To the Editor:
I have a few questions for you all.
My first is what is the uranium company really after? Is it the small amount of uranium that is left in the Black Hills (See Considerations for Mining, a 160-page Nuclear Regulatory Document) or could it be the water?
After all, when we presented the film “Flow,” it prompted an ad from the company and for water laws to be dug out, showing that water rights can indeed be sold, transferred and amended. Don’t forget this law – 46-6-3.1 – “Annual withdrawal of groundwater not to exceed recharge – Exception for water distribution systems.”
Does that mean they could sell the water and run the aquifer dry? It also brought up the fact that Synatom, a subsidiary of GDF Suez - a water-bottling company mentioned in “Flow” – has 16.4 percent stock in Powertech.
How much is in our aquifer? Last time I looked we were well below average. According to an article written by the Kirsap Sun, in reference to a mine in Wyoming: “The Smith Ranch-Highland complex is permitted to produce up to 5.5 million pounds of uranium every year. The company produced about one-fifth of that in 2012.”
How much Madison did that take?