Australian news, and some related international items

Independent M.P. Bob Katter’s views on Murray River and nuclear power

Katter dismisses Murray plight | Adelaide Now, MARK KENNY , The Advertiser. August 24, 2010 OUTSPOKEN independent Queensland MP Bob Katter has angrily dismissed concerns over the future of the Murray-Darling Basin, yesterday saying the vital river system was smaller than “just one of my rivers”……

SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young insists the environmental party would hold out strongly for the river, regardless of which side formed government….

Among other Greens policies is a commitment to close all uranium mines in Australia which, if enacted, would shatter the viability of the giant Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine.

Katter dismisses Murray plight | Adelaide Now

Rural people gain power – Weekly Times Now, 25 Aug 2010, “…….Mr Costar said Mr Windsor and Mr Oakeshott “seem to have Katter on a short leash” with regard to his plan for nuclear energy plants in Mt Isa …..

Rural people gain power – Weekly Times Now

August 25, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium, water | , , , | Leave a comment

New report on uranium mining’s danger to water supply

the risk of uranium mining to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River – the water supply for millions…….

(USA) Keep ban on Canyon uranium mines, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, – Robert L. Arnberger, Aug. 24, 2010 Most of us are familiar with President Theodore Roosevelt’s oft-quoted statement upon visiting the Grand Canyon: “Leave it as it is . . . man can only mar it.” Continue reading

August 24, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium mining risk to Alice Springs water

The federal member for the seat of Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, says if re-elected the Government will commit to a study of whether Alice Springs groundwater supplies could be affected by a proposed uranium mine 20 kilometres from the town.

Study into uranium impact on water ‘desperate’,  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Anna Henderson, 20 Aug 2010, The Greens say Labor’s promise to investigate the effects of uranium mining on the Alice Springs water supply is a desperate bid to win back the environmental vote. Continue reading

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Northern Territory, uranium, water | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia’s wave energy at Perth, Port Fairy, Port Kembla, San Remo, Moreton Bay

While Australia is home to world-class wave energy resources, there are no commercial scale ocean energy projects at an advanced stage of development.

Ocean power – Australia rides the waves  EcoGeneration, Rachel Purchase, 4 August 2010 Water covers over 70 per cent of the Earth, and Australia is particularly lucky to be surrounded by a lot of it. However, the ocean power available down under remains a largely unharnessed resource. Continue reading

August 5, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy, water | , , , | Leave a comment

Detailed report on Europe’s Renewable Energy Policy

The report provides trends and information on renewable energy policies in Europe and analyzes some of the driving forces for the renewable energy sector

Europe Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2010, GlobalData ReportStore,  Jul-2010

GlobalData’s new report “Europe Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2010” provides an in-depth analysis of the renewable policy initiatives in the European Union (EU) and the key countries in terms of strength of policy implementation. Continue reading

July 21, 2010 Posted by | energy, solar, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Climate and Energy Policy IS Water Policy

energy efficiency and many forms of renewable energy–such as wind power and solar photovoltaics–use little or no water.

These key messages delivered and explained in new report, Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Clean Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water,

(USA) In the West, Climate and Energy Policy Is Water Policy, Dan Grossm and Bart Miller, 19 July 2010, “………………scientists are concluding that the extended droughts of the past may become the norm of the future. So what should we do about this bleak situation? If we are serious about avoiding the biggest looming crisis of meeting the water needs of the West, we have to understand the energy-water connection and advance clean energy solutions. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, solar, water, wind | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Navajo’s fight to save water from uranium mining

They think in-situ mining will be done easily without contamination or accidents, but that is not the case.’

These wells are the sole source of drinking water for thousands of people that live in the area.”

Scientists Back Navajos’ Uranium Mining Fight: Tribe fears contamination of drinking water BRENDA NORRELL Indian Country 19 July 2010, RED ROCK, N.M. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BHP and Olympic Dam uranium mining – beyond the laws

BHP Billiton’s power in Australia seems to grow daily.

BHP , Rio Tinto, Xstrata showed their power by intimidating Julia Gillard with the threat of renewing their $100 million advertising campaign.  She had to act fast – hence the new,  watered-down Resources Rent Tax.

Exempted from Australia’s planned new Resources Rent Tax, and with BHP people in its policy-making, along with their lackey, Martin Ferguson, BHP adds to its  achievements in being beyond both Federal and State laws.

