Man Gets Prison Sentence For Collecting Rainwater

Man Gets Prison Sentence For Collecting Rainwater On His Own Property

Man Gets Prison Sentence For Collecting Rainwater On His Own Property

by  Royce Christyn

Collecting rainwater on your own property can now lead to jail time, as proven by a man from Oregon who was just sentenced to prison for doing just that.  Who owns the rain? The US government, apparently, now.  Not so long ago, it was common practice across much of the world to collect rainwater into man made wells on your property as a means of farming, irrigation, and having fresh clean water.  It was just as common as canning your own food, having knowledge of at least some basic survival skills, and being self-sufficient.

It wasn’t even that many generations ago that all of this was common practice – people born before WWII were pretty adept at these skills, as they were a necessity to survival.  One of the main (and easiest) ways to ensure survival? Collecting rainwater on your own property.  The practical uses for storing and collecting rainwater are numerous and many people across the world in rural areas still do it today for all of the reasons listed above.  However, over the past few years, laws making the collection of rainwater illegal have been causing an uproar across the US.

Now, a man from Grey Point, Oregon has been sentenced to thirty days in prison for storing collected rainwater on his very own property – and the public is outraged.

According to CNS News (source):

A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

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Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.

“The government is bullying,” Harrington told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday.

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

The court has given Harrington two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.

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Harrington said the case first began in 2002, when state water managers told him there were complaints about the three “reservoirs” – ponds – on his more than 170 acres of land.

According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers.

Harrington said he applied for three permits to legally house reservoirs for storm and snow water runoff on his property. One of the “reservoirs” had been on his property for 37 years, he said.

Though the state Water Resources Department initially approved his permits in 2003, the state – and a state court — ultimately reversed the decision.

“They issued me my permits. I had my permits in hand and they retracted them just arbitrarily, basically. They took them back and said ‘No, you can’t have them,’ so I’ve been fighting it ever since,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.

The case, he said, is centered on a 1925 law which states that the city of Medford holds exclusive rights to “all core sources of water” in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries.

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“Way back in 1925 the city of Medford got a unique withdrawal that withdrew all — supposedly all — the water out of a single basin and supposedly for the benefit of the city of Medford,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.

Harrington told CNSNews.com, however, that the 1925 law doesn’t mention anything about colleting rainwater or snow melt — and he believes that he has been falsely accused.

“The withdrawal said the stream and its tributaries. It didn’t mention anything about rainwater and it didn’t mention anything about snow melt and it didn’t mention anything about diffused water, but yet now, they’re trying to expand that to include that rain water and they’re using me as the goat to do it,” Harrington

But Tom Paul, administrator of the Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the state’s water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.

“The law that he is actually violating is not the 1925 provision, but it’s Oregon law that says all of the water in the state of Oregon is public water and if you want to use that water, either to divert it or to store it, you have to acquire a water right from the state of Oregon before doing that activity,” Paul told CNSNews.com.

Yet Paul admitted the 1925 law does apply because, he said, Harrington constructed dams to block a tributary to the Big Butte, which Medford uses for its water supply.

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“There are dams across channels, water channels where the water would normally flow if it were not for the dam and so those dams are stopping the water from flowing in the channel and storing it- holding it so it cannot flow downstream,” Paul told CNSNews.com.

Harrington, however, argued in court that that he is not diverting water from Big Butte Creek, but the dams capturing the rainwater and snow runoff – or “diffused water” – are on his own property and that therefore the runoff does not fall under the jurisdiction of the state water managers, nor does it not violate the 1925 act.

In 2007, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge denied Harrington’s permits and found that he had illegally “withdrawn the water at issue from appropriation other than for the City of Medford.”

According to Paul, Harrington entered a guilty plea at the time, received three years probation and was ordered to open up the water gates.

“A very short period of time following the expiration of his probation, he once again closed the gates and re-filled the reservoirs,” Paul told CNSNews.com. “So, this has been going on for some time and I think frankly the court felt that Mr. Harrington was not getting the message and decided that they’d already given him probation once and required him to open the gates and he refilled his reservoirs and it was business as usual for him, so I think the court wanted — it felt it needed — to give a stiffer penalty to get Mr. Harrington’s attention.”

In two weeks, if unsuccessful in his appeals, Harrington told CNSNews.com that he will report to the Jackson County Jail to serve his sentence.

“I follow the rules. If I’m mandated to report, I’m going to report. Of course, I’m going to do what it takes in the meantime to prevent that, but if I’m not successful, I’ll be there,” Harrington said.

But Harrington also said that he will never stop fighting the government on this issue.

