Thursday, July 1, 2010

Coles Hill 'study' questioned / Virginia Uranium "stacks deck" at public hearing

Comment:  Two great letters by two great ladies, Thanks!
Coles Hill 'study' questioned

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:02 AM EDT

Media proclaiming a Coles Hill Conceptual Study are incorrect.

At the time of the June 22 Coal and Energy Uranium Subcommittee meeting in Chatham, there had been no "study" released by Lyntek - just a letter from Lyntek's president, Nicholas S. Lynn, titled "Re: Coles Hill Conceptual Study Results Summary."

The actual study has not been completed.

The completed study is essential for the National Academy of Science and two socio-economic studies to move forward.

If you view the actual letter on the Coal and Energy Commission website, which is addressed to Mr. Coles, the last sentence reads, "Please let us know if this summary is sufficient for your needs."

It may be sufficient for VUI, but should not be deemed so by the press or anyone else.

Karen B. Maute
Danville, VA

Virginia Uranium "stacks deck" at public hearing

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:02 AM EDT

Leave it to Virginia Uranium to try to stack the already stacked deck in favor of uranium mining here.

While members of the public were invited to sign up to speak their three-minute pieces at the Uranium Sub-Committee hearing at Chatham High School beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday night, the bobble-heads from Virginia Uranium had already gotten their head start.

Well before 5 p.m., some VUI fancy-dancer had pranced in and signed up the first 19 three-minute spots for 19 VUI speakers.

That's 60 minutes of hearing time, just about enough minutes for the media to have filmed their clips - and left.

And the six blind mice from the sub-committe, sitting up there on the stage - bless their hearts; they came all this way to listen - just sat there like nothing was amiss.

And so what? So what if they vote to lift the moratorium on uranium mining?

We'll be going to the polls in 2011. That election will be a biggie - not because it's a presidential election, or a gubernatorial election, but because right here in Pittsylvania County, we'll be electing the seven members to the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

And when those suits in Richmond decide it's a great idea to turn Pittsylvania County into a uranium pit mine, it will be the new county Board of Supervisors, taking office in 2012, who will have the real power to allow - or not allow - uranium mining in Pittsylvania County.

Barbara Hudson
Chatham, VA