear-idUSL6N0UE2RC20141230

UPDATE 1-Zambia mines minister says mining royalty hike will remain Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:50:17 GMT
LUSAKA, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Zambia will hike royalty rates on open pit and underground mining beginning on Thursday, the country’s mines minister said on Tuesday, despite industry concerns of shaft closures and up to 12,000 in job losses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/nCprKjILosM/story01.htm

Obama move on U.S. oil exports paves way for Canadian crude, too Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:57:51 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 30 (Reuters) – As the Obama administration issued landmark guidelines expected to open the door for selling more domestic shale oil abroad, it also likely smoothed the way for more Canadian crude to be shipped through U.S. ports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/YX2hNhzmzr0/story01.htm

U.S. says Noble Energy deal should move forward, boosts energy security Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:26:02 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The United States supports moving forward with offshore natural gas deals in the Mediterranean involving the U.S. company Noble Energy, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Xvp0lHjrEdQ/natgas-israel-usa-idUSL1N0UE0ZW20141230

EXCLUSIVE-Oil price crash claims first U.S. LNG project casualty Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:17:37 -0500
MILAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Excelerate Energy’s Texan liquefied natural gas terminal plan has become the first victim of an oil price slump threatening the economics of U.S. LNG export projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ji7T6F4hmQE/usa-lng-excelerate-idUSL6N0UE28920141230

Low-risk “worm” removed at hacked South Korea nuclear operator
Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:16:03 -0500
* Evidence computer ‘worm’ removed in devices connected to control system http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Gjqd3XN0_ec/nuclear-southkorea-cybersecurity-idUSL3N0UE1A320141230

US envoy urges military action against Congo rebel group
Posted:Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:26:44 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. peacekeepers should take military action against a Rwandan Hutu militia if it fails to meet a Jan. 2 deadline for disarmament, the U.S. envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/a9HlagcVhn8/congodemocratic-usa-idUSL6N0UE2FD20141230

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/big-easy-nuclear-reactors-that-care-forgot/

Reuters News Feed Selection

India’s Modi says will change rules, laws for manufacturing
Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:56:57 -0500
NEW DELHI, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday his government was ready to change rules and laws to speed up manufacturing under the “Make in India” programme, despite political opposition to reforms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wQdllYbLIRU/india-modi-reform-idUSL6N0UD2CX20141229

U.S. Mint gold coin sales on track for biggest annual drop since 2006 Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:23:00 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. Mint American Eagle gold coin sales are on track to fall nearly 40 percent in 2014, the biggest drop in eight years as prices failed to appreciate, discouraging purchases. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qipnjK1B19U/usmint-gold-idUSL1N0UD0WH20141229

Proposed Sika board member withdraws over independence
Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:05:44 -0500
ZURICH, Dec 29 (Reuters) – A proposed board member of Switzerland’s Sika, set to be controversially acquired for $2.8 billion by Saint-Gobain, said on Monday he is withdrawing his candidacy after concluding he would not be independent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/81FB0tGaj_s/sika-ma-saintgobain-idUSL6N0UD21Q20141229

UPDATE 1-India clears order to ease land acquisitions in reforms push Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:42:48 -0500
NEW DELHI, Dec 29 (Reuters) – India passed an urgent executive order on Monday to ease land-acquisition rules in sectors like power, housing and defence to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects, though investments are unlikely to flow in immediately. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fWXXdEu0FWA/india-reform-idUSL3N0UD2SM20141229

UPDATE 1-China’s net gold imports from Hong Kong hit 9-month high in Nov Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:11:24 -0500
SINGAPORE, Dec 29 (Reuters) – China’s gold imports from Hong Kong in November rose to their highest level since February, indicating strong demand in the world’s top bullion consumer ahead of the Lunar New Year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uACwXuQyTp4/gold-china-imports-idUSL3N0UD2B420141229

India considers emergency orders to ease land deals, auction minerals Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 04:16:25 -0500
NEW DELHI, Dec 29 (Reuters) – India is considering passing emergency executive orders to ease land-acquistion rules and auction minerals such as iron ore to kickstart hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects, though investments are unlikely to flow in immediately. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xhHlun-pnAg/india-reform-idUSL3N0UD1MM20141229

UPDATE 1-BG to export first Australian LNG cargo to China
Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:12:37 GMT
(Recasts to focus on first export to China, adds background, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xm4HbBAOays/story01.htm

Russia’s former OPEC mediator says country could help prop up oil price Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:33:05 GMT
* Yusufov’s company looking for European refinery purchase http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/r9efCmk5g1Y/story01.htm

UPDATE 11-Oil prices fall more than $1, dropping to five-year lows Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:23:20 GMT
* Brent, U.S. crude hit lowest since May, 2009 (Adds rig count data, trading volume and background on OPEC, paragraphs 7, 11, 13) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gDkTLTbO3To/story01.htm

Petrobras deadline prompts some bondholders to push for default Posted:Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:46:57 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras could be declared in technical default on some of its foreign debt as early as Tuesday if bondholders adhere to a campaign to force it to speed up its assessment of losses in a giant corruption scandal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Uwly6q1yPWU/story01.htm

Monday, 29 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/us-nuclear-energy-follow-the-money/

The new head of the US NRC will be a lawyer with an undergraduate degree in German and History! That’s just what is needed – a lawyer with zero competence in anything about biology or chemistry or engineering to supervise the largest “fleet” of nuclear reactors on earth. Obama and the NRC just continue to out-do themselves as psychotics or psychopaths. Entergy appears to be plotting a nuclear scam for two Louisiana nuclear power stations and NRC comment period is around the 2nd of January. And, if you think that the old US Congress was bad and it was, wait until you see the new one. Then everyone will know what bad and worse means. The old Congress had a few good people in key positions who could at least try to make a difference. No more. Insanely extreme legislation will get easily through both houses. And, as horrible as Obama is, what follows will most likely be worse – although that is hard to fathom. The only protection left will be the judiciary, itself partially or even largely corrupted.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/no-radiation-filters-on-new-emergency-vents-for-us-fukushima-like-nuclear-reactors-55-years-behind-on-safety/

Psychotics and psychopaths at the US NRC don’t care what happens to Americans or America. Take the land from the American Indians; kill them and everyone else too. That’s the US NRC Modus Operandi – from mining to nuclear reactors to nuclear waste. Makes lots of sense for the psychotics and psychopaths. How long until the American people get literal or figurative pitchforks and chase the US NRC?

