Earlier on this blog we've delved lightly into the prospect of Powertech USA injecting chemicals into the ground water and uranium ore formations in the Southern Hills. The Oglala Sioux tribe are suing to stop the mining projects. Another group of organizations has filed a petition to join the suit.
The petition is 57 pages long, but it is not hard to read. Most of us will skip the technical language that discusses the physics and chemistry of the process, but the outlining of the process and the contentions alleged by the petitioners are easy to understand.
Read the petition to join the lawsuit here. You might want to go directly to the "Contentions" on page 34 before reading the background stuff at the beginning.
It is common for mining fluid to leak into an aquifer under the best conditions during ISL mining. Given the situation at the proposed Dewey-Burdock site, an eminent hydrogeologist/geochemist hired to review Powertech’s paperwork says, “Discussion of site fluid containment seems ludicrous.”
Note that, ironically, Powertech admits the mines will degrade the groundwater (the underqround aquifers on which we depend for drinking and irrigation water). They just say, "...but it won't be that bad." Man! Jes' a li'l uranium in your kool-aid.