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This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/the-ongoing-saga-45-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/the-ongoing-saga-47-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Last update is on top, after the 70 years is enough image. This post ran from 25 Jan. to 2 Feb. 2015
70 yrs is enough Campaign;  modified from USG

Monday, 2 February 2015

New post about UK union leader who understood the dangers of nuclear energy: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/learning-from-bob-crow-the-late-rail-maritime-and-transport-union-leader/

History of the 1980 OCAW (Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers), now merged into USW, strike: http://www.usw12-591.org/strike1980.html

Reuters News Feed Selection

Workers strike for second day at 9 U.S. oil, chemical plants Posted:Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT
HOUSTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Union workers were on strike for a second day on Monday at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in an attempt to force oil companies to sign a new national contract covering laborers at 63 plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mkCWd3Bqedo/story01.htm

Workers strike for new pact at 9 U.S. oil, chemical plants Posted:Mon, 02 Feb 2015 02:03:23 GMT
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/katzSmKdlVI/story01.htm

U.S. oil firms, workers must look far back for strike precedents Posted:Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT
NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The last time U.S. oil workers went on strike in support of a nationwide pact, Jimmy Carter was president and KC and the Sunshine Band flew high in the Billboard chart with “Please Don’t Go.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gO-d5PlW05w/story01.htm

US oil railcar market collapses as foreign crude makes comeback Posted:Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT
NEW YORK, Feb 2(Reuters) – A years-long bidding war for trains to haul crude oil across North America has abruptly ended, with more than a dozen mile-long unit trains now parked in Midwest stockyards and tank car lease rates halving from last summer’s peaks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KLygEpdPC8A/story01.htm

Sunday, 1 February 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/royal-dutch-shell-explosions-in-louisiana/ Oil refinery strikes and safety issues and Canada sending its rad waste to dump on the poor people around the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, reminded us of these Louisiana cases. Don’t know the status of the dumping of German waste on South Carolina. The Canada one appears moving forward.
Bayonne Tide Water Oil Co late 1800s
Standard Oil (now ExxonMobil, Chevron, Amoco)was largest shareholder in Tidewater: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidewater_Petroleum
Bayonne refinery strike

1915-16 Bayonne, NJ Oil Refinery Strike

The Bayonne refinery strikes of 1915–1916 were labor actions of refinery workers in Bayonne, New Jersey, mostly Polish-Americans[1] who struck Standard Oil of New Jersey and Tidewater Petroleum plants beginning in mid-July 1915.
The 1915 strike
Initially about 1200 workers walked out, including 900 coopers, when their demands for increased pay and tolerable working conditions were ignored. The company retaliated by calling in the Bayonne police force through the Mayor of Bayonne, New Jersey, Pierre P. Garven, who was simultaneously on Standard Oil’s payroll as an attorney.[2] A riot on July 20 involving the strikers, police and “several hundred women” shut down the Standard Oil plant,[3] and caused the shooting death of 19-year-old striker John Sterancsak.[4] Plant general manager George B. Gifford ordered 250 men from the professional strikebreaker Pearl Bergoff.”
“On the 28th, the workers warily returned on promises of increased pay and the institution of an eight-hour day, promises which appear to have been kept by September.[6]
The 1916 strike
“Refinery workers struck Standard Oil again on October 3 through 20, 1916 for increased wages.” […]
The Standard Oil company had long been a target of public criticism, and its conduct during the strike only intensified it. Following the strike John D. Rockefeller Jr. decided to no longer rely on an exclusively repressive stance towards labor — “Whenever it shows its head, hit it”—and overhaul its policy. To this end he hired Clarence Hicks, who recommended a sweeping plan of employee benefits, including a pension plan.
” Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayonne_refinery_strikes_of_1915–1916 (Emphasis our own)

100 Years Later US Oil Refinery Strike Pending

Few complain about CEOs of oil companies making increasingly fat salaries and who don’t want profits to trickle down to the workers. The USW notes that much of the worker earnings is from overtime, often because refineries employ an insufficient number of workers. Furthermore, they point to the extremely dangerous nature of the work, which includes exposure to hazardous and cancer causing substances. The oil companies continue to earn billions, even though their profits have declined. The federal government subsidizes oil exploration and production. They point out that “Most companies in other industries would love to earn the profits the oil industry is making now and receive government assistance for research and development“. Read the the entire article here: http://www.usw. org/publications/oil-worker/Issue-24-The-Oilworker2.pdf
(The nuclear industry is also getting all sorts of subsidies – probably more than the oil industry!) Oil and chemical workers have extremely long shifts, shifts that rotate – often backwards on the clock, which is bad for their health, as well as for alertness. The body tends to better tolerate rotating forward on the clock. Most likely the refineries keep an insufficient number of workers so as not to pay benefits for additional workers (vacation, health-care, etc.) Tired workers are less alert and this increases the chances of an accident, which endangers them, the environment and the surrounding communities. Tired workers are also less alert to respond quickly in the event of pipe failures, etc.

Recent report about a 2012 Chevron refinery fire, where pipe from ca 1976 was worn out: http://www.csb.gov/assets/1/19/Chevron_Final_Investigation_Report_2015-01-28.pdf

United Steel Workers talk about safety issues: http://youtu.be/EtLclfELgfc
USCSB conclusions: http://youtu.be/QiILbGbk8Qk
From the video:
CSB vid Chevron Explosion, re 2002 inspect
2011 inspection Chevron from CSB video
Is that degraded concrete too toward the left?
CSB Chevron refinery corrosion resistant alloy from vid
According to the video the pipe was from ca 1976. That’s around the time most nuclear reactors were built. Neutron bombardment makes steel and concrete degrade even faster. Some parts of nuclear reactors can’t even be replaced. They weren’t intended to be in service so long.

Other info including public hearing transcripts: http://www.csb.gov/chevron-refinery-fire/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 6-Deadline passes in U.S. refinery workers contract talks Posted:Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:35:51 GMT
HOUSTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Union leaders and oil companies were unable to agree on a new labor accord on Saturday for workers at 63 U.S. refineries as a deadline passed that could lead to a strike. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZFi99fCYG7s/story01.htm

BRIEF-Chevron CEO says ‘dividend is highest priority’ for balance sheet
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:10:21 GMT
* CEO says optimistic can keep well-decline rates this year to historical average of 3 percent http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/pV4_kIjk758/story01.htm

Risk-on mood prevails even as Presidio falters
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:44:14 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 30 (IFR) – Investor pushback on a bond backing private equity group Apollo’s leveraged buyout of Presidio Inc has raised questions again about aggressive underwriting practices in the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/f0PUo5SJfWE/story01.htm

Greece sacks heads of privatisation agency
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:49:18 GMT
ATHENS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Greece’s new leftwing government has asked the heads of the state privatisation agency to resign after halting state asset sales agreed under the international bailout… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/OHudtu0gyjk/story01.htm

Lafarge SA, Holcim near deal to sell $7 bln in assets to CRH -WSJ Posted:Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:32:01 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Cement companies Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd are nearing a deal to sell at least $7 billion worth of assets to Ireland’s CRH PLC, the Wall Street Journal reported on… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/rK-4iwSgwuc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers still missing
Posted:Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:12:50 GMT
* At least seven total killed in Taji bombing, Falluja shelling (Adds Kurdish recapture, death of commander) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Xkc4I2u8zA4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Chevron to stop its shale gas exploration in Poland Posted:Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:42:34 GMT
WARSAW, Jan 31 (Reuters) – U.S. energy major Chevron Corp said it will stop exploring for shale gas in Poland, a sector that has failed to live up to its early promise of transforming eastern Europe’s energy supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ikTzg7ZFzOw/story01.htm

Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing
Posted:Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:25:06 GMT
KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, security and oil officials said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kKs0CJVs5Fs/story01.htm

Moody’s may cut rating of California’s Kern County after fiscal emergency
Posted:Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:27:54 GMT
LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 (Reuters) – California’s Kern County was put on notice for a possible downgrade on Friday by ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service, three days after the county declared a fiscal emergency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/enm7edEDGTI/story01.htm

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Flamanville construction site

New Post about some of the problems with the, still under construction, French EPR reactor, also proposed for the UK: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/edfs-chaotic-approach-of-french-epr-reactor-safety/ (We think that the title is a typo and should read “to”, instead of “of”. However, since it is a no derivatives re-post, we kept the apparent typo “as-is”.