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 10-Oil declines amid stronger dollar, crude oversupply in U.S. Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:14:33 GMT
* Libyan output just 352,000 bpd, storage tank fire spreads http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yWVOnXPo06M/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Petrobras hit with U.S. class action suit over $98 bln in securities Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:57:26 GMT
Dec 26 (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and some of its executives were hit with a U.S. class action lawsuit by investors in $98 billion of the company’s securities over an alleged kickback and bribery scheme. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XFx9oD6XM7U/story01.htm

CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens – UN Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:27:50 GMT
(In Dec 23 story, removes reference in paragraph 5 to ambulance after official UN correction) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iq9gxIbXxPU/story01.htm

Saturday, 27 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/swedish-nuclear-hypocrisy-state-owned-vattenfall-is-still-suing-germany-for-4-7-billion-euros-for-closing-old-nuclear-reactors/

Prosecutors may not indict former Tepco executives but a citizen’s judicial panel still may. (See Reuters below).

Why won’t McDonald’s in Japan serve Japanese fries? Potatoes grow in Japan. Instead they are flying American French fries into Japan or sending them by boat from the east coast of the US, according to Reuters.

Is McDonald’s afraid that Japanese fries are radioactive?

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

Reuters News Feed Selection

Prosecutors won’t indict former Tepco execs over Fukushima disaster-media Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:39:17 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Japanese prosecutors will likely decide again not to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power Co executives over their handling of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, media reported on Friday, but a rarely used citizen’s panel could still force an indictment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/T4bZTsaAx80/japan-nuclear-prosecution-idUSL3N0UA12D20141226

McDonald’s fries back on the menu in all sizes in Japan
Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:21:13 GMT
TOKYO, Dec 26 (Reuters) – McDonald’s customers in Japan will be able to order french fries in all sizes again from next month, after the fast-food chain limited sales to small servings because of import delays. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/VALbF0_hmzg/story01.htm

South Korea extends cyberattack emergency system for nuclear plants Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:03:15 -0500
SEOUL, Dec 26 (Reuters) – South Korea’s nuclear operator and the energy ministry will keep emergency teams on stand-by to the end of this year in case of any cyberattacks on nuclear plants as threatened by a hacker. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kSqEYQM9o_w/southkorea-cybersecurity-khnp-idUSL3N0UA1XG20141226

UPDATE 1-Ukraine suspends trains to Crimea, citing security concerns Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:35:29 -0500
(Adds context on crisis, energy ministry comment on power cut-off) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/zb6yKa-NvPA/ukraine-crisis-crimea-idUSL6N0UA0LA20141226

UPDATE 1-KOGAS CEO indicted for bribery, breach of duty -prosecution official Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:40:15 -0500
* Suspected of taking more than $250,000 in bribes – prosecutors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/tK6_p24kPkU/kogas-southkorea-ceo-idUSL3N0UA15X20141226

BRIEF-Gazprombank 9-month net profit RUB 9.2 billion, down 61.6% Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:02:57 GMT
* 9-Month net profit 9.2 billion roubles ($167 million), down 61.6 pct http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/financialsNews/~3/V4PWqzTaqzw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia scales up Trust Bank bailout as crisis bites
Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:15:31 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Russian authorities significantly scaled up rescue funds for mid-sized lender Trust Bank on Friday, saying they would provide up to $2.4 billion in loans to bail out the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/z3m06W1tXH4/russia-crisis-trust-bank-idUSL6N0UA0A520141226

China challenges India’s polished diamond throne
Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:18:24 -0500
* China gets rough diamonds directly from stake in African mines http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/sMdNKF3HQ70/india-diamonds-idUSL3N0TZ3JL20141226

Japan $29 billion stimulus seeks quick boost for regional economies: draft Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:43:25 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan aims to give a quick boost to lagging regional economies and low-income households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other schemes in a $29 billion stimulus package aimed at rejuvenating a two-year reflationary effort, a draft of the plan showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/cowGK2Mm3HQ/story01.htm

Albania hikes electricity prices to help power company pay debts Posted:Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:56:27 -0500
TIRANA, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Albania’s power regulator ERE raised the price of electricity for businesses and scrapped its cheaper rate for households on Friday to help companies in the sector pay off debt to meet criteria set by international lenders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9E437WRYEHo/albania-electricity-idUSL6N0UA0Z520141226

Friday, 26 December 2014

Re-post of last year’s Christmas post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/25/radioactive-reindeer-2/

On 9 August 2004, an accident occurred in a building housing turbines for the Mihama 3 reactor. Hot water and steam leaking from a broken pipe killed five workers and resulted in six others being injured. The accident had been called Japan’s worst nuclear power accident before the crisis at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant…. In August 2011 citizens of the prefecture Shiga, at the banks of Lake Biwa, started a lawsuit at the Otsu District Court, and asked a court order to prevent the restart of seven reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Company, in the prefecture Fukui.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihama_Nuclear_Power_Plant

Japan may close five of its aging nuclear reactors: Japan Atomic Power Co’s Tsuruga reactor 1, Kansai Electric Power Co’s Mihama reactors 1 and 2, Kyushu Electric Power Co’s Genkai reactor 1 and Chugoku Electric Power Co’s Shimane reactor 1. See Reuters below.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan utilities likely to decommission five ageing reactors -Nikkei Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:25:04 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Japanese power utilities are likely to decommission five ageing reactors that would be too costly to bring in line with tougher safety standards, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday, as the country grapples with nuclear power’s post-Fukushima future. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rZneAMXcu0M/japan-nuclear-idUSL3N0U904120141225

UPDATE 1-Russian reserves fall below $400 bln, first time since 2009 Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:03:57 -0500
(Adds detail, analyst reaction) MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Russia’s gold and foreign currency reserves dropped below $400 billion for the first time since August 2009 as of Dec. 19, the central bank said on Thursday. The central bank has spent over $80 billion defending the rouble this year, as a sharp slide in oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis have driven the Russian currency sharply lower, threatening financial stability. The bank has expanded its foreign-cur http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9tV2idzOHJk/russia-reserves-idUSL6N0U90EZ20141225

UPDATE 3-Rocket hits storage tank at Libya’s biggest oil port
Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:05:45 GMT
BENGHAZI/TUNIS, Libya, Dec 25 (Reuters) – A rocket set a storage tank at the eastern Libyan oil of port Es Sider on fire as armed factions allied to competing governments fought for control of the country’s biggest export terminal, officials from both sides said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gCqOyluJ_C4/story01.htm

Thailand approves $643 mln in investment for 13 projects
Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 06:31:47 -0500
BANGKOK, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Thailand’s investment agency said on Thursday it has approved applications for 13 projects worth 21.15 billion baht ($643 million), many involving renewable energy and power plants, as the pace of investment recovers after political turmoil early in the year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uoQ4TDx7MUo/thailand-economy-investment-idUSL3N0U91WF20141225

