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This post ran from 9 Feb. 2016 to 2 March 2016. Order is inverted. The most recent updates are on top, after images-intro commentary. This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/the-ongoing-saga-66-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/the-ongoing-saga-68-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
A time comes when silence is betrayal.” (Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam., quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside church, April 4, 1967.) http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0115-13.htm
There is such a thing as too late. We are standing on the threshold of too late. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/standing-at-the-threshold-70-years-of-nuclear-is-enough/
At any moment a nuclear disaster as big or bigger than Chernobyl or Fukushima may occur. Those currently involved in legal action re the current/recent crimes of the nuclear industry need to get moving and stop dragging their feet. It’s been many months now. If the lawyers continue to drag their feet, the technical experts need to make the information public. It can be anonymous. This is an emergency. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now! Hurry Up! 70 plus years is too much already! Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped.

Read about Stephen Comley here: http://www.stephencomleysr.com/about/
He has refused to remain silent about the crimes of the USNRC-nuclear industry for decades. Educate people about him and his Presidential Campaign. If you are Republican or have open primaries, please support Comley for President. Although it is doubtful that he will get the nomination, it might still be possible. Perhaps he can be the VP for Sanders and put in charge of shutting down nuclear as safely as possible. Yes, Sanders is running as a Democrat, but that is part of the beauty of such a ticket.

Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. For those who missed it: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/ Shows that risk is around 15 times worse than BEIR VII thought, and maybe higher.
Pro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima

Wed. 2 March-Thurs 3 Mar 2016

French State owned “EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corp forms NNB GenCo consortium for nuclear power plant construction (notified on Feb. 4/deadline March 10)” See Reuters “EU mergers and takeovers” below.

US NRC Engineers petition NRC to take serious steps re design flaws in US nuclear reactors. The petition is apparently being hidden by the US NRC. Reuters appears to be the only one who has seen it. [Update: Fairewinds had a copy and perhaps they are the ones who leaked it to Reuters. The NRC finally posted a copy. See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/new-warnings-threats-of-us-nuclear-disasters-in-the-making-comment-deadline-march-11-at-11-59-pm-us-eastern-time-311-five-years-after-fukushima/ ]

Consultation Deadline for Wales soon: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/another-nukiller-consultation-wales/

New Posts:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/lockheed-martin-false-payment-claims-failure-to-id-and-report-haz-waste-at-nuclear-enrichment-site-paducah-kentucky-5-million-civil-suit-settlement-means-remain-allegations-but-criminal-suit/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/the-price-of-nuclear-weapons-and-nuclear-power-the-case-of-paducah-kentucky/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/central-us-arkansas-nuclear-one-receiving-highest-level-of-nrc-scrutiny-for-operating-reactors-depth-and-breadth-of-problems-to-be-assessed-report-in-spring-2016/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/former-ceo-indicted-on-march-1st-for-masterminding-conspiracy-not-to-compete-for-oil-gas-leases-dead-on-march-2nd-age-56/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/the-shinano-river-incident-roots-of-tepco-impunity/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/tepco-boss-indictment-major-step-for-justice-trial-may-reveal-hidden-info-about-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/tepco-executives-indicted-trial-next-year-the-end-of-impunity-and-the-mysterious-m-fund/

Important to Read Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/plume-gate-abstract/

Reuters News Feed Selection

CORRECTED-U.S. NRC engineers urge fix for nuclear power stations
Posted:Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:17:20 -0500
WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – A group of engineers within the U.S. nuclear power regulator is concerned that a design flaw in nearly all U.S. nuclear plants could endanger emergency core cooling systems. The group has urged the regulator to order power station operators to either fix the problem or face mandatory shutdowns. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/cfSXEpXpD54/usa-nuclear-regulator-idUSL2N1692BF

EU mergers and takeovers (March 2)
Posted:Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:57:20 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 2 (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/rSZSwwCUfnQ/story01.htm

DuPont says U.S. regulator needs additional time to review Dow merger
Posted:Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:27:46 -0500
NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) – DuPont said on Wednesday that U.S. regulators need more time to review materials related to its merger with Dow Chemical, according to a filing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/ovTcf1ybHJs/dow-du-pont-idUSN9N16A000

UPDATE 4-Quebec seeks injunction to force Energy East pipeline review
Posted:Tue, 01 Mar 2016 17:12:44 -0500
MONTREAL, March 1 (Reuters) – Quebec on Tuesday filed a motion for an injunction to ensure TransCanada Corp’s proposed Energy East oil pipeline complies with the Canadian province’s environmental laws, another potential setback for the project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/81_Xa-PW2Ys/transcanada-pipeline-quebec-idUSL2N1690TB

UPDATE 4-Former Chesapeake CEO McClendon charged with bid-rigging of land leases
Posted:Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:29:44 -0500
ATLANTA/WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – Aubrey McClendon, former chief executive officer of Chesapeake Energy Corp and a legend in the U.S. energy industry, was charged on Tuesday with conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in Oklahoma, the Justice Department said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/e5VC1bR6Jg0/chesapeake-enrgy-mcclendon-idUSL2N1692H9

UPDATE 1-Energy CEO McClendon dies in Oklahoma car crash, a day after indictment
Posted:Wed, 02 Mar 2016 20:40:01 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 2 (Reuters) – Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp who led it to become one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers before he was tarred by federal anti-trust charges, died on Wednesday in a car accident in Oklahoma City, police said. He was 56. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WZjOuOW7ME0/story01.htm

Mon. 29 Feb-Tuesday 1 Mar 2016

New:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/tepco-executives-indicted-trial-next-year-the-end-of-impunity-and-the-mysterious-m-fund/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Former Tepco execs indicted over Fukushima nuclear disaster
Posted:Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:31:00 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives were indicted on Monday for failing to take safety measures to prevent the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011, a Tokyo District Court official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/jkWFVh88ty0/story01.htm

Germany nuclear liability talks to extend into April – sources
Posted:Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:35:38 -0500
BERLIN, Feb 29 (Reuters) – A German commission looking at how to safeguard funds to pay for the country’s nuclear exit will continue consultations until at least mid-April, two sources close to the talks told Reuters on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/F1Ec_V3o6II/germany-nuclear-idUSB4N13100Q

France prepared to extend life of nuclear reactors: energy minister
Posted:Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:04:45 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is willing to support a 10-year extension to the life of the country’s nuclear reactors, operated by utility EDF, Energy Minister Segolene Royal told France 3 television on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/b5ElqwBNJWI/story01.htm

German Greens soften position on utilities footing nuclear bill
Posted:Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:48:06 -0500
BERLIN/HALTERN AM SEE, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Germany’s opposition Greens have softened their stance towards utility companies, agreeing with powerful trade union IG BCE that they should not have to bear alone the costs of the country’s exit from nuclear power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/eo9WGPhXjeQ/germany-nuclear-costs-idUSL8N1670GT

Sat-Sun, 27, 28 Feb. 2016

New:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/tens-of-thousands-join-uk-anti-nuke-demo-billed-as-biggest-in-generation/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/scrapping-trident-and-transitioning-to-a-nuclear-free-world/

French state owned nuclear “giant” Areva lost 2 billion euros last year.

Big bad corporations have lost ally with Scalia death and are settling out of court.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 2-Areva says fully funded for this year despite 2 bln euro loss
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:39:30 -0500
* Fully funded for this year with 3.9 bln euros (Adds CFO comments, share price opening, cash details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/BbZuTKfiLR8/areva-results-idUSL8N16511E

Dow settlement signals impact of Scalia death on class actions
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:52:06 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co’s agreement to pay $835 million to settle a price-fixing dispute provides evidence that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death is a blow to businesses that have had success recently in challenging class action cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gYNx4JiKDpo/usa-court-classactions-idUSL2N1651BN

UPDATE 1-Gazprom to hold natgas auction for Lithuania, Latvia in mid-March
Posted:Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:04:26 -0500
MOSCOW, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s biggest natural gas producer Gazprom said on Saturday it would hold its second gas export auction in mid-March, offering more than 560 million cubic metres of the fuel to Lithuania and Latvia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/tL7KoBcllAQ/russia-gazprom-idUSL8N1660IG

Thousands march in Moscow to honor slain Kremlin critic Nemtsov
Posted:Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:44:04 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow to honor slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Saturday, the first anniversary of his death, and to press their demand that the authorities find and punish the person who ordered his killing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/-X534pwIm7M/story01.htm

Algeria jails man suspected of links to Paris attacks ringleader
Posted:Sat, 27 Feb 2016 21:08:17 GMT
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian authorities have jailed a man with dual Algerian and Belgian citizenship for links with the ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a court statement said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OzYnB4Iak04/story01.htm

Arctic thaw opens shipping waterways, risks to environment
Posted:Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:39:20 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – The Arctic is thawing even faster than lawmakers can formulate new rules to prevent the environmental threat of heavy fuel oil pollution from ships plying an increasingly popular trade route. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/e4xbg8mO51Q/story01.htm

Friday, 26 Feb. 2016

New:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/tepco-usnrc-knew-fukushima-was-triple-meltdown-unit-123-almost-immediately-unit-4-spent-fuel-pool-believed-failed/

