This post ran from April 19-May 3, 2015. Most recent updates are on top. This is a continuation of: It continues here:
Nuclear Blasphemy, 70 Yrs is Enough CampaignPro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima
Call-up to Clean-up Nuclear Sites
These images or something similar will probably stay on top until a) pro-nuclear people volunteer to work at nuclear waste sites (WIPP, Fukushima, Hanford, etc.) in droves, and b) the nuclear industry is shut down. Then, after b), there will still be the problem of a) the nuclear waste to be secured. We live on borrowed time. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

This has been updated, as deadline looms:
Please remember to comment: “Impact of Variation in Environmental Conditions on the Thermal Performance of Dry Storage Casks”, NUREG, US NRC comment deadline Monday, May 4th 11.59 pm Eastern Time US:!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0273-0001 Important to put ID: NRC-2014-0273-0001 At the very least demand that they withdraw this incomplete and methodologically flawed document. And, that the overpaid fat-cat bureaucrats who wrote it – Jorge Solis and Ghani Zigh be fired and sent to clean-up WIPP or Fukushima as penance. Comment can be anonymous.

New posts:
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Saturday, 2 May 2015

This post has been updated as NUREG draft critique deadline looms:


Reuters News Feed Selection

Scientists monitor undersea volcanic eruption off Oregon coast Posted:Sat, 02 May 2015 00:05:36 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon’s coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday.

UPDATE 3-TransCanada profit lifted by U.S. pipeline operations Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 21:53:12 GMT
May 1 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp, Canada’s second largest pipeline operator, reported a 10 percent rise in comparable earnings, helped by the positive impact of a stronger U.S. dollar on its U.S. pipeline operations and profits at its power businesses.

New oil train speed limits unlikely to stop explosive crashes Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 21:46:57 GMT
NEW YORK, May 1 (Reuters) – New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday.

North American rail industry angered by new brake rule Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 21:41:28 GMT
May 1 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators took on the powerful rail industry on Friday, announcing plans to require expensive, high-tech braking technology the railways insist is unproven and unreliable.

QUOTEBOX-In wake of oil train plan, debate between safety and commerce
Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 21:12:21 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – The United States and Canada have a 400-page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production.

U.S. to evaluate uranium mine cleanups on Navajo land -Justice Dept Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 22:35:18 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government will put $13.2 million into an environmental trust to pay for evaluations of 16 abandoned uranium mines on land belonging to the Navajo Nation in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, the Justice Department said on Friday.

Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 08:33:04 GMT
(Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, 128 km south-south-west of Rabaul, at a depth of 61 km, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Lists of US NRC comment deadlines. Please scroll down their page as they have multiple divisions and it is easy to overlook things: Alternatively type NRC comments into a search engine.

This post has been updated:

New Post: Anyone living east of the Rockies could be impacted by a nuclear reactor accident anywhere in the US and should be highly concerned. Comment period is over but possibility to request public hearing lasts until 1 June:
HIgh Level Nuclear Waste.  They Wouldn't Want it Under Their House.  We Don't Want it Under Ours!

Reuters News Feed Selection

Tesla moves into batteries that store energy for homes, businesses Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 06:59:10 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc on Thursday unveiled Tesla Energy – storage systems or batteries for homes, companies and utilities that will expand its business beyond electric vehicles and tap into a fast-growing area of the energy industry.

U.S. government to pay New Mexico $73 million over radiation leak Posted:Fri, 01 May 2015 02:58:06 GMT
(Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department will pay New Mexico $73 million in road and other infrastructure projects for violations by an underground nuclear waste dump and nuclear research lab that led to a radiation leak last year, officials said on Thursday.

U.S. firms lead EU lobbying league
Posted:Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:58:29 -0400
* U.S. companies dominate top spending rankings * Tech rivals Microsoft, Google among big lobbiers * Oil giants maintain high spending, Deutsche Bank grows * Data deadline was first since registration mandatory By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, April 30 (Reuters) – U.S. companies, including tech rivals Microsoft and Google, were among leading spenders on corporate lobbying in Brussels last year, a Reuters review of new data showed (table below). Companies had until Thursda

30 April 2015

The US NRC appears to be sneaking through a lump of changes which may be important with the deadline late Monday night (11.59 pm Eastern Time).

New Post:

Re Comment Period on Environmental Conditions for US Nuclear Waste Dry Storage. If you are in North American you have all day and evening Monday, as deadline is 11.59 pm ET: This NUREG looks like a hoax. It does not live up to its title, nor to its scope. One interesting point made, but not evaluated, is that peak cladding temperature (PCT) increases 14.4F for every 10F ambient temperature. The only thing which the NUREG evaluates is low level wind, and it doesn’t do a proper job of that. Updated 29 April; post to be further updated later on 30 April or 1 May.

Fire under control doesn’t mean put out.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Forest fire near Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear zone under control: Prime Minister
Posted:Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:33:46 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian fire fighters have contained a large forest fire that threatened to spread toward the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant and radiation levels in the area are normal, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday.

Forest fire threatens Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear zone Posted:Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:26:52 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Emergency services were battling on Tuesday to prevent Ukraine’s largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.

UPDATE 2-G7 says Chernobyl shelter to be completed by Nov 2017 Posted:Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:32:32 -0400
LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – The world’s leading powers said on Wednesday a protective cover over the collapsed Chernobyl nuclear power plant would be completed by November 2017, although they were still short of funds to finish the project.

Solar panels for trees? Kenya barters to rebuild its forests Posted:Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:54:43 GMT
NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.

China solar expansion needs billions from wary investors Posted:Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:08:46 GMT
HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese solar companies, some already heavily indebted, will need to raise many billions of dollars this year to fund a big expansion in capacity, a major test of investor confidence in a sector hit hard by the global financial crisis.