“When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, ‘This is wrong; you just can’t take away anymore of my rights and from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”

What are your thoughts on collecting rainwater – especially when it is on your own property?  Who do you think should “own” the rain?

Credit: yournewswire.com

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Critics Assail Monsanto as Winner of World Food Prize

Critics Assail Monsanto as Winner of World Food Prize

Posted by on October 21, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

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Monsanto is to receive the World Food Prize in two weeks – for advances in GMO-engineered foods.

Critics Assail Monsanto as Winner of World Food Prize

by Gavin Aronsen, Al Jazeera, October 18, 2013

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/18/critics-assail-monstanoaswinnerofworldfoodprize.html

A research biologist takes samples from genetically modified corn plants in a climate chamber at Monsanto agribusiness headquarters in St Louis.

Prestigious award’s legitimacy called into question by some, while others say genetically modified food feeds the world

DES MOINES, Iowa — On a chilly Wednesday evening downtown, about 100 people watched a stage where a procession of dance troupes representing nations across Africa performed. Made up largely of members of the city’s African community, the crowd stood outside the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, awaiting the arrival of research scientist Charity Mutegi, who was being honored for a technique she developed to fight deadly grain mold in Kenya.

Nancy Mwirotsi, a Kenyan who runs a small magazine in Des Moines, was excited about the positive reaction from the youths in attendance.

“They’re refugees,” she said. “They know hunger. They want to know someone is fighting for them.”

The event was one of the opening-day highlights of this year’s Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize’s annual symposium, named for Iowan Norman Borlaug, who is considered by many the father of the Green Revolution and founded the prize a decade and a half after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his efforts fighting famine in the developing world.

Often hailed as the Nobel Prize of food, the World Food Prize has received as much attention this week for its ties to industrial agriculture and genetically modified (GM) crops as it has for honoring those who feed the world’s poor.

The prize has been a lightning rod for international criticism since June, when it announced as one of its laureates Robert Fraley, an executive at the biotech corporation Monsanto, which has been at the center of a number of controversies over GM crops. Fraley shared the honor with Syngenta scientist Mary-Bell Chilton and Plant Genetic Systems co-founder Marc Van Montagu, fellow pioneers in the development of high-yield GM crops resistant to disease, pests and harsh climates.

The prize’s annual symposium arrived on the heels of global protests last Saturday against Monsanto’s corporate-farming practices and use of GM crops. A campaign called Occupy the World Food Prize participated in the march to kick off a week of demonstrations against the prize in Des Moines.

“To me, from a PR perspective, it was a bad decision to have all three of the recipients of the award from the corporate world,” said Frederick Kirschenmann, a distinguished fellow at Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Ames. “They should have expected this was going to raise serious questions about whether or not they were giving the impression that the solution (to fighting hunger) is just intensifying industrial agriculture.”

Wielding influence

From 1999 to 2011, Monsanto donated $380,000 (PDF) to the World Food Prize Foundation in addition to a $5 million contribution in 2008 to help renovate the Hall of Laureates, a public museum honoring Borlaug. The donations have prompted accusations that Monsanto essentially bought Fraley’s award — a charge denied by the foundation

The foundation’s other major advocates and funders, which include the United States government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have supported the modern equivalent of the industrial agriculture model that ushered in the Green Revolution in the 1960s.

Borlaug won the Nobel Prize for his work fighting famine in the developing world before the advent of GM crops through large-scale, single-crop farming techniques similar to those promoted by Monsanto. These techniques, critics argue, reduce biodiversity and require excessive use of pesticides while focusing too little on local food systems.

“I don’t like what Monsanto does to foist themselves on other countries and on our farmers … turning agriculture into just another get-rich scheme,” said Janet Klaas, a retired reference librarian from Ames.

In a Des Moines Methodist church sanctuary on Wednesday, she listened to Texas populist Jim Hightower rail against corporate agriculture behind an Occupy banner with an image of a raised fist clenching a carrot and ear of corn.

Last year in Brazil, a court ruled that Monsanto owed farmers $2 billion for unjustly collecting royalties on soybeans grown with patented herbicide-resistant Roundup Ready seeds developed by Fraley. Monsanto is appealing the decision. It has faced similar push-back in other countries, including India, from farmers who have been fearful of ceding their autonomy to a multinational corporation.

“The predominant position of big corporations — that’s a concern people have that isn’t actually connected with the technology itself,” said Gary Munkvold, a seed science professor at Iowa State who believes the World Food Prize was justified in recognizing Fraley. “I wish we could do a better job of separating those issues.”