Italy Cabinet approves first planks of Renzi’s labour reform
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:24:30 -0500
* Cabinet okays new rules to make firing easier, extend benefits http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tMFHfhM5CQI/italy-economy-reform-idUSL6N0U814X20141224

Sumitomo Mitsui says to buy Citi’s Japan retail operations
Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 06:58:42 GMT
TOKYO, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp has agreed to buy Citigroup Inc’s Japanese retail banking business and merge it with its subsidiary SMBC Trust Bank, the companies said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/owtB-9S7m6U/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Saudis to keep spending heavily in 2015 budget, shrug off oil plunge Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:14:10 GMT
* Figures suggest Saudis could cope with years of cheap oil http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/d-4nyImft-c/story01.htm

Build greener to tackle climate change, Arab cities urged
Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:26:56 GMT
CAIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cities in the Arab region should introduce stronger standards for green building and promote sustainable communities if they are to have a chance of tackling climate change, experts say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ueUxIs17Id0/story01.htm

Tanzania arrests Kenyan suspected of big-scale ivory smuggling
Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:14:30 GMT
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania has arrested a Kenyan businessman suspected of trafficking ivory and other big-game trophies, the police said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wf7RFl5G6os/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-MF Global Holdings to pay $100 mln fine in CFTC settlement Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:10:23 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday it had fined MF Global Holdings Ltd for wrongdoing during the collapse of the futures brokerage, but… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/wfPcY6jlDbY/mf-global-hldg-settlement-idUSL1N0U810120141224

China says hopes Japan stays on ‘path of peace’ with new minister Posted:Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:06:07 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China hopes that Japan continues down the “path of peace”, the defense ministry said on Thursday, in Beijing’s first direct reaction to the appointment of a new Japanese defense minister who has a desire for a stronger pre-emptive strike capability. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/upWLvBmYeq4/story01.htm

Pope, on Christmas Eve, urges world to be open to God
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:38:54 GMT
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis ushered the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/_88Wy3Ic-Jg/story01.htm

At least 21 injured in protest against Nicaragua canal: police
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:55:28 GMT
MANAGUA (Reuters) – At least 21 people were injured on Wednesday in clashes between police and protesters opposed to the construction of Nicaragua’s planned $50 billion shipping canal, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/24YhGh9PW_o/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (Dec 24)
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:47:01 -0500
BRUSSELS, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/XI3kNlCcneE/eu-mergers-idUSL6N0U33L620141224

Thursday 25 December 2014

New Post with 6 minute video which demonstrates how thermal shock could make embrittled nuclear reactors shatter:
Fairewinds 18 Dec. 2014 Neutron embrittlement broken glass https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/embrittled-nuclear-reactors-could-shatter-like-glass-video-demo/

Chinese run copper mine in Myamar, Myanmar Winbao, is part of China North Industries Group Corp:
The China North Industries Corporation (simplified Chinese: 北方工业; traditional Chinese: 北方工業; pinyin: Běifāng Gōngyè; literally: “North Industries”), officially Norinco, is a Chinese company that manufactures vehicles (trucks, cars and motorcycles), machinery, optical-electronic products, oil field equipment, chemicals, light industrial products, explosives and blast materials, civil and military firearms and ammunition, etc. Norinco is also involved in domestic civil construction projects.

Norinco is also known outside of China for its high-tech defense products. Norinco produces precision strike systems, amphibious assault weapons and equipment, long-range suppression weapon systems, anti-aircraft & anti-missile systems, information & night vision products, high-effect destruction systems,[1] fuel air bombs, anti-riot equipment and small arms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norinco

The recent Mississippi tornado outbreak raises again the question of if the Mississippi governor was just dim-witted when he proposed Mississippi as a site for nuclear waste, or what the French did which made him come back from France singing and dancing the nuclear tune? See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/mississippi-public-service-commission-opposes-nuclear-dump-in-mississippi-2/
French Tonic Wine Poster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Chéret

Governor Bryant just so has that Bill Clinton expression on his face of “I did not sleep with that woman” doesn’t he?
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, USDA Photo by Lance Cheung
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, USDA Photo by Lance Cheung
See also: http://cottonmouthblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/sam-hall-at-clarion-ledger-blasts.html

Reuters News Feed Selection

China expresses concern after protests at Myanmar mine
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 03:32:56 -0500
BEIJING, Dec 24 (Reuters) – China expressed concern on Wednesday about a protest against a Chinese-run copper mine in Myanmar in which a person was killed and some were wounded saying China urged its companies abroad to act responsibly and protect the environment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NZoX9wzc8WU/china-myanmar-idUSL3N0U82DR20141224

Tornadoes kill four people, cause major damage in Mississippi
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:36:57 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) – Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the U.S. Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many and causing extensive damage, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qgFNd_UFdvA/story01.htm

Glencore wins Bangladesh wheat tender at $270/T
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:57:45 -0500
DHAKA, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Glencore International has secured a tender to supply 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh after submitting the lowest offer of $270 a tonne, officials at the state grains buyer said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lNXSN-qj18Q/wheat-bangladesh-idUSL3N0U633Z20141224

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Gazprom sees gas production at all-time low
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:39:57 GMT
* Gas exports to the EU, Turkey, to decline 9 pct in 2014 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/opmyP8biuJ8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine warns of more power cuts if mild weather fades Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:46:43 GMT
(Releads on PM blackout quotes, adds energy minister comment on coal imports) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ASQirEWDyVE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Oil spills into Black Sea near Russian port after pipeline leak Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:43:31 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 24 (Reuters) – A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused a spill in the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse on Wednesday where officials said stormy weather was hampering efforts to assess and respond to the mishap. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/v3Cg-Jofrzk/story01.htm

Ukraine temporarily cuts off power supplies to Crimea
Posted:Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:43:34 GMT
KIEV, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine temporarily cut off power supplies to Crimea on Wednesday after the Russian-controlled peninsula failed to curb consumption as required due to a power crisis, the Ukrainian energy ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vXVSuLKqM8A/story01.htm

Mitsubishi Heavy says considering splitting off shipbuilding business Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:54:53 GMT
TOKYO, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said on Wednesday it was considering a range of options for its shipbuilding business, including splitting it off into a separate company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ijyl2sCnLeY/story01.htm

Ukraine’s Naftogaz says has transferred $1.65 bln tranche of Gazprom debt Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:48:21 GMT
KIEV, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Ukrainian state energy firm Naftogaz said on Tuesday it had transferred $1.65 billion to Russia’s Gazprom – the second tranche of a debt repayment agreed under a deal that saw Moscow resume gas supplies to Ukraine earlier this month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Xm7zzoKcuEc/story01.htm

