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Energy, Mining Disaster Headlines – 20 July 2010

Posted by feww on July 20, 2010

Energy Dinosaurs’ Dirty Pawprints Cover Every Inch of Our Planet

I’m LIVID! All my life I have been a tri-colored heron. Guess who I look like now!

[Original caption: Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P. J. Hahan holds a tri-colored heron after spotting the seriously oiled bird along Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle, Louisiana July 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Sean Gardner. Image may be subject to copyright.

  • BP shares rise on cap news, Cameron ready to talk Libya

BP shares rose as a cap on its Gulf of Mexico Macondo oil well was holding, as Britain’s PM agreed to meet U.S. senators probing the oil giant’s  role in the release of a Libyan jailed for bombing a U.S. plane: Report

  • China says the report that it had surpassed the United States in 2009 to become  the world’s largest energy user is exaggerated: Report

“We believe that (IEA) did not understand fully the Chinese situation, in particular the efforts China made in energy saving, emission reductions and development in new energy sources,” said Zhou Xian, spokesperson for China’s National Energy Administration, reminding everyone that China’s population was 5 times larger than the U.S.

  • Undaunted, nonchalant U.S. issues first shallow-water drilling permit

“The U.S. Interior Department issued its first shallow-water drilling permit since offshore exploration companies were required to meet two sets of new safety regulations in response to the BP oil spill, a department official said on Monday.” A report said.

  • China hires a flotilla of 500 fishing boats to clean Dalian slick

“China has recruited a flotilla of 500 fishing boats to help clean up an oil slick that shut one of its biggest ports, Dalian, disrupting refinery operations and diverting cargoes elsewhere, but officials said the port would not return to normal until the end of the week.” A report said.

A pipeline explosion and large fire engulfed the Xingang port causing 1,500 tonnes of crude to leak into the sea with a 183 sq km (71 sq miles) slick covering the water surface.

  • Second Zijin mine spill in China hits export hub

“A second leak at Zijin Mining Group’s site in eastern Fujian province has now caused copper levels to soar two-thirds in the Guangdong section of the Ting river, threatening fish farmers’ livelihood, the China Daily said.” A report said.

The  spill was the second in less than a  month, after a massive discharge forced the authorities to order a halt to mining operations, until thorough checks were carried out.

  • U.S. envoy tells Canadians to cut oil sands emissions [The privilege of polluting must be retained for the end user!]

“I understand (the oil sands) importance to your country and to mine,” David Jacobson, Obama’s appointee said in speech to the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Summit in Calgary.

“I’m aware of the significant steps that have been taken by the industry to the effects of the oil sands operations on the land, the water and the air, but I do not think I’m alone in saying that more needs to be done,” he said.

“A number of environmental groups are also bitterly opposed to oil sands production. One green group put up billboards in U.S. cities last week urging Americans not to travel to Alberta, though the ambassador, a Chicago native, said the campaign was a too-simple response to a complicated issue.” Reuters reported.

“The notion of ‘don’t go to Alberta because it has oil sands’ makes just about as much sense as ‘don’t go visit Chicago because Illinois has coal’,” Jacobson said. “This is a complicated issue and I’m not sure that a billboard … is the way to go.”

  • OIL AND CATTLE DON’T MIX: GOM cattle ranchers fear toxins from BP oil spill

“Over 1,000 head of cattle graze on marshy islands off Louisiana’s southeast tip and thousands more are found in the coastal low-lying pastures highly susceptible to flooding.” A report said.

“Daddy’s here, boys!” shouts Philip Simmons from his flatboat on the Mississippi, catching a glimpse of two of his Brangus bulls grazing the native grasses at water’s edge.

Simmons’ family has been grazing cattle for generations on land that’s surrounded by backwater canals, natural bayous and the Mississippi, a watery oasis of mangroves and willows and wildlife like cranes and spoonbills.

“My cattle feed all the way to the water here,” he said, pointing to the bank of a winding canal, where one group gazed out quizzically from under a canopy of trees and high grasses.

“How am I going to get them out,” asked Simmons. “You’d have to get a helicopter to run them out of this grass. And it’s so hot it’ll kill them. So I’m just playing it by ear. Hopefully I’ll come out on the winning end.”

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