[Sust-mar] News Release: Uranium Moratorium a "Sham"
meander at glinx.com
Mon Jan 28 13:51:00 EST 2008
January 28, 2008. For immediate release
URANIUM MORATORIUM A “SHAM”
The Hants County environmental group C.A.P.E. (Citizen Action to
Protect the Environment) is calling on Natural Resources Minister
David Morse to halt exploration work by Capella/Tripple Uranium
Resources pending their release of results from drilling in uranium-
Describing the current state of Nova Scotia’s uranium
moratorium as a “sham,”
the group’s letter points out that Capella/Tripple Uranium has been
drilling in areas with well-documented significant uranium
occurrences with no government requirement or timetable for the
release their results.
Referring to recent statements by Premier MacDonald
praising nuclear power as a solution to climate change as “wishful
thinking,” C.A.P.E.’s letter points out that the uranium mining
part of the nuclear cycle consumes colossal amounts of fossil fuels.
More importantly, the astronomical costs of reactor construction
diverts funding from renewable energy projects whose beneficial
effects in reducing emissions come into effect immediately.
The letter provides a partial list of the wide range of
medical, agricultural, labour, environmental and community groups
that went on formal record opposing uranium exploitation when the
issue was raised in the 1980s. C.A.P.E. was one of several groups
formed in opposition to uranium exploration and mining at that time.
In recent years the group has focused largely on forestry issues. At
its January meeting in response to the urgency of the threat to the
Province’s uranium moratorium C.A.P.E. struck a Mining Committee to
work on the issue. Speaking for the Mining Committee, C.A.P.E.’s
Gillian Thomas said, “It’s clear that the present government is
failing to honour the intention of the uranium moratorium and is
joining with Capella/Tripple Uranium in giving the general public the
impression that restrictions are in place despite the fact that an
aggressive uranium exploration program is actually underway.”
For more information: Gillian Thomas (902-757-3855)
If you prefer to receive a copy of the C.A.P.E. letter as an e-mail
rather than an attachment, please send your request to:
meander at glinx.com
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