29 April 2015

This post has been updated-continues, for today’s post:

Reuters News Selection

Russia building nuclear reactors – and influence – around the globe“, By Hannah Thoburn April 29, 2015
Excerpt: “Recent revelations about the concerted Russian effort to buy up uranium resources across the globe… For Moscow’s state-owned nuclear-energy company, Rosatom, has made successful inroads into markets around the world. It is Rosatom — not France’s Areva … that has 29 nuclear reactors in various stages of planning and construction in more than a dozen countries… Areva, though largely owned by the French state, has not sold one reactor since 2007.”

Barrick Gold takes backseat at Australia’s Super Pit Posted:Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:15:42 -0400
SYDNEY, April 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s Barrick Gold will relinquish some management duties at Australia’s Super Pit gold mine to partner Newmont Mining, in a further pull-back from operations in the Southern Hemisphere

Chinese steel exports to stay high this year -industry group Posted:Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:35:16 -0400
SHANGHAI, April 29 (Reuters) – China’s steel exports will remain competitive and are unlikely to fall much this year, as low prices and firm demand offset the scrapping of an export tax rebate on certain products, the China Iron & Steel Association (CISA) said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-GDF Suez shareholder vote backs double voting rights Posted:Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:18:07 -0400
PARIS, April 28 (Reuters) – Shareholders of GDF Suez on Tuesday voted to give double voting rights to long-term shareholders, a move that could allow the French government to sell part of its stake and still maintain control.

Groups seek U.S. SEC probe of Shell Arctic drilling risk disclosures
Posted:Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:03:28 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – An environmental group and a law clinic petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in the harsh Arctic waters, the groups said on Tuesday.

Dutch parliament reverses burden of proof in gas damage claims Posted:Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:18:50 -0400
AMSTERDAM, April 28 (Reuters) – The Dutch parliament on Tuesday voted to reverse the burden of proof in disputes over damages to buildings caused by the production of gas at Groningen, Europe’s largest natural gas field, a potentially expensive decision.

Con Ed, NY City face new lawsuit over 2014 Harlem gas explosion Posted:Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:54:19 -0400
NEW YORK, April 28 (Reuters) – Consolidated Edison Inc and New York City have been hit with a new lawsuit alleging that their carelessness contributed to a 2014 gas explosion in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood that killed eight people and injured more than four dozen.

Tuesday 28 April 2015

New Post:

Didn’t Japan just say this?

Reuters News Feed

Japanese government wants nuclear to be 20-22 pct of power mix
Posted:Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:35:51 GMT
TOKYO, April 28 (Reuters) – Japan should aim to make nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country’s electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy making up slightly more, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.

Monday 27 April 2015

New Post:

URGENT: US NRC COMMENT DEADLINE MAY 4th-Nuclear Waste:Impact of Variation in Environmental Conditions on the Thermal Performance of Dry Storage Casks”!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0273-0001

Reuters News Feed Selection

Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear Posted:Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:39:00 GMT
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water.

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled Posted:Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:24:21 GMT
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

After crisis warnings, UK’s Labour says no deals with Scottish nationalists
Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:51:46 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party on Sunday ruled out a post-election deal with Scottish nationalists after Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives said such a tie-up could spark the biggest constitutional crisis since the 1936 abdication of the king.

Big China steel thrives, stoking export fears
Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0400
SHANGHAI, April 26 (Reuters) – Plunging iron ore prices are providing a lifeline for some of China’s biggest steel mills, but raising the prospect of a rising tide of exports and increased friction with the European Union and countries such as India.

PRESS DIGEST – Wall Street Journal – April 27
Posted:Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:09:32 -0400
April 27 (Reuters) – Following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – April 27 Posted:Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:40:50 -0400
April 27 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

UPDATE 1-UK government would oppose any takeover of BP -FT Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:37:13 -0400
April 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s outgoing government has told BP Plc that it wants the company to remain a British industrial champion and it would oppose any takeover of the oil producer, the…

U.S., Japan to unveil new defense guidelines amid China’s rise Posted:Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:11:22 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new U.S.-Japan defense guidelines that are expected to be released on Monday and may cause unease in China.

China investigates three senior army officers suspected of graft Posted:Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:37:43 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military has confirmed that three more senior officers are under investigation for suspected corruption, as the world’s largest army deepens its probe into deep-seated graft.

Traders alarmed oil glut is a strain on West Texas storage tanks Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
NEW YORK, April 26 (Reuters) – Four-hundred miles from the near overflowing tanks at the U.S. oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, a second glut in the Permian Basin of West Texas is pressuring oil prices once again as pipeline disruptions strand millions of barrels in the region.

Ukraine’s ceasefire under pressure as one more serviceman killed Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:24:31 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – A fragile ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists came under renewed pressure on Sunday with the Ukrainian military reporting a serviceman had been killed and seven others wounded in rebel attacks.

Kazakh leader sails to new term with ‘stability’ mantra Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:05:08 GMT
ASTANA (Reuters) – Nursultan Nazarbayev was heading for a virtually unchallenged victory in Kazakhstan’s presidential election on Sunday, offering economic and social stability at the cost of what rights groups call systematic stifling of dissent over his 26-year rule.

German Chancellor, Greek PM agree to stay in touch to reach debt deal Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:00:39 GMT
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday to maintain contact during talks between Athens and its lenders to reach a debt deal, a Greek government official said.

Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting Posted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:49:26 GMT
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

Creditors, Caesars spar over control of casino bankruptcy Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:46:39 -0400
April 23 (Reuters) – Creditors of the bankrupt operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp said they wanted to stop the casino company from extending the period when it has exclusive control of its…

Nevada’s Lake Mead on track to reach record low water level amid drought
Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:21:01 GMT
(Reuters) – Nevada’s Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.