Honeywell Uranium Hexafluoride Facility, near Metropolis, Illinois
Honeywell Metropolis air view
Nuclear Industry Cycle http://web.evs. anl.gov/uranium/guide/uf6/index.cfm
Honeywell uranium hexafluoride conversion facility unionized workers have been locked out since August 2, 2014, near Metropolis, Illinois. This seems to be because of their raising safety concerns at this dangerous facility. Their web site links to a petition telling regulators and Honeywell that experienced workers are needed at this site: http://usw7-669.com Experienced and unionized workers, who will act as collective safety whistle-blowers, are needed at sites throughout the whole nuclear fuel cycle. Even when there is no more nuclear energy, workers will be needed to properly monitor nuclear waste, and whistleblowers will be needed.

While an Australian union has banned its workers from nuclear facilities, unionized workers who focus on safety, like the USW, are important to have at existing nuclear sites. They will continue to be needed even after nuclear reactors are shut down, because they are needed in nuclear waste facilities. WIPP is one example.
Australian union bans workers from nuclear facilities
Fears of radiation exposure to uranium workers has led to the Electrical Trades Union in Brisbane, Australia, to ban members from working in uranium mines, nuclear power stations, and any part of the nuclear fuel cycle, according to a BBC report. Union leaders believe uranium exposure will replace asbestos as the high profile toxic workplace contaminant...the reasons stated for not allowing union workers in Australia be exposed to uranium recalls statements made by dying and ill workers in the United States who unknowingly made the ultimate sacrifice working at Cold War uranium diffusion and processing plants.

Not allowing nuclear workers to be in unions is a really bad idea for the safety of both workers and the general public. As in the case of the Honeywell Metropolis workers who have been locked out by Honeywell, the unions can (and should) act as collective whistleblower over safety issues. Even if we shut down nuclear energy tomorrow, nuclear workers will be required to properly monitor the waste for perpetuity. It appears that the Honeywell Metropolis unionized workers have been locked out because of raising safety concerns (for which Honeywell was fined). If you go on the internet and type Honeywell Metropolis jobs, you will see that Honeywell is trying to replace its locked out workers.

Fortunately not all unions are as backwards-reactionary-lacking in vision as the French FO-CGT and some of the British unions.

Unions can defend whistleblowers as a group. The North American USW is now actually many unions merged together, including Karen Silkwood’s Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. The current full name is: “The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (United Steelworkers or USW) is the largest industrial labor union in North America, with 860,294 members. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, US, the United Steelworkers represents workers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The United Steelworkers represent workers in a diverse range of industries, including primary and fabricated metals, chemicals, glass, rubber, heavy-duty conveyor belting, tires, transportation, utilities, container industries, pharmaceuticals, call centers and health care.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Steelworkers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil,_Chemical_and_Atomic_Workers_International_Union

Perhaps because the USW now represent a wide variety of workers, they are better able to imagine other types of jobs. Perhaps, also, because American education is less specialized. It is “liberal” in that students are exposed to a wide variety of topics, including biology and chemistry, over the course of 12 years of required schooling, whereas European schooling tends to track to technical or liberal arts at a young age, and many leave school at 15 years to apprentice in trades.

Unlike the French and British unions, one is left with the impression that the American USW seems to want good and safe jobs, period. Hence the focus on safety by the USW. They don’t seem as hung up on keeping the same dangerous jobs as most UK and French unionized workers seem to, if you look at their web site. (www. usw.org) The USW in Canada looks somewhat pro-nuclear, however.

United Steel Workers has Health, Safety and Environment Awards. One is named for Karen Silkwood who was a nuclear safety whistleblower at Kerr McGee over apparent doctoring of x-rays of defective nuclear fuel rods. She seems to have paid with her life. She was a member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic workers union which merged into the USW.

Instead of investing in new energies, France continues to invest in old ones. Areva, which is 89% French state owned and which could easily make a switch to renewables, while keeping the same workers, instead inaugurated a new 9,000 ton pressing machine for forging large metallic pieces for nuclear reactors. http://www.gouvernement.fr/sites/default/files/document/document/2014/06/20.06.2014_note_aux_redactions_de_manuel_valls_premier_ministre_-_deplacement_le_creusot_saone-et-loire.pdf It is very bizarre that even as Areva would be bankrupt, if it were not state owned, it just bought this new press last summer! If you go on youtube at the AREVA channel and search for “Forge Creusot” there are videos of this visit. The French one, “AREVA, Inauguration de la presse hydraulique a Forge Creusot,” one worker points out that with the new Forge they can do in three days, what took a week to do.

And, this is probably what is at the source of their demands for the government to do something for Areva and for more nuclear reactors. A faster forge means that either they need more work than before or they face unemployment. Ironically, the pressure vessel for the new French nuclear reactor was Made in Japan. The Creusot forge can do non-nuclear parts too, however. The old forge was reportedly from 1954. The new one seems to create conditions of speed-up. Why did they replace it now?

According to Greenpeace, the French, pro-nuclear, trade unions (CGT-FO) use the same arguments as the employer union. The arguments miss, for instance, the point that because of billions needed for upkeep required to keep old nuclear reactors running, and the high cost of new build, nuclear electricity costs will rise. Minus increased state subsidies, nuclear electricity prices will also rise. If the nuclear industry has 250,000 direct and indirect jobs, renewable energy in France already counts 100,000 direct jobs and in Germany 350,000 jobs. http://greenpeace.fr/qui/pages/savoirplus-syndicats.html http://greenpeace.fr/facturedufutur/

New Insurance Contractor at Y-12 Cutting Benefits
Hyatt raises concerns that CNS’s promise of ‘massive costs savings’ when it bid for the U.S. Department of Energy contract at Y-12 ‘now appears to come almost entirely from these cuts in benefits for active and retired employees.” in “Y-12 insurance concerns” By Russel Langley/The Oak Ridger, Nov. 12, 2014

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Putin ally handed contract to build Russian bridge to Crimea Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:36:21 -0500 * Tycoon is on sanctions lists over Ukraine (Adds Rotenberg interview with Kommersant) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/z3xlNctT76M/russia-crisis-crimea-ally-idUSL6N0V90XO20150130

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – Jan 30
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:47:32 -0500
Jan 30 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Im_jtPzNf-k/britain-press-business-idUSL1N0V901N20150130

As trial looms, ex-AIG chief Greenberg tells New York to drop case Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:35:56 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) – With a scheduled trial just four weeks away, the former chairman of American International Group Inc said New York’s attorney general should abandon his nearly decade-old… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/nH1dWwPKNts/amer-intl-group-greenberg-lawsuit-idUSL1N0V823020150130

UPDATE 1-U.S. SEC demands documents from Navistar as part of fraud probe Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:49:29 -0500 WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is asking a federal court to force engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. to hand over lobbying-related records as… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/4N_8XJCPUp0/usa-sec-navistar-idUSL1N0V83OQ20150129

Russia warns West support for Kiev could lead to ‘catastrophe’ Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:45:14 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to the European security watchdog OSCE urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to stop supporting the “party of war” in Ukraine and warned “catastrophe” could result, Interfax news agency reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/DEWTmBwI-DA/story01.htm

EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions, delays decision on new steps
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:32:36 GMT
BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/zM_nWhZOEzc/story01.htm

Gas truck blast rocks Mexico hospital; two dead, 66 injured
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:00:45 GMT
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A gas truck explosion decimated large parts of a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City on Thursday, killing one woman and a child and leaving dozens injured, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/vB0gPZHQ0vM/story01.htm

