Defenders of the Black Hills
URGENT -- SENATE BILL 141
Below, please find a message sent by the Clean Water Alliance, of which we are a part. It is urgent that the following actions occur on Monday, and again, if you can, attend the Hearing on Tuesday in Pierre. Remember, they are on Central time.
Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
Defenders of the Black Hills
PO Box 2003
Rapid City, SD 57709
Powertech Uranium's application for a state permit to spray wastewater
Regarding the applications being put in by Powertech Inc., the Canadian company that plans on mining in the Dewey-Burdock area, there are still a few permits they have to get. The SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources will soon conduct a hearing on a wastewater permit. However, if anyone wishes to say anything, as mentioned below, they need to let DENR know by letter postmarked Jan. 18.
Please see the following sent by the Clean Water Alliance.
Please consider sending a letter in so you can comment at the Hearing. If you live far away, please consider sending a letter in to DENR with your comments.
We have been trying to stop this company for years. Let's get them stopped now!
Thank you. Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
Madison Aquifer Levels 2000-2008
As we have been objecting to Powertech Uranium Mining Companies plans for many years, we have researched the Historical Aquifer Levels of the Madison Aquifer. Powertech plans on taking out 551 gals per minute from the Madison. This same aquifer is used by Rapid City and many people in Pennington County.
From a US Geological Survey Study near Jackson Springs, located on the western edge of Rapid City, the Madison aquifer dropped thirty feet from the year 2000 to 2008. That is a considerable drop in a water level and should alarm everyone. How much has it continued to go down in the past 4 years, especially with the drought?
If Powertech is allowed to take water out of the Madison, it will also affect the Dakota aquifer which is used all over Eastern South Dakota. It will not just affect western South Dakota. The Madison aquifer refills the Dakota aquifer. For our complete explanation of this, go to denr.sd.gov/powertech/WhiteFacePetition.pdf
This project if permitted will harmfully affect the whole state.
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Pe‘ Sla Donation
After the New York Times, a large East Coast newspaper, mentioned Defenders of the Black Hills in an article about the selling of a sacred place, Pe‘ Sla, small donations started trickling in to the organization to help with the purchase of Pe’ Sla, a sacred place in the Black Hills.
The organization then hosted a Benefit Masquerade Pow Wow, and on Nov. 21, 2012, sent a check to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe for $1,520.00 to help with the purchase of Pe’ Sla.
Although the asking price is $9 million, Defenders has held a Prayer Gathering and the Benefit hoping their intentions and prayers will cause the miracle to protect this sacred place. This all volunteer organization brings people together on environmental issues, especially those that hurt places sacred to Native American people.