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Nuclear AREVA’s uranium $billions, or Koongarra’s environmental richness?

AREVA is currently seeking legal advice…..Jeffery Lee is the senior custodian of the land and the sole member of the Djok Clan. He feels that the land would be better off with the National Park than with the uranium mining company

Koongarra May Become ‘Off Limits’ for Uranium Mining  AZOMining.com By Joel Scanlon  11 August 2010, French multinational and industrial conglomerate AREVA might want to explore the Koongarra area of Northern Territory in Australia for uranium, but if the sole Aboriginal owner has his way the land would soon be part of the Kakadu National Park.

Uranium mining would then be banned in the wetlands and Aboriginal rock art sites added to the National Park to protect a patch of the Aboriginal land east of Darwin.

Koongarra, a 1,228-hectare parcel of land adjoining the park, sits on uranium deposits potentially worth billions of dollars to French mining corporation Areva. The company has a 15 year old a mining lease over the area and is bewildered by the announcement made by the Environment Minsiter, Peter Garrett that if re-elected, Labor would accept the landwoner’s offer to incorporate the 1,228 hectares of land he owns into world heritage-listed Kakadu.

AREVA is currently seeking legal advice…..Jeffery Lee. He is the senior custodian of the land and the sole member of the Djok Clan. He feels that the land would be better off with the National Park than with the uranium mining company. Koongarra May Become ‘Off Limits’ for Uranium Mining

August 11, 2010 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory, uranium | , , , , , , ,

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