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This post ran from May 24 to June 8, 2015. Order is inverted. The most recent update’s on top. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/the-ongoing-saga-54-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/the-ongoing-saga-56-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
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!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Endangered by Grand Canyon Uranium Mining
Mexican Spotted Owl US FWS
Mexican Spotted Owl: https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/arizona/Documents/SpeciesDocs/MSO/2012MSO_Recovery_Plan_First_Revision_Final.pdf

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/canada-resource-grab-past-present-genocide-against-indigenous-peoples-to-gain-control-over-land-and-resources-landmark-report/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Dam waste: planning chaos drains China’s hydro ambitions Posted:Sat, 06 Jun 2015 21:00:00 -0400
BEIJING, June 7 (Reuters) – China could be wasting enough hydroelectricity to power Britain and Germany for a year, depriving its smog-bound eastern regions of huge volumes of clean energy as a result of poor planning and weak grid infrastructure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/2D0PkIplhds/china-renewables-hydropower-idUSL3N0YB3UB20150607

UPDATE 1-S.Korea axes four coal plants, plans two new nuclear units Posted:Sun, 07 Jun 2015 21:32:17 -0400
SEOUL, June 8 (Reuters) – South Korea has axed plans to build four coal-fired power plants and will boost its nuclear reactor fleet by two more units, as it looks to increase the share of nuclear and gas in power generation and cut reliance on coal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yIqzf2bSLZ8/energy-southkorea-nuclear-idUSL3N0YU0AJ20150608

Saturday, 6 June 2015

New Posts:
Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/latest-in-nuclear-and-climate-news/
Oarfish Public Domain via wikipedia
On March 6, 2010, almost exactly one year before the Japan megaquake of March 11, 2011, in “Sea serpents’ arrival puzzling, or portentous?“, Daiki Yamamoto reported in the Japan Times: “A rarely seen deep-sea fish regarded as something of a mystery has been giving marine experts food for thought recently after showing up in large numbers along the Sea of Japan coast… An old saying has it that the fish comes to the beach as an omen of a big earthquake.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2010/03/06/national/sea-serpents-arrival-puzzling-or-portentous

Reuters News Feed Selection

Alaska judge refuses EPA request to throw out Pebble mine lawsuit Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:51:10 -0400
JUNEAU, Alaska, June 5 (Reuters) – A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss a lawsuit by the Pebble Limited Partnership mining company that accuses the agency of acting improperly in trying to block a large copper and gold project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3Jp9yJYdT0E/usa-pebblemine-alaska-idUSL1N0YR2CB20150606

BP executive acquitted of lying about Gulf of Mexico oil spill Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 19:34:48 GMT
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A U.S. federal jury acquitted a former BP Plc executive on Friday of lying about how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, according to lawyers on both sides of the case. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/e1jKS0c3jdI/story01.htm

RPT – INSIGHT-For risk-wary gold miners, small is beautiful Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 07:00:00 -0400
TORONTO, June 5 (Reuters) – Bigger isn’t better for the world’s gold miners, who are increasingly making “bite-sized” developments that carry less risk of budget disasters and fewer of the political and environmental disputes that have derailed mega-mines in recent years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/H6tYGp_9CmQ/mining-gold-idUSL1N0YQ2JK20150605

RPT-COLUMN-Indonesia, not Australia, doing heavy lifting on cutting coal output: Russell
Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0400
–Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own.-http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OHo21UPQA_M/column-russell-coal-asia-idUSL3N0YR1XW20150605

UPDATE 1-Workers at fourth Tata Steel UK union vote to strike Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:01:21 -0400
* Tata to announce measures to reduce pension change impact (Adds details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/frjEKuQVlWA/steel-tata-uk-idUSL5N0YR30T2015060

West, Russia trade accusations at U.N. over new Ukraine violence Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:17:35 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Western nations and Russia traded accusations at the United Nations on Friday over the recent upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, while a senior member of an international monitoring team blamed both sides in the conflict for breaking a ceasefire. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/2dAlqK-RjXk/story01.htm

Falkland oil driller to press on despite Argentina legal threat Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:26:27 -0400
LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – Falkland Oil and Gas plans to continue drilling into next year, its chief executive said, defying legal threats made by the Argentine government against oil explorers in the Falkland Islands. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/gK8ITKLl5j8/oil-falklands-fogl-idUSL5N0YR2NK20150605

Conoco stops its shale gas exploration in Poland Posted:Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:10:06 -0400
WARSAW, June 5 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips, the U.S. energy company, is withdrawing from shale gas exploration in Poland as it has not encountered commercial volumes of the gas, the company said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/oprP7PRg-WI/conoco-poland-shalegas-idUSL5N0YR2MY20150605

Friday, 5 June 2015

Marcellus Shale N. America
New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/us-epa-fracking-findings-likely-contaminated-by-industry-along-with-water/

UPDATE 2-Rescued Areva faces uncertain future as nuclear fuel group Posted:Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:27:10 GMT PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – France’s Areva faces an uncertain future as a specialised nuclear fuel supplier, as a state rescue moves its core nuclear reactor activities to its utility customer EDF. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4o1sF18_sOk/story01.htm

RPT-More than 60 pct of China’s underground water rated unfit for human contact Posted:Thu, 04 Jun 2015 06:06:03 -0400 BEIJING, June 4 (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of China’s underground water, and a third of its surface water, were rated as unsuitable for direct human contact in 2014, the environment ministry said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/glIPeQpQKPU/china-environment-water-idUSL3N0YQ3CV20150604

UPDATE 5-Fracking not a ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water -U.S. EPA Posted:Thu, 04 Jun 2015 23:33:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Fracking for shale oil and gas has not led to widespread pollution of drinking water, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft report said on Thursday, although it warned some drilling activities could potentially cause health risks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5I74_GAXFdk/story01.htm

Cheap coal, giant batteries may keep gas waiting for its golden age Posted:Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:55:14 GMT
PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – In 2011 the International Energy Agency (IEA) saw potential for a “golden age of gas”. Four years on, cheap coal still stands in the way, and new power storage technology is making renewables a real threat. Gas may need a new plan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vqQnmcgdfyE/story01.htm

Tar balls close Southern California beaches, oil spill link probed Posted:Thu, 04 Jun 2015 23:35:11 GMT
LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) – A second stretch of Southern California shoreline has been closed after masses of tar balls washed ashore, and authorities said on Thursday they were looking into whether the sticky blobs were linked to a recent oil pipeline spill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JfPifgb0DQA/story01.htm

U.S. judge rejects bid by Massey ex-CEO to drop mine blast charges Posted:Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:11:02 GMT
June 4 (Reuters) – A federal judge has denied nine motions to dismiss charges against former Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship related to a 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ncQGG4gspvs/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Siemens signs 8 billion euro power deal with Egypt Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:37:25 -0400
BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) – German industrial company Siemens signed an 8 billion euro deal ($9 billion) with Egypt on Wednesday to supply gas and wind power plants to boost the North African country’s electricity generation by 50 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/pCFpyQNX2IE/siemens-egypt-power-idUSL5N0YP41Z20150603

RPT-German environment minister criticises alternatives to coal levy Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:21:54 -0400
BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s environment minister criticised alternative suggestions for how to cut CO2 emissions from the coal sector on Wednesday, saying they would lead to higher electricity prices and burden the public purse. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/SCz99Uwxolo/germany-coal-idUSL5N0YP3IN20150603

RPT-INSIGHT-For green activists, Arctic drilling could be the next big thing
Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:00:00 -0400 WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – Michael Brune is pleased that activists in kayaks are training for another “Paddle in Seattle” to confront an expected Royal Dutch Shell rig on its way to the Arctic to explore for oil. What makes the head of the Sierra Club just as happy is the effect Shell’s Arctic ambitions are having on his own environmental organization. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/vQKuHRit1h4/usa-shell-arctic-idUSL1N0YO2TF20150603

