Miners stunned, environmentalists cheer after northern uranium project blocked

Posted: May 9, 2007 in Natives

Miners are stunned and environmentalists cheering over a northern regulator’s recommendation that a uranium exploration project be denied because it threatens the spiritual and cultural well-being of the area’s Dene people. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board says Ur-Energy’s plan to drill up to 20 holes near the Thelon River should not proceed under any circumstances.

It’s now up to federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice to decide whether to accept the recommendation, which throws doubt on the future of hundreds of mineral leases and claims in a vast area of the
Northwest Territories.

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