Seattle plans $600 million wastewater overflow project Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:27:01 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Seattle utility unveiled a $600 million plan on Friday to stop millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into the area’s creeks, lakes, the Duwamish river and the Puget Sound.

Sika’s family owner seeks to overturn AGM decisions about takeoverPosted:Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:39:38 -0400
ZURICH, April 26 (Reuters) – The Swiss family that controls chemicals business Sika said it is seeking to overturn several decisions made at a recent investor meeting over a 2.75 billion Swiss franc ($2.88 billion) takeover by French rival Saint-Gobain.

26 April 2015

New Post:

While there are plenty of options with renewable energies, as proven now by Japan’s solar revolution, so that no one has to choose between electricity and safety, it is also true that most people didn’t have electricity less than 100 years ago, even in the developed world.
Boy with Candle 1681
candles in room

Reuters News Feed Selection

Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy Posted:Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:00:30 -0400
SINGAPORE/TOKYO, April 26 (Reuters) – One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world’s top industrialised nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it’s solar energy that is becoming the alternative.

Thousands of coal workers march in Berlin in protest against climate tax
Posted:Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:41:16 -0400
* German public supports government’s climate targets -survey

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Listing preferred option for Anglo’s South Africa platinum mines- CEO
Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:37:41 -0400
LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – Anglo American favours a listing of some South African platinum mines as the most likely route to divesting those assets, the mining group’s chief executive said on Friday.

Up to 150,000 Bangladesh workers lost jobs after Rana Plaza safety overhaul
Posted:Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:46:19 -0400
DHAKA, April 25 (Reuters) – Some 220 garment factories have shut down in Bangladesh with the loss of up to 150,000 jobs after the collapse of Rana Plaza shone a light on unsafe working conditions in…

25 April 2015

New Post:

Possible New US NRC Con Alert

Another spent fuel cask comment period. This one for Hitachi: We haven’t had time to see what they are really up to. This may or may not be a con. Hitachi is the owner of NAC, which used to belong to USEC.
Greater Sage Grouse, Photo by Pacific SW Region USFWS, Sacramento.
Greater Sage Grouse, Photo by Pacific SW Region USFWS, Sacramento.

From “Drone ‘containing radiation’ lands on roof of Japanese PM’s office: Traces of radiation reportedly detected on drone carrying camera and bottle with unidentified contents The Guardian states that: “…the incident was a wakeup call to the potential dangers of drones,” BUT NOT OF NUCLEAR ENERGY! The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze, even as extremely high levels of radiation were found in a Tokyo play park – so high that 2 hours would yield one year’s radiation exposure limit.

One area of the park registered 480 microsieverts per hour, or nearly half the recommended annual limit of exposure./ That compares with radiation levels ranging from 0.7 to 23.2 microsieverts per hour measured this month in the air in Okuma, a town less than 20 km from the Fukushima plant.” (Reuters) One hour at 482 microsieverts = 0.482 millisieverts (mSv). The ICRP “recommends” max of 0.1 to 0.3 mSv per year from each nuclear facility and a max of 1 mSv per year“, pp. 116-117 (ICRP 103). The park has been open for 2 years.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children’s park Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:09:01 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Authorities in the Japanese capital have cordoned off a playground where high levels of radiation were detected this week, reviving concerns about nuclear contamination four years after the Fukushima disaster.

Japanese man arrested for landing drone on PM’s office in nuclear protest
Posted:Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:25:42 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese man has been arrested for landing a drone on the prime minister’s office with a minuscule amount of radiation in an apparent protest against the use of nuclear power, four years after the Fukushima disaster.

Population of North American sage-grouse sharply declining: study Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:25:58 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of breeding males in the greater sage-grouse population of the United States and part of Canada has declined by 56 percent in recent years, in a sign of trouble for the ground-dwelling bird, a study released on Friday showed.

U.S. Export-Import Bank backers say ready for fight ‘to the death’ Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:07:16 GMT
WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – Supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Friday they would press ahead with legislation to keep the bank alive despite efforts to shut it down.

No decision yet on Mistral, France’s Hollande says Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:29:16 GMT
YEREVAN/PARIS (Reuters) – No decision has yet been taken on the future of France’s suspended contract to deliver Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chile volcano prompts new evacuations, flights to Argentina canceled Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:03:38 GMT SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning on Wednesday, is still puffing out ash and smoke on Friday, prompting new evacuations and leading airlines to cancel flights to Argentine capital Buenos Aires, some 1,400 kilometers east.

French probe deepens into failed church attack suspect Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:51:40 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French magistrates opened a formal investigation on Friday into a 24-year-old Algerian suspected of murdering a woman and planning a gun attack on churchgoers in a Paris suburb, a judicial source said.

Oil exec Aubrey McClendon faces U.S. antitrust probe -filing Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:06:32 -0400
HOUSTON, April 24 (Reuters) – Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for potential antitrust violations related to…

Barclays must face U.S. fraud lawsuit tied to ‘dark pool’ probe Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:20:12 -0400
NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – Barclays Plc failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the British bank of defrauding shareholders about a private “dark pool” trading platform even…

UPDATE 3-Four Petrobras platforms halt output due to oil leak -union Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:37:49 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24 (Reuters) – Four Petrobras oil platforms off the northeast coast of Brazil have halted production after a leak of about 7,000 liters of oil was detected coming from a…

Canadian finance figure died in Mongolia of illness -police Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:58:13 -0400
ULAN BATOR, April 24 (Reuters) – A preliminary examination shows that Jim Doak, a well-known figure in Canada’s financial industry who was found dead in his hotel room in Mongolia on Thursday, died of an unspecified illness, local police said on Friday.

Atlas Iron seeks creditor lifeline as mines close -sources Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:06:41 -0400
SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) – Australia’s Atlas Iron Ltd is holding talks with creditors in search of a lifeline as it prepares to close the last of its iron ore mines after falling victim to low ore prices.