Polish opposition will fight hard for coal in EU climate talks Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:59:27 -0400
* Poland’s opposition party PiS likely to win general elections http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/B9jS-AdUI64/poland-energy-eu-idUSL5N0YP1R620150603

S.Korea nuclear operator picks Samsung C&T group for $1 bln project Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:57:57 -0400
SEOUL, June 3 (Reuters) – Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd said on Wednesday it had chosen a consortium led by Samsung C&T to build a 1.1775 trillion won ($1 billion) facility for two planned nuclear reactors at its Shin Kori power plant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/PY3Nej3I4yY/nuclear-southkorea-idUSL3N0YP3MK20150603

Mysterious oarfish of the deep washes up on California island Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 23:52:19 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A dead oarfish, a mysterious and serpent-like creature that swims deep below the ocean’s surface, has washed up on a Southern California island and a university biologist will study the remains, officials said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Lk7iNeohnkA/story01.htm

Justice Dept expands probe of scope makers linked to superbug outbreak Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:39:34 -0400 June 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed two more manufacturers of medical scopes linked to deadly so-called superbug outbreaks in recent weeks, USA Today reported on… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/mLTLdKbphF8/departmentofjustice-probe-duodenoscopes-idUSL3N0YP5X320150603

UPDATE 3-North Dakota orders oil wells shut in over flooding concerns
Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:22:19 -0400
WILLISTON, N.D., June 3 (Reuters) – North Dakota oil regulators ordered small, privately held Zavanna LLC to shut in oil wells near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers on Wednesday… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Ogci8UfPcNw/north-dakota-oil-flooding-idUSL1N0YP1PB20150603

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – June 4
Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:26:22 -0400
June 4 – 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/~3/4kAqg9XgtqY/britain-press-business-idUSL3N0YP5WE20150603

Judge limits JPMorgan’s liability for soured WaMu mortgages Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:28:20 -0400
June 3 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday limited JPMorgan Chase & Co’s potential liability to buy back soured mortgages tied to the main unit of Washington Mutual Inc, the savings and loan it… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/I1WYuHyuYYU/jpmorgan-washingtonmutual-idUSL1N0YP2RL20150603

U.S. stock market reform has wrong focus, outgoing regulator says Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:05:48 -0400
NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – The piecemeal approach taken by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in regulating the stock market is not likely to lead to any major changes in the coming years,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/1dj5PU1RBVY/usa-stocks-regulations-idUSL1N0YP2IB20150603

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Two US NRC Comment Deadlines:
New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/us-nrc-spent-nuclear-fuel-dry-cask-stack-up-no-lateral-support-earthquakes-comment-deadline-today-4-june-11-59-pm-ny-washington-dc-time-eastern/

Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/new-eia-analysis-shows-nukes-dont-help-reduce-carbon-emissions-under-epas-clean-power-plan/
New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/creation-of-bakken-organized-crime-strike-force-in-oil-patch/

Bulgaria: “EUR 360 Mln Needed to Extend Nuclear Reactors’ Service Life and Increase Their Capacity” 3 June 2015, 14:42 http://www.bta.bg/en/c/DF/id/1092852

Massachusetts Man Charged with Conspiring to Obstruct National Security Investigation
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on June 2, 2015, law enforcement intercepted a call between Wright and Rahim, in which Rahim insisted that he could no longer wait to take action. Instead of carrying on with his plan to behead the planned out-of-state target, Rahim declared that he was going to, “go after” the “boys in blue,” here in Massachusetts, because, “it’s the easiest target.” Rather than discourage Rahim, Wright supported the plan, telling Rahim to prepare his will and to leave his possessions to a named individual. After discussing Rahim’s plan to attack police officers in Massachusetts, Wright advised Rahim to destroy his phone and all of the evidence it contained to prevent “CSI” at “the scene” from obtaining incriminating information.” Entire article here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/massachusetts-man-charged-conspiring-obstruct-national-security-investigation

Japan may install toilets in elevators for earthquake emergencies
Fears over people trapped in lifts after earthquakes has led the government to consider safeguards including emergency supply of drinking water
Yes, but they will have to install a curtain and a noise machine so that no one will hear anything, as they have in public toilets in Tokyo. Ventilation?

Reuters News Feed Selection

China National Nuclear Power locks up $273 bln in IPO, a seven-year high
Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:06:18 -0400
SHANGHAI, June 4 (Reuters) – China National Nuclear Power Co Ltd (CNNPC), a unit of one of the country’s two state nuclear reactor builders, on Thursday said it locked up 1.69 trillion yuan ($272.69 billion) of funds in its IPO this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/6SjMe-n_mYA/cnnc-ipo-idUSB9N0WU00F20150604

UPDATE 2-French govt backs Areva reactor unit sale, recapitalisation
Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:58:52 -0400
* Firms to study Areva’s viability as nuclear fuel group (Adds union source, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/NyL-ZfoqOfU/areva-ma-edf-govt-idUSL5N0YP4IX20150603

Japan’s emissions target, relying on nuclear, seen as unrealistic Posted:Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 -0400
TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) – Japan has set an emissions target to be presented to November’s climate summit that critics say is unambitious compared to those of other leading countries and unrealistic because it depends on restoring its nuclear industry in the face of public hostility. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/DV6QXxe9waU/japan-carbon-idUSL3N0YH1BT20150603

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hunterston B. NPS
Hunterston nuclear reactor offline due to seaweed level” 2 June 2015,

Heat pumps extract warmth from ice cold water” By Richard Anderson, 10 March 2015

Whales in mass stranding at Staffin on Skye 2 June 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-32973059

Reuters News Feed Selection

Norwegian city uses fjord water to heat homes
Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:36:00 -0400
Processing seawater through innovative underwater heat pumps provides efficient domestic heating, as well as cutting energy bills and carbon emissions, say Norwegian pioneers. Jim Drury reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/NZVrkxhd3tA/norwegian-city-uses-fjord-water-to-heat

Earthquakes hit off Oregon coast
Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:30:10 GMT
(Reuters) – A series of moderately powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Oregon overnight and on Monday, but did not trigger tsunamis, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KuPNvxM2KiA/story01.htm

BHP Billiton warns global commodity supply glut to persist Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:26:30 -0400
CANBERRA, June 3 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton , the world’s biggest mining company, warned on Wednesday that a global oversupply of commodities that is putting pressure on prices is likely to be be prolonged. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/57xFHxdnIoY/australia-minerals-bhp-billiton-idUSL3N0YN2JW20150603

Australian shares seen higher as iron ore jumps Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:07:53 -0400
SYDNEY, June 3 (Reuters) – Australian shares are likely to snap a two-day losing streak on Wednesday led by higher iron ore prices, although investors will be cautious ahead of GDP data due out later in the day. Investors also will be looking for direction on commodity prices from senior executives of BHP, Whitehaven Coal and other miners attending a Minerals Council of Australia seminar in Canberra. Share price futures rose 6 points or 0.1 percent to 5,629. The benchmark fell 99.4 poin http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ko2K594ixDo/markets-australia-stocks-idUSL3N0YO61O20150603

Logging companies plundering Congo’s rainforest -report Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:00:01 -0400
KINSHASA, June 3 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo’s forests, undermining efforts to protect the world’s second largest rainforest, a campaign group said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cJEY7NM9wqc/congodemocratic-environment-idUSL5N0YO45N20150603

UPDATE 1-Ameren will not extend Noranda aluminum plant’s power contract Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:49:37 -0400 NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp will have to seek a new power supplier or negotiate a new contract with Ameren Corp in five years to keep its Missouri smelter running, the latest obstacle for its only primary aluminum plant. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/myptWZP0rNI/aluminum-noranda-power-idUSL1N0YO24N20150602

