Case in point: The Virginia senate has authorized that a study be executed to determine whether or not uranium can be mined safely in the commonwealth of Virginia, and there are people who are steadfastly opposed. Opposed to a study of the issue.
This is rather mind-boggling:
House battle likely on bill to authorize uranium mining studyHogan's reason for being opposed? He is working to have the study reach the conclusions - at least in part - that he wants predetermined:
By Sue Lindsey, Associated Press Writer
Roanoke, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia House of Delegates committee will be asked next week to kill or rewrite legislation passed by the Senate that calls for a study of whether uranium can be mined safely in Virginia.
The bill before the House Rules Committee in Richmond would create a commission to authorize a scientific study on mining a Pittsylvania County deposit estimated to be worth $10 billion. Virginia has had a moratorium on mining uranium since 1983, when a company was considering extracting the ore.
Del. Clarke Hogan, R-Halifax, said Friday that he opposed the study as proposed, and he and fellow members of the Rules Committee have been considering ways to amend the legislation. (link)
One of Hogan's concerns is that the study wouldn't adequately address the dangers to public health and safety. He also thinks it doesn't allow enough input from those in localities who would be affected by a mining operation.Sheesh. All this over a study. I shudder to think what the reaction is going to be when the first shovel breaks ground.
"I feel real comfortable at this point that the concerns that I have are going to be addressed. The question is can we work out a compromise that we can live with. We'll either have a compromise or nothing."