UPDATE 1-TransCanada seeks U.S. permit on Upland line as Keystone waits Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:29:15 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, April 24 (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp , whose controversial Keystone XL pipeline project has waited more than six years for U.S. approvals, is asking the Obama administration to approve another pipeline, one that would take American crude oil into Canada.

Work on controversial Colombia coal railway blocked by residents Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:18:51 GMT
CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 24 (Reuters) – Engineering work ordered by Colombia’s constitutional court that would allow the country’s main coal railway to operate at night was blocked by protesters shortly after the work got under way this week, a Mines and Energy Ministry official said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Russia’s sole offshore Arctic field to double oil output in 2015 Posted:Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:24:08 GMT MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) – Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom, plans to more than double oil output this year at the Prirazlomnoye field, Russia’s sole Arctic offshore oil project, the company said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Germany to review jobs impact of coal levy before decision Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:27:29 GMT
* Ministry proposes linking levy to electricity price (Adds detail on levy)

Friday, 24 April 2015

New Posts:

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan govt draft: nuclear to be 20-22 pct of power mix by 2030 -media
Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:36:39 -0400
TOKYO, April 24 (Reuters) – Japan’s government has proposed making nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country’s electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy to account for slightly more, media reported on Friday.

Haitian marine biologist wins environmental activism prize Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:57:26 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti’s north coast has won a prominent U.S. environmental activism prize.

Chile court rules tailings dam for Antofagasta’s Los Pelambres mine safe
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:08:18 GMT
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A Chilean court ruled on Wednesday that the tailings dam for Antofagasta Minerals’ flagship Los Pelambres copper mine is safe, though a separate appeal has not yet been decided on a judge’s ruling to demolish the facility that holds refuse left over from the extraction process.

Ocean output rivals big nations’ GDP, but resources eroding Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:05:28 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Economic output by the world’s oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:54:46 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. government geologists now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil fuel production.

UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina
Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:56:01 -0400
* Putin says ties with Argentina on a new level (Adds Falklands comments)

Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in droughtPosted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:50:31 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state’s prolonged drought would no longer face fines from municipalities for failing to maintain their properties under a bill passed Thursday in the state assembly.

Flights canceled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:35:38 GMT
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash.

Fuel slick washes up on Canary Islands after ship sinks Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:51:53 GMT
MADRID (Reuters) – Around 120 kilos of shipping fuel has been scraped up off the Spanish Gran Canaria tourist beaches Veneguera, Tasarte and Taurito, the government said on Thursday, after a Russian fuel-laden ship sank off the coast last week.

India rushes aid to the east after storm kills 48, displaces thousands
Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:17:01 GMT
PATNA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Indian authorities were rushing food rations, clothes and cooking utensils to villagers in the east of the country on Thursday after a storm killed at least 48 people and left thousands more homeless, government officials said.

Chinese banks must cut coal lending, shift to cleaner businesses: study
Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:20:12 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – China needs to cut lending to coal-related industries and shift more financing to cleaner businesses in order to address a huge funding gap that is hindering the country’s war on pollution, a study drawn up in part by central bank researchers said.

UPDATE 3-RWE boss open to splitting up group if crisis worsens Posted:Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:58:10 -0400
* In talks with Gulf investor, no agreement reached (Recasts, adds fresh quotes)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

New Post:

Grand Canyon Michael Quinn, NPS
Image Michael Quinn, NPS
No Earth Day in Arizona“, by Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Program Director

It’s a sad day when the Grand Canyon state argues against protecting the Grand Canyon.

Five days before Earth Day, Arizona’s attorney general Mark Brnovich joined mining industry allies in appealing a 20-year ban on new uranium mines surrounding Grand Canyon.” Read the rest here:

Pascua Lama Mine wikipedia coordinates
Pascua Lama coordinates exported from wikipedia
Pascua-Lama is an open pit mining project of gold, silver, copper and other minerals. Pascua Lama is located in the Andes mountains, in the southern reaches of Atacama Desert, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina at an altitude of over 4,500 metres. Toronto-based Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, is developing the project. Due to its proximity to glaciers, Pascua-Lama has caused controversy and public protest in Chile, including demonstrations and petitions presented to the Chilean government.

Reuters re Pascua Lama: “The project had broken rules relating to protecting flora and fauna, monitoring glaciers, water management, among others, it said, adding that it considered one infraction – the construction of works outside the permitted area – as “very serious.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Chile regulator seeks new sanctions against Barrick’s Pascua-Lama
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:39:21 -0400
SANTIAGO, April 22 (Reuters) – Chile’s environmental regulator SMA said on Wednesday it will seek new sanctions against Barrick Gold Corp’s massive Pascua-Lama gold and silver project, further…

Power slips from Pinochet cronies as Chile’s lithium giant reboots board
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:04:15 -0400
* Shareholders will vote for new SQM board on Friday in Santiago

Burger giant McDonald’s to end deforestation in supply chain – TRFN Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:17:39 -0400
BARCELONA, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global fast food giant McDonald’s Corp has pledged to end deforestation caused by production of commodities in its supply chain, focusing on beef, coffee, palm oil, poultry and packaging.

UPDATE 3-EU charges Russia’s Gazprom, alleging price gouging Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:58:21 GMT
* Gazprom calls charges “unfounded”, seeks political agreement

UPDATE 2-South Africa’s power firm Eskom not bankrupt – acting CEO Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:15:31 GMT
* Acting CEO says does not expect to stay in job (Adds CEO quotes, new power plants)

UPDATE 1-France’s Total in talks to sell stake in Russia’s Kharyaga oil project – Vedomosti
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:13:26 GMT
MOSCOW, April 22 (Reuters) – French oil and gas major Total is in talks to sell its 40 percent stake in Russia’s Kharyaga oil project to Russian state firm Zarubezhneft, Vedomosti business daily reported on Wednesday.

