Black Hills Clean Water Alliance, FLOW and Powertech– Does anyone really NEED another uranium mine?

Okay, here are a few information items from the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota regarding their ongoing effort to stop uranium mining in the Black Hills by Powertech. Take note that donations of ANY amount are requested by the Clean Water Alliance in order to enable the hiring of expert witnesses concerning the dangers of uranium mining.  There is a link to an expert example. Take note that Powertech (p.31) wants water for FREE.  Now if anyone else is using water we pay for it. Why should a uranium mining company get water at no charge? Oh and NO accountability or responsibility for any environmental damages either.  What do I know?  Not much. But Lilias Jarding of CWA knows a thing or two:
Black Hills Clean Water Alliance   http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/
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Greetings —

Last Friday, we had the prehearing on Powertech’s application for two water permits and a ground water discharge permit (to spray waste water on the ground).  The good news is that the actual hearing on the applications before the state Water Management Board will not occur the week of March 18.  It will be postponed, which gives us more time to prepare.

However, hiring the experts we need for the hearings costs money — lots of money.  Our experts will talk specifically about how Powertech’s proposed project would damage groundwater and the land.  We have to have experts to oppose Powertech’s applications effectively.  We know who we want to hire, and it will cost over $15,000.  So we need both small and large donations to help us raise that money.

We also need general operating funds.  Clean Water Alliance is an all-volunteer organization, so your donations go directly to work against uranium mining in the Black Hills region.  Every bit helps.  Please give what you can.

Please  CLICK HERE TO DONATE and pass this message along to others who might be willing to help.

Your support is gratefully received.

For anyone who hasn’t seen them, here is the link to the comments by Dr. Robert Moran on the draft Supplemental Impact Statement prepared by Powertech.  These are the type of comments we would like our experts to do for the water permits hearing.  And this is why we are raising money —

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The next Heartland Film Society screening will be “Flow” on Monday February 25, 2013. It will be at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City at 7 pm. Admission is $7.00. The screening is co-sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of Dakota Rural Action. The film is about water and how important it is to protect it from corporations, both in the U.S. and internationally. It documents how local grassroots organizing can be effective. There will be a panel discussion afterwards with Debra White Plume, Bruce Ellison, and Becky Leas. They will be discussing the proposed uranium mining by Powertech in the Southern Black Hills.

Please come out and support this very important event. Bring a      friend or three. Thank you very much.       Clay and Mary Ellen Uptain and your Heartland Film Society      Committee.  http://heartlandfilm.wordpress.com/

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Greetings —

The next Clean Water Alliance meeting will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m.  We’ll be meeting at Seattle’s Best coffeeshop’s meeting room again, as the library is not available.  The coffeeshop is located at the corner of 6th Street and St. Joseph Street — on the first floor of the Alex Johnson Hotel in downtown Rapid City.

See you there!

Lilias

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Another reprieve for Powertech —

http://www.powertechexposed.com/

Powertech to raise $1.5 million from secret “strategic” investors

Posted February 18, 2013

Once again, Powertech CEO Dick Clement has saved the Canadian penny stock company from bankruptcy by convincing “strategic” investors to buy up to 15 million shares for $0.10 each, according to a February 12 news release.

The unidentified strategic investors would purchase units consisting of one common share of Powertech and one share purchase warrant. One warrant entitles the investor to purchase one additional share for $0.20 for a period of three years.

The gross proceeds of the proposed private placement are only $1.5 million, but would allow Powertech to survive for another four months, assuming a cash burn rate of $400,000 per month.

Unlike financial investors who invest solely to realize a return on their investment, strategic investors are typically operating companies in the same or similar industries that seek to create synergies with their investments.

Strategic investors often expect to assume a degree of control over the investee company, and in many cases intend to acquire the company.

Since Powertech is in the midst of seeking multiple federal and state permits for the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine, one would think that the disclosure of the potential future management of the company would be of interest to affected landowners, regulators, and investors.

