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Uranium mining within the 1868 Treaty Territory

The following notice is in reference to another plan to mine uranium within the 1868 Treaty Territory in Wyoming,and 11 miles west of a sacred site, Mahto Tipila (Devil's Tower). Please send your objections to the project to people and addresses in the article. Your comments don't have to be long and in detail, unless you want.Please send your comments as soon as possible. Thank you.

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
Defenders of the Black Hills

Contact: Lesley A. Collins, 307/261-7603

BLM Newcastle Field Office receives Plan of Operations Package for proposed Ross Uranium ISR Mining Project in Crook County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office announces the availability of a Plan of Operations review on the proposed Ross uranium insitu recovery (ISR) mining project approximately 20 miles north of Moorcroft, Wyo.

Strata Energy proposes to conduct uranium exploration drilling, ISR mining and reclamation operations on 40 acres of public lands, with the proposedtotal surface disturbance of less than five acres. In 1978, a small scale pilot ISR mining project was conducted by Nu-Beth JV within the proposed
Ross Project boundary, the pilot project operated for approximately two years.The Strata Energy Plan of Operations was submitted to the BLM on Jan. 20,2011 and deemed complete as per the content requirements of 43 CFR 3809.401on April 15, 2011. The Plan of Operations mining and reclamation plan is available for review at the BLM-Newcastle Field Office, 1101 Washington Boulevard, Newcastle, Wyo.

The 30-day public review and comment period, as afforded per 43 CFR3809.411(c), runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 30, 2011. Comments should beaddressed to Rick Miller - Field Manager, BLM - Newcastle Field Office,1101 Washington Boulevard, Newcastle, WY, 82701. Comments may also be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; please include "Ross Project" in the subject line.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist James Bashor at (307) 746-6619.

The BLM manages more land more than 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of
sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation,
livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests