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Highlights from: “Potential Withdrawal of Uranium Mining from the Grand Canyon Region, AZ“, by John Hoffmann and Bob Hart USGS Arizona Water Science Center June 8, 2010
Full presentation here: http://www.epa.gov/osp/tribes/NatForum10/ntsf10_2m_Hoffmann.pdf
Additional information: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/uranium-mining
Canadian Penny Stock Quaterra which filed suit to force uranium mining upon the Grand Canyon argues: “….the risk of environmental degradation to the Grand Canyon watershed was determined to be low…. Whether the District Court erred in finding that the withdrawal could be justified on the need to mitigate Indian resources, when existing law and rules protect historical, archeological, cultural, and sacred sites and traditional use areas and consistent precedent holds that the beliefs tied to aboriginal areas are not a valid basis to prohibit otherwise lawful uses of federal land.”
[Our comment: Quaterra is even in the wrong country and continent! This must be their generic complaint? America doesn’t call the natives “aboriginals” like in Australia! In the US it is American Indians or Native Americans, and Alaska Natives. Canada has First Nations and Inuit, but apparently uses Aboriginals in some contexts. And, yes, America is supposed to respect American Indian sites and even sacred landscapes by law! http://www.achp.gov/docs/SacredSites-MOU_121205.pdf ]
No. 14-17351 consolidated cases 14-17350, 14-17352, and 14-17374 THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT QUATERRA ALASKA, INC., ARIZONA UTAH LOCAL ECONOMIC COALITION, ON BEHALF OF MEMBER THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, MOHAVE COUNTY, ARIZONA;
S.R.M. JEWELL, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR; et al.
GRAND CANYON TRUST, et al.
On Appeal from the United States District Court For the District of Arizona, The Honorable David G. Campbell Presiding D.C. Nos. 3:11-cv-08171-DGC; 3:12-cv-08038-DGC; 3:12-cv-08042-DGC; 3:12-cv-08075-DGC _______________________
APPELLANTS’ OPENING BRIEF _______________________
ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED
Filed: April 10, 2015 C. E. BROOKS & ASSOCIATES P.C. Constance E. Brooks email@example.com Danielle Hagen firstname.lastname@example.org Cody Doig email@example.com 303 East 17 Avenue, Ste. 650 th
Denver, CO 80203 (303) 297-9100 Counsel for Plaintiffs-Appellants https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/16-open-brief-no-addendum-quaterra.pdf
The lawsuit also specifies that:
“Quaterra Alaska Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quaterra Resources Inc., which is a public corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Quaterra transferred its interests in state land leases and mining claims to Metamin Enterprises USA, Inc., which is a public corporation listed on the Toronto Exchange.”
Metamin is controlled by Benjamin Ainsworth, who unfortunately has a son, Garrett, who is interested in uranium mining. From 2006-2011 Ben Ainsworth was reportedly on the Board of Rio Tinto Canada Uranium Corporation. Ainsworth is UK educated and Canadian or British. Are larger mining companies, such as Rio Tinto, funding these penny stocks and their lawsuits?
On April 22 2015 Quaterra Resources Inc was worth four cents.
Now it is apparently six or seven cents. We were unable to find anything on Metamin nor its listing. It used to be privately held, but the lawsuit says that it is public and trades on the Toronto Stock exchange.
“Court Challenge Filed to Stop Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park” For Immediate Release, April 30, 2015