Camp in Ranua Set Up to Monitor Areva's Mining Activities
On August 26, a basecamp has been established for the Ranua Rescue Areva Mining Monitors. During the Lapland Nuclear Climate Camp in July, we learned from locals that Areva has already begun their uranium prospecting in Ranua, Lapland. We have come here to monitor Areva's activities and help support the resistance to uranium mining here, and everywhere.
We have found a beautiful location for the camp, near a lake, within an old forest, on the edge of Areva's massive prospecting claim area. We need thoughtful, respectful people, skills, supplies, support, laughter, and dedication!
You can check the site http://www.nuclearfreefinland.org, and the blog on http://www.ranuarescue.blogspot.com. Soon we will be sending photos and directions to get here, we will also set up a schedule for when people are most needed, what is needed, and what events will be happening.
When you want to come to the camp, contact in advance (camp (at) nuclearfreefinland.org) and tell us your arrival time in Ranua. From there you can phone the camp work phone number +358 40 365 2041.
We can't trust Areva or the authorities. All their information is really contradictional. First both Areva and the environmental authorities said clearly: Areva doesn't and can't start the deep drilling before they get the claim. Areva has announced several times that they stop working because there is nothing they could legally do before the ministry's permission-claim.
BUT: there are at least two holes, and an expert said after seeing a foto that those look like drilling holes. No one knows how deep those are, as Kaipainen from Areva says they haven't drilled anything. The chief of the environment protection from "Lapplands enviroment center" didn't know anything about the holes (with white, sweating face), but wanted to have the fotos and after all said that AREVA IS ALLOWED TO DO DEEP DRILLING BY THE PERMISSION OF THE LAND OWNER, and there is nothing they can do unless they could proof that it would harm the environment seriously, the mere possibility is not enough. The boss of Areva says they are not doing anything, because they can't. But at the same time, they said on their website that they can start drilling by the land owners permission.
So we see that there is a need for observers. Ready to film whatever happens there, and call more people if they try to start drilling. Hopefully they won't, if they know it wouldn't stay hidden. But if they would be that stupid, we would be ready to act and the show would really start.
The idea is that the camp will stay there as long as needed, meaning also over the winter. Some people may visit one night, some longer. There are already tents with "fireplace", and the idea is to build the camp so that it will be possible, even nice, to be there during winter time as well (personally waiting for the northern lights...)
One point is, that Ranua council will, after all, vote on their opinion about the mining soon. Starting the camp just when they vote can be the best timing ever! Even if their "no" wouldn't save the situation, just make it a little bit better.
- ↑ http://www.nuclearfreefinland.org/en/ranua-rescue-areva-mining-monitors-rramm, August 31th, 2009