But in typical fashion, Powertech has chosen to conceal the identities of the strategic investors.

Interestingly, Powertech has changed the description of the company that appears at the end of its news releases. After repeated challenges on this website to provide supporting evidence, Powertech has removed the following statement from its news releases:

“The Company’s key personnel have over 200 years of experience in the uranium industry throughout the United States, and have permitted more than a dozen in-situ operations for production.”

The February 12 news release includes the new language:

‘The Company’s key personnel have in-situ uranium experience throughout the United States and worldwide.”

JW

News release – “Powertech Announces Private Placement” – Powertech Uranium Corp. – February 12, 2013 (P

Got Wood? ‘One Spirit’ Needs It on Pine Ridge Reservation for HEAT — Yesterday!

What heats your home? Propane? Electricity? Wood?

It’s the midst of the season of shopping till everyone is dropping and yet there are people who need wood heat to survive a winter in South Dakota. One Spirit tries to meet this need–along with food and clothing needs all year round.

One Spirit is a federally registered non profit IRC 501 (c) (3) organization which provides direct assistance to the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  They’re a Top Rated Non-Profit for 2012.

One Spirit, PO Box 3209, Rapid City, SD  57709

Visit their website —>>> http://nativeprogress.org/  to donate things, money for food,  and clothing items needed by people –including those participating in the “Future Generations Ride” formerly known as the Big Foot Memorial Ride. There’s a link on the site to the Okini List which provides specific information regarding who needs what.  The 191 mile Ride begins on Dec. 23 on the Standing Rock Reservation and ends on Dec. 29 at Wounded Knee/Cemetery Hill on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Ride image from One Spirit Site. http://nativeprogress.org/index.php/upcoming-events/big-foot-ride

One Spirit also runs a food program for over 1,000 people who live on an average income of $6,ooo a year.

http://nativeprogress.org/index.php/programs/food-program-145

Sixty dollars will provide a family with a box containing: Sweet potatoes, onions,  potatoes, squash, apples, oranges, carrots, sausage, ham and turkey. Thirteen dollars and seventy-five cents will provide some toilet paper (2), shampoo (1) and Era (52 ounces). Any amount of donation is appreciated.

From One Spirit Food Program newsletter:

A ten-year old girl lives with her grandmother. Her mother died 2 years ago after being hit by a car driven by someone who had been drinking. Her father is in jail. She comes to the New Warrior camp because as she says “horses are her happiness.” Grandmother is caring for this young girl and her siblings. Often there is not enough food and also often not heat. This young girl tells us that being hungry is going to sleep so you can forget about the pains in your stomach.
An elder called the other day and asked if he could be put on the food program. He has a heart condition, can’t work, and is not expected to live too long. Whenever we have extra food on distribution day, Bamm tries to be sure something is given to him.
An elderly couple are caring for their grandchildren. The log cabin  they live in is far from town and nestled in  the woods, with no running water, bathroom or electric. The home is heated by a wood stove. The grandfather, being an elder, has trouble finding wood and carting it to the cabin. The children come home at night and have trouble doing their homework because the cabin is so dark. There are other people  living in the cabin. For privacy the family has to dress outside in an outhouse. They have very little money and often run short of  wood, food and other essentials.
These are not unusual stories – they are what we hear every day. One Spirit, with your help, tries to get food to as many people as possible. This month we have more than 100 families on our waiting list. With your help, every one of them will get food.
Oh yeah–don’t forget the WOOD. Everyone needs heat. I sincerely doubt that BP or Shell Oil will be donating any propane gas to those in need. Nor does everyone have a tank for propane.  Yes, this America. People do freeze to death inside their homes on the reservations.  People go hungry in the Land of the Overfeeder at the Golden Arches.
One Spirit is on the book of faces too–>> http://www.facebook.com/OneSpiritSDakota#!/OneSpiritSDakota
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