SD Tourism: No Uranium Mining in the Black Hills
Powertech - a foreign company - is moving ahead with plans to open a uranium mine in the southern Black Hills. If their permits are granted, the mine will use up vast amounts of groundwater, pollute important aquifers, and likely spread toxic, radioactive materials across the Black Hills. Who would want to take a vacation in that setting?
Please sign and share our petition to South Dakota Tourism Secretary James Hagen demanding that he take a stand against the mine and protect the Black Hills' reputation as a tourist destination. We will deliver this petition in January 2014.
South Dakota depends on tourist dollars for 27,000 jobs and 19% of its tax revenue. We don't need proposed uranium mining to tarnish South Dakota's status as a world-class tourist destination, over a handful of risky, temporary mining construction jobs. Too much long-term damage to land, water, air, and cultural resources is at stake. The S.D. Department of Tourism should help defend the beautiful Black Hills' and Badlands' reputation for scenic attraction, outdoor recreation, and Native American cultural heritage, by saying "no" to the water depletion, pollution, and increased radiation exposure inherent in uranium mining!
Mr. Hagen, we ask you to publicly state your opposition to uranium mining in the Black Hills, because a) it prioritizes short-term extraction and exploitation for foreign gain over the sustainable income source offered to local people by tourism; and b) it will harm South Dakota's reputation as a vacation destination.