Four Mile partners still squabbling
QUASAR Resources is asking shareholders of joint venture partner Alliance to urge the company’s board to move ahead on the Four Mile uranium mine soon.
In the past six weeks Alliance, through subsidiary Alliance Craton, has filed three separate lawsuits against Quasar relating to the Four Mile project in the state’s north………..Speaking ahead of Alliance’s AGM, to be held in Melbourne today, Quasar said litigation would only lead to further costs for the mine………….In action lodged in the SA Supreme Court, Alliance is claiming Quasar acted above its authority in lodging a native title mining agreement, which covers the Beverley mine area as well as Four Mile, with Primary Industries and Resources SA .
Archive for November, 2009
Activists attack BHP’s ‘ugly side’ news.com.au 25 Nov 09THE displacement of villages in Colombia, the destruction of sacred Aboriginal sites, human rights abuses and health concerns are the ugly side of BHP Billiton, environmental and human rights activists say.
As shareholders and the company’s leaders prepare for BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting in Brisbane tomorrow, Friends Of The Earth Australia has launched an alternative annual report, BHP Billiton – Undermining the future.
The report contains case studies of the company’s mining activities which the activists say are contrary to its sustainable development policy…………………
Indigenous elder Eileen Wingfield, from the Kokatha people in Coober Pedy, South Australia, said the Olympic Dam uranium mine had destroyed her community…………..”Many are sick, they are dying. Our ancestors were healthy … but since BHP opened this mine everything has been bad,” Ms Wingfield said.
Her daughter Rebecca Wingfield said sacred cultural sites had been damaged and elders have been deceived by “cheeky” tactics, such as paying tribes for access to the land…………….Friends Of The Earth Australia spokeswoman Mia Pepper said shareholders had the power to influence BHP Billiton.
“Shareholders should be asking how BHP Billiton is making their profits,” Ms Pepper said.
“(Their profits) are not as valuable as someone’s right to a life, right to a home or right to a safe workplace.”
Australian Uranium to China, a Worry for Many Reasons Second shipment of uranium heads to Australia, environmental whistleblowers still in jail By Shar Adams Epoch Times Staff 18 Nov 09 AUSTRALIAFor David Noonan, spokesperson for the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), .“We believe it is unacceptable for the Australian government and BHP to look the other way and to claim that they can conduct trade simply for profit, particularly the uranium sector, and ignore all those human rights and transparency issues that are so apparent in China,” Noonan told The Epoch Times.The case of Sun Xiaodi highlights just some of the concerns the ACF has with the China deal.
Whistleblowers like Sun Xiaodi and his daughter are being punished for raising legitimate concerns about the environment, in this case nuclear contamination and slack environmental and workplace safety practices, Mr. Noonan said, adding that it “demonstrates clearly that China is not going to be accountable in what may happen with Australian uranium in the future.”………………
The Australian Greens say China cannot be trusted to abide by international safeguards, and it is impossible to monitor how Australia’s uranium is used in China.
Noted by Greens senator, Christine Milne, is the secrecy surrounding China’s military industrial processes.
Under the joint agreement Australia’s uranium is only to be used at “declared facilities,” but Senator Milne said, declared facilities are only declared at Chinese discretion.
“The Chinese government can withdraw these facilities from IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) oversight at any time simply by stating concerns about national security,” she said.
The Greens say they want Australia to withdraw from the 2006 deal because of China’s failure to comply with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty disarmament obligations; its failure to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; and its failure to separate its military and civilian nuclear sectors.
Uranium too low to incentivise new mines – Uranium One
TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Uranium prices still will need to firm significantly to justify the development of many of the mining projects being considered around the world, Jean Nortier, the CEO of Vancouver-based Uranium One, reiterated on Monday……….
……….”In many of the jurisdictions that we have looked at in some detail, such as Southern Africa, it is very apparent that much higher uranium prices are going to be required to provide the economic incentive needed to move many of the new projects currently being contemplated into the construction stage and ultimately to provide a return for investors,” he said.
Paladin defend director as investors bay for blood WA Business News 18 Nov 09 Paladin Energy has incurred the wrath of Australia’s increasingly vocal corporate governance police, which wants one of the uranium miner’s most senior directors axed for “failing” as audit committee chairman. The West
Kevin Rudd refuses to buckle on refusal to sell uranium to India * Matthew Franklin, Chief political correspondent The Australian * November 12, 2009 KEVIN Rudd has made clear he will not buckle on Australia’s refusal to sell uranium to India just hours ahead of a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.The Prime Minister told reporters in the Indian capital this morning that India’s refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meant Australian would not sell it uranium, even though it had helped the Indian Government obtain materials to support its nuclear program through the Nuclear Suppliers Group – an international grouping of nations supplying nuclear technology and resources which seeks to contribute to non-proliferation……………………
Australia maintains a blanket ban in selling uranium to nations which refuse to sign the NPT Treaty.
This morning Mr Rudd said the United States, Australian and other nations had worked together in recent years through the international Nuclear Suppliers Group to ensure India could access “the supply of inputs to its own nuclear program”.
