Real truth from the ground on Oregon Protest Foreign Interests, Local Uranium

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“THIS is all about URANIUM! The feds and the BLM are working to “clear the land” for Australian Portland based, “Oregon Energy” which has big plans to mine most of the SE section of that county, where most of the URANIUM deposits are. This is big money! Why is nobody talking about this?”AzureSkies555
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An Australian company wants to reopen uranium mining in Oregon.

In Malheur County, the poorest in Oregon, there is wealth buried in the ground.

It’s uranium—and the county has what may be the biggest sources in the U.S.

For the first time in decades, someone wants to mine uranium in the state. Oregon Energy LLC, owned by an Australian company, hopes to extract at least 18 million pounds of uranium oxide from a 450-acre southeast Oregon site called the Aurora property.

Uranium oxide, better known as yellowcake, now trades near $52 per pound, six times its value a decade ago. Yellowcake is used to fuel nuclear reactors and can be processed into a form suitable for nuclear weapons.

Oregon Energy President Lachlan Reynolds tells WW the mine will provide uranium for domestic nuclear plants, noting the U.S. produces only 5 percent of the uranium it uses.

The site, he says, “is very suitable for mine development, with few competing land-use issues or environmental sensitivities, as well as a strongly supportive local community.”

But the project, three miles from the Nevada border, worries some industry critics. Uranium mining—not practiced in Oregon since the 1960s—often left hidden poisons in the earth and groundwater. The Aurora project would be the first test of a 1991 Oregon law aimed at policing mining operations that use chemical extraction.

“I can’t think of a clearer example of what’s wrong with federal mining law,” says Larry Tuttle, director of the Center for Environmental Equity. “No one was talking about nuclear weapons in 1872 when the law was passed.”

The parent company, Energy Ventures Ltd. of Perth, Australia, has filed documents with the Australian Stock Exchange that say as much as 30 percent of the U.S. supply of uranium could come from the Aurora site. (Wyoming, Colorado and Utah are the biggest producers.) Potential buyers of the yellowcake include U.S. allies South Korea, South Africa and India, as well as rivals China and Russia.

In 1977, a now-defunct Canadian company discovered uranium on the Aurora property. Records show the site’s mineral rights changed hands many times before Oregon Energy purchased the claim for $2 million in cash last year.

Production is years away, even if the project gets all the necessary green lights. Oregon Energy obtained a state exploration permit in August 2010 but has yet to file a “notice of intent” with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to mine the site.

State Geologist Vicki McConnell says the company had planned to file that notice this month but delayed the application pending further metallurgical study. “They have not determined precisely what chemical process they’d need to concentrate the uranium ore,” she says.

A September presentation to state officials by Oregon Energy sketches how the mining will take place.

Machines will scrape the earth from an open-pit mine a half-mile in length. The heavy clay soil, placed in vats, will be sprayed with a chemical mixture that probably contains sulfuric acid. The acid bonds with the uranium, which is extracted, dried and sold as yellowcake. The leftover dirt is discarded in a “tailings pile” near the site.

The 1991 Oregon law—pushed by Tuttle despite mining industry opposition—was intended to prevent environmental damage that such mining has created elsewhere.

Total production of uranium concentrate in the United States, 1996 – 3rd Quarter 2011 in pounds of triuranium octoxide.
Yellowcake Towns

Closer to home, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality continues to monitor groundwater contaminated with arsenic, radium, radon and uranium at the White King and Lucky Lass uranium mines 17 miles from Lakeview in Southern Oregon. Those mines closed in the 1960s.

Oregon Energy’s president says the mine will have no trouble meeting the state’s environmental standards. “We already support and operate under the equivalent of Oregon’s mining and environmental regulations in other jurisdictions,” Reynolds says.

The nearest town to the Aurora site is 10 miles away: McDermitt, Nev., population 513. The town is next to the reservation of the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.

Reynolds says the company has received support from local officials, and that he expects tribal members to “form the core of the project’s local workforce.”

Karen Crutcher, the tribal council vice chairwoman, confirms the company attended a council meeting last year and has been talking with tribal chairman Billy Bell.

In its presentation to state officials, the company says its mine will create 400 direct jobs in Malheur County, which the U.S. Census Bureau says has the highest poverty rate in Oregon.

Tuttle, however, says many of those jobs won’t go to locals. “People that develop mines and operate mines are specialists, and they’re transient,” he says.

The veteran activist doesn’t have the power to stop the Aurora mine on his own. But given that he helped create Oregon’s chemical process mining law, Tuttle is confident he can make a case to regulators that the project should not proceed.

“We’ll just make sure,” he says, “that all existing laws are rigorously applied.”

