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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] TrastorDigest 22-06-2001 NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
Fecha:Viernes, 22 de Junio, 2001  20:31:57 (-0400)
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NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
21 de Junio de 2001

1)Un laboratorio de clase mundial, 8.000 pies bajo tierra -una vieja mina de
oro en Dakota del Sur podria convertirse en un sitio para decifrar los
secretos acerca del sol y la naturaleza de la materia.
Un laboratorio de clase mundial, 8.000 pies bajo tierra -una vieja mina de
oro en Dakota del Sur podria convertirse en un sitio para decifrar los
secretos acerca de la fragua del sol y probar teorias acerca de la
naturaleza de la materia, proveer ideas frescas en los origenes de la vida
en la tierra y la busqueda de vida en cualquier otro lugar del sistema
solar, y ser una cuna de pruebas para una nueva generacion de chips de
computadoras.
Cerrando en Diciembre, la mina representa una rara oportunidad para explorar
los misterios fundamentales de la ciencia en profundidades -hasta 8.000
pies- que los proponentes dicen que callara el "ruido" producido por los
rayos cosmicos en la atmosfera.



2) Brasil: Conservation International y Ford se unen en favor de la
biodiversidad.
Con el soporte de Ford Motors Company, Conservation International (CI), una
asociacion ambiental presente en 30 paises, podra empezar la cracion de Celb
(Centro para Liderazgo Ambiental en los Negocios). El objeto de este centro
es atraer compañias que impacten el ecosistema en una lucha por preservar la
biodiversidad.



3)Ex-cabildero es llamado a puesto forestal por Bush
Uno que anteriormente fue un alto cabildero en favor de la industria
maderera fue nominado por el Peresidente Bush el Jueves para el puesto del
Departamento de Agricultura cuidando el Servicio Forestal y los programas de
conservacion de tierras.
Mark Rey fue consejero del senador Larry Craig, quien peleo los esfuerzos de
la administracion de Clinton  para restringir la tala en tierra publicas.
Antes de eso, Rey tuvo muchos puestos entre los grupos de la industria
forestal.
Si se confirma por el senado, Rey se convertiria en el secretario para
recursos naturales y ambiente del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU.
Craig llamo a Rey ''uno de los mayores expertos de la nacion en la
proteccion y manejo de los bosques''.
Marty Hayden, director legislativo de Earth Justice Legal Defend Fund, dijo
que el esperaba a Rey como un partidario de los intereses madereros. La
nominación de Rey viene cuando el Servicio Forestal esta considerando
descartar una politica de la administracion de Clinton que requiere dar
prioridad a las consideraciones ambientales antes que a la tala de bosques,
recreacion y otros usos de los 155 bosques nacionales. La agencia tambien
esta trabajando en revisiones de una prohibicion de la administracion de
Clinton sobre la construccion de carreteras y la mayoria de la tala y
mineria en un tercio de la tierra forestal nacional.
Agriculture Department: http://www.usda.gov


4) Wallstroem de la Union Europea planea un papel verde sobre el uso
sostenible de los recursos en la primera mitad del 2002
La comisionado del ambiente Margot Wallstroem dijo que ella esta preparando
un papel verde para su consulta
Las consultas llevaran a una propuesta sobre, "un programa de accion
poniendo las metas e instrumentos para identificar la legislacion existente
que necesita ser actualizada" dijo. Un instrumento de politica sera la
politica de producto integrado, asegurando que el diseño ambiental se
convierta en una caracteristica principal de los productos y servicios.
dijo.



5) Grupos ambientalistas buscan un mandato de la corte para las acciones de
la Agencia de Proteccion del Ambiente (EPA) de EE.UU.
"El retraso desafortunadamente se ha convertido en la practica normal de
operacion de la administracion de Bush en materias ambientales, dijo David
Baron, abogado de Earthjustice.



6) Canada: Una inspeccion abre las puertas para la exploracion mineral en
Yukon
Una nueva inspeccion podria impulsar la exploracion mineral en una area sin
explorar del Yukon. Mapas y datos digitales de una inspeccion en el area del
rio Stewart fueron publicados recientemente por Larry Bagnnell. miembro del
Parlamento del Yukon, a nombre de Ralph Goddale, Ministro de los Recursos
Naturales de Canada.



7) Congreso de EE.UU. decreta impedir la perforacion petrolera en las costas
de Florida
El Congreso voto ayer para bloquear la exploracion petrolera y de gas fuera
en las costas de Florida  y para prohibir nuevas exploraciones de petroleo,
gas y carbon en millones  de acres de monumentos naturales, tratando de
impedir el esfuerzo de Bush para incrementar los abastecimientos domesticos
de energia, reporto el Washington Post.
Ellos sugirieron que hasta dentro de los Republicanos habian serias dudas
acerca de la direccion general de las propuestas del presidente Bush, dijo
el periodico.