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/alstom-pleads-guilty-to-bribery-charges-mr-geneva-mr-paris-and-london-at-work/

Yesterday’s post was renamed to better reflect its content: “San Onofre Nuclear Spent Fuel Risks: Earthquakes and Flimsy Containment Endanger the Continental US” The link is the same: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/urgent-need-for-nrc-san-onofre-comments-deadline-11-59-et-washington-dc/

Henri Proglio was ousted from French State Owned EDF and replaced by Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of partly State owned Thales. Now Proglio goes to Thales as Chair. It’s a small incestuous little world. Henri Proglio may be more dangerous at Thales, since Thales does so much security related work, including nuclear reactors and weapons. He has enjoyed a reputation in France for hiring family members, spouses, etc. of politicians. The head of the UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change’s brother, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s brother, both worked, or work, for EDF – the first as a lawyer, the second directly for EDF. EDF owns all but one nuclear power station in the UK. Thales has security related contracts for the UK’s nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons-subs.

In October 2009, Exelon had full or majority ownership of 17 nuclear reactors in 10 nuclear power plants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exelon

Corporations whose greenhouse gas emissions rose by more than 10% from 2010 to 2013 were led by Glencore (metals and mining); Surgutneftegas of Russia and Exelon. See Reuters below.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Top firms’ greenhouse gas emissions rise, despite call for cuts Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:07:35 -0500
OSLO, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/30BaRfApahU/climatechange-companies-idUSL6N0U622A20141222

Thales appoints Proglio as chairman, Caine as CEO
Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:35:11 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French defense electronics group Thales appointed former EDF chief Henri Proglio as chairman on Tuesday and its second-in-command as CEO with shareholders the French state and Dassault Aviation setting aside differences over influence on the board. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/xX2rMJ42akw/story01.htm

S.Korea’s nuclear operator says investigating new post by hacker Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:36:31 -0500
SEOUL, Dec 23 (Reuters) – South Korea’s nuclear power plant operator said on Tuesday it was investigating a new threat posted on a Twitter account that a fresh batch of data had been stolen from the agency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/wPF55Kn5tI0/southkorea-cybersecurity-threat-idUSL3N0U71XS20141223

UPDATE 1-S.Korea’s Park says leak of nuclear plant data a “grave situation” Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:06:18 -0500
SEOUL, Dec 23 (Reuters) – A recent series of leaks of data from South Korea’s nuclear operator was a “grave situation” that was unacceptable as a matter of national security, President Park Geun-hye said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/SDlVgHLQ9gI/southkorea-cybersecurity-park-idUSL3N0U71FE20141223

UPDATE 1-S.Korea official says cannot rule out North’s hand in hack of nuclear operator Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:36:07 -0500
* Only some data lost, operations not at risk, company says http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Gw-ZrEc8_dk/southkorea-cybersecurity-usa-idUSL3N0U700F20141223

South Korea prosecutors seek US help in probe of nuclear cyber attack Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:00:02 -0500
SEOUL, Dec 23 (Reuters) – South Korean prosecutors have requested the United States to help in their investigation of a cyber attack against the country’s nuclear power plant operator, an official at the joint investigation department said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/EM8OPR7pLCo/southkorea-cybersecurity-usa-idUSL3N0U64V020141223

Israel threatens to revoke Leviathan gas development deal
Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:25:05 -0500
JERUSALEM, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Israel’s antitrust authority said Monday it may revoke an arrangement permitting an Israeli and a U.S. company to develop Israel’s largest natural gas field by branding them a cartel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/CLtB_VT-C6A/natgas-israel-leviathan-idUSL6N0U63C120141222

UPDATE 2-Goldman sells Metro metals warehouse unit to Reuben Bros Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:35:52 -0500
Dec 22 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc has sold its controversial metals warehousing business to Swiss private equity group Reuben Brothers, the Wall Street bank said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BolZFhvNiQ8/goldman-metro-idUSL1N0U61FW20141222

UPDATE 1-S.Korea appeals to WTO over U.S. duties on steel pipe imports Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:44:42 -0500
SEOUL, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The South Korean government said on Monday it has lodged an appeal with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against a U.S. move to slap anti-dumping duties on imports of steel pipes from the Asian nation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/J2owmUlkrBk/steel-trade-idUSL3N0U63ZQ20141222

Russia says U.S. scrapping steel trade deal raises WTO issues
Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:39:06 -0500
LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Russia has complained that a U.S. move to scrap a 15-year-old deal sheltering Russian flat-rolled steel producers from high import duties is inconsistent with World Trade Organization rules. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1y29MCiQaf4/usa-trade-steel-russia-idUSL1N0U613W20141222

Nicaragua canal developer HKND plans IPO -CEO
Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:11:56 -0500
MANAGUA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – The Hong Kong-based company with a concession to build a $50 billion shipping canal in Nicaragua said on Tuesday it is preparing to launch an initial public offering. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/JfqsZs3d56c/nicaragua-canal-idUSL1N0U719820141223

EU launches anti-dumping probe into Indian cast iron tubing
Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:03:26 -0500
BRUSSELS, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The European Commission has begun investigating a complaint that India has been flooding the EU market with cast iron tubes and pipes at below market cost, following a complaint by French building materials supplier Saint-Gobain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-4Xi8s9YRnI/eu-india-steel-idUSL6N0U628020141222

UK data office says NGO has journalist exemption, rejects Steinmetz claim Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:15:48 -0500
* BSGR in legal battles with Vale, Rio, Guinea and others http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QwBtu2AGkWY/dataprotection-steinmetz-idUSL6N0U61HE20141222

Planned Australian LNG projects threatened by energy price crash Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:13:44 -0500
* Planned LNG projects hurt by near-50 pct fall in Asia LNG prices http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/k85Xg5vL2Ko/australia-lng-idUSL3N0U02Q420141222

China drafts new law to fight air pollution: Xinhua
Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:46:21 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China plans tougher pollution limits and heavier penalties in a revision of its air pollution law, state-run news agency Xinhua said, as the government battles to reduce smog that takes hundreds of thousands of lives each year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/B9wLGe3phfE/story01.htm

Vantage Energy fined nearly $1 million for environmental violations Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:05:31 GMT
(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on Monday said it imposed a $999,900 fine on U.S. oil and natural gas company Vantage Energy Inc, one of the largest given to a driller by DEP this year, for several environmental regulations violations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1ewTM8B9HnY/story01.htm

Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish Posted:Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:07:55 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/k2JTmXtAMzw/story01.htm