U.S. earthquakes pose risk to record 140 million Americans: research
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:02:19 GMT
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than 143 million people in 48 neighboring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday.

Activist abandons Earth Day swim in polluted New York City canal Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:23:26 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An environmental activist on Wednesday gave up less than halfway through his attempt to swim the length of a notoriously polluted New York City canal, but not before comparing it to “swimming into a dirty diaper.”

CERAWEEK-U.S. energy secretary touts nuclear deal with Iran Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:50:38 GMT
HOUSTON, April 22 (Reuters) – An agreement between the United States, Iran and other world powers designed to curtail Iran’s nuclear program is effective and would work if implemented, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday.

Petrobras posts audited results, takes $2 bln corruption charge Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:53:10 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 22 (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Wednesday that it lost 26.6 billion reais ($8.8 billion) in the fourth quarter after taking a write-down of 50.8 billion reais because of corruption and other impairments.

CORRECTED-U.S. Senate committee backs extension of aid for trade-displaced workers
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:35:42 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) – A committee in the U.S. Senate voted to approve aid for workers who lose their jobs due to trade, part of a package of bills key to closing a Pacific trade pact.

UPDATE 2-Deutsche likely to pay more than $2 billion over Libor-rigging – source
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:16:50 -0400
April 22 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG is likely to pay more than $2 billion to U.S. and U.K. authorities over the manipulation of a key interest rate benchmark, more than any other bank has been…

UPDATE 2-U.S. House passes cyber-threat information bill Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:14:38 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with…

WRAPUP 2-Accused British ‘flash crash’ trader fights extradition to U.S.
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:12:22 -0400
* CFTC head said case took five years because of market complexity

UPDATE 1-Obama backs trade bill change stopping short of currency sanctions
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:01:34 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) – The Obama administration supports an amendment to trade legislation that would improve scrutiny of currency policies but stops short of punishing currency…

BofA questions judge’s impartiality as it appeals big fraud verdict Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:47:42 -0400
NEW YORK, April 22 (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to toss a $1.27 billion penalty imposed in a mortgage fraud case, and in a rare move asked that the..

UPDATE 1-Exxon Mobil to pay $5.07 mln for 2013 Arkansas oil spill Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:27:50 -0400
April 22 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Pakistani politicians decry “unfair” China corridor route Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:53:44 -0400
QUETTA, Pakistan, April 22 (Reuters) – Politicians in Pakistan complained on Wednesday that a plan for projects worth $46 billion to be built with Chinese funding has been unfairly changed to the disadvantage of two provinces.

Mexico’s Congress passes anti-corruption law
Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:25:53 -0400
MEXICO CITY, April 22 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Congress has approved an anti-corruption law that could help relieve pressure on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s scandal-plagued government.

UPDATE 3-Four dead as super storm lashes Australian east coast Posted:Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:26:19 -0400
SYDNEY, April 22 (Reuters) – A cyclonic storm lashing Australia’s east coast for a third day was declared a catastrophe on Wednesday after destroying homes, cutting power to more than 200,000 homes and causing millions of dollars of damage in Sydney and other cities.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

New Posts:
Old Posts Regarding Sendai:

Sakurajima Aug 19 2010 NASA
In 2010: “By mid-August, Sakurajima Volcano—one of Japan’s most active—had erupted ash at least once every week during 2010. On August 19, 2010, an ash plume was sighted at 9,000 feet (2,700 meters), according to the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center. This natural-color satellite image shows the gray plume moving west (towards image top) from the volcano’s summit. Simultaneously, a pyroclastic flow descended the eastern slopes.
Although Sakurajima’s activity since 1955 has been characterized by frequent small eruptions, the volcano still poses a danger to the densely-populated surroundings. Roughly 7,000 years ago Sakurajima erupted with a volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 6, equivalent to the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo
“. (Emphasis added)
Is it really wise to have a nuclear power plant about 60 km (37 miles) or less BY AIR from this volcano? No, it takes a homicidal maniac! People are often more like their grandparents than parents. Who was PM Abe’s grandfather? Speak of the devil, I was just thinking of him!

Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke “Kishi attended Tokyo Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo) and entered the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 1920. In 1935, he became one of the top officials involved in the industrial development of Manchukuo, where he was later accused of exploiting Chinese forced labor.[1] Prime Minister Hideki Tōjō, himself a veteran of the Manchurian campaign, appointed Kishi Minister of Munitions [2] in 1941, and Kishi was also elected to the Lower House of the Diet of Japan in 1942…. As with other members of the former Japanese government, Kishi was held at Sugamo Prison as a “Class A” war crimes suspect by the order of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers. Unlike Tōjō (and several other cabinet members), however, Kishi was released in 1948 and was never indicted or tried by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. However, he remained legally prohibited from entering public affairs because of the Allied occupation’s purge of members of the old regime.

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UPDATE 1-Japan court approves restart of reactors in boost for Abe’s nuclear policy
Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:57:59 -0400
* Court approves restart of Kyushu Electric’s Sendai power station

Japan court rejects request to halt restart of Kyushu Electric’s Sendai reactors
Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:12:59 -0400
KAGOSHIMA, Japan, April 22 (Reuters) – A Japanese court rejected a lawsuit to halt the restart of Kyushu Electric Power’s Sendai nuclear station, plaintiffs said on Wednesday, brushing aside the concerns of local residents worried about the safety of the plant.

In North Korea, solar panel boom gives power to the people Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:45 -0400
SEOUL, April 22 (Reuters) – In a country notorious for a lack of electricity, many North Koreans are taking power into their hands by installing cheap household solar panels to charge mobile phones and light up their homes.

