Water, we all take it for granted! We turn on the tap and it flows freely.
We have all experienced droughts when the towns and cities set forth restrictions; we that use well water pay attention and conserve our "free well water" by not washing our cars or watering our gardens and conserve otherwise as much as possible. At other times we don't restrict our use, but wash dishes, clothes, fill our swimming pools, turn on the water sprinklers, take long showers etc, not giving much thought as to where our water comes from.
I heard Professor Bodnar of Virginia Tech make the statement something like "those people just don't understand, when the mining starts the water will rush into the mine, he said when you dig a hole, the water will run into the hole" trying to calm our fears of possible contaminated water spreading to local surrounding drinking water wells.
If the water runs into the "mining hole", how will that affect the surrounding surface and ground water of drinking water wells, streams, springs or ponds etc.
Will 20 to 30 years of mining dry up surrounding water supplies especially in drought times? If we dug new wells would there be any water there or would we be digging another dry hole? Who is responsible? Would we be compensated by anyone? What would our homes/farms be worth without water?
Experts are being brought in to discuss Water and Uranium Mining and everyone is invited!
The experts who each have over 30 years of experience in uranium mining and who will not benefit if we get mined or not!
There are 2 events are on Saturday. November 5th.
You may attend the morning or afternoon event or both if you have the time. 9:00-2:00 at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, 150 Slayton Av, Danville (sponsored by Roanoke River Basin Association
The afternoon event from 1:00-5:00 at White Grove Outreach Center, 1461 Dry Fork Road, Dry Fork, VA 24549 (sponsored by Life, Inc.).
If you value your water I encourage you to come out and learn!
I hope to see you there at these very important events!
Deborah Lovelace, President.