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El Salvador is Trying to Protect its Water from Gold Mining – Who will Protect the Water of the Black Hills, South Dakota, from Yellowcake Uranium Mining?
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary Cheyenne River angle
Proposed South Dakota Uranium Mine Endangers the Cheyenne River and Aquifers upon which the Wild Horse Sanctuary and Many Others Depend

Black Hills Clean Water Alliance31 second TV Ad Against Uranium Mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota http://youtu.be/3SVMYMZvod4

Gold or Water(El Salvador, 15 min)http://youtu.be/ID5RVR68c6U

In El Salvador: “While failing to comply with environmental regulations and laws, Pacific Rim’s exploration activities caused ecological damage, economic losses, social conflicts and corruption. In other words, it aggrieved the country and as a result, should be judged. Instead, the company is suing the state. The roles are reversed.” Read article here: http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2014/07/el-salvador-activists-raise-voices-mining-company-abuse-special-tribunal/#footnote


The signers of this petition are 303 international and national civil society organizations. We are writing out of solidarity with the communities of El Salvador that have been working through the democratic process to prevent a proposed cyanide-leach gold mining project, over well- founded risks that it will poison the local communities’ environment as well as the country’s most important river and source of water.

Rather than complying with the environmental permitting process of El Salvador, the Canadian company Pacific Rim launched an attack under the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). While that approach was rejected for lack of jurisdiction, Pacific Rim was still allowed to continue the arbitration based on an outdated investment law that has since been amended by the Salvadoran General Assembly. On that basis, the case remains before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Pacific Rim is demanding $301 million US dollars in compensation from the government of El Salvador or to provide it with an operating permit in spite of the huge risks to the country’s water supply.” Continue reading here: http://www.stopesmining.org/j25/index.php/campaigns/letter-to-the-world-bank

Currently in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA:

Mt. Rushmore, NPS gov
Mt. Rushmore is in the Black Hills of South Dakota http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

According to the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance in South Dakota:
(NB: 1 US gallon is 3.785 liters)

The proposal for a uranium mine northwest of Edgemont would use huge amounts of water. Powertech Uranium has asked the state for a permit to extract 551 gallons per minute from the Madison aquifer. They have also applied for a permit to extract 8,500 gallons per minute from the Inyan Kara formation.

9,000 gallons per minute equals 12,960,000 gallons per day. Multiply that by 365 days and then by a ten years, and this equals 47 billion gallons of our water. According to the company, the project may last as long as 20 years.

94 billion gallons of water, in a time of drought, for which they’d pay NOTHING.

The company plans to drill two or more wells into the Madison aquifer and a total of 1500 wells into the Inyan Kara. ‘Only’ 1000 wells would operate at any one time.

According to the company, the project would consume (use up) 2.76 billion gallons of the water. This water would no longer be available to communities, ranches, and families.

After it is used for mining, the water that is not consumed or left in the aquifer would be treated in one of two ways:

The company prefers to pump it underground — into aquifers below the mining – where it would no longer be available to communities, ranches, and families.

It could be sprayed on the ground, which has created a build-up of toxic materials, including selenium, at other sites.

Much of the water would be used repeatedly, but it would be contaminated and would not be available for other uses. Our aquifer will never be the same.

The federal government wants South Dakotans to pay for water from the Missouri River. We live in a semi-arid area, and droughts are a regular occurrence. If this project goes through, we will lose access to critical groundwater resources.


‘In situ’ leach uranium mining contaminates groundwater and surface water with radioactive materials and heavy metals – contamination that remains after mining ends, and that is dangerous to humans and livestock. Groundwater has never been returned to its original condition at any ‘in situ’ leach uranium mine in the United States.

Powertech, a Canadian company, has never mined uranium – or any other natural resource.

Powertech stock is currently worth 6 cents per share.

When our water is damaged, there may be no recourse against a foreign company.

A hearing on the water permits is scheduled for August 19-21 at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in public comment the day prior.
http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org (Emphasis added)

See more information, including how to write the US NRC judge, here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/one-of-worlds-most-endangered-animals-at-risk-by-proposed-penny-stock-uranium-mining-will-it-be-saved/

All up to date information regarding the South Dakota case is here: http://www.powertechexposed.com/ASLB%20Hearing%20File.htm

Powertech fights to withhold newly-acquired geological data from NRC, intervenors, and the public, Controversy erupts just days before critical licensing hearing“, Posted August 12, 2014 http://www.powertechexposed.com/Powetech%20conceals%20data.htm

Press Release from Black Hills Clean Water Alliance:

Currently the most thorough and most constantly updated site regarding the South Dakota case: http://www.powertechexposed.com/

For more regarding El Salvador Mining case see: http://www.stopesmining.org