Vane Minerals is proposing a new uranium mine on the rim of the Grand Canyon, and within the watershed of the Havasupai Tribe. Since the mine is on state land, it is not included in the 2012 twenty year mining ban on 1 million acres of federal land surrounding the national park. The Havasupai are concerned about impacts to their health and economy, and the threats to their primary source of drinking water.
The Wate Mine is surrounded by lands owned by the Navajo Nation, including Big Boquillas Ranch. The tribe plans to deny the mining company access to cross Navajo Nation lands with hazardous materials. The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, and many groups - both tribal and environmental, and policy makers are urging Arizona State Land Department to not allow this mine.
To raise public awareness on the issue, EcoFlight provided overflights to reporters from local new organizations as well as the New York Times. Also present was a representative from our partner organization, Grand Canyon Trust to answer questions and identify conservation challenges and concerns.
Listen to a radio piece about the flight: http://www.fronterasdesk.org/audioclips/18182/