10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the “last mile”
Posted:Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:31:45 GMT
BANGKOK (Reuters) – In April 2012, Indonesia’s Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_DYkYJeDW7o/story01.htm

Ukrainian parliament angers Moscow by scrapping ‘non-aligned’ status Posted:Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:29:19 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday renounced Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status with the aim of eventually joining NATO, angering Moscow which views the Western alliance’s eastward expansion as a threat to its own security http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/LvqpTUJvWnU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Japan’s Honshu island – USGS Posted:Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:19:22 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/pcxd3lZJ4pc/earthquake-japan-idUSL6N0U405320141220

California quake warning system delayed by lack of funding
Posted:Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:36:10 GMT
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A system to provide early warnings of earthquakes such as the one which shook California’s wine country this week is planned and ready to go, but two years after the scientific work finished, the funding is still being lined up. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qgpT4pwBe_Q/story01.htm

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report
Posted:Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:00 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TLhMFGxqX3w/story01.htm

Turning point for coal? Japanese trading firms snap up coal assets Posted:Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:00:05 -0500
* Trading houses take advantage of depressed coal markets http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ksubnS6aMGE/japan-coal-investment-idUSL3N0TW17M20141221

INSIGHT-As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas
Posted:Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:00:00 -0500
* Region’s transformation could hold lessons for euro zone http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gCBYZCC4rRM/eu-investment-rustbelt-idUSL6N0U21X020141221

CNOOC’s Nexen shuts Yemen facilities due to security threat
Posted:Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:06:23 GMT
Dec 21 (Reuters) – CNOOC Ltd’s Nexen unit is shutting operations at an oil field and processing facility in Yemen due to a security threat, a Nexen spokeswoman said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GwW3mmVoaDs/story01.htm

Iran nuclear diplomat gets key post as head of foreign oil deals Posted:Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:02:21 GMT
DUBAI, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Iran has appointed a backstage strategist in nuclear talks with world powers as chief of foreign petroleum contracts, the oil ministry said, a job that will hinge largely on any settlement of its atomic dispute with the West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OoVG-4omduA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Putin says Russia won’t be intimidated over Crimea
Posted:Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:58:26 GMT
* Putin urges secret services to tackle “modern challenges” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b5GFGypQF-E/story01.htm

Monday, 22 December 2014

Urgent need to comment to the US NRC regarding waste storage at San Onofre which may endanger most of the US and probably part of Mexico and Canada, and possibly Europe and/or Russia. It also puts the Pacific further in jeopardy. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/urgent-need-for-nrc-san-onofre-comments-deadline-11-59-et-washington-dc/ Deadline is today Washington DC time – 5.59 am London and 6.59 am Central Europe. Because of this we probably will have no time to update Reuters until tomorrow.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/japan-another-ring-of-fire-warning-at-m5-9-near-fukushima/
There was, not surprisingly, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake, on December 20th, offshore, roughly 42 km (27 miles) from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site.

Remember the Ring of Fire! And we don’t mean the Johnny Cash Song!: http://youtu.be/FhE6Izmkpx4 We mean the Pacific Ring of Fire where most earthquakes occur!
"This dynamic earth: the story of plate tectonics" 1996, Kious, W. Jacquelyne; Tilling, Robert I., USGS Unnumbered Series General Interest PublicationThe ‘Ring of Fire’, also called the Circum-Pacific belt, is the zone of earthquakes surrounding the Pacific Ocean- about 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur there. ” 1996, Kious, W. Jacquelyne; Tilling, Robert I., USGS Unnumbered Series General Interest Publication) http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/7000097

Saturday, 20 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/a-medieval-response-to-environmental-pollution-in-northern-italy/

Swedish Nuclear Hypocrisy:
Sweden wants to double the amount that nuclear companies pay for nuclear waste in Sweden, but Vattenfall nuclear is 100% Swedish State owned! So, this is then targeting German E.ON. and a Finnish company. Vattenfall left old rusty drums of nuclear waste in the basement in Germany! Meanwhile Sweden still asks for billions (in euros or $) in damages for what they call early closing of Vattenfall reactors, whereas the reactors appear to have been closed due to safety issues and Sweden itself is exiting nuclear. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krümmel_Nuclear_Power_Plant
Put the text in google translate to see the incidents. The English text seems incomplete and inaccurate: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernkraftwerk_Brunsbüttel#2008.E2.80.932011
Read more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/swedish-government-nuclear-shakedown-of-germany-dumping-swedish-nuclear-waste-on-the-usa/

This is how Swedish Government owned Vattenfall stores its low and intermediate level nuclear waste in Germany . This is from one of the reactors which they appear to be suing Germany over:
Feststofflager des KKW Brunsbüttel" Erscheinungsdatum:  07.03.2012  schleswig-holstein.de
Brunsbüttel Nuclear Power Plant is owned 67% by Vattenfall and 33% by E.ON. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunsbüttel_Nuclear_Power_Plant
Around 500 barrels of low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste from the reactor operation (filter resins, evaporator concentrates) have been found stored underground at Brunsbüttel. “Atomaufsicht stoppt Umlagerungen im Feststofflager des KKW Brunsbüttel” 07.03.2012 http://www.schleswig-holstein. de/ArchivSH/ PI/MJGI/ 2012/Reaktorsicherheit /120307mjgiAKWBrunsbuettelUmlagerungen.html At least some of the barrels were corroding. LOOKS LIKE GERMANY SHOULD BE SUING SWEDEN AND E.ON. OVER THESE BARRELS AND NOT VICE VERSA!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Sweden doubles waste fee for nuclear power plant operators
Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:32:11 GMT
(Reuters) – Sweden’s government has decided to almost double a fee nuclear power plant operators pay to the nuclear waste fund, in order to help it cover the rising costs of decommissioning, the environment ministry said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3lJGkAiPAc0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Yamal LNG to get 150 bln rbls from state in Q1 – report Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:39 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A project to produce liquefied natural gas, Yamal LNG, may get state support of 150 billion roubles ($2.5 billion) from Russia’s National Wealth Fund in the first quarter, Interfax news agency cited an economy ministry official as saying on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mEVj6hnrlG4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Pimco sees global growth ramping up in 2015 – and Bernanke agrees Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:33:39 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Pacific Investment Management Co expects global growth to accelerate in 2015 to around 2.75 percent from around plus 2.5 percent this year, on expectations that supply-driven declines in oil prices were fundamentally positive, the bond giant said on Thursday in its year-end Cyclical Forum outlook report. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b6-xMDJhECw/story01.htm