“We also worked in close concert with other nations from around the world, some of whom had profound reservations about that action,” Mr Rudd said.
Iraq Encounters Huge Rise In Birth Defects (Pal Telegraph) by Peter Eyre and Sarah Price 15 Nov 09 It is time that the US UK NATO and IDF forces owned up to their use of weapons containing uranium components and admit to the fact that those same weapons are responsible for the dramatic rise in many forms of cancer etc.How many more reports do we have to read before governments start responding to this emerging crisis and demand answers. We are now seeing a dramatic rise in cancer, diabetes, mental problems, still births and terrible birth defects in all the past and current areas of conflict. We have seen the use of these evil weapons in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza and now Pakistan. As I have previously reported this contamination does not indentify international borders and is totally indiscriminate.There has been a serious change in the health of populations down wind of these conflicts areas. In the case of Afghanistan the aerosols from these weapons have now crossed into Pakistan, India and beyond with dramatic increases in all of the above areas especially the Punjab region of North India. This cancerous growth is as a direct result of weapons used by the above forces. Most of these weapons are designed and manufactured by the USA…..
the greatest damage to the DNA and mitochondria by uranium is the photo-electron effect. Uranium not only releases its own energy in the form of alpha particles and gamma rays, but it absorbs other energy released in the cell and releases that absorbed energy as a shower of photo-electrons that annihilate whatever the uranium is attached to. This was first described by Dr Chris Busby, a Low Level Radiation (LLR) expert for the British Government and the European Parliament……………
The greatest damage from radiation exposure is to the unborn foetus and this genetic damage to the foetus is passed on to all future generations…………
Burning uranium from dirty bombs, dirty missiles and dirty bullets produce a radioactive gas composed of very tiny particles of uranium oxide that are produced when the shells leave the gun barrel and throughout its trajectory to the impact sites. From this impact site large volumes of radioactive gas are produced that escape into the atmosphere where they are carried locally, across border, and around the world in a few weeks. They remain suspended in the atmosphere until they are rained out into the earth’s environment, usually within two months. The depleted uranium (DU) particle contaminates the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Britain’s nuclear strategy threatens destruction of Kalahari Namibian environmentalists warn expansion of uranium mining could devastate spectacular natural landscape guardian.co.uk The Observer, John Vidal 15 Nov 09 “..…….
The hidden cost of Britain’s new generation of nuclear power could be the destruction of the Kalahari desert in Namibia and millions of tonnes of extra greenhouse gas emissions a year, the Observer has discovered.=
The desert, with its towering sand dunes and spectacular lunar-like landscapes, is at the centre of an international uranium rush led by Rössing Uranium, a subsidiary of the British mining giant Rio Tinto, and the French state-owned company, Areva, which part-manages the nuclear complex at Sellafield and wants to build others in Britain……………
Rössing is expanding its existing giant mine – which already provides nearly 8% of the world’s uranium – into the Namib-Naukluft national park. Areva has leased hundreds of square kilometres of the desert near Trekkopje, where it plans to build one of the world’s largest uranium mines.
At least 20 other mining companies from the UK, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere have also been given licences to explore thousands of square kilometres of the national park and its surrounds, and six new mines, several of which would be in the park, are at the development stage. Namibia has some of the planet’s richest uranium deposits and expects to become the third largest uranium producer and largest exporter within five years.
The mines are all expected to be in open pits up to 200 metres below the desert sands. With their waste heaps, acid plants and giant slurry ponds, they will extend over hundreds of square kilometres. “Large areas of the desert will be inevitably devastated,” says Bertchen Kohrs, director of the Namibian environment group Earthlife. “They will do immense damage. We fear that there will be major contamination of the ground water supplies.”
Britain’s claims that a new generation of nuclear power will be low-carbon are also dented by the Namibian government’s plans to build a coal-fired power station to provide electricity for the mines. This will use more than 2.4m tonnes of coal a year from South Africa, and could produce more than 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.
The UK has justified its planned expansion of nuclear power partly on the basis that it provides low-emission energy. However, the energy used in drilling, blasting, excavating, separating and transporting the uranium to Britain are not taken into account.
Documents seen by the Observer suggest the mines would initially consume about 53 million cubic metres of water a year, more than 75% of the water presently supplied by the Namibian state water company. The water will need to be pumped more than 56km to the mines from the coast. The proposed expansion of the uranium mining would create mountains of waste radioactive sand.
Let’s not get carried away by Kevin Rudd’s holy sounding position on not selling uranium to India. The purported reason? Well, it’s because India has not signed the Nuclear Non-Prolieration Treaty. The likely reason? Because our big uranium customer China, with its nuclear weapons, doesn’t want India to catch up, with its nuclear weapons
.New Delhi to persuade Australian PM for uranium sale to India Little About By Naveen Kapoor New Delhi, Nov.11 – ANI: (more…)
Huge rise in birth defects in FallujaIraqi former battle zone sees abnormal clusters of infant tumours and deformities guardian.co.uk,13 November 2009 Doctors in Iraq’s war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting. (more…)