On Wednesday, 30 protesters affiliated with Occupy and other progressive groups donned devil masks and held signs with slogans like “Monsanto seeds poison us” outside the Hall of Laureates, protesting both issues at once.

David Kaufman, a Des Moines rabbi involved with the city’s Sudanese community who was at the nearby gathering awaiting Mutegi, said he understood the protest’s message but disagreed with it.

“Without GMOs, you’d have 10 million dead people,” he said. “That’s the reality.”

Questioning safety

Because GM foods have been on the market for only two decades, scientists are cautious about making sweeping statements about their safety. For now, the world’s top scientific and regulatory agencies and most peer-reviewed research consider them safe for human consumption.

Contrary research, such as a notorious study that found tumors in rats fed Roundup Ready corn, has been strongly criticized by the scientific community.

“There are a lot of misconceptions and a lot of problems that get (wrongly) blamed on biotechnology,” Munkvold said.

Deborah Vanko, a local activist who helped organize the protest, wasn’t convinced. Like a majority of Americans, she favors laws mandating GM food labeling.

“Humans are lab rats,” she said. “We’ve been eating these foods for years, so we feel that we’re slowly being poisoned.”

On Monday the World Food Prize laureates spoke at Iowa State, which boasts one of the nation’s top agriculture programs. They aggressively defended their research against claims that GM crops are unsafe.

“A terrorist — I think he could find some easier way to be antisocial than by modifying crops,” Chilton joked.

Kirschenmann isn’t opposed to GM crops but believes the World Food Prize could do more to distance itself from what he calls industrial agriculture’s single-tactic paradigm.

“If they want to be respected in the long term,” he said, “they’re going to have to be more open to a variety of approaches.”

Global Frackdown: World Prepares for Today’s Protest Against Fracking

Global Frackdown: World Prepares for Today’s Protest Against Fracking

Posted by on October 19, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

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http://rt.com/news/global-frackdown-gas-protest-391/

Thousands of people worldwide are expected to join the Global Frackdown protest on October 19. ‘Fracktivists’ from over 20 countries will gather to demand an end to fracking and “dangerous” shale gas drillings.

Numerous events are scheduled to take place mainly across the US and Europe. The global movement will be also joined by activists from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Indonesia. So far, a total 26 countries are listed to be taking part in the protest.

“Climate scientists warn that continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels will lead to catastrophic climate change,” the Global Frackdown protest organizers said in press release.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the extraction of oil and gas by injecting water to break rock formations deep underground.

Fracking a single well can require between two and nine million gallons of water combined with sand and chemicals. Much of the used water returns to the earth’s surface, but contains radium and bromides – cancer-causing, radioactive substances. The toxic chemicals can then float into lakes and rivers or contaminate the ground.

On Saturday, Fracktivists in all participating countries will call on elected officials to open their eyes to the consequences of fracking, which they say is a risky technique. They will demand action to protect the public.

“It is critical that our elected officials hear the truth from their constituents,” the organizers said.

Peruvian Air Force to Set Up Department to Research UFOs

Peruvian Air Force to Set Up Department to Research UFOs

Posted by on October 19, 2013   /   Comments Off

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Peruvian Air Force to Research Anomalous Aerial Phenomena

From Girogio Piacenza, Lima  – October 14, 2013

http://exonews.org/peruvian-air-force-research-anomalous-aerial-phenomena/

Friday, October 18th, 2013 the Peruvian Air Force will launch a Department focused on researching the presence of anomalous aerial phenomena.

It will be called “DIFAA” which stands for the (Departamento de Investigación de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos or Anomalous Aerial Phenomena Research Department).

This department will be directly assisted by a Civilian Advisory Council which, as far as I know, is a unique arrangement in the world. This council is composed of researchers, scientists and intellectuals and it includes Commander Julio Cesar Chamorro Flores (ret) who a few years earlier (while still on duty) directed the Peruvian Air Force’s UFO research office called OIFAA. During that time I also acted as a civilian advisor.Currently, the Civilian Advisory Council also includes archeologist Manuel Aguirre Morales, research journalist Marco Barraza Camacho; the Director of the Peruvian Institute of astronomy Barthelemy d’Ans; Engineer and cultural events promoter Enrique Álvarez Vita; communications expert Patricia Meseth Petrucelli; philosopher Luis Enrique Alvizuri and I, Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera, sociologist and Exopolitics Institute advisor.

The prevalent attitude I surmise both in the Civilian Advisory Council and at the Peruvian Air Force is one of flexible, open-minded and also objective research and of considering the wide range of aspects which the UFO Phenomenon and the alleged or actual presence of extraterrestrial beings may entail.

