Mirarr traditional owners furious over suggestion Jabiluka uranium could be mined

Mirarr traditional owners furious over suggestion Jabiluka uranium could be mined

ERA is trying to fund the clean-up of the Ranger uranium mine, east of Darwin. Northern Territory traditional owners say they are "appalled" by a suggestion a second uranium mine could be established in Kakadu National Park.

For decades, Mirarr traditional owners have objected to the potential mining of the Jabiluka uranium deposit, 275 kilometres east of Darwin.

In 1998 their fight against Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA) mining plans came to a head with an eight-month blockade of the site that involved thousands of protesters.

After becoming ERA’s majority shareholder, Rio Tinto promised in 2001 that Jabiluka would not be mined without Mirarr consent.So when an independent report commissioned by ERA was released this week Mirrar traditional owners were shocked by the assumption that mining could be considered at Jabiluka. Mirarr senior traditional owner Yvonne Maragarula is staunchly opposed to the mining of the Jabiluka uranium deposit. "I’ve been telling the […]

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