8)Gobierno de la india: Shri Tripathy Karnakata manda carta al Ministro en
Jefe por expedir una extension del arrendamiento de KIOCL
El Ministro de Union para el Acero Tripathy, en una carta  al Ministro en
Jefe de Karnataka, le ha dado las gracias por expedir la extension de
arrendamiento de la compañia Kudremukh Iron Ore Company (KIOCL). El expreso
su gratitud de corazon al gobierno de Karnakata quien ha excluido 3.703,55
hectareas del Parque Nacional Kudremukh para KIOCL. La decision de excluir
esta tierra de bosques de los Bosques Estatales del Sur de Bhadra podria
pavimentar el camino para una concesion fresca de 20 años para KIOCL, cuyo
arrendamiento expiro el 25 de Julio de 1999. Las 3.703,55 hectareas de
tierras de  bosques primarios incluyen 3203.55 hectareas arrendadas a KIOCL
y 500 hectareas de un area sumergida bajo la represa Lakya.
KIOCL ha tomado medidas "eco-friendly" y ha plantado gran numero de arboles
en el area abierta de la mineria para mantener el ambiente y la cubeirta
forestal intacta. Tambien ha contribuido al desarrollo de areas adjuntas y
en el levantamiento de la gente pobre del area. Esto contribuye a la
economia del Estado asi como de la nacion al producir continuas ganancias.



9) Earthjustice desafia al secretario del interior de EE.UU. Gale Norton por
el abandono de la reintroduccion del oso grizzly
Reaccionando contra el anuncio de Gale Norton de que sera abandonada la
reintroduccion del oso grizzy a las montañas Selway-Bitterroot de Idaho,
EE.UU., Earthjustice llamo a la movida la ultima en una continua cadena de
ataques al ambiente por parte de la administracion de Bush.


10) Brasil: Esso llevara la perforacion al Amazonas.
Esso Brasil llevara equipos de perforacion a la boca del rio Amazonas para
iniciar la perforacion exploratoria en el bloque del area BFZ.1 del mapa, a
600 kilometros de Belem (Para). La compañia tienehasta Agosto 6 para
concluir su primera etapa de exploracion, pero todavia le falta recibir la
licencia ambiental del Instituto Brasiliero do Meio Ambiente (Ibama) [Hasta
en portugues!, Moya...N.d.T.] . La compañia espera empezar la perforacion en
los primeros dias de Junio y esta actualmente preparando el barco que
transportara el taladro. Esso ha estado participando en nueve areas de
exploracion, pero esta practicando la exploracion en solo dos. La compañia
anuncioun tercer proyecto a mediados de Junio. En un consorcio con Petrobras
y Kerr-McGee, ha pagado R$10,8 millones para el bloque BM-ES-9 en bacia do
Espirito Santo.

11) ORINOCO: Texaco anuncia proyecto conjunto para financiar la produccion
petrolera de Hamaca y mejorar el proyecto en Venezuela.
Texaco (NYSE:TX) y sus socios de Hamaca Project anunciaron hoy que el grupo
a asegurado aproximadamente US$ 1,1 miles de millones en financiamiento de
proyectos para la produccion petrolera de Hamaca y mejorar el proyecto en
Venezuela, donde la compañia tiene un 30 % de interes.
El proyecto Hamaca esta localizado en la Faja del Orinoco, la cual contiene
el deposito de hidrocarburos conocido mas grande del mundo. El area del
proyecto abarca cerca de 657 kilometros cuadrados y se estima que contiene
mas de 30 mil millones de barriles de petroleo de los cuales 2,1 miles de
millones son recuperables durante los 34 años de vida productiva del
proyecto.



12)  Canada: Equipo SWAT ambiental totalmente operacional y conduciendo
barridas de inspeccion
La Ministro del Ambiente Elizabeth Witmer conducira el equipo SWAT, una
unidad de refuerzo ambiental dedicada a asegurar que los que contaminen
cumplan con las leyes ambientales de Ontario. La ministro tambien reporto
acerca de las recientes barridas de inspeccion del equipo SWAT y las
actividades de aplicar la ley.



(ALGUIEN SABE QUE ES 'petcoke'???)
13) Chile: Edelnor presenta nuevo EIA (Estudio de Impacto Ambiental) para el
uso de "petcoke"
La compañia de electricidad Elenor, controlada por Mirnat (EE.UU.) ha
introducido su nuevo estudio de imapctos ambientales a la Comision regional
de Ambiente Corema para usar "petcoke" como combustible en sus centros de
carbon en Mejillones. Elenor se refiere a las razones estrategicas de usar
"petcoke" en mezclas de carbon, como de hecho que esto genera energia a mas
bajo costo. La compañia ha perdido contratos importantes de servicio, y esta
ahora encaminada a nuevos mercados extranjeros, como exportaciones de
energia a Argentina.



14) Brazil: Gerasul invertira R$400 millones en facilidad de energia
termica.
Gerasul (Centrais Eletricas do Sul do Brasil) rindio a Comam (Conselho
Municipal do Meio Ambiente) el reporte concerniente al impcto ambiental de
la facilidad de energia termica Jacui. De acuerdo al departamento de ambinte
la facilidad usara carbon mineral y podra afectar la calidad de Charquedas
(Rio Grande do Sul). Con una capacidad de 350 MW Jacui esta esperando que la
licencia ambiental este lista.




15) Union Europea propone continuar los fondos para grupos ambientales
La Comision Europea adopto una propuesta el viernes para un nuevo programa
de accion para proveer soporte financiero continuo para las organizaciones
ambientalistas no gubernamentales (ONGs) europeas por los proximos 5 años.
Las ONGs tienen un papel importante que actuar cuando se trata de involucrar
e informar a los ciudadanos en el area que ellos son activos, puede ser a
nivel local, regional o nacional.


16) Wallstroem de la Union Europea dice a Boeing que el "precio ambiental"
del Crucero Sonico es muy alto.
La Comisionada Ambiental Europea Margot Wallestroem ha escrito al Co Vice
Presidente de Boeing Harry Stonecipher diciendole que el "precio ambiental"
del Crucero Sonico es demasiado alto.
"No puede ser verdad que Ustedes hayan barrido a un lado las preocupaciones
ambientales acerca de su nuevo aeroplano tan indiferentemente. De acuerdo
con The Times uds. dijeron que habia 'abundancia de combustible todavia
alrededor' y hablaron de un 'adherimiento a la causa popular ambiental'."
dijo ella en el texto de la carta.
"La pregunta es si un ahorro de una hora en un vuelo transatlantico vale un
incremento significativo en las emisiones de dioxido de carbono que
contribuyen al cambio climatico", dijo ella.
"Desde mi punto de vista este precio ambiental sencillamente no vale
pagarlo", dijo





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1)Un laboratorio de clase mundial, 8.000 pies bajo tierra -una vieja mina de
oro en Dakota del Sur podria convertirse en un sitio para decifrar los
secretos acerca de la fragua del sol y la naturaleza de la materia
(A world-class lab, 8,000 feet underground -- An old gold mine in South
Dakota could become a site for unlocking secrets about the sun and the
nature of matter)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:09 PM EST

Jun 22, 2001 (The Christian Science Monitor via COMTEX) -- For 126 years,
generations of miners working South Dakota's Homestake Mine have brought a
king's ransom in gold to the surface.

Now, US researchers want to turn the facility into a scientific gold mine.

Five scientists, backed by a broad array of researchers from around the
world, have sent the federal government a formal plan to turn the mine into
a $281-million national lab.

Scheduled to close in December, the mine represents a rare opportunity to
explore fundamental mysteries of science at depths - up to 8,000 feet - that
proponents say will shut out the "noise" triggered by cosmic rays in the
atmosphere.

They say the world-class facility could help unlock the secrets of the sun's
furnace, test theories about the nature of matter, provide fresh insights
into the origins of life on earth and the prospects for life elsewhere in
the solar system, and be a testbed for a new generation of computer chips.

Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md., add
that the facility would be valuable in examining air or dust samples for
evidence of nuclear weapons tests.

"There is no doubt that this would be a great institution, if it's created,"
says John Bahcall, an astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies
at Princeton University in New Jersey.

He led a panel that explored the scientific rationale for a National
Underground Science Laboratory.

Homestake is no stranger to science. For the past 30 years, it has hosted a
pioneering underground experiment designed to detect small, virtually
massless subatomic particles streaming from the sun. The experiment uses a
steel tank filled with 600 tons of cleaning fluid to detect the passage of
these particles, called neutrinos, that flow from thermonuclear reactions at
the sun's core.

Led by Ray Davis from the University of Pennsylvania, the team that
installed the detector found that the sun appeared to generate only about
one-third the number of neutrinos predicted by theories describing the sun's
reactions.

Latest underground find

This week, another underground lab appeared to put the wraps on the mystery
of the sun's missing neutrinos.

The facility, in Sudbury, Ontario, used a new detector bearing 1,000 tons of
heavy water. The results, combined with those reported in 1998 by a group
using the Super Kamiokande detector beneath Japan's Mt. Ikenoyama, indicate
that solar neutrinos switch back and forth among three types as they travel.
The "missing" neutrinos merely had morphed themselves into types that early
detectors couldn't pick up when the neutrinos passed through them.

The results also gave clues about the neutrinos' masses, which the Sudbury
team reckons could represent collectively up to 18 percent of the matter and
energy that comprise the density of the universe.

Despite Sudbury's proximity to the US, the US research community needs such
a facility for several reasons, say scientists involved with the new
proposal.

Research that bears on fundamental questions about the nature of matter and
the history of the universe involve detecting signals that can be swamped by
incoming cosmic rays. The problem is compounded as detectors grow more
sensitive. Doing experiments deep underground shields them from such
effects. Homestake would be the deepest underground lab in the world.

Moreover, the mine's nearly 500 miles of tunnels would provide plenty of
experimental space, with much of the needed ventilation, electrical supply,
and other pieces of infrastructure already in place.

Finally, many of the researchers who need to work deep underground must
travel to countries such as Russia, Italy, Japan, or South Africa to find
suitable spots for their experiments. A US lab would allow them to spend
more money on getting results and less on travel.

Noting that the US has research facilities on land, on orbit, and under the
sea, Joe Dehmer of the National Science Foundation (NSF) adds, "Where you
have a totally exotic environment, you have advances in science."

Centerpiece: a neutrino telescope

The plan's architects, led by University of Washington physicist Wick
Haxton, want to anchor the lab with neutrino "telescope" 10 times Super
Kamiokande's 50,000-ton mass. The detector could cost some $500 million.

Although the notion of an multidisciplinary underground lab has been floated
for years, the Homestake proposal surfaced only last September, after the
mine's parent company said it was closing the facility, says Sherry
Farrwell, of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.
She was one of five researchers who submitted the plan to the NSF on June 6.

In addition to science, the facility also would produce jobs for the
community of Lead, whose 3,500 residents currently rely on the mine for
their livelihood. The lab's potential for luring scientists and even
tourists to the area has drawn strong support from state and local
officials, as well as the state's congressional delegation - which includes
the new Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle (D).

The proposal is now being reviewed by an independent panel of scientists.

Yet even if it passes scientific muster, fiscal hurdles remain. NSF's budget
has remained virtually flat for several years, even as US scientists have
placed increasing demands on the research-funding agency for big-ticket
facilities. Even if the NSF includes Homestake in its fiscal 2003 budget
request, it still must pass muster with the White House.

"Whether the lab is approved or not, it has heightened the attention of very
important people in the Senate to the value of science," Dr. Bahcall says.

By Peter N. Spotts Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor


SUBJECT CODE: USA


Copyright © 2001, Christian Science Monitor, all rights reserved.


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2) Brasil: Conservation International y Ford se unen en favor de la
biodiversidad.
(Brazil: Conservation International and Ford unite in favor of biodiversity)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 10:12 AM EST

Brazil, Jun 18, 2001 (Valor Economico/SABI via COMTEX) -- With the support
of Ford Motors Company, Conservation International (CI), an environmental
association present in 30 countries, will be able to start the creation of
Celb (Center for Environmental Leadership in Business). The object of this
center is to attract companies that impact the ecossystem in a fight for
preserving biodiversity. This project is to receive from Ford US$25mil in
the next five years and will focus on sectors such as: agriculture and
fishing, forest conservation, mine and energy, tourism and leisure, and
transportation and finance. With the help of key organizations from these
sectors, CI will be able to develop new actions to minimize the impacts of
their operations and protect the biodiversity. According to Roberto
Cavalcanti, president of CI Brasil, Brazil has the major biodiversity of the
world and therefore is one of the key nations covered by Celb for
establishing these corporate partnerships. In the first year, CI will
analyze the opportunities. The partnership between Ford and CI dates of
1995, when the auto dealer sponsored the Ford Motors Award for Environmental
Preservation.

Copyright (c) 2001, South American Business Information, All rights
reserved.
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Environmental Control
EVENT: Partnerships
Copyright © 2001, SABI, all rights reserved.


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3)Ex-cabildero llamado a puesto forestal por Bush
(Ex-Lobbyist Tapped for Forest Post)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former top lobbyist for the timber industry was
nominated by President Bush on Thursday to an Agriculture Department post
overseeing the Forest Service and land conservation programs.

Mark Rey has worked since 1995 as an adviser to Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho,
who fought Clinton administration efforts to restrict logging on public
lands. Before that, Rey held several positions with forest industry groups,
including the American Forest and Paper Association, where he was a vice
president of forest resources.

If confirmed by the Senate, Rey would become USDA's undersecretary for
natural resources and environment.

Craig called Rey ``one of the nation's foremost experts in the protection
and management of forests.''

Marty Hayden, legislative director for the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund,
said he expected Rey to be an advocate for logging interests.

``Attempting to ensure that timber production has a leg up in the process is
something that Mark has been doing his entire career and I assume that will
continue in his role as undersecretary,'' Hayden said.

Rey's nomination comes as the Forest Service is considering scrapping a
Clinton administration policy that requires giving environmental
considerations priority over logging, recreation and other uses of the 155
national forests.

The agency also is working on revisions to a Clinton administration ban on
road construction and most logging and mining on a third of all national
forest land.

James Lyons, who held the USDA job during the Clinton administration,
frequently clashed with congressional Republicans. At one point last year,
the House voted to kill funding for his office.
On the Net:

Agriculture Department: http://www.usda.gov
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4) Wallstroem de la Union Europea planea un papel verde sobre el uso
sostenible de los recursos en la primera mitad del 2002
(EU's Wallstroem plans green paper on sustainable use of resources in H1
2002)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 1:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS, Jun 21, 2001 (AFX-UK via COMTEX) -- European environment
commissioner Margot Wallstroem said she is preparing a green paper for
consultation for the first half of 2002 on the sustainable use of resources.

In a speech on waste policy, she said the green paper will outline on which
resources there should be action and will propose targets and suggest
political measures to achieve them.

Consultations will lead to a proposal on, "a programme of action setting out
the targets and instruments and identifying existing legislation that needs
to be updated," she said.

One policy instrument will be integrated product policy, making sure that
environmental design becomes a major feature of products and services, she
said.

Hazardous substances to be restricted include nickel-cadmium batteries and
certain brominated flame retardants in electrical and electronic equipment,
she said.

The consultations will discuss whether future take-back directives, as in
place for vehicles and proposed for electronics, should focus not on
products but on substances, like plastics, she said.

Already in the pipeline are waste proposals on batteries, PVC, and a
revision of the directive on packaging and packaging waste, she said.

She said full implementation of landfill waste and incerator directives
could have the current environmental impacts from waste, adding that 99 pct
of dioxin emissions could be eliminated if the landfill directive was fully
implemented.
nt/ob

Copyright 2001. AFX News Ltd. All rights reserved.
KEYWORD:          Belgium
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Computers, Electronics, Avionics
                  Consumer Goods
                  Metals and Mining
                  Automotive
SUBJECT CODE:     European Community
                  Government Regulatory Actions
                  Production or Sales
Copyright © 2001, AFX News - UK, all rights reserved.




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5) Grupos ambientalistas buscan un mandato de la corte para las acciones de
la Agencia de Proteccion del Ambiente (EPA) de EE.UU.
(Environmental Groups Seek Court Injunction for EPA Action on Clean Air Act
Violations in California's Imperial Valley)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 10:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 21, 2001 (ASCRIBE NEWS via COMTEX) -- In court papers filed
here today, Earthjustice asked a federal court to order EPA Administrator
Christine Todd Whitman to decide within 90 days whether Imperial Valley,
California must be reclassified under the Clean Air Act to a more serious
air pollution category. Imperial Valley has violated federal health
standards for airborne pollution for more than a decade. Consisting of soot,
soil, dust, metals, and other particles, this particulate matter is linked
to premature death, reduced lung function, and aggravation of lung disease.
The Clean Air Act generally required attainment of particulate standards by
1994, and reclassification (or 'bump up') of areas missing that deadline to
a more serious air pollution category. Reclassified areas must adopt more
stringent controls to curb airborne particle pollution. Earthjustice is
representing Sierra Club in its legal briefings.

"Delay has unfortunately become standard operating practice for the Bush
administration on environmental issues," said David Baron, attorney for
Earthjustice. "Perhaps an injunction will help the new EPA get to work to
protect children, elderly, and those who need help the most in Imperial
Valley. The science is solid on this matter; folks in this area and in other
areas of the country with similar unhealthful air are at real risk. This
isn't just some issue for some other city somewhere else to deal with. This
is in our backyards."

The request for a court order came after EPA backed out of a settlement
negotiated under the Clinton administration that would have required a bump
up decision on Imperial Valley by June 30. Earthjustice today called for an
end to EPA delays, citing dangerous levels of particulate pollution in the
area. Imperial Valley violated health standards on 206 days last year,
according to EPA estimates. On one day in 2000, the area recorded
unhealthful levels 1000 percent over the health standard - more than double
the level at which EPA says significant harm to people occurs. The death
rate from respiratory diseases in Imperial County is more than double that
in California, according to figures from the state's Department of Health
Services.

Federal law requires EPA to reclassify communities to more severe air
pollution categories within six months after the community misses a clean
air deadline. This bump up in classification triggers stronger clean air
requirements in each area, including tighter restrictions on pollution from
major factories and stronger controls on pollution from mining and
agriculture.

"The law required EPA to make these determinations a long time ago," said
Dr. Bob Palzer, chair of the national Sierra Club's air quality committee.
"It's an important step to ensure that public health is protected."

Adopted in 1970, amended in 1977, and again in 1990 by the first President
Bush, the Clean Air Act requires the EPA Administrator to set primary
National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for certain air pollutants
that threaten public health and welfare.

((AScribe - The Public Interest Newswire / http://www.ascribe.org))
(C)1999-2001 Ascribe News - http://www.ascribe.org

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6) Canada: Una inspeccion abre las puertas para la exploracion mineral en
Yukon
(Survey Opens Door for Mineral Exploration in Yukon)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 11:24 AM EST

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, JUN 21, 2001 (CCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- A new survey
could boost mineral exploration in an under-explored area of the Yukon. Maps
and digital data from a survey in the Stewart River area were released
recently by Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

The survey, funded by the Government of Canada's $15-million, three-year
Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI), will help define the mineral potential
and target exploration activities in the Stewart River area. The TGI
contribution to this project is $1 million.

The airborne survey covered an area that had not been mapped in decades and
applied technology that had never been used in the region. This summer, a
larger, more detailed survey will be carried out under TGI.

"This region will benefit economically from any exploration and development
of minerals found as a result of this survey," said Mr. Bagnell. "The survey
will also provide Yukon people with valuable information as they make
decisions about land use that balance economic, environmental and social
factors."

"Mining and mineral exploration are integral to the economic development of
the territory," said Scott Kent, Yukon Minister of Economic Development.
"This new data could help companies in exploring for and developing new
mineral deposits, thereby creating jobs for Yukoners."

These services offer key advantages in the global competition for mining
investment in Canada. This TGI project is also part of an NRCan mapping
program that is carried out in collaboration with the Yukon Geology Program,
which is jointly funded by the Government of Yukon and Indian and Northern
Affairs Canada.

Mining in Canada today is a $28-billion industry and the lifeblood of some
600,000 Canadians in more than 100 rural, remote and Aboriginal communities.
In the Yukon, mineral production is worth approximately $55 million a year.

The Government of Canada's TGI, led by NRCan's Geological Survey of Canada,
was established to produce new geological maps and data about underexplored
areas with a high potential of mineral deposits and to make this information
publicly accessible through the Internet.

Funding for the TGI was provided for in the 2000 federal budget, in which
the government made specific commitments to build a dynamic economy for the
21st century through innovation, knowledge and technology.

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available on the Internet at
http://www.nrcan.gc.ca.
CONTACT:          Natural Resources Canada
                  Pat Breton
                  Press Secretary
                  (613) 996-2007
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INDUSTRY KEYWORD: GOV - Government
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7) Congreso de EE.UU. decreta impedir la perforacion petrolera en las costas
de Florida
(U.S. House acts to bar oil drilling off Florida)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 6:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 22, 2001 (AFX-Europe via COMTEX) -- The
Republican-controlled House of Congress voted by comfortable margins
yesterday to block oil and gas exploration off the coast of Florida and to
bar new oil, gas and coal exploration in millions of acres of national
monuments, dealing a blow to President Bush's efforts to increase domestic
energy supplies, the Washington Post reported.

In a separate vote, the House also approved a proposal to prevent the
administration from reviewing or altering new restrictions on hardrock
mining on government land.

Although the measures now go to the Senate, where their fates are uncertain,
the votes were the strongest indication yet of congressional unease with
Bush's energy and environmental policies.

They suggested that even among Republicans there are serious doubts about
the general direction of the president's proposals, the newspaper said.
vip

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KEYWORD:          United States of America  United Kingdom
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Oil, Oil Services
SUBJECT CODE:     Commodities   Government Regulatory Actions   Production
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8)Gobierno de la india: Shri Tripathy Karnakata Ministro en Jefe por para
expedir una extension del arrendamiento de KIOCL
( Indian Government: Shri Tripathy thanks Karnataka Chief Minister for
expediting KIOCL lease extension)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 9:45 AM EST

Jun 21, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Union Minister for Steel Shri
Braja Kishore Tripathy, in a letter to the Karnataka Chief Minister Shri
s.M.Krishna, has thanked him for expediting the extension of lease to the
Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL). He expressed his heart-felt
gratitude to Karnataka Government who have excluded 3,703.55 hectares of the
Kudremukh National Park for KIOCL. The decision to exclude this forestland
in South Bhadra State Forests could pave the way of grant of a fresh 20-year
lease to KIOCL, whose lease expired on July 24, 1999. KIOCL has been given
temporary permit to work in the open mining area, which will expire in July
2001. The 3,703.55 hectares of prime forestland includes 3203.55 hectares
leased to KIOCL and 500 hectares of the area submerged by the Lakya dam.

KIOCL since its inception has been taking many eco-friendly measures and has
planted large number of trees in the opened up mining area to keep the
environment and the forest cover intact. It has also contributed to the
development of the adjoining areas and upliftment of the poor people of the
area. It contributes to the economy of the state as well as the nation by
making continuous profit. It is earning valuable foreign exchange for the
country by exporting its products to various countries. The Minister praised
the State Government for their endeavor to help the PSU to continue its
activities in the State in a big way.

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within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further
information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on
the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com.

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9) Earthjustice desafia al secretario del interior de EE.UU. Gale Norton por
el abandono de la reintroduccion del oso grizzly
(Earthjustice Challenges U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Abandonment
of Grizzly Bear Reintroduction)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 10:39 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont., Jun 21, 2001 (ASCRIBE NEWS via COMTEX) -- Reacting to
Interior Secretary Gale Norton's announcement that grizzly bear
reintroduction to Idaho's Selway-Bitterroot Mountains will be abandoned,
Earthjustice called the move the latest in a steady string of attacks on the
environment by the Bush administration.

What Norton left unsaid is what she will do about the sad shape of isolated
pockets of grizzlies in the U.S. that are drifting closer to extinction by
the day. For instance, the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly population in northwest
Montana is believed to number no more than 30 animals. The real number is
likely closer to 20 according to independent scientists who study these
bears. The bears live largely in the Kootenai National Forest, one of the
most logged and roaded areas in the Northern Rockies. Earthjustice
challenges Norton on her statement this week that she is "fully committed to
recovery of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states." Secretary Norton also
said, "The grizzlies deserve the best opportunities for their populations to
thrive and prosper."

"The North Cascade population of grizzlies in Washington State isn't
prospering," said Earthjustice attorney Doug Honnold. "There are only an
estimated 5 to 20 bears there. Gale Norton is woefully silent on what steps
will be taken to restore this ghost bear population."

The grizzly is the victim of multiple layers of historic misfortune. Gone
from 98 percent of its historic range in the lower-48 states, the remnant
populations were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in
1975. They never received the protection critical habitat designation
bestows because the ESA did not require these designations until the 1982
amendments to the Act. Without having designated critical habitat, hundreds
of bears have been killed and thousands of acres of prime grizzly habitat in
the Northern Rockies have been lost to logging, road building, development
and mining. These grizzlies now live in isolated islands of habitat
surrounded by development. Efforts by conservation groups to get several of
the isolated bear populations reclassified from threatened to endangered
have fallen on deaf ears in the Bush administration. "These bear populations
are teetering on the brink of extinction. If Gale Norton really cares about
saving them, she should give them the full protection of the Endangered
Species Act instead of delay tactics," said Honnold.

"Grizzlies would have gained some of the same benefits of critical habitat
designation if the Clinton Roadless rule outlawing road building in 58.5
million acres of the national forests had been adopted by the Bush
administration," said Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso. "The Yellowstone
grizzly population spends 20 percent to 40 percent of its time in lands
outside Yellowstone Park, including four million acres of Forest Service
lands covered by the Roadless Rule. The Bush administration turned its back
on the grizzlies and on the wishes of the majority of the American public
who overwhelmingly support the roadless rule by moving to 'amend' the rule
thereby undermining its effectiveness."

((AScribe - The Public Interest Newswire / http://www.ascribe.org))
(C)1999-2001 Ascribe News - http://www.ascribe.org
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10) Brasil: Esso llevara la perforacion al Amazonas.
(Brazil: Esso tows drill to the Amazon)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:02 AM EST

Brazil, Jun 20, 2001 (Valor Economico/SABI via COMTEX) -- Esso Brazil is
going to tow a drill rig to to the mouth of the Amazon River in order to
begin exploratory drilling in the BFZ.1 block area in Amapa, 600 kilometeres
from Belem (Para). The company has until August 6 to conclude the first
stage of exploration, but it has yet to receive the environmental license
from the Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente (Ibama). The company hopes to
begin drilling by early June and is currently outfitting the vessel which
will transport the drill. Esso has been participating in nine exploration
areas, but is performing the exploration in only two. The company announced
a third project in mid June. In a consortium with Petrobras and Kerr-McGee,
it has paid R$10.8mil for the BM-ES-9 block in Bacia do Espirito Santo.


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reserved.
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Oil & Gas Field Exploration Svcs
EVENT: Drilling

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11) ORINOCO: Texaco anuncia proyecto conjunto para financiar la produccion
petrolera de Hamaca y mejorar el proyecto en Venezuela.
(Texaco group obtains 1.1 bln usd financing for Venezuela oil venture)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 12:52 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, NY, Jun 22, 2001 (AFX-UK via COMTEX) -- Texaco Inc said it,
Phillips Petroleum Co, and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) have secured
approximately 1.1 bln usd in project financing for the Hamaca oil production
and upgrading project in Venezuela.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank approved approximately 628 mln usd under their
comprehensive guarantee, and the commercial bank group has participated with
capacity for an additional 470 mln usd, according to a Texaco statement.

The lead arrangers are the Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP PARIBAS, Bank of
Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Barclays Bank, Bayerische Landesbank, Export Development
Corporation, ING Barings and WestLB, it added.

The Hamaca Project is located in Venezuela's Orinoco Belt, which contains
the largest known hydrocarbon deposit in the world. The project area
encompasses some 657 square kilometers and is estimated to contain over 30
bln barrels of oil of which 2.1 bln are recoverable during the project's
34-year production life.

Texaco has a 30 pct interest in the project, with Phillips holding a 40 pct
interest, and PDVSA, 30 pct.

gc
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KEYWORD:          United States of America South America  Venezuela
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Oil, Oil Services
SUBJECT CODE:     Financings and Investments
                  Production or Sales
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12)  Canada: Equipo SWAT ambiental totalmente operacional y conduciendo
barridas de inspeccion
(Environmental SWAT team fully operational and conducting inspection sweeps)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 3:41 PM EST

TORONTO, Jun 22, 2001 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Environment Minister
Elizabeth Witmer will introduce the SWAT team, an environmental enforcement
unit dedicated to ensuring that polluters comply with Ontario's
environmental laws. The Minister will also report on the SWAT team's recent
inspection sweeps and enforcement activities.

    Location:   Ministry of the Environment
                135 St. Clair Avenue West
Date: Monday, June 25, 2001

Time: 11:30 am

Disponible en fran Ecais

CONTACT:          For further information: Mark Rabbior, Ministry of the
Environment,
                  (416) 314-6084; Barry Wilson, Minister's Office, (416)
314-6739. For more
                  information, visit
www.ene.gov.on.ca
News release via Canada NewsWire, Toronto 416-863-9350 -GPOE-
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KEYWORD:          TORONTO
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENV
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(ALGUIEN SABE QUE ES 'petcoke'???)
13) Chile: Edelnor presenta nuevo EIA (Estudio de Impacto Ambiental) para el
uso de "petcoke"
(Chile: Edelnor presents new EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) for the
use of petcoke)


Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 2:55 PM EST

Chile, Jun 19, 2001 (El Diario/SABI via COMTEX) -- The electricity company
Edelnor, controlled by Mirnat (US) has submitted its new Environment Impact
Assessment (EIA) to the Regional Commission of Environment Corema to use
petcoke as fuel at its carbon centers in Mejillones. Edelnor refers to
strategic reasons to use petcoke in carbon mixtures, as the fact that it
generates energy at lower costs. The company has lost important supply
contracts, and is now aiming at new foreign markets, like energy exports to
Argentina.


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reserved.
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Energy
Thermal Electric Power
EVENT: Environmental Management

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14) Brazil: Gerasul invertira R$400 millones en facilidad de energia
termica.
(Brazil: Gerasul to invest R$400mil in thermal power facility)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:02 AM EST

Brazil, Jun 21, 2001 (Jornal do Commercio/SABI via COMTEX) -- Gerasul
(Centrais Eletricas do Sul do Brasil) rendered to Comam (Conselho Municipal
do Meio Ambiente) the report concerning the environmental impact of the
thermal power facility Jacui. According to the environment department the
facility will use mineral coal and may affect the quality of Charqueadas"
(Rio Grande do Sul) air. With a 350 MW capacity Jacui is waiting on the
environmental license to be concluded. Gerasul will invest R$400mil in the
facility until 2004, to be 30% in US dollar currency and 70% in Brazilian
currency, the Real.

Copyright (c) 2001, South American Business Information, All rights
reserved.
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Thermal Electric Power
EVENT: Facilities & Equipment
Environment

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15) Union Europea propone continuar los fondos para grupos ambientales
(EU Proposes Continuous Funding for Environmental Groups)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 10:09 AM EST

BRUSSELS, Jun 22, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The European Commission
adopted a proposal Friday for a new action program to provide continuous
financial support for Europe's environmental non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) over the next five years.

The executive body of the European Union (EU) said the objective of the
program is to promote Europe's environmental movement.

EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom said, "I am very glad to be
able to strengthen the support to NGOs both within and outside the EU.
Environmental organizations play a vital role in the policy shaping,
implementation and evaluation."

"I also think that environmental NGOs have an important role to play when it
comes to involving and informing the citizens in the area where they are
active may it be on the local, regional or national level," she said in a
statement.

Compared with previous similar ones, the new program will cover EU candidate
countries and the Balkan states, with the length of time expanded from four
to five years and a budget increased from 10.6 million euros to 32 million
euros (9 million to 23 million U.S. dollars).
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16) Wallstroem de la Union Europea dice a Boeing que el "precio ambiental"
del Crucero Sonico es muy alto.
(EU's Wallstroem tells Boeing 'environmental price' of Sonic Cruiser too
high)

Story Filed: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:16 AM EST

BRUSSELS, Jun 22, 2001 (AFX-UK via COMTEX) -- European environment
commissioner Margot Wallstroem has written to Boeing Co vice-chairman Harry
Stonecipher telling him the "environmental price" of the planned Sonic
Cruiser is too high.

In the letter, released by the European Commission, she said she is reacting
to newspaper reports that the Sonic Cruiser uses 35 pct more fuel than other
planes and recent comments by Stonecipher.

"Can it be true that you have brushed aside environmental concerns around
your new aircraft so nonchalantly. According to The Times you said that
there was 'plenty of fuel still around' and talked about an 'environmental
bandwagon'," she said in the text of the letter.

"The question is whether a one-hour time saving on a transAtlantic flight is
worth a significant increase in carbon dioxide emissions contributing to
climate change," she said.

"In my view this environmental price is simply not worth paying," she said.

Aircraft emissions already contribute to about 3.5 pct of man-made
greenhouse gas emissions and are expected to double over the next 10-15
years, she said.

"Instead of building ever faster planes, your industry should work towards
improved environmental performance, dramatically improving the efficiency of
aircraft and developing aircraft powered by alternatives to fossil fuel,"
shd said.

Wallstroem said this comment applies to Airbus Industrie as well as Boeing,
and to any other aircraft manufacturer.

"Higher, bigger, faster" should no longer be the single yardstick for
technological development, she said, adding these issues merit a public
debate.

nt/jkm/


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                  United States of America
                  France
                  United Kingdom
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Aerospace
SUBJECT CODE:     European Community
                  Government Regulatory Actions
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TrastorDigest de noticias ambientalistas internacionales

**traducciones resumidas sin fines de lucro
y sin fines de ningun interes personal**
"todo se hace improvisando con muy escasos recursos"

-Tiempo no dedicado 100%
empleado en hacer este resumen:
26 min en la mañana
1 Hrs 30 Min en la tarde
47 min al atardecer-

#debemos recordar que toda noticia podria estar
tergiversada, errada, manipulada, mal interpretada,
y en el peor de los casos ser 'greenwashing',
por los periodistas y medios de comunicacion#

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