Reuters News Feed Selection

RPT-Former NATO head urges EU to set 2030 biofuel target for energy security
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:35:03 -0500
BRUSSELS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged the European Union on Thursday to get 5 percent of road transport fuels from sustainable biofuels by 2030 to cut the bloc’s reliance on imported oil and beef up its energy security. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/javavHn4abY/eu-biofuels-idUSL8N1654VN

UPDATE 2-Dow Chemical settles price-fixing case after Justice Scalia’s death
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:16:48 -0500
Feb 26 (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co agreed to pay $835 million to settle a decade-long lawsuit on price fixing, saying it had less chance of winning its petition at the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/D4c9911hw9w/usa-court-dow-idUSL3N1655JI

UPDATE 1-Brazil, Samarco deal over dam disaster 95 pct complete – govt
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:32:13 -0500
BRASILIA/MELBOURNE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Brazil’s government and Samarco Mineracao SA are meeting on Friday to finalise the settlement of a lawsuit for damages caused by a deadly dam spill at a mine in November, with the attorney general’s office saying the accord was 95 percent complete. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lNivpSomNcM/brazil-damburst-bhp-idUSL3N1655TF

UPDATE 2-Brazil police expand corruption probe to railway contracts
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:12:44 -0500
SAO PAULO, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Brazilian police said they launched a probe into bribes and overbilling in two large railway contracts, serving search and seizure warrants on Friday in six states and the capital Brasilia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-Wi9kOLY1C8/brazil-corruption-railways-idUSL2N1650K7

Explosion rocks waste treatment plant at Antwerp port
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:37:52 -0500
BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A storage bunker at an industrial waste treatment plant exploded at the port of Antwerp in northern Belgium on Friday, sending up a dark cloud of smoke hundreds of metres high. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3JRGXfLbv_E/belgium-blast-idUSL8N1654HC

Russia to sell “far less” than 19 pct in diamond miner Alrosa -Interfax
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:58:36 -0500
MOSCOW, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Russia’s government will sell “far less” than 19 percent of its stake in diamond miner Alrosa as part of a state privatisation plan, Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev as saying on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_wP7yijB_Qc/russia-privatisation-alrosa-idUSL8N1653WD

Mexico’s first-ever deep water Gulf oil auction set for Dec 5
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:47:37 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Contract awards for Mexico’s first-ever deep water oil auction covering ten potentially lucrative blocks are expected to take place on Dec. 5, oil regulator CNH said on Friday, a tender that will test investor interest given a worldwide price slump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/F_cQkiEQzow/story01.htm

Asset sales dominate as U.S. energy sector steers clear of big deals
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:22:42 GMT
HOUSTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Distressed asset sales are likely to dominate dealmaking in the U.S. energy industry this year as volatile oil prices put executives off major acquisitions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/d7NTYOUjOco/story01.htm

CORRECTED-Mansion sales and discount dining: oil rout hits Houston’s rich
Posted:Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:48:00 GMT
HOUSTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Prices for mansions in Houston’s swankiest neighborhood have tumbled in lock step with crude prices. The Houston Opera has offered free season tickets to patrons who lost their jobs in the oil bust. A fancy restaurant offers cut-price dinners. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eKh4CMFPnlc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Venezuela, Gold Reserve to settle arbitration dispute with joint venture
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:46:59 -0500
CARACAS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Venezuela and Canadian mining company Gold Reserve signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to settle a protracted arbitration dispute over a gold concession through creation of a joint venture in the South American country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JU11qb22fgE/venezuela-arbitration-idUSL2N1632QJ

UPDATE 2-BHP Billiton investors sue in U.S. over Brazil dam disaster
Posted:Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:33:27 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton Ltd was sued in the United States by investors who accused the Anglo-Australian mining company of fraudulently overstating its ability to manage safety risks prior to November’s fatal dam burst at a Brazilian mine it co-owned and operated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/c2GQnRdYwew/bhpbilliton-lawsuit-dam-idUSL2N16406H

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news – Feb 25
Posted:Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:26:51 -0500
Feb 25 (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. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/1bLJQI0XtlI/press-digest-nyt-idUSL3N1641RN

In FBI vs. Apple, judge asks for technological details
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:21:59 -0500
Feb 24 (Reuters) – The judge overseeing a U.S. government attempt to force Apple Inc to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters made it clear she expected a full… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/8BrXnhsin2U/apple-encryption-judge-idUSL2N16403K

Apple working on measures to make it harder for government to hack iPhones -NYT
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:44:13 -0500
Feb 24 (Reuters) – Apple Inc is said to be developing security measures to make it even harder for the government to break into iPhones, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing people close… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/PkulohnDAww/apple-encryption-new-york-times-idUSL2N1632PS

Thursday, 25 Feb. 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/germany-ushered-in-the-atomic-age-german-prototype-nuclear-reactors-shouldnt-germany-find-solution-other-than-dumping-on-others-deadline-to-oppose-german-dumping-of-nuclear-waste-on-usa-is-march/

German exports to US, include nuclear waste! If German techology is so great they can’t find a solution other than dumping radioactive waste on others? Maybe instead of cheating on emissions, as at VW, they should focus on something useful?

U.S. becomes Germany’s top trading partner overtaking France
Sierra Leone News.Net Sunday 21st February, 2016
BERLIN, Germany – Overtaking France for the first time since 1961, United States became the top destination for German exports in 2015.
http://www.sierraleonenews.net/index.php/sid/241505773

Areva nuclear needs bail-out.

Iranian-American dual nationals expect to be saved by the US. The benefit of dual nationality is that you can leave and go to the other place. The disbenefit is supposed to be that if you are a dual national then you can’t expect to be saved. Why should the US save an Iranian national from Iran?

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Areva gets 1.1 bln euro bridge loan, delays earnings release
Posted:Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:28:06 GMT
PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – French state-controlled nuclear firm Areva postponed the publication of its results on Thursday after securing a 1.1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) bridging loan to help finance a drastic restructuring plan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IMhh1XkjYrY/story01.htm

Scottish Power to go ahead with East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:57:29 -0500
LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Scottish Power Renewables said on Wednesday it had made a final investment decision to go ahead with its East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm in south-east England. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/hYeLdjjJ7ys/scottishpower-iberdrola-windfarm-idUSL8N15U1N3

German nuclear exit plan fails to solve waste storage puzzle
Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:28:00 -0500
* Nuclear exit costs could soar to 56 bln euros * Uncertainty over storage as no site found yet * Utilities have sued government over storage dispute By Christoph Steitz FRANKFURT, Feb 23 (Reuters) – When Germany committed itself five years ago to phasing out nuclear power by 2022, there was one big gap in its plans — what to do with the waste that can remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. That issue remains unresolved even after a government-appointed nuclear co http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Ydu65Qqf1wA/germany-nuclear-storage-idUSL8N16223A

China to boost government purchases of new energy vehicles
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:43:50 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 24 (Reuters) – China will increase to more than half the ratio of purchases of new energy vehicles by some government departments, the State Council said on Wednesday, the latest move to boost green development in a country battling to rein in pollution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/anqh46U3oy0/china-pollution-autos-idUSL3N16347I

UPDATE 1-Spain’s Iberdrola targets 6 percent growth in core earnings
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:30:51 -0500
* Will focus investment on US and UK in its new five year plan http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Q9pJbEmXkpc/iberdrola-results-idUSL8N163168

UPDATE 1-Suez to keep focus on water and waste, has no energy merger plans
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 03:00:20 -0500
PARIS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – French waste and water group Suez Environment said it would remain focused on its core waste and water business and denied it had plans to take over parent company Engie’s energy services unit Cofely. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0IFKHbENxO4/suez-results-idUSL8N1630TI

RPT-INSIGHT-Trump’s outrage finds ready audience in struggling South
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:00:01 -0500
LUCEDALE, Miss. Feb 24 (Reuters) – Mississippi’s vast flatlands, laced with the remains of a fading industrial base, are fertile ground for the incendiary populism of Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SusbtKEBcT4/usa-election-trump-south-insight-pix-gra-idUSL2N16305M

Snowstorm in U.S. Midwest downs power lines, closes highways, grounds flights
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:25:11 GMT
(Reuters) – A major wind and snow storm downed power lines, closed highways and grounded hundreds of flights over a wide swath of the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Ui-brglBOhM/story01.htm

Storm kills 3 in Virginia day after Gulf Coast tornadoes
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:10:15 GMT
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Violent thunderstorms and damaging winds lashed the U.S. Southeast and mid-Atlantic region on Wednesday, killing at least three people in Virginia a day after tornadoes claimed three lives along the Gulf Coast, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FD-K-c0bF90/story01.htm

German government expects arrival of 3.6 million refugees by 2020: media
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:20:51 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government expects a total influx of 3.6 million refugees by 2020, with an average of half a million people arriving each year, German media reported on Thursday, in a country that took in a record 1.1 million migrants last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eYLjlPMJyDE/story01.htm

Greece will not be turned into migrant warehouse: PM Tsipras
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:54:44 GMT
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged European Union countries to honor the bloc’s decisions on sharing the burden of the migrant crisis, saying that if they did not, Athens would block future agreements. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/eU-tK-RLYkI/story01.htm

Six Congolese activists sentenced to prison after general strike
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:07:39 GMT
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Six Congolese activists were sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison, after they were arrested last week as they prepared for a general strike calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down, their lawyer said.

Gang guilty of sex crimes in English town at center of abuse scandal
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:39:24 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – Five people were convicted on Wednesday of multiple sex crimes against young girls in Rotherham, the northern English town which hit the headlines two years ago when it was revealed that as many as 1,400 children had been abused by gangs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/r2cT-xEx5Ls/story01.htm

Burkina Faso’s ex-president becomes citizen of Ivory Coast
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:34:22 GMT
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast said on Wednesday it has granted citizenship to Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaore, potentially dashing hopes he could be extradited to his neighboring native country for his role in a high-profile murder case. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/efm74cHqVlw/story01.htm

Iran arrests elderly father of jailed U.S. citizen: family
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:36:56 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iranian authorities this week arrested the elderly father of an American jailed in Iran since October, the man’s family said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NEwkOaZS8hc/story01.htm

Ahead of election, Iran’s leader warns of Western ‘plot’
Posted:Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:25:46 GMT
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s top leader warned voters on Wednesday the West was plotting to influence elections pitting centrists close to President Hassan Rouhani against conservative hardliners in a contest that could shape the Islamic Republic for years to come. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/77csvyvN6dM/story01.htm

23-24 February 2016

New:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/nuclear-trail-of-tears-swiss-german-plutonium-believed-to-have-just-been-dumped-on-south-carolina-more-on-its-way-object-until-march-11th-11-59-pm-est/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/calls-for-reopening-investigation-of-corruption-at-los-alamos-nuclear-lab-and-of-suspicious-suicide-of-ex-deputy-director-richard-burick/

Beware non-Germans. Germany needs a place for its radioactive waste and has a tradition of sending it elsewhere – to the US, UK, Russia – instead of trying to develop innovative solutions.

French state-owned EDF is apparently playing penny stock-like games by dragging its feed on the Hinkley Point nuclear decision.

450 million euros are needed to treat those who got cancer from French weapons tests in Polynesia. Under President Chirac, in 1996, an annual 150 million euro ($165.2 million) was agreed, but France wants to cut that to 84 million euros this year, less than 1/5th what is needed. See Reuters below.

Reuters News Feed Selection

German nuclear exit plan fails to solve waste storage puzzle
Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:28:00 -0500
* Nuclear exit costs could soar to 56 bln euros * Uncertainty over storage as no site found yet * Utilities have sued government over storage dispute By Christoph Steitz FRANKFURT, Feb 23 (Reuters) – When Germany committed itself five years ago to phasing out nuclear power by 2022, there was one big gap in its plans — what to do with the waste that can remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. That issue remains unresolved even after a government-appointed nuclear co http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Ydu65Qqf1wA/germany-nuclear-storage-idUSL8N16223A

UPDATE 1-EDF CEO expects investment decision on Hinkley Point this year
Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:45:01 -0500
BRUSSELS, Feb 23 (Reuters) – EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Levy expects the French utility will take a final investment decision on the British Hinkley Point nuclear plant this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/6rAIOQxNBtg/edf-britain-nuclear-idUSL8N16223X

France pledges more compensation for Polynesia nuclear tests
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:34:09 GMT
PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Reuters) – Residents of French Polynesia who suffered due to 30 years of French nuclear tests in the Pacific archipelago have a legitimate right to compensation, President Francois Hollande said on his first visit to the region on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/9ZRn2XbiKlo/story01.htm

REFILE-Several casualties at Didcot power station, major incident declared-BBC Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:41:15 -0500
LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Emergency services said on Tuesday they were dealing with an incident at a British power plant and the BBC reported that there had been an explosion at the site and there had been casualties.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/K_jYxBeYpBA/britain-didcot-casualties-idUSL8N1624KN

India set to raise $730 mln from power producer NTPC stake sale
Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:49:17 -0500
* India was aiming to raise $10 bln from assets sales this FY http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/NeqsKwdjtKY/ntpc-sharesale-idUSL3N1624FR

UPDATE 1-Bulgaria signs deal with Shell for deepwater oil and gas exploration Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:13:28 -0500
SOFIA, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Bulgaria sealed a deal with Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday to explore for oil and gas in an offshore block in the Black Sea in a bid to end its almost total dependence on Russian natural gas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/otCsV4U2KNI/bulgaria-shell-drilling-idUSL8N1621GK

Power restored to Afghan capital Kabul after weeks of blackout
Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:02:09 -0500
KABUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s national power utility has restored electricity to the capital Kabul, almost a month after insurgents cut lines from neighbouring Uzbekistan that supplied almost half of the city’s 600 megawatt daily requirement, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/v75ppHUjWeo/afghanistan-electricity-idUSL8N1621HN

UK’s Drax says may mothball coal plant amid weak energy markets
Posted:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:46:48 -0500
LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – British power producer Drax may decide to mothball its coal-fired power generation units, the company said on Tuesday, as part of a strategy review triggered by competition from cheap gas and renewables. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/9CdPj_wd8i8/drax-results-idUSL8N1621CS

Calais migrants play for time ahead of planned eviction
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:37:58 GMT
CALAIS, France (Reuters) – Refugees squatting in a shanty town outside Calais in northern France ignored an official order to evacuate part of their camp, hoping a court hearing on Tuesday will halt its demolition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/cJteDg2A4LE/story01.htm

EDF signs union deal on management working hours
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:20:04 GMT
PARIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) – French utility EDF said in a statement that it had signed a deal with its two main unions to increase the number of days per year its managerial staff in France work. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/39B1FGjGrrk/story01.htm

Chile’s small-scale miners battling to stay afloat amid copper rout
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:23:06 -0500
INCA DE ORO, Chile, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Like his father before him, Alberto Carrizo has worked in Chile’s copper mines since he was a teenager, supporting his family as prices for the metal boomed in recent decades. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/4yWZh0Z9tBQ/chile-copper-miners-idUSL2N15R1ET

CORRECTED-Barrick estimates $2 bln costs if Nevada, Peru projects proceed
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:14:06 -0500
Feb 22 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp , the world’s largest gold miner, estimated spending of about $2 billion if it decides to proceed with projects in Nevada and Peru. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WOAHlkxjCH0/barrick-gold-outlook-idUSL3N16145F

Chinese driven aluminium overhang to foil price bulls
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:42:30 -0500
LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – A massive overhang of aluminium stocks, mostly due to rising Chinese production, is set to cap a tentative price recovery triggered by large output cuts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kCv_TND45kE/aluminium-prices-supply-idUSL8N1611PA

UPDATE 1-Major Indonesian tin smelter stops refining operations -shareholder Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:34:49 -0500
JAKARTA, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Major Indonesian tin smelter PT Refined Bangka Tin (RBT) has stopped refining operations and its plant will be scrapped due to environmental concerns, a company shareholder told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DFitBGiOQLk/indonesia-tin-idUSL3N1614FK

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Pennsylvania family fails in court to save sugar maples from pipeline Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:52:36 GMT
SCRANTON, Pa., Feb 19 (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Friday that a Pennsylvania family that runs a maple syrup business cannot stop most of their trees from being cut down to make way for a shale gas pipeline, but he stopped short of charging them with contempt of court. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8jJOFgDSYCo/story01.htm

Monday, 22 February 2016

Most recent posts:
A lesson to government workers about not being involved in corrupt schemes. The radioactive waste dump owner, Mr. Semnani, appears to have double crossed the official and not paid up all that was promised. The government official got jail time, cancer. He still has the US tax authorities (IRS) on his back decades later, who have no pity despite his cancers, and other health problems. Mr. Semnani alleged money was extorted from him and paid a small fine and eventually sold the radioactive waste dump to former Goldman Sachs investment bankers. He is now a self-appointed Iran expert and philanthropist: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/radioactive-waste-dump-owner-semnani-paid-govt-official-600000-official-went-to-jail-got-cancer-semnani-got-fined-became-iran-policy-expert-philanthropist/

Why is the US DOE giving taxpayer $40 million to a start-up for a nuclear reactor type which has repeatedly failed and caused contamination? The Germans are currently trying to dump the radioactive waste from these failures on America. And, almost no info on the owner of the company can be found, except that he is Iranian and piggy-backed on a well-qualified minority businessman to get NASA subcontracts by co-owning SGT? https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/us-to-throw-40-million-to-iranian-x-energy-for-more-research-on-dangerous-failed-pebble-bed-nuclear-reactors-as-germany-tries-to-dump-its-failed-pebble-bed-spent-nuclear-fuel-on-america-german-e/ Are these the nuclear reactors Iran wants to cooperate with Hungary on?