There’s also a desire to educate the civilian population on a wide variety of scientific and culturally appropriate subjects through conferences and other outreach events. While we currently don’t operate with a substantial budget, I think that all parties involved display a sufficiently flexible attitude and an interest to develop a more integrative, sui generis and still objective approach to research.

On Friday, October 18th, 2013 the “Dirección Nacional de Intereses Aero Espaciales” (DINAE) of the Peruvian Air Force (under whose jurisdiction the DIFAA operates) will host the inaugural event at DINAE’s headquarters in Miraflores, Lima, Peru and it will be accompanied by a formal explanation, presentation and two brief conferences with a question and answers period. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, the event is for the most part by invitation only.

Archeologist Manuel Aguirre Morales will speak about the Nazca Lines from a more classical scientific perspective and I will speak about the possible presence of extraterrestrials and exopolitics. Distinguished academics, relevant political and military personalities plus the local and international press have been invited.

I believe this is an opportunity to bring exopolitical issues to the fore and to demonstrate that formal institutions can consider anomalous aerial phenomena and some of their possible implications as important, serious subjects worthy of scientific and cultural interest. As is well-known by UFO and exopolitical researchers, many countries in the Latin American region are actively pursuing a similar path to legitimate these issues and overcome the unnecessary stigma attached to reporting about UFOs and the possible or real extraterrestrial presence.

Giorgio Piacenza, Lima, Peru , Oct 14, 2013

Nearly 30 million People Still ‘Living’ in Slavery

Nearly 30 million People Still ‘Living’ in Slavery

Posted by on October 18, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

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From Al-Jazeera – October 17, 2013

http://tinyurl.com/pvtfu5t

Index says 10 countries, including India, China, and Pakistan, account for 76 percent of the people living in slavery.

Nearly 30 million people are living in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labour, according to a global slavery index.

The index, released on Thursday by anti-slavery charity Walk Free Foundation, ranked 162 countries on the number living in slavery, the risk of enslavement, and the strength of government responses to combating the illegal activity.

It found that 10 countries accounted for 76 percent of the 29.8 million people living in slavery – India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Modern slavery was defined as human trafficking, forced labour, and practices such as debt bondage, forced marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children.

Researcher Kevin Bales said he hoped the index, the first annual report to monitor slavery globally, would raise public awareness as numbers were at an all-time high and it would increase pressure on governments to take more action.

Blame corruption

He dismissed the view that poverty was the key factor behind slavery and instead blamed corruption, calling for laws to stop organised gangs.

“Consistently when we analysed the statistics we found that corruption came out as more powerful than poverty in driving slavery,” said Bales, a professor of contemporary slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull in northern England.

“Fundamentally this is a violent crime issue.”

The report found Mauritania in West Africa had the highest number of slaves proportionately, with up to 160,000 enslaved in a population of 3.8 million, due to culturally-sanctioned forms of chattel slavery and high levels of child marriage.

The highest absolute numbers were almost 14 million in slavery in India and 3 million in China.

“By far the largest proportion of this problem (in India) is the exploitation of Indian citizens within India itself, particularly through debt bondage and bonded labour,” said the report.

In China there was forced labour of men, women and children, including domestic servitude and forced begging, sexual exploitation of women and children and forced marriage.

Coming last in the index were Iceland, Ireland and Britain although Bales stressed they were not slavery-free.

Up to 4,400 people are estimated to be enslaved in Britain, the victims mainly from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

They are forced into sex work, domestic servitude, or low-paid jobs in agriculture, construction, restaurants and nail salons.

“Hopefully this report will be a wake-up call for rich countries as well,” Bales told Reuters.

Monsanto Buys Weather Climate Corporation For 1 Billion

Monsanto Buys Weather Climate Corporation For 1 Billion

postdateiconThursday, 17 October 2013 16:45 | postauthoriconPosted by Agus Judistira (Manager)
October 13, 2013

MonsantoMonsanto, the agricultural biotech giant, also responsible for manufacturing multiple pesticides that have been linked to numerous human ailments has announced the acquisition of the Climate Corporation. It’s a climate data research company that Monsanto has purchased for approximately 1 billion dollars. This purchase is expected to benefit the company, putting them at the forefront of scientific weather data, which would put a large amount of information with regards to climate into farmers’ hands. The idea is to sell more data and services to the farmers who already buy Monsanto’s seed and chemicals.

