Friday, July 12, 2013

Documentary on uranium to be screened in South Boston:  "Hot Water” on Sat. July 13th at 7 pm in the Halifax County High School auditorium / July 11, 2013


Dear Viewpoint:

You are cordially invited to a RED CARPET EVENT for the special preview showing of the new documentary “Hot Water” on Sat. July 13th at 7 pm in the Halifax County High School auditorium.
Liz Rogers, the producer, will introduce her dramatic documentary film, and she is bringing her film crew to add a segment on our uranium mining fight right here in Virginia. This riveting film graphically exposes the uranium mining industry in a shocking way—-it will make you fighting mad—-it will make you want to do something about it. So, come see this provocative film and meet the Hollywood producer. Let’s show the world how strongly we oppose uranium mining—-let’s fill all 1000 seats. All regional groups fighting uranium mining and all major donors will be recognized at the event.

As you know, we were able to turn back VUI in the last General Assembly session—-but rest assured they have not gone away; in fact, VUI has ramped up its efforts by sponsoring wine festivals and free
barbecue cook-outs used to coerce people into signing misleading jobs creation petitions. VUI is also paying young college kids to circulate petitions at country stores urging people to help them remove Virginia’s ban on uranium mining.

Daughter Sarah and Liz have become very good e-mail/phone pals, and when Sarah contacted her she was ecstatic about visiting with us and including us in this
documentary. We have definitely found a new friend. So, y’all come!!! Let’s welcome Hollywood to Halifax——with real Southern Hospitality.

See you there,
Jack and Sarah Dunavant

This event is sponsored by We The People of Virginia and co-sponsored by the Roanoke River Basin Association, Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, Keep the Ban, The Virginia Coalition, PRIDE and others.
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:33 pm Documentary on uranium to be screened in South Boston


The makers of “Hot Water,” a documentary about contamination from uranium mining, are adding footage about the Virginia mining debate to their film.

“Hot Water” will be shown Saturday night in South Boston. The film follows the consequences of uranium mining and atomic testing in the American West. Producer Lizabeth Rogers and her film crew will record the new segment before attending the Southside screening.

“We are going to take an honest look at what’s going on in Virginia, and look at both sides,” Rogers said. “Because it is a documentary, we really can’t go in with an agenda.”

Footage for the segment will be added to the final version of the film, which first screened in March at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington.

The film is being brought to Halifax by We the People Virginia, Inc. (formerly Southside Concerned Citizens).

Sarah Dunavant, reached out to the filmmakers to get the documentary shown in Southside. The citizens’ group is fighting Virginia Uranium’s plans to mine a 119-million-pound uranium ore deposit six miles from Chatham.

“This is the biggest tool we have in educating the people,” Dunavant said. “Educating the people is the only asset we have.”

Dunavant says the movie concentrates on the health consequences of contamination and calls the film “very compelling, very graphic and very detailed.”

She added, “This documents very well what has happened out west and would certainly happen here.”

Julie Rautio, speaking on behalf of Virginia Uranium, says the film is not representative of what the company envisions for its mine in Pittsylvania County, and says improvements have been successfully made since the initial days of mining in the west. She says what happened in the west does not have to happen in Virginia.

”There is no one at any state agency who would approve mining the way it was done 50 years ago,” Rautio said. “No one would probably submit a permit to do mining the way it was done 50 years ago.”

Rogers says she wants to talk with representatives of Virginia Uranium while she is the region.

“I’m hoping the pro-uranium mining community understands it’s not about crushing dreams or jobs, or investors,” she said. “It’s about the science.”

If you go: 

“Hot Water” will be screened 7 p.m. Saturday at the Halifax County High School auditorium in South Boston.

Jackson reports for the Danville Register & Bee.