Anglo American sees surge in iron ore sales to India Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:06:02 -0400
VIENNA, June 2 (Reuters) – Global miner Anglo American said its iron ore sales to India have more than tripled over the past year as Asia’s third-largest economy embarks on a once-in-a-generation urbanisation drive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vr-ECzOSq0I/anglo-ironore-idUSL5N0YO1ZJ20150602

Kyrgyzstan cuts growth outlook on Russian crisis, lower gold output Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:00:52 -0400
BISHKEK, June 2 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan’s government on Tuesday revised the Central Asian nation’s budget for this year, forecasting slower economic growth and wider fiscal gap due to recession in key economic partner Russia and expected lower gold output. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PW27voBt8lE/russia-crisis-kyrgyzstan-idUSL5N0YO1I620150602

Growth in UK construction picks up, optimism surges after election – Markit/CIPS Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:30:01 -0400 LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – Optimism among British construction firms hit a nine-year high last month after Prime Minister David Cameron scored an unexpectedly decisive election victory and growth in the sector recovered from a slowdown, a survey showed on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kPwvWNW1dsM/uk-economy-pmi-idUSL9N0WK01P20150602

Australia’s Alkane a step closer to building exotic metals mine Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:01:17 -0400
MELBOURNE, June 2 (Reuters) – Shares in Australia’s Alkane Resources rallied on Tuesday after it moved a step closer to starting work on a A$1 billion ($770 million) rare earths and exotic metals project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/a7rjaEyW84c/alkane-resources-rareearths-idUSL3N0YO2PN20150602

Takata will change design for certain air bag inflators Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:54:34 -0400
June 1 (Reuters) – Takata Corp said on Monday that it will continue producing air bags that use ammonium nitrate propellant, but will change the design of the driver-side air bag inflators. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2TBZbr33vBg/autos-takata-idUSL1N0YN2JR20150601

Animals scrubbed clean after U.S. oil spill
Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 06:37:00 -0400
Pelicans and sea lions covered in oil are examined and scrubbed clean following a large oil spill along the coast of southern California. Yiming Woo reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/6GD7-OMl6aA/animals-scrubbed-clean-after-us-oil-spil

Environmentalists sue over Shell plan to drill in Arctic Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:46:56 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gtstoDMSK3M/story01.htm

Chevron pays record fine in Pennsylvania blast, regulator says Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:11:49 GMT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – Oil and natural gas producer Chevron Corp paid a $939,553 fine for a fatal 2014 explosion at one its Pennsylvania gas wells that state officials on Tuesday said may be the largest amount paid for a single incident. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/svO5u2QBU4Y/story01.htm

Apollo plan on cheaper green energy seeks global backing Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:06:56 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A plan for a new global research program aimed at driving down the costs of renewable energy more quickly has drawn serious interest from the world’s leading economies, its proponents say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vOxKCLB_j6I/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Key U.S. House official warms to U.S. oil exports Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:17:11 GMT
WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives’ energy panel on Tuesday said lifting the 40-year-old ban on U.S. oil exports would benefit consumers and the country’s allies, a move that could boost support for legislation in the chamber. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lRkeJ9ehKkU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Colombia court further restricts use of main coal railway Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:20:12 GMT
BOGOTA, June 2 (Reuters) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court has extended a restriction on the overnight use of the country’s main coal railway, Fenoco, and has partially suspended construction work on an adjacent track for three months, it said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MGKxF5-RDc0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Core Gulf OPEC members in ‘consensus’ on oil ceiling -delegate Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:59:38 GMT
VIENNA, June 2 (Reuters) – Core Gulf OPEC members and others have a consensus to keep the organization’s oil production ceiling intact at its meeting this week, a senior Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters on Tuesday, reinforcing a view among a growing chorus of members. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ImyM16UuoTc/story01.htm

Chevron deploys robots to see damage at Big Foot site in US Gulf Posted:Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:53:41 GMT
June 2 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp has deployed robots on the seafloor near its Big Foot deepwater oil project, aiming to find just how much damage it must contend with after six giant tendons sank and indefinitely delayed the start of production at the platform. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/u5aaan5BF8A/story01.htm

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Another US NRC sneak through deadline 4 June 11.59 pm New York-DC (Eastern Time) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/us-nrc-beyond-design-basis-as-excuse-for-ignoring-risks-revising-pressuretemperature-limits-as-non-significant-hazard-at-the-tvas-browns-ferry-3-nuclear-reactor-hidden-beneath-cybers/


Japan to get one month to comment on new nuclear plan, starting today.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan body approves plan for nuclear to generate 20-22 pct of power Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 3:56am EDT
The government will open the plan to the public for comment for a month from Tuesday …. Opinion polls have shown consistent opposition to atomic energy since the disaster, even after electricity bills rose… http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/01/japan-nuclear-mix-idUSL3N0YN1SV20150601

RPT–Peru elections seen fanning flames of mining disputes Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:34:38 -0400
LIMA, June 1 (Reuters) – Mining conflicts in Peru, a top global minerals exporter, will likely heat up ahead of presidential and congressional elections next year as political outsiders whip up anti-mining sentiment, government officials and business leaders said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IF344EbvO3M/peru-mining-conflicts-idUSL1N0YK1L020150601

Earthquakes hit off Oregon coast
Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:30:10 GMT
(Reuters) – A series of moderately powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Oregon overnight and on Monday, but did not trigger tsunamis, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KuPNvxM2KiA/story01.htm

Apollo plan on cheaper green energy seeks global backing Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:06:56 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A plan for a new global research program aimed at driving down the costs of renewable energy more quickly has drawn serious interest from the world’s leading economies, its proponents say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vOxKCLB_j6I/story01.htm

Brimming Texas lakes spill over, flooding hits Arkansas Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:07:37 GMT
DALLAS (Reuters) – With flood warnings lifted in many parts of Texas after more than a week of torrential rain, problems persisted in the Dallas area where water overflowed on Monday from upriver lakes that were filled beyond capacity. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gg4iXbriiZk/story01.htm

Alberta wildfires retreat slowly, 10 percent of oil sands crude shut in
Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:55:09 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Firefighters made progress tackling wildfires in the key oil-producing region of northern Alberta on Monday, although a number of oil sands projects stayed shut down, keeping around 10 percent of total oil sands production offline. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dIuYEFza48I/story01.htm

With eyes on Adriatic oil potential, Croatia weighs threat to tourism Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:44:40 GMT
SALI, Croatia (Reuters) – When Croatia announced in 2013 it would set a tender to explore for oil and gas in its pristine Adriatic waters, the government evoked the hydrocarbon riches of Norway to win over the plan’s many detractors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/u7GaI6mdKy8/story01.htm

IRS gives blessing to SandRidge for water disposal MLP -filing Posted:Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:52:40 -0400
HOUSTON, June 1 (Reuters) – SandRidge Energy Inc said the Internal Revenue Service has determined that income from its well-water treatment and disposal business will qualify for inclusion in a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/u0bL4o8W7VY/sandridge-mlp-idUSL1N0YN2JH20150601

Monday, 1 June 2015

This site in Switzerland has many more earthquakes in the area of the recent large offshore Japan earthquakes, than USGS lists: http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/eq/latest/eq_detail_w/index?id=c21pOmdvdi51c2dzL291dC44MTM0MjAtMC4wNTIwMzMxNjEyODYyMDczLzIwMTUwNTMwMTE0MTM4L29yaWdpbi8x


If the Jeb Bush is going to be president, the US should just officially declare itself a dictatorship, and save campaign monies. There have already been 12 years of the Bushes as President. Papa Bush was Vice President too.

Joe Biden’s son may have gotten his brain cancer from the depleted uranium (DU) used in Iraq. DU can have plutonium mixed in according to the US EPA and, as we discussed some time ago, plutonium can enter the brain as an iron mimic. Technetium also goes to the brain.

According to a US EPA document on depleted uranium, by Brian Littleton, depleted uranium can also have other components:
US EPA Brian Littleton
Depleted Uranium, Technical Brief,EPA 402-R-06-011, December 2006

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III (February 3, 1969 – May 30, 2015) was an American attorney, an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), and politician from Wilmington, Delaware. He served as the Attorney General of Delaware and was a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He was a member of the Democratic Party and the older son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and older step-son of Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beau_Biden
The Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army is the legal arm of the United States Army. The Corps is composed of Army officers who are also lawyers and who provide legal services to the Army at all levels of command, and also includes legal administrator warrant officers, paralegal noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted personnel, and civilian employees.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_Advocate_General%27s_Corps,_U.S._Army

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UPDATE 1-China National Nuclear aims to raise $2.13 bln in largest IPO since 2011
Posted:Sun, 31 May 2015 21:24:04 -0400
SHANGHAI, June 1 (Reuters) – China National Nuclear Power Co Ltd (CNNPC), a unit of one of the country’s two state nuclear reactor builders, on Monday said it aims to raise 13.19 billion yuan ($2.13 billion) in potentially the largest China IPO in almost four years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/qfLnBhSeDnE/china-national-nuclear-ipo-idUSL3N0YN06120150601

UPDATE 2-Magnitude 8.5 quake strikes off eastern Japan, no tsunami danger or damage reports Posted:Sat, 30 May 2015 09:05:12 -0400 TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no reports of damage since the quake was extremely deep. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/AwV-lREV5o8/quake-japan-idUSL3N0YL06K20150530

Thousands more Madoff victims may get payouts
Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 18:36:31 -0400
NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – Roughly 11,000 additional victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme may recover some of their losses, and the number could double as an official overseeing a $4.05 billion… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/zEwgPcvv4-k/madoff-payout-idUSL1N0YK2UQ20150529

Joe Biden’s son Beau dies of brain cancer
Posted:Sun, 31 May 2015 15:38:09 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president said. He was 46. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/PJRbQHaaA1s/story01.htm

Jeb Bush says U.S. should embed some troops with Iraqis for training Posted:Sun, 31 May 2015 14:49:12 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush, calling President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State a failure, said the United States should embed some U.S. troops with Iraqi forces to train them and identify targets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/CVqUBJJxrFM/story01.htm

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Japan Earthquakes
Japan earthquakes 30 May 2015 large
Japan earthquakes 30 May 2015 with list

Oud of Japan is or was owner of uranium mines in Niger, Africa: “SOMAIR and COMINAK are both subsidiaries of AREVA. Established as a joint consortium, the shares of each partner is well defined with Cogema of France holding 34%, followed by Onarama of Niger 31%, Oud of Japan holding 25% and the balance 10% with Elus of Spain.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COMINAK

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Japan to step up financial support for Africa mining projects
Posted:Sat, 30 May 2015 01:32:17 -0400
TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – Japan aims to step up financial support to promote investment by Japanese companies in African mines by accelerating bilateral meetings with each African country to bring more mining projects forward, the nation’s industry minister said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GESUk4LDjYs/japan-africa-mining-idUSL3N0YL02920150530

India douses century-old coal fires as Modi seeks output boost Posted:Sat, 30 May 2015 18:00:00 -0400
JHARIA, India, May 31 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to move more than 100,000 people living near coalfields in eastern India to new homes, making it easier to douse underground fires that have burned for a century and mine huge reserves of premium coal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uLPQ_Dsue4M/india-coal-idUSL3N0Y22T620150530

Eni talks on Mozambique sale sticking in oil slide
Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 10:09:41 -0400
MILAN, May 29 (Reuters) – Talks between Eni and suitors including Chinese state utility Huadian for a stake of around 15 percent in the Italian oil major’s prized Mozambique gas field are dragging on due to differences over price, industry and banking sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/UVLGv3PjxgE/mozambique-ma-eni-idUSL5N0YI4IA20150529

REFILE-UPDATE 5-Volcano erupts on remote Japanese island, residents flee by boat Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 05:55:11 -0400 TOKYO, May 29 (Reuters) – A volcano erupted on a remote Japanese island on Friday, blasting black smoke thousands of metres into the sky and forcing residents to flee by boat and an airline to re-route flights. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/paIgfYCOq58/japan-volcano-update-5-pix-tv-graphiccor-idUSL3N0YK17V20150529

RAG coal foundation chief wants same model for German nuclear phase-outPosted:Fri, 29 May 2015 05:30:25 -0400 FRANKFURT, May 29 (Reuters) – The multi-billion euro decommissioning of Germany’s nuclear power plants could be facilitated by adopting a similar model to the phase-out of its coal mines, the head of the foundation set up to run the coal mining closures will say in a speech on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/iiTi04VT1l0/germany-nuclear-rag-idUSL5N0YK1CC20150529

U.S. to bring Japan under its cyber defense umbrella
Posted:Sat, 30 May 2015 06:57:51 -0400
TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – The United States will extend its cyber defense umbrella over Japan, helping its Asian ally cope with the growing threat of online attacks against military bases and infrastructure such as power grids, the two nations said in a joint statement on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/nqk1b3aaBHY/japan-us-cybersecurity-idUSL3N0YJ34M20150530

UPDATE 2-Workers at Tata Steel UK’s biggest union vote to strike Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 11:56:32 -0400
* Tata says seeking to tackle $2 bln pension deficit (Adds Tata comment and another union result) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Y1RR2RWsl0s/britain-steel-strike-tata-steel-idUSL5N0YK3M020150529

Platinum sector faces its Kodak moment in fuel cell technology Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 09:29:56 -0400
LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) – Platinum miners betting on fuel cell vehicles to help boost demand for the precious metal and lift moribund prices are in danger of having their hopes dashed, at least in the medium term: electric and hybrid cars are taking a bigger share of the market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rUQc__zWC8g/platinum-miners-fuelcells-idUSL5N0YI2YW20150529

Saturday, 30 May 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/20-years-of-nuclear-scram-valve-failures/

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UPDATE 1-Alpha no longer qualifies for mine cleanup insurance subsidy Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 15:31:52 -0400 WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – Alpha Natural Resources Inc no longer qualifies for a government program that subsidizes a share of mine cleanup insurance, requiring the coal company to find another… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/fv3dPaacfls/alpha-ntrl-resc-insurance-idUSL3N0YK5CM20150529

Alpha Natural no longer qualified for “self bonding” in Wyoming Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 13:23:21 -0400
May 29 (Reuters) – Alpha Natural Resources Inc said it was notified by Wyoming’s environment department that it no longer qualified for “self bonding,” which allowed the coal miner to avoid insurance… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/WTyiLQNKh-c/alpha-ntrl-resc-insurance-idUSL3N0YK5AS20150529

Volcano erupts on remote Japanese island, residents flee by boat Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 10:15:51 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A volcano erupted on a remote Japanese island on Friday, blasting black smoke thousands of meters into the sky and forcing residents to flee by boat and an airline to re-route flights. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CpWIJdI7jtM/story01.htm

Tesoro slams EPA biofuel plan as ‘giant step’ towards litigation Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 11:13:37 -0400
NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – U.S. oil refiner Tesoro Corp has slammed the U.S. government’s proposal for renewable fuel use, signaling a lengthy legal fight may be in the cards ahead of the new… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/oTzX_cAcNBM/usa-epa-tesoro-idUSL1N0YK16C20150529

Wildfire intensifies near two Alberta oil-sands sites Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 16:20:39 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – An out-of-control wildfire, burning near two major oil sands projects in the key crude-producing region of northern Alberta, grew in size on Friday, although firefighters were hopeful cold weather moving into the region would help tackle the blaze. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FsR412bJFVs/story01.htm

Great Barrier Reef kept off UNESCO ‘danger’ list for now Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 12:08:54 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raised long-term concerns about its future. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/mPeWi1Ief4Y/story01.htm