Some of the Sahel “terrorists” that France is after are actually protesting against uranium mining.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Kansai Electric finds leaked radioactive water at nuclear plant
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:25:12 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear power-reliant utility Kansai Electric Power said on Saturday it had found a pool of contaminated water at a nuclear reactor slated to restart in late February after years of being shut down. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_ojGWHe3f-k/story01.htm

Missing radioactive material found dumped in south Iraq
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:36:31 GMT
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Radioactive material that went missing in Iraq has been found dumped near a petrol station in the southern town of Zubair, officials said on Sunday, ending speculation it could be acquired by Islamic State and used as a weapon. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NYD1rKyja3I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Iran proposes nuclear power cooperation with Hungary
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:14:42 -0500
BUDAPEST, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Iran has proposed a project with Hungary to design and develop a small nuclear reactor that could be sold across Asia and Africa and also built in the Islamic republic, Tehran’s top nuclear official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0ydAgTqbscY/iran-nuclear-hungary-idUSL8N15X56J

South African union denies reaching wage deal with LafargeHolcim
Posted:Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:40:47 -0500
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A union representing about 800 workers on strike at LafargeHolcim’s South African unit on Friday denied it had reached a wage deal with the cement maker. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JJKgBVdYNWk/lafargeholcim-strike-idUSL8N15Y3EM

UPDATE 1-DuPont, Dow set home towns for units to be spun off
Posted:Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:02:17 -0500
Feb 19 (Reuters) – DuPont and Dow Chemical Co said two of the three units to be created and spun off following the companies’ mega-merger will be based in DuPont’s home town, and one in Dow’s home town. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FmvoIPUKbLI/dow-ma-du-pont-idUSL3N15Y4BI

Beijing to raise threshold for issuing air pollution ‘red alerts’
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:04:39 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing is to raise the thresholds for issuing its highest air pollution warnings, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, two months after acrid smog triggered the city’s first ever “red alerts”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Svq8Y2EV2H4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Pennsylvania family fails in court to save sugar maples from pipeline
Posted:Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:36:01 GMT
SCRANTON, Pa., Feb 19 (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Friday that a Pennsylvania family that runs a maple syrup business cannot stop most of their trees from being cut down to make way for a shale gas pipeline, but he stopped short of charging them with contempt of court. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8jJOFgDSYCo/story01.htm

French PM pledges more military support for Sahel to fight insurgents
Posted:Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:29:26 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday pledged greater military assistance to the former French colony of Burkina Faso and other countries in the Sahel region in the face of a growing Islamist insurgency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/GzSOh8Ms7kw/story01.htm

Ex-PM Touadera wins Central African Republic presidential election
Posted:Sat, 20 Feb 2016 20:20:35 GMT
BANGUI (Reuters) – Former Central African Republic prime minister Faustin-Archange Touadera has won a presidential run-off, the electoral commission announced on Saturday, in what was widely seen as a step towards reconciliation after years of violent turmoil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/RK_YA9_Lk2E/story01.htm

Ivory Coast sends soldiers wanted for failed coup to Burkina Faso, sources say
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:02:58 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Ivory Coast extradited three soldiers to Burkina Faso who were wanted in connection with a coup attempt there last September, judicial and diplomatic sources said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/HSo3rkrM5CI/story01.htm

U.S. rejected North Korea peace talks offer before last nuclear test: State Department
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 20:30:11 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States rejected a North Korean proposal to discuss a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War because it did not address denuclearization on the peninsula, the State Department said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/_EmOR-udCgs/story01.htm

China overcapacity problems worsen over 2008-2015 -EU chamber
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:30:04 -0500
BEIJING, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Industrial overcapacity in China has got much worse since 2009, with Beijing struggling to implement reforms and overcome the resistance of growth-obsessed local governments, a European business lobby said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/D2EaipdGkgY/china-overcapacity-idUST9N0NH05J

LG Chem to supply batteries for Chrysler’s minivan
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:00:01 -0500
SEOUL, Feb 22 (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Chem said on Monday it will supply electric vehicle batteries to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV from late this year and that the orders were worth hundreds of millions of dollars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Cvs1e0XtmfA/lg-chem-chrysler-idUSL3N161089

UPDATE 2-EFG to buy Brazilian group BTG’s Swiss bank for $1.34 bln
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 02:53:48 -0500
* EFG to raise 750 million Sfr in equity and 250 mln in debt (Adds further details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wBwov3M5DqE/efg-intl-ma-bsi-idUSL8N1610FM

COLUMN-Governments’ bull policies for bear markets hurt commodities: Russell
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:42:40 -0500
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – – One of the problems for embattled resource companies is that the legislative environment in which they exist is often no longer reflective of the reality of the current, or likely future, markets in which they compete. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ztPCIvm5uww/column-russell-indonesia-minerals-idUSL3N1611GI

Tokyo Steel cuts March prices as much as 14 pct to fight imports
Posted:Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:26:53 -0500
TOKYO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Tokyo Steel Manufacturing , Japan’s top electric arc furnace steelmaker, said it will cut prices for March delivery, by as much as 14 percent for one product, to compete against imports amid a firm yen and on slow domestic demand. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hMIusYDQn3g/tokyo-steel-prices-idUSL3N1611NZ

Australia to start register of foreign ownership of water rights
Posted:Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:15:06 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian government said on Monday it plans to start a register of foreign ownership of water rights, redoubling its efforts to appease voters concerned about the amount of farming assets being sold offshore. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_scoriV6-e0/story01.htm

Saturday, 20 Feb. 2016

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Thursday, 18 Feb. 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/lightening-scrammed-nuclear-reactor-lost-cooling-off-for-weeks-on-again-now-off-usnrc-inspection/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Iran proposes nuclear power cooperation with Hungary
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:19:01 GMT
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Iran has proposed a project with Hungary to design and develop a small nuclear reactor that could be sold across Asia and Africa and also built in the Islamic republic, Tehran’s top nuclear official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Mo4I1pavIeQ/story01.htm

Austria sticks to migration cap despite EU legal warning
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:29:48 GMT
By Gabriela Baczynska, Robert-Jan Bartunek and Alastair Macdonald http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/i6eywlURey8/story01.htm

Apple issues $1.5 billion in green bonds in first sale
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:42:10 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple has issued $1.5 billion in bonds dedicated to financing clean energy projects across its global business operations, the largest green bond to be issued by a U.S. corporation, the company’s head of environmental policy said Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fToG-rxzU30/story01.htm

EU car industry seeks climate friendly driving, not more targets
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:00:02 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Better driving, improved roads and measures such as more rational loading of freight can lower the environmental impact of trucks, European industry leaders said on Tuesday, as they pushed back against EU regulation to curb emissions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LWTz5h4B8hU/story01.htm

Brazil expects $4.9 billion Samarco dam disaster deal by Friday
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:15:29 GMT
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The Brazilian government expects to reach an agreement by Friday with Samarco Mineração SA to settle a 20 billion-real ($4.9 billion) lawsuit for damages in a deadly dam disaster, Brazil’s attorney general Luís Inácio Adams said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8wKCrkBxx2o/story01.htm

France’s Royal to head U.N. climate talks after Fabius quits
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 18:04:50 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French Environment Minister Segolene Royal said on Wednesday she would take over the presidency of U.N. climate talks, seeking to implement a global deal reached last year to shift away from fossil fuels, after former foreign minister Laurent Fabius quit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BriGuMWwbXY/story01.htm

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes off Indonesia – USGS
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:44:36 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia at 1726 GMT (1326 ET) on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/szJfKRHIT8I/story01.htm

Small diesel cars seen vulnerable to post VW scandal reforms
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:12:18 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A tougher European testing regime following Volkswagen’s emissions test cheating scandal could mean new small diesel car models are modified or withdrawn, the European auto lobby said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/B1IHL2hIGUg/story01.htm

Exclusive: India halts potash imports as droughts hit crop plantings
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:58:59 GMT
MUMBAI (Reuters) – India has halted its potash imports for the year to end-March and delayed negotiations for next year’s purchases until at least June, as droughts have dented demand in one of the world’s biggest fertilizer consumers, government officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wPpa3GCrhv8/story01.htm

South Africa drought pushes 50,000 into poverty: World Bank
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:16:58 GMT
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s worst drought in over a century has pushed around 50,000 below the poverty line, the World Bank said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/9OvtYn9Pe8A/story01.htm

Leak at Kuwaiti oil well site, no gas spill recorded: agency
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:04:21 GMT
DUBAI (Reuters) – Workers are fixing a leak at a site where an oil well is being dug in northern Kuwait, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ZtVate2rUv0/story01.htm

Contaminated Flint water among most expensive in the U.S.: report
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 22:46:19 GMT
(Reuters) – Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, paid some of the nation’s highest water bills even as the city failed to treat drinking water properly, leading to lead contamination, according to a report released on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1zOhMEwXbEk/story01.htm

Oklahoma calls for more disposal wells to shut after quake
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:09:07 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator released a wide-ranging plan on Tuesday to scale back use of wastewater injection wells in western Oklahoma, just days after a 5.1 magnitude quake rocked the state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FjWpnoH0v1U/story01.htm

North Dakota has ‘big concern’ with hedge funds buying oil assets
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:49:32 GMT
Feb 17 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s energy regulator said on Wednesday he is worried about hedge funds and other investment groups buying oil assets in the state and conducts background checks on… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/_N_RONmmMXM/story01.htm

COLUMN-Commodities’ well-travelled road to nowhere. Cutting output: Russell
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:08:12 -0500
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Live and don’t learn. That should be the motto of commodity producers who attempt to push prices higher by trying a variety of methods to restrict supply. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ov_E6e6OzQU/column-russell-commodities-output-idUSL3N15W612