BP faces heavy hit from former prized asset Rosneft
Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:08:03 GMT
* BP EPS could be cut to 5 cents due to first Rosneft loss http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ol_iB85X084/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Putin says Russia economy will be cured, offers no remedy Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:05:15 GMT
* Former ally says he should work out “exit strategy” (Adds new EU sanctions, Mogherini in paragraphs 7-9) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9SbrKM3v_Cg/story01.htm

Tripoli-based Libyan state oil firm says will remain independent Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:57:55 GMT
TRIPOLI, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Libya’s Tripoli-based state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) will remain independent, it said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to reassure foreign oil buyers it will stay out of the country’s conflict. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ysfNnJ_lbnc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Iraq wins one-year reprieve on Gulf War reparations due to crisis Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:43:36 GMT
* Iraq still owes Kuwait $4.6 billion for Gulf War oil fires (Adds U.N. statement in paras 5-6, diplomatic comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xOAOGGwA-qk/story01.htm

Peru’s waste recyclers win bottle ban battle
Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:19:21 GMT
LIMA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Just a few years ago, waste recycler Genaro Jorge Durán Contreras and his colleagues were branded “nut cases” and drug addicts, picked up by police or chased away from their foraging for recyclables. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/a59hdPe4sHE/story01.htm

Tropical deforestation threatens global food production
Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:39:47 GMT
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the U.S. Midwest, a study released on Thursday said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UCuODg8ckRY/story01.htm

Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate
Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:05:58 GMT
(Reuters) – A “green” bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/HTUjKCgOu2s/story01.htm

Lava creeps within mile of Hawaii shopping center
Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:27:26 GMT
PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – A stream of molten lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island crept to within a mile of the only grocery store and gas station in the village of Pahoa on Wednesday as it neared a highway link with the rest of the island. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/F8dNa2tS1c4/story01.htm

New York bans fracking after health report
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:23:59 GMT
ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/J6W3ZyBHuZI/story01.htm

Thailand fails to clean poisoned creek despite court order: rights group Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:11:38 GMT
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7DAJxtTD0Zw/story01.htm

Indonesia lax when illegal loggers clear forests for palm plantations Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:25:05 GMT
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A drop in world palm oil prices is not expected to slow illegal logging in Indonesia’s rainforests as companies continue to expand plantations, according to a new report. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tXf4n6kXDwM/story01.htm

Saint-Gobain CEO rules out Sika mortar business integration
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:28:25 -0500
ZURICH, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Saint-Gobain is not prepared to combine its mortar business with that of takeover target Sika, the head of the French building materials group said in a newspaper on Friday, despite a walkout threat by the Swiss company’s management. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RPHPlatG5bg/sika-ma-saintgobain-idUSL6N0U33JK20141219

UPDATE 6-China’s Fosun raises offer for Club Med
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:14:12 -0500
* Bonomi’s Global Resorts says reviewing options (Adds postponement of shareholders meeting) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_tjZNGnw6PE/clubmed-ma-fosun-intl-idUSL6N0U30Y020141219

Gold tooth lands in Missouri Salvation Army kettle
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:08:38 -0500
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec 19 (Reuters) – People have tossed gold and silver pieces into Salvation Army holiday kettles but a gold tooth found this week in Kansas City was a local first, an organization leader said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pGJsRwlSXP8/usa-missouri-goldtooth-idUSL1N0U31IA20141219

Western companies scramble to cope with Russian rouble drop
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:25:09 -0500
FRANKFURT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Western companies are curtailing investments in Russia, repatriating funds and talking with their banks about currency hedges to protect profits from the falling rouble and worsening growth outlook. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1NIk496x1Fk/european-companies-russia-idUSL6N0U14JY20141219

Russia’s richest man responds to Putin’s call to bring assets home Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:32:00 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Russia’s richest man Alisher Usmanov has transferred his holdings in mobile operator Megafon and iron ore producer Metalloinvest to Russian entities after President Vladimir Putin urged businessmen to bring their assets home. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lSPs_AqIfvE/russia-crisis-usmanov-idUSL6N0U31U820141219

UPDATE 3-BASF, Gazprom cancel gas asset swap as Russian crisis intensifies Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:25:00 -0500
* Deal cancelled due to “difficult political environment” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BQCFsUOPt2E/basf-se-gazprom-idUSL6N0U24RI20141219

COLUMN-For base metals, a year of twists, turns and surprises: Andy Home Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:23:14 -0500
(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yBD_jTCl-2E/lme-review-ahome-idUSL6N0U23Y220141219

UPDATE 2-UK households to pay $1.6 bln for backup power plants
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:18:35 -0500
(Adds context, comments from Deutsche Bank, E&Y, InterGen) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZLICzpAxITg/britain-power-auction-idUSL6N0U30PN20141219

AFRICA INVESTMENT-Can Africa turn the “curse” of big animals into an economic blessing? Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:35:38 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Dec 19 (Reuters) – For many outsiders, Africa’s big animals are among the natural wonders of the world and a major tourist draw. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/10fQmqB5qtk/africa-investment-idUSL6N0U30TO20141219

Harmful road traffic noise affects a quarter of Europeans: study Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:59:27 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Harmful levels of road traffic noise affect one in four people in Europe and raise health risks ranging from sleepless nights to heart disease, the European Environment Agency said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/SNlpfPLg5KI/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules Posted:Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:37 GMT
Dec 19 (Reuters) – In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZhhcWUEulsY/story01.htm

Japan’s Idemitsu in talks to buy Showa Shell for $4.1 bln-source Posted:Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:03:03 GMT
TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co is in talks to acquire a smaller rival, Showa Shell Sekiyu, for $4.2 billion in a deal that could create the nation’s second largest player in the domestic gasoline market, a person with knowledge of the issue said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MaIB7Hohs0I/story01.htm

Ecuador halts environment deals with Germany over rainforest visit Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:48:23 GMT
QUITO, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Ecuador halted environmental cooperation deals with Germany worth some 43 million euros to the Latin American country after German lawmakers tried to visit an Amazon rainforest recently opened for oil production, the foreign minister said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dJ2btn8Nsd8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:26:17 GMT
(Recasts; adds reactions from Canadian foreign minister, industry group) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mk8TXse2WD0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Canada slaps sanctions on Russian oil industry
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:46:14 GMT
OTTAWA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Canada announced new sanctions against Russia on Friday, including additional restrictions on the export of technology used in the oil and gas industry, saying it was important to speak truth to power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/U1vq8R_YpqE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Bouteflika’s mental ability intact, will continue in power – party chief Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:37:19 GMT
* President suffered stroke last year, rarely seen in public http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/I66YQlPxTtE/story01.htm

U.S. motorists set October driving record as pump prices tumble Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:08:53 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Motorists took to U.S. roads and highways in record numbers in October, fueling the fastest rise in miles driven since 2006, according to data released on Friday by the Federal Highway Administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/U0i__iHIGOk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Alstom to absorb U.S. bribery fine despite GE sale
Posted:Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:03:27 GMT
* Alstom shares close down 3.9 percent (Adds closing price, CEO comments about overcapacity, share award) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cJnPPCkezD8/story01.htm

U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves
Posted:Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:10:02 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jxihsPRWAcI/story01.htm
Reuters Ends

We left the article on the gold tooth because since most governments and mining companies have no respect for the living, the next stage of mining is digging up graves and taking the gold teeth. They are already disrespecting American Indian graves. It also raises the question of why the US is spending so much abroad, has the highest numbers of LEGAL immigrants in the world, and cares nothing for its own people. So, the Salvation Army and others have to beg for money for the poor in America. The Salvation Army does help in Haiti and some other places too.

