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The news is that the area around the Grand Canyon is off-limits to uranium mining for the next 20 years.

The Obama administration has banned new mining near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves, the Associated Press reported. (more…)

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For an example of what a good conference powerpoint presentation should be, take a look at Cameco Corporation: Northern Saskatchewan Strategy Mining Division.   This is from the CIM Edmonton conference just ended. 

I must thank the company for making this presentation available for public dissemination so fast.  And congratulate them not only on a fine presentation but on a commitment to fine work.  

The presentation tells it so well, that the absence of a live presenter is no impediment to understanding and benefiting from the time spent browsing through the presentation.  Go take a look and support and invest in their efforts. 

                          Key Lake 013

                                                                Key Lake

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The uranium mining industry is part of the nuclear industry which produces about 16 percent of electricity worldwide.  Being part of the nuclear industry makes uranium mining totally different from other types of mining.  It is almost as though uranium miners, having to face the worst and the most difficult, having to operate in the focus of public and regulatory scrutiny, and having to deal always with extremes of health and safety related primarily to radioactivity exposure, are different. I submit they are different in this way: they are calmer and more stoic than other miners.  Those searching for and producing gold & copper are exuberant, excited, and almost cavalier.  But the average uranium miner is dour and sober, deliberative and thorough. 

These perspectives are prompted by comparing the CIM technical sessions this morning devoted to uranium mining in Saskatchewan and gold & copper mining in British Columbia.  Maybe the difference relates to the type of people who choose to live and work in Saskatchewan versus British Columbia?  After all they all still wear colorful ties and formal suits in Saskatchewan, whereas in British Columbia they all wear casual black and gray.  But I doubt that the cultures of the two provinces are the fundamental reason for the vast differences in attitude and approaches that prevail in the two mining sectors.

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Two ladies suited up to go uranium mining in East Germany.  And from the AME BC, a news release worthy of comment:

British Columbia’s mineral exploration sector is seeking clarification regarding a provincial government announcement that it will not support the exploration and development of uranium in British Columbia. Safe, environmentally sound uranium exploration is ongoing in six provinces and three territories by well-respected, professionally managed companies. All uranium mining and mine development in Canada is highly regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Canada is the world’s largest uranium producer, and is responsible for approximately 30% of the world’s total uranium production.

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This is a picture of a scene I have enjoyed often: San Pedro Harbour, Vincent Thomas Bridge, Los Angeles, California.  I got a ticket for speeding across this bridge once; cost me all of $50. 

But that is nothing by what I have just been “fined.”  I have just had to cancel a stay with the Nomad Inn in Fort McMurray (the link to their site works intermittently–too busy charging cancellees.)  They charged me a whopping $216 cancellation fee.  Can’t say I have ever had that happen to me before: you know, cancel 36 hours before you sign in and you get whacked with a fee greater than the cost of your room.  True, the young girl was “new here”, and she also said sorry, but that hardly constitutes the kind of service intended to incline you to return to the hotel.

But then I suppose they just do not care.  This is the oil sands patch and there is no shortage of people wanting rooms and cars and services.  Screw the customer: make a buck of them and punish them if they do not come.   It kind of reminds you of the truth of the plea by the (obviously) old time Saskatchewan resident who writes with (obvious) horror:

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