 
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Not real big on Pete as he comes off as another “Shockjock” like Alex Jones and has a tendency to push too hard, at the wrong time. But, that’s just me….
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Foreign Interests, Local Uranium

by: Center for Environmental Equity: Larry Tuttle Posted on: April 22, 2012

 

Image: The Uranium Information Center

By Larry Tuttle, Founder, Center for Environmental Equity

Editor’s Note: What power do American citizens have to stop foreign corporations from mining on our public land? Larry Tuttle takes us through the facts of a mining proposal in Southeast Oregon that will ship profit and uranium overseas while leaving local lands contaminated. This piece is complemented by our previous article America’s Antiquated Mining Policy.

 

Over the last two decades I have considered inventing a hypothetical mining proposal to illustrate the absurdities and perils of the 1872 General Mining Law. Reality makes this effort unnecessary. On September 13, 2011, Oregon Energy – wholly owned by an Australian corporation – disclosed plans to mine uranium from federal public land in Southeast Oregon. Nothing is more absurd than a foreign corporation using the public domain to produce and to export raw materials for both nuclear power and nuclear weapons – all without paying royalties to the U.S. or Oregon Treasuries.

Oregon Energy’s Aurora Project is a proposed open-pit mine located on two hundred and seventy two Bureau of Land Management mining claims in Southeast Oregon. Company officials estimate that Aurora’s capacity is 30% of U.S. domestic uranium production. China, South Korea, India, and Russia are the principal end markets.

Uranium ore mined from open pits is crushed at an on-site mill. The crushed ore is treated with acids (primarily sulfuric acid) and other chemicals to leach uranium from the ore. The product is a sand-like powder – uranium oxide concentrate – called yellowcake. Yellowcake is shipped in 55-gallon drums for further refining.

Yellowcake processing uses large quantities of water and produces a large waste stream. (Oregon Energy has not disclosed water and electricity sources and volumes for the project.) Generally, liquid waste from refinement of yellowcake is about twice the quantity of solid waste. Liquid waste is discharged to ponds and solid waste to piles, collectively called tailings. Tailings contain the original constituents of crushed uranium ore; processing acids and chemicals; and, heavy metals. It is currently unknown where the tailing for the Aurora proposal will be stored.

Sulfuric acid in the tailings also dissolves and leaches heavy metals – mercury, molybdenum, arsenic, lead, manganese, and cadmium – as well as uranium. (The Aurora site has already been extensively mined for mercury, which pose additional health perils; sulfuric acid easily bonds with and transports mercury to waterways.) Residual uranium elements in the tailings decay and release radon; heavy metals also continue to interact within tailings and other wastes.

For communities as diverse as Moab, Utah, and Jeffrey City, Wyoming (often called yellowcake towns), the effects of uranium mining on public services and resources; ground and surface water; and, air quality are serious and dramatic. Cleanup at the Lucky Lass uranium mine in Lake County, Oregon has spanned more than two decades; costs exceed $30 million. In November 2011, Newmont Mining reached a $194 million settlement with the EPA to cleanup uranium waste at the Midnight Mine site near Spokane, Washington.

Jobs promises for rural Malheur County are Oregon Energy’s calling card: 250 direct construction jobs; 150 permanent jobs; 450 indirect jobs; and, opportunities for local businesses to provide goods and services to the mine. Such economic benefits rarely materialize. Mining operations like Aurora are located in isolated communities with few skilled workers and few businesses capable of providing mining operations with specialized mining equipment, products, and services (the nearest community to Aurora has a population of 150).

Additionally, workers and families often do not relocate to the mine and when they do relocate, they rarely make long-term investments such as purchasing homes. When families do relocate, communities must spend significant resources for infrastructure such as schools; and, when mines close, the least-skilled workers often remain behind.

To oppose the Aurora proposal, the Center for Environmental Equity, with its two decades experience with chemical process mining proposals, will insure that all existing federal and state laws (including Oregon’s 1991 Chemical Process Mining Law) are rigorously applied to Aurora. Under federal law, no one can prohibit a mine outright.  For this type of mine, the burden to comply with Oregon laws, rules, and bonding requirements may force the mining company to abandon its project. The Aurora proposal is also an opportunity to reinvigorate mining law reform discussions by linking chemical process mining, the 1872 Law, fiscal inequities, and national and international nuclear material security.

 

Larry Tuttle, Director

Center for Environmental Equity

P. O. Box 40745

Portland, Oregon 97240

(503) 539-6287

 

P.S. from the Editor:

Below are sources for further education, sent to us by Larry Tuttle:

 

Aurora Permitting (Did you know that unlike BLM, the State of Oregon is not obligated to approve an application for chemical process mining?)

 

Aurora’s presentation to the Board of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

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