Norway-based energy consortium defers Canadian Arctic seismic tests Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 21:49:07 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A Norway-based energy consortium planning to conduct seismic testing in the waters off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic has postponed the fiercely-contested project for this year, one of companies involved said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7CpDv2FkgIQ/story01.htm

Swollen Texas rivers prompt evacuations, severe weather kills 21 Posted:Fri, 29 May 2015 19:23:11 GMT
DALLAS (Reuters) – More heavy rain caused Texas rivers to overflow their banks and prompted widespread evacuations on Friday after a week of historic storms flooded Houston, killed at least 21 people and damaged more than 4,000 buildings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3bddcPi6Z9s/story01.htm

Friday, 29 May 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/us-dept-of-energy-awesome-con-they-said-it-themselves/
Important Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/un-world-conference-on-disaster-risk-reduction-in-sendai-mitsuhei-muratas-speech-march-16-2015/
Japan Volcanic Eruption 29 May 2015  and Sendai NPS
Erupting Japan Volcanohttp://youtu.be/b7zJSpL392s
Warning Level 5 (Evacuate) Kuchinoerabujima 10:07 JST, 29 May 2015 http://www.jma.go.jp/en/volcano/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendai_Nuclear_Power_Plant

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Indian city offers way to beat the heat as 1,300 killed in heatwave Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 17:37:45 GMT
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate experts said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/mXzYFIZetxU/story01.htm

SolarCity, BofA create tax equity fund for smaller investors Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 11:00:00 GMT
May 28 (Reuters) – Top U.S. solar installer SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it has partnered with Bank of America on a $200 million fund that will enable smaller investors such as regional banks to finance the company’s residential solar systems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oEeAkZa1Yrc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Judge orders Alpha to pay legal defense for Massey’s ex-CEO Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 17:33:42 GMT
May 28 (Reuters) – Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha’s Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Hs3sYsWN_Bw/story01.htm

Financial markets ignore climate impacts at their peril – experts Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 16:57:51 GMT
BARCELONA, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Financial markets have yet to grasp the urgency of investing in measures to protect businesses and people from the worsening impacts of climate change, depriving those efforts of much-needed funds, climate finance experts said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/financialsNews/~3/zPdfS3qANM0/story01.htm

U.S. Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 16:38:07 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. personnel working at an Army facility in Utah appeared to follow correctly all the outlined procedures to inactivate anthrax before they mistakenly shipped off live samples of the deadly bacteria, the Army’s top general said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/zlQWvNrMc5s/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-U.S. Congress sets hearing on Takata, automakers expand recalls Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 22:03:40 GMT * Automakers announce additional models covered by last week’s expanded recall http://reuters.us.feedsportal.com/c/35217/f/654235/s/46bcb7d6/sc/27/l/0L0Sreuters0N0Carticle0C20A150C0A50C280Cautos0Etakata0Efiat0Echrysler0EidUSL1N0AYJ1KM20A150A5280DfeedType0FRSS0GfeedName0FindustrialsSector/story01.htm

Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 23:31:01 GMT MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/icdvn0h80xE/story01.htm

UK police arrest two people suspected of preparing terrorism acts Posted:Thu, 28 May 2015 23:27:08 GMT
(Reuters) – UK police arrested a man and a woman in two towns west of London on Thursday who were suspected of preparing terrorist attacks, the West Midlands Police said in a Facebook posting. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/WTtHMGy-52E/story01.htm
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Exceptionally, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday News starts below this commentary

There is a Wednesday, May 27th, 1159pm ET, Deadline to Comment on new US EPA rules re In Situ Leach (ISL aka ISR) uranium mines. The new rules are supposed to require uranium mining companies to restore the water to its previous state or to the EPA clean water rules. This means that if the aquifer was initially cleaner than the EPA rules then the post-mining aquifer would not be restored to its original state. If the EPA clean water rules are weakened then this allows more pollution. Whereas for drinking water, emulating the NRC, the EPA allows dilution of contaminants, the aquifer itself would have to follow standard.

Furthermore, there are huge loopholes due to methodological and statistical game playing by the US EPA-NRC. The water quality baseline must consist of statistically significant numbers of samples and, ideally, the cleanest sample. If an average must be used then it should be the median (half above, half below), or even the mode (most frequently occurring), rather than the mean (arithmetic average). The only real way to assure a clean aquifer, however, is to allow no uranium mining. No ISL uranium mine has been restored to baseline. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/isl-uranium-mining-water-restoration-gaming-the-stats-us-epa-deadline-27-may-2015/

It is unclear if application of radium to the land is going to still be allowed. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/spraying-radiation-on-the-land-land-application-for-proposed-isl-uranium-mining-in-south-dakota/ It appears that it will be, however, since the final say for radionuclide exemptions rests upon the US NRC. The EPA can only truly regulate things like the arsenic found in ISL mines, according to a legal ruling mentioned in the docket.

This comment period was extended, it seems, because Cameco uranium (from Canada) and Russian State owned Uranium One (a Canadian subsidiary of Rosatom) requested an extension. They are worried that it might cost them money to slightly clean up some of the mess they make of US water. http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;rpp=100;so=DESC;sb=docId;po=0;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0788

Thursday, 28 May 2015

New Posts:

The late “H. James Simpson; Tracked Pollutants in the Hudson and Far Beyond“by Renee Cho, 5.26.2015, Excerpt: “Simpson’s work on Hudson sediments also provided the first accurate accounting of radionuclides in the river stemming from nuclear-bomb testing, and from the Indian Point nuclear power plant, on the river’s banks. It established that Indian Point had been responsible for significant releases of radioactivity at a time when the issue was still being hotly debated. Simpson and his students used radionuclide dating techniques to study the movements of many other contaminants in the Hudson.” Read the article here: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2015/05/26/h-james-simpson-tracked-pollutants-in-hudson-and-far-beyond/

Native Sun News: EPA hears Native views about uranium mininghttp://www.indianz.com/News/2015/017615.asp

…sulfur hexafluoride … by displacing oxygen in the lungs, … carries the risk of asphyxia if too much is inhaled. Being heavier than air, if a substantial quantity of gas is released it will settle in low-lying areas and present a significant risk of asphyxiation if the area is entered.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfur_hexafluoride#Physiological_effects_and_precautions

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Austria ready to sue over subsidized nuclear plants: minister Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 07:14:47 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will take legal action to block any subsidized nuclear power plants in an effort to discourage use of the technology in Europe and scare off investors, the country’s environment minister, Andrae Rupprechter, said in a newspaper interview. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/mq_PHKe-EJQ/story01.htm

For Kremlin, a charity teaching science to kids is viewed as suspect Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 21:16:30 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian law designed to stop civil society groups trying to stir rebellion against President Vladimir Putin’s rule is having unforeseen side effects: it threatens to close down a foundation that helps gifted school children study science. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/tlCxNmJkZXU/story01.htm

Germany emits more of most potent greenhouse gas in 2014 Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 03:35:25 -0400
BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters) – German emissions of sulphur hexafluoride, the most potent of all greenhouse gases, rose 13 percent last year compared with 2013 levels, according to data from the federal statistics office published on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/l9L45lMvPpE/carbon-germany-idUSL5N0YI0UF20150527

UPDATE 1-Japan nuclear regulator clears first reactors after safety checks
Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 01:22:39 -0400
TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) – Japan cleared the way on Wednesday for a resumption of nuclear power, four years after the world’s worst atomic disaster in two-and-a-half decades led to the shutdown of all the country’s reactors and fuelled public opposition to the industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/mugzlKINKg4/japan-nuclear-restarts-idUSL3N0YI1Q420150527