U.S. military pay reforms could save $12 billion yearly -panel
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:58:22 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A congressionally appointed panel on U.S. military compensation recommended overhauling retirement and healthcare benefits on Thursday to improve services offered to… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/kLCz6QG9d4A/pentagon-pay-idUSL1N0V83LC20150129

UPDATE 3-Potash Corp’s profit beats on higher potash sales; outlook misses
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:41:40 -0500
Jan 29 (Reuters) – Potash Corp of Saskatchewan , the world’s biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit on strong potash sales, but its 2015 outlook disappointed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DtkZHsSCEiE/potashcorp-results-idUSL1N0V83HY20150129

Vale’s mega-ships dock at five Chinese ports – executive
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:57:51 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Brazilian miner Vale’s mega-ships have been able to dock at five ports in China, the firm’s head of investor relations said on Thursday, as a ban that had been in place since 2012 is relaxed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zbsMUUkkcPo/vale-ships-idUSL6N0V86RG20150129

UPDATE 2-German union IG Metall stages warning strikes in engineering industry
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:48:16 -0500
* Security staff at two airports also on strike (Adds total number of strikers, IG Metall quote) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/c5QTFdHOnm0/germany-strike-idUSL6N0V81FS20150129

UPDATE 1-Baltic sea freight index falls to lowest level since 1986
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:40:45 -0500
LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, spiralled downwards to its lowest level in nearly three decades as rates for all the four vessel types continued to flounder. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/23XZ52NkfAk/baltic-index-idUSL6N0V868M20150129

Russia steelmakers face backlash as exports, prices surge
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:21:12 -0500
LONDON/MOSCOW, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Russian steelmakers are facing a backlash from industrial consumers who are battling high internal steel prices and are lobbying the government to introduce quotas on exports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JdyojtI6b4U/russia-steel-idUSL6N0V863L20150129

UPDATE 2-Dow Chemical profit beats Street estimate as farm margins jump
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:42:09 -0500
* Shares rise 2 pct in early trade (Adds CEO comments, details; updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y5r94SHwU4M/dow-results-idUSL4N0V85ZL20150129

Polish minister optimistic about EU approval for state aid to mines
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:58:54 -0500
WARSAW, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The Polish minister in charge of restructuring the coal-reliant country’s mining industry is optimistic talks with the European Commission will lead to approval for state aid for loss-making mines, he said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FlBLyLwPOJo/poland-mining-eu-idUSL6N0V84GC20150129

Dow Chemical’s profit falls 24 pct
Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:20:13 -0500
Jan 29 (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co’s quarterly profit fell 24 percent, hurt by a $500 million loss related to abandonment of a plant in Tennessee by a joint venture and other charges. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VsI2EHy3m-U/dow-results-idUSL4N0V85UY20150129

UPDATE 1-U.S. Mint gold coin sales weakest for January since 2008
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:25:48 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Mint American Eagle gold coin sales in January rose from December but were the lowest for that month since 2008, as a rally in prices discouraged collector buying in what is typically a period of peak demand, data showed on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qqjIHZ0BDks/usa-mint-sales-idUSL1N0V92EN20150130

Scant relief seen for commodities from European monetary easing
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:38:00 -0500
* Europe only accounts for 10-20 pct of global commodity demand http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iNUhbZfQOOY/commodities-qe-idUSL6N0V749020150130

Battle lines drawn as Sika wriggles on St Gobain’s hook
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:56:55 -0500
ZURICH/PARIS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – More minority shareholders of Swiss chemicals company Sika joined the management’s fight to stay independent from Saint-Gobain on Friday as the dispute with the French building supplies firm looked set to drag into a third month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mvA6fOyPNsM/sika-ma-saint-gobain-idUSL6N0V03GC20150130

UPDATE 2-Vedanta plans capex cuts, “deep restructuring” in Zambia
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:39:23 -0500
* Plans “hundreds of millions of dollars” in capex cuts, deferrals http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ib82hBG-eV8/vedanta-res-plc-results-idUSL4N0V95J520150130

India’s JSW Steel calls for action against Chinese steel “dumping”
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:35:29 -0500
MUMBAI, Jan 30 (Reuters) – India’s JSW Steel Ltd on Friday urged the government to address “dumping” of cheap steel by Chinese rivals and take steps to improve iron ore availability after lower steel prices led to a 30 percent drop in the company’s third-quarter profit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MtprHBdCmrE/jsw-steel-dumping-idUSL4N0V96ZF20150130

UPDATE 3-ThyssenKrupp CEO sees cost cuts, no rapid disposals Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:58:47 -0500
* Cevian’s Tischendorf to be elected to supervisory board (Adds further CEO comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tJ0DGI95qzw/thyssenkrupp-agm-idUSL6N0V91KT20150130

Coal miner NWR’s Czech business to cut hundreds of jobs Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:49:47 -0500
PRAGUE, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Czech hard coal miner New World Resource’s (NWR) OKD business will aim to reduce its workforce by hundreds of people this year because of falling production, the company said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/b3Q42S3ysTo/new-world-res-workers-idUSL6N0V92Q520150130

UPDATE 4-Mexico cuts spending on oil shock, shelves tainted rail project
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:53:11 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Mexico’s government cut its 2015 budget by nearly 3 percent on Friday after a drop in global oil prices hurt public finances, and it is shelving a tainted $3.75 billion high-speed train tender as part of its austerity measures. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-YztgmI1KdQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 9-Oil surges 8 pct as U.S. rig count plunges, shorts scramble Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:27:28 GMT
* OPEC increases January output to 30.37 bpd – survey (Adds analyst’s views, paragraphs 10-12) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/h6gqE51xZ3Y/story01.htm

Venezuela jails fuel distribution boss on suspected corruption Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:36:30 GMT
CARACAS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Venezuela arrested an oil ministry official in charge of overseeing the domestic fuel market on suspicion of corruption, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2MWAZLG7GWM/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Chevron scraps 2015 share repurchases as oil prices plunge Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:33:41 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D., Jan 30 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp halted its 2015 share repurchase program on Friday, a move designed to conserve cash amid tumbling oil prices and its latest cost-cutting step after slashing capital spending. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oILlVqQp8uI/story01.htm

Afren gets a months grace for $65 mln in debt payments Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:17:47 GMT
Jan 30 (Reuters) – Oil producer Afren Plc, struggling with looming debt payments, said lenders had agreed to defer a $50 million amortisation payment by a month and that it would delay the payment of a $15 million bond coupon by a month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ngE4WEyIv6w/story01.htm

Crisis veteran Naimi stays to hold line on Saudi oil policy Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:31:33 GMT
DUBAI, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The new Saudi king’s decision to keep Ali al-Naimi in his job as oil minister signalled to energy markets that the world’s top crude exporter would not flinch from its policy of refusing to cut output as it fiercely guards market share. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZRpkzpKuV6U/story01.htm

WRAPUP 5-U.S. economy cools in Q4, but consumer spending shines Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36:29 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cAwoCwZEvK4/story01.htm

NATO hopes to open training centre in Georgia by end of 2015 Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:32:04 GMT
TBILISI, Jan 30 (Reuters) – NATO said on Friday it hoped to open a training centre in Georgia by the end of the year, signalling a strengthening of its relationship with the former Soviet republic that is likely to antagonise Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mPzap25oldQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Dominican Republic settles Venezuela oil debt at $2 bln discount
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:50:15 GMT
SANTO DOMINGO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic has paid $1.93 billion to settle a $4 billion debt with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA that accrued under the Petrocaribe energy cooperation agreement, the island’s finance minister said late Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CTMIi91m7oc/story01.htm

Nigeria’s Seplat gets more time to make an offer for Afren Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:40:38 GMT
Jan 30 (Reuters) – British oil producer Afren Plc said the UK Takeover Panel extended the deadline for Nigeria’s Seplat Petroleum Development Co to make a firm offer or walk away. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PMwrCX5lvNE/story01.htm

Record harvests, falling oil prices bring more affordable food – TRFN
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:29:50 GMT
ROME, Jan 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Record harvests and falling oil prices have helped to push food prices to a four-year low, improving the affordability of food in nearly three quarters of countries surveyed, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4SclQCNnh98/story01.htm