Smog-hit China aims for environmental stimulus as growth wanes Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0400
* Banks to lend $100 bln for “technological renovation” in Hebei

Japan nuclear ruling to show whether legal fight emboldened Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:01 -0400
KAGOSHIMA, Japan, April 22 (Reuters) – A Japanese court will rule on Wednesday on an injunction to block the restart of two more nuclear reactors, a decision that could determine whether a legal drive by citizens to prevent the reopening of the sector on safety grounds will gather steam.

Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:25:56 -0400
LOS ANGELES, April 21 (Reuters) – Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations.

U.S. business groups to urge Congress to approve fast-track trade authority
Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:44:58 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost 300 business groups from across the United States are urging swift passage of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would “fast-track” trade deals, in a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders on Tuesday.

Obama proposes 30-year agreement with China on nuclear power Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:23:38 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a 30-year agreement to cooperate with China on nuclear power, a deal that would allow the transfer of material, reactors, components and technology between the two nations, if approved by the U.S. Congress.

UPDATE 1-Greece hopes to reach deal on Russian gas pipeline soon Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:15:40 GMT
* Gazprom says European companies interested in project (Adds comments by Gazprom’s head, Eurogroup head)

News was updated for Tuesday 21 April Please scroll down more.

UK and US Comment Deadlines

Monday, April 20th is comment deadline regarding safety exemption requests by Holtec:!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0275
No, you aren’t dreaming. This is two months in a row for Holtec exemptions. Holtec is present in countries all over the world, including the UK, Switzerland, Ukraine, US and more:

UK Low Level Waste Comment period ends Tuesday 21 April 2015:

The CONsultation on dispersal of wastes to the environment can be emailed here: by 21st April.
Not only is nuclear waste being sent to landfills, but
Novel radioactive routes have been opened. Potentially radioactive metals are being dispersed to consumer goods, from tins of beans to children’s’ toys.
Radioactivity has to go somewhere–into the air, into the water, into the soil … and increasingly, into ordinary items of commerce. / Thus everyone on earth will soon be receiving their own personal allotment of radioactive plutonium, cesium-137, cobalt-60, iron-55, nickel-63, and many other human-made radioactive waste materials in their household purchases — a gift from the nuclear industry.
Comment by Nuclear Free Local Authorities:
UK Vote 7 May
If you want a government which will not send nuclear waste to your local landfill, the best way to stop it is to elect a better government on 7 May.

Tuesday, 20 April 2015

New Posts:

Ha-ha! Former BP CEO “Lord” Browne and Russian oligarch Fridman aren’t getting their way for a change! See Reuters below.

How Swedish State-owned Vattenfall and German E.ON. take care of their radioactive waste. Then THEY are suing the German State! Shouldn’t the German State being suing them for this mess? rusted radioactive waste drum after empty
Brunsbuettel Rusted Rad Waste Drum after Emptied (SH-DE) Peek into Radioactive Waste Cavern
Brunsbuettel Rusted Rad Waste Drums view into the cavern (SH-DE).

Gare! Beware! Germany needs to dispose of its waste and has a long track record of trying to export it, whether legally or illegally, rather than just doing the right thing and building something proper in Germany, away from the Rhineland and super-volcano.

Reuters News Feed

Costs for Germany’s nuclear exit could rise to 70 bln euros Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:08:33 -0400
BERLIN, April 20 (Reuters) – The bill for shutting down Germany’s nuclear power plants and building a safe disposal site for nuclear waste could rise to 70 billion euros, the head of a government commission told daily Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview

UPDATE 3-Britain orders sale of Russian billionaire Fridman’s North Sea fields
Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:06:25 -0400
* LetterOne given six months to sell assets (Adds LetterOne reaction, background)

UK decides to revoke DEA oil licences unless ownership changes Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:15:18 -0400
LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – The British government has decided to revoke North Sea oil field licences owned by DEA, RWE’s oil and gas unit bought last month by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s LetterOne, unless the licences change ownership, the energy ministry said.

UPDATE 2-EU to charge Russia’s Gazprom with market abuse – sources Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:58:28 -0400
* Vestager acts despite political ramifications-analyst (Adds Gazprom source, expert comments)

Enviva Partners touts European alternative energy initiatives Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:21:07 -0400
NEW YORK, April 20 (IFR) – The European Union’s so-called 20-20-20 mandate – by 2020 to reduce global CO2 emissions by 20%, source 20% of energy from renewable, and increase energy efficiency by 20%…

UPDATE 2-BlackRock to pay $12 mln in SEC conflict of interest case Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:00:27 -0400
April 20 (Reuters) – BlackRock Inc, one of the world’s largest asset managers, agreed to pay $12 million to resolve civil charges that one of its unit failed to disclose a conflict of interest…

UPDATE 1-Gazprom head in Athens on Tuesday for energy talks Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:42:19 -0400
ATHENS, April 20 (Reuters) – The head of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexei Miller will be in Athens on Tuesday for talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the country’s energy minister, the energy ministry said on Monday.

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – April 21
Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:42:18 -0400
April 21 (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.

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – April 21
Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:27:56 -0400
April 21 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Molycorp slumps 17 percent to record low on bigger quarterly loss Posted:Thu, 08 May 2014 17:52:07 GMT
(Reuters) – Molycorp Inc shares slumped 17 percent on Thursday in the wake of the U.S.-based rare earths producer’s results a day earlier which showed a bigger first-quarter loss and production…

Sunday, 19 April 2015

US EPA Comment Deadline on Restoring Groundwater After Uranium Mining Extended. New Deadline is May 27th:
We do not know if this will stop them from spraying radium on the land as they are currently doing…
Some important upcoming US NRC Deadlines:
NRC-2009-0279 Radiation Protection 06/22/2015
NRC-2011-0012 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal 07/24/2015

Green Party UK official position on Nuclear:
EN261 We will cancel construction of new nuclear stations and nuclear power will not be eligible for government subsidy; the Green Party opposes all nuclear power generation and is particularly opposed to the construction of new nuclear power stations, electricity from which is likely to be significantly more expensive per unit supplied than other low-carbon energy sources, and too slow to deploy to meet our pressing energy needs. Cancellation will avoid the costs and dangers of nuclear energy and waste being passed on to future generations long after any benefits have been exhausted.

