Send in a Comment - Brief and To the Point - by 4/22 - suggestions on comments below
Take Action to Protect SacredWater from Uranium Mining in Lakota Treaty Territory
Mato Tipila Threatened by Uranium Mine Expansion
Tell the NRC to Protect Water Resources Comment Deadline April 22nd
As we all become more educated on how our waterways and aquifers are threatened, exploited and contaminated, the movement grows to defend and protect the future of our pure and sacred waters.
A Message from Owe Aku's Allies: Powder River Basin Resource Council and Clean Water Alliance:
THE THREAT: "Strata Energy is at it again. They have submitted a license application asking the NRC to let the company expand their uranium mining and processing site in Crook County near Devil's Tower and Oshoto Reservoir.
"Our organization, along with Natural Resources Defense Council, appealed Strata's first NRC license. Submitting expert evidence about water restoration and contamination concerns, we asked the NRC to fully consider the impacts of the proposed project through its environmental review process. While our appeal is still pending with the NRC, Strata is asking the agency to let it expand its project to cover an additional 7,800 acres.
THE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: "Please submit comments to the NRC by Friday April 22nd asking the agency to consider impacts to water, land, and other resources in the environmental review evaluation.
"Written comments may be submitted by mail to Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN-12-H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; or by email to KendrickSEIS@nrc.gov. Please reference Docket ID NRC-2011-0148 in your letter or email.
"In your comments, please ask the NRC to:
Consider that the proposed uranium mining and processing area has over 5,000 abandoned drill holes from the early days of uranium exploration. Thanks to our efforts, the NRC has been requiring Strata to locate and plug these old exploration wells prior to mining, but there are still concerns. This license condition MUST be applied to the expansion project because old wells in the area could serve as conduits for water contamination from Strata's project. NRC has identified that water contamination could result from "improperly plugged previous exploration drillholes that have not yet been properly abandoned." NRC needs to do a better job at analyzing the risk that these old drillholes – both inside and immediately adjacent to Strata's project area – represent.
Consider that the proposed mining and processing process has an extremely high consumptive use of water, which has the potential to draw down the aquifers that provide drinking water and water for livestock.
Consider the track record of spills, excursions, pond leaks, and failed aquifer restoration at previous uranium mines in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Texas. Impacts of past uranium projects have been significant – with routine spills, leaks, and excursions of chemicals into adjacent aquifers. To date, not a single uranium project has fully restored an aquifer to pre-mining water quality. There is no indication that Strata's operations will prevent these impacts.
Consider the cumulative impacts to water quality and quantity from the full scope of Strata's whole project, which includes this first permitted site of the Ross Project with an anticipated four additional projects in the approximately twenty mile area of the "Lance District" in Crook County. Strata should not be allowed to expand until Powder River Basin Resource Council's appeal for the Ross Project is settled
Minimize light pollution and other industrial impacts to landowners in the Oshoto area and to Devil's Tower National Monument.
Minimize impacts to livestock grazing and recreation in the area.
Minimize impacts from truck traffic, dust, and noise.
"Your comments do not have to be lengthy and technical. They can simply use the bullet points above or you can write in your own words why the NRC should do good analysis of the impacts.
MNN. Apr. 16, 2016.Satehonawawen’akwekon, our mother unites us under one tone. The message from the occupiers of the Indian Affairs slavery machine to the public is: “Don’t give your donations to the [corporate] band council. Give it to the kids.”
The Great White North!
Indian Affairs has to serve us. Corporate Canada calling for no more Indian Act actually means implementing their longtime genocide policy, “Let’s relocate, assimilate or exterminated them!”. The politicians and their corporate partners want our lands under which lie diamond and gold. They want our forests, water and other resources. We are all children of our great mother. They have to remove us by breaking our natural tie to our great mother. Our ancestors gave us a formula for our family, clans and all that lives to survive.
Like everything on ono’ware’geh, Indian Affairs belongs to us. We own the buildings, everything in them and the land it sits on. We never needed this matrix before they arrived. Their mandate to destroy us is not going to happen. We will live by the great peace.
Hey, hear those revolution drums?
Our Indian trust fund is for our sustenance, jobs and decent living conditions to take care of our families and our great mother. Our possessions that are extorted from us and our mother are being used as a club to try to beat us to death.
Let’s start a dialogue with this one corporate tentacle. We need our resources to prepare for the coming faces. We refuse to pushed back into anger, drinking, mobs, and continued oppression by the band/tribal council sub-tentacles. Our resources in our hands will help us in our transition to full partnership with our great mother as creation intended.
Our mother has given us the instinct to survive. Let’s decide how we shall make the transition to fulfill our original instructions to maintain ours and the birthright of the next generations.
creation – fire of the people & clans – circle of the families – peace.
Long after the non-INDIANS are gone we will be here where creation placed us. No one can relinquished our presence here. We constantly pledge allegiance to each other and all life.
Zapatistas: “We hear you!”
All our families belong to this land. This is not a territorial dispute where foreigners play us off against each other. ono’ware:keh, great turtle island, is the mother of all that come from her and are tied to her.
Foreigner sing about the feelings of the matrix towards us: “You’re digging for gold, Yet throwing away a fortune in feelings. But someday you’ll pay. You’re as cold as ice”.