Setting the Wall Street Journal straight about mining around the Grand Canyon
By Lauren Pagel
October 5, 2011
Last month, the Wall Street Journal editorialized in favor of uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, criticizing the Obama administration for favoring a 20-year withdrawal that would put some of the forests around the Canyon off limits to mineral development.
The editors fell blindly into the false choice of jobs versus the environment, and grossly understated the potential impacts 30 uranium mines could have on such a sensitive ecosystem.
Today, Earthworks and our partners at the Environmental Working Group and the National Parks Conservation Association responded to the editorial to set the record straight about the potential damage that could be caused to water by uranium mining, and the jobs that could be lost if the area around one of our national treasures is marred by development.
300,000 people spoke out in favor of the withdrawal earlier this year, and we expect the Obama administration to make their final decision before the end of the year.