Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 11:09 AM
Subject: C.A.R.D. Press Release - February 18, 2008 - All-day Concert to Benefit C.A.R.D.
COLORADOANS AGAINST RESOURCE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Musicians Take Stand
Against Uranium Mining
All-day Concert to Benefit C.A.R.D.
Local performers concerned about the proposed uranium mining in Weld County have joined forces for a music festival to call attention to what may become a threat to our water, our environment, and our way of life. Many of Fort Collins’ finest musicians, singers, songwriters and bands will perform in an all-day concert (10 AM to 7 PM) at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason in Fort Collins on March 2, 2008.
“In the 39 years I have lived in Fort Collins, I can’t recall a proposed project that could offer the region so little in economic gain with so much potential risk to the environment and our quality of life,” said Lloyd Drust, the organizer of the event. “I felt the best way I could help was to stage a benefit concert to raise funds in support of opposition to uranium mining in northern Colorado. Every musician I approached was more than willing to donate their time and talents for this benefit.”
Performing for what is billed as “an important fundraising event and a great little music festival” will be: Joe Kissel; Acoustic Truckers; Jerry Palmer; TVS and Two Fingers; The T-Band; The Trio of Kevin Jones, Pamela Robinson and Jim Woodward; The McDailey Trio (A Reunion Performance); Lloyd Drust; The Bluegrass Patriots; Colleen Crosson; Marcus Noah; Steve Murray; Shelley and the Shackles; and Russ Hopkins.
The concert is free, but donations are encouraged. All money raised will be donated to C.A.R.D. (Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction.) A silent auction will be held during the event.
The local performers join a long list of opponents to Canadian mining company Powertech’s proposed uranium mine in northern Colorado. The City of Fort Collins, the Larimer County Medical Society, the Colorado Medical Society, and the Town of Timnath have signed resolutions against the proposed project. They have been joined by a long list of individuals and local businesses who have signed similar resolutions against uranium mining.
House bills 1161 and 1165, currently making their way through the legislative process, were initiated by the widespread concern about uranium mining in this area. HB 1161, sponsored by Rep. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins), Rep. Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins), Sen. Steve Johnson (R-Fort Collins) and Sen. Bob Bacon (D-Fort Collins) would provide protections for ground water impacted by in situ leach uranium mines. HB 1165 is also sponsored by Rep.Kefalas and Rep. Fischer, along with Sen. Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) and Sen. Bacon, and would ensure local government authority over mining operations that threaten water quality or public health.
The Greeley Tribune recently announced their support of the bills.
C.A.R.D. is a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental and economic impacts of uranium-related activity. The organization’s goal is to prevent uranium mining in Colorado and protect our valuable resources, especially our water, for future generations.