“In order to respect the popular will, the government of” the city of Heshan
refused to proceed with a $9 billion uranium processing plant.
That happened after this, yesterday:
The cancellation, unusually fast, demonstrates the increasingly important attention
given by the authorities to environmental concerns that are often expressed at the local level.
Several projects of petrochemical plants and metal processing have recently been postponed or relocated.
Yes, I know the plant may just be relocated somewhere else.
But with enough such demonstrations it won’t be built.
How about some of this respect for the popular will about,
for example, the natural gas pipeline through Georgia from Alabama to Florida,
or the new nukes at Plant Vogtle?
Many Juliette residents have expressed concern that a coal ash pond
at Plant Scherer, one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the
country, might be causing the problem. Georgia Power is majority
owner and operator of the plant and its 750-acre, unlined pond
filled with coal ash slurry, which can contain heavy metals such as
Since then, water samples tested by the Environmental
Protection Agency, as well as a smaller group of samples tested by a
group of University of Georgia graduate students, showed no pattern
of contamination that could be clearly linked to groundwater flow
from the coal ash pond. The samples were taken last year, but in
some cases it took months for the samples to be analyzed….
Economist, author, and advisor to governments
told an agent of the world's largest uranium field operator
at a conference of global investors that there's no business
future in nuclear power.
I don't spend much time on nuclear technology, unless somebody asks
me about it, because frankly from a business perspective, I think
the video, followed by more transcript and discussion.
Nuclear power was pretty well dead in the water in
the 1980s after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. It had a comeback.
The comeback was the industry said "we are part of the solution for
climate change because we don't emit CO2 with nuclear; it's
polluting, but there's no CO2".
A commenter on
Mali: a French War for Uranium
suggested that if "that zone" (presumably
the Sahara in Mali and Niger)
were such an El Dorado the U.S. and the Chinese would have long been interested.
Actually, it turns out numerous countries are involved, especially along
Uranium Highway in the Uranium Province in Niger.
Not the Americans so much, but definitely the Chinese.
Pre-Feasibility study on Faléa mine project started:
On Nov. 15, 2012, Rockgate Capital Corp. announced the commencement of a Pre-Feasibility study on its Faléa U-Ag-Cu project in south-west Mali. Rockgate has engaged the services of the DRA Group of Johannesburg, South Africa to complete the study.
Environmental and social baseline studies commissioned on Faléa mine project:
On April 26, 2010, Rockgate Capital Corp. announced that it has commissioned environmental and social baseline studies on the Faléa Project, Mali.
Apparently Niger has more recoverable Uranium than either the U.S. or Canada;
more than Kazakhstan; more than any country except Australia.
In Niger, it's Russia, Korea, India, and here are a few notes
about Chinese involvement:
Areva ready to give Chinese access to Imouraren uranium mine:
French nuclear giant Areva is ready to open up to a Chinese partner the
Google for Mali War in French, and it seems nobody in France is fooled:
France is going to war in Mali for oil, gas, gold and… uranium just across the border in Niger.
Have you ever heard of a war for sunshine or wind?
Let’s get on with solar and wind for energy independence,
including from wars for fuels.
matL : Quels sont les enjeux stratégiques majeurs que présente le Mali, non seulement pour la France mais pour la région entière ?
matL : What are the important policy challenges posed by Mali, not only for France but for the entire region?
Les enjeux sur les ressources extractives, à savoir notamment le
pétrole et le gaz sur le site de Taoudenni qui se trouve à cheval sur
trois pays, Mauritanie, Mali et Algérie. Ensuite, l’uranium puisqu’il
en a été découvert dans l’Adar des Iforas. Mais ces trois ressources
extractives ne sont pas encore en état d’exploitation. En revanche,
le Mali est le troisième producteur d’or sur le continent africain. Ce
sont là les enjeux géostragégiques.
Issues of extractive resources, notably including oil and gas on the
site Taoudenni which straddles three countries, Mauritania, Mali
and Algeria. Then, since uranium has been discovered in the Adrar
des Iforas. But these three extractive resources are not yet ready to
use. However, Mali is the third largest gold producer in Africa. These
are the geostratigic issues.
S’il y avait implosion du Mali par la prise du pouvoir central par les
groupes armés djihadistes, il y aurait nécessairement des conséquences
négatives sur l’ensemble des pays de la sous-région.
If there was implosion of Mali by making the central government by armed
groups jihadists, there would have negative consequences for all countries
in the sub-region.
Visiteur : Bonjour, le gisement d’uranium exploité par Areva se trouve
au Niger à quelques centaines de kilomètres à l’est de la zone de
combats. Pensez-vous qu’il existe un lien entre l’intervention et la
protection éventuelle de cette source d’énergie vitale pour la France ?
Caller: Hello, the uranium deposit is operated by Areva in Niger a few
hundred kilometers east of the combat zone. Do you think there is a link
between the intervention and the possible protection of this vital energy
source for France?
En tout cas, l’hypothèse n’est pas du tout à écarter car il y aura
des conséquences sur l’ensemble de la sous-région.
In any case, the hypothesis is not at all ruled out
because there will be an impact on the entire sub-region.