Water: In South Australia, BHP’s Olympic Dam uranium mining  gets 37 million litres of water daily completely free of charge

SA Roxby Downs Indenture Act  . This legislation allows the mine to operate with wide-ranging exemptions from:

Aboriginal Heritage Protection Act

Environment Protection Act

Natural Resources Act

Freedom of Information Act

July 3, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, energy, politics, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BP oil spill endangers coastal nuclear power plants

A May 12 situation report from the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability acknowledged the potential for problems.
If water supply for these facilities becomes contaminated with oil, cooling water systems could be damaged,” it said.

(USA) Gulf Coast nuclear plants at risk from BP oil spill, FACING SOUTH, 1 July 2010, Watchdog groups are warning about the BP oil spill’s potential damage to Gulf and Atlantic coast nuclear power plants that use seawater to cool pumps and other safety equipment. Continue reading

July 2, 2010 Posted by | water | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water scarcity an increasing problem for nuclear industry

what, in particular, does this mean for the nation’s fleet of nuclear power plants?

Drought and heat waves in the United States and other countries have highlighted one of nuclear power’s most intractable vulnerabilities: water scarcity.

(USA) Water Scarcity: Nuclear Power’s Achilles’ Heel, THE HUFFINGTON POST Kyle Rabin:  June 28, 2010, Scientists, researchers and other experts warn that the United States is entering an era of water scarcity.

Back in 2003, the US General Accounting Office (now known as the US Government Accountability Office or GAO) projected that 36 states, under normal conditions, could face water shortages by 2013. However, those shortages were realized in 2008 — five years sooner than predicted. Current forecasts suggest that climate change will only exacerbate the challenges of managing and protecting water resources. Continue reading

June 29, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Surfers against nuclear power

The message is clear from the surf community in Jeffreys Bay and is supported by surfers from all over the world. Don’t build a Nuke at Thuyspunt.

(South Africa) 23 June 2010, The Jeffreys Bay surf community came out in full support of the Supertubes Surfing Foundation’s call to prevent the building of a nuclear power station at nearby Thuyspunt. Continue reading

June 24, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium mining guzzles Australia’s precious groundwater

water from the Great Artesian Basin in Central Australia is being depleted to keep residual radioactive dust from uranium mining wet in order to keep it from blowing across the continent. Seven million gallons of water is being extracted from the basin per day to keep the radioactive dust in place

Unhappy Anniversary for the Atomic Bomb,  Streetvibes Newspaper , June 15, 2010 Anti-nuclear activists want it to retire By Jeremy Flannery ” …..Riley is traveling across the United States with a fellow member of Think Outside the Bomb and two Australian members of Footprints for Peace to campaign for the end of nuclear energy. Continue reading

June 16, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ranger uranium mine’ s salty leak into freshwater creek

Uranium mine caused abnormal salt levels in Kakadu creek – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)  12 June 2010, The company that operates the Ranger uranium mine has confirmed higher-than-normal salt levels in a creek in Kakadu National Park is a result of its operations.Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has investigated two salinity spikes in Magela Creek downstream of the mine in April.Chief executive Rob Atkinson says run-off water from the mine had flowed into the creek….

June 12, 2010 Posted by | environment, Northern Territory, uranium, water | , , , , | Leave a comment

Navajo oppose new uranium mining

Navajo Activists Protest Uranium Mining Plans May 28, 2010 ,  warresisters . By Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post Uranium-mining leaders and fed eral regulators poised to fuel a resurgent nuclear power industry gathered in Denver on Wednesday,  ….outside the conference Wednesday, American Indian demonstrators with drums and signs demanded a halt to all new uranium mining on Navajo land, where federal regulators have permitted several projects.“Our Navajo communities rely on the groundwater for everything. These new projects could contaminate the source of drinking water for 15,000 Navajo community members,” said Nadine Padilla of the Multicultural Alliance for Safe Environments. “Our communities are still living with the legacy of contamination from past uranium mining.” Navajo Activists Protest Uranium Mining Plans « The War Resisters League Blog

May 29, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mirrar Aboriginal people oppose expansion of Ranger uranium mine

Senior Mirarr traditional owner Yvonne Margarula, who led the push against the Jabiluka mine, accuses ERA of telling the community “half truths” about the environmental impact on an area where children fish and swim.

Indigenous owners to block mine plans,  Lex Hall  , The Australian  May 29, 2010 “…….TRADITIONAL owners at Kakadu will oppose Energy Resources Australia’s plans to expand the Ranger uranium mine unless the company can make what they say are necessary improvements in its environmental performance, following revelations of radioactive waste leaking into wetlands in the World Heritage-listed national park. Continue reading

May 29, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment