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Published on Jan 10, 2014

Thousands of gallons of dangerous chemicals have been leaking from a facility managed by Freedom Industries in Charleston, West Virginia, and hundreds of thousands of people in the vicinity are being impacted as a result. The governor has declared a state of emergency in nine counties there, and federal agencies have since been dispatched to help make sense of the accident. RT’s Meghan Lopez reports live from West Virginia to weigh in on the status of the chemical leak hours after it was first discovered.

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Chemical leak threatens 100,000 in West Virginia

 

A family shops for bottled water at a supermarket, as many in West Virginia are doing after a chemical spill in the Elk River.

 

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency in several West Virginia counties Jan. 9, after a chemical leak contaminated the drinking water supply for about 100,000 in the Charleston area. West Virginia American Water was notified that a chemical used in coal mining had leaked into the Elk River upstream from its main water intake. The water supply feed all or parts of nine West Virginia counties.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that county officials began tracking a strong licorice smell early Thursday morning. It was traced to a facility owned by Freedom Industries, the Etowah River Terminal. A storage tank was leaking and the containment system around the tank failed to hold the chemical. It leaked into the Elk River, the source of drinking water for many West Virginians. The Daily Mail says that the leak was stopped about two hours after it was discovered.

 

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Peggy Atwood

Published on Jan 30, 2013

A song I wrote when I visited the site after 9/11; always thought a little heavy, but it is time to get it out there. All photos taken from the web, if there is any infringement, please contact me, I will include credits. Included on my CD “Renegade of the Light Brigade” during the remix and urging of the late, great Steve Burgh.

Originally posted on Socio-Economics History Blog:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301757/Governments-climate-watchdog-launches-astonishing-attack-Mail-Sunday--revealing-global-warming-science-wrong.html

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  • Government’s climate watchdog launches astonishing attack on the Mail on  Sunday… for revealing global warming science is wrong! 
    by David Rose, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ 
    The official watchdog that advises the  Government on greenhouse gas emissions targets has launched an astonishing  attack on The Mail on Sunday – for accurately reporting that alarming  predictions of global warming are wrong.
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    We disclosed that although highly influential  computer models are still estimating huge rises in world temperatures, there has  been no statistically significant increase for more than 16  years.
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    Despite our revelation earlier this month,  backed up by a scientifically researched graph, the Committee on Climate Change  still clings to flawed predictions.
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    Leading the attack is committee member Sir  Brian Hoskins, who is also director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change  at Imperial College, London. In a blog on the Committee on Climate…

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Rescuers were searching Monday night for 13 miners still trapped underground in the Jisheng Coal Mine that was rocked by a gas blast early Monday morning in Baishan city in northeast China’s Jilin Province. Local authorities said 116 miners were working underground when the blast occurred. Ninety-five of them escaped. Among the 21 trapped, four have been confirmed dead while another four have been rescued. The bodies of the dead miners have been recovered. [Photo:Xinhua]  2012

Today Explosion China Province of Jilin, Baishan [Babao Coal Mine] Damage level
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Explosion in China on Saturday, 30 March, 2013 at 04:46 (04:46 AM) UTC.

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Twenty eight people were killed and 13 injured after a blast caused by a methane gas ripped through a coalmine in China’s northeast Jilin Province on late Friday night. There were a total of 41 miners working underground at the Babao Coal Mine in the city of Baishan when the explosion hit the coalmine at around 10:40 p.m. local time. A spokesman with the provincial work safety and supervision bureau said all injured were taken to hospitals and their injuries were not life threatening. Rescuers already finished work at the scene of the accident and investigators are working to establish the cause of the explosion.

Coalmine Gas Blast Kills 28, Injures 13 in Northeast China

07:21 30/03/2013

MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti) – Twenty eight people were killed and 13 injured after a blast caused by a methane gas ripped through a coalmine in China’s northeast Jilin Province on late Friday night, Xinhua news agency reported.

There were a total of 41 miners working underground at the Babao Coal Mine in the city of Baishan when the explosion hit the coalmine at around 10:40 p.m. local time.

A spokesman with the provincial work safety and supervision bureau said all injured were taken to hospitals and their injuries were not life threatening.

Rescuers already finished work at the scene of the accident and investigators are working to establish the cause of the explosion.

The coal industry in energy-hungry China is one of the most dangerous in the world due to poor work safety standards and intensive work schedules. Hundreds of lives are lost annually in accidents at coal mines in the country.

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The Art of Resistance

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Rebel of Oz – March 15, 2013

This is my eighth year as a full time Internet activist. The longer I’m fighting this “War on Evil”, the more I’m concerned with the effectiveness of resistance. No matter what our cause, liberty, false-flag terrorism, free Palestine, debt-free currency, New World Order, Illuminati, chemtrails, vaccination, cancer cures, drug prohibition, or historic revisionism, we must first and foremost make a conscience decision about what’s more important to us, being right or resisting effectively.

In most countries, the ‘ruling elite’ is more than happy for us to say, write and publish whatever we want, as long as nobody that matters listens to us. In facts, it’s a sign of strength and confidence for our self-chosen rulers to let us – figuratively speaking – stand on a box in Hyde Park and scream our head off, while everybody around shakes his head and thinks to…

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Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees. teebweb.org
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Earth Watch Report  -  Explosion

A total of 259 miners were working underground at the time, with 23 in the shaft where the explosion took place. (AFP)

A total of 259 miners were working underground at the time, with 23 in the shaft where the explosion took place. (AFP)

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Today Explosion Russia [Asia] Republic of Komi, [Vorkutinskaya Mine] Damage level
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Explosion in Russia [Asia] on Monday, 11 February, 2013 at 11:45 (11:45 AM) UTC.

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An underground explosion killed 18 people in a Russian coal mine on Monday, Interfax news agency quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying. “According to preliminary information … 18 people died, 10 of whom have been brought to the surface,” said an official at the ministry’s press department as saying. The mine belongs to a division of Severstal, one of Russia’s largest steel producers.

File photo of the Vorkutinskaya mine in Russia's northern Komi region

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UPDATE 4-Methane blast kills 18 at Russia coal mine

Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:41am EST

* Emergencies Ministry blames methane for blast

* Putin sends minister to scene

* Russia has long history of mine disasters

By Thomas Grove

MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) – An underground methane gas explosion killed up to 18 miners at a coal pit in northern Russia on Monday and President Vladimir Putin dispatched his disasters minister to the scene to oversee rescue efforts.

Rescue workers said they had brought 10 bodies to the surface at the Vorkutinskaya mine, owned by large Russian steel company Severstal, in the icy Komi region and were trying to recover eight other corpses.

About 250 people had been at the pit at the time of the blast, about 800 metres (2,600 feet) below the surface but most had escaped or been rescued, government officials said.

Although mine safety has improved since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, fatal accidents are frequent in Russia’s ageing pits. Most accidents have been attributed to methane blasts, negligence or a failure to follow safety regulations.

 

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Earth Watch  Report  -  Environmental Pollution

01.02.2013 Environment Pollution Zimbabwe Matabeleland South, Gwanda Damage level
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Environment Pollution in Zimbabwe on Friday, 01 February, 2013 at 11:27 (11:27 AM) UTC.

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Tests have shown that water in Gwanda town’s main supply dam is contaminated with cyanide suspected to be from surrounding mines. Cyanide is used in gold processing and can cause death in humans if swallowed. Gwanda Town has been without water for nearly two weeks due to emergency water rationing following reports of contamination. Zimbabwe National Water Authority’s Umzingwane Catchment manager Engineer Tommy Rosen yesterday confirmed that traces of cyanide had been found in Gwanda’s water. “Yes, the water has been contaminated. Preliminary results have shown that there have been traces of cyanide. We found that raw water was acidic because the pH was down,” said Eng Rosen. “Gwanda draws its water from Blanket Dam but contamination has been found at Pickup Weir. For now it is difficult to tell who is responsible for the contamination as it has not been clearly proven.”