Zambia seeks to plug water wastage by harvesting rain
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:54:44 -0500
LUSAKA, Feb 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As erratic rainfall leaves Zambia’s reservoirs running low and its crops thirsty, the government is planning to harvest water and tap the precious resource more efficiently. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/zmK6Qfk_FO0/africa-drought-zambia-water-idUSL8N15W3QZ

UPDATE 1-Plan to revive Russian economy to cost $11.7 bln -EconMin
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:21:26 GMT
MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A Russian government plan to shore up the recession-battered economy will cost around 880 billion roubles ($11.7 billion), Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told a cabinet meeting on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sv9DUiPnIYM/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-S&P cuts Anglo American to junk, 3rd agency to do so this week
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:18:57 GMT
Feb 18 (Reuters) – Global miner Anglo American Plc’s credit rating was downgraded to junk by Standard & Poor’s on Thursday, making it the third agency to do so this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_4GpQ1cWi5w/story01.htm

Russia will only sell control of Bashneft if paid premium – source
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:00:03 GMT
MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The Russian state could sell only around 25 percent in mid-size oil company Bashneft if the likely buyer fails to offer a significant premium to the market price, a senior Russian government source said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mcF2Y0lqC5s/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Centrica trims investments as energy price slump weighs
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:37:46 GMT
* Cuts 2016 E&P capex to 500 mln pounds (Adds CEO, analyst quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/alcXVYpxOtQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Oil extends rally towards $35 after Iran welcomes output freeze
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:17:13 GMT
* EIA supply report due later on Thursday (Updates prices, adds quotes, changes dateline from SINGAPORE) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/d1pqbhkTQkE/story01.htm

MHI Vestas to provide turbines to Belgium’s largest wind farm
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:46:05 GMT
COPENHAGEN, Feb 18 (Reuters) – MHI Vestas, a joint venture between Vestas and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries , said on Thursday it would likely supply turbines to Belgium’s largest wind farm project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6TKuty0mE9s/story01.htm

Tullow Oil finds potential issue at Ghana field, shares drop
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:21:03 GMT
Feb 18 (Reuters) – Oil producer Tullow Oil Plc said there was a potential issue with a storage vessel at its flagship Jubilee field in Ghana, sending shares down more than 7 percent on Thursday morning. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6wOkoST5V2o/story01.htm

India’s Reliance set to lift Iran oil after 5-yr hiatus -source
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:45:51 GMT
NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (Reuters) – India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, owner of the world’s biggest refining complex, is preparing to lift oil from Iran next month after a gap of about five years, said an industry source with knowledge of talks between the two. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GSC5HusNPdQ/story01.htm

UAE says oil price will force producers to freeze output
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:45:10 GMT
DUBAI, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Oil prices are not suitable and will force producers to freeze their output, the United Arab Emirates’ energy minister Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazrouei said on Thursday, adding investments in high-cost production would also be restrained. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tGJRpGnEVYA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Insurer Lancashire’s profit hit by fall in gross premiums
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:15:28 GMT
Feb 18 (Reuters) – British property and casualty insurer Lancashire Holdings Ltd reported a 24.2 percent fall in full-year pretax profit on Thursday, hurt by a fall in gross written premiums in its property and energy businesses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/W6ebRlXkSZk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-No output growth for OMV by 2020 without Russia
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:37:21 GMT
* Proposed 2015 div of 1 eur/shr down 20 pct vs 2014 (Adds 2015 results, dividend cut, industry context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ePHpv3O2kPw/story01.htm

Russia’s oil output may drop 14 pct by 2020-2025 – Energy Ministry
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:33:41 GMT
MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Russia’s oil output may drop to 460 million tonnes in 2020-2025 from last year’s 534 million tonnes as oil prices stay low and oil firms cut capital expenditure, according to a “stress scenario” published by Russia’s energy ministry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lO_sJ2HCo4U/story01.htm

Centrica earnings fall on energy price slump
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:30:19 GMT
LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s largest energy utility, Centrica, reported a 4 percent fall in 2015 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) on Thursday and said it would cut 1,000 jobs this year as it struggles with weak energy prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qaAtaXUhun4/story01.htm

German exports to Russia likely to drop 5 pct this year, trade body says
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:18:56 GMT
BERLIN, Feb 18 (Reuters) – German exports to Russia are likely to fall 5 percent this year after plummeting almost 30 percent in 2015 because of sanctions over the Ukraine conflict and low oil prices, the head of foreign trade at Germany’s DIHK Chambers of Commerce said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TZfDeH5yLC0/story01.htm

RPT-Head ruling heart – UK’s pro-Europe chief plots hardest sale yet
Posted:Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:00:01 GMT
LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Declaring “I’m a eurosceptic” may not be an obvious way to persuade Britons to stay in the European Union but as the leader of the ‘In’ campaign businessman Stuart Rose believes it is this pragmatism that will help him win the day. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lx1Q-D-i-VQ/story01.htm

Wednesday, 17 Feb. 2016

New:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/us-radiation-release-rule-for-i-131-patients-allowing-high-public-exposure-comes-back-on-hospital-er-causing-panic/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/pope-francis-the-earth-herself-burdened-laid-waste-is-among-the-most-abandoned-maltreated-of-our-poor-the-earth-healed-by-the-sun-indigenous-populations-have-much-to-teach-about/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/trump-reminds-gop-of-bushs-911-failure-and-iraq-war-lies/

Reuters News Selection

UPDATE 1-EU short of 118 billion euros in nuclear decommissioning funds – draft
Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:41pm EST
http://www.reuters.com/article/europe-nuclear-idUSL8N15V4R1

UPDATE 1-Gas company to be arraigned over Los Angeles area methane leak
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 18:22:30 GMT
Feb 17 (Reuters) – Southern California Gas Co is to be arraigned on criminal charges on Wednesday over a huge methane leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands of residents from their homes, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HlrEnCF2NKg/story01.htm

IAEA says Iraq informed it of theft of radiography device
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:14:06 GMT
BAGHDAD, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday that Iraq informed it of the theft of an industrial radiography device in the southern city of al-Zubair in November 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/E29sVRR_aAw/story01.htm

Wyoming says its coal mine cleanup policy is flawed
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:35:21 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – A program that has allowed U.S. coal companies to forego cleanup insurance on massive western mines is flawed and needs to be fixed, Wyoming officials have told federal… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/ZZs7qwvESb8/usa-coal-cleanup-idUSL2N15W1TK

UPDATE 4-RWE scraps dividend in historic move to battle power sector crisis
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:48:14 -0500
* Shares mark biggest one-day drop in more than 18 years (Adds quote from biggest shareholder, new savings target) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/eGUrNxB52fw/rwe-results-idUSL8N15W1P2

UPDATE 1-Germany rejects EU plan for levy on industry for green energy
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:16:10 -0500
* A quarter of power consumed by industry self-generated (Adds more details from economy ministry paper) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/UNBog8QeBT4/germany-energy-eu-idUSL8N15W3BS

UPDATE 1-Spain’s Abengoa says needs 826 million euros in 2016
Posted:Wed, 17 Feb 2016 06:28:09 -0500
MADRID, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Indebted Spanish energy group Abengoa needs 826 million euros ($922 million) of fresh cash to make it until the end of the year and a further 304 million euros in 2017, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/o-_WjD62AMs/spain-abengoa-idUSL8N15W26G

Tuesday, 16 Feb. 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/uk-nuclear-beauty-pageant-scheme-more-than-sheer-madness-rudd-conflict-of-interest/

New post yesterday, already updated and renamed this morning:
EDF Postpones Decision on Nuclear Reactors at Hinkley Point in the UK; “Justification” Still Sought to Use Defective Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel at Flamanville in France; Old Cracked UK Nuclear Reactors Given Operating Extensions https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/edf-decides-whether-to-cancel-nuclear-reactors-at-hinkley-point-in-the-uk-as-justification-still-sought-to-use-defective-nuclear-reactor-pressure-vessel-at-flamanville-in-france/

Like a cheap Penny Stock company, fleecing the French taxpayer, probably trying to fool potential Chinese investors, and letting construction companies continue to make money, EDF continues to postpone its decision on Hinkley Point Nuclear Reactors in the UK. They now claim it is because of the Chinese New Year.

Did EDF just dilute their stocks like a cheap Penny Stock company by creating more? The French State which owns the majority – around 85% – took shares rather than dividends. Does that mean the shares were diluted? It certainly sounds like it.

