BY HALLIE WOODS
September 26, 2007
a proposed uranium mine northeast of
Fort Collins said Tuesday the mine could
affect cities and towns across the Front
Range because it would tap into an
aquifer that provides water to numerous
150 people, most of them from Fort
Collins and Larimer County, listened to
a presentation given by Coloradoans
Against Resource Destruction, or CARD,
discussing the long-term and wide-spread
negative impacts of the possible
5,760-acre mine in Weld County east of
need to realize it's very close to Fort
Collins," said Lilias Jarding, a member
of CARD. "It poses huge danger to our
water, our economy and our way of life."
CARD is a
volunteer group that formed in response
to the announcement of the uranium mine
proposed by Powertech (USA) Inc.
Powertech, a Canadian company that owns
the mineral rights to the land, said
they would use an in-situ mining process
where treated water is pumped under high
pressure to extract uranium ore from
underground deposits in the area.
Powertech officials have said the
process is safe and will be carefully
monitored, opponents in Larimer and Weld
County are not appeased.
see how anyone who lives here ... would
even consider taking the risk of
poisoning everything that we love about
this state," said Carol Ostrom, a Fort
a radioactive substance, can cause long
term effects like cancer, mutations,
birth defects, burns and radiation
sickness, according to the Environmental
of CARD asked attendees to sign
petitions, contact government officials
and oppose the mine in any way they
could before the company begins filing
permits to mine the land.
County commissioners Kathay Rennels and
Randy Eubanks attended the meeting but
would not give a formal statement on
their position of the topic.
asked for feedback from our
environmental advisory board," Eubanks
said. "I want to get that feedback from
the scientific board that we have."
told the audience that Larimer County
commissioners could only supply
commentary in the decision, as the final
verdict is up to Weld County
"We are a
commenting agency, but I think we are a
loud commenting agency," she said.
also discussed a resolution passed by
the Larimer County Medical Society
against uranium mining "due to the
adverse health impact on agriculture,
livestock and civilian population."