Friday, 19 December 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/fort-calhoun-nuclear-reactor-tripping-out/

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Greenpeace lays out how the fight against re-opening Japanese Nuclear Reactors is only just ramping up: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/japan-nuclear-regulator-ignores-its-duty-to-protect-the-people-but-the-fights-not-over-yet/
Contrary to what the media wants us to believe, the Japanese are fighting hard against the re-opening of the nuclear reactors. They are NOT taking this danger to their nation and to the world laying down. Do anything you can think of to support them.

Mission (Article) 45 of the Spanish Constitution Greenpeace
Cofrentes 17

Greenpeace Spain anti-nuclear activists were acquitted. Their argument was based largely on Article 45 of the Spanish Constitution, hence the slogan Mission 45 in Spanish: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/cofrentes17-acquitted-of-nuclear-protest-charges/
The Nuclear Power Company has 10 days to appeal.

It really seems that the nuclear industry is trying to come up with excuses about security failures and is more generally getting desperate. In this Spanish case the security guards for the nuclear reactors alleged injuries. In Switzerland the oldest operating nuclear reactor in the world, Beznau, has alleged that Greenpeace poked holes in their outer containment, last Spring. The outer containment must be very old and flimsy then. They use suction cups and pre-existing safety hooks, etc. And rather funny considering that the neighboring newer reactor had its inner containment punctured and no one noticed for years even though the reactor emitted higher than normal radio-iodine – supposedly a reason to check, at least for some of the period in question. See: http://www.ensi.ch/fr/2014/11/06/depot-dune-plainte-en-raison-de-lendommagement-des-enceintes-de-confinement-a-beznau-et-a-leibstadt/

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Company, former officers indicted in water-fouling W. Va. spill Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:23:22 -0500
Dec 17 (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors have indicted Freedom Industries Inc and six former company officials on 13 criminal charges stemming from a January chemical spill that fouled drinking water for about 300,000 West Virginians. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0M1hu_-GO5Y/usa-environment-freedom-idUSL1N0U13F820141217

Judge refuses Vale request to dismiss Rio Tinto lawsuit in U.S. Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:52:29 -0500
New York, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss mining giant Rio Tinto’s lawsuit against rival Vale, alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and BSG Resources to steal the company’s valuable mining rights in Guinea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2khxvsvoccg/rio-tinto-vale-sa-lawsuit-idUSL1N0U11VH20141217

UPDATE 1-Dow whistleblower can pursue unlawful firing claim, US judge rules Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:36:15 -0500
Dec 17 (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co’s ex-fraud investigator can pursue claims of being unlawfully fired after disclosing alleged financial misconduct related to the company, including heavy spending by Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, a U.S. judge has ruled. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/X4UfvEhD2tA/dow-whistleblower-ceo-idUSL1N0U207R20141218

NY unlikely to face lawsuits over fracking ban, experts say
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:42:30 -0500
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec 17 (Reuters) – When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted “a ton of lawsuits” against the state. But that is unlikely as the end of a drilling boom has left the industry in no mood for a fight, industry experts and lawyers said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/uxJyLhGl6UA/energy-fracking-newyork-lawsuits-idUSL1N0U12LJ20141218

Poland and Ukraine to look at expanding gas transport links
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:06:14 -0500
WARSAW, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Polish and Ukrainian state gas pipeline operators signed an agreement on Wednesday to look into expanding their capacity to transport gas between the two countries, the Polish pipeline group Gaz-System said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/_dodIVX_A2I/poland-ukraine-gas-idUSL6N0U13W120141217

UPDATE 1-S.Korea court reviewing arrest warrant application against KOGAS CEO Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:45:05 -0500
* Court decision seen late on Thursday -prosecutors’ office http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/LgF5QFxPgog/kogas-scandal-idUSL3N0U21YZ20141218

INSIGHT-Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:00:00 -0500
Dec 18 (Reuters) – A “green” bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/PXa2RZfDXmA/bonds-green-junk-idUSL1N0TV32U20141218

Western sanctions may last for decades – Russian minister tells newspaper Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:00:24 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Western sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last “for a very long time”, possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/nxR4WR74GQo/russia-crisis-sanctions-idUSL6N0U20CW20141218

Shares in Russia’s Sistema surge 35 pct, chairman freed from house arrest Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:24:26 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Shares in Russian business conglomerate Sistema surged around 35 percent in early trading on Thursday after the company’s chairman was freed from house arrest after the market closed on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pbvkT7TBSko/story01.htm

Sea boundary talks between U.S., Mexico, Cuba to take years-Mexico Posted:Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:34:23 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Joint talks among the United States, Cuba and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be complex and stretch beyond 2018, a senior Mexican official said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OCqIuJpywHA/story01.htm

Australia’s Woodside postpones decision on Browse LNG project
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:15:50 GMT
SYDNEY, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Woodside Petroleum Ltd said on Tuesday it was postponing an investment decision on whether to proceed with development of the Browse floating liquefied natural gas project off the coast of Australia due to low oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QUIk7HjMGL8/story01.htm

In Canada’s oil sands, a boomtown starts feeling the chill
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The boomtown in the heart of Canada’s oil sands region is getting nervous. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZM9MpV9iE2Q/story01.htm

Russia’s Norilsk Nickel to raise $250 mln loan from Unicredit bank Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:03:21 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Russia’s Norilsk Nickel , the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer, plans to raise a $250-million loan from Unicredit bank, the company said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Polina Devitt, editing by Elizabeth Piper) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RzEoTAfPvQk/russia-norilsk-idUSL6N0U10GM20141217

