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Letter to the Editor:
September 27, 2013
The SD Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources/Water Board will begin the water permit hearing for the proposed uranium mining by a Canadian born company, now majority owned by a Chinese company and are 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. They have estimated this to be a 20 year operation. The location is in the Dewey-Burdock area in the Southern Black Hills in Fall River and Custer Counties. 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, this mining operation would use more water per day then one small city. I believe this is Water Suicide.
This rape Unći Maka (Grandmother Earth) 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 is a direct threat to our precious water supply! I’m praying that the God fearing, good people of South Dakota will remember that water is written in the Bible more times than 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 this toxic pollution.
Please join us 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!!
Carla Rae Marshall, Rapid City
(Published in the Rapid City Journal)
Rapid City Journal
Dec. 8, 2010
The numerous folks who live around the periphery of the Black Hills are uniquely fortunate to have in the ground beneath them the Madison aquifer, which has a large supply of quality water.
Many communities, including Rapid City, use this source for their water supplies.
The result of the uplift from below that formed the Black Hills is that rock layers have been cracked and fractured so that travel of water from one aquifer to another is quite inevitable.
Also, there are the deep explore holes of old mining which enable this.
When you couple this reality with the added reality that uranium mining inevitably lowers water quality, it becomes remarkable that anyone would even consider allowing such mining in this area.
There are other risks from this mining. We should accept that uranium is not a viable option for our energy problem.
RICHARD L. FORT