On Oct. 7th Powertech Uranium Mining water permit hearing begins at the Ramkota in Rapid City. Powertech is seeking 551 gallons of water per minute from the Madison Aquifer and 8,500 gallons of water per minute from the Inyan Kara Formation totaling 13 million gallons of water PER DAY for 20 years to mine the toxic yellow-cake in the Southern Black Hills. Rapid City’s 2012 water usage only came to 11.35 million gallons per day according to City of Rapid City Water Division’s report. In other words, Powertech would use more water per day then one small city. Unbelievable that South Dakota is even thinking of committing water suicide with this one!
Supporters of Powertech, mainly those in the Edgemont area where the proposed mines will be located, have been promised a few jobs, but what good is a job if you don’t have clean drinking water? Powertech and their supports are not concerned that the in-situ leach mining will not only deplete already lower aquifers, but will also contaminate the water that supplies re-charge from the aquifers to the Cheyenne River and Angostura, as well as other creeks and tributaries down stream.
In my opinion Powertech is proposing to rape Unći Maka with their in-situ leach mining, suck her life-blood (water) through their yellow-cake contaminated syringes and inject it back into her main arteries!!! I’m praying that the God fearing, good people of South Dakota will remember that water is written in the Bible more times then Hope, Faith and Hell (and it will be Hell without Water).
It is time for us to make that change and show that we care enough about what happens to our sacred Grandmother and protect her from mining companies like Powertech and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Please join us at the Ramkota in Rapid City on Oct. 7th at 8:00 AM to rally against this insanity of in-situ uranium mining. Let’s protect our Grandmother and her life-blood. NO NUKES in the HE’SAPA, NOT NOW, NOT EVER!!