Whys does Virginia issue Uranium exploratory permits when uranium mining is ban?


Virginia Department of Mines allows exploratory drilling of all minerals and there are no rules at all. 

They do not contact people near the drilling sites just take about $50 and give it to anyone a license and say drill whenever you want but don't tell your neighbors. 

I cannot find any studies on exploratory drilling even the federal govt do not monitor drilling. 

It is like the Wild West for drilling and this is not right. 

Counties and Cities need to take the lead and not allow any type of drilling until there is a public hearing. 

Pittsylvania County has a public hearing for VUI to build a building to store core samples but the state of Virginia did not contact anyone when VUI started drilling. 

Of course the mining company contacted media and some locals but not the state but the county allowed it.  

This is crazy and since Virginia has a ban on uranium mining it should stop issuing exploratory permits for uranium!

So my wish for a VA Bills is to stop issuing uranium exploratory permits until the first exploratory study ever done in the world or since uranium mining has been found to ruin water and stop issuing permits for uranium exploratory permits since we have had numerous uranium studies which have been found  uranium mining is not safe!
Deb Dix

Examples of sort of study but focus on mining: 

Comments:  So the conclusion of the Quebec study: 

TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – The grand council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee, the Cree regional authority and the Cree nation of Mistissini on Friday said they had filed a declaration of intervention in the legal proceedings recently started by uranium explorer Strateco Resources against the Quebec Environment Minister Yves-François Blanchet.

Strateco, who seeks permission to undertake underground exploratory drilling in search of uranium at its Matoush advanced exploration project, early this month asked the Superior Court of Quebec to nullify the minister’s decision to refuse to grant a certificate of authorisation for the exploration.

Strateco had also asked the court to force the minister to issue a certificate of authorisation for the project. In his decision of November 7, Blanchet said that he refused to authorise the Matoush project owing to the absence of social acceptability for the project, particularly among the Crees.

Through the intervention filed today, the Crees sought full rights of participation in the proceedings, and urged the court to dismiss Strateco’s request.

“The requirement of social acceptability as a condition for development in Eeyou Istchee is an essential aspect of the successful nation-to-nation relationship between the Crees and Quebec.
Strateco’s legal action represents a fundamental challenge to the principle of social acceptability, and to our treaty rights. We are committed to protecting our environment and our treaty rights, for current and future generations,” grand chief Dr Matthew Coon Come said.

Located near the Cree community of Mistissini on Cree family hunting lands, the Matoush project is the most advanced uranium project to date in the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee and in Quebec.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fourth Time Lucky!!!!

Bill 70, an act to amend the Quebec Mining Act, came into force this week in Quebec.

The bill heralds significant reforms to the Mining Act.  Here are some highlights that will be of great interest to WQCAMU and citizens in the West Quebec region:

  • Notices of Claims and Notices for Exploration Work: Within 60 days of registration, claim holders must notify the municipality and the surface rights owner or leaseholder of the fact that they have obtained a claim. Claim holders must inform the municipality at least 30 days prior to performing work.
  • Expropriation Rights Limited: The power to expropriate private property previously held under the Mining Act can now only be exercised during the actual mining stage and mining companies will be required to compensate expropriated parties for certain costs related to expropriation.
  • Powers of Regional County Municipalities: MRCs may declare parts of their territory as mining-incompatible territory in their land use and development plans. These new powers are somewhat constrained because the Minister may declare the mining-incompatible designation of a territory is inconsistent with government policy direction. 
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and Public Consultations: EIAs will be required for all mineral processing plant construction and operation projects and all mine development and operation projects, where the processing or production capacity of the plant or the mine is 2,000 tonnes per day or more. All rare earth processing projects are to be subject to an EIA process regardless of the processing or production capacity.
  • Public Information: Documents and information obtained by the Minister from mining rights holders under the Act are considered to be public. The Minister can make these documents and information public in the manner the Minister sees fit.


Fact Sheet on Exploratory Drilling and Uranium Mining in Fremont County

Research Priorities for In-Situ Uranium Recovery in Wyoming:


Exploratory drilling is expensive and environmentally disruptive. Less-invasive alternatives to exploratory drilling should be evaluated. Potential avenues include the use of isotopes to trace groundwater flow paths and location of deposits; development of surface geophysical and soil geochemical methods; use of oil well database for identifying deep disposal well zones and characteristics; and remote sensing / trace hole geophysics.

Establishing and frequent sampling of multiple monitoring wells can create negative effects on aquifers and landscape and add significantly to operational costs.

H.R. 644

JULY 21, 2009
Agency policies also tend to favor mining interests in expediting mineral development. In 2007, the Kaibab National Forest used a so-called categorical exclusion to approve exploratory drilling of 39 test holes in the Havasu watershed without any analysis of environmental impacts and little public notice or input.

Uranium drilling fails first test Print
by Debbie Bell
Canon City Daily Record
April 2, 2008

Commission recommends denial for Tallahassee area
Critics of exploratory uranium drilling in the Tallahassee area broke into resounding applause Tuesday night, when the Fremont County Planning Commission recommended denial of the required Conditional Use Permit by a split 4-3 vote.
Black Range Minerals, the Australian company seeking to drill about 800 test holes on the Taylor and Boyer ranches, next will seek the blessing of the Fremont County Commissioners despite Tuesday’s outcome, which was a non-binding recommendation.
Citing potential adverse impact on property values, noise, unsightly views, water contamination, increased traffic, and even county liability in the unlikely event of a catastrophic incident, panel members Tom Doxey, Tom Piltingsrud, Mike Schnobrich and Dean Sandoval voted to deny the permit.
Commissioners Bill Jackson, Keith McNew and Herm Lateer cast votes in favor of the exploratory drilling.
“I feel we don’t have a legal way to turn the permit down,” McNew said.
However, Doxey took issue with BRM neglecting to apply for the CUP in a timely manner. The company began exploration last year, drilling about 70 test holes, before the county stepped in to stop the operations.
“I’m disappointed this company… forgot to check with little Fremont County if there were any licenses or permits” required, Doxey said.
BRM Managing Director Mike Haynes apologized for the oversight during the meeting.
“We did obtain what we believed were the only necessary permits” from the state, Haynes said. Although BRM is an international company, he said it never has been required to obtain a local permit when the state had issued appropriate licensing.
In compliance with new county regulations, BRM was charged double the typical amount for the local application process because of the oversight.
Although the 3 1/2-hour marathon meeting was not a formal public hearing, the Planning Commissioners allowed input from the capacity crowd. They got an earful, both for and against the BRM permit request.
Tom Pool, a mining engineer from Golden, presented petitions signed by the owners of some 80 parcels of land, who were in favor of the exploration drilling.
“Our general view is that uranium exploration contributes to the energy independence of the United States of America,” Pool said, “and uranium exploration, developing and mining contribute to the mitigation of global warming.”
However, for every positive opinion, property owners presented additional negative views.
“This is where we came to spend the rest of our lives,” said Nancy Seger. “We can hear the noise 24 hours a day. We can see it. Our quality of life is going to be changed.”
Michael Meyrick submitted a five-page memo outlining legal concerns, including potential liability to the county.
“If you approve it and they contaminate it, the jury determines the amount of damages you and they – if they’re even still around – are responsible for,” Meyrick said. “I urge you not to approve this.”
BRM’s submitted plan asks for 10 years to drill an estimated 800 holes across 8,169 acres generally south of CR 2 and west of the intersection of CR2 and CR 21, while actually using only about half that land. The property is zoned Agricultural-Forestry, which is the county’s lowest-density zone and permits activity such as uranium mining.
If the appropriate permits are eventually received, and the exploratory drilling proves to be economically viable, BRM hopes to create a state-of-the-art facility, including a new mill to process the uranium.
Residents again will have the opportunity to voice their opinions when the Fremont County Commissioners host the required, formal public hearing on the permit. That forum could take place during the May 13 regularly-scheduled meeting.
Piltingsrud acknowledged the Planning Commission acts merely as an advisory panel to the County Commissioners.
“They sometimes follow our lead,” Piltingsrud said, “and they sometimes don’t follow our lead.”
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