The uranium deposits in Goliad County lie from 45 to 450 below the surface in the drinking water sands, not 12,000 feet like oil in the Eagle Ford Shale. Mining fluids are injected directly into the drinking water sands.
Dissolved radionuclides like uranium, radium and radon cannot be detected in water by the human senses. Expensive testing is necessary to detect these things.
TCEQ is funded by industry. EPA is not.
The uranium deposits in Goliad County are not required to operate nuclear facilities. Australia has ample reserves.
Economic development will be minimal at best.
If a plume of contaminated water escapes the mining zone, it cannot be recovered. This escape is called an "excursion", and has happened many times historically.
Many things come and go in life. A drinking water aquifer should not be one of them.
Not one single in situ uranium mine in Texas has ever restored the water to its previous condition, even after inflating the original numbers.
A fault exists in the Goliad mining zone that shows transmissivity, meaning that the zone is not confined and water can intermingle between sands, providing an escape for mining fluids.
While dissolved uranium may precipitate when it reaches a reducing environment, radium will remain dissolved and continue to travel in the aquifer.
EPA visited with Dr. Rich Abitz, PhD, a geochemist who has studied the effects of uranium mining extensively, most of the following day in Victoria. The subjects were the Goliad Project and also Garcia Hill in Kingsville, where plumes of dissolved radioactive heavy metals have continued to migrate for years after operations ceased.
EPA recently sent a letter to TCEQ, asking for a study to show how private wells a few feet outside the mining zone in Goliad County are not supplied by the same aquifer and how they will not be affected. Hmm, that's a tough one.
Texas is by far the easiest state to mine in. TCEQ reviews internal records once a year, and the company is expected to voluntarily report accidents, spills and excursions. No regulation beyond that.
Uranium mining will not cure rolling blackouts.
Goliad officials need to read up on uranium and maybe then they could make sound decisions - not too smart there.
The process utilized by UEC to produce uranium has been utilized for over 30 years in South Texas and has a proven track record of operational safety. The impact of uranium mining on the groundwater is minimal, highly regulated and less demanding than many farming and ranching operations. There are also NO groundwater drinking water wells within UEC’s proposed exemption area. There has never been a documented case of drinking water contamination by the in-situ recovery (ISR) process.
Uranium development has proven to be a safe process that will benefit our future and this project will bring jobs and economic development to the region at a critical time. Rural South Texas struggles to bring good paying jobs to our area and the uranium industry will add to the much needed tax base as well as provide jobs to residents.
At a time when we may be experiencing rolling blackouts due to a lack of sufficient energy supply, expanding our energy options is the smart and responsible thing to do. Uranium is a clean source of energy and a vital part of our overall policy.
Rumor, innuendo and speculation have no place in this important debate. Let's stick to the facts about uranium and leave the scare tactics behind us.