Powertech (USA) Inc.
E-Mail and Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested
October 16, 2007
47897 Weld County Rd. 15
Wellington, Colorado 80549
you know, Powertech (USA) Inc. (Powertech) is conducting preliminary work
environmental investigations for proposed in-situ recovery (ISR) of uranium at its
Centennial Project in Weld County, Colorado. As part of this process we have made
every effort to provide accurate information to relevant and appropriate government
agencies and to the public as well. We have willingly accepted the responsibility of
ensuring a transparent and open process as we move forward with project permitting and
have expected that all parties interested and involved in the process will do the same.
Because of our commitment to an honest and open process, we hoped that you
organization would take a responsible approach to ensuring the dissemination of accurate
information regarding the project. On July 18,2007, we wrote to you as a representative
of the organization known as "Pwertechexposed.com" (sic) regarding numerous inaccuracies
published on your website and requested that you refrain from disseminating
intentionally false and misleading information. Unfortunately, you have not done so and
consequently this letter is necessary.
inaccuracies in your distributed material and content continue to include
misleading information relating to Powertech's environmental investigation, the proposed
ISR operation at the Centennial Project, the regulatory requirements and government
oversight of the project and the uranium industry as a whole. So that no confusion exists
regarding this matter, Powertech has enclosed herewith a partial listing of the inaccurate
information and the false and misleading statements that have been published recently on
your website. It is clear, based on the enclosed listing and the statements posted to
www.powertechexposed.com, that these false and misleading statements are made
purposefully and intentionally with the expectation that they will adversely impact
Powertech and the project and the investment in the Centennial Project by the company
as well as many others. They are intended as well as to undermine Powertech's efforts to
permit, construct and eventually operate the Centennial Project.
have stated in the past, Powertech welcomes the public's participation in
regulatory process and invites open and honest exchanges of information relating to the
Centennial Project. Moreover, Colorado statutes and regulations require and ensure the
public's involvement at appropriate points in the permitting process. However, this
process cannot be effectively utilized as anticipated or envisioned if organizations like
yours continue to poison the open and fair dialogue made available to the public with
intentionally false and misleading information.
false and misleading information and statements about Powertech and the
Project posted to www.powertechexposed.com must be immediately removed from
publication and retracted by you and your organization. If not done immediately and if
this practice of deceiving the public with inaccuracies does not cease forthwith,
Powertech will have no choice but to refer the matter to legal counsel to pursue all legal
remedies including claims for defamation of the project and Powertech and damages to
the company, the project and its investors that may be filed against you, the organization
and others associated with this effort.
unfortunate this matter has reached this point, but we cannot and will not
irresponsible distribution of false, misleading and inaccurate information and the
uncaring attitude your organization has taken regarding this serious matter. If you desire
to do the right thing and learn more about our process and operational goals we stand
ready as we always have to provide you with accurate information. The decision is
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
VP Environmental Health and Safety Resources
cc: John D. Fognani, Esq.
False and Misleading Statements / Content
Statement 1: http://www.powertechexposed.com/open well casings.htm
Powertech contractor leaves open, unprotected well casings next to county
Powertech violates Colorado regulations requiring capped wells
photos below were taken on July 15,2007. A contractor working for Powertech
two test well casings located on the northeast corner of Weld County Roads 96 and 19. The
wells were left uncapped for several days in violation of Colorado regulations:
"10.1.3 All wells and boreholes, when unattended, shall be securely sealed,
capped or covered.
It is the responsibility of the well construction contractor and pump installation contractor to
ensure the well is securely covered while unattended during well construction and pump
installation and securely sealed or capped upon completion of the well. Thereafter, it is the
responsibility of the well owner to ensure that the well is securely sealed or capped."
wells are on land owned by Rocky Mountain Energy Co. of Houston, Texas.
Mountain Energy is owned by Union Pacific Resources Group Inc., which is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Anadarko's corporate offices are in Houston,
and the company has offices in Algeria, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Tunisia, and Qatar.
Powertech purchased the uranium mining rights on this property from Anadarko on September
27, 2006. The contract requires Powertech to pay Anadarko a 5-6% royalty on all processed
"yellow cake" uranium sold.
Response: False / Misleading. While these open well casings are on property
Powertech, these are not wells that were drilled by Powertech or its contractors. In fact, the
wells left unprotected were drilled by previous exploratory efforts in the 1980s, and were
uncovered by Powertech's geotechnical teams while in the process of locating each bore site.
