Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Top story of 2013: Mining halt

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:30 pm
Top story of 2013: Mining halt


As the sun rises on a new year, the Danville Register & Bee takes a look back at the biggest stories of 2013.

Leading the way is the hotly debated issue of uranium mining, which appears to have ground to a halt at the end of the year.

 1. Uranium mining
After several years of heated debate and fierce advocating, Virginia Uranium Inc. announced it was temporarily suspending efforts to mine uranium in Pittsylvania County.

The company has tried to mine a 119 million-pound uranium deposit on Coles Hill for six years, but Virginia’s more-than-30-year moratorium on the practice has so far kept the company from doing much beyond exploratory drilling.

The company announced in November it would not support legislation to draft mining regulations in the 2014 General Assembly session, citing Gov.-elect’s Terry McAuliffe’s recent public opposition to their cause.

 Still, the company insisted they remain “committed to the cause,” and will “re-evaluate all [their] options” in the coming year.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 7:00 am
2013: the year that was for us

The Editorial
New Year’s Day doesn’t mean that the issues that shaped our lives in the preceding 12 months won’t affect the next 12 months.

In fact, most of the top 10 stories of 2013 are likely to affect the Dan River Region in 2014: Uranium mining has been discussed in earnest here since 2007 when Virginia Uranium first announced its intention to mine the Coles Hill deposit outside of Chatham.

But Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has already said he would veto any legislation lifting Virginia’s moratorium.

With 119 million pounds of uranium — worth billions of dollars — at stake, it’s a good bet that VUI will try some other way to get at that ore.

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