From the Ecologist:
EDF’s Hinkley C offices occupied as UK nuclear hopes wither
Oliver Tickell, 15th February 2016: “An occupation of EDF’s site office for Hinkley C turned into a celebration today as the EDF Board postponed its ‘final investment decision’ for the tenth time. With strong opposition among French unions and the project afflicted by severe technical and financial problems, it’s not just Hinkley that’s going down, but the UK’s entire nuclear programme.” (Emphasis our own) Read the article here: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2987168/edfs_hinkley_c_offices_occupied_as_uk_nuclear_hopes_wither.html

Almost 10 years ago the Guardian newspaper explained that cracks in graphite bricks at Hunterston B, Hinkley Point, Heysham 1, and Hartlepool could cause misalignment of the holes, thus significantly increasing the risk of an accident: “fuel rods could become jammed in the reactor, and misalignment could make it hard, if not impossible, to lower in control rods to close the power plant down.” See: “Why cracks at the cores of ageing AGRs worried safety inspectorhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2006/jul/05/energy.greenpolitics

Almost 10 years later, according to the BBC, 16 Feb, 2016, “EDF to keep four UK nuclear plants open for years longer By John Moylan, “Heysham 1 and Hartlepool will have their life extended by five years until 2024, while Heysham 2 and Torness will see their closure dates pushed back by seven years to 2030.http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35583740 Hunterston B, near Glasgow, was already extended: “Hunterston B nuclear power plant will run until 2023“, 4 December 2012
: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-20590915

Finally everyone got shot of Scalia. While he was on a hunting trip, he got his. Probably the most anti-environmentalist judge ever. At least some animals had their lives saved by his dying in his sleep, on this hunting trip. Happily, it seems that he got no chance to kill animals. We have more nasty comments about him, but no time for now. Contrary to what some have stated, Scalia obviously would have had health problems as obsesity puts a strain on the heart. Whether his obsesity was due to overeating, or to a damaged thyroid, it is a sign of poor health or poor health to come.

Reuters News Feed Selection

CORRECTED-RPT-Scalia’s death boosts legal chances for Obama’s climate plan
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:22:14 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A vote to block the Obama administration’s ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia’s last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule’s survival. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/_XGGRZZu-ag/usa-court-carbon-idUSL2N15U110

Better water management could halve global food deficit – scientists
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:34:48 -0500
LONDON, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Investing in agricultural water management could substantially reduce hunger while limiting some of the harmful effects of climate change on crop yields, scientists said in a study released on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/eaaySlqnbGY/food-water-idUSL8N15V4IQ

UPDATE 3-EDF jumps 10 pct as share dividend eases Hinkley Point worries
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:40:49 -0500
* EDF make biggest jump since 2008, market cap up 2 bln euros http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/y_aOzjlcf5Q/edf-results-idUSL8N15V0JS

EDF to pour first Hinkley Point concrete in 2019, Brexit or not
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:55:52 -0500
PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – French utility EDF’s project to build two nuclear reactors in Hinkley Point, Britain should pour its first concrete in 2019 and a possible British exit from the European Union would not change the plan, its chief executive said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/-04tRHokGgE/edf-results-britain-hinkley-idUSL8N15V3KF

UPDATE 1-EU takes on national interests in quest to break reliance on Russian gas
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:38:04 -0500
* Brussels seeks ex-ante approval of EU intergovernment agreements http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/6qQVdrZgtMI/eu-energy-idUSL8N15V2XA

EU takes on national interests in quest to break reliance on Russian gas
Posted:Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:30:03 -0500
* Brussels seeks prior approval of EU intergovernment agreements http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/6qQVdrZgtMI/eu-energy-idUSL8N15V2XA

Fees charged by German energy grids to fall further -watchdog
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:56:28 -0500
ESSEN, Germany, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Fees charged by German power and gas network operators will fall further over the next few years, so would-be investors in the lucrative sector should factor in lower earnings in future, the head of the federal network agency said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/m3XypYGtJ5s/germany-powergrid-idUSL8N15U3DH

Solar tower in desert promotes Israel’s renewable energy drive
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:08:02 -0500
ASHALIM, Israel, Feb 15 (Reuters) – In a vast expanse of open desert in southern Israel a 787-foot tower (240 metres) is taking shape that its builders hope will help make solar energy much more cost effective. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/OYB3mXpJbzA/energy-israel-solar-idUSL8N15O1PI

China dampens gold’s rally as peak demand period wraps up
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:59:52 -0500
SINGAPORE, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Chinese investors sold into gold’s rally after returning from a week-long holiday, a sign they do not expect prices to go much higher and cannot be counted on to support the market with post-Lunar New Year demand set to falter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-eLL9iLrx8c/china-gold-demand-idUSL3N15U1ZS

UPDATE 1-India’s JSW eyes port asset acquisitions, to cut steel unit debt -CFO
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:02:42 -0500
* Aims to cut steel unit debt-to-equity to 1.75 by March 2018 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6B9RbQFAyyk/jsw-steel-debt-idUSL3N15U2BT

India’s JSW eyes port asset acquisitions, to cut steel unit debt -CFO
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 03:24:47 -0500
MUMBAI, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Indian conglomerate JSW Group, whose businesses range from power to steel and cement, is looking to buy debt-laden port assets in the country as part of a strategy for a massive expansion of its ports capacity, its chief financial officer said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9W0By7zsi5g/jsw-steel-debt-idUSL3N15U248

RPT-Noble Group’s LNG traders leaving to join Glencore – sources
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 03:13:13 -0500 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2fctHObzxo8/noble-group-lng-idUSL3N15U0CT

UPDATE 1-New Zealand Inc on M&A radar after $1.33 bln deals
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 02:34:15 -0500
WELLINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – A pair of diverse New Zealand firms said they received takeover offers worth $1.33 billion in total, as low interest rates and the weak Kiwi dollar combine to put a range of companies in a low-flying market firmly on the radar for global dealmakers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/X_c6HOpK8ZY/newzealand-ma-idUSL3N15U197

Acacia Mining’s full-year core profit falls on lower gold prices
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 02:28:12 -0500
Feb 15 (Reuters) – Gold miner Acacia Mining Plc said full-year core profit fell 31 percent, hurt by a fall in gold prices in 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hVjzwDgsEI0/acacia-mining-results-idUSL3N15U22J

Q&A-Body Shop concocts new formula for making money while protecting the planet
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 02:00:01 -0500
BARCELONA, Feb 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Beauty brand The Body Shop is turning 40 next month and has set an ambitious goal of being “the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business”.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/c8zZvqT1UlI/retail-environment-biodiversity-idUSL8N15R45V

RPT-Iran offers mining riches post-sanctions, but investors cautious
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:30:01 -0500
* Investors look at potential, curbed by slump in mining sector http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1PJ4MRSfGsw/iran-mining-idUSL8N15T0BU

COLUMN-Rio Tinto’s iron ore hope at odds with foresight claim: Russell
Posted:Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:57:16 -0500
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – – “We don’t run our business on hope, we run it with foresight and focus.” These are Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh’s words, but he’s only half right. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8OYy5P5Yp0o/column-russell-ironore-tinto-idUSL3N15U0BE

CORRECTED-Australia, NZ shares bounce on miners and takeover rally
Posted:Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:21:02 -0500
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Australian shares rallied 0.8 percent, pulling away from earlier 2-1/2-year lows on Monday as a Wall Street bounce brought relief to hard-hit resource companies and helped stocks recoup some of last week’s heavy losses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Xwu1HMyzm7I/australia-stocks-midday-idUSL3N15U0FR

Monday, 15 Feb. 2016

New posts:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/risk-of-uncontrolled-nuclear-reactions-i-e-criticality-events-in-water-saturated-deeply-buried-nuclear-waste/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/radioactive-groundwater-contamination-at-all-us-nuclear-power-stations-pipe-failures-endanger-nuclear-power-station-cooling-systems-environment/
New reblog:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/occupy-edf15thfeb/

GAO-US NRC Tritium Pipe Groundwater Contamination diagram

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Nevada will move all solar customers to new rates
Posted:Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:22:20 GMT
Feb 12 (Reuters) – Nevada’s utility regulator voted unanimously on Friday to require households with solar panels to move to a new, less generous rate structure, angering supporters who said existing solar owners should be able to preserve their previous rates. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Cm-zH8VhA64/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Under fire for Syria bombings, Russia denies hitting civilians
Posted:Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:32:25 GMT
* Kerry says Russia must change targets to adhere to peace deal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jTIeI9K6w_Y/story01.htm

Pope, Russian Orthodox chief say Christians being “exterminated”
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:59:00 GMT
HAVANA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday called on the international community to protect Christians under assault in the Middle East in apparent reference to violence by the militant group Islamic State. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/eRlPj9z1LIg/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Cenovus Energy may sell up to $5 bln in securities amid oil slump
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:12:12 GMT
Feb 12 (Reuters) – Canadian oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc said it may sell up to $5 billion of stock, debt or other securities, a day after it announced a dividend cut, as the company shores up its balance sheet amid a slump in oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/65jlOOHXTJ4/story01.htm

UPDATE 11-Oil rockets from 12-year low on renewed talk of OPEC cut
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:21:54 GMT
* WSJ quotes UAE as saying OPEC willing to cooperate on output cut http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Y9nYiopZE6c/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Syria cessation of hostilities an ‘important step’-White House
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:18:46 GMT
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday an agreement for a break in hostilities in the Syrian conflict is significant, but there is still more to be done in the peace talks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MQ17rZTVhz8/story01.htm

WRAPUP 3-Strong U.S. consumer spending counters recession fears
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:12:28 GMT
WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer spending regained momentum in January as households ramped up purchases of a variety of goods, in a hopeful sign that economic growth was picking up after slowing to a crawl at the end of 2015. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QIKIupi-LtE/story01.htm

