Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act-

Bill Would Stop Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park. ENS

Ex-Secretary of Interior Kempthorne deliberately refused to prevent this potentially massive group of developments from being halted despite protests from the Los Angeles Water District, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Coconino County and the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Hualapai, and Kaibab Piute nations.

In 2008 the House Natural Resources Committee passed a resolution directing Kempthorne to withdraw about one million acres of public lands around Grand Canyon National Park from mineral entry. Kempthorne ignored the resolution.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Representative Grijalva reintroduces bill prohibiting Grand Canyon uranium mining

  1. avatar Eric T says:

    Environmental lawsuits make for interesting bedfellows.

    Los Angeles Water District, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Coconino County and the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Hualapai, and Kaibab Piute nations.

    It’s a bummer that the wolf delisting got bumped. It would have been penultimate to watch Wyoming, Defenders, Earthjustice et al teaming up to block the delisting. Epicness would’ve ensued.

  2. avatar Marge says:

    Hooray for Grijalva!

  3. avatar kt says:

    That is great news!

    Remember that one of the reasons that was rumored behind the scenes why Salazar was nominated as Interior Secretary and not the better man, Grijalva, was that he would not rock the boat too much on mining – either for the foreign-owned gold mines in Harry Reid’s Nevada, or this uranium business.

    And that part of the reason for the powerful Dems not wanting any real change was hedge fund investments in uranium mining that Boomed in 2007, early 2008. For uranium and hedge funds:

    See:http://www.indypendent.org/2008/02/27/1504/

    http://www.ecoearth.info/shared/reader/welcome.aspx?linkid=71647 This is a link to article originally at this URL:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/28/business/28uranium.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin

    We need someone to write about investments hedge funds, and Industrial Wind and Solar on public lands.

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