Press release:Uranium Exploration Permit on Hold


April 6, 2007

Court Remands Archaeological Portion to Board

Uranium Exploration Permit on Hold

Rapid City, SD (USA)- A South Dakota state circuit court judge
ordered the archaeological portion of a uranium exploration permit
back to the SD Board of Minerals and Environment, the same Board who
admits they sent the State Archaeologist to the wrong place. The
permit they issued is on hold until a valid permit is granted,
although opponents want an injunction until the appeal process is

Two volunteer environmental organizations, ACTion for the
Environment and Defenders of the Black Hills filed an appeal to the
state circuit court, according to the SD Administrative Procedures
Act, after attending a hearing with the SD Board of Minerals and
Environment on January 17 and 18, 2007. The groups were appealing a
decision by the Board granting a permit to Powertech (USA) Inc., a
Canadian company, to drill 155 additional deep exploratory wells in
the southwestern Black Hills for uranium. The company already has
4,000 wells in this specific area. The Black Hills are considered
sacred to many member of the Defenders organization, and also to many
Native American nations from the North American continent.

The two organizations filed the appeal citing due process of law and
equal protection of the law from the South Dakota laws and the US
Constitution. Some of the issues presented to the court in the appeal

the signing of the permit by the Board prior to the plaintiffs being
given the opportunity to present their objections,

the failure to consider the plaintiffs written exhibits that were
given to the Board,

the failure to provide interpreters in the Lakota language for two of
the elderly members of Defenders of the Black Hills, or for the Board
to be able to understand the concerns of these elders,

and the Boards practice of allowing the mining company to present
data on the quality of the underground water when the mining process
will contaminate the water presenting a conflict of interest. It
would be in the mining companies best interest for the water to
already be contaminated with uranium and radioactive materials.

W. Cindy Gillis from The Law Offices of Mario Gonzalez is the lead
counsel for the Defenders of the Black Hills and ACTion for the
Environment courtesy of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The Tribe has already
experienced pollution from past uranium mining in the southwestern
Black Hills.

The Board is represented by SD Deputy Attorney General Roxanne
Giedd, and Powetech (USA) Inc. is represented by Max Main, attorney
from Belle Fourche, SD. The Board will conduct a hearing at 10:00
(CDST) on April 19, 2007, at the SD Department of Environment and
Natural Resources, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD.

Contact: Charmaine White Face, Coordinator, Defenders of the Black
Hills, PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709, Phone: 605- 399-1868 Email:



Iyuha upe mniunkiciakte!

Lela wounglakte!



Come and show your support !!


Hearing on possible Burial and Sacred Sites

in southwestern Black Hills

to be disturbed by Uranium Mining


Thursday, April 19, 2007

10:00 AM (CDST)

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

523 East Capitol Avenue

Pierre, SD


For more information contact Garvard Good Plume Jr.

from Defenders of the Black Hills at (605) 343-4224



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I was born in New Zealand (Kiwi) I do not necessarily agree with or endorse all of the views presented here. This is a learning curve! I have a wide range of interesting trivia or facts on a variety of topics with-in this blog, also like to show a presentation of some of my photography & art. Hope your day has been kind :-)
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