EN262 Money earmarked for new nuclear plant research, development and construction will be reallocated to energy efficiency measures and renewable energy infrastructure, but sufficient funding for decommissioning redundant power stations, and for research into the safe storage or disposal of existing radioactive waste stockpiles will be retained.

Trailer for “The Dawn Patrol” 1938: At around two minutes it discusses sending pilots up in old or defective airplanes (how old could they be in 1914-18 compared to current airplanes?): “sending them up in crates that should have been on the junk heap months ago“. And, then about the end of the war: “We’ll go home until some other noisy criminal fools sitting around a table shove us into another war and we’ll be at it again“.

China, which has two similar 1,600 megawatt European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) under construction, has been warned that they too may share the potentially catastrophic problem“.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:26:09 -0400
April 17 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.

UPDATE 1-Kyrgyz lawmakers want more say in Centerra, not nationalisation
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:07:01 -0400
BISHKEK, April 17 (Reuters) – The ruling coalition in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament said on Friday the Central Asian country should seek to raise its representation on Centerra Gold’s board, rejecting calls to nationalise the flagship venture with the Canadian investor.

Barrick Gold’s board faces backlash over executive pay at AGM Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:55:37 -0400
TORONTO, April 17 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp faces a fresh backlash over executive pay at its shareholder meeting this month, with some big institutions planning to vote against its compensation plan and withhold votes for directors to express their unhappiness.

Collapse of illegal Tanzanian gold mine kills 19 people Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:31:18 -0400
DAR ES SALAAM, April 17 (Reuters) – The collapse of an illegal gold mine has killed 19 people in northwest Tanzania, a senior police official said on Friday.

RPT-Gold Reserve targets Venezuela assets as arbitration spat heats up
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:36:23 -0400
CARACAS, April 16 (Reuters) – Gold Reserve Inc, a small Canadian miner that lost its crown jewel in a 2009 expropriation, is targeting Venezuelan assets as it seeks to collect a $750 million arbitration award that would put new strains on the cash-strapped government’s finances.

UPDATE 2-Syngenta sales fall feel effect of low commodity prices
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:23:22 -0400
* Shares down more than four percent (Recasts, adds detail, analyst, shares)

UPDATE 2-Vivendi’s Bollore tightens control, asks for patience on deals
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:55:59 -0400
* Bollore cautions deal-making will take time, prudence (Adds result of vote, details)

China says no fuel loading at Areva-designed reactor until safety issues cleared
Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:27:51 GMT
SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) – China will not load fuel at two EPR nuclear reactors designed by France’s Areva until recent safety issues have been fully resolved, the environment ministry said, its first response to faults detected at a similar reactor in France.

Regulator says Areva nuclear reactor problems could be costlyPosted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:04:18 -0400
PARIS, April 17 (Reuters) – Weak spots found in nuclear reactors designed by France’s Areva are “very serious” and could prove costly to rectify, the head of France’s nuclear regulator told a French newspaper.

Kansai Electric will try to avoid loss despite nuclear judgmentAPRIL 17, 2015 02:45AM EDT
TOKYO – Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Co will do everything it can to avoid posting a fifth annual loss, after a court injunction this week

Renewable energy surge revives Europe’s power trade Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:17:33 -0400
FRANKFURT/LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – The rise of renewable energy is delivering a boost to Europe’s declining power market as traders get busy in short term deals to juggle unpredictable supplies of wind and solar.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Argentina launches lawsuit against Falklands oil drillers
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:50:41 -0400
LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – Argentina announced on Friday it had started legal proceedings in one of its own courts against five companies, including three British, who are drilling for oil and gas off the Falkland Islands, a move Britain denounced as bullying.

Merkel to tackle refugee surge as tensions in Germany growPosted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:41:31 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will hold a crisis meeting to address a surge of refugees amid an upturn in attacks against shelters and complaints from local authorities about a lack of funding to house them, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Friday.

Airbus upbeat on jet market, still studying A380 upgrade Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:14:42 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus sees continued strength in the aircraft market and may be able to increase production of its most popular jets beyond their planned rates if that trend continues, the head of the European planemaker said on Friday.

Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:52:46 GMT
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Friday will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs.

Strong dollar hit to GE, Honeywell may bode poorly for other industrials
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:41:29 GMT
(Reuters) – General Electric Co and Honeywell International Inc said on Friday they will take steps to cushion the impact of a stronger dollar, which hurt first-quarter results at both companies.

Democrats square off over trade negotiating bill Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:46:57 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit not just America’s businesses but also its workers, anticipating Democratic concerns the deal would cost U.S. jobs

GE industrial first-quarter profit rises, revenue falls on stronger dollar
Posted:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:04:39 GMT
(Reuters) – General Electric Co’s quarterly industrial earnings rose 9 percent, helped by cost cuts that expanded profit margins, as the U.S. conglomerate banks on manufacturing of jet engines, turbines and other big-ticket products as it unloads most of its finance business.

INTERVIEW-Cheaper Russian gas this summer no threat-Statoil Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:45:44 GMT
AMSTERDAM, April 16 (Reuters) – Norwegian gas is likely to be price competitive enough to weather an influx of cheaper Russian gas expected into its European market this summer, a senior Statoil official said.

