While everyone is busy talking abortion and education, Mike Rounds in-laws are preparing to mine some uranium

As I understand it, Mike Rounds’ brother-in-law (Randy Brich?) works for one of the companies that wants to mine uranium in our state. While I am not opposed to mining uranium, certain safety procedures have to be put in place so water and land is not contaminated, which I doubt SB 158 would do. Also, I often shake my head when politicos say our state is broke when we could be tapping into wind, solar, and now even uranium to make up for the budget shortfall instead of letting private companies come here and rape us of our natural resources. In Alaska, every resident gets a dividend check from the oil, South Dakotans should be swimming in money. But hey, we keep voting in the greedy GOP bastards, and we get what we deserve – not a gawd damn thing.

SB 158 passed. It now moves to the House.

Senate Bill 158 was introduced amidst a flurry of last-minute in the South Dakota Legislature last week. This is apparently an attempt to sneak a very bad bill past the public.

Bottom line: the bill would stop enforcement of state regulations on in situ leach uranium mining. Two types of regulation by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources—water management and minerals mining regulation—would be stopped.

Companies could still be issued permits to mine. But the state would not have any control over any of these mining operations. For example, there would be no state requirements for public notice, proper construction, safe operation, accident reports, or clean-up after the mining ended.


#1 ip on 03.02.11 at 8:56 pm

Good eye. More red state failure.

#2 l3wis on 03.02.11 at 9:06 pm

That’s what bothers me the most. Why not share the wealth? But them greedy fuckers want it all for themselves.

#3 Scooter on 03.03.11 at 8:32 am

Question of the day:
How many State Representatives can spell nepotism?

#4 l3wis on 03.03.11 at 9:00 am

I may be wrong on the connection, his brother in-law does work for an uranium company, but I think a Canadian company is interested in mining. Kinda confusing.

#5 scott on 03.03.11 at 11:01 am

we must make sure to give them tax breaks, or they will mine someone else’s uranium won’t they?

#6 Snooki Palin on 03.03.11 at 2:48 pm

Sounds like socialism to me. My mom Sarah would agree

#7 l3wis on 03.03.11 at 7:47 pm

Yes, scott, we must let them contaminate everything and give them huge refunds on taxes they didn’t pay. Then in January the Governor can say, “Sorry no funding for education.”

#8 Joan on 03.03.11 at 8:53 pm

I don’t know if this is true or not, but somebody told me and they got the information from a person that knows something about oil, etc. There is supposed to be enough oil in ND to last the US for 50 years. I have also heard that there is oil in North Central and Northwest SD. Like I say I don’t know if it is true or not.

#9 l3wis on 03.04.11 at 2:50 am

Don’t know about the 50 year thingy, but you are right about oil in SD.

#10 Truthinator on 03.04.11 at 7:38 am

There is a massive oil formation that covers western ND, eastern Montana and northwestern SD. It’s called the Bakken formation. New drilling and production techniques have opened up this area to profitable production. Here is the Wikipedia link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703795004575087623756596514.html

#11 Truthinator on 03.04.11 at 7:38 am

sorry – Wall Street Journal article link…

#12 anominous on 03.04.11 at 9:35 am

Isn’t this straight out of “Thunderheart”?

#13 l3wis on 03.04.11 at 10:45 am


#14 l3wis on 03.04.11 at 10:48 am

This is interesting (H/T – BS)