Friday, January 25, 2008

Opposition to Arkaroola mine growing

Opposition to Marathon's proposal to mine uranium at Arkaroola is building.

SA Greens MLC Mark Parnell has made a statement opposing the venture. See here.

Parnell has also accused the State government of covering up the details of a major security breach at the Olympic Dam mine in April last year in which 10 300g jars of uranium yellowcake samples were stolen.

A largely censored report obtained by the Greens under FOI legislation says that the matter has been filed and that no further action will be taken.

"It is simply not good enough for reports to be buried, especially when it involves the uranium industry," said Parnell.

Speaking of the report into Marathon's burial of waste at Mt Gee by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA), Parnell stated that "This time the truth must not be buried with the plastic bags."

The SA Wilderness Society has also joined the opposition to the Mt Gee proposal. For details see their website .

But whatever you do, don't miss photographer Bill Doyle's brilliant blog on Arkaroola here . He has heaps of information and some great photos of the region.

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