Refiners bask in “mini golden age” as motorists clock up miles Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:57:05 GMT
LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – Cheap oil has pushed motorists back to their old gas guzzling habits, unexpectedly helping extend record profits and crude processing for refiners around the world.

UPDATE 3-Total to halt crude refining near Marseille, bets on biofuels
Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:43:05 GMT
* CEO says other players need to do more (Adds details, quotes, analyst)

UPDATE 1-SunPower, Apple to build solar projects in China Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:05:30 GMT
April 16 (Reuters) – Solar panel maker SunPower Corp said it would partner with Apple Inc to build two solar power projects in China’s Sichuan province with total capacity of 40 megawatts.

UPDATE 6-Brent crude oil hits 2015 high as U.S. output slows Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:05:22 GMT
* Brent could hit $70, Reuters analyst Wang Tao says (Updates detail, prices; paragraphs 1, 7-8, 9-10)

BP shareholders back more disclosure on climate change risks Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:05:07 GMT
LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – BP shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution that means the oil major will test its business strategy against climate change risks from next year, making it one of the first global oil companies to disclose such details.

Azerbaijan sentences human rights activist to six and a half years in jail
Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:57:58 GMT
BAKU, April 16 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan has sentenced a human rights activist to six and a half years in jail on embezzlement and tax evasion charges, a court spokesman said on Thursday, in a case that critics say laid bare growing government repression.

Tata Steel says no deal with UK unions; strike ballot to go ahead Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:43:06 -0400
LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – India’s Tata Steel has failed to reach a deal with UK unions about its proposal to change the British pension scheme, it told India’s National Stock Exchange on Thursday

White House expresses concerns about DEA after sex party scandal Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:52:20 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to say whether President Barack Obama retains confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart after reports that DEA agents took part in sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia.

U.S. House passes estate tax repeal despite veto threat Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:58:02 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday ignored a White House veto threat and passed legislation to repeal the estate tax that hits inherited assets worth $5.4 million or more.

Florida doctor linked to U.S. senator pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud
Posted:Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:30:15 GMT
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida ophthalmologist accused of giving lavish gifts to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in a corruption scandal that led to criminal charges against the New Jersey Democrat pleaded not guilty on Thursday in federal court to Medicare fraud charges.

California drought renews thirst for desalination plants Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:39:55 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s 3-year-old drought has thrust seawater desalination into the spotlight as San Diego County, Santa Barbara and other cities push ahead with treatment plants that will soon turn the Pacific Ocean into a source of drinking water.

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:12:07 GMT
(Reuters) – Environmentalists seeking to curb the deaths of an estimated 53,000 sea turtles each year from getting caught in commercial shrimp nets off the southeastern United States sued federal regulators on Wednesday for stronger protections.

Kuwait’s oil facilities remain on alert due to Yemen – KUNA Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:50:41 GMT
ABU DHABI, April 15 (Reuters) – State-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) and all affiliated firms remain on alert, state news agency KUNA said on Wednesday, three weeks after Saudi Arabia and Arab allies began military strikes against Houthi militias in Yemen.

Ukraine will increase gas imports to 25 bcm in 2015 -Interfax Ukraine
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:13:52 GMT
KIEV, April 15 (Reuters) – Ukraine plans to increase imports of natural gas to 25 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2015 from 19.5 bcm last year, Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn as saying on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Petronas not cutting pay or staff, chief executive says Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:39:36 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Reuters) – Malaysian state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) on Wednesday denied a media report that said staff at one of its units were asked to take a pay cut due to the plunge in global oil prices.

UPDATE 1-Exxon-Shell gas venture may have to adjust Groningen output after ruling
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:37:28 GMT
AMSTERDAM, April 15 (Reuters) – Dutch gas production company NAM and national gas trading company GasTerra said on Wednesday they were studying how to compensate for a court ruling that halted production at part of the massive Groningen gas field because of safety concerns.

Buhari’s Nigeria oil policy to focus on reform first, taxes last Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:37:03 GMT
ABUJA, April 15 (Reuters) – Oil firms keen to know how Nigeria’s president elect Muhammadu Buhari plans to tax them could be waiting a long time as he makes ending corruption and reforming the opaque national oil company his most urgent sector priorities.

UPDATE 1-Russian, Iranian companies discuss barter deal terms- minister
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:22:09 GMT
MOSCOW, April 15 (Reuters) – Russian and Iranian companies are discussing terms for a barter deal which will not include oil deliveries, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday, trying to end confusion over the status of a long-heralded agreement.

Azerbaijan energy firm uses Eurobond proceeds for refinery, debt buyback
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:04:34 GMT
BAKU, April 15 (Reuters) – Azeri state energy company SOCAR has used proceeds of a recent $750 million Eurobond to invest in the construction of a refinery on Turkey’s Aegean coast and plans to use the rest to buy back part of an older issue, SOCAR’s vice president said on Wednesday.

Moscow not discussing oil supplies to global mkts with Iran-minister
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:56:31 GMT
MOSCOW, April 15 (Reuters) – Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday Russia was not discussing with Iran the possibility of supplying Iranian oil to global markets. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk and Olesya Astakhova, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)

Russian minister says companies are discussing terms for Iran oil deal
Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:33:38 GMT
MOSCOW, April 15 (Reuters) – Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday companies were discussing terms for a barter deal with Iran and that no oil deliveries to Russia were planned.

Russia’s Surgut says to ship 8.4 mln T of oil via ESPO in 2015 Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:17:15 GMT
MOSCOW, April 15 (Reuters) – Russia’s third-largest oil producer, Surgutneftegaz, will deliver 8.4 million tonnes of oil via the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline in 2015, Vladimir Bogdanov, the company’s head, said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 2-IEA says oil supply boost may defer market tightening Posted:Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:31:05 GMT
* OPEC output surges in March, may be sustained in April (Adds detail, comment; paragraphs 7-9, 17)