Japan nuclear regulator clears first reactors after safety checks Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 05:25:09 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan cleared the way on Wednesday for a resumption of nuclear power, four years after the world’s worst atomic disaster in two-and-a-half decades led to the shutdown of all the country’s reactors and fueled public opposition to the industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t2bvcTETUBI/story01.htm

Chile environmental regulator files charges vs Lundin’s Candelaria mine Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 20:43:58 GMT
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s environmental regulator filed charges against Canada’s Lundin Mining Corp on Wednesday for a series of irregularities at its Candelaria copper deposit, the latest mine to fall under the regulator’s increasingly watchful eye. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/C9E6hLqPbwY/story01.htm

Hundreds more oil sands staff evacuated on Alberta fire threat Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 23:44:16 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Statoil ASA, MEG Energy Corp and Cenovus Energy Inc evacuated hundreds of workers from three oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/s-9L1MzOXqM/story01.htm

Obama administration issues new water protection rule Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 20:42:42 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a new rule to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6sZ5Jjrqb4w/story01.htm

Second sea lion rescued from California oil spill dies at SeaWorld Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 19:41:14 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A second sea lion rescued from along California’s oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara has died at SeaWorld San Diego, where veterinarians are still caring for 15 surviving marine mammals brought in for treatment, a spokesman said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/U-A_HGiAZKY/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (May 27)
Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 11:57:22 GMT
BRUSSELS, May 27 (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/AMzu4eW86e0/story01.htm

Two die in illegal gold mine near Tahoe project in Peru Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 14:06:57 -0400
LIMA, May 27 (Reuters) – A 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man working in an illegal gold mine in northern Peru near Tahoe Resources Inc Shahuindo project died after inhaling noxious fumes 500 feet underground, a public prosecutor said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FUdCQER6XC4/peru-gold-tahoe-resources-idUSL1N0YI1AF20150527

UPDATE 6-Irish government backs sale of Aer Lingus to IAG
Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 08:44:45 GMT
* Unions say deal is bad for workers (Adds share prices, analyst comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/6XPeaMBykEA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Norway’s $900 bln sovereign fund told to reduce coal assets
Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 22:28:12 GMT
OSLO, May 27 (Reuters) – Norway’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, should cut its exposure to the global coal industry and sell stakes in firms that focus on the sector, a key… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/zgaWGHfOf9Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-GE Capital CEO: Priority on sale of private equity-lending assets
Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 22:45:31 GMT
May 27 (Reuters) – As General Electric Co seeks to unload most of its finance assets, it is prioritizing the sale of businesses that provide lending to U.S. and European private equity firms, and to… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/K2d1Fw6ky5Y/story01.htm

INSIGHT-Baby Boomer brokers face shrinking market to sell firms Posted:Wed, 27 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT
NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) – Steven Dudash, like most brokers, spends a lot of time making it easier for his clients to retire. This summer, though, his plan is to make it easier for older brokers to… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/39SAzB8JFR4/story01.htm

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/allegations-of-us-nrc-coverup-of-civil-criminal-violations-of-nuclear-enviro-safety-laws-at-camecos-crow-butte-uranium-mine/

Risk of hydrogen explosion from leaking containers at Fukushima plant“, May 26, 2015, ”Inspections of containers holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen explosion.” Read article here: https://japansafety.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/risk-of-hydrogen-explosion-from-leaking-containers-at-fukushima-plant-the-asahi-shimbun/

Plaintiffs suing over Fukushima nuclear disaster form nationwide network” “NIHONMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture–Ten groups of plaintiffs in lawsuits and other legal actions over the Fukushima nuclear disaster have joined forces to demand compensation and accountability from the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. The groups held a liaison conference, called Hidanren (coalition of nuclear accident victims), to mark its establishment in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 24. The network comprises 20,000 people…” Read more here: http://nuclear-news.net/2015/05/26/plaintiffs-suing-over-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-form-nationwide-network/

Tokyo area earthquake on Monday, as reported felt USGS
Tokyo Area earthquake 25 May 2015

Some Japan Times News Titles

Please beware that there are limitations in viewing the Japan Times without subscription. Unfortunately, like many newspapers, they do not tell how many until too late.

Spent-nuclear fuel issues plague restarts“, JIJI MAY 26, 2015 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/26/national/spent-nuclear-fuel-issues-plague-restarts/

Correctly understanding Japan’s postwar history BY JIRO YAMAGUCHI, MAY 25, 2015 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2015/05/25/commentary/japan-commentary/correctly-understanding-japans-postwar-history/
[This had interesting commentary on PM Abe’s grandfather.]

Ex-Futaba mayor sues state, Tepco over Fukushima nuclear disaster JIJI MAY 21, 2015 “Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture, filed a lawsuit against the central government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Wednesday for exposing him to excessive radiation since the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

IAEA report on Fukushima slams lack of tsunami preparedness despite awareness of threathttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/25/national/iaea-report-fukushima-debacle-slams-lack-tsunami-preparedness-despite-awareness-threat/

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one“, BY PHILIP BRASOR http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/23/national/media-national/lowball-nuclear-pitch-fooling-one/

LDP wants to let evacuees move back to areas tainted with 50 millisieverts or less by March 2017http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/22/national/ldp-team-calls-lifting-evacuation-orders-less-radiation-polluted-areas-march-2017/

Japan takes South Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions
Japan files a trade complaint with the World Trade Organization to challenge South Korean food import bans and testing requirements linked to the Fukushima nuclear crisis.


If people are returned to zones with 50 mSv radiation, then after 2 years they will have 100 mSv exposure leading to approximately one in 100 getting cancer or leukemia, according to the BEIR report. 50 mSv is a very high dose. 100 mSv over 5 years with no year exceeding 50 mSv is the ICRP rule for nuclear workers. The risk may be higher – as high as 3 per 100 according to BEIR, for 100mSv. The risk is still higher and would be unacceptable for pregnant women. Different groups have different risks for different types of cancer. Japanese data was adjusted for the US in the BEIR report, so Japanese risk is a bit different. The National Academy of Science BEIR report may be read online. Also, there is the risk from food. Any previous or additional exposures increase risk. The pro-nuclear ICRP puts the risk at around 0.7 per 100 mSv (based on memory). This, however, rounds up to one.

It is still unclear if the 250 mSv for nuclear workers is per year or per lifetime limit. Regardless, this is a high dose leading to around 2.5 or more additional cancers and leukemia per 100, based on BEIR. If it is lifetime limit then the workers are better off than in other countries. Under the 100 mSv per 5 year rule, after 45 years there would be 9 such exposures. That would be 900 mSv. 9 out of 100 would get cancer or leukemia.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Japan coalition wants to end most Fukushima evacuations by 2017-draft Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 07:48:52 -0400 TOKYO, May 26 (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling coalition will recommend lifting evacuation orders for most people forced from their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster within two years in a bid to speed up reconstruction, a draft proposal shows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/K88EbiutGP8/japan-fukushima-idUSL3N0YH3N420150526

Deutsche Bank settles 2008-9 derivatives probe with SEC for $55 mlnPosted:Tue, 26 May 2015 11:12:46 -0400
FRANKFURT, May 26 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank on Tuesday said it had settled a long-running investigation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by agreeing to pay $55 million. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/2us4sfmkHD4/deutsche-bank-regulations-sec-idUSL5N0YH3CQ20150526

UPDATE 1-Two states sue U.S. SEC over “Regulation A” JOBS Act rules Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 10:48:56 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – Massachusetts and Montana are filing a legal challenge to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s new “Regulation A” rules governing certain small public… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/7cjLnfJyfTM/sec-states-lawsuit-idUSL1N0YH0VR20150526

UPDATE 1-More Swiss banks to settle with U.S. DoJ in near future – official Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 10:30:54 -0400 GENEVA, May 26 (Reuters) – More Swiss banks are expected to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice “in the near future” to avoid prosecution on charges of helping U.S. account holders hide their… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/e_pD3b4LpmY/swiss-banks-doj-idUSL5N0YH30O20150526

