Archive for May, 2011

VUI is Having a Bad Day…GOOD!

http://www2.godanriver.com/news/2011/may/22/vui-more-radar-screens-ar-1054002/

The ban on uranium mining needs to be kept! Why this is even up for debate I don’t know. Why VUI is writing “hush your mouth” checks and taking legislators on trips to Europe I don’t know. No conference rooms open at the Holiday Inn? If this entire dog and pony show doesn’t scream, “BULLSHIT,” I don’t know what does.  Again, the topic of mining for uranium on the East Coast shouldn’t even come up for discussion. Find your backbones politicians and stop getting bought like cheap prostitutes excited over a sterling silver & CZ ring from Wal-Mart. Yeah I said it.

Now sign the petition: http://keeptheban.org/?page_id=237

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My Letter to NAACP Chapters across NC

Subj:  Environmental Investigative Coalition has asked for injunction of PCS Phosphate Mining

To Whom it May Concern

I’m a volunteer with the Environmental Investigative Coalition. I wanted to forward you something that was filed in federal court in Raleigh March 25, 20011 regarding a libel/slander suit against Dale Swiggett. Dale Swiggett is a unique whistle blower (from the outside) and has been extremely vocal on water quality issues, including what is happening up in Danville, VA and the proposed Uranium mining operation. As a volunteer I have been assisting the group with various tasks.

To coincidence a long story, Dale’s declining health has made him acutely aware that he needed to file a response pulling in several government agencies, businesses, certain organizations and individuals into the fray as 3rd party defendants if only to make it a matter of public record. Enclosed is 1 pg PDF showing stamped 1st pg and other PDF is the remaining 7 pages that was filed. There is also a compilation of Waterfront Sportsman e-mag and bios of members of the Environmental Investigative Coalition.

What should be of interest is the fact that Dale has asked for injunction of PCS Phosphate Mining (Potash subsidiary in Canada) operation from pumping 70+ million gallons of water PER day from the Castle Hayne Aquifer. This 50+ yr mining operation has caused incredible subsidence (land sinking) within a 150+ mile radius. We’ve always thought that the subsidence has/will continue to put our state’s nuclear plants at serious risk. The most recent tragedy in Japan underlines the hazards of building infrastructures. Dale’s brother lives in Crystal Springs, FL and has informed us that one of the nuclear plants located near another PCS Phosphate mining operation has problems with building structure as well.The problems with the PCS Phosphate Mining are severely affecting our environment as well as the lower income population of Eastern North Carolina.

It is my hope that you would share this info with NAACP Board of Directors and others within the organization in hopes that your organization could write a letter of support for the next time that Dale is to appear before Judge Dever. We cannot fix the water problems, but we can demand that pumping be stopped since subsidence poses a huge unseen risk to our nuclear plants located within the 150-mile radius cone of depression. Enclosed is a compilation of several articles from different Waterfront Sportsman editions, but please note the first page where Dr. William Schlesinger’s article about subsidence on NC east coast is of grave concern.

If there are any questions or need to talk to Dale, his contact info is listed below. If anyone would like to talk with someone else other than Dale, I can put you in touch with Professor Don Yelton (Asheville), Dr. Gary Klein (California), or Karen Maute (Danville, VA and is very active in opposing the lifting of Uranium mining).

Thank you for your time and consideration. I sincerely hope that organizations such as the NAACP will join us in demanding an injunction for PCS’s continued over pumping of the Castle Hayne Aquifer. Eastern NC’s dirty little secret of ‘bad water’ is bad enough, but the prospect of our state’s current nuclear plants’ building infrastructures being compromised by sinking land will cause far eclipse our toxic water problems.

Attached to the email was a copy of the law suit and information about Waterfront Sportsman.

How many replies have I received? ZERO. Not even a reply to question the validity or out of curiosity.

Why? I don’t know. I cannot speak for anyone who received the e-mail, however, as a common courtesy a response of some sorts should have been sent.

Am I upset? Nope. I’ve been trying to inform my peers (Age and Ethnic group peers) about the work of the Environmental Investigative Coalition and have received the same silence from all of them. I’m the youngest volunteer with the EIC and as the old song says, “I’ll go if I have to go by myself.”

If you’d like to see a copy of the court document leave a comment with your email address and I will gladly send it; after all it is public record.