Australian news, and some related international items

Koongarra land to be saved from uranium mining

Mr Lee, the sole member of the Djok clan and senior custodian of the land known as Koongarra, could have become one of Australia’s richest men if he had allowed the French energy giant Areva to extract 14,000 tonnes of uranium from its mineral lease in the area……….

Land of riches given over to Kakadu, The Age, LINDSAY MURDOCH, KAKADUMay 29, 2010 T HE World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park will be expanded to include thousands of hectares of ecologically sensitive land that has uranium worth billions of dollars.

Aboriginal traditional owner Jeffrey Lee has offered the land to the federal government so it can become part of Kakadu, where he works as a ranger. Continue reading

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Navajo oppose new uranium mining

Navajo Activists Protest Uranium Mining Plans May 28, 2010 ,  warresisters . By Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post Uranium-mining leaders and fed eral regulators poised to fuel a resurgent nuclear power industry gathered in Denver on Wednesday,  ….outside the conference Wednesday, American Indian demonstrators with drums and signs demanded a halt to all new uranium mining on Navajo land, where federal regulators have permitted several projects.“Our Navajo communities rely on the groundwater for everything. These new projects could contaminate the source of drinking water for 15,000 Navajo community members,” said Nadine Padilla of the Multicultural Alliance for Safe Environments. “Our communities are still living with the legacy of contamination from past uranium mining.” Navajo Activists Protest Uranium Mining Plans « The War Resisters League Blog

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Mirrar Aboriginal people oppose expansion of Ranger uranium mine

Senior Mirarr traditional owner Yvonne Margarula, who led the push against the Jabiluka mine, accuses ERA of telling the community “half truths” about the environmental impact on an area where children fish and swim.

Indigenous owners to block mine plans,  Lex Hall  , The Australian  May 29, 2010 “…….TRADITIONAL owners at Kakadu will oppose Energy Resources Australia’s plans to expand the Ranger uranium mine unless the company can make what they say are necessary improvements in its environmental performance, following revelations of radioactive waste leaking into wetlands in the World Heritage-listed national park. Continue reading

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Egypt: $110 billion for renewables, mainly wind

Egypt Government to Invest in Wind, From $110 Billion Renewable Energy Budget,  Green Prophet,  May 28, 2010 The Egyptian government has announced plans to generate 1,000 megawatts of wind power this year. Speaking at the energy forum for the Middle East and North Africa 2010, Egypt’s Electricity Minister Hassan Younis said that the country is ready to increase its capabilities in alternative energy projects by 2027. Continue reading

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AREVA’s Northern Territory uranium plans blocked by one Aboriginal man

Owner wants uranium-rich land to be added to Kakadu, Sydney Morning Herald,  LINDSAY MURDOCH IN KAKADU, May 29, 2010 “……….Areva executives in Australia did not return calls from the Herald. The blocking of the mine comes five years after a federal takeover of uranium mining from the Northern Territory Labor government that was supposed to boost uranium mining. But the move is in tatters, Continue reading

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Warren Buffett- ” a major nuclear event virtually a certainty”

…..Quote: “We’re going to have something in the way of a major nuclear event in this country. It will happen. Whether it will happen in 10 years or 10 minutes, or 50 years … it’s virtually a certainty.” Buffett said this on CNN in May 2002,….. Warren Buffett is not your grandpa – Financial Adviser – WSJ

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