U.S. oil drillers cut rigs to least in 6 years -Baker Hughes
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:12:16 GMT
Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. energy firms this week cut oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the lowest levels since January 2010, data showed on Friday, as energy firms continue to cut spending due to the collapse in crude prices. Some analysts, however, forecast the rig count will decline for a few more months before recovering later this year when they expect crude price to rise. Drillers removed 28 oil rigs in the week ended Feb. 12, bringing the total rig count down to 439, oil servic http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nfDZLCl5fZk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Valero Energy sues U.S. EPA over biofuels plan
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:03:23 GMT
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Valero Energy Corp filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to push the regulator to alter a U.S. policy designed to boost use of renewables in transportation fuels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qhdFfX6QOGM/story01.htm

Interpol refuses Russian request for Khodorkovsky search notice – TASS
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:33:14 GMT
MOSCOW, Feb 12 (Reuters) – International police organization Interpol has refused a Russian request for a search notice on former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia’s TASS news agency reported on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/M5MO2EYEDbg/story01.htm

SunEdison restrained from ‘unusual’ asset transfers
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:20:27 GMT
Feb 12 (Reuters) – Solar company SunEdison Inc said a U.S. court has restrained the company from making any unusual asset transfers until a hearing in a lawsuit brought on by investors of renewable energy company Latin American Power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/DaIVtRj60xE/story01.htm

Canada government may fund clean-up of spent oil wells -minister
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:20:16 GMT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Ottawa may help pay for the clean-up of spent oil wells, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ebUeW3Wl7Yg/story01.htm

FTSE records best day in five months as commodities shares surge
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:03:03 GMT
LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index ended higher on Friday, recording its best one-day percentage gain in more than five months, as banking and commodities-related stocks rebounded from a slump in the previous session. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Nd5yl5mR0xA/story01.htm

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Billionaire Vekselberg says may be buyer in Russia’s privatisation
Posted:Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:07:30 -0500
MUNICH/MOSCOW, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg said on Saturday he might buy stakes in some of Russia’s miners when they come up for sale, the first oligarch to officially declare in interest in the country’s new privatisation drive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_TvZaVOrevE/russia-privatisation-vekselberg-update-idUSL8N15S0CF

Russian billionaire Vekselberg interested in Alrosa’s privatisation
Posted:Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:30:03 -0500
MUNICH, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg said on Saturday he would potentially be interested in buying stakes in the country’s diamond miner Alrosa and other miners when they come up for sale. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GdQpf-Nm_lA/russia-privatisation-vekselberg-idUSL8N15S08W

For Valentine’s Day gift, forget diamonds: try ichnusaite
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:00:01 -0500
* 2,550 minerals are truly rare, known from thimbleful samples http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SxLozzEby9A/environment-minerals-idUSL8N15P49G

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Billionaire Blavatnik takes passive stake in Dorsey’s Square
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:55:57 -0500
Nov 25 (Reuters) – Billionaire investor Leonard Blavatnik disclosed an 11.4 percent passive stake in Class A shares of mobile payments company Square Inc, which went public earlier this month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Gwbv1S6TiVE/square-blavatnik-idUSL3N13K56X

UPDATE 1-Argentina scraps mining export taxes as part of free market push
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:19:06 -0500
BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Argentina’s new president has revoked the 5 percent tax that the previous administration collected on mining exports, state news agency Telam reported on Friday, as part of the country’s two-month old push toward open markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jc9yjHaUel0/argentina-mining-idUSL2N15R1AA

Moscow court rejects lawsuit against Putin from Kremlin critic Navalny – RIA
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:33:18 -0500
MOSCOW, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A Moscow court has rejected a lawsuit filed against Russian President Vladimir Putin by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the RIA news agency quoted a spokeswoman for the court as saying on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2-4N48AB8ak/russia-navalny-putin-idUSL8N15R407

UPDATE 2-EU hits Chinese steel with duties as industry demands action
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:14:07 -0500
* Industry says duties on China too low (Adds reaction, details of industry pressure) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vjYPOwNfVO0/eu-steel-antidumping-idUSL8N15R289

Syngenta’s independent directors will ensure its investment-grade rating-COO
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:32:27 -0500
SINGAPORE, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Independent directors at Syngenta AG will have to approve any significant changes at the Swiss seeds and pesticides group after it is bought by state-owned ChemChina, and they will ensure its investment-grade rating is retained, a senior Syngenta executive said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Jfl1pI6Wq0A/syngenta-ag-chemchina-ratings-idUSL3N15R2IV

India prods steelmakers to use local coal to cut $4 bln import bill
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:06:34 -0500
* India spends more than $4 bln on annual coking coal imports http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Oq6EWXb6Y3o/india-coal-idUSL3N15Q1IW

Friday, 12 February 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/another-three-mile-island-disaster-or-worse-in-the-making-brunswick-and-perry-nuclear-power-stations-valve-and-electrical-failures-this-week/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/south-africa-civil-society-contests-nuclear-environmental-impact-report-minister-speaking-against-nuclear-axed/

Above Ground Power Lines to Brunswick Nuclear Power Station Put it at Risk from Atlantic Hurricanes and Tornados
Power Lines to Brunswick Nuclear Power Station in North Carolina

Reuters News Feed Selection

Russia, China front runners in South Africa’s nuclear project-source

Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:22:48 -0500
* Russia, a poltical favorite, ability to fund plants, a bonus http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/MUTlF2H1uoo/safrica-nuclear-idUSL8N15Q3MN

Ukraine sees Russian hand in cyber attacks on power grid

Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:32:17 -0500
KIEV, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Hackers used a Russian-based internet provider and made phone calls from inside Russia as part of a coordinated cyber attack on Ukraine’s power grid in December, Ukraine’s energy ministry said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/E6kbqmNH8QU/ukraine-cybersecurity-idUSL8N15R2JW

SunEdison restrained from ‘unusual’ asset transfers

Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:20:27 -0500
Feb 12 (Reuters) – Solar company SunEdison Inc said a U.S. court has restrained the company from making any unusual asset transfers until a hearing in a lawsuit brought on by investors of renewable energy company Latin American Power. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/20s8jdHmNU8/sunedison-inc-lawsuit-idUSL3N15R3ZA


Poland’s Szydlo says Nord Stream gas pipeline undermines EU sanctions on Russia

Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:49:09 -0500
BERLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Friday she was alarmed by the support of some European countries for a gas pipeline project with Russia, warning that such policy went against the European Union’s sanctions against Moscow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/JXgioi3eAYw/germany-poland-gas-nordstream-idUSL8N15R46R

UPDATE 2-Austria’s OMV looks to sell Turkish unit Petrol Ofisi

Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:46:25 -0500
* Investors await strategy update on Feb. 18 (Adds details on Turkey, source on interested parties, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/qErj_edK3qA/omv-restructuring-turkey-idUSL8N15R2ID

Growing trust helps flurry of Sino-German deals
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:00:01 -0500
FRANKFURT, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A flurry of sales of German and Swiss companies to Chinese buyers in the past month is testament to increasing Chinese expertise in European bidding processes and growing trust, German bankers and advisers say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZJM3tQZ7fow/china-germany-ma-idUSL8N15Q5HR

Australia’s miners go for more gold as bullion prices brighten
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:58:34 -0500
SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Australia’s gold producers are set to report a round of higher half-year profits next week, but the results could pale against future gains as global economic woes light up bullion prices and miners dig more metal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_YgYBsr2HR4/gold-australia-miners-idUSL3N15R0PN

Shunned for years, gold stages comeback as equities melt down
Posted:Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:02 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Gold’s prospects for a sustained price rally are better than they have been for years as a weaker dollar, crashing oil prices and concerns about the global economy have revived its safe-haven status after years as the dog of global financial markets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1og9pog_LO0/gold-outlook-idUSL2N15Q3GQ

Brazil court freezes Vale, BHP, Samarco assets -report
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:00:18 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A judge in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais has frozen 470 million reais ($118 million) of assets owned by Vale SA and 1.8 million reais linked to BHP Billiton Ltd to ensure payment of damages related to a deadly dam rupture, Rio de Janeiro’s O Globo newspaper said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9S7SoIq2J5E/brazil-damburst-vale-sa-bhp-billiton-ltd-idUSL2N15Q385

Peru wins $2.5 bln in World Bank loans to ease commodity rout
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:52:06 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The World Bank on Thursday approved $2.5 billion in new three-year credit lines for Peru to bolster the country’s finances as it struggles with slowing growth and fiscal pressures brought on by the collapse of commodities prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/GfZr7SJCC9s/peru-world-bank-idUSL2N15Q2LW

Thursday, 11 February 2016

New:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/most-curious-page-of-presidents-three-mile-island-nuclear-disaster-report-what-is-hidden-will-it-be-declassified/

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/multiple-failures-dependence-upon-external-grid-led-to-near-miss-at-scottish-nuclear-power-station/

Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/turning-off-indian-point-and-keeping-the-subways-running/

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Kremlin critic Navalny files lawsuit against Putin
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:21:45 -0500
MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny said on Thursday he had filed a lawsuit against Vladimir Putin after a company in which the Russian leader’s son-in-law is a shareholder received $1.75 billion in state support.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zUm6-Ys0fU0/russia-navalny-putin-idUSL8N15Q3ZH