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens lower after GDP report Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:33:00 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks opened lower on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight monthly decline, as data showed U.S. gross domestic product grew less than expected in the last quarter of 2014. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3Fmicp6xLFA/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Record Coal India share sale boosts privatisation drive Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:31:36 GMT
* Bids received for 675 mln shares versus 631.6 mln on offer (Updates with final bid data, details on bidders) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LqfFF_qzLUQ/story01.htm

France, Poland, urge Russia to stop all support to Ukraine separatists
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:12:54 GMT
PARIS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – France and Poland urged Russia on Friday to stop all forms of support to separatists in Ukraine and called for an immediate ceasefire, warning that sanctions on Moscow would be maintained and could be extended as long as no political solution was found. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/054ej9FN3cw/story01.htm

Austrians rue starting fashion for Swiss franc mortgages Posted:Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:00:51 -0500
VIENNA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The surging Swiss franc has dealt a double blow to homeowners in Austria, home of the trend for borrowing in the Swiss currency that has devastated mortgage holders across… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/yTtLUH_gxuI/swiss-snb-austria-idUSL6N0V858C20150131

California truckers win $2 million in wage theft suit Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:50:01 -0500
LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Seven Los Angeles-area truckers have won a $2 million claim against an international shipping company accused of stealing their wages by improperly classifying them as… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/TzQ84KDuuq8/usa-truckers-california-idUSL1N0V927I20150131

UPDATE 2-U.S. must target currency manipulation in trade deals -senator
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:00:08 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Obama administration must insist that U.S. trading partners pledge not to manipulate currencies when negotiating trade deals, the Senate Committee on Finance… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/d_Nru6pyoG4/usa-trade-currency-idUSL1N0V915O20150131

UPDATE 1-Honda says fatal crash involved Takata air bag inflator rupture
Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:49:51 -0500
DETROIT, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd on Friday said it has confirmed that a Takata Corp air bag inflator ruptured in a Jan. 18 crash in Texas that killed the driver. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/tVxCMkmtEkw/autos-takata-honda-idUSL1N0V92VO20150131

Buyers bide their time in $110 bln oil asset sell-off Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:06:06 GMT
LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – With more than $110 billion of oil and gas assets on the block as companies big and small count the cost of the collapse in oil prices, it is now a question of who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2To8qmWbFBI/story01.htm

RPT-S. African power cuts hold off doomsday as sector seeks rescue Posted:Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:00 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Days of rolling blackouts this week have blighted South African society and business, and they face an increasing number of outages in years to come. But the alternative, a grid collapse, could be catastrophic. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/aXlNu_-aoKw/safrica-eskom-idUSL6N0V86CW20150130

Friday, 30 January 2015

Reblog of incredible-crazy story of the train tracks and train track crossing, where nuclear waste is transported to and from Sellafield, UK: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/nuclear-train-not-fit-for-tracks/

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/putin-erdogan-nuclear-caliphate-in-turkey-endangers-cyprus-istanbul-critically-endangered-seals-turtles/
Hawaiian monk seal in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Photo Credit: James Watt (NOAA)
Photo by James Watt (NOAA)
(Reuters news feed selection has been saved, but posting is delayed.)

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Baby Sea Lions by Eric Boerner NOAA
Baby California Sea Lions by Eric Boerner NOAA
Why does the US government seem to have nothing on Sea Lion Strandings? Why does private media, like Reuters, have to report? It looks fishy. The government doesn’t seem to have updated the sea lion strandings since 2013 except to say below the graph entitled, “Live California sea lion stranding rates for 2008-2013…,” that “While intake rates slowed from May 2013 through February 2014, the California Marine Mammal Stranding Network continues to rescue and rehabilitate animals, and intakes have been increasing in March and April 2014 throughout the state.http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/californiasealions2013.htm Reuters says that it is 20% worse, already, than in 2013, when an “unusual mortality event” was declared by NOAA. No mention of Fukushima continuing to dump radioactive water into the Pacific.

Putting an End to the Big Banana Lie

A becquerel is a radioactive emission per second. Each gram of Cesium 137 emits 3,215,000,000,000 radioactive emissions per second, i.e. it has a (radio) activity of 3.2 trillion becquerels per gram. Each gram of Natural potassium emits 30 radioactive emissions per second. It has around 30 Becquerels per gram. That is plain THIRTY. Potassium is necessary for life. It is steady-state in the body. Only 0.012% of natural potassium is radioactive, potassium 40 (K-40). On the other hand, if you become potassium deficient your body may pick up radioactive Cesium 137 in its stead which emits 3.2 trillion becquerels per gram, compared to 30 becquerels per gram for potassium. If you are too potassium deficient you die. So, eating potatoes and bananas and other potassium rich food is necessary for life and may help protect you from radioactive cesium. To frighten people away from eating potassium rich foods, like bananas and potatoes, is murder.

Cesium 137 has 3.2 trillion Bq per gram (3,215,000,000,000) and Natural potassium has 30 Bq per gram. That’s how BIG their lie is. They are following Hitler’s Big lie theory. Their lie is big and it is deadly.

The activity of 40K in natural potassium as derived from the recent literature varies between 27.33 to 31.31 Bq g-1 of potassium.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9044422

Potassium 40: “It makes up 0.012% (120 ppm) of the total amount of potassium found in nature.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium-40

One gram of caesium-137 has an activity of 3.215 terabecquerel (TBq).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesium-137 In case they delete it from wikipedia, it is here: http://www.bevoelkerungsschutz.admin.ch/internet/bs/de/home/dienstleistungen/ze_99.parsys.21164.downloadList.2522.DownloadFile.tmp/ad1719ken.pdf A Terabecquerel is ONE TRILLION BECQUERELS.

According to the Irish government: “Potassium-40, a naturally occurring radionuclide, is present in relatively large activity concentrations in the marine environment. However it is controlled by homeostatic processes in the human body [Eisenbud and Gessell, 1997] and its equilibrium activity concentration in the body is normally independent of the amount consumed. Therefore, while the activity concentrations of this radionuclide in seafood are considerably higher than many other natural radionuclides, its presence does not result in an increased radiological hazardhttps://www.rpii.ie/RPII/files/7d/7dd84765-857b-4c45-9fab-8542a428a3e4.pdf

TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material)

North Dakota has been sending the radioactive TENORM waste from its petroleum operations someplace else to dump. It doesn’t need to be in anyone’s landfill but disposed of properly. In passing, the lazy or overworked Reuters journalists repeated the Big Banana lie. They discuss picocuries: 1 picocurie = 0.037 becquerels Of course, to further complicate things, they are speaking of TENORM from the oil and gas industry: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm/oilandgas.html, which are mostly alpha emitters, and highly dangerous when taken into the body: “The hazards associated with NORM are inhalation and ingestion routes of entry as well as external exposure where there has been a significant accumulation of scales. Respirators may be necessary in dry processes, where NORM scales and dust become air borne and have a significant chance to enter the body.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturally_occurring_radioactive_material

Radium is also a lethal byproduct of uranium mining, including ISL uranium mining, where they either spray it in diluted form on the land or inject it, or some combination of both. One curie is roughly the activity of 1 gram of the radium isotope 226Ra, studied by the Curies. 1 curie (Ci) = 37 GBq = 37,000,000,000 radioactive emissions per second. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curie Because it is an alpha emitter, 37 Gigabecquerels understates the danger. Radium 226 has a half life of 1600 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium
While it is “natural”, digging it up and concentrating it is not. Mercury and Lead are also natural and lead is in the TENORM too.

