Aug 3rd, 2012
Some looming infrastructure projects to be aware of/get to work on stopping:
• Cianbro Corp.’s proposed East-West Highway that would bisect the state of Maine. From the Earth First! Newswire: “At a press conference in Portland City Hall’s State of Maine Room, Jonathan Carter director of Forest Ecology Network suggested that the highway proposal actually was secondary to industry’s desire to have a potential resource and utilities corridor across the state with transmission lines carrying power and telecommunications and pipelines carrying tar sands gas, oil, water and other resources.” (emphasis added).
• Uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. From Intercontinental Cry: “When the U.S. government announced its 20-year withdrawal of nearly one million acres of public land from uranium mining at the Grand Canyon, people across the United States breathed a much-needed sigh of relief. … However, there is a misconception about what the withdrawal really means. … Currently, there are approx. 3,500 valid claims within the withdrawal area. There are also a total of 11 mines on the table, including the Arizona 1 mine, The Kanab mine, The Canyon mine and The Pinenut mine. A Canadian mining company, Denison Mines Corp., owns all four mines.” Read more and see a video about the issue here.
• Uranium mining in Inuit territory. The Dominion recently featured a detailed article about the struggle of Inuit from the community of Baker Lake against the efforts of the French-owned AREVA company to open a uranium mine just 80 km (50 miles) away.