British Columbia: A policy of no uranium mining?
Friday, April 25, 2008 at 11:07PM
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In a recent announcement by Kevin Krueger, the minister of state for mining, British Columbia (BC) re-affirmed that he would not support the exploration and development of uranium. In contrast their neighbours, Alberta, have appointed a panel of experts to study the use of nuclear power as a possible power source to generate the steam required in order to extract oil from the tar sands projects.

It is true that BC does not have the up coming demand for power that the tar sands projects require and can therefore afford to turn their backs on uranium mining. However, they do have a need for electricity and one day they might well be reliant on Alberta’s oil to satisfy their own energy demands. So if Alberta goes ahead with the development of nuclear energy will BC continue with this ban? It appears to us to be rather short sighted to ban uranium mining just because you do not need it. Why?

Well it must surely be cheaper to truck in uranium from BC than have to get shipped half way across the world. These transport costs will be built into the cost of extracting the oil and of course passed on to the customer, which could be the residents of BC.

There is also an environmental consideration here in terms of transportation. Shipping materials has never been a hazard proof way of transporting materials as evidenced by the number of disastrous oil spills that we have suffered over the years. What happens when a ship carrying uranium runs into trouble? It must be safer to use locally sourced uranium. Alberta’s other neighbour, Saskatchewan, deserves a medal for encouraging such operations, developing its own economic base and supplying others who need uranium.

As we write we note that a strike at the Grangemouth refinery in the United Kingdom has caused panic buying at the pumps. The price of petrol could go up as high as £1.50 a litre according to the some in the media.

£1.50 is equivalent to US$2.97, C$3.01, AUD$3.18, Euro 1.90, INR 119.0, CNY 20.80, RUB 70.26, etc.

This incident only serves to underline just how tight the situation is with the supply of oil and once again reinforces the need for alternatives such as nuclear power. This problem is global so we can only hope that BC will one day recognise the predicament that the rest of the planet is being dogged by and have a change of heart.

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