Big Fracking Conflict of Interest in UK House of Lords

“Lord Browne” as in he was appointed to sit in the House of Lords, all while head of BP and then still sits (and votes) while head of Cuadrilla: “Cuadrilla Resources is an oil and gas exploration and production company with headquarters and operations in the United Kingdom. It is best known for its ongoing effort to develop shale gas in the UK by using hydraulic fracturing. Its chairman is Lord Browne, former chief of BP and President of The Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006− 2011. The chief executive is Francis Egan.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuadrilla_Resources

Backwards French Unions on Strike Today

Backwards French unions are striking against new French energy bill. They don’t want France’s nuclear energy dependence reduced to 50% of its electricity. There seems to be some other important issues at stake in the bill, but their approach makes it difficult to tell. They appear unable to imagine new types of jobs in a new energy economy, and have recently been whining that they want more new nuclear so they can make more nuclear components. In 2009 the NRC called Le Creusot down for quality assurance issues: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0928/ML092800003.pdf There’s no room for quality assurance issues in nuclear, especially not for reactor pressure vessels!

The French unions’ confusion regarding utility rates appears to be based on the fact that EDF is mostly government owned, and the French taxpayer subsidizes the nuclear industry. On the other hand, in Germany the ratepayer is subsidizing renewables (and heavy industry is refusing to pay their fair share). Which is more fair? It seems that it is for the ratepayer to pay because it is based on use. However, heavy industry should pay in its fair share. The elderly and poor can be helped with their electric bills, but why should there be an across the board nuclear subsidy that all taxpayers in France pay? And, for the CO2 emissions they obviously are not counting the entire nuclear fuel cycle. The uranium is mined, using diesel, in Niger and shipped to France. It has to be processed in Niger or France. All of this uses energy. And, no one knows what to do with the waste. The proposed nuclear dump at Bure, France is in mud on a geothermal site. Hot water in more ways than one. It is worth noting that within the UK, the French Electric company, EDF, is not passing on reduced energy costs to consumers, to the extent that other utilities are, including a German one. French State owned EDF owns all but one of the UK’s nuclear reactors. Are the UK ratepayers subsidizing French energy costs?

Reuters News Feed Selection

North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:06:16 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota’s oil industry is pushing to change the state’s radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5Fz7yvS04cY/story01.htm

UK council defers controversial shale gas permits Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:21:32 -0500
LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – A local English government council has voted to delay a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects, in a case that is being closely watched by the industry and environmental campaigners. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Bl1XvQ07H54/britain-shale-regulation-idUSL6N0V72MZ20150128

Record sea lion pup strandings reported in Southern California Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:31:57 GMT
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – California sea lions – mainly pups – are turning up stranded and starved on Southern California beaches in record numbers this year, leaving experts worried that this winter may be the worst season ever documented for the marine mammals. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/lG2IqHXqtDU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EDF Energy to cut UK gas prices, but less than rivals Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:52:55 -0500
LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – EDF Energy will reduce British household gas prices by 1.3 percent on Feb. 11, making the smallest cut to consumer bills among the country’s six biggest suppliers who have all now announced price reductions based on lower wholesale costs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/FL_Ri_-1fPc/britain-energy-idUSL6N0V64EG20150127

Unions say French strike to cut power production on Thursday Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:38:14 -0500
PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – French unions called a one-day strike on Thursday likely to lead to production cuts in the country’s power and gas sectors, in protest at a law that would reduce the proportion of nuclear in the energy mix. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/-dvLRMzS-Pc/france-nuclear-strike-idUSL6N0V64C720150127

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Alrosa sees moderate growth in 2015 diamond sales Posted:Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:33:29 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Russian diamond mining company Alrosa plans to increase sales by one percent in 2015, taking advantage of rising production and using offtake from its stock, it said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rkLF-r4iDfM/russia-alrosa-idUSL6N0V80C420150129

UPDATE 3-French motorway operators contest government toll freeze Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:43:36 -0500
* French motorway association threatens legal action (Recasts with challenge, updates share prices at close) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JvPze7E-114/motorway-freeze-idUSL6N0V62L220150127

UPDATE 4-DuPont blames strengthening dollar for muted forecast Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:36:21 -0500
* Shares fall as much as 3.5 pct (Adds company spokesperson comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fpoME3CPOsA/dupont-results-idUSL4N0V63VF20150127

UPDATE 4-Police, protesters fight running battles in Kosovo Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:27:49 -0500
* Violence appears to subside as dusk falls (Updates with PM reax, number of injured officers) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BLNvO95R-jE/kosovo-protests-idUSL6N0V635120150127

UPDATE 2-U.S. multinationals hit hard by strong dollar, to bleed further into 2015
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:42:22 -0500 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/nyce3Ot9tTE/usa-earnings-dollar-idUSL1N0V61CU20150127

Australia state suspends AGL’s fracking licence, banned chemicals found
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:08:57 GMT
SYDNEY, Jan 28 (Reuters) – An Australian state government on Wednesday suspended AGL Energy Ltd’s licence to operate a pilot coal seam gas field after banned chemicals were found in water supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/76GS28inyok/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Venezuela president says seeking financing to offset oil fall
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:08:15 GMT
CARACAS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday evening he was seeking financing to counter a dramatic fall in oil prices that have hurt the cash-strapped OPEC country but did not provide further details. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yEab497-Xy8/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-U.S. approves Argentina proposal to qualify for biofuel credits
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:21:24 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators have given the go-ahead for Argentina’s biofuel makers to qualify for U.S. biofuel credits, potentially making it more attractive for South American exporters to sell into the U.S. market and potentially pressuring local prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C_9Ehjop4E8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Cargill likely to stay private, commits to Ukraine: CEO
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:16:16 GMT
MIAMI, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Cargill Inc, one of the world’s largest privately held corporations and a top commodities trader, will likely remain private for at least another decade, the chief executive said on Tuesday as he assessed challenges facing the 150-year old company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Snh4IqyyF24/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Union signals U.S. refinery workers may have to strike
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:51:31 GMT
HOUSTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled on Monday a strike by U.S. refinery workers may be necessary to win what it calls a fair contract from oil companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y3BiN-IR7wU/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. proposes allowing oil, gas drilling off Atlantic Coast
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:32:10 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed allowing for the first time oil and gas exploration in a wide swath of U.S. waters off the Atlantic Coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hFUoViqsRAY/story01.htm

REFILE-FEATURE-How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:43:01 GMT
Orange County, Ca. Jan 27 (Reuters) – Welcome to the utility industry’s future – or at least that’s what Southern California Edison is hoping. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jimrkPRHc54/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Anglo American flags likely charges after slump in commodity prices
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:47:20 -0500
LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Anglo American Plc has warned it will likely take a charge on last year’s results, becoming the first major mining group to explicitly acknowledge the impact of recent falls in prices of iron ore, coal and other commodities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mjqAiNm47O0/anglo-ameri-writedown-idUSL6N0V70TE20150128

UPDATE 1-Shell signs $11 bln deal to build petrochemicals plant in Iraq
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:30:25 -0500
BAGHDAD, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has signed a deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, Industry Minister Nasser al-Esawi said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/frxyIp5w_5c/iraq-shell-petrochemicals-idUSL6N0V713320150128

Miners at Poland’s JSW strike against cost cuts Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:02:31 -0500
WARSAW, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Trade unions at the European Union’s biggest coking coal producer JSW have started strikes against the company’s plans to cut costs, union representatives said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0cDwhG88p-8/poland-jsw-strike-idUSL6N0V70V820150128

UPDATE 2-Despite delays, Petrobras reports earnings without graft writedowns
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:49:08 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Petrobras released unaudited third-quarter results on Wednesday after months of delays, but the state-run oil company left investors in the dark over the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/rmBY1JNUmrY/brazil-petrobras-results-idUSL1N0V70FN20150128

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Gazprom cancels plans to expand Nord Stream -sources
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:10:13 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has cancelled a plan to build two more branches of the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline because of the “complicated” political situation, sources at the state-controlled firm said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/aD_WHf3KhnQ/russia-gazprom-nordstream-idUSL6N0V71HO20150128

Greek shares hit by privatisation freeze
Posted:Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:15:34 -0500
LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Shares of Greek utility PPC and Greece’s biggest port, Piraeus Port Authority , fell by over 7 percent on Wednesday after the new government said it would freeze privatisation plans. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/31PWzgTDhFw/markets-stocks-greece-idUSL6N0V71IS20150128

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

New Post. Title doesn’t really reflect the content, which spends time on who is behind the US-India nuclear deal, nuclear liability, etc. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/westinghouse-is-japanese-toshiba-not-american-for-16-years/
Reuters News Selection has been collected. Nothing urgent. Update will be later.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Egg timer-Hour Glass 2
New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/one-minute-til-midnight-70-years-is-enough/

Westinghouse is 90% Japanese owned (87% Toshiba; 3% IHI;) and 10% Kazakstan owned (KazAtomProm). Before that it belonged to British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL).

Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is a US based nuclear power company, controlled by the Toshiba Group, offering nuclear products and services to utilities internationally, including nuclear fuel, service and maintenance, instrumentation, control and design of nuclear plants. As of 2014 Westinghouse builds and operates approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants. Westinghouse’s world headquarters are located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Westinghouse Electric Company’s history 1999-present

1999: Westinghouse Electric Company officially began operations as BNFL’s nuclear power business.

2000: BNFL bought ABB Group’s nuclear power business, and merged into Westinghouse.

2004: Westinghouse bids for two Chinese reactor sites; the US Export-Import bank approved $5 billion in loan guarantees[11]

2006: Westinghouse acquired PaR Nuclear/Ederer Nuclear Cranes, providing fuel and cask handling equipment systems. Westinghouse Electric Company was sold by BNFL to Toshiba,

2007: Westinghouse won China National Nuclear Corporation’s bid for 4 AP1000 reactors including Technology Transfer agreement; acquired IST Nuclear of IST Holdings (South Africa); Carolina Energy Solutions (CES) and its affiliates Aggressive Equipment (AE), now WEC Machining; Construction Institute of America (CIA), now WEC Welding Institute; and Carolina United Services, now Carolina Union Services; Astare, a French nuclear engineering company headquartered near Paris.

2009: Westinghouse acquired Nuclear Fuel Industries LTD, Japan’s sole producer of nuclear fuel for boiling-water reactor and pressurized water reactors for $100 million[12] and CS Innovations, LLC, an Instrumentation and Control (I&C) nuclear product supplier to the digital I&C safety system upgrade market.

2010: Westinghouse announced involvement in a new, ultra-large forging press in the UK to be built at Sheffield Forgemasters in Yorkshire; took a major stake in Springfields Fuel Limited in the UK. Westinghouse moved world headquarters from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, to Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
2012: Westinghouse cut 200 jobs citing the Fukushima disaster, Germany’s Energiewende and low natural gas prices.[13]

Article from Marianne France, where they say that although the “No-Go zones” on Fox were exaggerated, sorts of no-go zone exist and should be discussed. They talk about a 10 year old boy named Zacharie who was sick in one of the public housing complexes (HLM) and neither emergency services (SAMU) nor a taxi would come because they thought it too dangerous at night. By the time they got him to the hospital he died. That was last August. They also talk about drug dealers taking over certain halls of some public housing buildings, where the tenants cannot go home without being searched for cameras-listening devices (by the drug dealers). They point out that Mayor Hidalgo’s response to Fox stupidities was to be more stupid. For those who read French or who want to use google translate: “Les vraies “no-go zones”, on en parle?“, Lundi 26 Janvier 2015 à 5:30, by Aline Joubert http://www.marianne. net/les-vraies-no-go-zones-on-parle-210115.html The areas mentioned in the above article (and others re Zacharie) have trees and look “well-kept”, which suggests that Daniel Pipes was wrong to assume, as he appears to do on his blog, that there is a correlation between trees and safety! There were actually problems in Chicago’s housing complexes when they were new, in the 1960s or early 70s.

Marianne has a new story out on Proglio and Thales, for those who can purchase French periodicals and read them. Proglio was at EDF. Marianne appears to be one of the only French news outlets which is willing to take on the French state, etc. Marianne is the symbol of the French Revolution and France.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-India-U.S. nuke deal could help clear project logjam – Westinghouse CEO
Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:48:38 -0500
NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A civil nuclear pact struck at summit talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama could help clear a logjam of stalled projects, the head of U.S. nuclear power plant maker Westinghouse told Reuters on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0_VqM6ZJZnM/india-obama-westinghouse-idUSL4N0V53RJ20150126

Israeli intel unit drops soldiers who refused to spy on Palestinians Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:18:53 GMT
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living under occupation, Army Radio said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/tDGPo0WVXtw/story01.htm

Justice Department spies on millions of cars: WSJ Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:56:49 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/resT-GWhnms/story01.htm

Gem Diamonds says diamond prices could remain weak in early 2015 Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:48:46 -0500
Jan 27 (Reuters) – Diamond miner Gem Diamonds Ltd said it saw weakness in diamond prices in the fourth quarter that could continue in early 2015, and that it mined fewer diamonds at its flagship Letseng mine in the period. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BnXs1WMDHgY/gem-diamonds-results-idUSL4N0V62OH20150127

UPDATE 2-Dutch gold reserves up for 1st time in 16 years, Russia buys more
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:33:45 -0500
* Netherlands raised gold holdings by 9.61 tonnes in December-IMF http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Y8o13uZJURA/gold-imf-holdings-idUSL4N0V60WJ20150127

Russia raises gold holdings for 9th month in a row – IMF Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:25:22 -0500
SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia raised its gold reserves for a ninth straight month in December as the country continued to add to the fifth-biggest gold holdings in the world, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/N7WrhplK218/gold-imf-holdings-idUSL4N0V601B20150127

RPT-COLUMN-Has China’s base metals import appetite peaked?: Andy Home
Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:00:01 -0500
LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Not so very long ago base metals bulls marched to the beat of the monthly release of China’s trade figures. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UpI6dxT-RP0/china-imports-ahome-idUSL6N0V52AB20150127

Lynas Corp says cashflow success in December hard to sustain Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:34:36 -0500
MELBOURNE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Australian rare earths producer Lynas Corp said on Monday it was unlikely to break even this quarter despite achieving positive cash flow in December, blaming weak rare earths prices and plant problems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0oEGUJA_RBc/lynas-corp-results-idUSL4N0V222P20150126

Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila’s coalition Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:24:09 -0500
KINSHASA, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila’s rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanised opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/EtgtvY4wI5I/congodemocratic-politics-idUSL6N0V52CB20150126

German employers offer IG Metall delayed 2.2 pct pay raise for 2015 Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:20:31 -0500
LUDWIGSBURG, Germany, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Engineering employers have offered IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, a 2.2 percent pay raise for 2015 but only from March 1, employers in the southwestern Suedwestmetall association said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pFLVTv-I__I/germany-wages-union-idUSL6N0V539V20150126

US STOCKS-Wall St rises after Greek elections; energy climbs Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:59:42 GMT
* Indexes up: Dow 0.03 pct, S&P 500 0.26 pct, Nasdaq 0.29 pct (Adds volume data, Microsoft earnings) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0ykTo3rs9BY/story01.htm

Tighter supertanker market may curb Asian fuel oil supplies Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:30:43 GMT
SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/F_2oecXNUT0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Oil producer Afren talks to bondholders about funding Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:56:55 GMT
Jan 27 (Reuters) – Afren Plc said it was in talks with its largest bondholders over its liquidity and funding needs as the oil producer struggles with slumping prices and dry wells in Iraqi Kurdistan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/f-VSfsiOSi0/story01.htm

U.S. crude exports boosted as Enterprise signs term contracts-sources Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:55:21 GMT
* Signs 2015 contracts with PDS, Vitol; seeks one more term buyer http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MQcnPJYg4xc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-SMA Solar to cut 1,600 jobs as European demand slides Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:32:44 GMT
* Shares hit all-time low, down 10.2 percent (Recasts, adds shares, trader quote) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JfJCWr2Jmz0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Obama includes Republicans in big delegation to meet new Saudi King
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:59:36 GMT
* Likely to discuss Syria, IS, Iran and oil – expert (Adds background about James Baker and other U.S.-Saudi foreign policy issues) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gW6haM2MHLA/story01.htm