UPDATE 1-British Gas and EDF fall into line with UK gas price cuts
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:34:32 -0500
LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – British Gas and EDF Energy, two of Britain’s largest household energy suppliers, bowed to pressure from regulators and rivals by cutting domestic gas prices on Thursday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/B49dQsISjrA/britain-energy-centrica-idUSL8N15Q2EN

Steelmakers Arcelor Mittal, CSN among those eyeing Italy’s Ilva
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:17:55 -0500
ROME, Feb 11 (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal and Brazil’s Cia Siderugica Nacional are among nine companies interested in Italy’s troubled Ilva steel plant that were admitted to the second phase of the bidding process, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/K4IuacfLaSM/ilva-italy-idUSL8N15Q580

Blackstone aims new fund at troubled offshore drilling market
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:06:03 GMT
NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Blackstone Group has launched a fund to finance the troubled offshore drilling and services sector, the U.S. private equity firm said on Thursday, anticipating a buyer’s market as low oil prices set the stage for restructuring and consolidation.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/B1ooeGTJDms/story01.htm

UPDATE 9-U.S. oil tumbles close to 12-year lows amid brimming stockpiles
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:47:31 GMT
* Goldman sees U.S. crude at $20-$40 until second half of 2016
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fG9dJ5SvHJ8/story01.htm

RPT-COLUMN-Iron ore’s false bull rally to plummet back to reality: Russell
Posted:Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:00:01 GMT
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – – When is a bull market not a bull market? When it is in iron ore.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HbXdM04LenA/story01.htm

Wed. 10 Feb 2016

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/were-nuclear-power-station-piping-problems-fixed-at-hunterston-b-in-scotland-is-it-even-possible/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/new-biorefinery-process-more-effective-at-producing-biofuel-from-algae-us-national-renewable-energy-lab-nrel/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/sellafield-nuclear-facility-has-fellside-gas-fired-power-station-to-cool-spent-nuclear-fuel-reprocess-nuclear-waste/

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French energy law could close third of EDF’s reactors: report
Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:38:29 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s energy transition law could force state-controlled utility EDF to close up to a third of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2025, the state audit office said in its annual report on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t5w8JWONxvE/story01.htm

U.S. budget proposes scrapping plutonium disposal project
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:50:40 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday proposed scrapping a multibillion project in South Carolina to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium by turning it into fuel for nuclear reactors, and moved to bury the waste in New Mexico instead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4RaJKaZv1Vk/story01.htm

RPT-COLUMN-Australia’s tough miners want government help; shouldn’t get it: Russell
Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:00:01 -0500
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – – When the going gets tough, the tough ask for tax relief. If you are looking for a sign that the end game of the commodity downturn is getting closer, witness the clamour for more support from Australia’s embattled resources sector. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_J8IuYk1MzE/column-russell-commodities-tax-idUSL3N15P0VP

UPDATE 2-AngloGold says Ghana manager killed in riot over illegal mining Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:59:39 -0500
ACCRA, Feb 10 (Reuters) – AngloGold Ashanti said on Wednesday its head of corporate affairs in Ghana was killed during a riot involving illegal miners at its Obuasi mine, which is idle as the company waits for a partner for the operation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Eln7S5PZUx0/africa-mining-anglogold-ashnti-idUSL8N15P3ZO

Russia considers drastic steps to plug finances hit by tumbling oil
Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:23:24 GMT
* With easy options gone, officials considering risky measures http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2BciqGk9QaE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Gamesa, Siemens negotiating final terms of wind merger
Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:42:47 GMT
* JV would dominate offshore, raising antitrust concerns (Adds EWEA industry data, antitrust concerns) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y0DcmcEboow/story01.htm

U.S. court move to block emission plan fails to sustain coal shares’ boost
Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:57:37 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions failed to give a sustained boost to shares of the long-battered coal sector on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MfyHoHKJ8hM/story01.htm

Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer
Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:11:34 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s meteorology agency said on Wednesday that the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, had somewhat weakened and that the weather would likely return to normal by summer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/c0Nv4sq5WUk/story01.htm

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Greenpeace We Share the Planet
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New Reblog: Southeastern US Forests Being Destroyed for European Heating: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/where-the-wood-pellet-industry-threatens-us-forests/

US trees were cut down to rebuild after European wars, now they heat European homes:
The demand for wood pellets stems from European policies that incentivize energy companies for producing power from sources other than coal, including trees. Since Europe’s forests are highly regulated, European power companies have turned to the largely unregulated American South for wood pellet fuel, now the top exporting region in the world for wood pellets to the European Union.” Read the entire press release and more here: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2015/151019.asp

A big reason for continued push for nuclear power is to keep the mining companies in business.

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Uranium glut delays price recovery, pressures miners’ profits
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:20:23 -0500
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Cameco Corp warned on Monday a long-awaited recovery for the slumping uranium industry was not imminent, as the second-largest global producer of the metal and other miners wait for utilities to work through surplus stocks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/elbHtkEFKIs/uranium-supplies-idUSL2N15G250

UPDATE 1-Vestas record order intake points to strong 2016
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:17:25 GMT
COPENHAGEN, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Denmark’s Vestas beat forecasts with record orders for new wind turbines last year, signalling continued strong demand for renewable energy despite a plunge in fossil fuel prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GVkM2tnbtpo/story01.htm

U.N. group agrees to aircraft standards to cut CO2 emissions
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:50:56 GMT
MONTREAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global aviation experts agreed on Monday to the first emissions-reduction standards for aircraft in a deal that will take effect with new models in four years, but environmental groups said the carbon dioxide cuts did not go far enough. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5JPSCChD6Vw/story01.htm

Earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude felt in New Zealand capital
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:07:09 GMT
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country’s earthquake monitoring service. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/FYPW38vgbL0/story01.htm

Newcrest halts Indonesia gold mine after collapse traps worker
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:47:08 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Newcrest Mining suspended all mining and processing at its Gosowong operation in Indonesia after the underground section of the gold mine was damaged by a cave-in late on Monday, which trapped one of its workers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Eg9xKWNparE/story01.htm

Record number of shark attacks in 2015, researchers find
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:08:59 GMT
ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Sharks attacked people 98 times in 2015, a spike in unprovoked attacks that set a new record as human and shark populations rise, researchers found in an annual global tally released on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3WUp1UwOAxo/story01.htm

Cruise ship battered by storm to return to New Jersey
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:50:55 GMT
(Reuters) – The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas headed back to its New Jersey port on Monday after a storm packing high winds and 30-foot (9-meter) waves toppled furniture and shattered glass on the vessel, slightly injuring http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/IIVp85FJjus/story01.htmfour people.

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:11:45 GMT
BOSTON (Reuters) – A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/AIhyJlLCk7Y/story01.htm

More rescued two days after Taiwan quake; toll could exceed 100
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:28:00 GMT
TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled out alive an eight-year-old girl and her aunt from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment block on Monday, more than 60 hours after it was toppled by a quake, as the mayor of the southern city of Tainan warned the death toll could exceed 100. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/MJoV3vplKZI/story01.htm

Orangutan school teaches young primates survival skills
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:14:43 GMT
A school in Indonesia is teaching young orangutans survival skills in the forest to help re-introduce them back into the wild. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/BurRj4LuCDA/story01.htm

Canadian energy companies sell “jewels” to keep oil sands afloat
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:00:01 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Faced with record low prices for heavy crude, Canadian energy companies are sacrificing other parts of their business to keep higher-cost oil sands production going and safeguard the billions already invested in these multi-decade projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SmcFq0MJ7qw/story01.htm

Russia appeals order to pay $50 bln to Yukos shareholders in Netherlands
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:42:37 GMT
THE HAGUE, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Russia on Tuesday began its appeal in the Netherlands against an international arbitration order that Moscow pay $50 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct Russian oil giant Yukos. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nDOY6Z6FYro/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Eight dead, 150 hurt in train crash in Bavaria -police
Posted:Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:34:04 -0500
BAD AIBLING, Germany, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Eight people were killed when two trains collided head-on in southeast Germany on Tuesday, police said, adding about 150 people were injured, including 50 seriously. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/qEmAEmuplY0/germany-train-crash-idUSL8N15O15J

France launches tender for wood-fired cogeneration plants
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:12:51 -0500
PARIS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – France will launch a tender for wood-fired power plants for a total of 50 megawatt (MW) per year for three years and a tender for biogas-fired plants for 10 MW per year for three years, the energy ministry said in a statement on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/hLGHezb5n1g/france-biomass-idUSL8N15N3FH

Sheltered from biggest risks, green fuel to ride out oil crash
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:02:40 -0500
* Cost of renewables plummeting, mature oil extraction cost rising http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0P5_KFESTfc/energy-renewables-oil-idUSL8N15N20P

Norway to surpass Russia as Lithuania’s top gas supplier in 2016
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:42:42 -0500
OSLO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Lithuania will import more gas from Norway than from former sole supplier Russia in 2016 after developing infrastructure to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, the country’s energy minister said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/w2oWaYZcEfg/lithuania-gas-idUSL8N15N1UF

UPDATE 1-RWE npower says to reduce UK household gas prices by 5.2 pct
Posted:Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:29:33 -0500
LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – RWE’s British unit npower plans to reduce domestic gas prices by an average of 5.2 percent from March 28, the company said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yYXN59k_ojs/npower-gas-pricecut-idUSL8N15N1GL