UPDATE 1-Lehman collapse shapes Bank of England’s trading test for lenders Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 10:13:54 -0400
* Tests will gauge resilience for a five-year period (Adds more detail of test) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/WL1tiWtEocM/britain-banking-stresstests-idUSL5N0YH30Q20150526

REFILE-RPT-INSIGHT-Funds feel heat of coal and tar divestment drive Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 09:19:40 -0400 LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/KLY3pT6eX7k/investment-energy-divestment-insightrepe-idUSL5N0YG16F20150526

Lehman collapse shapes Bank of England’s trading test for lenders Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 08:52:18 -0400
LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s top banks will be tested this year for their ability to cope with the type of market mayhem that followed the collapse of U.S. bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/n226WQJ4nMQ/britain-banking-stresstests-idUSL5N0YH1U120150526

Barrick investors welcome Chinese tie-up, debt reduction moves Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 16:53:35 -0400
VANCOUVER/TORONTO May 26 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp’s first step to long-promised partnerships with China, as well as progress in reaching an ambitious debt-cutting goal, are turning skeptical investors warmer toward the world’s biggest gold miner. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/o4dE0YJMKnA/barrick-gold-jointventure-investors-idUSL1N0YH16H20150526

Holcim, Lafarge reach binding agreement with CRH on divestments Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 14:26:14 -0400
May 26 (Reuters) – Cement companies Holcim and Lafarge said on Tuesday that they have reached a binding agreement under which Irish cement maker CRH Plc will buy some of their assets for 6.5 billion euro ($7.07 billion). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/f_DWdZR_9AA/lafarge-holcim-divestiture-crh-idUSL3N0YH4SN20150526

UPDATE 1-Russia boosting gold holdings as defence against ‘political risks’ – c.bank
Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 11:50:40 -0400
MOSCOW, May 26 (Reuters) – Russia is increasing its gold holdings because gold is a reserve asset that is free from legal and political risks, a senior central banker said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NwxLtKc_-ss/russia-cenbank-gold-idUSL5N0YH38V20150526

S.Africa to release “Marikana massacre” probe next month Posted:Tue, 26 May 2015 10:03:48 -0400
CAPE TOWN, May 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s government will release the findings of an inquiry into the 2012 deaths of 34 striking miners shot by police before the end of June, President Jacob Zuma told parliament on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UBzNbpnMLPE/safrica-marikana-idUSL5N0YH2Y820150526

UPDATE 2-Barrick boosts ties with China’s Zijin via New Guinea mine stake salePosted:Tue, 26 May 2015 09:50:51 -0400 TORONTO, May 26 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp said on Tuesday it has forged a strategic tie-up with Zijin Mining Group Co and agreed to sell the Chinese miner a stake in a mine in Papua New Guinea as a first step toward further collaboration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hclMCckD4UM/barrick-gold-jointventure-zijin-idUSL3N0YH3FV20150526

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

New Posts:

PM Shihtzu Abe is going against the flow of Japanese opinion…
Shihtzu pup
Oh, wait, bad spelling day. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is going against the flow of public opinion in his nuclear drive.
President Obama listens to Prime Minister Abe's remarks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
[Please note that the above is NOT to make fun or insult anyone in any way. Please do NOT read anything deep into it. It really happened to the author when looking for a picture of the Prime Minister upon awakening one morning. The author typed Shitzu Abe instead of Shinzo Abe and pressed “images” and got the cute puppy picture. So, it’s just for laughs in a stressful time. Those who like PM Abe may find it disrespectful of him. Those who hate him may find it disrespectful of the puppy. It is meant as neither. It’s just to make fun of the blog author having a bad spelling day. Also an excuse to put a cute puppy picture. We must recall that we bear responsibility for them. They can’t vote; they can’t protest. The environment and animals, in general, need protection as a minor child is protected.]

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan Inc not as keen as Abe government on nuclear power -Reuters poll
Posted:Sun, 24 May 2015 18:00:03 -0400
* Most firms see nuclear power having lesser role than govt target http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/CJkRcqInOJ0/japan-companies-nuclear-idUSL3N0YB2PR20150524

Goldman Sachs targets $1 bln in Japan renewable energy bonds Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 03:37:51 GMT
TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to establish a bond facility to target $1 billion in investment within the next few years in renewable energy projects in Japan, people familiar with the plan said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5YN2RhtbFN8/story01.htm

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 15:12:32 GMT
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YtAXoRLrwsk/story01.htm

Tornado tears through Mexican city on Texas border, killing 13 Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 20:41:57 GMT
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (Reuters) – At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured after a freak tornado ripped through the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna on Monday morning, flipping over cars and tearing down homes, the government said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/24XdJcXWsQU/story01.htm

FEATURE-Truckers’ secret to fuel efficiency: take it easy Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 08:00:00 -0400
EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois, May 25 (Reuters) – Mario Enriquez says there’s no real trick to getting great fuel mileage in a big truck. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Aj-gKWhb4dI/trucks-future-idUSL1N0YC2DC20150525

Mozambique agriculture plan could displace 100,000 farmers – activists
Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 06:33:25 -0400
ROME, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/56ZxtipE9Bk/mozambique-land-food-idUSL5N0YC35120150525

FEATURE-Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business
Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 05:06:51 -0400
LILONGWE, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi’s forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/v-xt_4FvCuU/malawi-forests-climate-idUSL5N0YD2XY20150525

China invites private investors to help build $318 bln of projects Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 00:36:01 -0400
SHANGHAI, May 25 (Reuters) – China’s state planning agency on Monday released a list of more than 1,000 proposed projects totalling 1.97 trillion yuan ($317.75 billion) that it is inviting private investors to help fund, build and operate. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/712MaM8Tt34/china-economy-infrastructure-idUSL5N0YG03G20150525

RPT-Fall-off in Indian weddings bodes ill for jewellers, gold Posted:Sun, 24 May 2015 17:00:00 -0400
* There are 40 percent less auspicious days for weddings in H2 y/y http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UYMkkPs9_CE/india-gold-demand-idUSL3N0YD26X20150524

UPDATE 3-Rebel shelling kills at least two in Ukraine, coke plant shuts down
Posted:Sun, 24 May 2015 10:38:45 -0400
* Serviceman killed near Mariupol (Adds one killed near Mariupol) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5SdsxIIS8rI/ukraine-crisis-metinvest-idUSL5N0YF03O20150524

UPDATE 2-Wildfire shuts down about 9 pct of Alberta crude output Posted:Mon, 25 May 2015 18:29:50 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, May 25 (Reuters) – A wildfire raging in northeastern Alberta has shut down around 233,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production at three oil sands projects and is expected to remain out of control for “some while yet,” a provincial government spokesman said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WDpJg_dNWBE/story01.htm

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – May 25
Posted:Sun, 24 May 2015 20:03:24 -0400
May 25 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/2TssEfO_TaU/britain-press-ft-idUSL3N0YF0NR20150525

U.S. Senator Warren calls for public hearings on bank waivers -FT Posted:Sun, 24 May 2015 18:43:25 -0400
NEW YORK, May 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling for U.S. Department of Labor hearings on whether banks accused of rigging foreign exchange markets should be allowed to manage… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/4wCd6b7mtk8/banks-waivers-warren-idUSL1N0YF0L820150524

Ukraine seeks Russian gas discount extension – RIA news agency Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 11:24:55 GMT
MOSCOW, May 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine has asked Russia for an extension of a discount on the price of gas until the end of the year, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday, RIA news agency reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sowKzEgueYs/story01.htm

China’s Hanergy undone in a few minutes of frantic trading Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 09:07:15 GMT
HONG KONG, May 23 (Reuters) – Not long after Hanergy Thin Film Power Group began its annual shareholder meeting at a plush Hong Kong hotel this week, the Chinese solar company’s shares went into free fall. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vj1SHy5EAtI/story01.htm

Germany must bury more power transmission lines – minister Posted:Sun, 24 May 2015 11:01:24 -0400
BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday the country must lay more power lines underground to take electicity generated by windpower in the north to industry in the south, to overcome opposition along the routes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/_4oA6sX-stY/germany-power-idUSL5N0YF0HP20150524

UPDATE 4-California water officials approve voluntary cutbacks by growers
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 19:35:28 -0400
LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – California water regulators on Friday approved a plan by some of the state’s most senior water rights holders to voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they would not face further curtailments during the growing season. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yMi2JrjHk74/usa-drought-california-idUSL1N0YD2A920150522

Oregon governor expands drought emergency zone, says water shortages imminent
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 16:58:07 -0400
PORTLAND, Ore., May 22 (Reuters) – Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanded the state’s drought emergency to eight more counties on Friday amid a devastating West Coast drought and warned that water shortages could be imminent and a tough fire season may be ahead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/BI6KNUBCG_8/usa-drought-oregon-idUSL1N0YD1ZS20150522

24 May 2015

Recent Posts


Even as the late Archbishop Romero, shot down by Salvadorean death squads during mass in 1980, was beatified on Saturday, OceanaGold is trying to shake-down extort $300 million from El Salvador. The owners of OceanaGold need to be sent to clean-up Fukushima.
CIEL, BY-NC-SA Monk speaking in protest against OceanaGold lawsuit against El Salvador
September 15th, 2014 protest at the World Bank Group’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (Photo by CIEL, CC-BY-NC-SA)
Romero film trailer: http://youtu.be/8G27jc6l_Zk
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980)[3] was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture.[4] In 1980, at the Church of the Divine Providence, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass.[5]
Archbishop Romero denounced the persecution of members of the Catholic Church who had worked on behalf of the poor:[19]

“In less than three years, more than fifty priests have been attacked, threatened, calumniated. Six are already martyrs–they were murdered. Some have been tortured and others expelled [from the country]. Nuns have also been persecuted. The archdiocesan radio station and educational institutions that are Catholic or of a Christian inspiration have been attacked, threatened, intimidated, even bombed. Several parish communities have been raided. If all this has happened to persons who are the most evident representatives of the Church, you can guess what has happened to ordinary Christians, to the campesinos, catechists, lay ministers, and to the ecclesial base communities. There have been threats, arrests, tortures, murders, numbering in the hundreds and thousands….

But it is important to note why [the Church] has been persecuted. Not any and every priest has been persecuted, not any and every institution has been attacked. That part of the church has been attacked and persecuted that put itself on the side of the people and went to the people’s defense. Here again we find the same key to understanding the persecution of the church: the poor.”
—Óscar Romero, Speech at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Feb. 2, 1980.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Former rebels, devout cheer as murdered archbishop beatified in El Salvador Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 19:04:04 GMT
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was gunned down at the altar by a right-wing death squad for denouncing the oppression of the poor by the military dictatorship. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/fJgVL-NqOxI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-China approves China National Nuclear Power Corp flotation Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 08:13:50 -0400
BEIJING, May 22 (Reuters) – China approved the stock market flotation of China National Nuclear Power Corp (CNNPC), a unit of one of the country’s two state nuclear reactor builders, the securities regulator said in a statement on its official Weibo feed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/LjrKx3dc9lg/china-ipo-cnnpc-idUSL3N0YD4GA20150522

UPDATE 2-EDF makes indicative offer for Areva reactors arm
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 19:30:30 GMT
* President Hollande to review Areva options June 3 (Adds details on timing) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rD_9nTJvYKI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Small U.S. oil platform on fire in Gulf of Mexico; no injuries Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 18:27:50 GMT
May 22 (Reuters) – A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/R4rq3z8RW9Y/story01.htm

Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California
Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 05:10:52 GMT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/v7KJTnQRi44/story01.htm

Exclusive: Prosecutors probe possible criminal case in California oil spill Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 01:35:20 GMT SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) – Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara – a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7Cqdzx_TcBs/story01.htm

Enbridge can expand Canadian crude movements to US Gulf Coast-execPosted:Fri, 22 May 2015 13:07:06 GMT
HOUSTON, May 22 (Reuters) – Enbridge Energy Partners LP says its Flanagan South and joint-venture Seaway pipeline systems can be expanded to move more Canadian heavy crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/1VzEPZzrfAY/story01.htm

Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling
Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 01:32:47 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell’s preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MYB7HkVAK5U/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Chinese independents get foothold in LNG trade as restrictions lifted
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 07:02:55 -0400
* Beijing has approved two terminals by non-state energy companies (Adds graphic advisory) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/uZ65oGBNAHQ/china-lng-independents-idUSL3N0YD48P20150522

Bill to extend “Patriot Act” surveillance programs blocked in U.S. Senate
Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 05:25:34 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to extend for two months a program in which spy agencies sweep up vast amounts of data about Americans’ telephone calls was blocked in the U.S. Senate early on Saturday, adding to uncertainty about the future of the program. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/VMxdDy3px-I/story01.htm

U.S. Senate tries to bridge gaps on domestic surveillance
Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 03:42:38 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a proposal meant to bridge divides among lawmakers on how to handle the June 1 expiration of domestic spying programs, but there was no clear outcome in sight late on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/4Rvz_HCwgWs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Shelling kills one worker at east Ukraine coke plant – Metinvest Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 03:48:20 -0400
KIEV, May 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s largest steel company, Metinvest, said on Friday one worker had been killed and two wounded after its Avdiyivka coke plant in east Ukraine was hit by heavy shelling, damaging the factory’s equipment and transport infrastructure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wSy94-UZ3R8/ukraine-crisis-metinvest-idUSL5N0YD12G20150522

Foreign utilities look to sell some Turkey assets, hit by low prices, lira
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 15:39:25 GMT
ISTANBUL, May 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s RWE and E.ON and Austria’s OMV are among utilities looking to offload Turkish power plants, bankers and industry sources say, as a tumbling lira and low electricity prices wipe out profits. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qSE9RKsppxE/story01.htm

U.S. Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch Posted:Sat, 23 May 2015 01:28:24 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/CuPX_G4Hsek/usa-transportation-senate-idUSL1N0YD2NB20150523

U.S. Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track trade power Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 21:24:21 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him “fast-track” powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/yIroaFOs7_8/usa-trade-vote-idUSW1N0YA03220150523

UPDATE 2-Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 21:06:06 -0400
LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/P9Ap384ySAs/california-oilspill-pipeline-idUSL1N0YD1JI20150523

U.S. Justice Dept finds criminal wrongdoing in GM ignition switch defect -NY Times
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 20:44:37 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Justice Department investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in General Motors Co’s failure to disclose a defective ignition switch, and they are… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/4E1GcV-oSCA/gm-recall-justice-idUSL1N0YE01120150523

U.S. fast track trade bill clears final Senate procedural hurdle
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 19:54:39 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another critical test in the U.S. Senate on Friday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/mRGQqbYnVvg/usa-trade-hurdle-idUSW1N0YA03020150522

U.S. Senate rejects trade bill currency rules mandating sanctionsPosted:Fri, 22 May 2015 17:55:33 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Friday rejected a push to beef up rules against currency manipulation in a key trade bill, avoiding a clash with the Obama administration and U.S…. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/JLm1lSRVtOI/usa-trade-currency-sanctions-idUSW1N0YA03420150522

U.S. Senate approves trade bill currency rules lacking sanctions
Posted:Fri, 22 May 2015 17:35:10 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Friday voted for a compromise on currency manipulation rules in a key trade bill, avoiding a clash with the Obama administration and U.S. trade… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/FUyJqtMcW6c/usa-trade-currency-idUSW1N0YA02V20150522