Because it has newly acquired the properties and rights, Powertech is in the process of ensuring
that all wells on its properties meet state and local safety requirements and standards. The
State is extremely satisfied with Powertech's initiative to repair and cap the wells, which
included casing each with blue steel protective casings and locking mechanisms. You can
confirm their findings by calling Carl Mount (303.866.3567) or Allen Sorenson at the Colorado
Reclamation, Mining and Safety Division of the Department of Natural Resources.
Statement 2: http://www.powertechexposed.com/NOI approval.htm
Colorado mining officials approve secret plan to drill 23 exploratory wells in Weld County
Powertech refuses request to waive confidentiality
Colorado regulator approves additional monitor wells for Powertech
News Release - Peter Webb Public Relations, Inc. -June 27. 2007
Notice of Intent to Conduct Prospectinq Operations for Hard Rock/Metal Mines
Division of Reclamation, Minina and Safety (pdf)
Letter from affected landowners to Richard Clement. Powertech CEO, asking
waive confidentiality with respect to prospecting/exploration drilling - May 20, 2007
Response: Misleading. The "secret" plan was announced by Powertech via news
June 28, 2007, posted online, and sent directly to PowertechExposed.com. This language is
both factually incorrect and appears to be intended to create doubt as to Powertech's intent. In
fact, this permit announcement allows Powertech to drill wells to collect baseline environmental
data, which will be included in its DRMS permit application.
Statement 3: Colorado regulators conduct confidential meeting to discuss
scheme" for uranium mining - Public to have no input prior to final decisions
Affidavit from Ronald W. Cattany, Director - Division of Reclamation. Mininq
Colorado Department of Natural Resources, statina leaal basis for refusal to disclose public
records reauested by Jim Woodward - June 8.2007 (pdfl
from Ronald Cattany, DRMS Director to Jim Woodward - June 8. 2007
from Jim Woodward to Ronald Cattany. DRMS Director requesting inspection of
records pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act - June 5, 2007
Response: False / Misleading. The referenced meeting was not confidential. It is referred to in
public documents. These types of introductory meetings routinely occur between companies
and regulators to discuss the baseline environmental testing required before submitting permit
applications. Declining to waive confidentiality is necessary to protect Powertech's business
interests from other companies seeking to purchase mineral rights in the area. However, all this
information will be released to the public during the open permitting process.
inaccurate to state that the public will have no input until final decisions
are made. The
public is not only allowed but also required to have input prior to any decisions made by DRMS
and all other federal, state and local regulatory agencies that oversee mineral recovery in
Colorado. If you review the Colorado Mined Reclamation Act, posted on the DRMS Web site
here, see sections 34-32-1 12, sections 10(a) and (b). Each section outlines the application
process and the information included, the public inspection requirements for applicants, and
publishing requirements. Section 34-32-1 14 outlines procedures for protesting an application
for permit, and how to request a public hearing. In short, the public will have multiple
opportunities for written and verbal input on The Centennial Project permit - at the DRMS and
the other federal, state and local regulators that require permits before permission is granted to
begin recovery operations.
Sweetwater Mine aerial photo is misleading. The photo shows an area many
that any area under consideration for open pit gravel and uranium recovery in the Centennial
Project. The image gives an inaccurate impression of possible geologic impacts associated with
the Centennial Project in Weld County. Moreover, Powertech has not yet determined how
uranium in the southern portion of the Centennial Project will be recovered.
Statement 4: Powertech Stock: No revenue, no earnings, and no mining
not to like?
Response: Misleading. The revenue, earnings or permits held by Powertech at
this time have
no bearing on the viability of the Centennial Project or issues relating to the environmental
impact of the Centennial Project.
Statement 5: www.powertechexposed.com: This site is dedicated to uncovering
surrounding Powertech Uranium Corp's stated plans to mine uranium in Weld County,
Response: Misleading. The domain of the website suggests Powertech has
conceal facts related to its Centennial Project. Notwithstanding the fact the vast majority of the
content of the site is readily available to the public, Powertech has held open forums to discuss
the Centennial Project and permitting regulations require and ensure public involvement in the
Statement 6: Weld County Commission Chair David Long repudiates citizens'
Commissioner goes out of his way to marginalize public opposition
October 12, 2007 story in the Northern Colorado Business Report by Steve
County commission chairman David Long seems to dismiss landowner opposition to
Powertech's uranium mining proposal. While paying lip service to the 'health, safety, and
welfare of the county, he strongly implies that the Canadian company's "development rights"
should trump local concerns about groundwater contamination, landowners' property rights, and
the threat to agricultural operations. Mr. Long's apparent distaste for public participation in
governmental decisionmaking is disturbing and may call into question his ability to serve as a
responsive and responsible public official. At the very least, he should maintain a position of
neutrality with respect to Powertech, and he should acknowledge the fundamental role citizen
input plays in the political process.