Italy seeks to sell around 40 pct of railways group – paper
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:59:54 -0500
MILAN, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Italy hopes to sell around 40 percent of state railways company Ferrovie dello Stato next year as part of a privatisation drive to cut public debt, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan told Il Messaggero in an interview published on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/7efnP4qjezQ/italy-economy-ferrovie-idUSL6N0U10G920141217

UPDATE 5-U.S. slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:43:22 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan, in a decision that could inflame trade tensions between the two countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/sIYRk_rLi4o/usa-china-solar-idUSL1N0U02MM20141217

Tanzanian attorney general resigns over graft accusations
Posted:Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:18:17 -0500
DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Tanzania’s attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/zWk7b2k_fnI/tanzania-corruption-idUSL1N0U109120141217

UPDATE 1-British Columbia approves C$8.8 bln hydroelectric dam
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:53:37 -0500
VANCOUVER, Dec 16 (Reuters) – British Columbia will go ahead with building the Site C hydroelectric dam, Premier Christy Clark said on Tuesday, even as the controversial project’s estimated cost rose to as much as C$8.78 billion ($7.55 billion). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/M2f5TFgsbTg/canada-hydro-britishcolumbia-idUSL1N0U02JP20141216

UPDATE 3-GE sees 2015 profit pressured by “sluggish” oil business Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:44:58 -0500
* Sets target to raise margins by 50 basis points/year (Adds CEO quote, details, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ZT9ayIvhb2s/general-electric-outlook-idUSL3N0U050920141216

Ethiopia to expand energy, industry with Eurobond funds
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:56:09 -0500
ADDIS ABABA, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Ethiopia plans to expand industry, sugar factories and power production using proceeds from its oversubscribed debut Eurobond that raised $1 billion, the finance minister said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/mM4NrnLTgpY/ethiopia-economy-idUSL6N0U049W20141216

Top Democrat says regional banks key to Wall St win on derivatives Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:56:52 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – A top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday said unpopular Wall Street banks got a long-sought rollback to Dodd-Frank reforms through Congress last… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/TCzAR9iorTs/usa-congress-banks-idUSL1N0U02DW20141217

UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate passes bill temporarily renewing tax breaks Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:48 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/pZF-P7w53ow/usa-tax-extenders-idUSL1N0U102Z20141217

UPDATE 2-U.S. terrorism insurance bill killed by objections in Senate Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:22:34 -0500
WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – A bill to extend an expiring federal terrorism insurance program effectively died on Tuesday when the U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to hold a vote before… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/ZRnwYTNiAtQ/usa-congress-insurance-idUSL1N0U104N20141217

UPDATE 1-First Quantum shuts Australia nickel plant after acid spill Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:11:13 -0500
* Ravensthorpe was on track to reach full target output in 2014 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ia-7kZCbcJQ/nickel-shutdown-idUSL3N0TZ1ZQ20141215

France tries to rally mistrustful African states against Boko Haram Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:22:12 GMT
* France to help structure regional taskforce to fight militants http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kuzWK-sLYT0/story01.htm

China Nov copper output up 14.1 pct on yr
Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:56:39 -0500
SHANGHAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – China’s refined copper output rose 14.1 percent in November from a year ago to 755,492 tonnes, data from the statistics bureau showed on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/nojejhaigF8/china-output-base-metals-idUSB9N0QA02L20141216

India on alert after oil spill in Sundarbans
Posted:Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Authorities on India’s eastern coast are on alert after a tanker and another vessel collided, spilling more than 350,000 liters of furnace oil into the waters of the Sundarban tidal mangrove forests in neighboring Bangladesh. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TBt23w0Zl5Q/story01.htm

Ukraine says Chevron plans to pull out of $10 bln shale gas deal Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:01:07 GMT
KIEV, Dec 15 (Reuters) – U.S. energy major Chevron plans to withdraw from a $10 billion shale gas deal with Kiev, a senior Ukrainian presidential official said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1S7PvAN8e80/story01.htm

U.N. Sahel envoy says Libya turmoil could destabilise neighbours Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:04:12 GMT
DAKAR, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The United Nations special envoy to the Sahel region said on Monday talks to resolve a crisis in Libya had stalled and warned several countries in the region risked being destabilised unless it was resolved quickly. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FIjfQeo8Wds/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Holcim, Lafarge secure EU approval for cement merger
Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:15:21 -0500
BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – European Union antitrust regulators on Monday approved the proposed merger of France’s Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim to create the world’s biggest cement maker after they promised to sell a swathe of overlapping assets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/R3WvP_e17HM/holcim-ma-lafarge-eu-idUSL6N0TZ3MH20141215

RPT-After seven dormant years, Spain tiptoes back into house-building Posted:Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:34:46 -0500
* New activity not enough to fill gap for Spanish economy http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YqQxeM_rAxg/spain-construction-idUSL6N0TZ0NR20141215

French voters like Merkel, back German reform example: poll
Posted:Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:09:41 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – A majority of French voters view Germany’s Angela Merkel positively and want their government to emulate her reforms, according to a poll published on Sunday, revealing a sharp contrast to President Francois Hollande’s own dismal ratings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/goefIy6-tsQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-China slashes coal export tariff as mining in crisis
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:18:09 GMT
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, Dec 16 (Reuters) – China will slash export tariffs for coal from Jan. 1 and adjust those for a range of other commodities as part of broader efforts to re-order trade and foster economic growth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YamUXbNEiFU/story01.htm

Total delays Bulgaria exploration citing oil price tumble
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:37:29 GMT
SOFIA, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Drilling for oil and gas at an exploration block off Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast will be delayed by at least six months until early 2016 following the fall in global oil prices, French oil firm Total said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/31xF6Cxbo3s/story01.htm

Russia energy minister says to maintain 2014 oil output into 2015 Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:33:23 GMT
DOHA, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Russia will maintain its 2014 oil output level into 2015, and will not cut production because it would then lose market share to other countries, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WB1lTVDkPj4/story01.htm

Indian court refuses to let off Hindalco in coal block case
Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:54 GMT
MUMBAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – An Indian court asked for further investigation into an illegal coalfield allocation case involving Hindalco Industries on Tuesday, rejecting an earlier report from the federal police that said the probe was likely to be closed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AipXJPiB94k/story01.htm

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

Plunging oil prices could boost geopolitical tensions – BoE report Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:32:37 GMT
LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices could heighten geopolitical tensions, trigger defaults by U.S. shale oil and gas firms and destabilise euro zone inflation expectations, the Bank of England warned on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Mncb0ddEH3o/story01.htm

Russian cenbank governor says rouble weakness due to external factors Posted:Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:11:42 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Russian central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Tuesday the rouble’s weakness was driven by external factors such as falling oil prices and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/syUQ55pToLo/story01.htm