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  1. Well framed arguments without emotional hyperbole. You show what can happen when the powerful write the rules to protect themselves, while exposing the small source country to all the risk.

    Without tax revenue from Alcoa what did Iceland gain…employment?

    Interesting how geothermal hot springs can be degraded with over use. Given time it would likely repair itself?

    I’d like to see maps of the flooded tundra landscape and where the airborne sulfur emissions (waste?) goes.

    Thank you for your work.

  2. Megan Spencer Shaw says:

    I’ve been looking for Jason Slade for years. Tell him it’s Megan Spencer from Hyde County NC. pretty please

  3. Bay Burnham says:


    I am writing for a tour guide and found your article to be especially helpful with my research process. I am hoping to include in the tour guide ways that tourists can offset their impact, especially when visiting national parks.

    Thanks for the eye opening piece!

  4. James Gardner says:

    June 20, 2019 What is the status now? Is there more resolved? Are there any hazards for several planned hydro dams? Did those get started? Creating power and using power are two different issues. Who has the power to choose? And who gets the money? & How will it serve the people?

  5. In addition to the comments on Hellisheiði, it should be added that the current project “Gas into Rock” significantly changes the bedrock in the geothermal area. Here, the volume of the crust is significantly changed and increases the pressure on the underlying volcanic system. At the same time, one wonders about steadily increasing seismic activity in the area, which has been increasing noticeably since the project began two years ago.

    Local farmers have also been complaining for years about poisoned soils, in which since the operation of the power plant started astonishingly high arsenic levels are observed. Neither the power plant operator nor the Ministry of the Environment or any other government agency has satisfactory information.

    Good article anyhow, thanks for your effort!

  6. Unknown says:


    Please do not lash out at Vedanta without knowing the facts. I am a resident of this state where you have accused Vedanta of conspiracy to build up its business. I have seen Vedanta work towards community development in a way very few private companies do. It looks after the commoners. It has created so many job opportunities for people in the state. The districts where you say Vedanta has created havoc, was actually the most backward area of our state. Vedanta has got them their bread and butter. Things were politicized a lot for the devils intentions of a few of the well to do class of people. No one thinks of the poor people and how they will earn their bread and butter. Even the NGOs cannot be trusted after the Niyamgiri issue. This is the reason why good companies do not invest in india. Even when Vedanta is in loss as you say, it never does things the wrong way. It is the highest tax paying company in a country where most companies try to evade taxed. It spends the maximum percentage of its revenue towards community development. If you need I may guide you to someone who can explain to you in details.

  7. Yasmin C says:

    Thanks for your article on Iceland it helped me a lot with my project(s). I’d appreciate if you in the future post further info on Iceland on 2019 for future preferences. Thanks again now I’d be delighted to visit Iceland and tour around and try making an impact!

  8. Mary Marcel says:

    I was shocked to read about the working conditions at these factories. Has Iceland no labor laws, no health and safety regulations? If so, who is responsible for enforcing them? Alcoa, like other for profit publicly owned corporations, will only be constrained by external enforcement of laws which protect all stakeholders, not just owners.

  9. […] when large banks decide to stop financing certain types of projects. Were it not for a $400 million loan from British bank Barclays’ to the Karahnjukar hydropower plant in the Icelandic highlands, […]

  10. michael says:

    hey, do you have a copy or a video of that concert?

  11. sil says:


    When looking at the houses in Iceland, I picked up an interested in the material the houses are build of.
    As I did some researched I have some questions about these aluminium production in iceland.
    Could you tell me of all the aluminium that is produced in iceland how much percentage stays in Iceland?
    Which usage has this aluminium ? Is it also used to make the couregate metal for the building of the “traditional” houses ?
    Why did iceland begin with smelting the raw materials for aluminium ?
    Is there a link with the British import of these corrugated metal plates ?

    Will the distracting of the geothermal energy have an influence on the lifestyle of the icelandic people or on the world ?

    Are you afraid that the aluminium industry will grow bigger ? Bigger then it should be, then is needed…

    Thank you for the information

    Kind regards


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  15. Mr Godfrey says:

    I have a question related to this topic, but about the native Icelandic families.

    Would you also consider the Icelandic people as members of the animal kingdom of Iceland? Do Icelanders play a role in the ecosystem, or assist proliferation of native Icelandic animal species?

    Thank you for your hard work! More and more people around the world are becoming more conscious of the the natural forces of nature, and how we co-exist with our local environments.

    Mr. Godfrey

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  17. kopar says:

    Ótrúlegt blogg vona að ég geti séð miklu meira af þessu efni

  18. John Y. Donnelly says:

    Your article is an excellent showing of writing skills. You have captured readers with your compelling and interesting views. After reading this article i get to know that more about aluminum companies

  19. Kim J. Charlie says:

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  20. Dave Kisor says:

    We have problems with geothermal in the Puna District of Hawai’i Island. What comes out of the ground is more than hydrogen sulfide. “The sampling and testing of the resource shall be preformed once upon experiencing the first steam release, and at least once during abated well cleanout and flow testing operations. Gasses to be tested:

    ammonium (total), cadmium nitrates, arsenic carbonate, non-methane hydrocarbons, asbestos, fluorides (total), radionuclides, (a & b), benzene, hydrogen sulfide, radon, beryllium lead sulfates, bicarbonate, mercury (total), vinyl chloride, boron (total), methane”

    After the release in August 2014, I ended up with chronic fatigue and it’s taken me 8 years to begin recovering. I’ve had hair tissue mineral analysis and hopefully soon I’ll get rid of my excessive aluminum and cadmium, along with the greater than a trace of arsenic, lead and mercury. One only needs a trace of thesetoxic metals.

  21. Asitha Hingulage says:

    This is a good read. Learnt a lot about Iceland that I didn’t during our trip.
    Having visited Iceland and seeing and experiencing this magnificent work of art of the mother nature, we felt a bit sad realising about some of the threats that you very well explain here on your article.
    Learning how fragile the nature and what it offers at the moment we felt that we have a great responsibility to save it from its imminent disastrous change. So we were so careful not to harm what was out there in anyway. However as you say, not all tourists may feel or act in the same way.
    I feel that there should be a bit more of a programme to educate the tourists at airports when they set foot on the island. Not sure there was anything that prompted us to stop and think before we left the terminal building. Such a programme may be useful in minimising the negative impact of tourism on the fragile nature of Iceland and its lovely citizens.

  22. Hope Millington says:

    To Whom it May Concern,
    Why is no petition being circulated to prevent Landsvirkjan from doing this? Why is this critical damage to Þjórsá not being discussed in Alþingi? Why is Landsvirkjan even allowed to do this damage to Iceland. Can not the public come together to prevent this damage by this company?
    Hope Millington

  23. Paula says:

    This is absolutely disgraceful. I could understand making the new road if the alternative was the most deadly road in the country and there were zero other ways you could have made it safe, but with over 300 roads more dangerous than this, why was this a priority? Is someone going to mine something from under those rocks and make some big cash? I wouldn’t put it past them. I wish this had been better publicized in Canada so I could have shared it and hopefully spread the word more so more people would have fought. I appreciate the people that tried to fight for this beautiful natural mystical place. I’m just watching Eurovision song contest the story of fire saga and it was mentioned so I had to look it up.

  24. Martin says:

    You all should be aware that Aluminium Smelting creates huge waste products in the form of Arsenic, heavy metals and hydrogen fluoride HF gas emissions to the atmosphere. All these products dumped into the environment around Alcoa plants in the US caused huge issues, law cases and cover ups – resulting in Alcoa no longer operating any smelters in their home country anymore.
    Farmers in the US near Alcoa smelters found issues with their cow hooves, spondylosis and other issues as the HF gas was absorbed through grass etc into the soil and breathing in such gas of cattle and humans. HF hydrogen fluoride is a severe greenhouse gas and also easily converts to Hydroflouric Acid which also remains in the soil damaging it and anything which comes into contact with it. Central Jamaican villages have had their water ponds ruined by Alcoa and politicians stay quiet or talk the Alcoa is great for communities green-washing line!
    Your politicians were negligent in not researching into Alcoa and its consistent damage, bribes and dirty deals everywhere it goes in the world. There’s plenty of news/damage that you can uncover about them simply by searching/following what they are up to via the Internet.
    Once they see this post – you will probably receive a notice from them, asking for it to be removed with threats.

  25. friendoficeland says:

    Sjá einnig Þjóð sem hörfar