Response: False / Misleading. Notwithstanding the false characterization of
Long's comments on the Centennial Project, Powertech is not responsible for or otherwise
connected to the Commissioner's position on the permitting process. Further, there is no
evidence Commissioner Long has maintained anything but an unbiased, neutral and objective
position regarding permitting of the Centennial Project. Regardless of the Commissioner's
views, the permitting process through which Powertech must gain approval of the Centennial
Project requires public involvement in the decision-making process.
Statement 7: [Powertech's] motto: "We've never sold uranium, but we've sold
a lot of
stock." (And we have to sell a lot more if we ever want to mine uranium.)
Response: False / Misleading. The quoted "motto" has never been issued or
Powertech. Prior sale of uranium has no bearing on permitting or operation of a uranium mine
such as the proposed Centennial Project. The ongoing need to raise capital during the
permitting and pre-development phases is common in the mining industry. Powertech's need to
raise additional capital to fund study, permitting and construction efforts related to its Centennial
Project has no bearing on issues related to the viability of the Centennial
Project or issues
relating to permitting or any environmental impact assessment.
Statement 8: Powertech management iscloses risks to shareholders: Twenty
why owning Powerfech stock may be a really bad idea
Response: Misleading. Powertech, in compliance with laws and regulations
financial disclosures to shareholder, must make certain disclosures. Among these disclosures
are the financial condition of Powertech, market conditions and forecasts, and legal and
regulatory restrictions on the sale of uranium. These disclosures are made for the purpose of
informing shareholders of certain factors for consideration in the sale or purchase of Powertech
stock. These disclosures have no bearing on issues related to the viability of the Centennial
Project or issues relating to permitting or any environmental impact assessment.
Statement 9: Public relations materials designed to reassure nervous
Instead of making a presentation to the gathering of farmers, ranchers,
interested folks from the surrounding area, Powertech and its public relations team chose to
hold a more manageable "open house". This format prevents such complications as audio and
video recording of statements by company officials as well as difficult public question and
Public relations team members were assigned to be "floaters", presumably to
gathering on an even keel.
the tables were several posters dealing with the project. Most were "dumbed
provide a simplistic view of the proposed mining.
Response: False / Misleading. The July 19,2007 open house hosted by
Powertech was an
effort to provide a forum for interested neighbors to obtain information relating to the Centennial
Project and ask questions of Powertech representatives. The above statements falsely and
misleadingly suggest an ulterior motive. The open house format is a common, informal means
of providing interested members of the public with project-related information on a more flexible
time schedule for persons who may not be able to attend a traditional public meeting due to
work, child care, or other commitments. The above statement regarding "floaters" is false.
Powertech representatives made every effort to engage attendees to ensure their questions
were being answered. The technical content of the posters presented at the open house were
not "dumbed down" to oversimplify the mining processes proposed for use at the Centennial
Project. They accurately depict the processes proposed while balancing the degree of detail
with the technical knowledge of the audience and the time available for information exchange.
Complete technical discussion of the mining processes proposed for the Centennial Project,
along with Powertech's investigation and study of potential environmental impacts associated
with the project will be made available to the state regulators and the public as required by the
applicable permitting and mining regulations.
Statement 10: Powertech's Canadian office - Mining uranium or mining the
market? Search reveals several other penny-stock companies use same address
Response: Misleading. That Powertech's corporate offices in Canada share an
suite with other corporate entities has no bearing on issues related to the viability of the
Centennial Project or issues relating to permitting or any environmental impact assessment.
Nor does the professional experience of Powertech's CFO, Thomas Doyle.
Statement 11: Powertech relies on intuition rather than scientific data to
County water well owners
Response: False / Misleading. This statement, followed by a cartoon
Blubaugh, appears to be based on a single statement taken out of context from a radio
interview. Powertech has provided the public and Colorado regulators with detailed, scientific
data and analysis of its efforts to investigate, study, and assess potential environmental impacts
associated with its Centennial Project. This statement misleads the reader by stating this
information has not been generated and these efforts not undertaken by Powertech. This
statement is false in that Powertech has relied extensively on the scientific data and analysis
throughout the investigation and permitting process and Colorado regulators will be doing the
same as required by law.