Climate change, according to the Monsanto corporation, presents ever increasing extreme challenges for farmers today. This is indeed true, but many farmers are starting to find ways around this naturally. As a result some governments are even rejecting Monsanto climate resilient patents, like India recently did. What makes the Climate Corporation so special is its wide variety of techniques they can use to predict local weather events with high precision.

Farmers will be able to access information from Monsanto’s new satellite-based science software. Currently the trial version of the software is being tested by around 160 US farmers across 40,000 acres of land.

This move comes after the Monsanto corporation just passed it’s historically weakest quarter. This comes as no surprise as the entire planet has been speaking up against Monsanto as of late, and with good reason. Monsanto recently benefited from the Monsanto Protection Act, which was recently shut down thanks to activism world wide. We can really make a difference here, all we have to do is try.

A large majority of countries across the planet have chosen to ban anything related to Monsanto, and Monsanto has been making a number of headlines with regards to their products. This makes it very hard to trust the company, and more people across the planet are starting to realize that major biotech corporations like this are just not needed. The human race can do much better than this.

Below is a clip from Jeffrey M. Smith, a GMO researcher from the Institute for Responsible Technology in an interview with RT news accusing the company of trying to take full control of the world’s seed supply. Below that I have listed a number of articles with regards to Monsanto, Pesticides (manufactured by Monsanto) and GMOs that we have recently covered. We have not listed all of them so please feel free to browse through the site for even more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cocp7utUy64

Scientsits Discover BT Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damge Red Blood Cells

Over 30 Million Bees Found Dead In Elmwood Canada

Largest Honeybee Loss Ever Recorded In The United Kingdom

Significant Concentrations of Glyphosate AKA Roundup Herbicide Found In Urine Of People Across Europe

Scientists Link Monsanto’s Glyphosate To Birth Defects

Groundbreaking Study Links Monsanto’s Glyphosate To Cancer

New Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup To Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France

Italy Moves To Ban Monsanto GMO Corn

Monsanto Drops Bid To Approve GMO Crops In Europe

11 Year Old Exposed The Monsanto Corporation

14 Year Old Responds To Billionaire Who Claims That Monsanto Is A Hero

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2013/10/02/monsanto-buys-climate-corp-for-930-million/

http://rt.com/news/monsanto-buy-climate-corporation-687/

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304176904579111042198455468

 

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Biggest Chunk of Russian ‘Meteorite’ Lifted from Lakebed

Biggest Chunk of Russian ‘Meteorite’ Lifted from Lakebed

Posted by on October 16, 2013   /   Comments Off

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meteorite chunk<img style=”margin: 10px;” alt=”meteorite chunk” src=”https://d3ojdig7p1k9j.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/meteorite-chunk-300×168.jpg” width=”300″ height=”168″ />Stephen: For a ‘chunk of rock that fell from the sky”, there’s an awful lot of time, money and effort being put in to retrieving its various pieces. Obviously there is an ‘out of this world’ jigsaw puzzle to be completed here. Here’s the story of when and how it came crashing down to Earth back in February: http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/02/video-ufo-breaks-up-meteorite-over-russia

Russia Today – October 16, 2013

http://tinyurl.com/lc6gzut

The largest-discovered fragment of a Russian meteorite, weighing around 570 kilograms, has been lifted from the bed of Lake Chebarkul in the Urals.

The huge meteorite chunk split into three pieces when scientists tried to weigh it. The precise weight could not be established because the heavy object broke the scales.

“The preliminary examination… shows that this is really a fraction of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. It’s got thick burn-off, the rust is clearly seen and it’s got a big number of indents,” said Sergey Zamozdra, associate professor of Chelyabinsk State University, as cited by Interfax news agency.

Several earlier attempts to raise this massive chunk of meteorite, found by the divers at the beginning of September, failed.

The divers’ mission was hampered by a number of factors. The meteorite fragment lay 13 meters deep under water, not 6 or 8 as was initially believed.

Estimates concerning the layer of sediments covering the chunk were also more optimistic than what the divers actually had to deal with. It took them 10 days to pump the mud away from the rock.

The divers had to do their job in conditions of zero visibility, due to the extremely muddied waters of the lake. Storms further contributed to delays in lifting the celestial body.

The largest lifted chunk of meteorite so far weighed 11 kilograms. Scientists on Wednesday confirmed its extraterrestrial nature.

A huge meteorite, weighing around 11,000 tons, exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in Russia on February 15. It injured more than 1,600 people, and inflicted plenty of damage – around a billion rubles ($3 million dollars) worth and also caused mass media frenzy.

Overall 12 alleged pieces of meteorite have so far been raised from the lakebed. Five of them were confirmed as meteorite fragments.