Entire City of Kiruna, Sweden to Relocate

By Barbro Plogander
Epoch Times Staff

 

Aerial image of Kiruna, Sweden. To expand the largest iron ore mine in the world, Swedish mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) will pay to move the entire city of Kiruna. (Photo Courtesy of Kiruna Kommun)

Aerial image of Kiruna, Sweden. To expand the largest iron ore mine in the world, Swedish mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) will pay to move the entire city of Kiruna. (Photo Courtesy of Kiruna Kommun)

GOTHENBURG, Sweden—The city of Kiruna at the northern tip of Sweden, home to 23,000 residents, sits atop the world’s largest iron ore mine. With an increase in worldwide demand for the resource, state-owned mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) is planning to move the entire city to better access the ore.

Ulrika Isaksson, information officer for the municipality of Kiruna, says that the city will move in stages over a long period of time. The first stage will involve moving the city center about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) northeast.

“We’re not quite sure about how it will happen, and this is because LKAB has to negotiate separately with everyone who owns a building in the area,” she said.

Next year, LKAB will open up a new main level at the Kiruna mine, at a depth of 1,492 yards (1,365 meters), and this is what has forced the city to move, according to Anders Lindberg, information officer at LKAB.

“We have looked at how much of the city will be affected when we go down to that level. It will take us between 20 and 25 years, and 3,000 houses will be affected during that period,” Lindberg said.

According to Swedish law, LKAB is economically responsible for the move. Lindberg lives in Kiruna himself, and used his own situation as an example of what the process of buying out the house owners can look like.

The difficult part is walking into people’s homes and telling them that they have to move.

—Anders Lindberg, Information Officer, LKAB

“LKAB will buy my house within ten years from now,” he said. “After that, I will still stay there as a tenant. LKAB is seeking a mining permit in my area, which means they must buy all of the houses in that area. When they eventually start mining, it will probably take 10–15 years for the ground to be affected to such a degree that I have to move.”

The moving of 3,000 households takes some serious planning. Much of the infrastructure is already in place, with new roads, a new railroad, and utilities. An area of 140 households is currently being emptied because of its proximity to the cracks that have already formed in the mountain from the mining, but so far, no houses have been demolished or moved.

LKAB has put aside 6 billion SEK (about $900 million) thus far for the restructuring of the entire community. Anders Lindberg says that LKAB’s profits are so large that the move is well within its technical and financial capacity.

The difficult part is walking into people’s homes and telling them that they have to move.

“Sure, we give you another nice place to live, but you will never be able to walk around in the area where you grew up, or where you raised your children,” he said.

Isaksson said that an architect competition is underway to decide what the new city center will look like.

“The municipality and LKAB have decided together which buildings of cultural value need to be moved,” she said. “There’s 19 of them, and they will all have a role in the new city.”

Among the buildings to be moved is the beloved red wooden church from 1912, and the house of Hjalmar Lundbohm (1855–1926), the first managing director of LKAB. He is more or less considered the founder of Kiruna, since it was his idea to create this city in the middle of nowhere. He understood that it would be difficult, even with the best of wages, to motivate miners to move to this subarctic wasteland without creating an attractive community for them and their families.

This challenge of creating a place where people will want to live is exactly what faces LKAB and the municipality again today as they plan their big move.

 

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09.11.2012 HAZMAT Finland Oulu County, [Talvivaara Mine] Damage level
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HAZMAT in Finland on Friday, 09 November, 2012 at 13:28 (01:28 PM) UTC.

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Radioactive uranium more than 50 times higher than the normal level has been found in a stream in Finland’s rural east after a leak of waste water from a nearby mine belonging to Talvivaara, nuclear safety officials said on Friday. But Finnish authorities said they did not see a risk to public health after taking samples on Tuesday and Wednesday close to the nickel and zinc mine some 30 km (20 miles) outside the town of Sotkamo. The ore from the mine also contains uranium. Talvivaara shut down the mine on Sunday after discovering the waste water leakage, the latest in a series of problems at the site over the past year including environmental concerns and the death of a worker in March. The company said earlier on Friday the leak was fixed, but public broadcaster YLE later reported the problem had resumed. Talvivaara’s London-listed shares fell 11 percent to 108.58 pence, while those on the Helsinki bourse fell 10.5 percent to 1.36 euros. A continued leak makes it unlikely the company, which pioneered the use of bacteria to extract nickel, will restart its metals plant soon. It said earlier this week it planned to restart it by the weekend.
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