US oil well shut-ins start as crude rout batters small producers Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 GMT
HOUSTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Collapsing crude prices are confronting scores of smaller U.S. oil producers with the grim choice of either shutting older high-cost wells or burning through cash in the hope of riding out the downturn. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SvN0o1iCWxY/story01.htm

U.S. securities class action lawsuits shrink in size Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:01:00 GMT
NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The size of federal class action lawsuits accusing companies of securities fraud has dropped significantly, new studies show, as the bull market in stocks approaches its sixth birthday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1yyRzJu00hc/story01.htm

Union signals U.S. refinery workers may have to go on strike Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:05:20 GMT
HOUSTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) signalled on Monday a strike by U.S. refinery workers may be necessary to win what it calls a fair contract from oil companies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y3BiN-IR7wU/story01.htm

RPT-As oil slides, Singapore oilfield service firms struggle to refinance debt
Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:09:18 GMT
* Bond, equity markets’ volatility may push firms to pvt placement http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/j_SidTsBgMA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline bill Posted:Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:13:15 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JsFXpkQuuhQ/story01.htm

Petrobras may book $20 bln asset write-down -Veja magazine blog Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:45:47 GMT
SAO PAULO, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA could take a charge of about 52 billion reais ($20 billion) in its delayed third-quarter results to reduce the value of some assets, a Veja magazine blog said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6qAYaM1OuzU/story01.htm

US STOCKS-Wall St rises after Greek elections; energy climbs Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:59:42 GMT
* Indexes up: Dow 0.03 pct, S&P 500 0.26 pct, Nasdaq 0.29 pct (Adds volume data, Microsoft earnings) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0ykTo3rs9BY/story01.htm

Britain to ban fracking in national parks after policy u-turn Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:59:33 -0500
LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year, in a concession to the opposition Labour Party which had called for tighter controls to be written into law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/M2GfsxZLBRY/britain-shale-ban-idUSL6N0V53RK20150126

UPDATE 1-Libya producing 363,000 bpd of oil -rival minister Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:40:30 -0500
* Expects lower oil revenues to widen 2015 deficit (Adds quotes, detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/WH3QL1L7_bc/libya-security-oil-idUSL6N0V50U220150126

Ukraine to issue $2 billion in local bonds to support Naftogaz Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:17:48 -0500
KIEV, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine will issue domestic bonds amounting to 31.5 billion hryvnia ($2 billion) to support state energy firm Naftogaz, a document posted on the government’s website said on Monday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/KSvhpCbfmU0/ukraine-crisis-naftogaz-idUSL6N0V50X920150126

SEC pushes for reversal of major U.S. insider trading ruling Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:39:48 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday supported a bid by prosecutors in New York for a shot at overturning a ruling that cleared two hedge fund managers… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/VTlQCn7z9qk/usa-insidertrading-sec-idUSL1N0V510420150126

UPDATE 1-Federal Reserve nominee reports up to $40.1 mln in personal assets
Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:39:21 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve nominee Allan Landon has up to $40.1 million worth of personal assets, according to government disclosure forms obtained by Reuters, which would make… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/L_lnUmgwYeQ/usa-fed-landon-idUSL1N0V51QT20150126

Judge approves request to create SAC insider trading victims’ fund Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:47:34 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has granted a request by securities regulators to create a $602 million fund to compensate victims of insider trading at a unit of the hedge fund… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/lWBTWox7sTU/sec-sac-fund-idUSL1N0V52ES20150126

Peru’s Congress repeals labor reform in blow to weakened Humala Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:20:18 -0500
LIMA, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Peru’s Congress repealed a new labor law on Monday after thousands took to the streets to protest the legislation that cut benefits for young workers, part of reforms aimed… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/-1hkUjweVD8/peru-politics-idUSL1N0V51BM20150126

Former Marsh executives’ lawsuit over severance dismissed after bid-rigging probe
Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:19:37 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A lawsuit by two former Marsh & McLennan Cos managing directors seeking severance pay and stock awards after they were exonerated in a bid-rigging probe was dismissed by… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/uaH7jlc7gSY/marshandmclennan-executives-idUSL1N0V525K20150126

Monday, 26 January 2015

New post on Japan earthquakes: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/japan-more-earthquake-nuclear-reactor-risk-reminders/

Reblog with movie and (free) book link showing ground zero impacts of Sellafield in the English Lake District/on the Irish Sea: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/still-fighting-for-gemma-this-film-is-a-must-watch-for-everyone-with-an-interest-in-the-truth-about-sellafield/

NEW POST on WIPP: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/roof-fall-in-wipp-problems-just-beginning-this-is-what-happens-when-you-put-waste-in-salt/

Reblog regarding waste storage in a now imploded salt dome, aka “Louisiana Sinkhole” or “Bayou Corne Sinkhole”: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/louisiana-sinkhole-state-documentation-reveals-that-radioactive-materials-were-injected-into-five-additional-napoleonville-salt-dome-caverns-updated/

This is not a lake! This is a sinkhole caused by the collapse of storage caverns dug in a salt dome at Bayou Corne Louisiana. It continues to collapse-grow, but no up-to-date pictures seem freely available. The year of this picture is unknown, but it gets the point across. It is popularly called the Louisiana Sinkhole, the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, and even Lake Fubar. But, it is collapsing salt dome storage! The US government still proposes salt dome storage for nuclear waste in their Blue Ribbon Commission, drawing upon old ideas from the 1950s or 60s and ignoring the failing salt storage facilities in Germany and elsewhere. Lazy and dumb!
Louisiana Sinkhole at Bayou Corne
How are people so stupid as to think that storing things, especially nuclear waste, in salt is a good idea? Is this a legacy of the US shutting out critical minds from universities and other jobs during the Cold War? Now the need for grant monies shuts out good minds from universities. Minds which were (and are) able to criticize the US government (and corporations), along with Russia, are the same sorts which could spot a dumb idea when they see one. Can we explain Germany’s stupidity of putting its radioactive waste in now failing salt by a combination of Nazi Germany and the Cold War’s impact on critical thinking? It is absolutely mind-boggling, as is France and Switzerland’s idea of placing nuclear waste in clay.

If this India nuclear deal goes through it appears bad from every angle. India will apparently be part of a nuclear insurance pool (Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), which probably will make the US and Japanese ratepayer and/or taxpayer responsible for a nuclear accident at the known to be defective, Russian-built, Koodankulam Nuclear reactor, as well as any other ones. If Russia has dumped defective equipment on India, as believed, shouldn’t Russia be responsible, rather than India, the US and Japan? It will make India responsible for nuclear accidents in the US and Japan too. The equipment makers will not be held liable, only the utilities. If we understand correctly, the insurance premiums will only be paid by utilities after an accident. Probably this will be born by rate-payers in all of the signature countries. Or, if because of the layers of holding companies, etc., the nuclear licensees can declare bankruptcy, the US and Japanese taxpayer will pay for a nuclear accident in India, as will people in India itself (and vice versa).

We will be surprised if the people of India are dumb enough to let this nuclear deal go through.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 2-“We have a deal” – insurance may unlock India-U.S. atomic trade
Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:39:24 -0500
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centered on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AQL-hJk2a-g/india-obama-nuclear-idUSL4N0V40DC20150125

UPDATE 1-Congo parliament passes election law stripped of census requirement
Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:11:29 -0500
* Separate law passed splits up provinces (Adds opposition reaction, quote, second vote) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Z4Fiw2kBe0I/congodemocratic-politics-idUSL6N0V40S820150125

Zambia’s new president says to keep mineral tax despite mine closure fears
Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:13:48 -0500
LUSAKA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Zambia will maintain a new mineral royalty tax despite fears that it could lead to mine closures, President Edgar Lungu said on Sunday as he was inaugurated in the nation’s capital. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mSBdpGqaQIQ/zambia-president-mining-idUSL6N0V40A720150125

UPDATE 2-Lungu narrowly wins Zambia presidential vote, opposition cries foul
Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:19:06 -0500
LUSAKA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Zambia’s ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in this week’s presidential poll, results showed on Saturday, defeating his closest rival who said the election had been “stolen”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-x9FN6jqK-I/zambia-election-idUSL6N0V30AC20150124

Union sends messages of frustration in U.S. refinery contract talks Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:09:51 GMT
HOUSTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – In five days of negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries, the United Steelworkers union (USW) has sent only messages of frustration to its members. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5GP6RoRvYCE/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling
Posted:Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:56:14 GMT
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska’s Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/khJY_G5oyNg/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-“We have a deal” – insurance may unlock India-U.S. atomic trade Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:39:24 GMT
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centered on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Xn_fNzRMwTs/story01.htm

UPDATE 6-Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri city Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:02:50 GMT
* Insurgents capture Monguno, repelled from Konduga in Borno (Adds comment from defence headquarters in par. 4 and 18) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zYyPTyTsFq0/story01.htm

Obama backs India’s solar goals, seeks support for climate talks Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:44:59 GMT
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday offered to help finance India’s ambitious solar energy target and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support at global climate talks in Paris later this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FzahTEllVdQ/story01.htm

Gunmen kidnap Libyan deputy foreign minister-official Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:20:21 GMT
BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Gunmen kidnapped the deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally recognized government on Saturday, the interior minister said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/j58ue8bJtTo/story01.htm

U.S.-China climate deal does not put pressure on India, says Modi Posted:Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:02:49 GMT
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a climate deal between the United States and China does not put pressure on India, but that global warming itself was reason to take action. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ngwZKhqn9tY/story01.htm

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Our Ongoing comment for today became too long and so it is a New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/which-is-worse-a-mayor-who-seems-allergic-to-free-speech-or-a-lazy-not-so-bright-harvard-ph-d-courthouse-as-no-go-zone/

Some recent research: Waseda University. “New decontamination tool expected to help Fukushima cleanup.ScienceDaily, 20 January 2015.

The article doesn’t tell who is failing at cleaning up the water. AREVA? Energy Solutions? Didn’t Areva leave and Energy Solutions stay? We can’t recall, nor do we readily find an answer in Reuters or elsewhere.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Fukushima operator to miss deadline on decontaminating water Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:05:42 -0500
TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it would not be able to meet a self-imposed deadline to decontaminate water containing highly radioactive substances by the end of March. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rwfpXZCd-W4/japan-fukushima-water-idUSL4N0V222S20150123

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:11:06 GMT
Jan 23 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Friday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/VLH0OKAKNU0/story01.htm

Some homes near Montana oil spill report dark ooze after flushing taps
Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:52:09 GMT
(Reuters) – Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BaWUj2uR3KY/story01.htm

At least 200 Yellowstone bison have been sent to slaughter: conservation group
Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:12:33 GMT
(Reuters) – Yellowstone National Park has shipped at least 200 bison near the park boundary with Montana to slaughter as the famed tourist destination seeks to reduce a herd by 900 animals this winter, a U.S. conservation group said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/B5-YEM4uJaw/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Lungu narrowly wins Zambia presidential vote, opposition cries foul
Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:19:06 -0500
LUSAKA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Zambia’s ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in this week’s presidential poll, results showed on Saturday, defeating his closest rival who said the election had been “stolen”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-x9FN6jqK-I/zambia-election-idUSL6N0V30AC20150124

UPDATE 1-Congo parliament says to drop controversial part of election law
Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:02:25 -0500
* HRW: “Unlawful and excessive force” used on protesters (Recast with national assembly president http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4TxjALjrOjw/congodemocratic-politics-idUSL6N0V30IS20150124

Europe-exposed U.S. construction suppliers to trail domestic peers
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:09:43 -0500
Jan 23 (Reuters) – U.S. construction materials suppliers that have a sizeable exposure to European housing markets are expected to report slower revenue growth this year than their domestic peers due to cooling housing demand on the continent and a stronger dollar. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Lu74ZsjynuU/construction-europe-idUSL4N0V151Y20150123

After Hungary’s Swiss franc mortgage manoeuvre, a nod to Orbanomics
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:50:25 -0500
LONDON/BUDAPEST, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has long irritated European Union partners with economic policies that have burned foreign banks operating in Hungary. They may find his triumph in this month’s Swiss franc episode a bitter one. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GNlDxZFALW4/hungary-orbanomics-idUSL6N0V036D20150123

Tanzania’s energy minister resigns amid graft scandal, denies wrongdoing
Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:05:15 GMT
DAR ES SALAAM, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Tanzania’s Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo resigned on Saturday amid a graft scandal that has rocked the gas-rich country and led Western donors to delay aid, though he called himself “incorruptible” and denied wrongdoing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vNbYO2ZIgS4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Tepco, Chubu expected to buy 6 LNG cargoes from Vitol, GDF Suez -traders
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:11 GMT
LONDON/MILAN, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co and Chubu Electric Power Co,, are expected to buy a total of six cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Vitol and GDF Suez in their first joint tender, three traders said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/r6e7-B2rdbw/story01.htm

Armenian soldiers killed in border clash with Azerbaijan Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:51:35 GMT
YEREVAN, Jan 23 (Reuters) – At least two Armenian soldiers were killed in clashes with troops from neighbouring Azerbaijan on Friday, but the former Soviet republics gave conflicting death tolls and disputed who was to blame. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/imrATFDcgY0/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 3-GE industrial profit rises despite flagging oil unit sales
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:03:39 GMT
Jan 23 (Reuters) – General Electric Co reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly industrial profit on Friday as its businesses that sell power-generating turbines and jet engines helped offset weak sales in its oil and gas unit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Lv8oon4PhVQ/story01.htm

Unlikely buddies Obama and Modi aim high on India trip Posted:Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:59:57 GMT
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – In a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner, U.S. President Barack Obama lands in New Delhi on Sunday for a highly symbolic parade and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who until last year was persona non grata in Washington. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KNTzElDt7Gk/story01.htm

Into thin air: Boston pipes leak $90 mln in fuel yearly -study Posted:Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:22:30 -0500
BOSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Boston’s ageing pipeline network leaks about $90 million worth of natural gas each year, marking a sizeable financial loss and a threat to the environment, according to a study released on Thursday by Harvard researchers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/uTQ2_kbyDeo/usa-boston-gas-leaks-idUSL6N0V157X20150122

INTERVIEW-Ukraine sees imports of European gas overtaking Russian gas this year
Posted:Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:34:28 -0500
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine plans to cover up to 60 percent of its gas import needs this year from Europe, leaving its once-dominant supplier Russia delivering the rest, the head of the state energy firm told Reuters on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/eKKwKnbeR2U/ukraine-crisis-naftogas-idUSL6N0V14YJ20150122

Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country Posted:Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:12:45 -0500
BOSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rXHEnH2DJIs/harvard-water-idUSL1N0V02Z320150122

European telecoms deals produce new winners as consolidation enters next phase
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:46:13 GMT
PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – A frenzy of deals is shifting the competitive landscape among European telecoms operators, producing new winners such as Hutchison and Altice and setting the stage for more… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/mWcHzkIvyoQ/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (Jan 23)
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:31:44 GMT
BRUSSELS, Jan 23 (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/mergersNews/~3/63RnUBHrzKU/story01.htm

European telecoms deals produce new winners as consolidation enters next phase
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:46:13 GMT
PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – A frenzy of deals is shifting the competitive landscape among European telecoms operators, producing new winners such as Hutchison and Altice and setting the stage for more… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/mWcHzkIvyoQ/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (Jan 23)
Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:31:44 GMT
BRUSSELS, Jan 23 (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/mergersNews/~3/63RnUBHrzKU/story01.htm

Dealmakers in Davos see more M&A despite geopolitical risks Posted:Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:19:40 GMT
DAVOS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Low borrowing costs, currency shifts and the hunt for both cost savings and growth opportunities will drive a steady flow of merger and acquisition deals this year despite… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/VPiFFAyfFxg/story01.htm